Santa Cruz Bicycles

Nathan Riddle

Ashland, Oregon, USA

Height: 5'9"/175cm
Date of Birth: 18th September 1975



Nathan started biking when he was 5 years old, but didn't start racing them until he was about 20. 

High school days were spent XC & track running, time which he admits would've been better spent racing bikes instead.

Nathan soon made up for lost time, competing in DH, XC, dual slalom and even hill climb events from 1996 onwards... all on the same bike.  Nathan also hit the entire Norba national circuit in a converted old schoolbus, a recipe that made for some good times and unprintable stories.

Motos, skis and snowboards have increasingly been replaced by parenting duties, leading classes at the United Bicycle Institute (bikechool.com) and having bizarre dreams about one-on-one combat with mountain lions(?).  Despite the distractions, Nathan still finds time to get out and slay bike races across the North West. 

Imaginatively nicknamed "The Riddler" by some, Nathan couldn't drum up a single riddle for his blurb here. He is also terrible at solving riddles too.  So we just call him Nathan.

Photo © Nicholas B Ontiveros.

Bike Setup

  • Model: Santa Cruz Bronson carbon
  • Size: M
  • Fork: RockShox PIKE Solo Air 150mm
  • Shock: RockShox VIVID Air
  • Rear Dérailleur: SRAM XX1
  • Shifters: SRAM XX1
  • Chainguide: Truvativ
  • Crankset: SRAM XX1
  • Cassette: SRAM XX1 10-42t 11sp
  • Brakes: Avid XO trail with 180mm rotors (Ti hardware)
  • Headset: Chris King
  • Bars: Truvativ Boobar 780mm
  • Stem: Truvativ Stylo 60mm
  • Grips: WTB Lock ons
  • Wheelset: SRAM ROAM 60 carbon
  • Tires: WTB Vigilante Team (F) & Wolverine Team (R)
  • Seat Post: Rockshox Reverb Stealth 
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Ti rails
  • Pedals: Shimano XTR M980

Career Highlights

  • 1st: Oregon Enduro Series - Ashland 2013
  • 1st: Oregon Super D series champion 2011
  • 2nd: Ashland Spring Thaw All Mountain Challenge 2013
  • 2nd: Oregon Enduro Series - Ashland 2012
  • 2nd: North American Enduro Tour 2011
  • 3rd: Downieville DH  2008
  • 3rd: Downieville DH  2007
  • 4th: Downieville DH  2010
  • 4th: Downieville DH  2009