Two Laps on the Endorphin

Apr 3, 2011 at 23:07
by Mitch Cheek  

James Doerfling hits the trails in Sooke to test out his new Knolly Endorphin.
James Doerfling hits the trails in Sooke to test out his new Knolly Endorphin.

We encountered an evening of sunlight and the remainder of the shoot was under a blanket of dark clouds and constant downpour.

Margus makes beautiful work of the sliver of light we found.
Margus makes beautiful work of the sliver of light we found.

Whether it is slippery rock, or saturated soil the Endorphin arose to the challenge. The bike pedals so efficiently uphill and the suspension works its magic on the downhills, it makes the Endorphin an all mountain weapon on the trails.

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James is from the interior of British Columbia and spends most of his time riding in the sun. You would think the rainy conditions might affect the way he rides, but the Endorphin is clearly an extension of his body...


Being a filmer, I find myself very influenced to ride when I see professionals such as James get on their bike. This was the first time I had seen an all-mountain bike put to use. After three days in the rain, most people would be thinking of a warm dry place, I was thinking hitting the trails!

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27 Comments

  • + 17
 and they arent even going to produce that bike this year! Cant say his riding style does much for sustainable trails.
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 Stuck this in the video comments but might as well put it here:

Not to be an ass (which usually means I am going to be an ass) but why the need to cutty everything? Is carving and railing not good enough anymore? BTW Endorphin SL is going to be plain old Endorphin per news to dealers
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 I'm glad someone said it Lee - even if it means you're being an ass! ;-) As a builder, that drives me f'ing crazy seeing that in vids because kids see it and think "hey, dragging my brake and doing cutties on every berm is rad". Frown Great vid and riding otherwise....love me some Black Keyes!
  • + 2
 Cutties dont involve the brake. I blame sam hill
  • + 1
 Lee there is more to life than just carving and railing. And yes, you can get a drift on without a fistfull of brake. Btw, some builders ride like that too.
  • + 3
 Dave I'm definitely not saying that cutties aren't fun. All I'm pointing out is that almost every video which tries to convey a sense of, dare-I-say "radness", seems to include gratuitous cutties. It's just my opinion that cutties/drifts whatever you must call it are more than a tad bit overdone And I'm not going to preach about riding ethics and what-not as I don't think it's time nor place. But I totally agree that not just some but many builders ride like that. And I also agree that at least in James's case it doesn't look like he's using brake.
  • + 1
 Agreed on the "radness" point... maybe it's overdone. Maybe that's just what's become popular as of late. Besides, hasn't carving and railing also been overdone?
  • + 1
 Z-man, notice my use of the conjunction "and" in my post. I said "dragging my brake and doing cutties". Those are different items altogether and folks that ride with me know I don't mind squaring off a berm from time to time! ;-) I just don't love seeing it in vids where a prototypical Pinkbike 15 year old thinks that is the proper way to ride. Word.
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  • + 14
 got to love short travel shredding
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  • + 7
 Sweet! Man, I miss Island riding... Perhaps less skidding next time?!
  • + 1
 I agree, skidding is bad form but it can happen even to the best rider if you get a little too much heat.
  • + 2
 That and maybe he could try to NOT drive like an asshole.
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  • + 5
 My mistake. He's not using a Durolux fork but its little brother the Epicon. Props to Suntour for continuing to improve its products.
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  • + 3
 I must admit,all those years ago when the V-Tach,the Delerium-T,and of course the Free Radical hardtail rig were doing the rounds at interbike,i didn't know what to make of Knolly,as a brand.But now i know better,what with the Podium,the Endorphin,and the Delirium still going strong.They've never put a foot wrong,and i'm a massive admirer of their product.Keep on,keeping on guys.

Gringo. Salute Beer
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  • + 4
 wow, an epicon fork in the flesh and on a legit trail. props to suntour for making their products better and affordable. im sure gonna get a suntour on my next bike.
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  • + 3
 Black Keys makes a great video even better!
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  • + 2
 Nice video! I wonder what he thinks of the Suntour forks and shocks. Looks like he's using the Durolux if I'm not mistaken.
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  • + 3
 Wow. Now show me the chilcotin! *drool*
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  • + 2
 gorgeous ride !
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  • + 1
 love this vid man great riding ...
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 Great video! name of the song??
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  • + 2
 sweet ride and location
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 Black Keys. Chop and Change
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