Video: The Forbidden Dreadnought Gets Rowdy in Nelson, BC in ‘Let It Run’

Jun 28, 2021
by ForbiddenBike  

Loaded with everything you’ll ever need to scare yourself sh*tless, Nelson’s trails did not disappoint, so much so, we couldn't leave. Drop-in, hold on, and FEAR NOTHING.

bigquotes“Late last fall, after wrapping up our 'Christening the Dreadnought' video a little earlier than anticipated, we decided against going home early and instead, headed back into the mountains for more. Working on video projects has always been a passion of mine and have never collaborated with either Calvin Huth or Liam Wallace before, I was really keen to explore the possibilities, even if we were a little tight on time. With that in mind, we stuck to what we knew and had right in front of us, and with some of the steepest trails in BC, it wasn’t too hard to embrace the steep n’ deep theme and I’m stoked with how it all came together. Adding some ‘Vancouver metal’ into the mix, courtesy of ‘Black Wizard’, really sums up what the Dreadnought is all about; point it downhill and let ‘er rip!”Stéphane 'Big Horse' Pelletier

Dreadnought XTs are Available Now!

Dreadnought XT bikes are available in Canada and the United States NOW with stock arriving at UK and European dealers by mid-July. To find out more and to track down your nearest Forbidden dealer: Forbidden Bike Co.

Presented by: Forbidden Bike Co.

Director/Edit: Calvin Huth.
Featuring: Stephane Pelletier
Still Photography: Liam Wallace.
Special Thanks: Nelson trail builders

Music: "Livin' Oblivion" Preformed by: Black Wizzard

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  • 63 1
 Pinkbike staff, would get cool if this bike could make it into the big-bike field test this year, alongside the Spire, Range, Insurgent, Giga, maybe that new Devinci if it launches in time.
  • 14 0
 and use the enduro as the benchmark. and also include an intense m1 as a throwback benchmark.
  • 4 0
 @housem8d: yea, an old dh bike comparison would be cool for this new crop of bikes.
  • 4 0
 I also wish this wish
  • 2 0
 @Chives09: Fifthed
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 @jaame: Sixth'd!
  • 2 0
 and Jekyll
  • 1 0
 It actually is Range
  • 21 6
 can we add an 'advertisement' tag to pinkbike for when content is an advertisement for a product written by a company representative its getting harder to tell where the ads end and the content begins these days
  • 28 0
 spoiler alert: most content is an ad in one form or another.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: i know, but it doesn't have to be. i wish pinkbike would at least attempt to draw a line between ads and real content instead of having adverts written by bike brands in the "news feed"
  • 3 1
 @Albatrosse: I think it says who penned it at the top of most articles no?
  • 2 1
 it is literally already there -- byline
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 "Dreadnought XTs are Available Now!

Dreadnought XT bikes are available in Canada and the United States NOW with stock arriving at UK and European dealers by mid-July. To find out more and to track down your nearest Forbidden dealer: Forbidden Bike Co."

.....lies....all lies......
  • 12 1
 It was true when this was posted, like 18 minutes ago. Now they're all sold out, of course. hehe
  • 5 1
 @kcy4130: Myself and a buddy were on the notification list but never got notified.
  • 2 1
 @MountainJnky: Buy with fanatik, they will make backorder for you, and set you on waiting list Wink
  • 2 1
 I see none at Fanatik Frown
  • 1 1
 @MountainJnky: Oh, my bad, I thought you were just making a joke about everything being out of stock. Good luck getting one, they look killer!
  • 2 0
 I guess trying to stock stuff is brutal right now... do you have a local? I do see they have a few Druid GXs...
  • 2 0
 @hugosxm: Fanatik is not carrying completes.
  • 3 1
 @pistol2ne: I reference this south park segment all the time lol
  • 3 0
 We have then at Sovereign Cycle
  • 1 0

They are taking pre orders, I just hopped on it
  • 1 0
 @MountainJnky: looks like there's only an XL left!
  • 7 1
 "Looks like a Druid" is now a thing
  • 5 2
 The big man is charging! Awesome work guys! The Dreadnaught is truly the best bike ever.
  • 3 1
 Such a sick bike! Too bad it's obviously impossible to order one (like most brands)..
  • 1 0
 Literally sitting here frothing at the mouth waiting for mine to show up in the next few weeks. I have not been this excited for new bike day in a very long time!
  • 1 0
 Best bike I have ever owned- my son just picked his up last Friday- but ordered in February- drop the hammer ASAP if u want one
  • 4 1
 Loose loose! Sick.
  • 3 0
 Nice work Stephane!
  • 4 1
 mmmm, forbidden dount
  • 2 0
 "High pivots are so hot right now"
- Mugatu, probably
  • 1 0
 Holy freeride flicks Batman!
  • 1 0
 Early of end of the season video. Trails are loose and sandy already here!
  • 1 0
 That man is movin..!!

Such a slick line there Smile
  • 1 1
 too good. nelson looks like the best place to ride in bc now. reminds me of the shore15 years ago
  • 1 0
 Just ordered a Druid, whats everyones thoughts thats riden one!?
  • 1 0
 Been on my druid since Sept 2020. It's a bike nerd's bike in that it brings a lot of awesome trends but you have to work for it. I had several issues to solve when I first got mine and am still trying to track down a consistent creak (possibly main pivot). I have to disassemble/clean/grease the linkage once a month and completely clean and lube the chain every 4-5 rides, the idler really produces a lot of additional noise. But it's a great bike overall and I love the forward thinking put into it. Their Trifecta suspension is really very unique. Also Forbidden seems like a great company, Louella specifically is top notch.
  • 1 0
 The Druid is so fun. The most capable small travel bike going. Jumps, corners, and honestly rips through rough terrain incredibly well considering the 130mm rear travel. You will not be dissapointed. And people seem to be complaining about a bit of creaking and such but i have never had such problems and it is really low maintenance.
  • 1 0
 @fullmetalski: my creak was fixed by replacing the pivot washers. They sent me smaller ones for the free
  • 2 0
 Running mine mullet with ziggy link in combination with cascade's 142mm link... This is the best bike ever !
  • 2 0
 Make sure you check Forbidden's recommended settings on the want this thing nearly wide open on all settings for it to really come alive and experience the magic. it at 35%'ll read the reviews running less but dont do it...19mm sag is the sweet spot...just add more tokens if you're constantly bottoming out.
  • 1 0
 Is it just me or is that fork ridding really low in the travel?
  • 1 0
 Fackinnn Deadly !!
  • 1 1
 Show some slabs next time though Wink
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 What trail is this in Nelson??
  • 13 16
 A little less back brake would go a long ways in terms of speed, bike performance, and not bagging out the literally brand new trails.
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flag conoat (Jun 28, 2021 at 9:41) (Below Threshold)
 under normal circumstances, I would agree with you. But this clearly isnt that time....

I went back and watched it again with a keen eye to see if I could see him dropping anchor, skidding or sliding the bike. none existed that I could see. He just happens to be real f*cking fast. $1000(US, not your pretend money), and I am dead f*cking serious here, says he is a whole lot faster than you. Do you think that because loose loam is flying, that he *must* be dragging brake? If so, that says a hell of a lot about you and what your actual pace on this trail would be.

so I challenge you to post a video of your riding to prove me wrong and win 1000 freedom dollars. I will wait.
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flag conoat (Jun 28, 2021 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 oh nevermind! :14sec in to this video, where you are nowhere near as fast as this guy, you drop anchor like a little bitch before the corner.

Guess my money is safe!
  • 21 4
 @skimtb1 I'm not sure the laws of gravity would allow for much less braking in this case! I tried to break as little as possible, haha! Maybe it's my riding style that bothers you, sorry if I offended you.
  • 7 2
 Can confirm Stephane rips significantly harder than we all do
  • 4 1
 @skimtb I am a professional brake dragger, so I know it when I see it, and I don't see it.

Credentials: faded rear lever almost to the bar on blue flow trails this weekend.
  • 7 4

s'all good. Me and my buddies built all the trails in this. I just dislike gratuitous freeride flicks on our freshies I guess. I know you were embellishing for the camera a lil' bit Wink
  • 4 1
 @conoat: I think you would probably this lose this bet.
  • 8 1

hahahahaha! hey man let's open up this border as you're cordially invited for a guided tour on these tracks. Would absolutely love to see how ya hold up. I built or helped build every track in this video, so I happen know where all the "little bitch" lines are for us both to freeride flick at a snail's paceWink
  • 5 4
 @skimtb1: I will be in whistler the week of 7/26. shoot me a DM and come on out! I can show you how to be less scared of corners!
  • 8 2
 @skimtb1: You did a bang-up job! Amazing trails dude. definitely a bit of extra spice for the camera, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't having the most fun. Next time less drifties Wink
  • 6 0
 Can confirm. @skimtb1 hauls the mail and is an amazing trail builder. Pretty sure he could give the guys in the edit a lesson.
  • 2 0

This would be an awesome GoPro video to upload if it happens, and have pinkbike post on their page.
  • 8 2

I'll be racing DH national champs in Kicking Horse that weekend, so if you can huff it to the Rockies, the clock won't lie!

Also, given that you think freeride flicks are a tell-tale sign of speed, I'm sure your lack of pace means you've never been scared in a corner before.
  • 5 2
 @conoat: lmao whistler is probably the worst place for dick swinging about cornering. they are all built so perfectly it's easy to slay them. That place is designed for no brakes or pedals.
  • 3 0
 @skimtb1: doesn’t it bother you that 99% of people riding the trails you build don’t care who built them? They’re all thinking “well someone else will do it anyway so whatever”

I am not one of those people. I respect your work, but it’s gotta be painful realizing this fact of reality. I would be hurt, that’s for sure Frown
  • 10 0
 @SterlingArcher: Never bothered me until the last couple years. Recent explosion in MTB popularity combined with social media "loamer bro" feeding frenzy, strava heat map, etc have turned me into a crusty old f*cker.
  • 1 1
 @skimtb1: turn the tables. Whatever pisses u off, use that to your advantage - if you had a gofundme I’m sure people would donate, myself included. Show these loamer bros how it’s done
  • 2 1
 freeride flicking is cringe
  • 6 1

I would rate this as comment Gold. This is about as “mic drop” as it gets.

Random commenter says you can’t ride very well and challenges you to a ride.

Your response: Sorry, can’t make it, I am racing in the National Champs DH race and then invites random commenter to race with him.
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flag SterlingArcher (Jun 28, 2021 at 17:15) (Below Threshold)
 @Saidrick: it can also be interpreted as a weak small dicked response void of any dignity or sportsmanship Wink

I suppose it just depends on the eye of the beholder, no judgment from me though.
  • 1 0
 @housem8d: sack up and prove them wrong. All we hear is complaining here.
  • 4 1

Racing is the very essence of Sportsmanship and dignity…

What am I missing?
  • 2 2
 @skimtb1: yeah man nelson has become Jerryville, Ohio. Lots of people from Vancouver moving out here because of covid and getting into all the sports. Side note, I've never seen so many people around here get into accidents in the winter. Multi car pile up in uphill? That must be a first
  • 1 1
 @makripper: I said nothing about the bike park....
  • 2 0
 @skimtb1 thanks for your work. People rave about your terrain selection and I can see why
  • 1 2
 "Fear Nothing" ...... except tight corners.
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