Video: Transition Bikes Reveal their Nico Vink Crafted 'Blue Steel' Jump Line

Sep 4, 2020
by Ed Spratt  


bigquotesBlue Steel is a new jump trail on Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA. It's fully public and open to ride anytime, by anyone who feels they have the skills. It was quite the journey to create this line, and. we couldn't have done it without all the pieces falling into place perfectly. With the hard work of Nico Vink, Transition employees and many others, we present you with this beautifully crafted jump line, for all the world to enjoy.

We began construction on this line in December of 2019, with Nico spending seven days straight working in the excavator alongside Lars Sternberg, Skye Schillhammer, Kyle Young and the rest of Transition Bikes. We managed to finish the initial dirt work just before one of the wettest and longest winters we can remember. Over the next few months, the anticipation to ride the line grew, as we watched heavy rain and snow keep the line unrideable. As we moved into spring, the line required almost two months of handwork to fix the winter damage, as well as some more machine work to rebuild landings that had crumbled. By April, we had tires on the line, and what a great feeling that was! We had just endured months of riding by them and dreaming of riding off these massive piles of dirt. Nico absolutely nailed it with the build, and we planned to host a massive party in the Woods with Nico and our other freeride athletes all attending…but as we all know, the world changed drastically this spring and all plans have been on hold. In response to the global pandemic, we didn’t find it responsible to open this line right away. The risks of injury and the crowds this line will draw were not safe during this time. But the wait is now over, and we couldn’t be more stoked to drop the chain and open the line! Just please do so responsibly.

We have many people to thank, but we couldn’t have done this without the support of the WMBC, Janicki Industries and the City of Bellingham for granting access to build on our local hill, Galbraith. We, and the biking community as a whole, thank you!
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41 Comments

  • 57 0
 Nice work. When are they gonna drop Magnum on us.
  • 1 0
 This comment wins
  • 26 1
 It’s no where near ready. We shouldn’t even be posting about it.
  • 4 0
 Patience. We already have Blue Steel, Ferrari and Le Tigra.
  • 8 0
 @Nygaard: They're all the same trail!
  • 28 0
 I have been riding Galby since 2000 where you couldn't build a jump above knee height and a ladder drops while fun were technically not allowed and disassembled after a few weeks... this brings a tear to my eye. First the cedar jump area, then the pump track dt, then Mohawk trail and new shire jumps now this... thank you so much Transition, Lars, Shire Built, Nico, Skye, HB, Andy, Taylor, Spencer, Kelend, Kyle and Kevin.... beyond grateful. Especially on a year where the border to Whistler and CGP is closed, I feel very lucky to be in bham right now.
  • 10 0
 You as well Eric Brown and WMBC!
  • 27 1
 Next time I hit up Galby I'll make sure I... watch other people hit those.
  • 22 0
 A lot of great bikes these days. Some brands sell bikes, and some sell biking. Cheers to Transition
  • 5 0
 Lots of great bikes out there, but Transition is a uniquely great bike company in my opinion. That's enough for them to get my money (twice!)
  • 1 0
 Party in the woods!
  • 1 0
 Seconded! Way to bring the lifestyle of bikes to the world @TransitionBikeCompany Love what you're doing.
  • 3 0
 Transition Bikes is indeed the real deal. They are hands down the most supportive company to all the local trail builders in Whatcom County. Thank you Transition Bikes!!!
  • 9 0
 I saw this in person this summer and it was NUTS. So beautifully built and just massive. Nice work Transition. Now it's your turn to do one in Utah @Fezzari
  • 4 0
 @kfccoleslaw ha good one. Purpose built trails in Northern Utah. At this point I’d be happy with even a directional trail.
  • 7 0
 And to think, just last week I was thinking of changing the sign name to Blue Balls as it felt like they were gonna be permanently locked up. Stoked she didn't get shut down and thanks for all the hard work guys!!
  • 7 0
 Sweet Jesus Murphy these are amazing! Seriously good work—can’t wait to come check them out one day when covid settles down
  • 4 0
 Can’t believe there are actually official, open-to-the-public jumps like these in this country. So awesome to see! Above my pay grade, but gonna check ‘em out next time I ride Galby.

Have so much respect for Transition Bikes and the way they run their company. The real deal!

Great job WMBC and props to Janicki for continuing to support and allow mountain biking on their land.
  • 6 0
 I remember pushing my Kona Stinky up to the top of Evo 2005. So sick to watch the Galby progression over the years!
  • 3 0
 So amazing. These are so much bigger in real life! They look almost rideable to me in the video but definitely not in person.

Are these the biggest public, sanctioned, and free jumps in the US?
  • 4 0
 Wow, thanks @TransitionBikeCompany and trail builders for putting back to the community.
  • 3 1
 @RevelBikes... So, when we gonna get a project like this in Carbondale, CO? I will volunteer my time digging and help with any legal work (I am a local attorney)... Hit me up!
  • 4 0
 Snow Summit is going to all Specialized on you!
  • 3 0
 Man Bellingham is awesome! Lots of love for that town, and it just keeps getting better
  • 2 0
 Hats off to everyone involved in this. SO rad. Loved the video! You guys are always crushing it!
  • 4 0
 Deer Hip
  • 2 0
 This is one of the raddest thing's I've seen a bike company do. I'm jealous over here on the east coast.
  • 4 0
 Nico Vink is a king!
  • 1 0
 Hell ya!! Big jumps and no small cop-outs! Just what the US needs!! Great job guys!
  • 1 0
 Looks amazing. Too big for me, for now. But def hope I get to watch yall hit it in person someday!
  • 1 0
 Hopefully other local regions adopt the same attitude. would love to have jumps like this for an afterwork ride!!!
  • 2 0
 Robbie Cook with the steezy backflip @8:10!
  • 1 0
 Thank you Transition and Niko Vink!! Cant wait to get up there and shit my pants!!
  • 1 0
 I only ride my Sentinel on The Blue Steel trail in Big Bear Ca Those jumps on the northern blue steel are insane wow
  • 1 0
 is it gonna be on trailforks soon? looks like its right next to sst... iwannagotothere Wink
  • 1 0
 "They're not very technical..." then proceeds to show multiple 40+ foot jumps. Lol.
  • 1 0
 I haven't ridden either trail...but this looks a lot bigger than the 'Blue Steel' trail at Snow Summit.
  • 2 0
 Looks so fun Lars.
  • 1 0
 does Lars have the best job in MTB? seriously!
  • 1 0
 Big enough trailer for the excavator? Lol
  • 1 0
 Rad indeed! Ferrari!

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