Video: Dex Files S2 E1 - Hood River

May 10, 2013
by Fault Line TV  
“For Season 2 we’ve re-worked our formula. Continuing a trend of well-documented, familiar trails was not the road we wanted to re-travel. We wanted to focus on areas widely renowned, but otherwise undocumented. Places that offer something more than just great riding. To get creative we needed new settings that would offer up new opportunities, and get Dexter outside his downhill oriented comfort zone.

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This season was all about taking a bigger footstep. To reach farther out into the northwest where we reside. We want to bring an even better experience to our viewers.

The views of the Columbia River were incredible.

The views of the Columbia River were incredible.

Episode 1 of season 2 takes things up a notch. With a larger budget, and more time to explore; we find ourselves in Hood River, Oregon.

There was no shortage of trains during our trip. Running on both sides of the river it was common to see up to 10 per day.

There was no shortage of trains during our trip. Running on both sides of the river, it was common to see up to 10+ per day.

Day 1, we decided to explore and get some static shots of the “old town”. Immediately coming across a range of characters, our trip started to take shape. After a quick history lesson by a curious local shop owner, we grabbed some coffee and headed over to the Syncline. We’re cheating slightly by calling the Syncline, Oregon, as it’s across the bridge into Washington. But nevertheless winding our way along the Columbia River was gorgeous.

Some of the best single track we d ever seen.

Some of the best single track we'd ever seen.

The Syncline is widely talked about though not widely documented. The scope of the cliff edge and the scree slope at the bottom gave a totally different feel to the riding. Taking a tight turn 5 feet from the edge would have been terrifying at the least windy of times, but we managed to pick some of the windiest early spring days imaginable.

Cornering hard beside the cliff s edge.

Cornering hard beside the cliff's edge.

This episode was one of the first times I’d had a chance to really ride my Tracer 27.5, and some of the uphills I would not have been able to clean without it. An absolute shred machine of a bike and an amazing trip.

Watch out for that poison Oak Something we luckily don t have to deal with in BC.

Watch out for that poison Oak! Something we luckily don't have to deal with in BC.

Thanks to Intense Cycles, GoPro, Easton, Fox and Outdoor Gear Canada for the opportunity to shoot this series. I look forward to continuing the season!

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  • 32 6
 Hood River and Oregon in general suck for biking.... Nothing to see here... Keep moving... I hear California has way better weather anyways!
  • 18 2
 Classic!! Welcome to go home!
  • 7 1
 Blackrock and Oakridge are both just awful, don't waste your time...
  • 3 1
 Yeah and the incest rate gets really high the further you get from Portland and Eugene and we all know what that leads to. Inbred trail builders on Mongoose's that usually spend their time doing stuff like this. Holy f!&k*ng $hit!
  • 3 0
 Plus he needs to relax. He's pedaling way too hard (especially on the pavement two hundred yards from the parking lot.) Just lay off the brakes and let it flow. Wink
  • 2 1
 Could not agree more I rode there last summer pretty much a family spot. However I heard they are putting a park up at Hood designed buy the crew from Whistler. Now that's a good thing! Just drive to Santa Cruz.
  • 2 0
 Been there, rode that. Also been literally blown off my bike there more than once. The winds at the cliff edge can be heinous!
  • 3 0
 Great looking singletrack

Mirror image edit at 2:30... drivetrain is on the wrong side, totally busted.
  • 2 0
 nice catch...
  • 1 0
 Ya dex, killing it on the trail bike too! Let's get out for a trail ride soon. I've been hitting my trail bike pretty hard lately and shooting for some summer enduros in the north west!
  • 1 0
 Justin, I'd love to! Throw me a message whenever. - Dex
  • 1 0
 Send me a msg to my pinkbike with your # dude and let's get out real soon. I've been doing alot of darkside trail riding on my bandit 29er and it's been pretty rad! Love it over there!
  • 1 0
 Sweet riding there, the ride nd edit make it look so effortless and without much strain and push.
BTW what happened at 2:30? Mirror mode?LOL

Can you share your impressions on the 27,5?
  • 1 0
 Our editor mirrored it in post just for creative flow. The 275 has blown me away! I couldn't have asked for a faster trail bike. I'm out riding it almost every day. The wheels size is a huge positive to the bike, It rolls faster and climbs easier. Making long rides less draining and giving me more time to focus on the fun. - Dex
  • 1 0
 That's what they said about the 29's, but now we all know they suck.
  • 4 1
 i NEEED to ride that singletrack! looks like so much flooowwww
  • 2 0
 The little Maui trail, which they took some of the video from has a serious lack of flow in my opinion. Although I shouldn't talk because I never laid a hand on a shovel out there. Some of the other trails are quite a bit of fun though. These are our "winter" trails as they're great when everything else is under snow/shitty out. However, we don't ride there after winter due to ticks, poison oak, cattle etc.

On a side note, I think I and a few others were out there that day and passed the shooter dudes and the ride a few times.
  • 2 0
 Cool! We might have seen you. We met and saw tones of riders while there. Thanks for watching, and thanks for sharing your trails with us! -ep
  • 1 0
 Not my trails, as I noted before. I live ~2 hours south near Eugene and ride mostly in Oakridge. From PDX though.

Definitely a fun time was had. Great and sunny day for sure. A first of many here in the usually wet PNW. Glad you guys were out there to experience such a wonderful time.

I was on a black Santa Cruz Heckler. I looked goofy wearing long baggies and a armored wife beater jersey. I think some of your duders snaked a few pictures of me. I was likely looking quite bewildered (as usual) or dirty. Probably because I just crawled out of my little whole for some good ole fashion fun on a mountain bike (this happens from time to time).
  • 3 0
 left hand drivetrain at 2:29. dope spots to ride in hood.
  • 1 2
 Pinkbike, you gotta be more selective. This spot is average at best. Bike companies really got to start stepping it up and promoting areas that do put the effort in such as oakridge, and multiple other spots within a stones throw in Oregon. So much potential. Stop the bro down. It's not fooling anyone
  • 3 0
 Eric Carter tried to do that a couple years ago down in Oakridge during MTBO, but everyone freaked when they saw him "skid" one time on their "pristine" trails in the video. The response was so bad from locals that he resorted to an apology letter and organized a trail maintenance day... Even though the damage he could possibly do during the entire shoot was 1000x less than a single middle aged goofball at mtbo in 5 minutes... Oakridge is local elitism at its worst...

But yeah, Syncline? Nothing new. Oakley, Giro, Easton, Santa Cruz, Dakine, you name it, they've all filmed out there...
  • 1 0
 That's because it's uber rad and usually the most ridable spot weather-wise most of the year. All about accessibility.
  • 2 0
 Tragedy that they closed Coyote! Makes me miss it that much more.
  • 1 0
 Typicaly I'd make a comment about how bogus it is to poach and film on a closed trail, but I just got done doing that myself when they were at the bottom wondering if they should go up... #bringbackcoyote
  • 2 0
 What's that thing in the sky at 2:44?
  • 1 0
 Marker on a cable stretched across the river... warns planes of its presence.
  • 1 0
 oh yer i know what you mean, ive seen them before sometimes they are orange balls.
  • 2 1
 Is this what you Americans call 'the hood'? Seems like a nice looking place for all the bad things you hear about it .....
  • 1 0
 the life of sponsored product, everytime my tyres touch tarmac or paving i squeal in pain
  • 1 0
 No little Moab?!? That would have been more exiting to watch
  • 1 0
  • 2 4
 Why go so far to ride that i mean no offence but we got better trails locally as you may know!
  • 2 0
 Maybe time of year? Post canyon alone has dozens of fast flowy lines and incredible features. I was surprised that they only showcased what they did. Also, I know BC is famous and all, but Oregon has never gotten a bad review. I would live there if I had a little more financial security.
  • 3 0
 To us it was all about exploring somewhere new, both creatively and trail wise. It can take its toll creatively to shoot places that you've already shot at, or seen in the big movies. We did Black Rock last year, and felt that it was a little too played out. The same goes for Post Canyon. Hood River and the Syncline seemed to offer it all for us. Proximity to town, creatively stunning, gorgeous singletrack, a different landscape than we're used to. Not to mention all the locals were insanely friendly and accommodating which made the trip that much better. Thanks very much for watching. We hope you enjoyed it! -ep
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