Markus ‘Max’ Stöckl has achieved an unofficial world record, hurtling down a Chilean mountain at 167.6 km/h on a standard Mondraker mountain bike!
Speaking after the record-breaking ride, he said: “I’m back on the mountain without a name in the middle of the desert. It’s tricky because it’s all rocky and loose at the start. It was such a long time and standing up there was like we already cried at the start. It was great fun.”
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“It’s hard to reach top speed. After 160, each km/h is a huge effort. If you want to reach a certain goal then you have to put it all in.”
Stöckl carbon-fibre helmet, outfit and bike were all tested in a wind tunnel to find the best design and seating position for his latest record attempt. But what about the bike?
“It’s a standard mountain bike so there’s no part on the bike that you cannot buy,” he said. “Sure, it’s a high-end bike with the best parts of it but you can buy any part, nothing has been specially made.”
“When above 160km/h, each and every extra kilometre per hour requires an enormous effort. If you want to get an idea of the air resistance, you only have to stick your hand out of the car window when you’re driving at 150 or 160 km/h. This force has an impact on the bike and the entire body. Even though I’m no weakling, physically it is something that I have to contend with too!”