American SkiBike Association
- Boardmember for the American SkiBike Association
- Owner/manufacturer of Sledgehammer Skibikes, Austria
- Owner/manufacturer of VYRO Components, Austria
Gregor Schuster Bio
I was born in Austria on February 12, 1975. I went to school at the Federal College of Engineering.
I live in Baden, Austria with a beautiful woman named Julia, and our 2 wonderful sons Niki (born 2007) and Jakob (born 2010). Baden is close to Vienna and is just a couple mountain hikes away from the Alps.
I have been a downhill mountain biker most of my life. How could you not be with growing up with all these mountains in my backyard?
Skibiking is more close to nature than many other winter sports. Climb a mountain with friends, relax at the lodge and enjoy beautiful powder down hills. This was the motivation of the development.
The idea of “Freeride” comes from the mountain bike sports which initiated the development of the Sledgehammer Skibikes.
My passion has always been mountain biking, more specific Freeriding, riding off the beaten trails in beautiful landscapes, sometimes under extreme conditions. I did not want to miss riding down my beloved mountains in the winter time, but what do you do when the snow covers your favorite trails?
This is what drove me to convert my first skibike with a kit. This worked more or less, but cost a lot and finally after spending a lot of time on it, I ended up with a scratched mountain bike. But it was a lot of fun, so much fun that I took my welding gear out and made my first skibike frame myself. The better geometry of the frame tripled the fun and the decision was made: Everyone should be able to enjoy and afford this sport. So the task was to manufacture a high quality skibike at a low price. Therefore a large number of skibikes had to be produced. Customers approved and nearly 2200 Sledgehammer Skibikes have been sold since I started the company in 2006. Sledgehammer Skibikes plans to produce 1,500 units in 2012 and 3,000 units in 2013/14 due to the cooperation of a large bicycle manufacturer.
I recently started a new venture and founded another company called VYRO Components, which develops and distributes bicycle components.
Though I live in Austria, I will lend my hand and knowledge to the American SkiBike Association as a valued boardmember to help grow the sport of SkiBiking.