Matt Damon Breaks Collar Bone Mountain Biking, Talks About it with Jay Leno on ‘Tonight Show’

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Updated: Jan 18, 2014 by Francis Cebedo

Most mountain bikers are wondering what kind of bike Matt Damon was riding at the time of the accident. With some research, we noticed that Matt was spotted riding a 2014 Felt Nine 2 on December, 2013. This is most likely the bike he was riding the time he went over the bars. The Felt Nine 2 is a carbon fiber 29er hardtail with 100mm of front travel and about a 110mm stem. It is a very capable cross country racing bike and is a sign that Matt was getting serious about mountain biking. A photo of Matt riding this bike is available here.

So the question is “Would he have been saved by a full suspension All Mountain bike?” We think yes. With a 140mm travel full suspension bike, a 70mm stem and a dropper post, Matt would would have been able to pull out some Jason Bourne moves. With a lower center of gravity, a more rearward position and 140mm of rock absorbing travel, it is much harder to get launched over the bars.

Of course, there’s no replacement for skill and experience, but a great bike with all the new tools and some bike lessons can help Matt stay injury free. We really hope Matt keeps on riding.

Jan 17, 2014 by Don Palermini

No word yet on whether the actor who played The Talented Mr. Ripley was riding an Ibis Ripley when he went down, but earlier this week Matt Damon told Jay Leno his broken collarbone was the result of a recent mountain bike crash.

The 43-year-old star of the blockbuster Bourne thriller movies began his appearance on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday explaining the broken bone occured when he was thrown from his bike after hitting some rocks hidden by leaves. With some prodding from Leno, Damon, who was riding in front of a friend, admitted he may have been showing off.

“”I was probably showing off,” explained Damon with a laugh. “Like ‘watch this move in these turns,’ and ‘watch me hit these rocks.’”

What happened next, Damon explained, was that his bike stopped, but he did not, instead sailing over the handlebars and into the ground.

Video: Scrub forward to the 17:20 mark to see Damon describe his mountain bike crash.

Fractured clavicles typically take six-to-10 weeks to heal and Damon said his happened about three or four weeks ago. The entire Mtbr staff wishes Mr. Damon a speedy recovery and hope he’s back on two wheel soon.

Actor Matt Damon uses his good arm to illustrate his mountain bike crash on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Tuesday.

Editors note: He probably wasn’t riding an Ibis Ripley–we tested one extensively this week and it’s just too damn good!

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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  • Richard says:

    “The ground is wicked hard”

  • Gasssr says:

    Been there done that but with the exception of a break ,thanks to tuck an roll but i was sore for a few tho for sure nxt time choose to follow and wear a go pro cam in case your buddy does the same or use a stunt double ,haha

  • Gasssr says:

    Hope for a speedy recovery

  • mr.habanero says:

    Does anyone know what he was riding. It would be interesting because he makes millions and millions and could buy any bike he wanted. What do the filthy rich ride?
    I’ve never broke a bone but l twisted up my wrist pretty bad once. Another time i crashed and i felt my right forearm flex. It was the strangest feeling.

  • superfly says:

    This is news, why? Anyway, get well soon eh!

  • Yetifan says:

    I bet he was riding some POS Huffy … stupid Hollyweird hack.

  • kOAlaPloW says:

    If “Matt” wuz comin’ at me lookin’ all Fredly-like in thems fotos, I would probably not wave/say “howza?” and/or help with a flat. I would be too buy chortling over his schmenge bike choice and/or helmet/kit. Seriously? This guy’s Jason Bourne, and someone sold him that Crab-Bone Fibre XC-mobile? That’s like Superman rockin’ a Trek 8500 (disck-brake ready)! That’s like Batman spinning a Trek 8500 (again, sorry for the over-determined Trek bashing here, but I am beating a dead horse, yes?) That’s like Tom Cruise taking Barbara Walters out for a lap or two with a couple of, wait for it…Trek *500′s-with racks and fenders! No wait, that really did happen on a piece on 20/20. Look it up.
    Sorry, back to, er-hem, “Matt”, and his “bike” “choice”. I would seriously like to know where Matthew procured his “stead”, an forthwith never go there. No, maybe I would go there, just to eavesdrop on some of the sales floor conversations.
    I’m sure the salesguy used some Project Treadstone Amnesia tricks on poor old (43?!) Jay-Bou: “Don’t you get it,soldier? You need this bike, because it’s 1998 out there, and you’re gonna’ thank us when you “hit the trails”….”

  • Shawn says:

    Apparently he didn’t start biking on a fully rigid single speed so he just doesn’ t have adequate skills. Getting a full suspension trail bike is no solution to better, safer riding! At least that’s what that dude with big shiny disco ball head says, and how can you not trust someone like that.

  • Runar Omarsson says:

    What kind of socks was he wearing, if any? Any thoughts about whether different socks would have saved him?

  • sq22 says:

    Let’s be honest, if hadn’t fallen off most of us would have pushed him off just to see another 29er rider on his ass.

    29ers, the fixie of the woods..

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