DV & NAILD PEDAL REBUILD Words Drew Rohde DARRELL VOSS IS A BIG MAN, and I’m not only referring to his six and a half foot stature. So when Darrell called saying he wanted me to help document the development of a revolutionary new suspension design, I didn’t really have much of an option. The pressure was on. Voss owns several patents and has a direct link to technologies still in use today yet he prefers to stay behind the scenes. Make no mistake the fact his initials aren’t blasted all over chainstays or glowing in the industry limelight isn’t because he shouldn’t be there, but because he prefers to remain anonymous, instead letting the equipment do the talking. Voss is passionate about bikes, consumer fun and trail access yet he also seems to ooze a strong distaste for the “magical fairy dust” sprinkled around by engineers and marketing companies alike. At times during our journey together I chuckled at how a seemingly cynical and unassuming genius could actually still be so motivated to deliver a product driven by his love for bikes. Over the last two years of our project he’s remained focused on producing bikes and technologies that “puts butts on bikes,” as he explains it. The bulk of Voss’s extensive career has been spent creating performance products that are affordable to the everyday rider. Voss firmly believes that quality doesn’t have to come at a premium, and with Naild he hopes to address that by designing bikes with kinematics that eliminate the need for expensive or electronic shocks. Voss started his bicycle industry love affair in the early 1980s as a BMX racer and soon transitioned to designer and engineer. From his early days as a racer and shop employee until today, Voss amassed nearly two dozen patents for bicycle-related technologies, and one sweet nickname. Big Bunny, as his friends know him, is the alias he earned by his impressive bunny hopping skills. Before making a name for himself behind the scenes he was the talent and we’ve got the picture to prove it. I’ve known Darrell for quite a while as his current role with SR Suntour kept us in contact fairly regularly, however nearly two years ago Darrell and I met for the ﬁ rst time to discuss his new project— 086 MARCH decline
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