Video: Hitting Jumps with the Cascade Components Crew

Jul 4, 2020
by Cascade Components  
Views: 6,408    Faves: 21    Comments: 3

With little to no racing happening this summer, the Cascade Components crew has been hitting a lot more freeride lines, spending most of their time riding Mainline at 27. A lot of the trails in that area were built back in the early 2000s when everyone was hiking their heavy freeride bike up to hit them. Looking back on that, it's wild to think how far bikes have come. Being able to get a 150 mm bike to feel fantastic over roots and rocks as well as big hits is more than a possibility these days. This is a quick look at some of what influences our link design and how we set them up on our bikes.

The Bikes:

Jimmy's Santa Cruz Hightower

The new Hightower LT

This bike was built up with the goal of creating the perfect race bike for the PNW. Of course that's on hold for a little now. It was tested with a coil but switched back to the stock shock to avoid too much overlap with the Nomad. At 150/150 it has enough to absorb some decent sized impacts while still being plenty agile.

Rear Travel: 150 mm
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe air 210x52.5, 1 volume spacer (all stock)
Fork: 150 mm Foxocchi Z1

Dave's 29" Specialized Stumpjumper Evo

Dave s Stumpjumper Evo

Dave likes turning anything into a tweakable jump so he rides a bike that's great for just that! There is enough mid-stroke support that the coil still feels poppy and it tracks well over things like roots.

Rear Travel: 145 mm
Shock: Fox DHX2 210x50
Fork: 150 mm Fox 36 Performance Elite

Erik's Transition Sentinel

Erik s Transition Sentinel

This is the build that instantly resulted in getting 800% more pitted. Erik has had the prototype link on ever since a quick swap in the parking lot at 27 early in the spring. The geometry of this bike is on point and with kinematics to match there isn't much left to be desired.

Rear Travel: 146 mm
Shock: Fox DPX2 Performance 205x57.5, 0.6 volume spacer (all stock)
Fork: 160 mm Fox 36 Performance Elite


  • 16 1
 Great riding/ edit and no slow mo was awesome though!
Just not sure why locations have to be named is all.
  • 14 3
 What happen to keeping spots low key?
  • 2 0
 Yep. Fight Club, damnit.
  • 10 2
 That ship sailed years ago with 27
  • 3 1
 It's all getting incorporated into the official/mapped RR trail system anyway...
  • 5 0
 Did you put a wireless mic on the lead bike and only that by any chance? Sounds like you put one near drivetrain of that bike and didn't use any other audio.
  • 3 0
 Nice hit on the 45 at the end. That's some of the best trails in Washington imo.
  • 3 1
 That's a lot of freehub noise, nice sound track
  • 2 0
 They mic'd up one bike for the whole run...whyyyy
  • 1 0
 @camcoz69: you can actually hear the pedal kickback... examples at 0:39, 0:43, 1:02... as the hub engages and the sound resonates through the wheel.
  • 1 0
 Honest question, in regards to the Sentinel, what does "instantly getting 800% more pitted" mean?
  • 4 0
 Well it’s quite a bit more pitted than before, obviously.
  • 1 0
 @gafoto: so pitted
  • 6 0
 Sort if a smack the lip and wapah kinda situation.
  • 1 0
 I have nothing against Cascade Components, but there isn't a single significant root or rock here.
  • 3 0
 Was wondering when someone would mention that. The trails around there are very polarized. Either tech or jumps so if you shoot a jump trail there isn't really much tech mixed in. If you'd like to see roots check take a look at the Nomad video.
  • 1 0
 That was so sick! Really enjoying the videos from you guys. Keep them coming!
  • 1 0
Look up so pitted on the YouTube
  • 1 0
 please make a link to up the travel on the forbidden druid!!
  • 2 2
 Oh man, those jumps don’t look safe. Hopefully Evergreen steps in to fix that. ????
  • 1 0
 That duthie trail looks cool. Isnt this next to gravy train?
  • 1 0
 Great job guys !
  • 2 3
 The amount of fake free hub sound in this video is too damn high!
  • 4 1
 I can guarantee you it isn't fake. We just don't have the budget for a whole bunch of mics so it turns into pick something and just run with it.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: I'll allow it. Looks like you guys had a good time no matter what.

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