Joker and Batbike MTBs ready to ride Gotham city

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With 170mm of rear-suspension travel, the Fezzari La Sal Peak is no joke. (Photo: Liam Gallagher visuals)
With 170mm of rear-suspension travel, the Fezzari La Sal Peak is no joke. (Photo: Liam Gallagher visuals)
  • Mountain bikers often obsess about colour matching, when building a new bike.
  • New builds are mostly colour curated to match riding attire.
  • But sometimes, the colour theme goes beyond mountain biking gear. And into the DC Comic universe.

Mountain bikes live a life covered in either dust or mud.

Despite operating in a testing off-road environment, mountain bikers aren’t willing to compromise on bike aesthetics.

Trick metallic finishes. Vivid colourways. Intricate detailing. These are all elements that often feature on new builds. Or custom mountain bike build projects.

Ed and Norm, on their 'Batman & Joker' bikes. (Photo: Liam Gallagher visuals)

New season - new bikes

Many riders might try to recreate a pro team colourway, but some riders prefer something more theatrical.

Norm Nielsen and Ed Spinella are associated with Fezzari bikes. Norm being a manager of the enduro bike team, and Ed as a brand ambassador. And when it was time to build new enduro bikes for the race season, they decided upon a Batman theme.

A Joker on the loose in Gotham City? (Photo: Liam Gallagher visuals)

Bringing the Joker bike to life 

Using Fezzari’s latest La Sal Peak 29er enduro bike as a platform, Norm and Ed wanted to create custom builds that would pay homage to Batman.

Ed’s bike developed into an authentic Joker character build. Using the La Sal Peak’s purple frame option as a base, Ed selected the latest DVO suspension components in green, to create that Joker look.

DVO is a suspension brand, knowns for its signature green components. (Photo: Liam Gallagher visuals)

Big suspension for riding any terrain 

A 180mm DVO Onyx D1 SC fork and matching 170mm Jade X coil shock, give Ed’s Joker bike terrific downhill riding performance. And all the green he needs to remain true to the project’s Batman character colours. Additional green detailing is provided by the stem and seatpost collar.

And what about the Joker character’s iconic white face makeup? Ed’s bike features a white seat, grips, and handguards to complete its authentic Joker appearance.

enduro bike
A custom La Sal Peak build, in classic Batman black and grey. (Photo: Liam Gallagher visuals)

A period grey and black look - for the Batbike

Norm’s Batman build is a lot more subtle. He selected the La Sal Peak’s grey colourway and used black contrasting components.

And for dedicated fans of all things Batman, any association with the anchor character should be stealthy – which is precisely what Norm’s La Sal Peak build project matured into. Very much the opposite of Ed’s Joker themed bike.

Featuring powerful TRP downhill racing brakes, DT Swiss wheels and Maxxis tyres, these custom Joker and Batman builds show that mountain biking inspiration can source from everywhere. Even the gravity trails of Gotham City.


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