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Hoonigan to the Stars, Specialized Builds Custom Galaxy S-Works Demo for Ken Block

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There is a lot of cross over between mountain bikes and motorsports. On most weekends you’ll find a number of mountain bikes tuned into motocross, MotoGP, F1, and other forms of racing both 2 wheeled and four. On the same wavelength, when Ken Block drops a new video of smoky tire destruction and precision drifting, it doesn’t take long to spread through the bicycle social media sphere.

While not the first custom bike Specialized has put together for Block, the latest Galaxy S-Works Demo takes advantage of Tony Baumann’s skill in the paint booth. The Specialized employee has been knocking out incredible paint jobs for awhile under the Made Rad By Tony name, and Ken Block’s beauty is no exception…

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All photos c. Specialized Facebook and Instagram accounts

The hand airbrushed frame will be hard to miss out on the trails, even if you didn’t know who Ken Block was. For more photos check out the Specialized Facebook and Instagram, as well as #maderadbytony.

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davis
davis
7 years ago

bet he can huck it

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
7 years ago

needs a drift edit on it

Rico
Rico
7 years ago

That is the video i want to see.

Padrote
Padrote
7 years ago

no room for monster stripes or oakley O’s on there?

Sardinien
Sardinien
7 years ago

Dose he actually ride it ?

Throck
Throck
7 years ago

@Sardinien before he made DC Shoes he raced MX so my guess is yes he does.

bad andy
bad andy
7 years ago

This is galaxies better than that last atrocity Ken showed off.

Drew Diller
7 years ago

He drives very precisely, which involves training of wit and reflexes and spatial awareness. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s quite comfortable on the limit with two wheels as well.

richard
richard
7 years ago

Free stuff for millionaires – that makes sense.

How many bikes could this project have bought for underserved kids?

MissedThePoint
MissedThePoint
7 years ago

I wonder if his sponsors and management even condone him riding it. Probably just a $10k advertising stint for Spec’s custom service. Monster might have provided the celeb connection hookup.

groghunter
groghunter
7 years ago
Padrote
Padrote
7 years ago

@drew, his celebrity status far outweighs his driving ability

Chris L
Chris L
7 years ago

1) Doubt it was free. Block has a ton of money from his shoe company and he could afford this without second thought.
2) I’m sure he rides it. Like a lot of racers he rides bikes. People stupidly assume race car drivers are not athletes. Bad assumption. You try sitting in a F1 car where the temperatures are well over 100 degrees and take a few 4G turns. Also keep in mind a race car isn’t like your BMW M3. There is no power steering and there is no assist on the brakes. Most of the top racers are in extremely good shape.
3) His celebrity status certainly outweighs his driving ability but his driving ability is still better than all but a handful of pros.

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

Chris L,
I am a huge motorsports (and car) fan. Ken Block is a very, very good driver. But among actual professional drivers (those that make a living purely by driving), he is on the very low end. And the best part is, I think he would openly admit that. He knows what he does well, and he sells it very well.

point 1 – ?
point 2 – definitely. Anyone that thinks driving an actual race car is easy, would be surprised how sore they are the day after driving an 80cc race kart. Also, all the WRC cars have power steering and brakes, but that doesn’t really make it less of a physical challenge. One of my cars has neither, and it no harder to driver on the track than one with.

MTBRDR929
MTBRDR929
7 years ago

That thing is going to look great on the roof of his mustang in his next video, I’m assuming that’s what its for instead of being ridden.

bielas
bielas
7 years ago

don’t worry guys. This paintjob is just for those images and some media attention. Right after that, the frame is sanded, all paint removed, and next artistic special edition coat is applied. Next “famous-guy-that-would-never-use-that-bike-for-what-is-intended” will be shot with it in some “rad” pose… then recycle again

Peter
Peter
7 years ago

really? he is terrible driver. If he was such good one then he would be still driving in WRC but doesn’t since he crashed too many times.
now this? what a joke.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
7 years ago

I don’t get the personal butthurt over block. Kinda cool paint job on a cool rig.

hellsheadbanger
hellsheadbanger
7 years ago

@Peter That may be the single most stupid, ignorant comment I have ever read on this site. Just because he is not the fastest in WRC does not mean he is a terrible driver. Name one other driver who is better at precision and stunt drifting. I really hope you are just being a troll (deleted)

i
i
7 years ago

I think I’ve heard of a Galaxy s-something before, it would be wonderful if the owner of that trademark gave someone a taste of their own medicine.

Ha
Ha
7 years ago

Ya @peter that was pretty ignorant! Troll. Unless you can drive better than Ken watch what you say. Jesus.

A well respected man
A well respected man
7 years ago

Best finish on a bike ever…period. Kudos to the minds behind it!

feendish
feendish
7 years ago

dh has lost it’s style it all looks the same. so does the bearded rider.

KT
KT
7 years ago

The U.S. flag is backwards but other than that, it’s a rad paint job

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