May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
- Edward Abbey>
I hate talking about myself.
As an admitted introvert, I loathe having to talk or write about myself. This is going to be painful, for the both of us, so let’s just rip that bandaid off…
Hi. My name is Justin and I live on the "front range" in Fort Collins, Colorado. I created this site because as a photographer and tech-obsessed person, I wanted an outlet to share my mountain biking images and some of the knowledge I learn (likely useless to you, but you never know!) over the course of researching an issue or just being involved in the outdoor industry.
I’ve been mountain biking off and on since 1997. My first real bike was a Trek 820 that my parents bought me back when we lived in Morristown, NJ sometime during high school. It was a fun and capable bike, especially considering my general lack of fitness, knowledge, or skill back then. I went to college in upstate New York (Rochester Institute of Technology) and picked up a used GT Zaskar with the "triple triangle" frame from a friend. I think it had a RockShox Reba on it that I knew nothing about. Suspension and "real" mountain were all new to me. I was really starting to dig this whole dirt riding and urban assault thing we had going. I quickly moved on from the GT and picked a cherry red Santa Cruz Chameleon hardtail that I tricked out with a Marzocchi DJ fork and a gargantuan 3.0" Nokian Gazzaloddi front tire. That bike kicked ass! From there I got into all kinds of bikes, most memorable, a murdered out Santa Cruz Nomad, and a top-of-the-line Giant Trance XO.
I currently ride a fleet of Guerrilla Gravity bikes, including the Megatrail, Trail Pistol, and Pedalhead. The Megatrail is a 170mm front/165mm rear travel gnar-bomber with 27.5" x 2.5 Maxxis meats. The Trail Pistol is my go-to trail bike with 130mm front / 120mm rear travel and 27.5x2.8" Plus tires. And the Pedalhead is my Plus-tire super-capable steel hardtail that can (and has) handle all the Colorado front range has to offer.
Aside from riding, I’m a parent, husband, and self-employed at my own photography and design business, JMVDIGITAL. I have worked with several outdoor and bike-related companies, including: Addidas Outdoor, Guerrilla Gravity, REEB Cycles, Paradigm Cycle Works, Ascent Studio, and CO Active.
While we’re on the topic of me…
Here’s some of the super rad photos I’ve shot for those clients and for myself: