THE LOAM WOLF
THE WOLFPACK EXPANDS
WELCOME TO THE FULL-TIME TEAM, ROBERT
You may have noticed a few wet, rooty European reviews over the last two years. Our part time Euro-Wolf Robert Johnston has quit his day job to work twice as hard for what we’re sure is a lot less pay as he hopes to chase his passion of being on two wheels and analyzing parts and components in his own way. Robert is smart lad, having earned a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering, he recently set up some high tech suspension setting programs that he will be bringing over to our bike reviews, and we can’t wait to try them out.
Our team is thrilled to have Robert aboard, as he brings enthusiasm, solid shredabilities, brains and of course, that Scottish accent that drives us all wild. Here’s a quick intro to our new European Tech Editor, Robert Johnston.
Who? Robert Johnston
What? Bike-obsessed mechanical engineer turned Eurowolf
From Where? Venezuela born Scotsman
Stats: 205lbs; 189cm (6’2”) – all legs
WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?
I have always had a love for people’s passion for their “thing”, and this is truest when it comes to other people being passionate about my thing – riding bikes. I’ve studied and worked as an Engineer to better understand and practice how to improve bikes, and now I’m looking to use this knowledge and combine it with my own experiences to help people choose the best bikes and kit they can, so they can enjoy their thing to the highest degree.
My dream loop would be a climb with a mix of some tech sections and some “easy” miles and elevation, followed by a never-ending trail that progresses through a variety of styles – pigeon holing a single style of trail would be too damn hard! But it would have to have some steeps, some big jumps and some good corners that beg to be hit hard. BMX is rad too.
FAVORITE BIKE STYLE?
My personal rig is a Transition Sentinel V1, and I would say it combines all the attributes I would want from a mountain bike. It pedals well, can stand its ground on the gnarlier trails yet keeps you feeling connected to what is happening underneath your tires. Aggressive trail blending into Enduro makes for some exciting bikes.
Big fan of mexican food; consume way too much peanut butter; and have the Scottish gene that requires oats to fuel my day.
DRINK OF CHOICE?
Good coffee is essential, and a Guinness or a craft beer that errs on the less experimental side of things. I grew up 20 minutes away from the Brewdog HQ, so shout out to those guys killing it with their craft beer for the people and their eco motives!
BEST PLACE YOU’VE RIDDEN?
Finale Ligure has a special place in my heart. Insane trails that end on the Mediterranean coast is just a dream.
DREAM PLACE TO RIDE?
I have travelled all over Europe to ride and managed to hit most of the spots I could dream of, but I have yet to venture further afield to ride. So, Canada and New Zealand are of course on my bucket list! And hopefully Oregon too, heard there is some cool guys over there to ride with…