What can we say about 2020…that hasn’t already been said? It was a season cut short for sure that left many of us wanting more SkiBiking. Looking at the positives, SkiByk has been in communication with many Ski Area Managers and the general consensus is “we are opening and we are confident that we will have a great season working with the new norms” What this means at the individual resorts will be interesting as the season unfolds. At SkiByk, we are staying positive about the upcoming season and went forward with our orders of the SB100 and SB200. Since we had another sell out season last year…we increased the order for both products this season. To all of you who took advantage of the reservation program and locked in last year sales price…congratulations! As many of you are aware we invested a lot of time and effort in the prototyping and on slope testing stage of our products 4 seasons ago. We did this with all types of riders and conditions before we went into full production. This investment was necessary to insure we could supply a great SkiBike at an affordable cost that could handle the ride season after season. We are constantly soliciting feedback from our customers and our rental partners regarding our current designs and asking about any recommended improvements we could make. We are extremely proud of the fact that the overwhelming responses last season ranged from “not really’ to “why” to “we beat the crap out of your bikes and do not have problems” ok there was the one guy who wanted a fatter seat…but we sent him a link to get one…you know who you are. Based on all the feedback (or lack of) we received about any changes to the products…We made the decision to not make changes to our 2 current models. This decision will allow us to continue to provide great SkiBikes at an affordable price point and not increase prices from last year’s retail price point. This is a win for all of our customers and the sport in general.SkiByk has always been about Enjoying the Ride…and we will continue to Enjoy the Ride! We will continue to focus our efforts on our riders, Ski Areas and the American SkiBike Association to help advance the sport. We will continue to be great ambassadors for the sport and ask our customers and support groups to do the same. As we look to the ’20-’21 season you may have noticed, we are adding “No Limits” to our social media posts, videos and website. What does this mean “No Limits”? For us at SkiByk, it means a lot of things:No Limits on where you ride…Access for All!No Limits on what you ride!No Limits on who you ride with! No Limits on the terrain you ride…steeps, trees, bumps, cruisers, pow…whatever!No limits in general…just get out and Enjoy the Ride!From all of us at SkiByk, we wish all of you the best this season can bring. We hope you get to ride with No Limits and have access to your slopes and your enjoyment of the sport of SkiBiking. But most importantly we hope whatever your ride…you get to Enjoy the Ride!
Feb. 28, 2020 Update
To all of our loyal customers, we at SkiByk, LLC want to thank you for your loyal support…4+ years ago, Alfie Fernandez (Co-Owner of SkiByk, LLC) designed and had fabricated the original prototype, after a meeting at Sierra-at-Tahoe, we decided to form a business and SkiByk was born. The prototyping and development processes were fun and challenging…there were times though that we questioned what we were doing. We had many changes to the original protype…but, we believed in our mission statement, stuck to the processes and through rider feedback, on the slope testing and a little luck we developed the SB100 SkiByk. Since then the SB100 has gone on to be the #1 selling SkiBike in the USA.
Our mission statement was simple back then: Grow the sport of SkiBiking, by providing consumers with a low-cost, high-quality SkiBike. We have held onto this mission statement and this past season, despite tariff increases imposed on us, we made the decision to hold the price of the SB100 at $989. Additionally, based on feedback from our loyal riders, released the SB200 SkiByk, featuring the RST Stitch front fork and custom die-cut skis. This model quickly became a favorite and we are almost sold out for the season of both the SB100 and SB200 models.
As with all companies, change and exploring new opportunities are the key to growth and success. This season SkiByk, LLC announced an exclusive distributorship in North America with Sledgehammer SkiBikes out of Austria. The Sledgehammer SkiBike is a very popular SkiBike in Europe and has a strong fan base here in the USA. We also launched our newest website WWW.SKIBIKE.COM to support this partnership with Sledgehammer. On this website you will find, SkiBikes, Skis and Accessories for SkiBikes. We are actively looking for products that will meet the demands of SkiBikers. Liberator Skis out of Utah, Catalyst Pedals by Pedaling Innovations, Soft Good Accessories by Snowblind SeamWorx out of Tahoe are examples of the types of products we want to help get out to SkiBikers. If you feel you have a product that could benefit SkiBikers and the sport, please email us at Chris@skibike.com. We hope all SkiBikers will agree that this horizontal expansion fits right in line with our updated mission statement: Grow the sport of SkiBiking, by providing consumers with low-cost, high-quality SkiBikes and Accessories.
Finally and something we are very excited to announce, we have made the decision to welcome our first official Team Rider Leif Larson. We first met Leif 3 seasons ago at a demo day we were having at Sierra-at-Tahoe in California. After an initial demo ride it was apparent that Leif was born to be a SkiBiker…he took to it immediately and ended up buying a demo SB100 SkiByk from us that very day. Since then, Leif has proven to be a tremendous advocate for the sport in general, he immediately volunteered to be a Rep for the American SkiBike Association (ASA) and is a true an ambassador for the sport to all he meets. Leif, currently rides an SB100 with an X-Fusion fork and the Liberator skis, if you have not seen the videos, Leif is no stranger to big air in the parks. He is a skilled rider, that goes out of his way to answer questions about SkiBikes and is welcoming to all SkiBikers in general. You can find Leif most weekends Enjoying the Ride at Sierra-At-Tahoe. He has worked closely with another ASA Rep in the California area Monte Hand. Together they have organized events, participated in contests and continue to be SkiBike ambassadors first, SkiBykers second. Please join us as we welcome Leif Larson as our first official Team Rider and watch for more videos and announcements to come.
It is an exciting time to be involved in the sport, if you own a SkiBike…get out and ride. While out riding we hope you are an ambassador to all, if you can get out to the many SkiBike Rallies that are being organized by riders, go! This is a great way to show Ski Areas we are a growing group. No matter what your level of riding is, enter a race if there is one close by you, trust me you will have fun. Finally, please join the American SkiBike Association…your nominal membership fee to this 501 C-3 non-profit goes a long way to help the all-volunteer group of SkiBiking enthusiasts to promote the sport and open access to more Ski areas around the country. Most importantly, wherever and whatever you ride for a SkiBike, we hope you enjoy the ride!
SkiByk Tribe…what a great season this has been…record snowfalls in many resorts, great SkiBike events at Hoodoo and Sierra-at-Tahoe and our second sell out season for the SB100 All-Mountain SkiByk. The latter for which we need to thank our growing customer base. I have the pleasure of speaking with the majority of our owners personally and I can truly say we have great customers. The comments, testimonials, facebook photos and just all around support our customers show us is amazing. So, thank you to all for your encouragement and support!
This year we had many of our customers buy a SkiByk, without ever riding one…this is due in large part to the many videos and comments we receive. I think this is a true indicator of our sport and the potential growth that is coming…as more and more people see our SkiByk on the slopes and more rental options become available to potential riders…the sport of SkiBiking will continue to grow.
I have been asked by many of our customers why our SkiByk sells for less than $1000 USD…which is a great question. The answer is simple…at SkiByk we are dedicated to growing the sport of SkiBiking and feel this is a price point that will help greatly in that endeavor. All of the SkiBikes offered today in the $989-$1599 price point are built overseas. They are all built out of aluminum and all have full suspension. Our mission statements from day one pay homage to this and are as follows:
“Grow the sport of SkiBiking by providing a high-quality low-cost SkiBike designed for the masses” and “Provide exemplary customer service”
Based on all of our reviews and the last 2 years of sales we feel very confident we are delivering on our promise!
The future for SkiBiking is exciting, this year we saw a few more resorts open up to us, we saw more events and I believe we will see more of the same next season. To all SkiBikers in general, thank you, collectively we are all opening doors and as ambassadors for the sport our only challenge are general awareness and acceptance by Ski Areas. If you are not a member of the American SkiBike Association…please join at www.americanskibike.com This is a group of volunteers who are focused on the continued growth of the sport. Your nominal membership fee goes a long way in helping with that endeavor.
Finally to our growing SkiByk tribe…Big Mahalo for all of your support. This is a labor of passion for us at SkiByk, without your constant words of encouragement, posts, reviews and photos of you out Enjoying the Ride on your SkiByk…this business would just not be as much fun….we greatly appreciate all of you!
Always Enjoy the Ride,
Chief Excitement Officer
Update: January 19, 2018
What an incredible season 2017-18 has been and its only mid-Jan. Despite the slow start to winter that many Ski areas around the country experienced…old man winter arrived and we have been able to get out and enjoy the ride on the SB100 All-Mountain SkiByk. For those of you following us we began delivering SkiBykes in November and are rapidly approaching a SELL OUT for this season. We had a limited production run for this year so if you miss out, do not worry, we will be taking pre-orders and deposits for next year and with NO price increase to you!
To those of you who purchased a SkiByk and joined our ever growing SkiByk Owners Group (the OG’s)...I cannot thank you enough…not only do we greatly appreciate your support in purchasing your SkiByk…but all of us at SkiByk are blown away with all of your comments, pictures, videos etc you are posting up on Facebook. For those of you who have personally called me and thanked me for building a great SkiByk…you are welcome…but that credit is shared by the team at SkiByk and your comments have been passed on! All of us at SkiByk are thrilled that you are Enjoying the Ride and look forward to one day personally meeting all of our inaugural owners…henceforth known as the OG’s! Thank you again…now get out there and Enjoy the Ride!
Chief Excitement Officer