Certainly no shortage of news to share!
Manifesto Monday was a huge success. That was a private screening party I held on December 29th for those involved with the film, sponsors, and media. Reviews have been real positive so far, and my nerves are settling down a bit!!
Manifesto is now available too! Ryeka Sport is my distributer and they are in the process of spreading the DVD to bike shops across Canada, and very soon the US.
Ken Gauthier, the fellow running this shop lives just minutes away from me, and it’s really great to be able to support a trials specific web store like this!
PAL update!! For all those people in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe who are interested in Manifesto, here’s the latest. I just shipped my hard drive with the PAL formatted version of the Manifesto DVD to my DVD authoring guy. He’ll get a master burned within a week and that will set the wheels in motion. I’ll keep updating the progress as I find out more specifics! Thanks for the patience!!
I’ve been doing a bunch of thinking about trials bike geometry these days, and I feel I need to explain just why the Moment is the way it is. Give a little more reasoning behind all the angles. This is a bike I’m loving, and I really want as many people to enjoy it as possible, so look for some thoughts in my next post.
And hey, just a little heads up, I have hard working buddy who is in the process of designing a brand new www.ryanleech.com! The current design has served me amazingly over the past 4 years, but a fresh look is due!
Well, it’s been a full couple months for me. Usually I have major down this time of year, but pretending to be a producer is hard work!!
Manifesto is complete, totally done, and out of my hands. Sleeves are being printed and DVD’s are being duplicated as speak. So all of a sudden a wave of anxiety has hit me! I’ve got to brace myself for the onslaught of critisisms that might come my way. We all know there are plenty of critics out there….Maybe they won’t understand my Manifesto…..What if bike shops can’t sell copies….What if people hate the music…..I think you get the point!!
Well really, bottom line, what’s most important is the fact that I’m satisfied, and I am! I actually think everything came together better than I could have ever hoped. So no matter what the critics say, I’ll be sure to remain satisfied; I’ll also be sure to keep in mind, that it’s because of this video that I had one of the most challenging and rewarding years of riding ever!
Manifesto will be readily available at most bike shops, if they don’t have copies, make sure you ask them to order some!! I’ll be getting a PAL version going within the next month for all the UK riders out there!
For the last three weeks, and for the next 3 weeks, this is my itinarary.
It’s not a pain though, I’m loving every second of it. I’m editing Manifesto together as the ultimate critic. I want to be able to sit through it myself and be entertained. If I can manage that, then I think I must be on the right track.
Hey guess what, you won’t see any of the standard “jackass movie” style antics in Manifesto. No fast forward filler in this flick. Little misunderstanding in my “Teaser #5” actually, I wrote “coming december 03”, with my intentions meaning december of the year 2003, not the the actual day of december 3rd. Just to clear that up for anyone curious!! My reasonably achievable goal is to have finished copies in my hand, and hopefully in a bunch of other hands by Christmas. This is of course reliant on many middle men that the final version has to go through to be a final sellable product.
Alright, back to it…..
Where do I start…
How about with the wedding. I married Caryn, my long time girlfriend on September 6th, on Thetis Island, BC. It was a smallish wedding, with only 46 guests and it took place outdoors, on a grassy yard, next to the ocean. It was just an amazing venue to spend one of the most important days of my life. All our guests celebrated with us well in to the evening and spent the night at one of the guest cottages on the property.
A little collage of the day if you like.
The next morning Caryn and I took off on our honeymoon, and spent the next three weeks traveling through BC, going on adventures together and enjoying the first moments of our married life together.
So before the wedding, Caryn and I were actually faced one of the biggest decisions of our life. I was offered a contract to perform with Cirque du Soleil, in Orlando Florida, as a bicycle artist. Accepting this offer would most certainly mean the conclusion of my professional riding career. It likewise would end all opportunities I have to contribute to and progress the sport of trials.
This was a big opportunity and I respectfully declined the offer. I love my lifestyle right now, I love my home (BC rocks), and I love riding when I want, and where I want. So there are absolutely no regrets in my mind.
Manifesto is continuing to build momentum. I just finished filming in Moab, Utah for a couple days and I think the results will be a big help towards the final product. We had spectacular weather, and the riding is unbelievable there. I could have spent a year there and not ride the same line twice. Endless possibilities. I think an extended trip there might be in store for Manifesto Two!
I’ll be spending the next month and a half editing, and trying to collect the last minute lines I’ve been hoping to fit in to the movie. I know any producer will never be satisfied with their finished product. I feel the same, I could easily spend another year collecting footage. But if I think about it, I usually spend about 2 days filming for a video segment, and for manifesto, I’ve already invested close to 40. So I think it’s time to make this thing happen!!
I happen to be one of the luckiest guys around.
This weekend, I’ll be married to Caryn, she has been my girl for the last 5 years, and now she’ll be my wife for eternity.
Then we go on honeymoon for 3 and half weeks all over BC. And yes, we’ll both be bringing trials bikes. Like I said, the luckiest guy around!!
Over and out for the next month, cheers everyone!
After six years of riding the tried and trued geometry of the Norco Team Trials and the Norco Ryan Leech Signature frames, I decided it was time for a few tweaks.
With lots of direct feedback from the trials world, feedback from various internet forums, and of course 11 years of experience myself, I began playing with the numbers and angles and came up with what is now called the Norco Moment.
In general, the changes over previous years are shorter chainstays, longer top tube, and a headtube angle change from 71 to 72.
These changes are actually quite significant when you’re a trials rider and have to be so in tune with your bike. And I realized this big time the first time I stepped aboard the Moment!
So after three rides and a demo, this is how my riding has been affected:
Adjusted and excelled doing touch ups
Adjusted and excelled doing touch ups to back wheel
Adjusted and excelled doing wedge style surges
Adjusted and excelled doing bunnyhop hook ups
Adjusted and excelled doing precise rear wheel moves
Adjusted and excelled doing manuals
Still adjusting to get my pedal ups to rear wheel
Still adjusting to get my sidehops up to height
Still adjusting to get my overall two tire precision back
This frame is built for trials riding. If you happen to like the geometry for street riding, then that’s awesome! I know it’s durable enough.
If you happen to be interested in getting your own Moment, then make sure you get to a Norco dealer and get your order in. Norco will make a first run of appox. 150, and with enough interest, will re-order. And as far as I know pre orders are rolling in!
The first production run is scheduled in 3 weeks, but I’m sure it will be at least November or December by the time they make it to the shops. A conservative estimate of course!
I can’t wait to share this bike with the trials world, and if you’re lucky enough to get your own, please e-mail me and let me know what you think!!!