MONDRAKER: And from elite BMX, as one of the best riders in the world, how did the move to mountain biking come about?
SERGIO: Well, the truth is that even though I’d never tried it I had many friends who rode mountain bikes, and due to a tibia and fibula injury I bought a mountain bike to start my rehabilitation and to start to get back to pedalling a bit. That's how it all started. That was about 2016 more or less, so, yeah, relatively recently. A good friend who now works at Mondraker was recommending different models to me, but he was sure that I’d end up with an enduro model, and he wasn’t wrong... So about 4 years ago is when I started to take mountain biking more seriously, building up a specific bike and really wanting to ride mountain bikes as well as BMX. It was a very natural step to keep enjoying my riding. Let's just say the perfect day is when I go out mountain biking in the morning and then go BMXing in the afternoon.
MONDRAKER: Another issue is how different a mountain bike is from a BMX, right?
SERGIO: Without a doubt. A BMX has much sharper handling and doesn’t let you make any mistakes at all. If you're wrong, you pay. The margin for error is very, very small. However, mountain biking lets you get away with murder in comparison, and over time that’s given me more confidence. Did I mention that I tried Moto-X? It’s got a lot in common with mountain biking, with really fast tracks and huge jumps, but although it gave me that greater margin for error, I felt that I wasn’t the one in control. With the mountain bike, I get that feeling of being able to get away with more, but still being far more in control of the bike.
Over time, I've also had to learn how to jump again on a mountain bike, as compared to how you jump on a BMX. Think about events like the FEST SERIES with giant jumps, where it took me a couple of days to get the hang of it. The inertia of the huge, heavy wheels of a mountain bike has nothing to do with that of a BMX and that’s very noticeable what with all the time you spend in the air on a jump or a transition. It was a bit crazy.
I even make some changes sometimes, like putting a lighter tyre on the front wheel to save some weight and better control the overall balance of the bike when it’s in the air or doing tricks.
MONDRAKER: And now we are lucky to have you. What Mondraker models have you chosen?
SERGIO: I'm super happy. I’ve chosen three models. FOXY CARBON RR for enduro, SUMMUM CARBON RR for downhill, and a RAZE ALLOY R to be able to do tricks since the routing of the cables is more forgiving, like for example if I want to do a bar spin.