Video: Proper Steep Freeride Lines with Olivier Cuvet

Nov 27, 2019
by Olivier Cuvet  


You might be able to travel the world, you always want to come back home at some point. For a rider, being able to ride and train at home is one of the most important thing. Some have a big community to ride with, some only have few friends. Either way, the motivation and the aim of having proper spots at home makes us grab the tools. Jumps won’t build themselves.

For Olivier, it’s been a good year of digging to come to this, but now he’s proud to say that Billiat has got some proper freeride features.

Photo By Maxime Rambaud

bigquotesIt’s been a while since I wanted to shoot something at home. The main issue is that I basically didn’t have much to ride here beside enduro stuff, and nobody to ride with (beside enduro still). It took time, but I’m happy with all the buildings I did the past year to be able to shoot this edit! I’ve been lucky enough to find a good zone with proper dirt to build some freeride lines, and I used a piece of land my dad owns to build jumps.

I’m happy to show that we can find good riding where I live with this edit. But I also wanted to show that with motivation you can build and ride whatever you want. Most people I know complain about not having this or that at home, but I’ve never seen them with a shovel in the hand. Jumps won’t build them selves.
Oliver Cuvet

Photo By Maxime Rambaud


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41 Comments

  • 6 0
 Great edit. Love riding like this!
  • 2 0
 That first shot, I'm dead. Done. Nope, not watching anything else.

Was this Oliver's vid entry/promo for Rampage? That was absurd.
  • 4 0
 Aw man, thank f*ck there's skiing in the winter, this makes me want to ride so much!
  • 3 2
 bmx riders do some crazy stuff on tiny wheelbase.
I think alot of people think they need a long reach for stability "so they go over the handlebars" and for the sake of wheelbase, partially cause short chainstays got shoved up our ass by the industry propaganda.

there was/is every bit as much stability on wheelbase longer chainstays as there is in wheelbase with longer reach, you just stand more central than leaned over the front. I think 46" wheelbase is plenty stable for most stuff but if one wanted a really stable bike for high speed and gnar a 49-50" wheelbase could be justified - thing is to not have it have a whacky Front/Rear bias the chainstays would be what needs to grow instead EVEN MORE REACH LIKE 510mm.

i only rode it with a V1 Cane Creek DB CS Air. I think it would have done good with a coil with HSC or bottom out control. I like linear linkage though.
  • 2 0
 Yes Pinkbike... More of this please. And this has made me want a dh bike so bad. Awesome.
  • 2 0
 Great looking trails. I'm jealous.
  • 2 0
 so awesome. quality free ride vibes.
  • 2 0
 Nice edit and sick skills.
  • 1 0
 Great all around! Nice wide angle use. Good moves.
  • 1 0
 DAMN! That riding was sick. Big hits and staying loose on those steeps!
  • 1 0
 Legit use of a DH bike with dual crown forks. Free Ride ain't dead.
  • 2 1
 I want that frame...
  • 2 0
 www.bansheebikes.net has dropped the prices for V2 frames.
  • 1 0
 Yep, 1000 euros for frame without a shock, get a double barrel and smash everything in your way
  • 2 0
 For U.S. Jenson has them in M & L complete with DVO Onyx, Vivid, and Spank hoops, $2275 shipped:

www.jensonusa.com/Banshee-Darkside-SLX-Jenson-USA-Exclusive-Build
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: I will consider this deeply. The only “ not modern” thing here is the 74 seat angle. Otherwise geo is more progressive than my Anti. It’s a 2014 bike...
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: size medium is like 415 reach size large is like a 437mm reach, which is not "modern"... although i think it is a very good reach
  • 2 0
 @getsomesy: 430 for large with such low seat tube is tits. The wheelbase is big due to slack head angle and running DH tires gives it natural stability due to strong gyroscopic effect
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: gyroscopic stability is different affect than reach.
5'10" i'd ideally be running a 430-435 reach so i'm not opposed, just saying it aint "modern"
I rode a darkside set up for AM/FR for a year; it pedaled really well and had a deep enough and low enough seat tube to take a dropper which i loved. The frame is fairly stiff too.
I wish the links were stiffer, bb was 73 or pressfit and the chainstays were quite a bit longer though, personally.
I look forward to seeing a V2 darkside that can be run 27.5 or 29" has longer chainstays and still can take a seat post for climbing.
  • 1 0
 @getsomesy: all I mean is that people want long bikes for stability. There’s plenty of stability with DH tires, and the bigger the wheel the bigger the effect. For some reason, undeservedly I am good with rough tracks and steeps, but I want to be better at flying sideways. I’d run Darkside with 280 Lyrik, dropper and regular drivetrain. Does it work well with coil? I always prefer coil shock for how they handle rebound.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: well, you not gonna climb on it very often anyway I guess. I had one for test like 3 years back, it's perfect when things get wild and the rear is really stiff and sturdy, it simply goes where you point it, but even on a flat road it feels sluggish. The reach is fine for the purpose I would say. Iam 183cm with ape index 11cm and L size in 2016 model was just perfect.
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ: I’d get CCDB coil CS for it so it doesn’t matter Smile soft DH tires are a hell of a slug anyways and I already run them on the Carbon jack.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: or just play Salt n Pepa and Push it Big Grin

btw if I remeber you are from Poland originally, don´t you know if the guys in Antidote are working on some new rig? Its few years already and I would say the CJ is still the same
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ: I honestly don’t think CJ needs any update. It does the job exceptionally well. I am considering Banshee because I want more squish. They could eventually play with suspension layout so that seat tube insert is at least 2.5cm longer. Steeper SA if someone really has to... but then you have to maybe add a bit of reach and make the cs longer. Then the risk of it becoming a cow is high.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:
A little birdy tells me the cj replacement is gonna be more squishy....
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: I talked to them and they said that are not cooking anything between CJ and DM. I have knowledge of certain developments which I deny of having... I asked them to make me a 157 rear end for DM... but thye have no time and nobody else would buy it anyways. It would suffice for me. DM is so good it can be used as a super enduro bike.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Yeah I got it, makes sense. It´s one of the bikes I would go for if had the money heh
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: they just came up with 2020 model...
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: I know, I saw it... 150 in the rear... 20 too little for me. Too long stays. Banshee it shall be I wthnk. Do you want the previous model?
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: still paying for sb6c Big Grin can't get so similar focused rig now
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: oh? A Yeti? What is your specialty? Endodont? Prothesis? Dental Surgeon? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I heard a 170 650b model is coming to complement the 29
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: oooh that would be lovely
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: I feel uninformed...
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:
It's all just birds chirpn' till shit drops or doesn't. Also e, maybe, shhhhh
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: I will get a major income influx soon... they must speak up... I thought we were friends Frown
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: they just know you would talk
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: I never talked...
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: just kidding, but if it is true about 170 on 27.5, I have one more kidney to donate
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