Silvia - Winter trails with Matt Hunter

Apr 5, 2012 at 22:32
by Karl Heldt Matt Miles  

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I felt the ice the cold air sting the inside of my lungs while the spikes in my tires sliced into the frozen earth. A cold wind whispered alongside the powdered trail and my toes went completely numb. Though certainly not typical descriptive terms for the majority of my time spent riding bikes, these situations were standard issue for a short while this past winter. With the gift of studded tires and an invitation to film with Silvia, Hunter brought us far beyond the confines of the usual riding season and deep into the winter's darkest nights. With tire studding expertise from GP Moto and the brilliant blaze of Niterider Lights, we rode the snow covered world of local trails and Ron Penney's farm as if it were still as tacky as spring. After a winter's worth of frozen fingers and late nights in the frigid forest we realized yet another amazing new place our bikes can take us.
- Dylan Sherrard

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117 Comments

  • + 75
 There are many reasons why I like it when Matt Hunter comes out with new videos. This is a great example.
  • + 29
 I love Matt's vibe he gives out in all his videos, and his riding style is so sick. He is definitely my favorite free-rider to watch!
  • + 45
 So good! Next tech-Tuesday can you give us a guide to making our own snow tyres?
  • + 29
 I can do everything he did for the first 30 seconds.
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 you need to buy metal self taping srews i put around 200 on each tires, the best is not to put any on flat spots i put 2 rows on each side, make sure there are not too long you just want the sharp end coming out of your tirs knob, then you put duck tape inside your tires or an old air chamber cut out in half, it works without but i was getting flats. its a great activity to do while watching tv. you can ride those tires on a frozen lake or an ice rink and you wont even drift at full speed when there new.
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 I found 100 per tire to be plenty. Also why self tapping? By the time you buy 400 self tapping screws you could just buy some studded tires. I picked up some sheetmetal screws with nuts and they where great. I would also suggest you look at how the tire is shaped when mounted on the rim and inflated before you pick where to drill your holes to avoid wasting screws. I went to narrower rim and my outer line or screws became extraneous.
Save this tech tuesday for next fall though or people will just forget next time around.
  • + 2
 Last winter I studded mine, used lath screws, but I also chopped them down much shorter than he had them, then lined the tube with another spent tube just to keep the abrasion down on it. Takes a lot of time, but it is worth it. Matt Hunter is the man! love it
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 its only 20 dollars for 200.... whatever works for you that just my experience after building 4 pairs i have learned with my mistakes, i just like the sharp end of the self taping screw you dont have to buy self taping thats just what i like. i dont like the studded tires they make, the studs are round.
  • + 2
 That's in Kamloops, right? Where Matt's section of Seasons was shot, can't miss recognizing it. It is sooo good..
  • + 12
 Back in Maine one time we pestered the guys at the tire store until they sold us carbide studs. No threads, and nice thin flat heads for the inside. I had to make a special hollow needle/punch but it worked great. Then as luck would have it the worst ice storm in history hit, and glazed the entire countryside - 14 inches of snow encased in four inches of ice. The entire state turned into a skating rink, and the dog and I spent all of January riding. Trails, fields, hills, streams, you could go anywhere. It was like riding through a crystal chandelier.
  • + 1
 do you need to drill a hole for the screw?? will the self tapper not just find its own way through??
  • + 2
 I got goosebumps at 2:42 - 2:46! Unique camera angle, he's soooo fast, and music matches perfectly.
"i don't know what more to ask for", he's like flying away from all the worries at that moment and that's what mountain biking is about.
  • + 1
 shwimble, you could do that,but its damages the tire less if you pre drill the hole
  • + 1
 Also why Matt is one of my favorite riders
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 one word: awesome.
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 I think its funny how in the beginning he has a fire and a heater going and he makes it look like its really cold, but when he's riding outside he's wearing shorts. Good vid.
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  • + 31
 All of a sudden I WANT TO DRILL HOLES IN MY TIRES AND RIDE AT NIGHT IN THE ICE AND SNOW!
  • + 9
 Me too, it looks like loads of fun, but I have buzzed my ass on the rear tires a few times now and that would REALLY STING with a spiked tyre!
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  • + 26
 Amazing. The night time riding at the end is ballsy as shit.
  • + 3
 Right man! is it just me or were those lights bright as hell?
  • + 3
 Quicker than me if i was riding in daylight at the height of summer.
  • + 2
 That's an ''I. AM. CANADIAN!'' statement if I ever saw one! Love it.
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  • + 18
 I have an old pair of minions I was going to toss. Not anymore.
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  • + 13
 Silvas shots have unmatched creativity. Keeps pushing outside the box with every new edit. Always a pleasure watching your clips man, keep em comin!
  • + 3
 I know i'm being greedy but I wish the tracks were fresh at 2:37.
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  • + 6
 Silvia and Matt Hunter..... We are lucky to see such talent. Very well put together and I think we can agree the Hunter makes everything better looking and more fun. I'm super jazzed about this edit!
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  • + 5
 Making studs is dead easy, just like it was shown in the video. I made mine by drilling the tyre with a 2 mm drill, then screwed in 2,5 mm screws, the heads must be dome or round, mind you (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screw#Screw_head_shapes). I used 9,5 mm length for the middle and 13 mm ones for the side knobs (i used some old tires, one was a scott manx, the other was a hutchinsons barracuda i think). Duct taped the heads on the inside and rode like a champ.

On frozen ground the thing really, really grips. When it got warmer, i had problems pedaling up, since i didn't have enought grip. On the way down the conditions were perfect for some doriftos. Though my lenght choice made the bike kinda squirmish under braking, yet when i leaned her on the side, the longer studs gripped more and i could rail the turns. Drifts were still possible though.

I recommend for all winter riders, though i think it works best on packed, frozen terrain. You might want to use a size smaller tyre to not scratch up the frame (which will happen anyway, when you're inserting the wheelset), so it won't be that good in deep powder.
  • + 1
 hey cool, thnaks for the tech tip...ride on bro!!
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  • + 7
 take away the snow, make it broad daylight, catch me on my best day, I'm about half as fast...if that.
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  • + 3
 I am soooo bummed it doesn't snow here in Laguna...we have to ride on dirt, dammit! And, it takes over an hour to get to some decent snowboarding - what a chore! (please note sarcasm - we are very fortunate). I agree with all of the above on Matt Hunter. Something about his riding style....
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  • + 2
 Hey Silvia! Thanks for this vid. It gets me stoked to watch my cuz shred and know that kamloops doesn't only have the bright sunny warm days I ride in when I'm there! So thanks for the vid
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  • + 3
 So awesome we just got to see that for free.. That edit was so cool, haven't seen winter riding like that. Silvia and Matt Hunter should partner up more often.
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  • + 1
 No disrespect to "sylvia", but 95% of their videos is the same........ all the CLEAR SHOTS from the rider AND the Trail are in slow motion.... I love matt hunter, but honestly I can`t see any ride on the video... Again, no disrespect, just my feedback.

pz
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  • + 3
 I almost hyperventilated when I refreshed the homepage to see Silvia's new film. These guys never fall short of amazing when it comes to videos. Stoked!!!
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  • + 4
 absolutely incredible filming. Especially loved the night riding segment. Good work guys
  • + 3
 Also, Looks really cold to be riding in shorts
  • + 6
 Okanagan weather man, probably no colder then -10 C at the worst.
  • + 6
 nah , with good ol' knee pads you'll be sweating in no time
  • + 4
 Kamloops, we are in the Interior of BC man, still mild as fuck tho, but we do get our cold days, this winter sucked for that
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  • + 3
 Awesome, thanks for putting up with the cold to make a sick edit boys well done! Just raised the bar for snow edits!
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  • + 3
 wow. the night section was completely surreal, so original and unique. executed perfectly Silvia, keep em' coming.
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  • + 1
 Shorts, at night in the snow...in Canada. You Canadians really are a different breed! Matt Hunter, never ceases to amaze with his style and flow.
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  • + 3
 Legend!! Are those the same trails as the ones in seasons???
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  • + 2
 Beautiful! Another great vid, like always. They know what they do tup
hope you will win ^^
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  • + 2
 You have to respect all the work put into setting the cable cams and filming AT NIGHT, in winter.
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  • + 3
 Matt Hunter's faster in the snow than I am in the dry. That's comforting.
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  • + 2
 Sickest thing, definitely a fun rider to watch, i wish i could be as dope as that!
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  • + 1
 Awesome vid again, makes me want to go out and ride so much. The night ride bit was visually stunning too. Impressive work guys.
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  • + 2
 Would be great to see how to put spikes into tyres, the proper way like matt has done
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  • + 1
 Always get excited when i see Silvia when i check PB in the morning. Then you throw Matt Hunter in the mix. Kick ass way to start the day out!
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  • + 3
 So cold. . . But worth it!
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  • + 2
 He got excited to ride after watching From The Inside Out and all of us do the same after watching his riding video.
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  • + 2
 that is what makes pinkbike video's look like they are impossible LEGEND!!!
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  • + 2
 Is there anything that Matt CAN'T make look super flowy and easy? So amazing to each him ride!
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  • + 4
 Just shreddin the pow.
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  • + 2
 That was Epic, well done... You got ballz for going that fast especially on snow
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  • + 3
 How to ruin your aluminum bike life.
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  • + 3
 Matt Hunter - Big Mountain God!
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  • + 3
 great camera angles on the night riding scene. loved it!
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  • + 2
 Thanks to this video now there are no conditions I don't want to ride in! Hello winter, and good night!
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  • + 1
 Still watching from time to time now, just for fun Big Grin
P.S actually I've made that tires (Inspired by this video)-> great idea
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  • + 1
 Kinda wish we had snow during the winter, guess i should be counting my blessings though that we get to ride year round....
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  • + 1
 I loved it, you guys did great, seen some familiar trails, never thought to ride them in winter tho...lol.....
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  • + 2
 KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BC ROCKSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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  • + 2
 Curious what kind of light they're using and how many lumens.
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  • + 2
 how did you make them spike are they tubeless or how did you do that?
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  • + 2
 extremly nice vid and edit
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  • + 1
 amazing video... VOD for shure... Wouldnt like to make shoulder table tops with those tires
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  • + 1
 man thats cool, i need to learn how to pin my tires up like that. nasty video guys! Salute
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  • + 1
 Great idea for a vid. Sweet to see Hunter shred it like it's summer. Good work!
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  • + 1
 This is a great thing about pinkbike, sometimes, more often then not, something this epic gets posted.. AWSOME VID!
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  • + 3
 Love Silvia films!
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  • + 2
 awesome!!! Smile very very nice.
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  • + 3
 How does he do it?!
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  • + 2
 this is sickly amazing vod for shore
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 This is just amaizing !!!!!!!!! LOVE IT
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  • + 2
 That was unreal and so great to watch, great job as always
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 EPIC STEEEEEZ!!!!!!! Best video ive seen in a LONG time
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 drool, winter night riding
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 One word: Awesome ! :-)
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  • + 2
 Incredible! Just like every other video by silvia. Magician.
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  • + 2
 Not much to say about this except "props !!!!!!!"
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  • + 2
 Silvia= agressive Things hapenning outside whit incredrible harmony!
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  • + 1
 that was beautiful...the night ride was the best part
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  • + 1
 reo in the snow? sickest trail ever! kamloops rocks!
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  • + 1
 Insanity! but fregging awesome, espec the end!
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  • + 2
 what happened to anger
  • + 1
 I heard that he wrecked it.
  • + 1
 He didn't wreck it - just sold it to a friend.
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  • + 1
 Like something from a James Bond flick!
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 R√∂yksopp - What Else Is There
  • + 1
 Great choice in music. LOVE me some Royksopp.
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  • + 1
 F-in Sexy! Winter riding and also night ridingBig Grin weee haaa
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  • + 1
 Specialized would be the best sponsor!
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  • + 1
 Thats incredible filming and riding right there!
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  • + 2
 just nice to watch
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  • + 1
 Zipline cam to start the snow night sequence was very original!
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  • + 1
 on of the best vids ive ever seen up on here Smile
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  • + 2
 seriously epic
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  • + 2
 super primo edit guys!
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  • + 0
 You definitely wouldn't want to get too far off the back of the bike with that tire so close...ouch!
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  • + 1
 i wan't a pair of tires with nuckles!!!!
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  • + 1
 nice performance.
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 insane vid, love it
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 inspiring video!!
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 Love this edit
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