From Shuttle Vehicles to DH Bikes, Southern Gravity is USA-Made

Sean Leader and his company Southern Gravity provide bike parks with the things they need from ramps and shuttle vehicles to (possibly, one day) US-made DH bikes.

Sean Leader is the founder of Windrock Bike Park and Southern Gravity, a Tennessee-based company that builds ramps and shuttle vehicles for bike parks. Not only that, Southern Gravity recently released a prototype steel DH mountain bike that’s being tested by top elite and junior DH riders.

  • You’ve worn many hats in the mountain bike world. When was the moment you realized you could make a living in the sport?
  • How did Windrock Bike Park get started? 
  • What were some of the challenges you faced as a bike park operator?
  • Why build your own DH bike?
  • What are the advantages of a steel DH bike frame compared to other materials?
  • Did the expiration of the DW-Link patent figure into your design plans?
  • Tell us about the Southern Gravity Racing team. Who are the athletes on the team, and which races are you targeting?
  • How would you describe the southern DH mountain bike scene today? How has it evolved?
  • What do you say to folks who think the southeast doesn’t have quality trails or challenging terrain?

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