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SUPER GRASSROOTS

Leopald Erhardt

The very first time I got in touch with Kona was in 2014. The O’Neal Rookie slopestyle happened at the Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and I won best trick. Kona also sponsored the event, and the first prize was a steel Kona Shonky frame. At the time I still rode for another company, but we parted ways very soon after the event. I started to build up the Shonky I won and fell completely in love with the bike. Fast forward two years…I guess I sent a request to Kona Austria (because I moved from Germany to Austria) to ask if they could support me. I got my first DH bike (2017 Supreme Operator, which I still ride today) for a really good price and got a few frames over the years. That’s the story how I got in touch with Kona and I’m super happy to continue this ride.

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AGE

25

HOME TOWN

Innsbruck, Austria

FIRST KONA

Shonky
BIGGEST INFLUENCE

My biggest influence was and will forever be former Kona Rider Andreu Laconderguy. I’m still a huge fan. Incredible Rider. I’m also influenced by my friends, especially Peter Kaiser. We pushed each other over the years and it’s always awesome to compete with him on a friendly basis and push our riding together.

GOALS FOR THIS YEAR

In 2017 I moved to Innsbruck, Austria to ride bikes and study sports management. Most of the time I rode bikes, but I'll finish university soon (I promise, Mom). My main goal in 2022 is to keep improving on my bikes. I’ve got a few things in mind I want to do but it's hard to tell. I’m super happy to be invited again to the flat-out days in Slovenia, as it’s the event I focus the most on. The other things I can’t tell, but a video part should be on its way again this year.