Video: Searching for Sweden's Sickest Trails in 'Swede Shreds'

Oct 21, 2020
by Hanna Jonsson  

Swede Shreds is a brand new web series that goes searching for the sickest riding spots in Sweden together with local athletes and trail builders who make up the scene. From the stunning mountains in the north to the rolling hills of the south, tag along as Hanna Jonsson checks out seven different locations together with over fourteen riders. From fast and fun trail riding to gnarly downhill and big jumps, there will be something for every taste!

What better way to kickstart Swede Shreds than by visiting one of the most popular enduro spots in the country. Host to multiple enduro races and with so much flow you’ll leave the place floating, Frösön on the outskirts of Östersund has really made a name for itself in the last couple of years. Together with media squid (aka. bike photographer and filmer) Niklas Wallner and Åre local Josefine Ahlström, Hanna checks out some of the best trails on the hill. And local trail builder Andreas "Ante" Björk explains the key behind finding flow when building trails.

bigquotesThe thing that makes Försön so good is that all the trails have flow. They are built so that they always carry momentum forward, instead of trying to make them as long as possible - Niklas Wallner

Filmer Marcus Ahlström together with Niklas Wallner and Josefine Ahlström having a good time.

Typical Frösö tech mixed with flow, an adrenline-pumping and smile-enducing combo for riders.

Located on the outskirts of Östersund the small hill called Gustavsbergsbacken could be one of the best trail riding spots in the country. Six trails - from easy blue to challenging black trails - meanders down the hill. Characterised by flow, fun and tech, these trails provide endless hours of fun for both intermediate and advanced riders. The cool thing about this place is how well the trial builders have managed to mix tech and flow and utilise the natural terrain for features. Off-camber roots, small natural jumps and high-speed sections are all integrated into the hillside like they've always been there.

It's all easily accessed by a short pedal on tarmac to the top or during certain weeks a T-bar lift. This is a trail biking paradise that can keep you entertained for hours.

Robin Wallner making the most out of that backdrop.

After a full day of shredding Enduro trails, it is time for something bigger and gnarlier. Kall, on the backside of the famous Åreskutan, has in recent years developed into a free-riding hotspot. Located 1,5 hours from Östersund, lies this tiny village with a cold name. With the most stunning view over snowcapped mountains, the local ski hill has, thanks to a bunch of riders, been transformed into a jump line mecca. It was the Lightning Thunder boys and gals who discovered it back in 2018 and started digging when filming for the yearly video challenge at Åre Bike Festival. Plenty of hard work, and together with the local excavator hero Ratte, they quickly transformed the hillside into a freeride paradise. It’s a place where airtime and bike control skills definitely are needed - this is not for your average rider.

The first feature of the Connection Line is not small.

You are more likely to find Niklas Wallner behind the camera than in front.

But Niklas Wallner and his brother Enduro professional Robin Wallner are not your average riders. And they have one line, and one line only, insight. The biggest line of them all - the Connection Line. Envisioned, built and ridden by Simon Johansson for Niklas' MTB film Connection last summer, this is one of Sweden's biggest freeride lines. Now, about a year later, Niklas is back to conquer the line himself. It’s safe to say that nerves are running high as the brothers hit it for the first time.

Episode 2 is out in a week. Until then, enjoy!

Produced by: Hanna Jonsson
Filmed & edited by: Marcus Ahlström

Find all the trailsfrom Frösön on Trailforks:
Frösön mountain biking trails

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 Grymt! (English translation: oink!)
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 Ante on pinkbike! Fame at last buddy! Great film!
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 Nice one Hanna!
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 Thanks Chris!!
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