Winner of the 29er Day Bike Giveaway!


Mtbr would like to thank EVERYONE for the overwhelming response to our 29er Day Giveaway Contest held on February 29, 2012. The contest was a hit on all three fronts: our Facebook fan page, our Twitter and our newsletter sign-ups. This was a single day contest and provided the most entrants we have ever received for a 24 hour period! If you didn’t get to see the contest on the home page yesterday, it looked like this:

The Grand Prize winner of the Specialized Camber 29 came from Twitter – congrats to Michael Daniel ( @MickF_ingDaniel ) from Colorado! According to his Twitter page, Michael says: “I road bike, mountain bike, ski, mountaineer, Canyoneer, and typically try to get after it.”

We hope everyone enjoyed entering the contest and spreading the word. Mtbr has recently redesigned the whole site so this contest was also a great way to get the word out about our new look and feel. We can’t wait to do this again, be sure to check back for more contest and giveaways!

We have extended our latest Write-a-Review contest a few days, so if you haven’t entered that one, you may find out more info here:

Winner Mick Daniel from Colorado tells Mtbr a little more about himself!

What kind of bike(s) do you currently own?

I do quite a bit of bike swapping, but this will actually only be my fourth new bike in 20 years. I have bought a lot of used frames over the years and built them up and hence have spent a lot of time on MTBR reviewing parts etc. That said, I built up a 2008 Niner RIP in 2010. I like it a lot and made the switch to 29er after blowing out my fork early one season on my Ellsworth ID (which was also a used frame). So I could get a ride in while waiting for fork repair, I rented a Specialized 29er and was sold. The big wheels in the big loose scree here in Colorado really make a difference. The RIP upgraded over time has been my standard ride since fall 2010. I do some training on the road to save gas running back and forth to the trails. I have a Bottechia Ultegra road bike that are smoking deals on eBay. Road biking not being a priority for me, I wanted good components and the vibration dampening of the carbon, has worked out well for me. I also have a Fat Sand Bike for commuting and riding snowy forest service roads in the winters. Again, it was a great deal, upgraded the cock pit and ride it all the time. The fat bikes are definitely conversation pieces. Lots of people pull over to stop and talk to me about the bike. This will be my fourth Specialized bike. Over the years I rode the first enduros and had an Allez road bike. Way back near the beginning, I had a Stumpjumper.

How long have you been riding 29ers? (or will this be your first?)

Since 2010.

What is your favorite place to ride?

The San Luis Valley is like a hidden Mecca! We see none of the traffic from across the hill in Salida, but have phenomenal riding. It reminds me of my first rides in Moab in the mid 90′s. Still lots of two track, but we have an active club that is getting into trail maintenance and building. Penitente Canyon is becoming our local area with lots of single track and development.

What is your favorite beer?

Hard to have just a favorite, but my most recent favorite is from our local brewer 5 blocks from my house, San Luis Valley Brewery’s Imperial IPA.

Where do you plan to ride your new Specialized Camber 29 first?

Our trails will probably be under snow for a few weeks or more. I was planning a trip over to Nevada’s Bootleg Canyon at the end of March. A little Vegas and a lot of riding. Hopefully the time lines will work out and I can have the bike by then.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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