Before becoming a YouTube famous content creator, NOBL ambassador Phil Kmetz was racing professionally on the DH circuit. While he cut his teeth making straightforward MTB riding tutorials, he’s best known these days for his positive vibe and infectiously engaging cycling videos.
Creating the high-calibre content Phil is known for is more than a full-time job but luckily for us, he was able to take a moment out of his busy schedule for our rider Q & A.
Q & A with Phil
Where is your favorite trail? Why?
What are you passionate about, outside of the cycling realm?
How did your cycling adventure start?
It’s something I picked up as a kid. I moved around a lot, so I never made strong friendships. Instead, I’d spend my afternoons riding around the yard or digging up the grass to make jumps. Wherever I moved I was always the weird kid who was obsessed. My parents noticed my interest in bikes and even though they weren’t competitive people, they got me involved with racing from an early age.
What have been the challenges and successes with your YouTube channel?
People’s attention is very limited, so you have to get your point across quickly. This makes it tricky when explaining complicated topics in simple terms. Everybody wants to learn easily how to master a bunny hop in 5 minutes or less. Imagine trying to explain something as simple as how to walk, there’s a lot more to it than just putting your right leg in front of your left.
If you could change one thing about the bike industry today, what would it be?
GT Force Carbon Pro LEBike Check
Onyx Vesper Hubs
Silent and stealthy, Onyx’s revolutionary sprag clutch makes it the fastest rolling hub on the market. The freehub is completely silent when coasting and engages instantly the moment you drop the hammer. For his 2021 GT Force, Phil selected the lighter weight of ONYX’s two offerings, the Vesper.