Rider: Stephen Fenner
IG handle: Fendog__
Where you live: Seaford, East Sussex, UK
Nearby trail system and your favorite trails:
Friston Forest is the local and where I found my love for MTB. Although the Surrey Hills is where you'll find me the most, it's the mecca for riding in the South East. I wouldn't say I have a favourite trail(s) but my favourite season is ‘Loam Season’... you can't beat that feeling of ripping up some fresh loamers!
What do you ride (type of terrain)? What's the intended use for your new bike?
My style of riding is enduro. I'll be using my new Endorphin for pretty much all my riding and racing. I've only ever ridden big travel enduro bikes, so it will be interesting to see and feel the difference with a shorter travel bike. I still have my Chilcotin Mullet for those big hitter days.
What model and colour?
Endorphin in the Champagne, which is incredible! The colour really pops in person.
How tall are you? What size frame did you get? How does it fit you?
I'm 5ft 8” and I'm riding a Medium. I found the stand over height on this frame to be just right for me. It allows for decent leg room and it made it easier to be more agile on the bike (which is great coming from someone with shorter than your average legs).
What's your bike spec? Did you do anything custom?
I'm running the GX build kit with this bike and riding a Mullet because it's literally the best! I have the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 150mm front and Bomber Air 135mm rear. Grip of choice is the @odigrips_uk Elite Pro and the shoes on this bike are the insanely good @veetireco Snap WCE 29er front & Snap Trail 27.5 rear. All built up by Rich at @Cuckmerecycleco nestled in Friston Forest.
What do you love about your new bike?
I've only ridden this bike for a handful of times while doing some bracketing and general lapping, but already I can tell I'm going to love this bike. It's very agile and playful. Being a shorter travel, I found sprinting easier and flatter sections of the trails held speed better. But like all Knolly bikes, this comes into its own when the terrain gets steep. I found the new kinematics design works so well, the suspension found more traction and to be more plush, even under braking! This is exactly what you want when bombing down the trails! The main thing you will notice is the new look. Fresh look, fresh ride, what can I say, get your leg over a Knolly and you'll know what I'm mean.