Video: Vinny T Shreds at Night on Snow

Jan 10, 2019
by Vincent Tupin  


Check out Vinny T night riding in the snow with the Hope lights.

Photo Rupert Fowler
Photo : Rupert Fowler / Hope Tech

Photo Rupert Fowler
Photo : Rupert Fowler / Hope Tech

Photo Rupert Fowler
Photo : Rupert Fowler / Hope Tech



58 Comments

  • + 37
 I'm holding out for "Vinny T shreds at Night, on Snow, on Acid"
  • + 6
 how do we know he is not...
  • + 28
 No hander at 00:25 is madness.
  • + 5
 I don't get that much grip on dry conditions.....
  • + 3
 I didn’t even notice! Wtf!
  • + 2
 @TheLongMan: I only saw the left hand at first but then I had to rewind a couple times to spot it was both
  • + 12
 always figured you have to know every inch of a trail by heart to be able to ride like that at night.
  • + 10
 still faster than me on dry trails in broad daylight
  • + 3
 Funny, I find that in most cases I can ride faster at night. Something about the lights and being in the zone.
  • + 1
 @MrDiamondDave: I agree. For me I think it has to do with not seeing all the landscape go by. I don't get as much of a sense of how fast I am going and push it harder.
  • + 6
 The vast majority of us will never, ever, ride anywhere near that good on a glorious sunny day, in loamy conditions =D
  • + 4
 That's maybe the only way Vinny found to continue riding and not getting shot by hunters…
  • + 1
 You think of Morzine?
This is macabre ... but true
  • + 3
 @Buddler: Not only Morzine, because we have had a few accident with hunters lately in France. Not only bikers, but all kind of mountain and forrest user. That's a real pity. These areas Don't have to be privatized, they belong to anyone who want to be there…
  • + 1
 I have been using Cree lights for a few years, had one of them stop working, because I dropped my bike in a stream, but just let battery dry out for few weeks, while using a spare, then when dried out charged up fine, so you really just buy 2 so you have a spare but that is only £30
  • + 1
 I get the feeling that if anyone else in the world showed up on that specific trail to try to beat Vink or Vinny T on any metric (speed, madness etc.) in any conditions, they would fail. I'm not suggesting anyone test this, just a thought.
  • + 1
 I have to admit after 6 years of chinese lights, I do see the value in some name brand stuff. The battery packs alone, I've bought packs with dead cells packaged in just for weight, or very used up laptop cells. Lights that have poor voltage detection and shut down 10min into the ride on a full charge, mmmm. This video is outrageous, speaking from someone who has ridden lots of snow at night, crazy!
  • + 4
 I have never seen snow before. Is it slippery or icy? Do I need studded tires or a fat bike?
  • - 2
 It depends on the snow. Hardpack snow probably studded tires but those are more for hard ice. If there's only a few inches narrow tires sink through the snow to the ground and you can get decent traction. Deeper snow or if you're trying to do a trail ride I'd take a fat bike
  • - 1
 Rides pretty similar to a wet trail but usually if theres snow theres hidden ice patches you gotta watch out for!!
  • + 3
 @PinkyScar hahaha nice one !
  • + 8
 Must be nice up in tropical Calgary!
  • + 7
 @MTBrent: you joke but there is 0 snow in Calgary right now, strange times
  • + 2
 That's some great motivation for tonight's ride on the north shore. Although probably not that fast and with more crashes. And much less air time.
  • + 4
 Epic display of bike handling.
  • + 5
 Vinny T is a SAVAGE
  • + 3
 Cool to see all the animal tracks that you don't see in the summer.
  • + 2
 I have the Hope Vision R4 and R8 Fantastic lights, great video.
  • + 1
 And you know there's nothing but wet leaves under the snow... the bike handling is insane. What a legend.
  • + 1
 Exposure Lights, expensive yes, but not having to worry about power leads and a battery pack is a great plus.
  • + 3
 Ummm, that was nuts.
  • + 1
 Sounds like Avid brakes...
  • + 1
 Is it filmed behind Thonon-les-Bains?
  • + 1
 Cracking the 6th beer and an idea pops into your head...
  • + 1
 This might be the slowest that Vinny T has ever ridden a bike.
  • + 1
 Those sparks coming off his brakes though!
  • + 3
 studded tires dude
  • + 1
 Canadians have Vinny, we have guy like that named Pipi... Wink
  • + 1
 Awesome sparkling edit
  • + 1
 quality
  • + 1
 Yeahhhh... no
  • - 1
 Never n I mean never!! Put a light on your bike!! Put it on your helmet!!
  • + 8
 I use two lights, one on each foot
  • + 1
 One of each is the best. Light on bars for short range, light on head for distance.
  • - 3
 Sick for riding it without a practice run, sick no hander. Meh for snow run down a trail that in the dry doesnt have a bump on it.
  • + 3
 Did you close your eyes for that rock garden and every single jump he hit?
  • - 3
 Does anyone buy Hope lights when you can get same power Cree lights for £13?
  • + 3
 I guess some folk do. They keep making them, so folk must be buying them.
  • + 5
 Because you cannot rely and trust these lights. I did use them and it was more that 2-3 times that I walked down the trail with my phone flashlight.

Some of my friends have the hope lights, they are totally satisfied but personally I use Gloworm x2 which imho are better. (longer battery life, lightweight, cheaper, wide/spot beam).

PS. Sick riding, great video! Kudos Vinny T!!
  • + 3
 I do. First i bought a 30€ Cree light, and then when you love night riding and want more quality and battery life, you go for Hope product (Or other brand). Et voilà !
  • + 1
 @nicoetsesvelos: my experience with lights has always been 'you get what you pay for.' Cheap lights have poor connections and poor build, especially around the battery. With Hope, Gloworm, Lezyne etc, I find it's worth paying extra to not have to use my phone's torch to get me back home.
  • + 2
 @simirving: I had a problem with the connection on my Hope R4, sent it out for warranty to England got it back fixed the same day here in Canada. Can't get that with a cheap light.
  • + 2
 @DownHooligan: that’s amazing. Sometimes it’s worth paying a bit more for something....hopefully it means you get a load more years out of a product, instead of it just ending up in land fill.
  • + 2
 @simirving: buddy of mine still has his, it's the first generation Hope Vision light. They're fantastic lights and well worth the investment.
  • + 0
 @simirving: Only a dumb ass put stuff in a land fill just because it stops working, a light is not that difficult too fix only a few places that can stop it working, battery Check, bulb/ led check, connections check working light again!
  • + 2
 @aljoburr: I wouldn't call someone a dumb ass for not knowing how to fix something. I think it's simply a symptom of the disposable culture that's developed over the last few decades. If someone values their time, and doesn't want to spend it fixing a £30 light, when it's easier to pay £30 for a replacement......personally, I'd rather learn how to fix something.
  • + 2
 @DownHooligan: that's pretty cool. I've never owned a Hope light, but have several of their products on my bike. If their non-light products are anything to go by, I imagine their lights are just as good.
  • + 2
 @simirving: Not saying that Hope lights are not good, I am sure they are good, but are a lot of cheaper lights out there, some of which are not that great, but they should never end up in a landfill, but sure it happens way too much!

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