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Jun 19, 2013 at 9:00
Jun 19, 2013
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We're thrilled to have Digger join the Joystick family and to release a set of signature Digger components. Significant proceeds from the sale of each Digger by Joystick component go to the famous trail builder and will help him continue to build and maintain the trails we love.

DIGGER - Joystick Team
Todd "Digger" Fiander. The Man, The Myth, The Legacy, and the epitome of North Shore!

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The new Digger Bar by Joystick uses a special blend of 8-Bit Alloy and will be available in anodized black, red, or blue.

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The Digger Saddle is a versatile Freeride, Trail, and All-Mtn performance saddle.

Joystick Analog Carbon DH Bar DH Enduro and All Mountain ready.- 800mm Wide 223 grams 6up 9back with a 20mm rise. A lifetime of experience and nearly 2 years in the making over 3 molds 3 testing facilities a team of test riders and soon to be available for your enjoyment Thanks for the support everyone Contact us to pre-order yours today -info ridejoystick.com.
Joystick Analog Carbon DH Bar! DH, Enduro, and All Mountain ready.- 800mm Wide, 223 grams, 6up, 9back with a 20mm rise. A lifetime of experience and nearly 2 years in the making, over 3 molds, 3 testing facilities, a team of test riders. The next shipment of Analog Carbon DH Bars is shipping soon and can be pre-ordered on our website - Click Here.

Digger's signature Joystick parts will be available later this summer to find out more go to RideJoystick.com or contact us via email at info@ridejoystick.com.
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93 Comments

  • + 82
 when's his pro model shovel coming out!?
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 haha I'd buy it
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 I think of the evolution of mountain biking over the past 20 years, and it is clear that trails like those Digger has created, compelled the manufacturers of everything related to riding on these trails to step up and create the technology that makes it possible. As the riders pushed their limits to ride Digger's vision in dirt, wood and rock the sport has been elevated both literally and figuratively. In the chicken/egg debate, it seems to me that trail builders like the inimitable Digger were and are at the leading edge of the evolutionary chain.

I remember riding Ladies Only 15 years or so ago, and thinking 'I hope I survive this' on numerous occasions and only riding certain sections because the buddy I was riding with had already ridden it so I figured it must be possible... Steep steep steep, and technically challenging to boot. I should go back and ride it again to check and see if the pucker factor is still as high as it was in the hard-tail days... I'm confident it is. Thanks for the inspiration Digger!
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 MORE TRAIL BUILDING VIDS AND ARTICLES ON THE HOMEPAGE PLEASE...
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 Yep...even more detailed articles about specific trail features, different methods or interpretations, best practice etc would be excellent...
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 Digger.... my idol :3
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 Don't forget to add filmmaker, love the VHS set, Thanks Digger for all your hard work and energy that has shaped many riders and made the shore and bike designs what they are today. Salute KOTS "King of the sShore"
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 Those vhs are classic... had lots of them... mtb was not the same after those videos...
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 eww nsmba
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 Digger is a legend
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 Was he a part of the NSX series?

Also I think more companies need to do this! Such a good idea.
  • + 3
 Plot Twist - His garden at home is overrun by long grass and weeds because he hates 'gardening'
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 i really have no idea which sort of wood you canadians use for shores, that you can ride those in the wet. here we put metal grid on the shores to have grip.
  • + 5
 colincolin: I guess it's Canadian Cedar. Its way more grippy in wet than other wood. Someone told me..
  • + 4
 naw, we just slide and have fun up here in canada, no special wood
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 i hate wood
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 there's no special wood, it just takes a fuckload of skill to be able to ride them like that. I can't, I just slip out instantly.
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 No special wood? Cedar is the ultimate building material. Yes its grippy when when wet. Just not as grippy.
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 Don't pedal so hard, or stay balanced? I slide all over the place too.
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 ALL HAIL DIGGER
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 SShredder: Thank you for confirming my thought. I haven't tried it on my own tyres yet so I was'nt sure about it. We have got no Cedar trees in the Czech Republic.
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 Yes, no cedar trees in Norway either unfortunately, just a ton of birch up in the mountains. Slippery as hell bark on them that is near impossible to remove. A layer of chicken wire works reasonably well, providing nobody skids it up and turns it into a pedal trap.
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 To be honest it doesnt really take skill to ride ladders in the wet. Personally. i hate ladders and think we should demolish them all
  • + 4
 Anyone else not surprised at all by samtomkins' age? I feel only an ignorant child would make a comment like that.
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 no we're young and like the more dh side of things more than the tech usually, I don't mind ladders and all that but they do get in the way of trail progression, just wish there could be more nsmba sanctioned trails on seymour so we can have the more dh style trails and then the trails with wood on them as separate trails, you have to understand sams point of view here, he doesn't have an all mountain bike so obviously he's going to have a bad time on the old school trails with his wilson, I used to feel the same way about old school trails but after getting the slayer I don't mind them so much
  • + 2
 It's fine to be into 'the more DH' side of riding, but posting comments like this under an article on Digger and a discussion about this type of trailbuilding... is pretty lame.
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 Pretty lame? It's disrespectful.
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 I actually really like some of the newer stuff Digger is putting into trails like Crokscrew (the faster flowy part) and stuff. No disrespect to Digger himself intended. Just saying I don't like how a trail such as Corkscrew has these new faster, flowier part mixed in with speedkilling skinnies. It's kind of a bummer to be ripping through berms and stuff then having to slow right down and basically crawl across a skinny on a double crown bike. Just wish they could keep flowy trails flowy, not saying they should get rid of skinnies (even though I said that in my original comment I didn't mean it like that) just keep them seperate from the more DH ish trails
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 corkscrew just has the uphill ladder, no way to get around that... I'm not insulting Digger's classic style it's just not my riding style, when I'm too old for shuttle runs and stuff I'll definitely enjoy the stuff he builds more then I am already, plus I've seen his truck parked outside some of my favourite trails, I definitely appreciate all the work he's done, I'm sure he's done flow quite a bit from time to time, especially as I saw his truck parked outside a few of my favourites which are flow, anyway Fromme is where Digger does most of his building and seeing as seymour is on our doorstep it's not really an insult to Digger
  • + 1
 let's put it this way, he deserves sponsorships more than almost everybody else for the amount of work he's put in
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 Let's put it this way, hating on other styles of riding (as samtomkins puts it, fast/flowy aka MTB park-style trails vs. freeride trails) is not progressive at all. This is to sam- Instead of saying it takes no skill and that elevations/skinnies ruin a "good" trail, how about you suggest OR BUILD your own trail that fits your riding style (or as I call it, an all abilities trail with no risk of falling off something that requires ultimate commitment and bike handling ability). You say you have ultimate respect for builders and yet you make posts on the world's biggest MTB site saying you want THEM to build trails to better suit YOU. That's the mindset of a friggen teenboy for you... especially when you live in an area where there are more than enough trails to suit you. There is nothing wrong with trails that have VARIETY. Learn how to ride it or don't ride it at all so you don't waste time bitching about it.
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 1st world problems I guess haha Anyway if I had that trail in my backyard, I'd be so damn happy. I don't know what is so wrong about having variety in the trail as long as most of it is pointing downward to keep the speed going right?
  • + 1
 I've got a couple trails of my own, and some in the works, problem is Parks and Metro Van aren't exactly fond of secret trails so they always end up getting closed down or fucked over. It's kind of frustrting
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 That's a complete lie. I highly doubt that you're building "a couple trails" because if you had put in 100+ hours of sweat and energy into a trail, never mind multiple trails which would take much more time than that, you wouldn't be so damned ignorant and complaining about what OTHER PEOPLE build for trails that YOU GET TO RIDE FOR FREE.
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 no, he is building, one is a dedicated gold dirt trail, the other is loam with extensions on to it probably being added soon, they don't take 100+ hours to build as we don't have to build all this rock armoring and wooden stuff, I think they should just give a zone of seymour over and allow us to build 1-2 more trails or rip out an existing trail with NSMBA giving the final check over, I want to work together on this instead of fighting it with secret trails, fromme is getting more gold dirt trails and less rock armouring so why can't seymour be the same? I want the shore to appeal to riders of our generation as well as future young riders, young riders shouldn't have to build secret trails to stay with the times and being young we like to do high speed gap jumps and big drops, not skinnies as there's not really a risk in doing them compared to high speed stuff, see digger builds gold dirt on fromme so why can't we have that style here as well? it's not an insult to Digger seeing as he builds almost everything on fromme and fromme has gold dirt and not as much skinnies with rock armouring, put it this way: it's not making trails easier by putting in jumps instead of skinnies, that's like saying we should put speed gates on a-line/dirt merchant to make it more challenging
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 Yea dude hate to tell you but I've got two trails. One is a properly built gold dirt trail with nice berms, high speed drops and jumps which I (and my buddies) have put at least 75 hours into over the last year and a bit and it's still only half done. Got another one going which We have put 2- 8 hour build days into, it's a loam trail meaning it's fast building as you don't have to lay down gold dirt, just simply rip up top soil but it still takes a lot of effort if your adding in the occasional jump or drop or removing a tree when your 16 and can't afford a chainsaw so you have to use a handsaw.

Another note - I really do like what is happening on Fromme, trails like Espresso are getting redone with nice gold dirt and removing the old skinnies making it a faster trail but Boundary and trails like that are still there for the people who enjoy skinnies. Lets maybe try and make Seymour a bit more like that so that there are dedicated fast trails with berms and jumps and dedicated slow trails with skinnies and such. Lets just try and keep them seperate. And yes whoever asks I do go to NSMBA trail days and contribute whenever possible.
  • - 1
 Aw that's cute. If you know how much effort it takes then try to have a bit more respect for it, alrighty? Good.
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 ^dude stfu, go skiing ya nort
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 Another pre-teen, another ignorant, useless comment... go figure.
  • + 1
 Yo fin and sam. Your building your own dream? And your putting your shovel where your mouth is.? sweet. I agree. It would be nice to have A line style trails top to bottom. Like what fin n sam are building. Lets keep the Gnar trails gnarly and have a proper flow trail top to bottom that is black diamond status.
Unless you are building trails like these guys your just talking.
Personaly hating a type of trail just limits what trails you can enjoy.
  • + 1
 if the NSMBA wants to build a trail on seymour similar to whistler downhill/schleyer/joyride I'll gladly come to the build days and help out...
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 Almost every time I go for a ride Diggers truck is up on Fromme. The man is a beast!!! We appreciate everything you have done. Thank you.
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  • + 17
 What I would do to ride the shore.....and I have done some nasty shit for a klondike bar.
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 What would you do oo oo... for a ride on the shore? uses best singing voice>
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 respect for all the builders
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 last year my riding buddy and i were coming up to the gate on Fromme,and there he was... Digger himself. he had a cast on his arm,but he was dirty. he told us how Ladies was looking today...and i was thinking to myself, how cool is this... i cant believe he's here telling me what to watch out for and to enjoy the ride. awesome man..Vancouver is more than lucky to have him. thanks Digger
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 Someone once called me Digger lol I had to set him straight, respect to the man, personally as a trail builder I don't build anything I don't test myself first, no matter how many years Ive been doing it, Ive built jumps berms since I was a kid in the 80s doing BMX and MX, just my rule, I was hoping for a line of tools too, great to have designed by someone like himself for our sport, I mean I have me Stihl chain saw, srub bar combi tool, matock, shovels, rakes, splitters and shit but this is a segment that is missing and a market sitting there, bike components are done to death, just saying, hes sure as hell earnt it, but I"d buy a Digger shovel, rake or matock tommorow, we get crap tools here!
  • + 2
 check out rogue hoe; not sure you can get 'em down there, though well worth it. Our local club just bought 3 F70HR and I must say they go from surgical precision shaping to cutting through thick forest mat to moving lots of dirt fast. Hell, we even used one as a rock bar.

www.roguehoe.com/trailbuilding/trailbuilding.html
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  • + 7
 This guy reminds me of the Drop In Series, which helped me decide that i should bike. Big Grin
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  • + 6
 this video has me lacing up my 5.10s, im away out to ride my Knolly. later PB.
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  • + 4
 Pretty cool to see how the pros ride my local trails…also makes me feel super slow lol. Cheers to digger for all his hard work, riding my bike would not be the same without his dedication.
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 Love the builder, love the trail. I love digging as much as riding, guys like digger have inspired generations now. It must be an amazing feeling that people have followed your style, creativity and vision all over the world. Dr Digger, get the guy a honorary doctorate in trail building.
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 this guy, is one of the reason why B.C is known as the best palce to ride on earth !I'll move to vancouver in October, and riding the north hsore is one of the first thing I'll do and certainly, I'll do again ! Can't believe, the best palce to ride on earth is somewhere the rain never stops !
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 He should put out some Digger brand Tools for actually building trails.
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 What Digger has for building trails can't be bought in a store.
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 Fancy footwork!
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 Totally amazing and committed. Today I spent 4 hours working on my first trail. Bones are hurting and this really helped. Love that earth pack dance. Tip of the hat and bow of the shovel. Digger you're a holy man.
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 slippery wood? try brushing on some driveway sealant...liquid rubber, grippy as hell, lasts as long as the stunt is going to, and cheap...I use planed larch, smooth and slippery so this paint on grip works for me.
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  • + 4
 What a legend! Oh and those trails.... and Chilcotins.
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 f*ck NSNBA , long live independent trailbuilders. We have been respecting Digger since the early 90's and it is about time the "industry" gave back!. where do I get my new saddles????
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  • + 2
 When I saw the first rider I thought it was digger - almost fell off my chair! Anyways, respect...
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  • + 2
 Legend, what a legacy hes created. He always seems to be there working for everyone. Nice to see him getting some props
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  • + 1
 was blessed to see him the first time I went up Fromme, guess he is just always out there a true hero of our sport...BTW Ladies Only is insane.
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  • + 1
 Would love to have a bro like Digger come and take over some stuff here in NC...we've got terrain but not the trail building quite yet...
  • + 1
 ahmen! I've stumbled upon so many sick, forgotten lines in the Appalchian area of NC. I've tried restoring some, but I can only do so much...
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 Im going to convert the Digger bar into a foldable shovel!
30 trails?????? Ive got some exploring to do.
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 Someone should make a list. I'd love to see some of these.
  • + 1
 trail insights' trail boss; there was an article on it here a while back...
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 First up...Buy the man a new pair of trousers...
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  • + 1
 keep up the hard workk and thank you for all u doo. for the montian bike world
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  • + 1
 The Man, the Myth, the Legacy! Tip of the hat to Joystick for leading the pack in giving back!
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 I love those who DIG. thanks
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 is every hill in canada a bike park?
  • + 9
 sighhhh bike parks suck compared to non lift mountains, notice how fromme is always in good condition? alot harder to mess up a trail when everyone has to ride up first
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 Major fail if in fact this short didnt even show digger riding his own trails!?
  • + 9
 Diggers a builder. His riding days are behind him, I honestly think for him he gets more enjoyment watching/knowing others are shredding his trails then he would shredding them himself.
  • + 1
 He's also stoked to have other people coming out to trail days and is happy to hand over advice to novice builders. It's been a pleasure being on a couple of trail days with him at the helm. I've also know plenty of builders over the years that get their pleasure from digging rather than riding.
  • + 1
 I'm hard-pressed to say which I love more. There's nothing like railing a berm, and nothing quite like seeing a line in my mind and putting a trail or feature in to make it ridable. Sort of like asking which side of a coin you like better when it's the coin itself that'll put a cold beer in your hand Wink
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 that orange knolly!
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 RESPECT!! Digger is the man!!
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 Nothing but love for the north shore
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 There is rain all the time in the north shore ?
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 Yes a lot of the time the trails are like f*cken rapeds
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 yeah, it never stops... don't come here and ride ...you'll get very wet..hahahaha
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 So rad to have a small company support the builders!
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 It looks so slippery when it is wet. Great rider.
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 Best 2min 50 off my day
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