Sliding and Scrubbing in Northwest Arkansas - Video

Jan 4, 2017 at 10:25
Jan 4, 2017
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Pull out your bike and strap on your helmet: The Oz Trails are open year-round. Check out this video of Lars Sternberg and Tyler Horton shredding on our trails.


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  • + 81
 That was one of the most pleasurable to watch bike videos that I have ever seen... Amazing motion picture with great riding on mountain bikes. Thank you. You made me feel very very nice and warm about mountain biking. Very helpful in this time of the year. Feels like a very nice memory of a great day on a bike.
  • + 2
 true
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 @brajal: Concur
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 Thanks! Come check out our trails sometime!
  • + 30
 Love the berm to berm gaps!
  • + 0
 yea those are a decent size btw ive hit em!
  • + 1
 We do too!
  • + 14
 All of that, and the new world class Coler Preserve trails weren't even opened when they were here, and they are arguably the best of the lot! The gap distance between those berms is no joke when you see it in person. They created their own line there and turned that into their own little playground. Cool to see shredders like those guys to ride our NWA trails. TRANSITION!!
  • + 1
 What trail are those berm gaps on?
  • + 3
 @tcottrell: Boo Boo, Slaughter Pen Phase III
  • + 2
 Same gaps as Tmac in 'Suit to Shred', yes? I eyed those gaps when I was down. Maybe, if you followed someone in, but guinea pigging speed? Yeah... no. Can't wait to get back. Coler opened shortly after I was in town, and the Railyard was down for repairs.
  • + 4
 @AllMountin: Same gaps as Suit to Shred, I've been eyeing them since before the trail was rebuilt. Coler still hasn't officially opened, have to sign an online waiver to ride. In my opinion, Coler has the best trails in NWA.
  • + 13
 Many vigorous pedal strokes in that one. Still makes me want to visit NW Arkansas, seems to be a new video for the OZ trails each week or two.
  • + 5
 That's riding! Trails in Texas are the same way - if you want to get anywhere, you are pedaling.
  • + 8
 Our trails are up and down...not a ton of Elevation in the Ozark mountains, but it's enough to keep it interesting. It's certainly not flat! We do have some sustained climbs and descents, but not more than 1K feet or so at a clip. C'mon and visit...I've yet to hear of anyone leaving disappointed since we've added the 50+ miles in the last year. :-)
  • + 0
 same
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 @jarrod801: Looks like a blast to me! Love watch Lars ride. Always reminds me of my early days racing and spotting his lines at Fluidride cup's
  • + 7
 I was lucky enough to ride in Bentonville AR last month and I was blown away. The quality, diversity and number of trails within riding distance of town has got to be one of the best layouts in the country. We rented a small house for almost nothing two streets from downtown and rode to the trails every day, I cannot wait to go back!
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 Thanks for the great feedback! We're glad you enjoyed our trails and we hope you'll be back soon!
  • + 5
 Am I the only one spoiled enough to think to myself: " No way you're getting me out of my forest to ride a bunch of peddly rollers in Arkansas!"

But I do love that berm to berm launch, especially when it was first shown in McCaul's video promo months ago. Stoked that people in other communities have something to tear out on!
  • + 4
 In 1980, as a 15-year-old, I've spent a summer near Little Rock, bought a 125cc Honda and explored the State. Coming from the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, growing up in a picture-perfect surrounding, I thought AR is the last place I would go back to. I couldn't get out of there fast enough... Now, 37 years later and living in the Interior of BC, working in the bike industry as a trail-builder, I keep reading these cool MTB related stories about Arkansas. Coverage of the recent IMBA Summit and now this cool little video might just make me buy a plane ticket to the Ozarks! Your marketing works. Sweet video, my kind of riding... nice seeing the Smuggler with a coil shock. Lars, sent you an email this morning for some info. Want to switch my Carbon Patrol over to a coil shock. Funny coincidence seeing the video with you a few hours later.
  • + 0
 I'm building up a Smuggler and was going to change out the rear for a Monarch Plus but seeing this and the Trail and a Tale on Vital has made me think about a coil on the Smuggler. Wonder if it would be too linear though and not provide enough ramp up. I've been scouring the internet for an old RC4 in the right size and thus far come up empty handed though.
  • + 4
 I live three hours north of these NWA OZ trails. I've been doing day trips there for the past three months and I can't get enough. I meet local riders there that let me tag along with them every time I'm there. Great place to ride and great people to ride with.
  • + 1
 We're glad to hear that! Come shred our trails anytime!
  • + 6
 The Waltons have a full time maintenance crew devoted to our trails here in AR. Skid away.. :-)
  • + 1
 Those Waltons??
  • + 0
 @bkbroiler: the family of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. Ever heard of it? My money that bicycles don't completely exhaust gets used there.
  • + 1
 @gooutsidetoday: Yup, that's why I phrased the q that way...couldn't imagine the relation or them doing "good" for people. thx
  • + 3
 @bkbroiler: The Walton family hired me as a 19 year old with a GED and paid me 14 dollars an hour with damn good benefits to unload trucks at night while I went to school during the day. Does that count as "good"?
  • + 4
 That last line off the wooden skinny feature....I've never thought of trying that one. Gonna have to give it a go. Gotta pedal like mad right there for that kind of speed..
  • + 3
 Yeah, rode that section as well when we were in town for the summit. I would have never thought of that line!
  • + 1
 Gotta love Transition and their bikes, I've got 2 already (Covert & T.O.P.) but might need a 3rd for my New Year's Resolution.
Hmm... or maybe I should just get out and ride more often instead! Yep just answered my own question, thanks PB.
  • + 5
 Arkansas huh? Who knew???
  • + 1
 Come check out our trails! You won't be disappointed!
  • + 5
 that looks like a well loved home grown spot. nice work boys
  • + 5
 Paid for by black fridays all around the country.
  • + 2
 Seamless editing, smooth tunes and pretty kick-ass riding make this a standout video for me. Transition. More than just a bike.
  • + 2
 Why have I watched this like 10 times? I find it soothing yet exhilarating at the same time.

I'm so confused....

Oh and those trails rip! I ride em every week.
  • + 3
 Some of my home town trails right there, whoop whoop!
  • + 2
 Great vid. I'm curious to know what that smuggler is like with a coil spring rear...
  • + 4
 Shred lightly?
  • + 3
 SONG? Kevin Morby?
  • + 2
 The song is Cut Me Down by Kevin Morby.
  • + 2
 Wow, yeah. That really did it for me! Big Grin
  • + 1
 ok...how far of a drive is this from NW MT...because I'm freezing my ass off here.
  • + 2
 They rode under that bridge bro! Trails look fun.
  • + 1
 Beautiful, smooth riding.. so stylish! Great editing! ....Boring as F*CK song
  • + 1
 I've been waiting for this video to come out since I saw they were filming there. That was truly awesome.
  • + 1
 Damn, son! Smuggler with a coil shock and Fox 36 at 160!? That's butter sauce AF!!
  • + 1
 Which one? Green Bike is a Scout, I'm pretty sure the orange is a Patrol. To my knowledge they have not made an orange Smuggler...yet...Carbon?
  • + 2
 @RideTahoe707: 2016 Smugglers are Orange.
  • + 1
 @ButterSauce: can you tell what rear shock he has? I'm currently building a custom 2016 smuggler and would love to know what that is
  • + 2
 @Crankmt: Here's a pic of the above bike on Lars Sternberg's instagram for all the doubters: www.instagram.com/p/BCDMf_Ny7DJ/?taken-by=larsnbars&hl=en

I think it's a Fox Van RC with a new orange spring? I'm pretty sure those came in a 190x50 i2i and shock stroke...?
  • + 1
 @ButterSauce: thanks, yeah I just couldn't find where they made the new orange spring in that size
  • + 3
 @Crankmt: Could also be long-shocked via offset bushings or a custom link. I've heard of people running 200x57 shocks on Smugglers using offset bushings to bring the e2e back down. Obviously that would void the warranty, but an extra ~15mm travel would be nice, and I don't think Lars has to worry about the warranty.
  • + 2
 @Crankmt: in this article he says in the comments it's an older RC4 off a V1 Covert. I've had zero luck finding an older used one so far...

www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/ONE-LAP-A-Trail-A-Tale-Lars-Sternberg-and-Aaron-Bradford,32464/sspomer,2
  • + 2
 @eachbreathhaunted: I wonder if there's clearance for that extra travel on the Smuggler. Even with two 3mm offset bushings you'd still gain 4 mm of eye which would steepen the head angle by roughly a degree. I think? But then again if you're running a 160mm fork you should still be at around 67 deg but you're BB would be sky high.
  • + 1
 @briceps: thanks man, sounds like we're in the same boat I was going to order the monarch plus for mine but after seeing this vid I've spent many hours researching the coil options
  • + 1
 @Crankmt: The DB Coil and Coil il will fit, but for some reason the DB Coil CS shows no fit for the bike. That's if you want to go Cane Creek. I'm thinking about keeping the stock shock until I can find an older RC4 and throwing that on for all the really long descents we have available here in CO come summer time. Not sure anything is going to perform like a coil on a 15 minute descent.
  • + 1
 @Crankmt: My dream would be a push 11-6 but I don't think that'll ever happen.
  • + 4
 Hey guys, Lars here. So rad to hear how many of you liked the video. We had a lot of fun filming it, and I can't believe how rad the trails are there in Bentonville. Regarding the shock on my Smuggler, @briceps is spot on. It's my old 7.5x2" RC4 from my V2 Covert. Bolts right up without any change to stock geo. If you go longer shock with offset bushings, it still comes up longer than stock, and changes the angle of approach of the rocker to shock. Which in turn raises the BB, stepeepens the HTA and generally makes it feel like poo. Also, you can't use an offset bushing on the upper eyelet as the rocker would contact the shock body before any gain there... Cheers!
  • + 1
 @Larss: my one question is the SLS spring in 2.0 something readily available? I've only seen 2.25" and up online and Fox only lists 2.75" and up on their website.

Can't wait to order my Smuggler next paycheck!
  • + 3
 @briceps: It's from my Patrol shock. I just barely squeezed it on there...
  • + 1
 @Larss: are these trails running 365 days?
  • + 1
 @fattyreryder: Yeah man our trails don't close. We don't get much snow to speak of so we're able to ride year round. Also the soil is pretty rocky so most of the trails drain well, even after a rain. I'll be riding tomorrow in fact, even in January.
  • + 2
 God I want to ride right now
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 Song Please!?
  • + 1
 The song is Cut Me Down by Kevin Morby.
  • + 1
 Hmmmmm - only a 15hr drive from Toronto
  • + 1
 Braap.. make sure to visit KC 3 hours north for more fun
  • + 2
 I AM GOING!!!
  • + 2
 Don't forget the bug spray. Like Deep Woods off with the bonus shot of DET in the mix.
  • + 2
 Come on! We don't think you'll be disappointed in our trails!
  • + 1
 Lol if imba could see them roosting there beloved nwa trails.
  • + 2
 beautiful riding
  • + 1
 Thanks! Lars and Tyler are great riders!
  • + 2
 Good stuff
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 Thanks!
  • + 2
 Magic. Thanks.
  • + 2
 Dem Berms tho
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