Silver Star Closing Weekend Stats

Sep 27, 2011
by Tyler Maine  
Sadly for mountain bike enthusiasts, the season has come grinding to a halt as the last of the Silver Star Bike Park trail signs and wooden features have been put to bed for the winter. Bikers looking for the silver lining to the end of biking season at Silver Star can harbor excitement in the fact there is only 240-plus days until the bike park reopens. Instead of a typical press release we wanted to show you a look at what our riders are running for bikes and parts in our park on a typical weekend day - don't worry there are videos from the season below too.

We were able to poll 100 riders to see what types of parts they are running and break it all down for you to enjoy. Below you'll find info on Frames, Forks, Rear Shocks, Tires, Brakes, Shifter and Rear Derailleur Combos, Helmets, Shoes, Armour, and Eyewear being used by everyday regular riders at Silver Star Resort in Vernon, British Columbia.

Rocky Mountain Flatline (all years) 10%
Giant Glory (all years) 7%
Specialized Demo 7 (all years) 6%
Kona Stinky (all years) 4%
Transition TR450 4%
Specialized Demo 8 (all years) 3%
Mongoose Boot'R 3%
Norco Shore (all years) 3%
Trek Session (all years) 3%
Devinci Frantik 2%
Devinci Wilson (all years) 2%
Giant Reign X 2%
Intense 6.6 2%
Norco A-Line (all years) 2%
Norco 6 (all years) 2%
Norco Team DH (all years) 2%
Rocky Mountain Switch (all years) 2%
Rocky Mountain Slayer (all years) 2%
Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon 2%
Santa Cruz V10 (all years) 2%
Specialized Enduro (all years) 2%
Specialized SX Trail (all years) 2%
Transition Bottle Rocket 2%
Transition Syren 2%
Trek Scratch 2%
Balfa 2-Step 1%
Brody Devo 1%
Brody Diablo 1%
Brody Nemesis 1%
Brody Thumper 1%
Commencal Supreme DH 1%
Cove STD 1%
Devinci Saguaro 1%
Giant Reign 6 1%
Haro V3 1%
Intense UZI 1%
Jamis Parker 1%
Knolly Delirium 1%
Kona Dawg 1%
Kona Shonky 1%
Kona Stab 1%
LaPierre Team DH 1%
Marin 1%
Norco 4 Hun 1%
Norco Atomic 1%
Norco Truax 1%
Rocky Mountain Flow 1%
Scott FR20 1%
Specialized Big Hit 1%
Transition TR250 1%

RockShox Boxxer (all models) 19%
RockShox Totem (all models) 18%
Fox 36 (all models) 17%
Marzocchi 888 (all models) 13%
Fox 40 (all models) 11%
Marzocchi 66 (all models) 9%
Marzocchi 55 (all models) 3%
Manitou Dorado 2%
RockShox Lyric (all models) 2%
Marzocchi Z1 1%
Marzocchi Super T 1%
Marzocchi Monster T 1%
Marzocchi DJ1 1%
Marzocchi 4X 1%
Manitou Travis 1%

Rear Shocks (Brand):
Fox 69%
Marzocchi 12%
RockShox 8%
Manitou 5%
Elka 3%
Hard Tail 2%
Specialized 1%

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This past biking season was one that Mother Nature did her best to dampen the spirits of even the most ardent rider. It was the first season we have opened the doors of the bike park and received a dump of snow on opening day. Not only did the bike park witness a fresh dump opening day (and a week later), but the park opened with the largest amount of left over snow from the ski season it has ever had. Despite cool temperatures and a rainy start to the season the park was still very busy in early summer with dedicated riders who appreciated the tacky trails and the change from our usual hot sunny weather.

Closing weekend at the Star.

Avid Elixir (all models) 30%
Avid Juicy (all models) 21%
Avid Code (all models) 17%
Shimano Saint 10%
Hayes Stroker (all models) 5%
Hayes Nine 4%
Hope (all models) 3%
Formula One 3%
Shimano Deore 1%
Hayes El Camino 1%
Hygia Aspire 1%
Hayes Mag 1%
Tektro 1%
Shimano XT 1%
Custom 1%

Shifter and Rear Derailleur Set Ups:
SRAM X9 (9 speed) 31%
Shimano Saint (9 speed) 15%
SRAM X7 (9 speed) 15%
Shimano XT (9 speed) 11%
SRAM X0 (9 speed) 10%
Shimano LX (9 speed) 5%
Single Speed 5%
Shimano Deore (9 speed) 3%
Shimano SLX (9 speed) 3%
Shimano Alivio (9 speed) 1%
Shimano Ultegra (9 speed) 1%

Maxxis Minion (all models) 43%
Kenda Nevegal 19%
Maxxis Highroller 9%
Specialized Chunder 3%
WTB Wolverine 3%
Schwalbe Big Betty 2%
Kenda Excavator 2%
Intense Edge 2%
WTB Prowler 2%
Continental Kaiser 2%
Bontrager Big Earl 1%
WTB Dissent 1%
Maxxis Ignitor 1%
Maxxis Lust 1%
Schwalbe Muddy Mary 1%
Kenda Small Block 8 1%
Specialized Clutch 1%
WTB Timberwolf 1%
Tioga White Tiger 1%
Panaracer (all models) 1%
Michelin (all models) 1%
Specialized Eskar 1%
Kenda Kinetics 1%

Closing weekend at the Star.

Some of the season highlights from 2011, the first would definitely be the Two Wheel Festival featuring our first jump jam competition, a DH race and Ryan Leech’s trial show as well as Camp of Champions air bag jump and Norco’s 2012 demo fleet. It was a spectacular weekend and one we want to develop and grow next year. The second highlight of the season was the creation and opening of the new section of Pro Star – aptly named Walk the Line. This new section picked up right where last year’s section left off and has the high end rider just loving it! “We are committed to upgrading and always evolving the bike park to further our reputation as one of the top bike parks in B.C.”, said Ian Galbraith, summer business manager for Silver Star.

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Silver Star plans to keep adding to the bike park increasing the trail offerings in the future to keep Silver Star Bike Park as one of the best places to ride your bike. Next season Challenger one of our beginner progressive trails is earmarked to get an upgrade and revamp top to bottom. Likewise, Rock Star is going to get some rework above the paved path to put in a new section of jumps and much more has been planned out.

Shoes (Brand):
5.10 34%
DC 8%
Vans 8%
Nike 7%
Etnies 6%
Fire Fly 4%
Merrell 4%
Osiris 4%
Six Six One 3%
Specialized 3%
Element 2%
ES 2%
Fallen 2%
Adidas 1%
Airwalks 1%
Columbia 1%
DVS 1%
Fox 1%
Lake 1%
Oakley 1%
Salomon 1%

Giro Remedy 26%
Bell Drop 13%
Troy Lee Designs D3 11%
Fox Rampage 9%
Fox V3 Moto 8%
Kali (all models) 6%
661 EVO 6%
Specialized (all models) 5%
Troy Lee Designs D2 5%
Mace 2%
Giro Switchblade 1%
Giro Zen 1%
IXS 1%
POC 1%
Protec 1%
661 Stryker 1%
THE 1%
Urge 1%
Fox Flux 1%

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All and all this has been a fantastic season for the bike park. Despite the cold and wet start to summer we are very pleased with the season and consider it very successful, noted Galbraith. Even in an economy that is struggling like it is Silver Star Bike Park has created a great reputation with riders and an amazing relationship with those riders to keep them coming back to enjoy the trails. We have a deep gratitude to our dedicated riders and especially our seasons pass holders who support the bike park and we want to keep repaying them by upgrading the park and maintaining the trails to the highest standard, commented Cam Sorensen, head of trail crew for Silver Star Bike Park. We had an amazing finishing day on Sunday when the sun came out in the afternoon and the trails were in incredible shape. What a way to finish a great season continued Sorensen.

“We would really like to thank some of our partners that helped make this summer so successful. A big thanks to Vernon Toyota one of our great corporate partners, Norco Bikes who is an integral part of our summer operation and Dakine, as well as Fox for helping us out with our rental armour all of whom are a one of a kind bike park partner. Of course our biggest thanks goes out to all the dedicated riders who love riding here. We look forward to seeing you all next year!” commented Galbraith.

Closing weekend at the Star.
Even with some rain on the final weekend, riders filled hotels and the trails.

Armor Brand/Model:
661 Kyle Strait 28%
Fox Launch Pro 12%
Race Face (all models) 11%
Troy Lee Designs T- Bones 11%
Roach (all models) 10%
None 8%
Alpine Stars (all models) 5%
Beast (all models) 3%
Mace (all models) 3%
Kali (all models) 2%
Leatt 2%
Combat (all models) 1%
Dianese (all models) 1%
MEC 1%
POC 1%
RockGarden 1%

Eyewear (Brand):
Oakley 29%
Smith 22%
None 21%
Fox 9%
Ryders 4%
Spy 4%
Adidas 2%
Scott 2%
VZ 1%
Giro 1%
IXS 1%
POC 1%
RockGarden 1%
Safety Glasses 1%
Specialized 1%

The following Pinkbike users will be getting a swag pack in the mail for their participation in this poll, thanks for your time:


What do you think of the results from our poll at Silver Star Resort? Have you ridden here? Are you already planning your trip for 2012?


  • 11 0
 What a great year of shred at Silver Star. The staff and trail crew take great pride in what goes on up there. From the jump jam to Wednesday night rides to the final weekend. I'm stoked to live and ride such a great place right here in my own backyard.
  • 9 1
 Lots of ghetto setups, safety glasses!?
  • 7 0
 lol, i ride with safety glasses, its like your waring nothing at all.
  • 5 0
 Safety glasses = protection. Better than cheep shades.
  • 2 7
flag jimmyrecard (Sep 27, 2011 at 15:55) (Below Threshold)
 Useless stats cloggin the news page.
  • 2 0
 that looks so fun
  • 3 0
 i rode with no pants!
  • 4 2
 Dudes, if your not replying to my message post message at the bottom.
Have to say I did have a little laugh at "I rode with no pants"
  • 1 0
 Jobobasaurus I'm dissapointed that you are not a hot girl.
  • 1 0
 dude!! I am so fucking stoked for this season!
  • 1 0
 haha, dude, its a gnarly feeling!
  • 2 0
 great season silver star!!! we made it up twice this year and always love coming back! the progression of the park is like non other! and if you don't know what i am talking about, watch the new videos on Pro Star! amazing line from an amazing trail crew
  • 2 0
 Thanks to everyone at the resort for an amazing season! Trail crew in particular did an amazing job all summer. I already can't wait for opening day next year.
  • 1 0
 1% commencal supreme dh, but no cove shockers? also a pedals poll would've been nice, all in all good article i wasnt lucky enough to go to silver star this year so I appreciate the videos!
  • 1 0
Does the statistics of most used bikes include rentals?
If so, if the Rocky Mountain Flatline is what they rent out...Then that would be a lil unfair to the other brands.
  • 1 0
 they rent norco's
  • 2 0
 21% of people dont use eye protection?? I guess sight is overated.
  • 2 0
 Yep, I agree. I feel that it is rediculous when i see people in full body armour, neck brace and full face but without any eye protection. IMO being blind is just as bad as being paralised and it is just as likley to have a stone flick from your tire into your eye as it is for you to crash and land on your head etc.
  • 4 0
 i dunno if its just me, but i have to ware something, otherwise my eyes just water from the wind, and cant see a thing.
  • 1 0
 Branches, dirt, water, kicked up rocks, mud, and air its self can limit your vision
  • 2 0
 I don't wear goggles, I can see much better without them. To me, that's safer, but it's personal preference bud. 4 years, no goggles, no injury thankfully. I don't find small pebbles a problem, as they will hit the DT or shoot off to the side if my wheel is not centered, pretty safe in my mind.The only things that get in my eyes from time to time is a little mud over spray and bugs, black flies were bad for a week this year. Props to Cam, Ian and the rest of the staff at SS Resort, this year was incredibly good, even if I only rode for a few weeks, it's still going down as one of the best years ever. Thanks again!
  • 3 0
 I wasnt thinking about limiting your vision as much as I was thinking about LOSING your vision. After 20+ years of riding I'm CERTAIN I would have permantant eye damage from a few of the crashes Ive had......face first into thorn bushes, sticks/stumps hitting my glasses/goggles so hard the lenses pop out. Not to mention how bad UV light is for your eyes.
I'm sure I'd ride better without a helmet, but thats a risk I'm not willing to take. Same with eye protection. If Iost my sight, my career, my biking and my skiing would all be over. NOT worth the risk IMO
  • 2 0
 agreed on some points, but it's my personal preference Smile Ripping trails with no helmet may be risky but it's fun as all git up.

Also, I try not to land face first into anything except my pillow and _____.
  • 1 0
 I rode Silverstar one time without goggles... Bad idea!
  • 1 0
 thanks silverstar for another great summer vacation trip!
I will be there next year Razz
  • 1 0
 Another great season thanks to the hard work of the Silver Star team and trail crews. See you in 2012!
  • 1 0
 I love bike parks, I wish they were open all year round, or is there any that are open all year round?
  • 1 0
 Butterworth classic edit! Love the season ender guys! My only question is whats up with Garrett's stash?
  • 1 0
 would this imply that allot of demo riders are still on o.g tires?
  • 1 0
 Sick riding at Silverstar, Fast, Flow, Fun !
  • 1 0
 the last vid made me giggle
  • 1 1
 No Intense 951s at Silver Star... that is just crazy.
  • 1 0
 that out of 100 riders i have saw a few there but not many people have them =(
  • 1 0
 There were a few, just didn't get polled.
  • 2 0
 You would think he could figure that out EH? Scott? lol.......
  • 1 0
 i was thinking the same thing about Intense!
  • 1 0
 It was a joke. I always think those polls are funny.
  • 1 0

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