Testimonials 2018-01-23T16:07:38+00:00


Aaron Gwin – 5X UCI World Cup Series Champion

Aaron Gwin – Downhill World Cup Champion 2017

(photo by Isac Paddock)

“The FTD system has truly been a game changer for me. The rim protection is a big advantage but the thing I love the most is the way they feel make the bike feel. The system really takes away the harshness of square edge hits, bumps, and rocks making any trail feel instantly smoother. I’ve had problems with my hands hurting at World Cup races in the past and the FTD system has pretty much eliminated that problem as well. This is one of those products that I just simply wouldn’t race without now.”

John Hall – Factory Mechanic for Aaron Gwin

John Hall – World Cup Mechanic for Aaron Gwin

(photo by Isac Paddock)
“The advantages gained from running Flat Tire Defender don’t stop at preventing rim strikes and flat tires. With more time spent on it, we’re finding the riders prefer to use it in both the front and the rear wheels as opposed to just the rear, where damage is most likely to occur. There are a couple reasons for this with the first one being that once up to speed; the added rotational speed helps give the feeling of smoothing out rougher sections. This is most likely due to the second reason we’ve found through rider feedback, which is that this system actually initiates the bicycles suspension just a fraction sooner and the riders love it. Adding confidence, speed and cutting fractions off lap times. There’s no doubt Flat Tire Defender has helped us win races at the elite level of downhill racing.”

Katy Winton –Trek Factory Racing – Enduro World Cup – 10/24/17

“I’ve had FTD in my rear wheel all season and have never had a puncture with it across the most wild and varied terrain! We put our bikes and bodies through so much racing Enduro and the FTD gives me the confidence and reassurance that if I get a line wrong or smash down harder than I meant to I know the rim and tires are safe from punctures. Thanks for helping me secure 3rd overall in the EWS!!”

Team PROJECT/Switzerland – World Cup Downhill & iXS Downhill 10-10-17

“The whole “Team PROJECT” race team had been testing the FTD for the first time in the Anti-Gravity, San Romolo, Italy while in training camp, a track that is pretty tight, blocky and rocky. We were literally flashed as it felt. You do not have to be afraid to destroy your rim while riding, so you can focus on taking the fastest, which is mostly the roughest, line. The FTD stabilize the sidewall, so to blow your tire off the rim in a corner is almost impossible. For some weather conditions or tracks we are also able to adjust our tire pressure more than normal. Rather impressive factor is that it feels like a “third suspension” – it even helps against “arm pump.” All 7 of us use FTD front & back and could not imagine to ride without one!”

Charlie Harrison 10/16/17

“I’ve been using the FTD system for about two seasons now, and it’s honestly become one of the most important parts of my bike set up. I’ve always been super hard on wheels, and the FTD really helps me protect my wheels while at the same time dampening my the feel of my bike and helping me feel planted to the ground. As soon as I signed with Intense Factory Downhill Team, I told them how much I believed in the product, and all of the other riders absolutely loved it straight away. I used to only run FTD in the rear, but at the end of this season, I started running them front and rear, and it really helped smoothen up my ride while providing added rim and flat protection. I also like being able to run lower pressures, but still not having to worry about my tires folding under hard compressions. Thank you FTD, for making such a useful product.”

Happy Customers — Winny & Kerim

“We were at Chatel Bike Park and it was crowded, I had to go too slow so I went through loose & sharp slate stone.  My tire gets chopped and the air was floating out; tire milk wasn’t able to close hole; people were screaming you have a flat tire man! Thanks to FTD I was able to finish the trail without jumping or falling off the bike; my rim stayed in perfect shape; a great sign of a functional and great product.”

Chappy Fiene – Head mechanic – Intense Factory Downhill team 2017

“It has been a great year for Intense Factory Racing Downhill team working with Flat Tire Defender. We work with some of the best companies and manufactures in this industry. Having the Flat Tire Defender inserts mounted up, gives the riders and myself an extra sense of security when they are pushing themselves and their equipment to the absolute limit.”

Aaron Gwin defends title – 2017 USA National DH Champion with 3rd place to Intense rider, Charlie Harrison!  Keep rolling with Flat Tire Defenders!