Finished: The Froriders Ask Us Anything

Aug 15, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  
The Froriders together again. In the selfies era
Photo by Ale di Lullo

Update: all finished, we've got to go ride now. Thanks for all your questions everyone! See you on the trails.

-Wade, Tippie, & Schley


As we roll into the craziest part of Crankworx week, we managed to contain the 3 original Froriders in one spot. They'll be here at 10am PST to answer all your questions, so get them in below!

The History of the Froriders

Originally from Kamloops, Richie Schley, Wade Simmons and Brett Tippie are considered the pioneers of freeride mountain biking. They were involved in all the early Kranked, NSX, NWD, and other freeride film series. They brought a ski and snowboard film ethos, shifting the focus from pure racing to a new avenue for sponsorship and brand marketing.

Recognizing the potential, Vancouver's Rocky Mountain Bicycles created a team called the "Freeriders"—until Cannondale attempted to enforce a trademark on the word, and the team was renamed to the "Froriders". The ad went viral, or whatever the 1998 equivalent of viral was, and the rest is history.

bigquotesWe experienced something that not many people experience-we were at the front of a revolution. We traveled, broke barriers and pioneered new ground. We scared each other... It’s been a trip, a crazy trip.Brett Tippie


BRETT TIPPIE
YT Industries

The Director of Good Times needs no introduction on Pinkbike. His career resurgence has amplified stoke levels everywhere, and he's a fixture on the mic at mountain bike events all over the world.
YT Industries. Credit YT Industries Ale Di Lullo



Pinkbike Rainbow Heli-drop


RICHIE SCHLEY
YT Industries

Wade and Brett are quick to credit the business and marketing savvy of Schley. Always the consummate pro, he was the one who pushed his peers into treating freeride as a viable model for high level athletes.


Richie pinning it at one of the best spots ever Terre Noir means Black Earth

YT Industries. Credit YT Industries AJ Allen


WADE SIMMONS
Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Considered the Godfather of Freeride, Wade's flowing style inspired a generation of riders. Humble and hardworking, he's a rider's rider that never actively sought fame, but who absolutely pushed the boundaries of the sport during the birth of freeride.
Wade Simmons Pipedream

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How ‘Ask Us Anything' Works:

Starting at 10:00 AM PST/6:00 PM BST on August 16th you can type your questions for the Froriders into the comment box below this article and the guys will have a crack at answering them. Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a few minutes while Wade, Tippie, & Schley work their way through all the questions. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously.

To make this go as smoothly as possible, try to follow these guidelines:

• Keep your questions relevant
• Stay focused and to keep your questions on one topic if possible. You can always ask about another item later
• Try to keep your questions to about 100 words
• Ask Us Anything is a service to PB readers who are seeking helpful information, not a forum to broadcast opinions or grievances. If you do have an issue that you want to ask about, no worries, just keep your complaints relevant and in the context of a question so that it can be addressed in a productive manner
• Use propping to acknowledge good (or not so good) questions and bump them up or down to where they belong

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• 3:00 AM AEST (Sydney, Australia)



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205 Comments

  • 33 0
 Us older dudes don't heal like we use to, what are some ways you guys take care of yourselves fitness wise outside of riding?
  • 18 0
 Move to Laguna. I do take CBD oil and a million other things too. I don't know if anything works, but worth a shot! - RS I get my wife to walk on my back. I do some other sports too, a little running, some soccer with the kids, occasional grouse grind... - WS I use mountain biking to heal from snowboarding! - BT
  • 13 3
 @bretttippie: Damn, having a wife light enough to walk on your back? You are living the dream.
  • 2 0
 @bretttippie: you had the guns out back in the day. look at that shoulder. ripped af
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: That's Wade! (i was confused, too, then realized what the RS, WS, and BT were)
  • 32 3
 In the late 90’s to mid 2000’s riding had become all about tough technical descents, big features, and ( for the most part)lower speeds on technical trails.
Now it seems trails are being tamed. Roots are covered, rocks removed, trails widend. It seems like riders want whistler style bike park trails and not the skill testing shore trails of old.
What are your thoughts on this? Have trails become too easy? Has riding been tamed down too much? Is riding your bike more about climbing and speed, than just trying ride the toughest trail and technical stunts?
  • 6 1
 I'm more of in the middle. Just a good blend of it all really. I don't miss the slow crawl of the 90's riding. But I agree most trails these days look like they're being prepped for a paving crew to come in.
  • 19 1
 For MTB to become popular, you need to have green trails, blue trails, etc... you can't just have new riders and send them to their death. Riding for us hasn't changed. There's more tech than ever out there. We've just added lots of stuff on the easy side, and that's awesome for mountain biking as a whole. - WS

You see it more in Germany. There's a new kind of rider, and they're really bike park riders and can jump really well, but you take them to a normal technical trail and they're LOST. It's definitely easier to do. So it's important that we keep technical trails in the mix. What makes MTB so cool is that you're out and can ride so much different terrain. I don't want to see people only able to ride manicured trails. - RS

I agree with Wade (I didn't listen to Richie, aha). You don't want to kill a new rider by dragging them out to a double black, like we used to do. "HEY we'll go riding, and then to the hospital!" - BT
  • 2 0
 thanks guys!
  • 4 0
 I think the guys nailed this on the head. Take for example Snow Summit in Southern CA. They had 2.5 trails a few years ago, mostly black diamond and not very friendly to beginners. Experienced people were running into the beginners and it made everyones days miserable. Brand new riders aren't going to like that. And you know what, the season pass holding DH'er is going to get the most use out of his season pass and probably not spend a dime at the resort otherwise. Compare that to a family who rents all the bikes, gears, and buys food etc. at the resort. Catering to this group not only grows MTB but also paves way for more trails. Perhaps more new trails are being more sanitized, but there are still plenty of old school trails that will get your blood pumping.
  • 3 1
 @Airfreak: Problem is that on the Shore today, anything 'in bounds' is getting sanitized by the local trail association, even the 'old school blood pumping' trails. Now more people are building rogue than ever before to get advanced technical trails.
  • 16 0
 What is the most frustrating / annoying thing about the current mountain bike world, and how would you change it?
  • 7 2
 The word Enduro. - RS Trends. - WS Closemindedness to new tech. - BT
  • 2 1
 DEATH TO ENDURO!!! ... the term, not the race format. Its really fun.
  • 11 0
 To the whole group: as some of the pioneers of freeride, how do we demonstrate that mountain bikers are good stewards of our environment, when freeride is one of the most visual impacts on natural habitat?

Disclaimer: I'm pro-freeride and mountain bike access into natural areas, I've just been seeing people used freeride videos and pictures against us when justifying why we shouldn't have access to some areas.
  • 11 0
 If you're going to freeride off trail, I think it's our responsibility to make sure that we're not doing it in environmentally sensitive areas. Hey, ride gravel pits! - BT Yeah I agree, but I also do think people take it way too far. I've had debates with hikers, but I think we should be on the same team against developers and clearcuts and mining. I love hiking too. And we're all complicit in that lifestyle. We drove to the trailhead, we're part of this culture of consumption. - WS It's important for us, the pros who have been around for a long time, to educate new mountain bikers. It's our responsibility as pioneers to teach the next generations. Be nice to other trail users, don't make new lines if we don't need new lines, find your own level of environmental responsibility, and hold the people around you accountable. - RS
  • 3 0
 @Richie: Is a G63 AMG environmentally responsible?
  • 1 0
 @bashhard:

Hit them quick and hit them hard!
Right where it hurts hahaha

Good one!
  • 13 2
 If you could choose any vintage dh bike to ride for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • 5 0
 Intense Uzzi, or the first GT DH bike. The first bikes that actually worked. We should all have been on longer bikes though. - RS I'd take an old RM7. They broke all the time but they actually worked pretty good. They even feel good today. - WS RM7 for me too. With Shivers. Ehhh no, with Monsters. - BT
  • 1 0
 rs are you taking about the old gt lts with the Horst link or the gt dh-I with the I drive?
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: RM7 with a shiver. Gah that thing was heavy but a blast to ride.
  • 13 3
 What are the defining characteristics of a Schleybletop?
  • 26 0
 Just giving it a little sauce off the jump! Like, a half table-top. I think Gareth Dyer coined the term. I'm so sick of whips being the only cool thing. Half-assed whips are way easier than half-assed tables. So lets see you fuckers do some Schleybletops. I'm bringing it back! - RS
  • 8 0
 Big fan since forever! I sharpied the frorider afro emblem onto everything I owned in 97.

Whats one technology there is today you wished you had 20 years ago?
  • 3 0
 Let me guess, dropper posts?
  • 5 0
 Rubber. Tires are so much better today. - RS Yeah, I'd have to agree tires are critical. Droppers are convenient, but it's not a performance thing once you're descending... OH, strong bottom brackets. I broke a lot of those. - WS
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: thanks guys!!
  • 10 0
 When will linkage plates make a return to the industry?
  • 5 0
 They never left. - WS
  • 6 0
 When you were starting out, what gave you the confidence to go bigger and bigger? I mean you guys didn't even have the gear we have today. As you get older, do mental demons seep in and make you question lines you would have hit no question before? How do you balance risk vs reward as you get older? Has the equation changed since you have families? Mountain biking is so much a mental game, and now that I'm 36, sometimes I can't get out of my head when it comes to hitting jumps and drops that I was much more confident sending before. Speed isn't an issue so much as high consequence airborne antics that give me pause. Any insight would be awesome.
  • 1 0
 Ah damn. Late again. Got caught up with work and didn't get my question in early enough I guess.
  • 7 0
 Yeah getting older means more fear. A family makes a difference. People depending on you changes the equation. Yeah it's nice to get a good feeling from sending something sketchy, but we're more concerned with working with people who we know will get a good shot. If we're risking something, it needs to be worth it. - BT
  • 4 0
 Yup... at 44 I'm feelin' it too. Realization of mortality is an interesting thing.
  • 8 1
 My man Tippie , big fan for decades. Why???? oh why did you give up on that awesome mullet and Oakley razor blades? It's never too late.
  • 3 0
 I'd like to have a mullet again. Crank up some Crüe, send it! I do have some mullet wigs... - BT
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: Hahahaha , I hope I get the opportunity to meet these legend's of our sport. Crue + Mullet + Tippie = freaking totally awesome brah!
  • 8 1
 What North Shore trail would you recommend for someone who wants to experience the old-school style of trail that you guys made famous back in the day of the fro-riders?
  • 3 2
 Ladies only, Pipeline, Upper Oil Can
  • 3 0
 They're all kind of terrible... Upper Oil Can, Crippler, Boundary. Those have some solid stunts on them. - WS
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: digger too, lower ladies, the end of boogieman
  • 5 0
 Thanks for all the memories. Being a 50 year old rider it is inspirational to see older guys rip, makes me think I can even though I cannot. Mr. Tippie I saw you once in whistler and did not want to bother you but thanks for everything, next time I am buying you a beer.
  • 9 0
 Yes! Thanks for the support, come say hi next time! But you have a beer and I'll have a Red Bull. - BT
  • 5 1
 Hay guys. Love you ALL by the way and HUGE thanks for leading the way. Question: what is your opinion(s) on social media in general. So many riders get wrapped up with it I feel like they forget why they're riding bikes in the first place. Cheers.
  • 10 1
 Hay is for horses
  • 15 1
 @mikebike69: And mikes are for recording.
  • 2 2
 @Ozziefish: mike '> mic
  • 10 0
 Did you hear they're going to add YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook into one? It's called YouTwitFace. But really, too much of a good thing, isn't. Don't let your phone get in the way of your life. But, it's a handy tool to stay current on your stuff, and it's an important tool for athletes. - BT

If I didn't have to do it, I would never do it. But it's important for my job. I do think sometimes I'm too focused on getting the shot, branding myself, etc. You used to have to be part of a cool scene to become someone, now you can be a hanger on and just do it... in some ways it's awesome and democratic, but others can fake their way to the top. Buying followers and that shit. - RS

Things have evolved that way, and it's part of the fabric of society. But uhhh, I think if you're doing a good job in other ways you don't necessarily need to do it. You can have a global reach with social, but you can have a local reach too, and that's really important. The thing I don't like about social, is that often the better you are at social, the shittier you are as a rider—because you need to be good at social. - WS
  • 2 0
 Thanks guys!! That was my approach too I just wondered how you all felt! ????????????ya'll are RAD!!
  • 7 0
 You three have been riding all over the world. What would you list as your top three riding locations?
  • 5 0
 Kamloops, Whistler, Shore. - BT

Sea to Sky, the Dolomites for the views, the area around Virgin, Utah. - RS

The places that defined my career... stunts in Nelson, the Shore, and Turkey. Turkey was so memorable, I'd love to revisit it. - WS

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Throwing it out to the new riders, why can't they find new locations? Be more pioneering? - RS
  • 2 0
 @bretttippie: EWS is opening some eyes, fantastic locations
  • 7 0
 Question to Brett, Richie and Wade - Whats the gnarliest thing you've ever seen on a mountain bike?
  • 8 0
 Cam Zink's flip off the Oakley sender. Hard to believe that we're there as a sport. - RS Rogatkin's crash at Rampage, and then sending the canyon gap was ridiculous... Some of that trials stuff from Mackaskill is mindblowing, and Fabio Wibmer too. Such high consequences. - WS Aggy's qualifying runs at Rampage have a special place in my heart. The highest level of riding, as a complete package. Amazing. - BT
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: Nice one thanks very much for the answers guys
  • 3 0
 Richie: 1 coming from skiing you started at the transition of extreme skiing to freeride skiing; can you compare the evolution of the two? 2 Do you still ski? 3 How does a kid from BC end up in So Cal?!?!
Bret: 1 If you weren't leading the life of Brett Tippie who would you be? ( Don't say Richie or Wade !) What would your wife say?
Wade: 1 What is your opinion of e bikes ? 2 Are they the future? 3 Have you/Would you ever wear lycra, shave your legs and ride a road bike ?

Thanks for all the laughs & inspiration!
  • 3 2
 I don't think Wade can give a honest answer about ebikes when his employer sells them. I think that's a better question for Bret and Richie.
  • 3 0
 Richie question: Yeah of course I still ski. I mostly stick with powder skiing these days. And I'm in SoCal because my body is pretty beat up and so I don't want to grow old in a cold environment. Plus, for my job it's great to ride and test product all year... but there's too many people! - RS

Tippie question: I've always wanted to be a comedian, but they don't take me seriously. Seriously though, I've always wanted to be an actor, and wanted to be the bad guy in a James Bond movie. See Kranked 4. My wife would be cool with that, because she fell in love with me when I was just out of rehab and a construction worker. - BT

Wade question: Not into road biking, but I did ride lycra. I started on the XC team at Rocky Mountain back in the day. I shaved my legs too. For eMTBs, all sponsor obligations aside, they absolutely have a place in the future of mountain biking. They are so much fun, and I've always been okay with people doing new things. We can't predict the future, but I'm definitely not against them. I'd buy one before a road bike for sure anyway!
  • 3 0
 Wade, last weekend at highland my friend nightcrawler stuck a funnel in my mouth while i was standing up and threw up out of my nose. More of a warning rather than a question. Watch out for Nightcrawler, hes a crafty one... -Spider
  • 6 0
 On a scale of 1 to SEND IT ... whats your average Tuesday like?
  • 7 1
 Tippie, when could you come to Gobi Desert for a freeride trip?
  • 3 0
 Whenever someone will send me. - BT

Am I invited? - RS
  • 2 0
 These guys changed how we think about riding. Riders started looking for steep crazy lines . This also helped the bikes morph from light weight XC bikes to solid frames with disk brakes and durable suspension with generous amounts of travel. The golden era of Free Ride.
  • 2 0
 This one is probably for Wade, since he is the king of linkage plates. We've seen a few sketches and a spy photo or two of what looks like a RM-6 but with a tapered head tube and modified linkage plates with additional holes at the dogbone and lower shock mount connections. It also looked like it was running 27.5 wheels. Is this an old test mule or is there an RM-650b with ride-6 geometry about to drop?
  • 1 0
 Rocky made him a custom "Pipedream" a few months back: m.pinkbike.com/news/wade-simmons-pipedream-old-school-cool-video.html
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13 Everyone has seen the pipe dream. What I saw looks like another classic being brought back. No comment from Wade yet...
  • 4 0
 -Wade, if you were going to attach a deli meat to your bike for a mid ride snack what would it be and how would you attach it?

-Spider
  • 2 0
 Landjager sausage tucked behind my ear.
  • 2 0
 Hello guys - my 12 yr old is getting more into freeride and starting to hit bigger stuff all of the time. It's got to the point where I can't really provide much input as he is now hucking bigger than I ever have. Any words of wisdom to pass on to him on his quest for bigger air
  • 2 0
 It's okay to say no. - BT Take it in stride, baby steps. Make sure your skills match up your appetite for going big. - RS Try it all, develop a well rounded skill set. - WS
  • 4 1
 For all the boyz: Do you all miss all of the wooden crafted stunts/skinnies of the shore or do you prefer the way the trails have progressed?
  • 4 0
 Living on the shore, I like a mix. Some progression, some tech gnar, some wood, it's all good. We joke about "these trails are giving me the blues" but it's quite good really. - WS

It's nice to mix it up. Not the extreme skinnies where you're 20 feet up on a 2x4, that's ridiculous... - BT

Building ladder bridges in a field was always dumb. But when it makes sense, getting around swamps and stuff, I miss it. - RS
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: appreciate yall.
  • 2 0
 Freeride tandem mtn biking seems to have really tapered off these days compared to their hay day. What do you think the cause was? And do you think that we'll ever see the huge tandem mtb races that we used to see?
  • 6 0
 Freeride unicycling is coming back strong. - WS

What's the difference between a well-dressed people on a unicycle, and 2 poorly dressed people on a tandem? A tire. - BT
  • 4 0
 You now have the power to go back in time and change one thing about each of the other two. What did you change?
  • 8 0
 I'd have made them get the "pro" thing a little earlier, but it made me look better so hey. - RS

I would purposely unmatch Richie's glasses from his gloves in every photoshoot. And I'd give Wade a calf implant kit.. - BT

I'd make Tippie weaker so I could outwrestle him, and I'd make Schley stronger so he'd actually wrestle me. - WS
  • 5 0
 Whose BO smells the best/worst?
  • 12 0
 Wade. - RS Wade. Richie is a primadonna so he always smells nice. - BT Well these guys don't work as hard as me! I was always sending and stressed out, come on man! - WS
  • 1 0
 Back when you guys were coming up, action sports, so to speak, as a whole were a huge phenomenon. Do you think we've tapered off in terms of the general public getting stoked on extreme sports? Dave Mirra, Tony Hawk, and you guys really helped drive extreme sports into the mainstream. If you think it has tapered off a bit, why do you think that is? I know this is potentially more of a US-specific topic, but would love to get your thoughts!
  • 2 0
 Yes, it has. We've had this conversation with producers at Red Bull. We've pushed action sports into general public, basketball-watching people, and we've peaked for getting the general public excited about action sports. - RS I think it's still growing. More people on the planet. It might not have the same rate of growth, but more people are participating, more people consuming more media, but there's lots of oversaturation too. - BT I think that in terms of gnarliness we've hit a bit of a plateau. The next level is going to be so insane, but it's stopped being exponential because the consequences are so high. - WS
  • 1 0
 With all Social media activitie of Richie and Brett, it seems like they still live on 100% MTB as a Job? So @wadevsimmons, do you still live from MTB only (Rocky, RsceFace and Marzocchi?) or do you also Halbe an other Job?
(Would like to see more riding of you)
  • 8 0
 I'm 100% MTB for sure still. I've evolved a little bit, I'm doing a bit of sales rep work for Rocky Mountain too. I respect what those guys do though. I couldn't do all the social stuff those guys do, I'm just more of a worker bee. I like the shop thing, doing my thing. I'm a doer, doing my thing. I'm too cynical, kind of feel like I don't deserve it. - WS

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Tippie & I have never been afraid to work the angles, push the sponsorship, etc. Wade has always been modest, doesn't like to promote himself as much. He's always been torn between selling himself and selling out. When Oakley first wanted to sponsor him, it was a real dilemma for him... I was like, GO FOR IT! - RS
  • 5 1
 Richie is the best rider in the world because he can do what he does on continental tires.
  • 5 0
 They're great. I've spent 11 years helping them develop them, and you should try them. Ever notice the Athertons stopped winning as much when they left Continental? Give them a try! - RS
  • 2 0
 Do you guy's constantly get other rider's asking/expecting you to ride the craziest lines or features every time you go for a ride, or has that mentality kind of tapered off a bit?

Wisconsin Dan ;-)
  • 4 0
 Yes. Super annoying. They don't realize how old we are. - RS I used to love riders always wanting to take you to their hugest shit. - WS
  • 1 0
 Say the true Tippie! What do you get to be that energetic at that age?! Is it smoked, inhaled, eaten or injected? What is it man?! (and don´t tell me is that drink that "gives you wings" because as far as I know you are not sponsored by them!) Cheers man! and keep that energy flowing! Wink
  • 8 0
 I only have one speed! It's a good life and there's a lot I want to do and say! I just like to giv'er.
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie: Smile you are a legend man! Thanks for being who you are!
  • 1 0
 2/3 of the OG crew are riding YT. I have a couple bikes of theirs myself. Question is, do you (Brett and Richie) see the market demand increase due to newly discussed import fees from overseas manufacturers? As the products are direct to customer I can foresee an increase in production and demand from riders wanting top notch product with second to none support. Do you think YT could handle a larger market share?
  • 5 0
 Yeah that direct-to-consumer thing is a huge factor going forward. - BT

Why would you pay almost double the price for a bike that isn't better? Direct is the future. - RS
  • 1 0
 Wade - Was the marzocchi truck gap the craziest thing you've done? Considering the bike you were on at the time how do you think it rates against some of the stuff being done today, in my opinion it's still right up there. #legend.
  • 3 0
 I think it's on par with on what some of the guys are doing today. I'm not tricking it or anything but it was big! I think I was more scared on some high consequence skinnies, that steel bridge in Mexico... exposure is scary. - WS I think it's harder to do something first. I give that Marzocchi truck gap WAY more credit compared to a lot of stuff today, because he was first. - RS
  • 1 0
 I grew up watching the freeride revolution ! i started riding when i was 13 years old in 2003. NWD ,Kranked , Drop In, and many more great movies that you and other early freeriders were involved in truly shaped the way i looked at biking and life . The early freeride movies and magazines rooted mountain biking into my life. I now am 28 and a local Trail builder in Dawson City Yukon, i continue to love freeride because of all the classic videos you guys made ! And the bikes you guys road back then were crazy compared to todays bikes. All i wanted to say was thank you all and keep it freeride !.
  • 1 0
 Well got to ask about the rock n roll life style, back in the day you just went riding & did not give a f%4k about where the limits were, now its like the laws of physics do not apply as far as progression, when did things get so out of control, can even say its was the drugs?
  • 4 0
 What do you think of Freeride now compared to back then ?
  • 3 0
 It's amazing, the tricks and the size are incredible. But in a way, it's less raw, and less unknown, and less scary. - BT Fabio Wibmer is so gnarly. Doerfling. SO many good guys out there. - WS
  • 5 1
 Could modern bikes deal with hucks from the past?
  • 2 0
 Which bike would you choose:
1. A bike with modern geometry and suspension from 1998
2. A bike with current suspension and dated geometry from 1998
  • 6 0
 Geometry. - WS
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Suspension - RS
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Brakes. But really geometry. - BT
  • 4 0
 How much easier is it to go big on today's bike versus your old bikes?
  • 8 0
 In some ways its easier because the bikes are better. But it's harder because we're older. - BT I love that tech gets better, while we get older, so we mostly stay the same. - RS
  • 3 0
 When are you guys gonna do a legends film,be aware some to get you shredding together
  • 4 0
 We just did one! The Moment! And "Nothing's For Free" from Freeride Entertainment is in development. - BT
  • 1 0
 Look forward to nothings for free I’ve seen the moment,@bretttippie:
  • 3 0
 When are you guys gonna do a legends film, would be awesome* to get you shredding together ????????
  • 1 0
 I'm in! - BT
  • 1 0
 Get it done eh @bretttippie:
  • 3 0
 What are your thoughts on the new crop of XC bikes? Do you ride less than 130mm often?
  • 4 0
 None of us ride small bikes. For what we want to ride, it's 150mm+ at least. - All
  • 2 0
 If you could no longer travel the world to ride, and had to settle for living somewhere in which you could only ever pedal to a trailhead, where would that be?
  • 2 0
 Sneaking this one in for Brett. He says "right where I am, North Vancouver. I'm 3 houses away from the trails."
  • 3 0
 For whoever wants to answer: what's the most memorable feature you've ridden?
  • 3 0
 Another quick one from Brett before he takes off: "a steep rock roll in Garbo called Flypaper, that only 2 people have ever tried. Wade tried twice, made it once. I tried 4 times, made it once. I had a bruised ass for a long time."
  • 5 0
 So this beast under Red chair? Damn.

www.pinkbike.com/video/375800
  • 2 0
 We know you guys all love the North Shore, Whistler and Squamish...but what other places in the world are your favorite destinations to ride?
  • 2 0
 Question for Tippie - you're on an island (with a mountain, of course) with just one sport for life; is it snowboarding or MTB
  • 6 0
 Mountain biking. - BT
  • 2 0
 A question for all 3 as you’ve travelled the world extensively with your bikes. Outside of BC what are your favourite riding areas and why?
  • 3 0
 How can you still be called Froriders with those ridiculous conservative hairstyles?
Big Grin
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 We're old. - WS
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 What are the worst injuries you sustained riding such extreme terrain?
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 Achilles, from skiing. - RS Separated shoulders. And I've seen my skull from dinging it off a stem. - BT Concussions were the worst. Femur too obviously. I don't have the aches and pains of these other guys though. - WS
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 @bretttippie: I will always remember that section of Digger's film where Wade sends the gap, crashes, and yells out "I broke my leg". Glad you healed up from that one WS.
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 What advice would you give to someone who idealizes the heyday of 'freeride', and refuses to give up their clapped out 26" wheel freeride bike from the early 2000s?
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 Get a job?
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 Get a new bike. You're not helping yourself. Beg, borrow, or steal a modern bike. **edit: okay okay, don't steal bikes! You know what I mean, it's a saying!** - BT

But why does this industry hate on every tech improvement? Things are SO much better than before. - RS
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 @bretttippie: steal......?
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 @tdoyle1995: It's when you take something that doesn't belong to you without asking; usually frowned upon. Next look up sarcasm...
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 @tdoyle1995: it's popular in BC unfortunately
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 Any rituals, mantras or practices that you regularly do before a big shoot, move, commitment?
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 I don't have any rituals or superstitions. I always tried to not let myself be psychologically thrown off. - RS

Bender's power word was always "loopy-loo", and mine was always a 3-2-1 countdown, so at least the photographer will get the shot. If I'm freaked out about doing something, I would visualize that the move was in snow and it seemed a lot more feasible. Kind of tricking myself into doing it. - BT

I never let the fear creep in. Kind of try to portray quiet confidence. I'll know right away if I can do something, and then if I know I can do it, I just do. For the Moreno Valley gap, I stood on the edge, scope the landing, and then ran towards it to recreate what I was going to see as I'm coming up at it... But I didn't hang around looking at it too long before doing it. - WS
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 Do u guys realise how dangerous it was to ride back then without Boost, Metric shocks or 28.something crank Axles?
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 Shitty BB spindles were terrible though. - WS
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 @bretttippie: True (so were the Surfboards), cheers Guys
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 Flats or Clipless?
27.5 or 29er?
Water bottle or hydration pack?
Alloy or carbon?
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 Flat for freeriding. - all 27.5. - all Hydration pack. - Tippie No pack for big jumps. - Wade Hydration pack if I'm getting paid. - Richie Carbon. - all
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 Hey Richie! Stoked to come ride next week or what? Also, miss all you guys.
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 Hell yeah! Been waiting for 2 years bud! - RS
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 Do you guys still have the across from the photo shoot?
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 Stupid autocorrect... Afros, do you still have the afros??
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 Nah they're gone. - BT
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 Hey Tippie, what's the difference between pink and purple?
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 Grip. - BT
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 So jazzed I was lucky enough to ride a little with Richie while he was in Washington!
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 What's your favorite place to eat? And no my wife's cooking is the best here...Wade
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 Riva del Garda, in Italy. Leon d'Oro. All the food is insane. - WS
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 Greatest huck of all time?
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 Claw 360 heard around the world. - BT Wade over the Marzocchi truck that I wasn't invited to. Jaw drop was pretty crazy too, I was there... - RS Timo sending it over the entire joyride course. - WS
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 Bender did the Jaw drop on my Monster Ts. And they still worked great after that. - BT
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 What are some personality traits that might surprise us?
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 We're an open book. What you see is what you get pretty much. We love wrestling. - WS I like doing art. Fine line pen drawings, and some watercolour. - BT
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 @bretttippie: Being a multimedia artist I would like to see some of your work. Traveling around the world and seeing the most remote locations are always inspiring. Taking pictures sometimes isn't enough.
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 Wade, can you convince Ricky to sell a production Pipedream?
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 Damn, I meant Rocky
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 I've tried. - WS
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 @bretttippie: At least there is one!
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 What were the best lessons you learned from mtb? Is there anything you wished you hadn't learned?
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 From Brett: "the obsessive compulsive party lifestyle is something I wish I hadn't learned from MTB."
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 @brianpark: Haha, I actually read that in Tippie's voice! Y'all are legends. Thanks so much!
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 What is this old you keep talking about. Aren't you still able to show up about anywhere and not get dropped?
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 I get dropped all the time. But I end up riding lots of the gnarliest stuff, just not fast. I measure up when it gets heinous. - BT I don't get dropped. - WS
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 @bretttippie: the gnarlier it gets the faster I go.
W.S. you make me proud. Show those youngsters whats up.
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 When is Wade joining you guys in YT? lol on the other hand what do you guys prefer 27.5 or 29ers? cheers!
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 If Wade joins too it'll need to change its name to Old Talent. - BT
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 @bretttippie: or ol' riders
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 Thanks you three for the sport you helped shape. And thank you for Search for the Holy Trail.
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 what kind of truck is that ford and what are the specs on the lift, wheels and tires?
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 What a great article, great questions and witty informative answers. Thanks everyone good job!!
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 go send some of the old stuff again!
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 Does the carpet match the drapes?
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 Most times not. - RS
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 Hey guys, what is your go-to pre-ride meal / drink?
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 They said they don't have any.
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 What's your favourite cheese?
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 Nacho cheese. - BT Brett Tippie's jokes. - WS
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 Do you have any house plants?
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 My wife could kill a cactus, so I take care of the plants. - WS I forgot to pretend to water my artificial plants... and they died. - BT
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 Best bike you ever rode??
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 Wade when will we see the pipedream in the shops ???
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 Is Richie the Lopes of Freeride?
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 Yes. - WS
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 Richie parks better though. - BT
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 How do you keep those perms so tight and dialed when rippin it up??
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 Practice.
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 Who's your favorite current slopestyle athlete & why?
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 Rogatkin. - both
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 He ain't scared.
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 Great answers gentlemen - thank you!
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 Which bike is your guys’s favourite To ride right now
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 This is a question for Tippie. Back in the day who's mom was hotter. Richie's or Wade's?
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 Wade's mom always had good lemonade. - BT
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 @bretttippie: Ha, thanks for having a great sense of humor, some people don't get a joke!
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