Video: ‘This is Spur Country’ with Hannah Bergemann & Lars Sternberg

Jun 30, 2020
by Transition Bikes  

The roots of Transition are in freeride. Starting with heavy hitting bikes such as the DirtBag, our reputation was been built upon making bikes designed to be ridden in the most extreme ways possible. Our bikes of today, like the Patrol, reinforce this homage of where we started, and allow riders to go beyond their limits in pursuit of progression.

The Spur brings light to a different kind of progression, one less focused on going big, and more focused on going all day. Pushing your limits to get more miles under your belt, more mountains climbed, and more trail descended. All while enjoying every minute of it.

To capture this feeling, we packed up the truck and headed east to find big mountain views, endless singletrack and to see how far our legs could take us.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Our home for the trip. An important part of this project was for us to be fully immersed in what we were doing. So even though we were working on a video production, we created this without ever going back into town for food, supplies or to dry off. In typical Transition fashion, our crew existed of our two athletes, Lars and Hannah, and our two camera operators, Skye and Oliver.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Its incredible how great of food you can make with a just few simple ingredients, some oil, salt and pepper. We were living large! After some side by side taste testing, we all preferred the grilled veggies off our Treelines portable fire pit and grill vs the propane camp stove.

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For a place that is known for mostly being sunny and warm this time of year, we were surprised to wake up to soaking wet tents and fog all around. Luckily riding in the wet is where we feel the most at home, and it added an element of adventure to the video that we didn't plan for.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

We headed out that morning in the rain, bags packed with food, ready for anything we may find.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Mountain biking is strenuous enough as it is, but Hannah and Lars were doing 2-3 times the normal effort in order to get the shots. Long drone clips are often 2-3 minutes of descending, only to have to turn around and head right back to where they started.

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HB leading the way! The Spur may be our lightest bike yet, but that doesn't mean you need to shy away from blasting a trail gap like this.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Snaking through these rock formations made for some spicy bonus moves. Here, Lars hops onto the high side of this rock for a pseudo wall ride.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Day one ended with blue skies. A welcomed sight as we had a chance to dry out our shoes and enjoy an evening under the stars.

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All hands on deck for breakfast. Anything and everything left was thrown into a pan and served up hot.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

This is what we came for. For us, this sums up what this bike, and this trip was about.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

These narrow ridge lines morph into skinnies when riding at high speeds, but even this section was tight for Skye as he moved down the ridge to get this shot. Tough to see here, but this is a no fall zone to the left, and a steep tumble to the right.

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Out of the alpine and into the Pine forest, these scenes were something magical. The unusually wet spring had more green popping in here than any of us had ever seen.

Photos for the Spur Country video and photo epic

Lars and Hannah hooted and hollar'd their way down this flowy singletrack and off into the distance they went. Finishing one of the most organic and fun projects we have done.

Photography by Oliver Parish
Video by Skye Schillhammer


80 Comments

  • 48 0
 Those raspberry banana sandwiches look magnificent in the photo, but the fruit to bread to peanut butter ratio is way off. #moarpeanutbutter
  • 76 0
 We are slightly surprised, and maybe honored that when we release our lightest, most XC bike to date, the biggest complaint is the amount of peanut butter on our sandwiches. We'll take it!
  • 35 0
 What do you expect with the new modern butter knife geo. Back in my day it was a 26mm spreader with a hard handle. Now the kids these days have there extra cushy handles muting the thrill of the spread. I bet you cant even tell if it is chunky or smooth. Don’t even get me started on the E-jar openers.
  • 6 2
 @TransitionBikeCompany: I can't wait to see how you guys justify your E-bike when it arrives....
  • 4 0
 @jgainey:

I'm sure they'll do it in a very entertaining way and then sell the sh*t out of them!
  • 43 0
 One of the best riding-focused edits in a while. We all know Lars is a pinner, but Hannah Bergemann absolutely SHREDS
  • 6 0
 So friggin impressed by both riders!
  • 16 1
 Hell yea! That was sick!
  • 11 0
 Transition is such a cool company. They really are my kind of guys.
  • 8 0
 Just when I found myself thinking, "great riding, but too bad there's none of that good ol' Transition humor this time," cut to the ebike commercial. Genius!
  • 9 1
 1. I want to ride there. 2. I want this bike... 3. I want all the bikes. That is all.
  • 4 0
 Great looking bike (seriously want one) and excellent video with amazing terrain/landscapes...but, what is with the bike industry? we were told we need these 160mm plus bikes, now this crop of 120mm bikes, with relaxed geo shown on trails that we were told you needed the 160 plus bikes? im so confused! what do I need bike industry?!?! lol
  • 4 0
 You simply need one of everything. It's that easy!
  • 15 0
 I definitely need a 160mm bike to do what others can do on a 120mm bike.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: This is confusing; So, what do you use your 120mm bike for?
  • 1 0
 To do what others can do on a hardtail??
  • 1 0
 @RayDolor: gravel rides
  • 1 0
 @leavenworthskier1: So, then, what do you use your.......fugggettaboutit.
  • 1 0
 It all depends on your trails and how you ride them. The industry is providing options. Maybe too many, but that’s all it is. The consumer has to make the call, I would love to have this bike and I could ride it on all the trails I use my Sentinel for, but the experience would be different. Because those trails are steep, rough, and full of jumps, I’d rather ride the Sentinel. But I’d love to have this bike for days when I want to put in big miles on mellower trails. Reviews, ads, videos, none of it has any relevance unless the consumer is able to assess them in context of their own trails and riding style.
  • 7 0
 I would say riding that particular trail without knee pads is the gnarliest part of this video
  • 2 0
 Hahaha this!!! I forgot my knee pads at the car on a lap of these once, fully gnar.
  • 3 0
 Hey Transition, are you planning on updating the Smuggler sometime soon to match the Scout? I've got a lot of friends who decided on other bikes because the Smuggler doesn't match the modern-day SBG.. I'm riding a V1 Sentinel myself and sometimes wish I was on a slightly lower travel platform with the same geometry.
  • 2 0
 I have the carbon Smuggler and it is fricken awesome. Such and underrated bike. Does everything well.
  • 1 0
 new smugg will be sickAF! 130r, 140 or 150f?!
  • 1 0
 Do you think there will be a new smuggler? It sort of seems like it would be too close to either bike if it were released. Not saying it can't be done but it seems like there isn't a huge amount of room between the sentinel and the spur, especially with how progressive the spur is geo wise. Yes the spur has "xc" parts but a 130 smuggler would seem very close to the spur and a 140 smuggler would step on the sentinel's toes. If they do it I bet it would be a 130 travel machine with burly parts; sort of like a Norco Optic.
  • 2 0
 @zanda23:

Hells yes they’ll do it.
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: not saying they won't it just seems like they have painted themselves into a corner a bit
  • 3 0
 @zanda23: Yeti has a 100, 115, 130, and 150 29er. Seems like there is still room for a Smuggler at 130ish with a beefier build.
  • 1 0
 @mtskibum16:

yeah i'm a prime candidate for that bike. one local shop has tranny demos so can't wait til it drops and i can swing a leg over one.
  • 6 0
 Transition's marketing videos always hit it out of the park. That bike looks dope too!
  • 3 0
 I've ridden that trail/ those trails before... some of my favorites ever.. wish i had my sentinel back then.... Stoked to see the Transition crew highlighting that area!! Happy Trails and thanks for making rad stuff and promoting it in a cool way.
  • 3 0
 I need that drop pop section of trail in my life. Another banger video by TR. For the people by the people. Now I want to ride my analog bike.
  • 2 0
 Thankful for the edit you caught them on a rainy day. The amount of traffic those two "sensitive" trails get is insane and spurs on lots of Moon Dust quickly this time of year.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, so glad I wasn’t coming down when they were doing the fake climbing up shots! NOT two directional trails.

But still the usual banger Transition edit!
  • 2 0
 @nsteele: ha, we actually were worried about that. We decided to station a person at the top of the section to make sure there wasn't any down traffic. Glad you liked the video though!
  • 2 0
 ???? @TransitionBikeCompany: awesome vid and photos in one of my favorite zones.

And, I really want that new bike!
  • 2 0
 @TransitionBikeCompany: that was supposed to be a thumbs up. Not sure why the ????s
  • 4 0
 Fun times crew! Can't wait to get back to that area. After some rain it was looking perfect. HB shredding as usual!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Can hardly wait until you can come shred with us, Christina! We miss you!!
  • 1 0
 @Angi: Yooo Angi! It's Hunter! I just moved to Harrisonburg and working with Harlan tomorrow to build a new skills park. Fancy seeing you on here....I guess this means we're.....FANCY *pinkies up*
  • 4 1
 @TransitionBikeCompany PAY HANNAH BERGMAN. She rips. Super dope looking trip, and that bike... ooooh my sweet lawd that shreddy little bike.
  • 1 0
 This Spur looks like a great DownCountry bike at 120/120. I don't have an eBike, but with the battery efficiency of the Spur, I would recommend a Transition to the the Spur. Burly XC bikes are the future for most riders, if my Instinct is correct 140/140 would be TrailCountry territory, just a bit bigger than DownCountry. I need to make a firepit with the tree air vent cutout. Awesome video BTW.
  • 3 0
 Transition.. the bike looks rad. Also, props for featuring a vegan diet l!
  • 2 0
 I don’t think they went full vegan on this trip, but the veggie contingent has been strong at Transition lately. It’s been rad; definitely anti junk food. Everyone focuses on eating good food with high quality real ingredients and a lot of people love cooking. Even among the meat eaters there are family raised cattle, fresh local crab and all the good stuff.
  • 1 0
 Let me tell you it is in stark contrast from what I normally see when i go camping with my friends.
  • 1 0
 @Sam-B: haha touché.. can we agree on plant based whole food diet? I don’t see anything that isn’t vegan.. although that could be a bear shaped honey bottle I spy lol. Sick riding, great bikes, great food and great brews... they covered all the bases.
  • 4 0
 Great song!
  • 3 0
 Such a rad video and that eBike intermission was hilarious!
  • 3 0
 Great riding, trails, views, and MUSIC! Made my ears happy!
  • 2 0
 prologue........enough.......
  • 1 0
 Those sandwiches look top notch! Same as this bike! Makes me want to try it out instead of my Patrol.
  • 1 0
 4:23 is it a SWAT bottle cage from specialized? Smile

Even so the bike looks amazing!!! so clean
  • 1 0
 Love that zone, love Party In The Woods, love Transition. Good S folks, I'll be out there this weekend!
  • 1 0
 Polished mass appealing design language. Flex pivot. No Chaz... You guys sure grew up
  • 1 0
 Watched video, went straight to the below threshold threads, was not disappointed Smile
  • 1 0
 I prefer to call normal bikes acoustic. Using analog doesn’t make any sense
  • 1 0
 How do you like that E-Saw? That what I want to know!
  • 6 0
 The E-saw is incredible, especially before LNB drove it into a rock
  • 1 0
 No fanny packs. No knee pads.... is this down country?!
  • 2 0
 Down country is 2019 or maybe even 2018. As it says in the title, we now have Spur Country.
  • 1 0
 Looks like some Xanadu action was had...
  • 1 0
 I don't think anyone knows what Xanadu action means. Like smoking weed?
  • 1 0
 Great vid and riding! Nice nice...
  • 1 0
 I'm in love!
  • 3 6
 Where was this shot?!! Do tell.
  • 10 0
 Think Wienerschnitzel and you are pretty close.
  • 20 0
 @Flyxaos: Yep, you nailed it, we shot this in Germany. Wink
  • 2 1
 @TransitionBikeCompany: I couldn't ID the snowy mountain in the background as anything in the PNW, good to know I'm not crazy.
  • 7 0
 @TransitionBikeCompany: A quaint Bavarian village just a few hours drive from Bellingham.
  • 1 1
 heat maps....
  • 1 0
 @jeredbogli: You're crazy
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