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March 2, 2021

EXPERIENCE 15 | Darren Murphy of PUSH Industries - Riding a Lifelong Passion for BMX and Mountain Biking into an International Enterprise

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Darren Murphy is the Founder and President of PUSH Industries, the manufacturer of the best mountain bike suspension in the world!  PUSH suspension systems are 100% American made, manufactured at their Loveland, Colorado headquarters, and sold through distribution outlets throughout the US, Asia, Australia, and Europe.  

In this episode, Curt gets deep with Darren on his life story, digging back to his early years in Maine for the roots of his passion for bikes.  Darren shares how the loss of his father at a young age impacted his journey, his struggles through high school years and how he found community in the local BMX circuit.  Darren took a 3-week bike mechanic course right after high school, and worked as the lead mechanic for a startup retail bike enterprise.  

That first job launched a career of impact for Darren, and as his passion for racing and suspension systems grew, so did his skills and reputation.  A move to California was instrumental to expanding his network, which propelled him through a pair of challenging partnerships to found his own business in an 800 sq. ft. warehouse space in 2003.  Originally a suspension-tuning business, PUSH eventually developed it's own patented technology - an easily switchable two-stage suspension tunable for uphill and downhill segments of a trail.  Darren and his wife moved themselves and PUSH to Northern Colorado in 2005 in search of closer trails and a better quality of life, and now provide over 25 high-quality jobs to members of our community - and are still growing fast!  

This episode is full of vulnerable moments and business learnings, and we're thankful to Darren for sharing his time to be a part of the LoCo Experience!  

Episode Sponsor: InMotion, providing next-day delivery for local businesses. Contact InMotion at inmotionnoco@gmail.com

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