Check Out MTBer Brandon Semenuk’s Wild Polaris General

The “Dig Rig” was built to ease Brandon Semenuk’s work on his trails at Red Bull Rampage.

Mountain biker Brandon Semenuk walks us through his custom 2022 Polaris General XP 4 1000 build.Polaris

If you’re a mountain biker, then we do not need to introduce Brandon Semenuk. He’s a free-ride and slopestyle specialist, whose skill and guts are without equal. He’s also the architect of some of the prettiest edits of all time, and a regular at Red Bull’s wild Rampage, an annual freeride competition in Virgin, Utah. Rampage is sort of like mountain biking’s King of the Hammers, if King of the Hammers was invitational, and only allowed in the top 1 percent or so of drivers.

This North Shore Racks vertical bike rack is the centerpiece of the build as far as Semenuk is concerned.Polaris

Rampage is famous for making athletes imagine, build, tweak, and ride their own lines down the canyon walls, and that means moving a lot of hand tools over nasty terrain. This year, Semenuk didn’t need to hike, thanks to a 2022 Polaris General XP 4 1000 customized to suit his needs. Nicknamed the “Dig Rig,” Polaris avoided no expense in making the machine fit the terrain and the task.

As Semenuk explained, getting to and from the Rampage venue every day is a task in and of itself, and having a rec-ute UTV instead of a truck made the trip faster, more fun, and no less practical. Starting with a set of what look like 32-inch Yokohama tires, the team added long-travel suspension and revalved the shocks to Semenuk’s specs. Then, a full lighting kit, a roof rack with lockable tool storage, a North Shore Rack hitch-mounted vertical bike rack, which keeps Semenuk’s most prized asset safe while banging through the desert.

Rampage requires its riders to use hand tools to build their own lines, so Semenuk’s General is kitted out with a roof rack to stow and lock his custom digging implements.Polaris

To keep the four-man crew entertained, Polaris threw a bigger Rockford Fosgate sound system into the build, powered by Polaris’ fantastic Ride Command system.

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