Video: Riding 14 Double Black Trails In A Day On A Hardtail

Apr 13, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


Riding 14 double black trails would be a daunting task in itself, never mind riding them all in one day and on a hardtail! Join our newest Pinkbike presenter Tom Bradshaw to find out how he got on with this mammoth mission.








139 Comments

  • 166 1
 Hi I'm Tom Bradshaw and welcome to jackass.

*sends it*
  • 14 1
 just me that instantly started humming the theme tune after reading this comment?
  • 7 0
 This is straight out of Jackass and that's a tall compliment. @AidanWilson that would be "Corona" from The Minutemen.
  • 3 0
 @hellbelly: great song, amazing album.
  • 2 0
 @fartymarty: Kick myself for not seeing them with REM back in the day, but I did see fireHose.
  • 3 0
 @hellbelly: Love the Minutemen. Such a great band. The doc about them, "We Jam Econo" is pretty solid.
  • 94 0
 Anyone noticed that Tom is a badass? 40+ Km of riding Blacks on a hardtail at Alice?

Props to the man, nice addition to PB.

Well done!
  • 8 4
 If you've ever seen any of the Nate Hills yootoob's that he's in, you'd know he's a badass!
  • 53 0
 "Tin out of tin!"
  • 6 0
 @thedirtyburritto , we need your translation report ASAP!
  • 10 1
 @Tombrad: Seriously, love the kiwi accent; don't tone it down because of the North American audience. Stoke level was so high in that vid that I immediately had to go for a ride after watching it. Cheers!
  • 10 0
 "gday tree"
  • 22 1
 @Tombrad:
Tom Bradshaw Vocabular Translation Vol. 3:

Faeh'st - first
oohl - all
Sooup'ah - super
Fou - full
mahk - make
foud- food
dilish'naus - deliciousness
ah'maehgincy - emergeny
Pip'ah - pepper
Hagh hagh - haha
cimrah - camera
mayuth - mouth
ahp - up
*69 meters joke* - typical upside down country humour
raaght - rut
wit - wet
Smoko - break time; also name of Aussie National Anthem, see also www.youtube.com/watch?v=j58V2vC9EPc
meat stick - ??
Ah'gue - argue
thued - third
how good - very good
horsies - power, horse power
whack it - apply pressure, insert, install
lehp - lap
cah'nicktid - connected
Punt - jump or air
gahts - guts / middle
haahd - hard
clehf - cliff
ge'hist - guest
saouh - so
mah'ee - me
toastie - grilled or toasted sandwich
cackle'hahyhha'cackle - reflexive noise produced during near death experience
le'yahp - lap
  • 8 0
 I'm usually pretty good with accents, but I was completely ready for them to ride a trail called Pin House.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: LOL. I totally missed that one. Also thought it was Pin House ...
  • 6 0
 @thedirtyburritto: not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need
  • 33 0
 Why ride a hardtail? Listen to the laughs. Hardtails are just plain fun.
  • 5 0
 You know when you're in a state of fear and you don't know whether to scream, cry, or laugh? Well, that.
  • 2 0
 For the banter with all your mates when you’re keeping in touch with them...
  • 32 0
 Did Jason lose a tooth?!
  • 78 1
 I did! Was fresh out of dental surgery when this was filmed. New tooth is in there now!
  • 8 0
 @jasonlucas: I noticed you were on a norco sight, are you no longer a trek rider?
  • 56 0
 @jmtbf: supported by Norco this year!
  • 8 0
 @jasonlucas: What colorway ?
I'd have picked RF Kashmoney for the tooth Smile
  • 6 3
 @jasonlucas: did you design their website for them?
  • 25 0
 People constantly underestimate what can be done on a good hardtail. Yes you will feel beaten up by the end of a epic ride and yes, the pain will remind you of all the fun you had.
  • 6 0
 Let's be honest, was the ride even good if the pain doesn't remind you of the fun you had?
  • 12 0
 @theoskar57: You sure you're not secretly German?
  • 3 2
 If you commit a few weeks to the hardtail the discomfort goes away. Your body just needs to adjust.
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: True, I relegated myself to hard tail only between November and March. Eventually, the body just adapted and then when I got back on the dually, my trail processing ability was better than it's every been. That said, it's taken me some time to get back up to proper dually speed.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: so true! Always good to spend a few months at a time on each.
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: and then you get old...
  • 1 0
 @1000paces: 44 years young here! Still getting after it on hardtails and full squish.
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: 41 here, and loving my hard tail. Although I first learned on one 22 years ago, I was full suspension only between '01-'13, and then decided I needed to add a hard tail back into the quiver. Haven't looked back, and now around 30% of my rides are on the "Bone Shaker".
  • 29 5
 Hardtails are awesome, no they don't hurt your back, or knees, or arms, and you only need a chamois if you actually sit, which you don't at full tilt.
  • 3 1
 Well said..
  • 12 0
 Speak for yourself lol... ride several hours of demanding trails and you'll be hurting/tired from the vibrations... Land enough big drops and the calves tighten up. That said I still love mine.
  • 1 0
 @focofox37: took the hardtail on a mtb trip for 3 weeks and did as much riding as I could. Both Achilles took another 3 weeks to recover. No chamois cuz unless I was climbing I wasn’t really in the saddle much.
  • 3 3
 My knees took six months to recover from two days in Finale.
  • 4 1
 I remember when I was under 40.
  • 2 1
 @rrolly: yup, my back was wincing before I even hit play
  • 2 1
 Fun... yes. Hurt... yes. Remind me how you are Wink
  • 2 0
 @mtbikeaddict: vibrations are not always bad...that’s what she said
  • 1 0
 @focofox37 *brags about hardtails not hurting you* Shatters right pinky glancing a bar off a tree that next day... uggh
  • 22 0
 Best video in a while. Nice work Tom!
  • 17 0
 The ankles are strong in that one
  • 15 0
 Seems like they are having a load of fun, just like you should.
  • 15 0
 "balls of glazed deliciousness"
  • 11 2
 I think he should have his height measured before and after so we can see how much he shrunk during this filming due to all the spinal compressions
  • 10 0
 Now that's a good day at the office!
  • 9 0
 That´s a lot of plastic for not a lot of food!
But looked like a lot of fun on the trails though.
  • 9 1
 @Tombrad 10/10 entertainment value, 9/10 presentation, but only 14/15 double black trails, looks like you forgot about Chossy Schlabz Wink
  • 6 0
 Tom Bradshaw Drinking Game

1 Sip:
"you ___ beauty!"
"how good?!"
"ha ha HAAAAAH!!"
every 1000m elevation
every 1hr of climbing
aussie slang

Finish your drink:
whenever he challenges someone to a moo-off
discovers something new/awesome about canada
  • 15 1
 @thetruejb AUSSIE slang?!?! - Finish your drink hahaha
  • 3 0
 /aussie slang

The nads on dis dude....
  • 4 0
 @Tombrad: ahh my bad!! Off to bury my head in the sand like all those birds you have back home in SA

/s
  • 1 0
 @FurryCrew: yeah that’s low eh
  • 7 0
 5 times up Of Mice And Men and a full Debecks climb?!? Utter madness. Probably more impressed by that than the downhills.
  • 5 0
 Legit, I'm more impressed he was going up Of Mice And Men instead of 50 shades part 2 each time than half the trails. That thing is no joke.
  • 1 0
 @Junker92: That's what I was thinking. Why Mice and Men every time!? Haha. Ruthless!
  • 4 0
 Sawyer gets a thumbs up for ripping the double blacks on a hardtail. However, why is the newbie making the rules of the plate presentation? The veteran PB presenters should be doing an initiation video with Sawyer getting hazed to become a full fledged PB presenter. ;P
  • 7 0
 One of the best Pinkbike Vids in a long while
  • 4 1
 Cool to see more HT on Pinkbike ! Nice vid.
For those who are interested of what is it possible on a hardtail :
www.youtube.com/channel/UCaJc4VN9c8LICMrEU9RxWFg/videos

This guy is a beast on his "little" bike Wink
  • 5 0
 Crazy and funny idea,
@Tombrad
You are a true enrichment to the team !
I thought "it's worth mentioning" Smile
  • 3 0
 @2pi thaaaanks mate!
  • 6 0
 The real winner of Pinkbike Academy
  • 4 0
 Tom is the type of nutter who enjoys type 2 fun WHILE it is happening! Huge props to him for cackling his way through the whole day
  • 5 0
 His arms fell off at the end
  • 5 0
 I need more friends that stash beers in creeks for me!
  • 2 0
 Dude what a prime move!! Was thinking the same thing.
  • 5 0
 Tom, your level of stoke is so high it's infectious. Love it
  • 4 0
 Some say you can still hear the laughter of Tom Bradshaw echo through the trees of Alice Lake
  • 5 1
 Watching these guys riding with SRAM brakes gets me excited for turkey season!
  • 1 0
 That's was sweet as bro!... cred mate double blacks on a HT that was sick!... good to see a young kiwi living the dream in B.C and keep this content coming and putting in a little kiwiana into it for the lads back in Godzone... and seen as Christina did such a tasty snack for you AND left you a cold one at the end you need to take her out for some choice Kai Moana - as a good kiwi lad you do play the guitar of course?
  • 5 1
 I hope he also was wearing 14 chamois...
  • 2 0
 "14 chamois or no chamois?"
  • 17 0
 @Dmaxwell less is more, especially when it comes to the no chamois life
  • 3 0
 @doytch: “pardon?”
  • 4 7
 Chamois creme fixes most issues of this kind... Run it moist.
  • 1 0
 With a good seat, your rear can become like steel you ride a lot.
  • 4 0
 How about a bike check on that hardtail.
  • 6 0
 They did a video one a little while back. Just before April 1?
  • 3 0
 @Quinn-39: Cool, thanks for the lead. I'll look it up.
  • 2 0
 @Tombrad: Thanks, Tom. Great content, really fun to watch, especially as a hardtail rider.
  • 4 0
 I'll take "Creative Ways to Destroy Your Skeleton" for $800, Alex.
  • 4 0
 Bring a plate Smile Kiwi As!
  • 2 0
 I love that Tom chose to sufferclimb Of Mice and Men x3 times instead of taking the 50 Shades of Green climb right beside it. Great commitment!
  • 9 7
 I rode my hardtail down those trails in mammoth last season and had a blast.
  • 28 0
 Maybe you rode some different trails at Mammoth?

These are in Squamish. How did you get across the border last season? Razz
  • 4 1
 A waffle padded short is a must have... especially in that context.
  • 3 0
 Laughs, bikes, buddies n beer! what else do ya need? Nice one Tom!!
  • 2 0
 LMAO ... of course its 69m climbing
  • 3 1
 I like Tom, he likes food, like I do.
  • 3 0
 So fun, infectious laugh
  • 2 0
 Dude, this guy freakin' shreds on his HT hahaha
  • 2 0
 Fuck Covid. I miss BC trails so much.
  • 2 0
 bahahaha. Hardtail mountain bike number one mountain bike!
  • 1 0
 I rode 20km of trails on Alice lake and I was pretty tired already. No double blacks. On an ebike. Holy shit Tom.
  • 2 0
 Ain't no party like a hard tail party!!
  • 2 0
 The fitness that takes is just absurd.
  • 1 0
 Not going to lie.... I skipped ahead to make sure that was actually a joke. 3:06 - 3:13
  • 1 0
 Tom - Laughs like a maniac while descending black trails on a hardtail, all good!
  • 1 0
 So does everyone want to ride with @Tombrad like I do? Come for the riding, stay for the giggles.
  • 2 0
 Haha if you want a, tom has this video from our home trails! he giggling a shit ton too Smile
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wvgqhSLiGM
  • 3 0
 Levy please come back
  • 1 0
 Riding 14 Double Black Trails and eating 14 kg of sweets In A Day On A Hardtail
  • 1 0
 Commencal’s newest sponsored rider performing Into the Gnarhahahaheeheehoohoo!
  • 2 0
 Timmies?!

Most Canadian?!

WTF...

gonna hafta unfollow @jasonlucas lol
  • 2 0
 5 stars. Bloody great New Zealander.
  • 1 2
 I don't wanna be a dick but if these are double black diamonds I urge you to come to Alps. I think that my fellow Germans were way too modest in giving score to the trails here. Cause most of what you did there is S3 here.
  • 1 0
 Where’s chossy’ slabs ?? Haha great video tho those are my favourite trails of all time
  • 2 0
 What a madman!
  • 6 4
 Hello back pain!
  • 1 0
 We there be hazing of all the new interns?
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas I though you rode a trek bike not a norco sight?
  • 1 1
 Video is cheesy until they whipped out the Ice-Caps and Timbits out in the middle of nowhere!
  • 1 0
 Love this video! More please but after you have a rest.
  • 1 0
 Fantastic, loved every minute of this video. Great work
  • 1 0
 Does he still have ankles?
  • 1 0
 So is Timmy Ho's a sponsor now? If not they should be.
  • 1 0
 Nuts, then the giant sausage...bwahahaha!
  • 1 0
 So waiting for a bear to raid the snack pile
  • 1 0
 these are serious skills on a hardtail !
  • 1 0
 Does @Tombrad ever ride without laughing? :-D
Good as gold.
  • 1 0
 Tom can take a beating and crank out the watts.
Great video Pinkbike/Tom!
  • 1 0
 That cheesy music at low volume in the background is useless and annoying.
  • 1 0
 Awesome Tom. So good to see you on Pinkbike.
  • 7 7
 This video made me realize how much I don't want an aggressive hardtail.
  • 1 0
 this was great!
  • 1 0
 Hardtailin' not knowin'!
  • 1 0
 Brilliant!
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