Bernard Kerr's Pivots
While it sometimes seems that he top professional downhill racers come from backgrounds in BMX or motocross racing,
Bernard Kerr may be the exception. He
rode bikes, of course, but he also spent
a good part of his youth riding horses
and playing ice hockey, even winning
a National Championship title with his
Bernard took up mountain biking
at age 13 and soon rose to be one of
the top riders in Great Britain, then
the world. He now competes in both
downhill and dual slalom, and he’s a
phenomenal rider in both disciplines.
The highlights of his career have been
his King of Crankworx title in 2015,
where he was the top overall rider competing in multiple disciplines, and his
more recent win of the Red Bull Hard
Line event in 2016, which was one of
the wildest downhill races in history,
an event put on by his fellow Brits, the
Bernard showed us his Pivot Mach
6 for our feature this month. It’s pretty
much his all-purpose bike when he
doesn’t need the long travel of his full
downhill bike, the Pivot Phoenix.
Bernard has two Pivot Mach 6
bikes—one that he uses for trail riding
and the other one that he uses to race
dual slalom, an event where acceleration and cornering speed are as important as the bike’s ability to handle jumps.
Read on to learn more about Bernard
and how see he sets up his bikes.