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  1. On your mark, get set. We're here with Remy 
  2. today, and he's going to give us the rundown  
  3.  
  4. on this brand new Propain Tyee that he's running. 
  5. And also how the move went from one German brand  
  6.  
  7. to another. Now, I know you've been 
  8. shredding this thing and sending it  
  9.  
  10. all around Squamish. So, his setup is 
  11. probably dialed by now, so let's dig in.
  12.  
  13. (Upbeat music)
  14.  
  15. Remy, brand new year, 2021. New you.  
  16.  
  17. How did this change come about? Because you were 
  18. with Cube for, I think, around four years, was it?
  19.  
  20. Yeah. Four years, so I have two, two year 
  21. contracts. And I decided to move to a new brand,  
  22.  
  23. mostly because just in order to keep being 
  24. excited when I go and ride my bike. I wanted  
  25.  
  26. something new. When you stay with same brand for 
  27. a long time, there's obviously some advantages to  
  28.  
  29. it. It's comfortable, but I wanted to be a bit 
  30. uncomfortable, trying something new. And yeah,  
  31.  
  32. I just needed that to keep being excited 
  33. and just being stoked to ride bikes again.
  34.  
  35. And I also wanted to be with a brand that shares 
  36. the same point of views as me on the bike industry  
  37.  
  38. and how bikes should be. And one of the big 
  39. thing with Propain is, as you know, they are firm  
  40.  
  41. believer on mullet bikes. The kind of riding I do, 
  42. I think mullet are a huge advantage. And I think  
  43.  
  44. mullet are a huge advantage for many customer 
  45. out there. And I wanted to be part of that. I  
  46.  
  47. wanted to be invested with the brand that has 
  48. the same beliefs as me. And yeah, super stoked.
  49.  
  50. Did you actually get to try any of the bikes 
  51. before you signed the contract with Propain?  
  52.  
  53. Because that's a little bit risky. Yeah. You 
  54. want some change, but is it too much change?
  55.  
  56. That's always risky, but I feel like I've 
  57. enough experience on the bike to know what  
  58.  
  59. geometry works for me, what doesn't. And the 
  60. geometry to me is a bigger thing. You can always  
  61.  
  62. change the little bit of how the suspension 
  63. feels. You can't change the geometry or  
  64.  
  65. very little. And so to me, having 
  66. a bike that has a correct reach,  
  67.  
  68. correct wheel base, chainstays that like, I 
  69. think was something that's like super key.
  70.  
  71. After you did the research on some bikes, 
  72. did you actually reach out to Propain,  
  73.  
  74. seeing that it was a bike you might 
  75. like, or did they reach out to you?
  76.  
  77. That was basically pretty mutual. We had 
  78. a few like ... So I have a few partners,  
  79.  
  80. a few sponsor that are like pretty close with 
  81. Propain. And so it was pretty mutual. And yeah,  
  82.  
  83. we got in touch and we agreed on everything. 
  84. And here we are a few months later.
  85.  
  86. Remy, do you have any other 
  87. Propain bikes in your lineup?
  88.  
  89. Yeah. I'm going to be riding every 
  90. bike they make. So from the eBike,  
  91.  
  92. which is the Ekano, to the Hugene, that 
  93. they just released, which is a trail bike.  
  94.  
  95. Spindrift should arrive anytime from now. And I 
  96. actually have two Tyee's, so two different setup.  
  97.  
  98. This one is the one that I'm going to be riding 
  99. most of the time, that's basically a mullet  
  100.  
  101. setup. So this is a shred machine, to do gaps, 
  102. steep lines. That's why I feel comfortable. And I  
  103.  
  104. also have the same bike which is basically the 
  105. same equipment, but full 29'r.
  106.  
  107. Do you actually go out and peddle and 
  108. do those endural style trails or is  
  109.  
  110. every day on the bike just a day in the 
  111. office for Remy? Got to do a mean Huck.
  112.  
  113. I try to.  
  114.  
  115. This one that you see up there is my social bike. 
  116. So it's to go with my friend and just pedal.
  117.  
  118. Right. Going to go for the 
  119. Toonie races, maybe on that one?
  120.  
  121. Yeah, maybe. But this one is the one 
  122. I enjoy riding the most. The mullet,  
  123.  
  124. it just fits me better. I think the 
  125. mullet I just have more fun on it.  
  126.  
  127. I feel more confident, more 
  128. comfortable. It just suits me better.
  129.  
  130. Do you think, if we get a rampage later 
  131. this year or some urban downhill riding,  
  132.  
  133. will you dabble in that again as well?
  134.  
  135. Yeah, I'll definitely love to go back to 
  136. rampage. That's something I was working  
  137.  
  138. towards last year. So for 2020, but with 
  139. the pandemic, obviously we'll never know.  
  140.  
  141. But yeah for 2021 something I'd love to, 
  142. I think I can still bring something to the  
  143.  
  144. events because I have a different approach from 
  145. other riders. The riding I do on trail bikes,  
  146.  
  147. actually, is very similar to the stuff you could 
  148. be doing at rampage. So like slow speed control,  
  149.  
  150. you know, super technical drop, very steep 
  151. lines and the skill required at rampage  
  152.  
  153. are something I think I do have and where 
  154. I could do something really good with it.
  155.  
  156. Sounds good. Let's get into the bike check now. 
  157. As we can see here, Remy has got the Propain  
  158.  
  159. Tyee. Says it right there on the frame. But 
  160. can you tell us what size you chose and why?
  161.  
  162. Yeah, so that's a size medium. I'm five feet 
  163. seven and the reach on this bike is 451.  
  164.  
  165. You got 445 millimeter chainstay. So for 
  166. me, it's like super balanced. Feel really  
  167.  
  168. good. The reach and the chainstay are 
  169. a bit longer than on my previous bike.  
  170.  
  171. The overall of the bike, so the wheelbase at 
  172. 1230, which is also a centimeter longer than  
  173.  
  174. my previous bike. And that's kind of what 
  175. I was hoping on my bike to get, you know,  
  176.  
  177. that slightly longer just to get extra stability 
  178. for some of the stuff I'm doing and for my riding.
  179.  
  180. So yeah, it's been great. This is a 29'r. They do sell, Propain does sell the same bike as a  
  181.  
  182. 27.5, but the geometry is slightly different. And 
  183. so I decided to mullet 29. So basically by putting  
  184.  
  185. smaller wheel on the back and I put a taller fork on the front, which makes the head tube  
  186.  
  187. slacker. It's probably like 63.5 or, 
  188. sorry, 62.5 or 63.8 around there. And the  
  189.  
  190. seat tube obviously is slacker. 
  191. But because of the total fork, the bottom bracket  
  192.  
  193. is not as low as it will be if I had kept the 170 
  194. fork. And the riding position, uphill position
  195.  
  196. is still pretty good, I feel the bike turns really 
  197. well. And I'm really confident when it gets super  
  198.  
  199. steep. I can go behind the rear wheel, which is 
  200. something I struggled to do with the 29 bike.
  201.  
  202. But you've kind of got me interested in the 
  203. mullet thing. I might try it one day. We'll see.  
  204.  
  205. No guarantees moving on. Can you run us through 
  206. your suspension? You've been working with DVO for  
  207.  
  208. a number of years, but what's changed. And how 
  209. are you running it on this bike, in particular?
  210.  
  211. So the fork is basically the same setup 
  212. I had from the last couple of years.  
  213.  
  214. The shock as well, actually, I'm just 
  215. on a biggest spring rate. That's a 500  
  216.  
  217. just because of the kinematic of the suspension. 
  218. The chainstay being longer, there's different  
  219.  
  220. forces that applied to the shock. So I run 
  221. actually the same tune as on my previous shock,  
  222.  
  223. just a stiffer spring. On my other bike up there, 
  224. I've got the Topaz which is the air shock  
  225.  
  226. because I'm going to use it more for longer 
  227. rides and just more pedaling. But I prefer  
  228.  
  229. the feeling of the coil, just gets me 
  230. like more feedback from them ground.
  231.  
  232. Yeah. Touching back on your fork, you said 
  233. roughly same fork, same kind of setting.
  234.  
  235. Same setting, so basically 75 
  236. PSI in the air chamber
  237.  
  238. I'm about halfway through the high speed 
  239. and halfway through the low speed setting.  
  240.  
  241. The way it comes out of the box is progressive 
  242. enough for me. So yeah, I don't touch it. I just  
  243.  
  244. obviously adjust it depending on the 
  245. terrain, depending on the temperature,  
  246.  
  247. depending on how I feel and how I want 
  248. to ride. But it's stuck out of the box.
  249.  
  250. Moving on to something that I consider extremely 
  251. important on your bike set up and it gives you a  
  252.  
  253. lot of confidence, is your wheel set. So can 
  254. you run us through what you're running here?  
  255.  
  256. I know you've got the e*thirteen stuff there 
  257. for a couple of years, but anything different?
  258.  
  259. Yeah, no, basically the same. 
  260. I've been with is e*thirteen for  
  261.  
  262. on the wheels for like ... That's my 
  263. fifth season now on the carbon wheel. So  
  264.  
  265. absolutely love them. Extremely reliable. 
  266. I know exactly what tire pressure  
  267.  
  268. I can run until I hit the rim on rocks or 
  269. roots. They've been great. Those are the LG1R  
  270.  
  271. enduro specific wheels. Extremely reliable 
  272. because there's certain tires on too.
  273.  
  274. Those ones are prototypes and say, grappler on it. They've been awesome. I've been  
  275.  
  276. helping testing them and I run the downhill casing front and back on this bike  
  277.  
  278. with a MoPo compound, which is a softer 
  279. compound. It's been awesome on slabs. Works  
  280.  
  281. really well on basically all conditions. I've been super happy with the tire.
  282.  
  283. And do you always run carbon 
  284. rims? I know some riders  
  285.  
  286. complain that maybe they're a 
  287. little too stiff? Carbon rims.
  288.  
  289. No, I always run carbon wheels. I don't 
  290. have any complaint on the stiffness.
  291.  
  292. I noticed we both run the one-up cockpit 
  293. set up, but how do you run yours?
  294.  
  295. So 35 millimeter stem. 35 millimeter rise. Because 
  296. I like to be really high from the front,  
  297.  
  298. which is why I have about 20 millimeters of 
  299. spacers, below the stem. And 750 millimeter  
  300.  
  301. width for the bars. And that's basically 
  302. what I run on every bike. Every single bike  
  303.  
  304. I have has a 35 millimeter rise bars and for my 
  305. downhill bike I can go slightly wider,  
  306.  
  307. like 755. And for my trail bike, I go slightly 
  308. less wide so 745 millimeter. And I feel really  
  309.  
  310. good. I really liked the damping of it. I feel 
  311. like it helps on longer downhills and  
  312.  
  313. for the seat posts, its also a one-up. This 
  314. one is a 180 millimeter one, but I've got some  
  315.  
  316. shims on it and so now I'm 
  317. at 170 millimeter of travel.
  318.  
  319. Let's bring it back to the front of the 
  320. bike here. I'm only wondering, because  
  321.  
  322. we did a bike check with Yoann Barelli 
  323. recently. He runs his brake lever is even  
  324.  
  325. higher and more parallel than you do. But who 
  326. started it first? This trend? I got to know.
  327.  
  328. I don't know, but I definitely didn't copy him 
  329. because it doesn't make sense to have your brake  
  330.  
  331. lever over horizontal. I run my brake lever high 
  332. only because that way I have less stress on my  
  333.  
  334. forearms. I can relax more. I have more weight 
  335. onto my wrist, but I don't have to grab the bars  
  336.  
  337. as much. I can ride way more relaxed. So I don't 
  338. really hold on my bars. I'm just against it.
  339.  
  340. Just kind of resting.
  341.  
  342. Yeah. Especially when I ride super steep stuff, 
  343. it's really good. My hand is less likely to  
  344.  
  345. slip off the bars so that's why I run 
  346. it like that. And when I do longer  
  347.  
  348. downhills it definitely helps me.
  349.  
  350. And do you find the grips here,  
  351.  
  352. ergonomically designed obviously, does that 
  353. help with your grip and arm strength as well?
  354.  
  355. Yeah. Because those are the GE1 and 
  356. that's a regular size. And if you can see,  
  357.  
  358. they're tapered so they're narrower here. So 
  359. it kind of pushes your elbow out a little bit  
  360.  
  361. and you got some good padding here where 
  362. you can rest a little bit more your hands.
  363.  
  364. Nice. And while we're here, 
  365. what brakes are you running?
  366.  
  367. Those are the Hayes Dominion A4. Pinkbike bike actually gave them  
  368.  
  369. component of the year. They've 
  370. been awesome, extremely reliable, super powerful,  
  371.  
  372. but also have a ton of modulation. And when 
  373. doing spicy lines modulation is  
  374.  
  375. kind of what you want. And only thing I change on 
  376. those breaks are I run obviously 203 millimeter  
  377.  
  378. disk front and back, but I 
  379. run the sintered brake pads,  
  380.  
  381. which I find have a bit more 
  382. bite. It's a bit more powerful.
  383.  
  384. Starting with the cranks Remy, can you 
  385. run us through your drive terrain setup?
  386.  
  387. For transmission, it's taken care of 
  388. by Rotor components. So I've got  
  389.  
  390. the Kapic cranks, which are 
  391. aluminum cranks, especially developed for  
  392.  
  393. all mountain enduro. Those are 170 
  394. millimeter length and the chain ring  
  395.  
  396. is a 30 tooth oval chain ring, 
  397. which I really liked because that gives you  
  398.  
  399. consistent power. So it's really cool 
  400. when go on technical and slippery uphill,  
  401.  
  402. I just find it easier to get traction and 
  403. I'll take any help I can get going uphill.
  404.  
  405. And for the rest of the transmission, you've 
  406. got the Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset. This  
  407.  
  408. one is set up as a 12, because you can use us 
  409. set it up as a 12 speed or a 13 speed. I've got  
  410.  
  411. the Helix R casette from e*thirteen. That's a 
  412. nine teeth, 50 teeth. All the gears you want.
  413.  
  414. KMC 12 speed chain. So the rotor shifter only has 
  415. one paddle. You basically one little push and  
  416.  
  417. you go down a gear. One big push and you go up 
  418. a gear. It's different, but you get used to it  
  419.  
  420. in a few seconds. And yeah, it looks really 
  421. clean, super ergonomic, I like it. STFU chain  
  422.  
  423. dampener system just to make the bike even more 
  424. quiet. And those are the time pedals Special 12.
  425.  
  426. All right. Just a few more things to touch on, 
  427. some of the little finer details of the bike.  
  428.  
  429. I see you're running a mud guard upfront and a 
  430. chain guide. What can you tell us about those?
  431.  
  432. Yeah. The chain guide is from e*thirteen. 
  433. It's got the carbon plate just  
  434.  
  435. because it's a bit lighter. It's got the quick 
  436. release. So if you need to drop off the chain  
  437.  
  438. or do maintenance, even 
  439. faster. Don't need any tools.  
  440.  
  441. I've got the mudhugger , that's 
  442. the long version on the front. I  
  443.  
  444. use it summer or winter. Just protects your 
  445. eyes. You see better, you can ride better,  
  446.  
  447. but also it protects your seals
  448. of the fork. I've got the  
  449.  
  450. Topeak bottle cage. Obviously, CamelBak 
  451. water bottle. And the seat is SM Enduro.  
  452.  
  453. So it's been great. Specifically designed 
  454. for endure and for longer travel trail bike.
  455.  
  456. I know Remy's really finicky about his 
  457. bike and he loves to make adjustments on  
  458.  
  459. trail if needed. So where do you hide your tools?
  460.  
  461. Well, I always ride with a backpack. And so I have  
  462.  
  463. CamelBak vest and I just 
  464. put my Topeak tool into the pocket.
  465.  
  466. And what else do you put in your little backpack?
  467.  
  468. Snickers
  469.  
  470. Snickers
  471.  
  472. GoPro, SD cards, batteries.
  473.  
  474. Batteries for days because they always die.
  475.  
  476. Water, obviously. I don't ever carry a tube  
  477.  
  478. or anything like that. So that way 
  479. I have to ride smoother because  
  480.  
  481. if I do have a mechanical on the terrain I have 
  482. no way so that's a good reminder to ride smooth.
  483.  
  484. There you go. Pro tip of the day, don't bring 
  485. tools cause then you have to ride smooth.  
  486.  
  487. Thanks so much to Remy today here for 
  488. joining us and giving us the rundown on  
  489.  
  490. all the details of his bike. It's really 
  491. cool to see what the pros are running  
  492.  
  493. and why, because truth is they have ties 
  494. to their sponsors and that's fair enough,  
  495.  
  496. but they get to pick what specific parts they 
  497. run for specific trails and reasons. Whereas this  
  498.  
  499. might not be an average bike for any old rider. 
  500. He's got it set up specifically to him and if  
  501.  
  502. you've ever wondered how he lands those massive 
  503. hucks, well, now's your time to be enlightened.
  504.  
  505. Hope you guys enjoyed this video today and stay 
  506. tuned for some more bike checks from the pros  
  507.  
  508. and your average everyday riders, too.
  509.  
  510. It's nothing you're not used to. What is that? 
  511. It's so scary. You're just a bunch of big babies.  
  512.  
  513. Yeah. Everyone's stoked. Bye, 
  514. dogs. Put a dog in it, the people love it.
  515.  
  516.  
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