Jimmy the tech; an innovator of the BMX kind - Jimmy has had his hand at many things and been good at most (if not all). He is one of these under rated quite characters that let his riding do all the talking...
Jimmy is not only an avid MTB rider, he is a CAD designer (of a past life?) and worked in design for Simple BMX company and innovated the straight pull laced hub for BMX - which was then later copied by some of the biggest companies within BMX. Grab a cup of java and have a read on the city dweller, country lover.
1. Who (are you), What (is your occupation, Where (is your favourite loop, Why (do you ride MTB):
Jimmy Röstlund, originally from Sweden. Washed up BMX’er who works in IT as a service tech for a company called Mac Aid. My favourite loop is probably Buxton, but anything new is always fun. Am happy to drive for a few hours to hit up new spots. You Yangs is the closest trail network to where I live, so I go there a fair bit. I ride to have fun, go fast and scare the crap out of myself. Racing is fun too but I don’t dedicate my life to it.
2. Bike Setup - what particulars do you do:
Rocky Mountain Altitude 750MSL - Full bounce plaything for getting fully sick. Only mod from stock is 1x10 conversion & tubeless setup Specialized Crave SL - Fully rigid singlespeed 29er for XC adventures & racing
3. Beer Setup - preferred beer:
I’m a sucker for various IPA style beers nowadays. Craft beer preferred. I’m a snob, so I drink it out of a glass.
4. Why is Buxton your favourite loop?:
It’s got a bit of everything. Berms, some small drops, tight stuff through trees and a few jumps. The climbing is surprisingly easy for the amount of descending you get. Very paradoxical. It’s like the twilight zone.
5. Opinion on Strava:
I use it a lot, though I can see why some people hate it. People definitely shouldn’t use it on secret or private tracks. For me it’s good though because it helps me push myself a bit. Mostly to compare my own performance between rides, but I have to admit that I do check how I stack up against the top of the leaderboard sometimes. Actually… probably not just sometimes.
6. What do you think has been the best innovation to MTB in the past 5 years?
One-by drivetrains. I hate handlebar clutter.
7. Worst trend in MTB?
8. Where do you think MTB innovation is headed next?
More overlap between disciplines & bike geometry.
9. Places you want to cross off in the next 12 months:
Victorian alpine region when summer comes. Majura pines in Canberra. Tasmania.
10. Your local area - what can be done better and how:
The trail building crew at the Youies are doing quite a good job maintaining and adding trails. Since I don’t dig or build trails myself, or have a spot of my own, as such I don’t really feel I’m in a position to say what others should and should not do.