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Old 05-13-2020, 04:30 PM
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Default My son got a Mtn Bike Sponsor!

I know there are some serious bike folks on THT so figured I'd share a proud dad moment. He moved out to CO in January to take a job taking photos of bikes for a bike e-tailer in Boulder. He's also been chasing side gigs to earn some extra $$$ and managed to land a bunch of jobs shooting races for a bike clothing manufacturer but all those opportunities vanished with the cancellation of virtually every single race in the country till at least September.... But persistence pays off and one small, North Carolina manufacturer of tire sealants 'Black Ox' sealants has sponsored Matt in return for him doing some promo shooting, videos and social media advertising. Not talking big money here but an opportunity to hone his photo/video, marketing skills while getting some bike swag and a few extra bucks. He's a hard-working kid trying to make his own way in a difficult field in a difficult time. Very proud here. His latest video for the product, with him riding nd his roomie shooting.
If you run tubeless tires give Black Ox Sealant a shot!
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Hey Mojo thatís very cool! Congratulations to your son! Iíve enjoyed reading about his biking over the years, thanks for the update and continued success to your boy! 👍
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That's awesome! We sponsor Gone Ridings SERC Series and the 12 Hours of Tsali here in Western North Carolina. I am a semi- Amature mountain biker. Maybe one day I will make the Amature ranks. That's cool. Congrats.
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Thanks guys, obviously I am very proud of him and miss him like mad! He cut his mtn bike teeth in western North Carolina and that's where he met the fellow that has developed Black Ox Sealant. He's loving Colorado now but know he misses NC as do I!
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Awesome. Congrats to mojo jr!
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Awesome just got home from mtbing myself.
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Excellent, congrats to you both. Good or bad, everyone I know that has lived there has loved it.
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I run tubeless in my mountain bike, my bikepacking bike and my road bike. I also run some sealant in the tubes on our tandems to help with small punctures.
For the uninitiated. Bicycle tubeless is different than typical road tires in that we run a sealant inside of the tire. Any punctures get clogged with rubber particles and sealed with (usually) a latex sealant.

Great job. I will check them out!
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That's a great video. He/You should be proud!!!
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I had a bottle of sealant in the Amazon cart, gonna have to dump it and pick up a bottle of Black Ox!
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Nice! I was sponsored in Highschool for XC mountain bike racing. Super fun and got to ride places you normal canít...laguna seca race way- certain vineyards etc. my biggest was sponsor Cannondale Bikes. Got a super nice Jekyll 3000 out of it. Wish I never sold it. Iíll never have a bike as nice as that again...or least spend the equivalent amount for a bike...
local mom/pop bike shop was also my go to for free tune ups/advice and good prices on parts.
Have fun enjoy!
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Black Ox will be my go-to now for my MTB and my gravel now. Gotta support THT and US manufacturing!

Your boy has some nice skills too.

Just ordered direct from the website, they have a BOGO offer going on right now (max = 6).

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Well Done pops. Looks like you got yourself a go getter. Congrats.
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Congrats to your son - itís a great sport!
My daughter does MTB competitively as well and is hoping for a college scholarship out west in two years. Sheís just getting back into the saddle after a bad MTB wreck last spring (11 upper extremity fractures). Glad to see her picking it back up. Mom on the other hand...not so much! 🙄

its a good healthy sport. Most of the kids are well mannered and have a great family structure behind them. Proud of my daughter for sticking with it, as Iím sure you are of your son.
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Congrats and well done to your son!!

And dang if that single track doesnt look familiar...was it anywhere near Leadville?
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Originally Posted by Pacificcat266 View Post
Nice! I was sponsored in Highschool for XC mountain bike racing. Super fun and got to ride places you normal canít...laguna seca race way- certain vineyards etc. my biggest was sponsor Cannondale Bikes. Got a super nice Jekyll 3000 out of it. Wish I never sold it. Iíll never have a bike as nice as that again...or least spend the equivalent amount for a bike...
local mom/pop bike shop was also my go to for free tune ups/advice and good prices on parts.
Have fun enjoy!
My son bought a Jekyll in November back in North Carolina! Crazy yellow and black monster, but just traded it in for a new love, a black Orbea that just arrived last week. He says the Orbea is lower and better suited to the steeper downhills he now rides n Colorado. He's like a THT fishing addict and their fishing rods - you can never have too many... Thanks for all the support THT'rs! I'll let him know you're pulling for him - and buying product!!


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Awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!
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Congrats on your son's sponsorship! Great video too. I use Stans, but I may switch! Giant Anthem rider.
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Congrats! That Orbea is cool. I want a nice full suspension bike to keep up with my boy but can't stomach the cost of a bike the equivilent cost of a motor for my little boat. Bikes are crazy money now.
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Congrats! That Orbea is cool. I want a nice full suspension bike to keep up with my boy but can't stomach the cost of a bike the equivilent cost of a motor for my little boat. Bikes are crazy money now.
Tell me about it! The various bikes my son has bought over the years have largely been discounted by the shop he bought them from in exchange for him doing video promos/photo work or just shop clean up for the store owner. Even then, the prices are eye-watering. I have no clue what the Orbea cost but he got a good chunk of money for the Jekyll he traded in for it, and he did not have to ask me for any money.... I went into my local shop 2 weeks ago to get a new bike for myself. They have always been great to Matt over the years so naturally I went there to get my new ride. I told them I am Matt's dad but don't pick a bike for me based on my son's budget-I can't afford it! He got a chuckle out of that.

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