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Hans in his Laguna Beach bike garage. (Photo: Shimano).
Hans in his Laguna Beach bike garage. (Photo: Shimano).

A select few mountain bikers ride with terrific endurance and power in their 50s and 60s.

But few could ever match the technical riding skills of Hans' No Way' Rey. The German rider turned 56 this year, and his ability to do amazing things with a mountain bike remain deeply impressive.

Hans continues to be a mountain biking advocate and is one of the sport's all-time greats. A breakthrough rider during the 1990s mountain biking boom, Hans moved to America and has been a Laguna Beach resident for many years.

One of the most skilled riders - ever

A daring trials riding style, engaging personality and humility combine to make Hans one of the most likeable mountain bikers around.

In his pro career, which is now well into its third decade, Hans is still capable of outrageous wheelies and balance tricks.

It is incredible how Hans has retained the lightning reflexes and balance required to ride a mountain bike with such exceptional skill. Over fearsome obstacles. Or along vertigo-inducing ridgelines.

Hans knows the history

Beyond his celebrity riding status, Hans has also championed the concept of using mountain biking to travel beyond the traditional European and American riding venues.

His adventures into India and Nepal, exploring the Himalayas, have inspired a new generation of mountain bikers, to explore.

As one would expect, Hans owns a terrific collection of bikes. And Shimano recently interviewed Hans about the evolution of mountain biking. It is a history lesson worth watching, related by one of the sport's most knowledgeable riders.

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