Hotlines Europe is delighted to introduce an expanded NS Bikes race team in 2015 to celebrate the arrival of the long awaited Snabb enduro bike. Hotlines will be retaining both Downhill racers Will Weston and Sean Davies but adding three enduro riders to the team as well.
Elite rider Mike Gray will represent in the Elite category racing UKGE and EWS rounds whilst Joe Finney and Andy Sadler represent in the Elite and Veterans categories respectively in the UKGE.
Mike Gray (AKA Zeb) is a 29 year old bike racing Dentist heralding from South Wales.
“Having suffered a lot of mechanicals in my debut season in Enduro, I was super fussy on what kit I wanted to run this year racing Elite. The NS Snabb’s alloy frame will put up with the abuse from a bigger aggressive rider such as me, with the angles long and slack it really comes alive at speed. WTB are spot on with the thickness and compound of the tyres and I especially love the Vigilante as they have so much grip in pretty much every condition.
With Hotlines as ring master they really have brought the whole package together, having that kind of support as a rider really takes a lot of stress out of the racing game and allows you to focus on the riding.”
Joe Finney is a 36 year old Procurement Lead in the aerospace industry. Hailing from the land of cider, he has raced mountain bikes since he was 16 and managed to make it into the elite category back when he could beat the Atherton’s. He even featured in the 1990’s MTB Cult Classic Sprung 1.
“I’ve got a big year ahead of me; riding for the new team and my first year in Elite Enduro category. I am really excited to be on the NS Bikes WTB Enduro team this year and can’t thank the guys at Hotlines enough for the opportunity to ride on the team. I love the new NS Bikes Snabb already and can’t wait to take it racing. WTB have already supplying a massive range of tyres which is a huge help. Having fresh rubber and choice of tread and compounds for varying conditions is always good. Bring on 2015’s racing!”
Andy Sadler is a glass half full kind of guy and always looks for the positive aspects in life. He really appreciates and enjoys the escape of everyday life that anything on two wheels brings. Not shy of a challenge he quite likes to push his physical limits as he finds it truly inspiring to see what the human body is capable of achieving.
With the first round of the UK Gravity Enduro Series upon us, the NS Bikes Snabb Enduro team is poised and ready for action. With their bikes dialled and kit in place, Mike, Joe and Andy are more eager than ever to get to get on the podiums, fast! So much so that Andy Sadler has already been on the podium twice since he received his Snabb.
All three riders will be piloting Snabb E1 bikes and supported with protection and clothing from iXS. The NS Snabb riders have also been enrolled into the WTB Development Scheme, so keep your eyes out at the races for prototype rubber on these guys’ bikes.
Words & Photos: Hotlines Europe Press Release
Did you enjoy this article? If so, we would be stoked if you decide to support us with a monthly contribution. By becoming a supporter of ENDURO, you will help secure a sustainable future for high-quality mountain bike journalism. Click here to learn more.