Video: Peak Season - Fall in Colorado

Mar 25, 2013
by Yeti Cycles  
 
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Like every other season, fall is pretty magical in the Colorado high country. By the end of summer, cool winds are already moving over the mountains and the peaks are getting dusted with snow. The aspens shed their leaves, covering the trails in red and gold, and morning frosts dampen the dry summer dirt. Add it all together, and it means several weeks of absolutely prime singletrack - sticky, colorful, and emptied of the summertime foot traffic. It was in search of those conditions that we headed into the mountains with our SB66s and a checklist of our favorite trails.

Presented by: Yeti Cycles

Filmed & Directed By: Craig Grant
Original Music: Seb Taylor
Sound Design: Keith White
Riders: Joey Schusler
*Filmed September 2012


  Peak Season - Fall in Colorado behind the scenes images from yeticycles on Instagram.

88 Comments

  • + 49
 This is my favourite video of the year so far, thanks for putting in the time to make something special. Keep up the amazing work Yeti crew.
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 It is pretty hard to beat Crested Butte in the fall. Classic big descents in the fall aspens and ripping riders make for great vids to start spring!
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 Made the move from the east coast to Steamboat last summer, best decision I've ever made (aside from marrying my lovely wife). yes, riding in the Rockies is this good, and the champagne powder all winter is the cherry on top. This looked like it was in the central/southern Rocks? Fall is pretty magical!
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 What did you leave behind? I want the courage to do this, but I keep saying someday. . .
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 Sold my small painting company (i'm 30) and put the lady and dog into the truck, packed everything that fit into the box trailer and headed west. it's a leap of faith but isn't everything?!
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 I had planned to move west for the last 4 years (I'm 27) but I am sick of being broke and not being able to make any real investments in my future. I finish my bachelors this spring and have made up my mind to buy a house with an apartment in it. I want to make some money and own something. I just hope I don't end spending the rest of my life wondering what might have been. I tell myself I'm not that old and I can move when I'm in my late 30's, but by then my kids will be 10-13 years old and won't want to move away from grampa and their cousins. I guess my only hope it to get wealthy enough to keep a second place out west.
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 name-dropper: thanks for bringing the lady up for us (old Steamboat joke)
taletotell: I bet name dropper cant remember what he left behind and he hasnt been here a year even. You will always be broke no matter how much you have in this life and there is no better investment than not ever having to wonder "what might have been". You will always make money wherever you are, and best thing you can 'own' is joy in life.
Make the move, all the other shit will come a lot easier if you love where you are.
You might even find that it all does'nt matter as much as the purity of living the moment day after day
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 Looks like Aspen area, although pretty sure the beginning is D.P. in Taylor River area..
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 I'm most likely moving to Durango this summer and I have been stoked before seeing this video, but now I'm simply chomping at the bit! I can't wait to hit the trails! Thanks Yeti!
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 So stoked I live here.
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 Not so stoked on the amount of snow we have right now...
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 Some basins are pretty deep...good old CO snowpack Smile
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 Love the mood and the fall colors. Agree with the Luke Strobel comment above - but the trails weren't close to comparable. Still never understood why Yeti spec'd a 32 fork with the 6" travel, burly SB66? I rode an SB66c with a proper Marz 55 - manly, plush and yummy!
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 I really hope that people realize how stupid the latest trend of smashing berms and chucking dirt all over the place really is. Berms are for cornering, not slamming your brakes on and screwing up the trail. No one does that on a normal ride, the videographers and riders in these videos just do it for the effect and they think it looks cool in slow mo...just stop it, it's stupid and needs to stop. You can still ride fast and look cool without tearing up trails and looking like douche.
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 And I think it looks pretty rad to hit berms at proper trail speed, rather than brake-checking for roost.
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 @ pedalhound - I couldn't agree more; except that this video doesn't apply. The rider is sliding/drifting not said "slamming your brakes" notice 1:40 that takes serious skill, skidding doesn't. Anyways - trail bikes rule, so does Colorado!
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 @pedalhound - First off, this is how I ride. Plain and simple. We did not "do it for the effect and they think it looks cool in slow mo". If you don't like the video thats totally fine, not every video is going to be everybody's cup of tea. We made a very conscious effort to leave the trails in better condition than when we got there. Confused as to how that makes me end up "looking like douche".
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 Amen to boomintrucker's comment. Didn't see any braking in corners in this video, just lots of speed. I love to drift, and I also love building and digging sweet berms.
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 Rule of thumb: You spilled your milk, you clean it, nobody is mad.
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 Great thing about dirt, is it can be molded back. This is mountain biking, who ever cared about being conservative to save a berm?! If a man wants to throw himself and his bike into a sculpture of dirt to get that rush, than god damnit let him!
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 The great riding, great trails, and amazing scenery makes this an awesome video.
  • + 7
 Not to mention great filming. Nice work!
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 This video shows the true spirit of MTB and makes me wanna ride so bad!.. Problem is that I'm in London and need to travel to get in a place like this, but I'm all open to suggestions.
Those mountains on that time of the year are so so beautiful, the wild riding and bike are awesome as well.
Gonna watch it again Big Grin
  • + 2
 peaslake is on your doorstep. amazing riding!
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 VOD!
Awesome State+Awesome Bike+Awesome Riding = Awesome Video! Nice Work Yeti!
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 That is the Aspen area. Hunter Creek Valley up to Shady side down to Sunny side. Always take shady side trail at the top first...It flows much better. About 1 hour to 1.5 worth of climbing for a 20 to 30 minute downhill. However we are still shredding snow for another month. Shady side takes forever to melt. The best riding is in Snowmass anyways.
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 Thanks for the info. I've done Shady/Sunny, and I still thought the last section was the Government trail.
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 I was there 15 years ago when those trees were 10 inches
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 Yeah, and so was the trial width
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  • + 5
 I live on the wrong side of the continent Frown
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 Absolutely stunning scenery! And sick riding too
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 This just made me so much happier that Ive made the decision to come back to Canada and the US to ride and ride and ride this summer. However unlike my other trips before I have no girl to get back to and having sold my business after 22 years Ive the freedom to stay all the way to fall and experience those vivid colours in real life. Coincidentally enough Ive been searching for Aspen pics on getty images to use as wallpaper murals in our elevator…we doing a upgrade. The first shots are exactly what i was looking for. Magical.
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 Worth a mention for the cinematography alone, amazing...
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 great, slow motion slides into berms. Ive never seen that before. really.
  • + 5
 yeah, slo-mo has its place, but that was a little over done. I mostly prefer full speed except when I'm watching suspension in action.
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 It was a nice video and all but I keep wondering(cause it's becoming more prevalent) is WHO FIXES THE CORNERS? These guys are braking hard through corners for cinematic effect. I understand that but it's not a great thing to be teaching kids. Trails can't sustain braking chatter coming into corners much less people doing this throughout the corners.
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 @ chezotron - see my comment above.. where do you get the impression he is braking in the corners? the wheel never locks up.. 1:40 such a difficult drift.
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 @chezotron - "WHO FIXES THE CORNERS?" plain and simple. We do. We spend a lot of time at the end of every shoot making sure the trails are in better condition than when we got there. I'm starting to think we need to do a b-reel video for everything we shoot to show this haha.
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 I think that would be wise. But stop to think about how if you DON'T show this that people might think that's a rad way to hit corners. I doubt it would get as much play, sadly. I just ask about all this because I spend a shit ton of time fixing trails in my networks. I think it all looks rad on video but I just wonder the effect it will have on those who don't know. I assumed you did the work on the trails but with it not being shown you never know. It would also be interesting to see all the set up because I know firsthand that someone has to suffer when doing these shoots. Lugging in all your equipment ain't easy and setting up is slow. Add in weather and trail work and you're talking long days.
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  • + 4
 Quality video. Relaxing, with a mellow tune and smooth vibes. Good one!
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 So stoked right now. cant wait for my next ride. Thanks for a awesome vid dudes.
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 freakin beautiful! man I want to live there so bad!
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 1- Clicked on the HD icon
2- "Holly shit that's really High Def"
3- Saw the pic of the Red camera under the main video window....and the world made sense again
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  • + 2
 almost awesome, waaaaaaay too much unnecessary slow-mo though, almost fell asleep.
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 I am not Joey Schusler and I approve this message.
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 I can't believe how similar that area looks to our terrain. Rockies is as Rockies is I guess.
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 Had to watch him drift into that corner a few times. So rad man!! What a cool vid.
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 Stunning scenery and trails...
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 Looks like Doctor-Park, and maybe some secret freshies somewhere... Love living in ColoRADo!
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 Yeah buddy, pretty sure the beginning is DP, end maybe Aspen area?
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 That has VOD all over it.. Really makes me want to get my SB out the garage and go for a blast... Great work Yeti Cycles..
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  • + 3
 absolute shredage
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 Adding to favorites, great video!
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 That may be some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.
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 True it's lovely but some full speed ripping would have been nicer
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 The cinematography was outstanding. Riding was realy good. The skidding is f..king retarded!
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 Nice filming but he doesn't have shit on strobel.
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 Second that!
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 added to favorites
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 What a beautiful forest, Silver Birch rocks!
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 Awesome riding!
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 Rad video Super Joey !
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 Skid much?
  • + 1
 Doesnt look like it to me...
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  • + 1
 Hmm...... Life Cycles style? Smile
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  • + 1
 love shredding vids like these!!
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 VOD!!!! Beautiful!!!
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 Videos like this make me homesick for a place I've never been.
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 very nice! yes indeed.
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 Doctors Park hell yea!
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 Liked the movie in general but as ive seen it was shot with a RED video cam it should have been more fantastic. More colours........Missing colours
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 beautiful shots!
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 and the tree are beauty!
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 JOEY THE BAWS!
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 JOEY THE BAWS!
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