Video: Stephen Matthews Goes Old School on The Shore

Aug 26, 2015
by Chromag Bikes  
Views: 35,692    Faves: 381    Comments: 23


The North Shore is a kooky place. Amongst the newly built connectors and graded climbing trails, lives a maze of gnarled trail and forgotten stunts. At times it feels like you’re riding through the hallways of a Mountain Biking Museum, but then you’ll turn a corner onto a beautifully crafted, brand new piece of trail. There’s an opportunity to seemingly move back and forth through time as you connect the stunts of the past with today’s modern network. Imagination and creativity are what made The North Shore famous. So on your next ride, go explore and find something new…or old.

Bill Hawley photo
  The North Shore's seemingly endless trail network has left plenty of hidden gems.

Bill Hawley photo
  Lightning Strikes

Bill Hawley photo
  The imaginative line choices has given the North Shore its charm.

Bill Hawley photo
  Stephen Matthews is a member of the Chromag Family, and lives on Vancouver's North Shore.


Video by: Max Berkowitz / @MaxBerkowitz
Photos By: Bill Hawley Photography / @bhawley
Chromag Bikes / @Chromagbikes
www.chromagbikes.com





58 Comments

  • + 50
 Our definitions of old school are a bit different.....
  • + 5
 Please provide your definition of old school
  • + 27
 Steel hardtail with 3" tires, 24" rear wheel, and a double crown fork.
  • + 45
 Living in a cave and killing animals with a club
  • + 1
 ^lol pretty much dude
  • + 6
 Agree - need an old Norco hitting loads of skinnies / see saws etc
  • + 11
 Skinnies, more tech, less flow. And by skinnies I mean Dangerous Dan width from 01-03, not New World Disorder boardwalks from 06-08. Moss covered rocks, lots of roots, teeter totters......steep sections... But unfortunately that riding is nearly dead, that masses couldn't handle it.
  • + 4
 @fattirefury12, on the other hand, handled it like a boss. Because he is awesome.
  • + 2
 @fattirefury12, thank you, my faith in humanity (and the shore) is restored...
  • + 17
 Great vid! There is nothing better than loamy singletrack ridden in solitude.
  • + 36
 Blow jobs?
  • + 18
 Why not both?
  • + 9
 Haha! Of course The Holy Trinity: Bikes, babes and booze.
  • + 1
 No no no. That's bikes, babes, beer and brunost.
  • + 10
 I urge anyone who can to check out the North Shore, this place changed everything I thought I knew about riding a bike,
amazing trails for days, cool people, BC bud, whats not like?
  • + 3
 As a person who lives on the shore if you want to try our riding I recommend you stay for a long time because there is so much to ride
  • + 3
 @Ben4575 lucky bastard!!!
  • + 9
 The title/intro text got me hyped to see some old school elevated stunts and teeter-totters. Possibly the first time I've been disappointed by fast paced, well filmed loam shredding.

Honestly though, great clip. I was just too stoked on ladder bridges
  • + 6
 I don't really get some of the music Cunucks listen to but oh well. Did anyone watch the TV series "Alone" that just finished Near this area where people could get $500,000 for just surviving? Shit drop me off there with my bike, a Bic lighter, and my pocket knife.
  • + 1
 Just saw the finale of that for the first time today. It was filmed on the Northern end of Vancouver Island, and I live on the South end in Victoria. To be fair, the weather is pretty extreme up there, particularly in the winter which is when they supposedly did it. I'm not sure your bike would do you much good in that sparsely populated part of the island. But hey, for five hundo, I'd be in.
  • + 10
 Stephen Matthews has some serious flow on the trail bike! Stellar edit.
  • + 9
 'Look at that tree!' ;> Enormous!
  • + 18
 That's what she said
  • + 5
 thats new school ladies and gents. whats old school, is me and the fellas learning to ride on the north shore sending ourselves off of big drops and steep rock faces on old heavy downhill bikes with only one brake, and broken parts and all that good stuff
  • + 5
 Time to watch Seasons, one more time.
  • + 3
 and roam
  • + 1
 "to roam is to search for something new"
  • + 4
 Great job Stephen and Max! That was rad!
  • + 5
 He's so dreamy
  • + 0
 As a north shore local, if you want to try our trails i suggest you go somewhere else. Most of them are dumbed-down to the point where my grandmother could rip them. Cypress is still fun but Fromme suuuuucks.
  • + 1
 can anyone tell me what trail that rock roll is at the start (0:16) of the video is.
  • + 2
 Killer edit guys, loving the mix of new and old!
  • + 2
 cool as it gets. many of these stunts are 1 hit wonders now.
  • + 1
 Do people really do wheelies in the middle of the trail for no reason? Haha. I have never done that!
  • + 6
 it's not for no reason, it's cause it's crazy fun
  • + 2
 I'd do it every chance I had, if I knew how to wheelie haha
  • + 2
 Looks like the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi.....
  • + 1
 that would be NorCal, brah
  • + 2
 Anybody know what this song is?
  • + 2
 Ben Khan- Blade (Tidal Wave of Love)
  • + 2
 Best vid I've seen in a while!!!!
  • + 1
 Yes. Every part of the edit, yes.
  • + 1
 Watched this when it came out. Keep coming back to it.
  • + 1
 I have much love for this section of the shore...
  • + 1
 I need to get up there someday!!
  • + 1
 Old school? Haha what?
  • + 1
 What bike is he riding?
  • + 3
 Pretty sure its the 2016 Ghost PathRIOT thingy... hows the timing, seeing as it was only previewed a couple of posts down on the main PB page. Wink

Great edit and sweet riding!
  • + 1
 Ghost riot lt
  • + 1
 May be wrong but I think he works for MEC and ghost is their bike brand. makes sense
  • + 1
 sponsored by ghost
  • + 2
 Hey @Allaboutthehardtails this was filmed on my Ghost Riot LT 8
  • + 1
 Thanks mate,your bike is sick and so is your riding!!
  • + 0
 Have my babies
  • + 1
 nice!
  • + 1
 Nice work buddy!
  • + 1
 what a amazing place !!!
  • + 1
 song?

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