Video: Ripping Through North Carolina

May 20, 2014
by Cane Creek  
Views: 62,622    Faves: 654    Comments: 38


How does Cane Creek Cycling Components know the new DBInline can handle the rough stuff?

Because before we went public with it, Cane Creek employees Brandon Blakely and Evan Voss put the newest Double Barrel shock to the test. Watch as these two shred some sick, sick North Carolina trails. (If you're nice to us, maybe we'll take you on them when you visit.)

It's basically how we do product development: ride it, rip it, make it.


116 Comments

  • + 42
 I think this is a sign from the gods. I'm about to graduate and move to NC. Stoked to ride there!
  • - 28
flag bikebike69 (May 20, 2014 at 15:08) (Below Threshold)
 N.C. does have great trails....but keep in mind. Winter sucks there. I grew up there and moved out to Cali just so I could ride year round in good weather.
  • + 50
 Ummm been here 28 years and have no idea what you are talking about.
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flag bikebike69 (May 20, 2014 at 15:28) (Below Threshold)
 25 years for me. Once you ride year round in dry Cali you'll understand. There is NO comparison. Although Catawba River used to be awesome back in the day!
  • + 5
 dont you never break treeline in NC unless the trees are down (like in this video on one peak)?
  • + 3
 I live near Charlottle NC and the riding is great out here we have so amazing trails and the real mountain aren't that far of a drive
  • + 5
 There's a few WC DH guys that moved to NC recently in order to ride gnarly trails year around. I'm working my hardest to move there too for year around good riding.
  • + 1
 anyone know what trail or trails that is???
  • + 1
 You won't be disappointed!
  • + 16
 @bikebike69 Try living in New York, you'll think twice when complaining about the winters in North Carolina.
  • + 1
 Lol....no way! Anything less than 40 degrees is too cold for me. I like the sun Smile much respect to the cold/wet riders out there,just not for me.
  • + 9
 sum gewd mawtin bykin dare...yessir
  • + 1
 I'm from FL and some of the most fun places I've ridden have been in NC.....
  • + 3
 @hardtailhucker03 this is pisgah
  • + 28
 Okkaaaayyyy guys remember theres a lot of canadians kicking around on this site so you all better stop complaining about your "winters" while youre ahead
  • + 2
 @bikebike69 I'd love to get out to a place that I could ride year-round, for sure. Enjoy the warm weather on our behalf! haha and @jaycubzz, touché, I'm not saying New York is colder than Canada, but it does get pretty damn cold here, especially in comparison to places like North Carolina.
  • - 15
flag smgishot13 (May 20, 2014 at 22:08) (Below Threshold)
 @dualsuspensiondave Uhhh, no. There aren't any "WC" guys living there.
  • + 6
 @smigishot13 Neko Mulally moved there for just that reason
  • + 5
 Its also no surprise that some of the colleges in the Pisgah area have strong mt bike teams. Lees-Mcrae, Brevard, Warren Wilson, App State. Actually at collegiate nationals every year, I remember a lot of CO and NC schools on the podium, but not much from CA...
  • + 6
 Luca and Walker Shaw, Neko Mullaly. To name a few WC DH racers. Two of them have been on a WC podium.
  • + 2
 NC is sick, rode there a bunch back in the day
  • + 2
 @hardtailhucker03 Not sure if there were more trails that I missed, but everything I saw looked like Wilson's Creek/Pisgah trails. Everything is accessible from highway 181 north of Morganton. I know I saw Sinkhole and looked like the top section of Greentown. Get a Wilson's Creek trail map and get out there. Some of the best trails in the US.
  • + 7
 Well in Scotland our winters are almost as good as our summers...
  • + 1
 Now that all these sweet racer rich kids are moving here, our trails will be even more blown out when they have to train in the rain, they don't show up for trail work days, and really just suck all around.
  • + 2
 Never has a 29er ripped sooo hard Awesome edit
  • + 1
 I lived in N.C....Fayettenam (Fayetteville to be exact). But unfortunately I ending up jumping outta a perfectly flying airplane with the mighty 82nd Airborne Division rather than jumping my bike. I can tell ya its not as fun but way more intense! "All the Way!"
  • + 1
 NC is great riding. Some real nuggets around here. I did the Uwharrie (near the Badin Lake area) round of the Southern Super D series yesterday and H0ly 5h1t was that place fun!
  • + 37
 Dear Cane Creek, Now that you have released this awesomeness, please start developing a fork!
  • + 16
 That Video makes me want to buy an Ibis Ripley! That guy was shredding it so hard with a "29er trail bike."
  • + 4
 They really do ride like a dh bike on decents. They feel awesome. Very fun and massively capable!
  • + 2
 That bike looks so fun. I was torn between one of those and a Tallboy LTc when I was getting my bike. The one thing I was wondering about though was his choice of such a small diameter rear rotor. Seems strange to me. I find myself wanting a slightly larger rotor than I have in the back on my 29er because it seems less effective than the same size on a 26". Thoughts?
  • + 4
 the ripley…well…simply rips. i've got a buddy shredding one on our DH team, and he cleans all kinds of gnar aboard that thing; boulder fields, trailside senders…all of it. and don't even get me started on how it climbs
  • + 0
 No Love for the Norco Range? ? Both were looking Smooth as silk !
  • + 1
 @Gooldylocks - get the bigger rotor, i'm on a LTc with a 203 front and 180 rear and those give me a lot more room for modulation.
  • + 6
 @epic78, I think that blacked out one was a canyon spectral. Looks really sweet like that...
  • + 2
 @Gooldylocks I opted for a smaller rotor in the rear as it helps me with locking up the rear wheel... I simply dont do lock it up as much with the smaller rotor so I stay on the trail better...Guess I have lead for hands...and no real technique? haha
  • + 1
 cecald, that is what I am thinking I am going to switch to. I'm currently running 180/160. I get what you're saying though TKETTLE. Different style, different equipment.
  • - 2
 Blacked out bike was a Ghost AMR Riot, pretty sure they said in one of the Inline press releases
  • + 4
 Canyon Spectral was the blacked out bike in the video
  • + 2
 Yup spectral
  • + 2
 My bad, didn't notice the link a the begginng. Spectral it is!
  • + 12
 Wilsons is terrible... the climbs are too long and the trails are no fun once you do eventually reach the top. Best to just keep on saving for your Whistler trip... Nothing to see here folks, move along...
  • + 1
 ^ lol... I see what you did there
  • + 12
 Hellll yea ! That was some sweeeet R&D !!!
  • + 10
 This video makes me want to ride my bike :-)

Awesome Job!!!
  • + 6
 Wilson's baby!!! I know every inch of that trail, they just happened to use them a bit better than me. I hear if you ponder down that hole you will find gold, beer, and a endless supply of chamois butter
  • + 7
 Wilson's indeed!...Sinkhole is unmistakable.

I've heard legend of the industry boys up there...(ie Canecreek/ I9/ Suspension Experts) having some private ninja trails that are insane...

and BTW, I love western NC riding...some of the best in the east

and for anyone in NC...you must hit up Boone, NC's multi-million dollar mtb park, Rocky Knob!...giant mtb playground
  • + 1
 Wilsons? Tell me how to get there mate! I'm down in Raleigh and would love to head out there.
  • + 2
 @BDKR - wilsons is a trail system around the asheville area. go up to the bike shops in that area and im sure they can help direct you. I also live in Raleigh, and have ridden and shuttled DH there many times.
  • + 1
 @MetalMayhem - Thanx mang! :-)
  • + 6
 It's a mix of brevard and Wilson creek. For the haters that think the trails aren't gnarly-the option lines they hit are ridiculous.
  • + 4
 Exactly .... Silly n00bs
  • - 5
flag lord-trolldemort (May 21, 2014 at 6:17) (Below Threshold)
 hater here - not enough rox for me. i've seen gandalf huck dropz bigger than that, and he's older than bilbo!
  • + 2
 You've seen Gandalf!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Go home, You're drunk.
  • + 1
 The really good riding is pretty technical here. Unfortunately, it's all white dot Smile
  • + 0
 yeah i don't know what these kids are doing, these trails are for little hobbits feets ONLY!!
  • + 7
 Fluid one handers on the trail never stop looking AMAZING. Great edit dudes.
  • + 7
 Those guys were boosting off of the smallest humps in the trail. nice work.
  • + 3
 Those guys love the TBH2F! (Trail Bike Huck 2 Flat)
  • + 6
 Good to see the East Coast getting more coverage
  • + 3
 Hell yeah, looks like Brandon Blakely to me, I've ridden with him, well watched him ride away from me, haha! Dude rips! That was a sick edit and that tree kicker was hella rad too!!
  • + 1
 I know NC has some good riding as I did some races with my school in NC. But now I live on Ft. Bragg, and this area of NC seems to have 0 good riding. Maybe someone can give me an idea of where to ride within an hour of Ft. Bragg. Also why hasn't pinkbike done any coverage on Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex?
  • + 1
 Werd on Daniel Dhers! I might just head out there tomorrow. :-)
  • + 3
 I love the slow mo comments. If it wasn't slowed down, I'd have to rewind and replay twice as much as I already do. These guys know how to shred.
  • + 4
 I love seeing some local dudes kill it on PB!!!
  • + 3
 Someone was having fun with the slow mo haha. Awesome video though, those trails look sweet!
  • + 4
 Nothing like a Dale's Pale Ale to end a ride, so good....MMM Beer!
  • + 2
 I'm trying to figure out why they haven't made a 4 way fork yet....that would be the setup i want... Cane Creek 4 way fork and rear shock... Smile
  • + 3
 Wait to go guys!!! i love yalls videos. "Church" was unreal as well. Cant wait to see more! keep it up and keep rippin!
  • + 2
 Boss move at 2:50. Trust me, this is way sketchier and bigger than it looks...that hole is around 40 feet deep!
  • + 3
 Awesome shredding fellas, and nice looking shock Cane Creek!
  • + 3
 I WANT THESE TRAILS! RIGHT NOW!!!
  • + 2
 WOW! best video i've seen in a while....I'm gonna go rip now...you should too
  • + 6
 Maybe you should watch the OTHER NC Video... Also ripped and shredded by the same two dudes! ;-) We are blessed here in NC.

www.pinkbike.com/video/347581
  • + 4
 blakley shreds.
  • + 2
 Ubado-These aren't on the 181 corridor. Definitely Wilson Creek though.
  • + 2
 Flat pedals , bare feet = ouch!!!
  • + 1
 Sinkhole bitches unreal love this trail yeah Grandfather district
  • + 2
 love the east coast action
  • + 1
 nose wheelie to tire slide thingy at 2:20 was pretty slick. great trails, makes me miss that good east coast riding.
  • + 2
 so glad to finally see my state represented with such a gnarly video.
  • + 2
 Charging! So damn fun to watch!
  • + 2
 SO MUCH SLOW MOTION! bad ass trail though. big airs!
  • + 2
 What's that other bike? Not the Ripley, the other one
  • - 2
 The other rig is a Norco Range Carbon 27.5. The slow-mo at 2:30 gives away its flex though (head tube vs seat tube)... Blank Stare
Amazing edit & riding though!
  • + 6
 It was a Canyon Spectral.
  • + 2
 AWESOME video. and hopefully my next shock!
  • + 1
 can you say frame flex….straight dickered
  • + 2
 Wilson creek FTMFW
  • + 0
 yeah, I'd say Wilsons or maybe Yancey's Ridge
  • + 1
 Nope ... Wilson area though
  • - 1
 Since Cane Creek is located south of Asheville ... I'm guessing areas of Bent Creek or Dupont. Especially with the abundance of Laurel tree tunnels. The trail seems a bit tame for Wilson's Creek ... at least where I've ridden.
  • + 2
 I am pretty sure this is pisgah
  • + 2
 WC is pisgah - grandfather district.
  • + 3
 Dang, when I lived in Swannanoa, NC (1984-5) only saw one mtb... A chrome Ross from Bike Nashbar mail-order. Guy rode it everywhere, rode trials and trails. Got me hooked despite the fact that I spent all my waking hours then going to classes and paddling open boats or tearing up the mountain roads on my RD 350. Forget the guys name, but the seed got planted for me there, bought my first mtb 85 and have been riding ever since.
  • + 1
 PISGAH! magnolias/rhododendrons are a dead give away.
  • + 1
 Ripping those trails and that booter over the downed tree though...
  • + 1
 Anyone know what trails these were, Pisca? DuPont ?
  • + 1
 www.live-jaunt.com

all over this video, good to see.
  • + 1
 What is the song name please?
  • + 1
 Two of the nicest, fastest riders you will ever meet.
  • + 1
 Absolutely, positively, fucking sick, riding!
  • + 1
 I think that's the Sink Hole trail. Seriously. Definitely Pisgah.
  • + 1
 Excellent vid of Wilson's
  • + 1
 They must be in Pisgah Nat'l Forest.
  • + 1
 Rowdy
  • + 1
 sickness
  • + 1
 VOD!!! Ripley FTW!!!
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