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Video: Downhill Bike Shredding in West Vancouver

Jul 22, 2020
by Yama Folk  
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Downhill in West Vancouver:

There has been a lot of talk lately that mountain bikers are less likely to own a dedicated downhill bike these days. Even though the interest in DH World Cup racing is increasing, it feels like the numbers are going opposite ways. Honestly, there is no real surprise as to why this is happening…enduro bikes.

The modern-day trail/enduro bikes are truly quiver killers. “One bike to do it all”, we’ve all heard this marketing phrase thrown around for years. But now bike brands are actually achieving this. It’s hard to justify buying a DH bike unless you live near a bike park. Even if you do, a modern-day enduro bike will most likely be more than enough bike. Plus, you can ride it when there’s no chairlift and your legs need to get you to the top. It’s a no brainer, save money and ride a more versatile bike.

I grew up riding DH bikes, as did Yusuke, and whilst these bikes are no longer entirely necessary for your weekend ride. In our biased opinion, they are still the best type of mountain bike to throw a leg over. Luckily, we live in Vancouver and have access to the trails on Cypress Mountain, some of the best DH riding in Canada, outside of the bike park world. There is also a good reason as to why- you’ll often see local and not so local pro world cup riders training here. The trails are amazing and the shuttle turn-around is super quick.

You can certainly ride an enduro bike on DH tracks and have a ton of fun, but nothing feels better than monster trucking through a rough section on a big rig. I feel sorry for any trail bike Yusuke rides, this fella definitely likes to give it some beans. Keep running the big bike son.

ATHLETE: Yusuke Yamamoto @sukedog
WORDS & VISUALS: VISUALS & WORDS: Tom Wilson @yamafolk


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 Like most of us I rode a DH bike for years and years (Shore, Squamish, Whistler, Duncan, Kamloops). When I bought my first “Enduro“ bike I thought it was amazing.......so light nimble and you could pedal it up which meant riding solo was possible. I got back on a downhill bike this year for the first time in four years and OH MAN those things are absolutely amazing! I forgot you can truly ride the way you want to, just ploughing through everything and not having to worry. For my hack riding style I don’t think there is one bike to truly do it all.
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 Took my 150/130mm trail bike down Meat Sweats on Cypress. I made it down, but never been so terrified in my life. lol
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 a lot of people seem to think dh bikes are about creating a smooth magic carpet effect that makes the trail easier, and you could feasibly set your big bike up that way, but its not the point. i can bounce down the cypress gnarly trails on a hardtail or trail bike but with an aggressively sprung dh bike you can just carry so much SPEED on everything steep and rough. when I overshoot doubles or drops to flat it feels like my dh bike accelerates, the grip is insane. I still love hopping on my trailbike to ride the big trails because its fun to find different lines and less traction means more 2 wheel drifting, but cypress laps on the big rig are just the absolute best.
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 @canFreerider: This is pretty much exactly what I experienced the other night riding Cypress for the first time after spending most of my time at Mt Fromme recently. Riding my 160/150mm 27.5er threw me around a bit and was bounced off my pedals in a few places. The steep root, rock and chunk really keeps you on your toes but my god does it feel good when you crush through a section and come out the other side with speed.
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 "In our biased opinion, they are still the best type of mountain bike to throw a leg over"

Took my DH bike out for the first time this season last weekend and it reminded me that I need to spend a lot more time on it. For me, riding a DH bike at speeds where it begins to feel light and alive is the best type of mountain biking.
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 Sick vid. This whole bikes can handle anything is bs. Lots of pros run custom frames or crack frames way more than they want you to know. Even dh bikes. I Grew up riding the shore on xc hardtail then 6 inch freeride bike now i ride a dh. I may not aways have the speed to make full use of the bike but its there for me when i go off line.
  • 1 0
 Sick video, riding and awesome tune. Love Cypress and miss my DH bike! Trail/enduro bikes are amazing but nothing touches a DH bike when the terrain justifies it.
  • 1 0
 Smooth styles and nice track! Lot of days in the past on the big bikes on cypress, but what trail has all that nice dirt?
  • 1 0
 Sick riding, getting me pumped to hop on the big bike this weekend! Hurts to watch the rear rim at 1:37!
  • 2 0
 yeah yusuke~!
  • 1 0
 They see me shredding, they hate'n
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 I understand establishment shots but no riding until 40 seconds of a 2 minute vid is no beuno.
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 Yeah dude super rad riding
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 yeee sukedog
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 So good Tommy!
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 Suke, I'm pregnant.
  • 1 0
 i know yo!
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 Cypress is in West Vancouver PINKBIKE
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