You’ve seen the video. Yeah, you know the one where Eric Barone rag dolls down a volcano after hitting 138 mph on a mountain bike only to have the fork shear from the bike at terminal volocity? Well, as they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – and in the case of Eric Barone, the crash that nearly took his life and was to be his last speed record attempt would certainly qualify. After over a decade in retirement, Barone was back on the bike in 2012 to attempt to break his own record for the fastest speed on snow. According to Eric’s site, he still holds the world records for the fastest down hill mountain bike on snow, and dirt but records are meant to be broken, right?
Check out more details of his record attempt bike with Mavic carbon wheels after the break!
Eric has had a string of bikes specially prepared to withstand speeds over 130mph, though this latest bike looks like the most extreme. With carbon fairings everywhere, and custom Mavic carbon aero wheels and technical support, the crazy down hill bike should help propel him to ludicrous speed. Barone’s record attempt will come as part of Barone Speed week 2013 – where world speed records will be attempted in ski, monoski, snowboard, Eric’s mountain bike, and a first time attempt for Julien Brunet in his Dualski wheelchair! The event will take place from April 6 to 13, 2013 in Les Arcs 2000 – the same place Barone set his snow bike record of 222.22 Kh/h, or 138 mph.
We wish Eric and all the competitors the best of luck!