Video: Rémy Métailler & Steve Vanderhoek Ride Big Lines in Squamish

Aug 19, 2021
by Rémy Métailler  

Steve and I went and rode some spicy lines around Squamish. Steve and I did another video during the morning so it was a big day and as always Steve was super dialed on his bike, making everything look way too easy. His breaking control and strength on the bike is incredible. On the last shot, and the last line of the day a tiny mistake made him have a super gnarly crash.

At no moment during the day, I thought Steve was out of control or close to make a mistake. That shows that our sport is dangerous and even when well prepared small mistakes can have big consequences.

Fortunately, it's only a small fracture in his wrist and it should be back soon on his bike.

Filmed and edited by Joel Clifton

Riding by @svanderhoek and @remymetailler







78 Comments

  • 43 0
 You have no idea how gnarly jumping into In & Out is unless you've been there, not, even, close.

Props to Steve for trying !!
  • 8 0
 ya made the pilgrimage to squamish and it felt like i forgot how to bike once I saw some of it in person haha
  • 12 0
 When riders at this level are scared you know it’s nuts.
  • 3 0
 100% agree. You need to see these lines in person to understand it fully.
I've got the shakes just thinking about it
  • 2 0
 Most people ride the straight shot down the middle of In & Out but I'd say that the original off camber line is harder. And that's before you decide to do a big huck into it! It's hard enough walking my dog down it on a wet day Big Grin
  • 30 0
 Rémy - stops like a champ almost anywhere on the trail

add 50Ib - Steve - does not stop
  • 3 0
 the law of diminishing returns
  • 96 0
 I work with what I got haha
  • 6 2
 True. Light guys get away with dumb stuff for that reason.
  • 11 1
 Dominions vs. Codes??
  • 14 0
 I was wondering the weight difference. I am 210lbs and I can tell you gravity takes over on the steeps. Steve has incredible skill and there a lot of riders that weigh a lot and can handle it so well, not me. I feel like an avalanche on some steeps, evacuate the village!
  • 5 0
 @Tormy: same size here and also get that feeling at times! My 140-150lbs friends wonder why I’m so picky about tires and brake pads…
  • 4 0
 @Tormy:

Same here. I'm 'faster' down some steeps vs my friends that are 40-50lbs less bc if I chomp down any harder my tires will break traction so picking up speed is a given. Make sure there's a good runout and hold the fluck on.

Also now suffering from adrenal fatigue after watching that.
  • 4 0
 @WasatchEnduro: I at my ideal weight for 6'8" unfortunately I am only 5'9" I never grew into my weight?
Steve I think is pretty tall?? so he may not look that much heavier than Remy, but I think he does have a few lbs on him or kilos for all you others that do weight differently.
  • 4 0
 @Tormy: It does even out. I'm 235 and get asked about jump speeds by the little guys; for me it's brake check and then roll into them, for lighter riders it means pedal your ass off.
  • 2 0
 @Tormy: it makes a massive difference and it only gets worse with speed. Company’s like reverse are teasing 260mm rotors. Should sort the big guys.
  • 3 0
 @stevev88: you are a beast man!! Heal up!
  • 2 0
 I'm 150lbs 4 pots and 203 front and rear. Confidence is greatly diminished when I ride 2 pots and 180's. My big brake setup has saved my ass many times.
  • 1 0
 Muscle weighs more than fat!
  • 1 0
 Big men need big brakes and big rotors, and lots of new pads.
  • 2 2
 @thenotoriousmic: lol. those are either going to be as floppy as an octogenarians pee pee, or weigh 3 lbs each.
  • 1 0
 That’s hilarious!
  • 2 0
 @conoat: I think if your in a market for 260mm rotors, you’re not really going to care about the extra weight.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I wouldn't be concerned about the weight and I am not especially heavy. the fact you will hit it on more shit, and it will go crooked at a stiff breeze, is the real issue
  • 1 0
 @conoat: if it bends easily then it will bend back easily too. Rotors don’t stay straight anyway they buckle and warp from the heat and wheel flex without hitting them on anything. If your a bigger guy who needs 260mm rotors then I’d imagine you’d be warping standard sized rotors for fun.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I never had any issues with 203 Hope floating or Magura floating. Obviously they will bend back(to a point), but who wants to be futzing with rotors every ride? also, a 260 is sticking 30mm further down into the trail. if you hit a rock, chances are that rotor is a toast. you can't un-taco a rotor.
  • 1 0
 @conoat: at least with hopes as long as your calliper is aligned your actual brake will straight your hope floating rotor for you. All brakes should be connected like how hope connect the brake to the hb160 for this reason but yeah I give my rotors and brake alignment a once over before every ride. Rotors always need straightening. I’m currently running 203 ice tech’s and 200mm centrelines. Ice techs are never perfectly straight out of the box.
  • 23 3
 22:10

You're welcome Smile
  • 12 0
 Yeah, when Steve V says how savage something is... Be afraid.
  • 12 0
 Steve's stoke after pulling a feature is the fucking best.
  • 19 0
 So happy to be alive ! Haha
  • 9 0
 Love the content you guys are putting out and how you actually break down how to ride this stuff. Keep up the good work!
Ps.
Is Steve and his bike ok?
  • 9 0
 Favourite duo to watch. Hats off to both of you and thanks for the great videos!!!!
  • 8 0
 Thanks so much!
  • 7 0
 “I never thought I would do that!!!”

That is one my favourite things to hear on the trail. Even at this level there is much joy in progression!
  • 5 0
 That was a burly crash @stevev88, you're a gnarly SOB! Get well, stoked to see more when you're back on the bike!
  • 3 1
 fantastic riding, sucks Steve got injured but that speed looked almost impossible to control into such an unforgiving run out. you could see he wasn't really feeling it and probably knew it was one to skip but i wonder how much of the self imposed weight of expectation there was, so far its seems he has ridden everything his pro pals have done, its ok to pass on one every now and then Steve! wishing you a speedy recovery.
  • 1 2
 On a completely different topic. Dont you think that the tyres sound like they are made out of the hardest compound on earth? I dont ride slabs here in Germany but over stones they never sound like that. What compound are you using, maxxterra?
  • 28 0
 Maxx grip and lowwww psi
  • 3 0
 @stevev88: haha crazy. Thanks for the answer. cheers heal up quick!
  • 2 0
 Remy uses e13 Mopo last I heard (softest compound they have).....I'm on the soft e13 as well and they also make those sounds on the Squamish slabs. Soft tires don't last too long around here!
  • 2 0
 @Marky771: ya but at least you guys have a sweet excuse to run soft tires.
  • 1 0
 It could also be attributed to Squamish granite is as sticky as velcro. So much grip on those slabs.
  • 2 0
 You can see at the end how his body is instinctively holding his injured wrist even though he doesnt know its broken yet
  • 1 0
 That was a long day of wicked lines! That ending was like a couple modern day Warrior's from last of the Mohicans taking a rest after a battle!
  • 1 0
 INSANE this should almost be a must watch. I’ve ridden here 5-6x on my 2020 fuel ex and barely make it down these slabs going as slow as possible.
  • 1 1
 most stressful video ever from some of the best riders/content creators out there. cheers to you both! heal up quick Steve!

Also - those NF pants are so rad. Steve how tall are you and what size do you wear?
  • 3 0
 Thanks so much! I’m 6’2 wearing a large. I have a couple rolls in the pants cause I like the short pants hahaha
  • 2 0
 Surprise cameo by Alice Cooper at 0:57
  • 10 0
 it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."
  • 2 0
 @SATN-XC: You've just inspired me to put that next-up in the movie queue.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: such a great movie
  • 2 0
 @SATN-XC: I've been saying that for the past 25 years and no one knows why. Well played!
  • 1 0
 @SATN-XC: well played sir
  • 3 0
 yeah buddy!
  • 1 0
 what in the world is that witchcraft @17:23?! Good stuff (despite Steve's crash and injury - HEAL UP!)
  • 1 0
 Broken my wrist a few times, between years of kickboxing and one OTB incident. Heal up dood!
  • 2 0
 That was awesome! Steve made that so clean the first time. Bikes are fun
  • 1 0
 Impressive stuff fellas.. still looks easy on camera compared to standing up there
  • 1 0
 Soooo good! Aside from the crash of course, heal up @stevev88 !
  • 1 0
 Wild video boys! Heal up @stevev88
  • 1 0
 That was insane! Good recover Steve!
  • 1 0
 savage! ultra dialed riding, impressive!
  • 1 0
 Glad you made it out of that one relatively okay Steve!
  • 1 0
 Smooth fall though from what I can see
  • 1 0
 savages!
  • 1 0
 How's the bike?
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