Name: Steve Smith
Nicknames: Stevie, Chainsaw Massacre
Birthdate: November 25, 1989
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 5 foot 11
Weight: 176 pounds
Shoe size: 10
Helmet size: M
Waist: 32 inches
Marital status: Single
Current home: Nanaimo
House: Two houses in Nanaimo
Cars: 2012 Toyota Tacoma
Started racing: BMX at age 7
Turned pro: Age 16
Racing specialty: Downhill
Favorite course (North America): Mont-Sainte-
Anne, Quebec, Canada
Favorite course (Europe): Hafjell, Norway
Favorite food: Sushi
Goals: Win races
Heroes: Steve Peat
Favorite recording artist: Kendrick Lamar
Favorite movie: Talladega Nights
Favorite hobbies: Anything outdoors, riding all bikes,
fishing, razoring, riding motocross.
Jobs held (other than racer): Tim Horton’s donut
maker when I was 15.
Most embarrassing moment: I never get embarrassed.
Always takes on a trip: Red Bull hats
What you would be if you were not a racer:
APRIL 2014 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 93
In case there was any doubt about him being one of our sport’s greatest downhillers, Canada’s Steve Smith made it crystal clear when he won the World Cup series title
Now 24, Smith is the pro to beat on the World Cup circuit
for 2014. We’ll take a look at the bike he used to win the
2013 World Cup title on the following pages, but we had to
ask him about something else first.
The biggest story in mountain biking over the last two
years has been the shift toward the 27.5-inch wheel size.
That change has already hit the trailbike segment, where the
sale of 26-inch-wheeled bikes has dropped off sharply. There
are signs now that that change is threatening the downhill
Steve Smith started bouncing back and forth between
the two wheel sizes last year. He raced most of his downhill events on his 26-inch downhill bike, but he raced
some events on a 27.5-inch trailbike. He won Whistler
Crankworx’s A-Line downhill riding a 27.5-inch Devinci
Troy trailbike, and he raced a one-off 27.5-inch trailbike
again at the 2013 World Championships.
Steve didn’t go into the World Championships riding a
bike that he thought would slow him down. Is he planning
to campaign a 27. 5 all of next year?
“As of right now, I will be racing a 26-inch-wheeled bike,”
Steve says. “There is still lots of testing to do on the 27. 5
wheels for downhill. We’ll see where it goes from there.
Steve Smith’s one bike to rule them all
I used the 27. 5 in Africa because it is very fast, and I wanted
a bike that holds speed well, but it wasn’t a full-on downhill
bike, either. It was custom-made for that track. Dave Weagle,
inventor of the dw-link suspension, and I worked on it for a
year coming into that race. I fell in the first corner, though.
Oh well, I know the bike was good for the track, and I will
most likely use a similar one for the first World Cup there
So, for now, when Steve needs a full-on downhill bike, the
26-incher that we’re featuring here is his number one choice.
It’s the one that he rode to the overall World Cup title for
Steve wants to give a shout out to his mechanic, Nigel
Reeve, for setting up the bike. “We work on everything
together, but I’m more focused on the race. He’s amazing
and just gives me a better-than-brand-new bike every time I
ride,” says Steve.
Steve is wildly popular with mountain
bikers in his native
Canada. The crowd
crazy when Smith
climbed to the top
of the podium at