Karin Pasterer

Karin Pasterer

„I could not imagine a life without my bike anymore”

Most days, you’ll find Karin Pasterer charging in Saalbach Hinterglemm, but this downhill racer is equally at home on the gnarliest trails of Whistler, where she rides better and harder than most guys. Huge drops, stonking trails and big jumps are a daily grind for her, so it’s no wonder her nickname is “Pasteraner”, in honor of her idol Travis Pastrana. In 2014 she won the Women Expert category at the World Games of Mountainbiking in Saalbach with the fastest run of the day.

YT Family member since:
Home trail:
Speedster, Bikepark Saalfelden/Leogang, Austria
Favourite bike park:
Bikepark Saalfelden Leogang, Austria
Home base:
Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
Body height:
Body weight:
63 kg
Favorite beer:
Kokanee – doesn’t really taste that good but reminds me of great times in Whistler. ;-)


Karin is a downhill racer to her very core. She rides the TUES in size M with quite fast rebound at the front to keep traction on bumpy trails with high speed. Due to the high velocity when racing her fork’s compression is stiff, making thorough training mandatory. In the back she likes her rear shock with a little slower rebound and a stiff compression to avoid sagging into the travel when hitting big bumps or jumps. Depending on the line she'll be riding, she meticulously adjust the set up with a few clicks, making sure she always gets the best out of her gear.