Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Vintage Western Gold whiskey, Sam’s “Apple Jacks”cocktail and the stunning views of Dolceaqua, Italy were the backdrop for this projects gestation.
After a day riding some of Italy’s finest trails, Sam was explaining how his eldest son had found a new obsession- Grave Digger. Grave Digger is the world famous Monster truck conceived in 1982 by Dennis Anderson.
Bam, following in his dad’s love for all things Green and Purple (If you look at Sam’s Leatt helmet earlier this year it was custom painted in black, green and purple.), had discovered the truck and was quickly obsessed with it and his model of Grave Digger. Sam had recently taken Bam to meet the real life truck at a Monster Truck meet in his native city of Perth.
Bam meets Grave digger earlier this year- Thanks to Sam’s long term sponsors: Monster Energy
With Sam killing it in his last two Enduro World Series Rounds (Wicklow and La Thuile), alongside his downhill day job, we thought it was appropriate to do something a little special as a surprise present. Here is the photo story caught by Fraser Britton
SURPRISE! – Sam is welcomed to Canada with a little care package from us.
This is the text message we received from Sam shortly after getting the frame:
“******* legend’s, this is by far the coolest bike I’ve ever had. Thanks so much, I’m pumped on it!”
Working late in the man cave
Sam’s friend and mechanic Jacy building the new beast for the EWS
Testing a coil shock on the frame- (Sam has gone back to the standard air shock at the moment)
Team sponsor details on the down tube (note the spring*)
*Sam has been testing an all new Super light steel spring for us this year, they will be in store next week
Hopefully Bam Approves -60 hours of skilled airbrushing went into the frame from Johnny at Elite Refinish.
Ready to monster truck through Whistler
Sam with his new bike (superstar mechanic Jacy Photo-bombing)
The finished article and one happy owner, complimented with the latest Sram Eagle, Rockshox’s Lyrics, Mavic Crossmax wheels, MRP Chainguide and Nukeproof finest finishing kit- including his signature Horizon Pedals. Finish touch is a call out to friend and fellow rider Stevie Smith #longlivechainsaw
Thanks to Elite Refinish, Belfast, for turning this project around in a short timescale. With over 60 hours of steady-handed airbrushing detail in the frame, we think it’s something special.