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Name: Rui Sousa (MADproductions)
Currently living in Madeira Island, Portugal
Rui Sousa is one of the MADproductions most known riders. The MAD family is from Madeira Island, Portugal, and it’s a group of friends that try to connect extreme sports, nature and audiovisual works. In the last two years, they’ve been working in a couple of videos and photographs, trying to show the best riders, the best mountain bike spots in Madeira and also to promote young talents from photography and cinema.
Rui Sousa is just the rider with more web views. He’s most famous project is ‘Vicious Path II’, where he just makes the world stop. Fast, skilled, lot’s of stamina and for sure he knows what he’s doing. He’s been riding with GT Fury and is currently in BikeZone regional team. He has won the regional downhill championship for two years in a row and the downtown championship too. For sure, Rui is one of the fastest portuguese riders, but also carries lot’s of style, that’s why he’s known for his crazy whips and drifts.
After riding two years with his wrist broken, he went from surgery late 2012. He’s currently resting at home and mentally preparing for the hard 2013 season. He filmed ‘Vicious Path’ series, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Life on the Line’ with a broken wrist. What will this guy do when he’s 100% recovered ?
I love the new GT, it’s my dream bike for sure. I truly feel amazing and secure when I ride it. The frame it’s light and the components make it all better. The old GT Fury was unique too, but the new one is smooth and so confortable. For sure, I feel that my performance really improved when I changed bicycle and I can’t wait to begin riding again.
There’s no special details in my bicycle, it’s recent too, so I’m still adapting to all the features and components. I have to stand out the fork because it rides so smooth and light. It can really make the whole difference when you ride fast and agressive downhill or freeride.
I haven’t much modifications in my bike, because I feel good when I ride it. I like to use my brakes a bit softer, flat pedals and stiff suspension. Of course I’ll have to improve my physic to hold the GT Fury this season, because after surgery I had to stop working out and riding.
Rui Sousa – Madrider bikecheck
|frame||GT||Fury World Cup|
|shock||Fox Racing Shox||DHX RC4 Kashima|
|fork||Fox Racing Shox||40 FIT RC2 Kashima, 203mm Travel|
|derailleur||SRAM||X0, Short Cage|
|crankset||SRAM||X0 DH 165mm|
|stem||Funn||RSX II Direct Mount, 45-50mm|
|grips||GT||Wings lock on|
|handlebar||Funn||Fat Boy, Triple Butted,
|saddle||SDG||Formula FX I-Beam|
|tyres||Continental / Maxxis||Rain King/minion|
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