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This is Africa in Mag41

Monday, April 2nd, 2012


my last years trip to the roots of my professional MTB career in Cape Town is now published in the online only available Mag41.


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Rob-J: New Bikes 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

During the last days (no, NIGHTS) I built two of my new rides for this year:
My Canyon Torque FRX and the STRIVE. Both custom built with special parts for best performance.

The aluminium raw FRX got insead of orange frame parts some blue ones i had left over from some last years prototype frame. Equiped with a Factory Kashima FOX 36 VAN and a Cane Creek Double Barell shock the bike is ready for rough rides. The all new Spank Spike race wheels are light and fit perfect to the overall look of the FRX. Also new in the Spank range is the new spike stem.
The Onza Ibex DH tyres with 45a soft racing rubber are my first joice when i need a maximum of grip without the rist of flats in rocky and fast terrain.
The next day i took the bike for a ride at the bikepark Samerberg and i was really surprised how well the bike also pedals up the hill. No lift were running, so it was all about my legs… no problem with the 32 sprocket in the front and 36 casette in the back.
The overall feel of the FRX is amazing. It really is a little DH Bike when its set up with 185mm travel and slack geometry. Enough for most parks and perfect for massive jumps. Cant wait to catch more air-an dust time with this bike.

The other ride is my STRIVE. It is my most important ride this year since I want to compete in a lot of Enduro races this season. So i want it as light and best performing as possible. Equiped with FOX Kashima RP 23 shock and the light 36 Float the ride is smooth and is perfectly balanced.
The ethirteen XC crank is superlight as well while its strong enough for hard tracks and big hits. My tyre choice here is the lighter Onza IBEX FR with great traction on all kind of terrain. Formula The One brakes with 180mm rotors, Spank parts and for now also the Spank wheelset. But the bike will get some Acros hubs with DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and Spank Oozy rims to save another 200gramms. It also will get an adjustable seatpost of course… hopefully soon!!!
Total weight: 12,8kg. amazing. So it rides superquick. Fast forward and super playfull and direct handling. I love it. Its so good!!

Next time I show you my Nerve AM and my FRX with an DH set up.

Stay tuned!


ROB-J T.I.A. Video Clip

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Here’s the video to my front cover shot in BIKE magazine.
Flowing freeride trails in South Africa during my rehabilitation last winter.
Enjoy the video!

ROB-J T.I.A. from Rob J Heran on Vimeo.

Mission Peru

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

How quickly two weeks pass by. I arrived back in Munich in the middle of the night yesterday evening with some unbelievable impressions of Peru.

We spent the first two days in Cusco waiting for my second bike – a new Canyon prototype I was to test and photograph on trails in the Andes. At first, the bike, my helmets, bike shoes and a few other things that were in the Bike-Box didn’t arrive and I therefore had to get by with anything I could loan out in Peru. At least I had my Torque with me and was able, even if not for the pictures, to get used to the dusty, technical and flowing trails.

However, I spent most of the time on the telephone with the help of our guide and airport staff trying to locate the second bike. I think the poor person on the other end of the line still probably hears our voices in his or her sleep. Nevertheless, the 25 phone calls bore fruit: Although several days late, the bike was finally delivered to me in Ollantaytambo. Then I unfortunately became a little ill due to a stomach upset. The start of the trip was running anything but smoothly.


21 May: Now fit and well and fully equipped I finally got going. Our photographer Marco Toniolo, the second rider Renè Wildhaber and I rode up to 4300 metres in order to then ride the Megavalanche racing course. The route passes numerous Inca ruins, terraces and fields, which are still used by the mountain dwellers, even today. Actually, the entire Inca empire is here in the heart of the Andes around the Machu Picchu. Breathtaking! Above all when one considers that back then the Incas built everything by hand, without wheels, block and tackle and productive livestock. Incredible! Most of the ruins have not yet been excavated and have therefore been spared the negative effects of tourism. We gave the expensive Machu Picchu a miss because the mountain is already suffering enormous damage from the daily wave of tourists who climb it to see the famous ruins. We also didn’t want to exacerbate the situation still further, even though it would have certainly been a highlight of the trip.

23 May: From an altitude of 4500 down to 900 metres in the jungle and then into the green valleys and mountains of Vilcabamba.


Telephone network and internet? Forget it. Sometimes there’s electricity, sometimes there isn’t. In contrast there’s plenty of rain – something which we unfortunately discovered. The few rays of sunlight and the rising clouds made a few pictures into absolute “money shots”.

After 2 days the rain forced us to move out from our base and drive back to Ollantaytambo. However, after such rainfall the never-ending dirt roads turned into dangerous mud tracks and it was no fun driving a van that wasn’t really suitable for off-road driving. A few times we got stuck for hours and had to wait until a special vehicle came along and levelled the road to make it passable.

After a whole day on the road we arrived in Ollantaytamboo and spent the evening with the locals at the Plaza. A four-day festival with traditional costumes and dancing was taking place and the very nice and hospitable people were celebrating life and its divinity in a relaxed atmosphere.


The celebration was cut short for us because we had to get up at 4:30 the next morning, pack our bikes and do a photo shoot on the mountain at dawn. The favourable light in the morning is simply unbeatable! Especially here in the Andes. We used the time around midday to scout new trails and build new jumps, so that we could photograph the action in the good evening light. But more about that later…

Here are a few of the first pictures. In a few days there’ll be more photos of the jumps across a Canyon and in a creek… Watch out!