Video: Who Says Hard Tails Don't Shred?

May 27, 2015
by Chromag Bikes  
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Nick Tingren was one of those guys who dropped into the Chromag Family by proximity. Shredding dirt jumps with a casual effortless style, Nick approached mountain biking as if he’d been doing it for years. Put him on a bmx or skateboard and it's obvious that proximity sense comes naturally to the Alien. Live in the home of Eric Lawrenuk and you’re going to be exposed to a variety of elements…some more toxic than others. One side effect is that you’ll be dragged into the deep mossy woods of the North Shore on a regular basis. So the skateboarder, turned BMXer, turned dirt jumper learns trail skills and unsurprisingly, this also came naturally.

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo
  Style, the essence of the Stylus

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo
  Along with confident descending, Nick takes the Stylus upside down on his hand built trail

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo
  Toxic moss

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo
  The last breath of Vancouver's wet and short winter days

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo
  Reap what you sow. Nick put in the hours on his trail

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo
  Dirt jump style on a hard tail which can pedal, Nick's riding style embodies the Stylus

Nick Tingren - Rupert Walker photo

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136 Comments

  • 211 2
 Who ever said hardtails couldn't shred?
  • 80 3
 idiots, that is who.
  • 88 0
 I've never heard anyone say hard tails can't shred.
  • 51 0
 No one, no one ever said hardtails count shred.
  • 14 0
 I was gunna say this exact thing
  • 17 1
 Wide bars, short stem, and a dropper. Lurve it.
  • 82 4
 how much shred could a hardtail shred if a hardtail could shred shred? or something
  • 23 1
 Only time I will raise eyebrow.. "Who says unicycle can't shred".
  • 12 5
 Especially on perfectly smooth to packed loam with incredibly well built features. He was floatin.
  • 3 5
 Suspension is for bumps guys, dont get to hard
  • 13 3
 Oooooh yeah baby, give it to me hard in the rear.
  • 4 0
 Thustlewhumber; Welcome to BC Hardtrails. Don't forget STEEL!
  • 3 2
 Nothing rides like steel ht, but i've destroyed at least 7 of them the're not built strong enough. And truthfully neither is my body, it's an absolute beat down on the kidneys.
  • 4 1
 Jinya is due to a comeback
  • 11 0
 Pinkbike tells us, soon we'll be needing a full sus to go to the post office, and according to the latest Meta V4 review: "carbon frames, we could not resist dreaming of how much more fun the Meta X4 would be to ride" so now we need carbon too..
  • 3 1
 I second that.
  • 6 1
 Articles like this only reinforce the ideology that we all need a carbon full sus to have a good time. By saying "Who Says Hard Tails Don't Shred" it brings up the idea that something different would be better. I end my short rants by looking at dropper posts.. when they were newish I remember people saying they were overkill and not needed - how they're on every enduro bike because we 'need' them

I wish mountain bikes were just mountain bikes Salute
  • 2 1
 remember this dude from as while back www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv7TyakE8qw
  • 1 1
 ^^ f*ck :O
  • 1 0
 @resnick So basically, the Ultimate Hardtail...
  • 6 0
 Or this guy from the Down and Jib tearing up the old Rampage site on a hardtail...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8b1m0UI6LU
  • 79 0
 I know they say its the rider that makes a difference not the gear......but i have that helmet sooo....
  • 38 0
 I almost cried when the video came to an end after 1:25 minutes!! Wish it would have been way longer!!!
  • 4 0
 That's what she said.
  • 21 0
 Sick vid Nick. Can we have a bike check?
  • 4 0
 +1 definitely needed.
  • 19 5
 If I could have only one bike for the rest of my life, it would be a Chromag hardtail.
  • 6 3
 You sir have made an excellent choice. Those Chromag HT's look sick and should last forever.
  • 1 0
 i can confirm as a Chromag owner - only rig you need
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I built up a rootdown last winter for exactly this reason (I'm still in school and poor). It keeps up with the fs guys in the steep bits (up and down) and will even give the xc bikes a run for their money. The layout takes a lot more input to ride well, but is definitely the most fun I've had on two wheels.
  • 1 0
 i've wanted a stylus so bad for so long... but yeah, if i could only have one bike for ever, i'd go back to basics and have the best all arounder. you could also get a 120mm DJ pike and make this bad boy a DJ bike. so perfect.
  • 12 0
 Cant beat the feeling of pumping a hardtail instead of glooping down on sucky feeling full sussers imo
  • 7 2
 You need to ride better bikes.
  • 10 1
 Looks like a DJ and All-Mountain frame had a beautiful love child. Quite possibly the best looking hardtail I've seen excluding DJ/Park specific frames.
  • 11 1
 Her tail was firm, her front plush and pillowy and we shredded all night long
  • 12 3
 No mention on wheel size?!? If it's 26 that would be rad, but it seems like default wheel size is now 27.5. . .
  • 10 5
 fingers crossed its 26
  • 16 1
 Bike is 26"
  • 13 1
 Most definitely a 26" bike.
  • 15 1
 its 26"
  • 22 3
 Of coarse its a 26 did you see that flip
  • 31 0
 The Stylus is 26"
  • 2 0
 Who cares? Ride what you brought, 26 is rad, 27.5 is rad, even 29 is rad. It's the rider not the wheelsize.
  • 6 0
 "26 is rad, 27.5 is rad, even 29 is rad"

Bored of wheel debates?
Step 1) find a pointless wheelsize debate
Step 2) cut and paste the legendary statement above
Step 3) sit back and open a beer
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum im done too I love ALL wheelsizes and im giving up my next bike will be 650b Frown
  • 2 0
 @MaxBerkowitz rad means wheel in german so i guess you're right!
  • 9 0
 Long travel fork on a 26 inch hardtail! Love it! Gets me even more stoked to get my Shan built and ready to ride!!!!
  • 4 0
 I ordered a Rootdown which has been delayed and this video (while rad) adds a bit of insult to injury. I'll never shred anything like this guy, but this video still gets me stoked. Cool track, too.
  • 3 0
 Just finished a stylus build, Love it
  • 3 0
 My Rootdown gets here tomorrow!!
  • 1 0
 @saintjimmy What the heck?! How'd you get so lucky?
  • 1 0
 Bought it lightly used Wink
  • 1 0
 @saintjimmy ok, I feel better now.
  • 4 1
 Love the hard tail!, I recently bent my 2011 Giant Reign X0 frame so am currently riding around on my Avanti Hotdog (The original design by the guy who also made the Avanti DCool . Even though it was a bit of a shock i am back to shredding on it, used to do road gaps and ride our local DH track here in Wellington (NZ) on it, here is a link to the pic of it (If the link works!).

s1083.photobucket.com/user/Adam_Comrie/media/Bikes/10974334_10153100592632300_4914904736338474690_o_zpswcdzedcy.jpg.html
  • 1 0
 I'm still on reign 2011, I got a new frame when I broke mine.
  • 3 0
 Went for a sightseeing hike through this zone yesterday. The precision required to just ride these trails is enough to be pro. The fact that Nick so effortlessly flows and tricks these features sets him on a level above even most other pros. Once again the Chromag team demonstrates their ability to nurture talent to an exceptional level! Huge respect for this video thanks for sharing!
  • 2 0
 Holy damn, riding so fast with flats on a HT is truly inpressive, he must have the most supple feet and most active bottom out there. I could take my arse down most places on earth on an HT but I need clips to stay on at higher speeds
  • 2 0
 He's got a midichlorian count of 6500. Read it on the interweb.
  • 1 0
 Star Trek all the way here, sorry... much more based in actual science than Star Wars
  • 1 0
 So you should be.. Razz
  • 3 1
 My AM fully bike is currently in the shop, so I took my steel frame NS Bitch for a trail ride today on the local flow trail. I was able to rip the berms and jumps so much easier than on my Turner 5 Spot, which is my usual daily steed.
  • 4 0
 It was me...... I said hardtails cannot shred..................................honestly didn't realise it would cause such a stir!
  • 2 0
 Just before my son was born 10 years ago, I built up my trusty stylus. For a very long time it was my only bike. We used to joke that it was the Nomad hard tail. You can ride them anywhere on anything. Lately I'm on a ss Rootdown and its pretty much the same idea. You will be so happy with this frame and you will have it for a very long time. Smart buy
  • 1 0
 I'm gonna assume this was for me. It's great buying a frame that has nearly 100% positive reviews. Can't frickin' wait. My inbetween set up is a rigid 29er (don't ask) and I've never yearned for a bike part like my Pike that is collecting dust waiting for this frame.
  • 1 0
 Mine's geared for the nasty climbs around here, but it is so responsive and nimble (for a 29er) that it must make an outstanding ss! It really wants to be manhandled and thrown into/over/around everything.
  • 2 0
 My bike and I love it. Unfortunately, my riding doesn't quite measure up... The Stylus is Chromag's heavy duty bike - the large frame weighed about 7.5 lb and with Fox 36 float 160 and Saint brakes mine is about 31lb. So it is not a light weight, pedal really fast type of bike. But for goofing around, jumps, drops, tech and just having tons of fun it is hard to beat. I ride mine everywhere.
  • 1 0
 Sounds lush, is the pink one your old hardtail? Smile
  • 1 0
 Wasn't taking the piss, shoulda just said 'hey where's the pics?!' Smile
  • 1 0
 I sold my 160mm full sus for a 150mm hardtail and I'm loving it! I'm having so much more fun on the hardtail especially in the UK. I,m a tad slower over the rough stuff but who cares, I'm having more fun!!! Hardtails all the way!!
  • 2 0
 Most people, definitely those of a certain age, will have found their love of bikes on a rigid rear end. There will always be something perfect about having your feet connected to the back wheel in such a way, no matter how many linkages, remotes and switches they come up with.
  • 2 0
 Thats one of m dream bikes right there! It does look like something that a full suspension enduro bike or even a slope style bike should be doing.
  • 1 0
 Chromag hardtails are sweet! I had a lot of fun on my Rootdown last season and yes you can race anything on them! Great edit!
  • 2 0
 that bike cost more than 3,000dlls so is not just a simply hardtaill is The Chuck Norris of hardtails
  • 3 0
 The BMX powers are strong with this one..
  • 3 0
 I've got a 26 inch hardtail. Am I allowed to shred?
  • 2 0
 I'd just like to say that the last few jumps ne and my friends built including the jump he backflipped
  • 3 0
 LOVE ME SOME HARDTAIL
  • 4 1
 Badass.
  • 3 1
 Wish this bike was made in Canada or USA...
  • 2 1
 Me too, but I don't complain since it's "affordable" at least ! I used to own one, then an aperture. These two were awesome bikes ! A hardcore "Handmade in Whistler" version would be awesome.
  • 4 3
 I would buy one also if they were from whistler. I'm in the market but cant spend hard earned money on something not supporting local labor. The bike looks fun though.
  • 1 0
 I get you on that ! I bought a Guerilla Gravity because they basically are my neighbors.

The Kamui (or the Samurai, idk) is made in Whistler I think. And even if t's not as heavy-duty as the Stylus, it looks pretty strong. My aperture, the "Low-cost" version of the kamui was already feeling strong enough to endure quite burly trails
  • 1 0
 That's a big reason why I picked up a Samurai 65 last year
  • 1 0
 They do make a version of the Stylus in Canada, I have one myself and it is called the TRL. Mike Truelove in Squamish B.C. welds them up with USA True Temper tubes and the they are then painted by Chris Dekerf in Richmond B.C. All the machine work on the frame including the head tube badge is all made in Canada at the North Shore Billet machine shop in Function Junction, Whistler BC. The nice thing about the production frames is they let people get into a Chromag for a reasonable price, if you have the money they can build you a dream machine too.
  • 1 0
 Do I get that this about chromag using far eastern manufacturing?
  • 2 0
 That's fricking beautiful
  • 3 0
 Song?
  • 2 0
 I just finished shredding on my hard tail.
  • 2 0
 I like to shred my hardtail and sprinkle it on a salad
  • 1 0
 Such a great vid... I wish it went on for an hour. The Stylus is a legend.... Long live the hardtail.
  • 1 0
 Awesome! Nothing feels better than getting it right on a hardtail awww yeah!
  • 1 1
 It's 26 but I think if like the 27.5 as they are just faster but it seems to me people who ride steel hard tails just always ride 26 so they can sleep at night.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know the tube diameters of the stylus? They look huge considering it is steel.

Nice video btw!
  • 1 0
 I haven't actually measured them but yes, they are huge for steel. I would estimate close to 2x "normal" steel tubes. as I say above, the result is a rather heavy but seemingly bombproof frame
  • 1 0
 So good Nick! Short and sweet!
  • 2 0
 That was perfect.
  • 2 0
 Not I.
  • 1 0
 that dude shreds! Not sure how the bike would shred otherwise.
  • 1 0
 Is a 100MM travel hard tail enough for that trail?
  • 1 0
 I typically use up to 100 on my 130 taro, maybe I'm fat.
  • 1 0
 Chromo hard tail. Mmmm mighty fine right.
  • 1 0
 This dude has such a unique style it's awesome!
  • 2 0
 Ht's for life!!!
  • 1 0
 The laugh at the end says it all!
  • 1 0
 Who says Nick's Talent cares about his bike rear end? ;-)
  • 4 3
 #thehardtaillife
  • 5 1
 #don'tusehashtagsthisispinkbike
  • 4 20
flag lawnweenies1 (May 27, 2015 at 20:34) (Below Threshold)
 #shutupcausehardtailssuck
  • 13 0
 ill beat you on any trail on a hardtail @lawnweenies1
  • 1 0
 +1 on the bike check
  • 1 1
 So mooth even smoother than guys on downhill bikes
  • 1 1
 you know when you favourite an edit before it even starts? yeah......
  • 1 0
 Great bike.
  • 1 1
 Damn Rupert, that 1D doesn't hit 12800 ISO very well, does it?
  • 1 0
 sweet sweet Chromag!
  • 2 1
 Smooth BMX trail?? Meh..
  • 1 2
 that bike is a beauty if only they did it in alloy and half the price .oh its called a dartmoor hornet
  • 1 0
 Insane style!!
  • 1 0
 Nobody ever said that
  • 1 0
 nicee!!!
  • 1 0
 Yesssssssir!
  • 1 3
 Somebody call the jizzmopper
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