Video: Riding Whistler's Dirt Merchant Brakeless

Aug 3, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
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It's not that out of the ordinary to do a few Dirt Merchant laps without a chain and we've even seen it ridden on a cyclocross bike but it's a different game with no brakes.

*Disclaimer - we don't recommend riding the bike park, or anywhere else brakeless.

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107 Comments

  • + 102
 Props to the trail builders more than anything. Perfect execution of a jump trail imo
  • + 9
 Yah otherwise he ain’t making it
  • + 6
 Truly! I was just thinking the same. To be able to control the riders speed with good course design, is such a testament to the trailbuilders intend and ability to design a jump trail properly!
  • + 1
 Can I assume its Gravity logic that built this trail? They built up trails like this at 3 different parks here in the north East that look very similar and do not require braking (if you have the balls). Gronk, Wilderness roll, and Blue Magic. Berms are perfect and slight uphill when a speed check is in order. Really fun
  • + 1
 And who uses brakes on flow trails anyway?
  • + 3
 @Grego818: no, gravity logic didn’t build dirt merch. This is a WB trail crew creation. They have made most of the best trails at whistler over the years.
  • + 52
 *watches video*

*proceeds to close tab on shopping cart with quad piston brakes and bigger rotors*
  • + 29
 The irony is that one of the "must-read of the week" is "Video: Mountain Biker Narrowly Avoids Hitting 2 Bear Cubs." Also, what if there was someone in the trail? That never happens at Whistler, right? Just saying...
  • - 24
flag gonecoastal (Aug 3, 2019 at 19:13) (Below Threshold)
 Jongs never down climb EZ Does It to Dirty :rolleyes
  • + 19
 @gonecoastal: tryin to sound cool with TGR lingo. :fm:
  • + 16
 I’m pretty sure his “ace in the hole” to stop is to put his shoe into the tire...... which I suspect is what he’s doing at Min 1:26 - (going around the turn you can hear something dragging)
  • - 7
flag LOSTMAYHEM (Aug 3, 2019 at 22:03) (Below Threshold)
 I was thinking the same exact thing. So not quite brakeless but good effort@SirWonky:
  • - 12
flag jinkerdonker (Aug 3, 2019 at 22:51) (Below Threshold)
 @SirWonky:
Ride schlyer-canadian brakeless then post a video. Not something 50% of whistler mtb’rs can do brakeless.
  • + 4
 @jinkerdonker: try 99.9^10000 percent of whistler riders those are two of the burlier tech trails in whis
  • + 22
 @jinkerdonker: not braking (everybody claims that, right?) and actually taking your brakes off the bike are two completely different leagues.
  • + 1
 @SirWonky: takes me back to being 9 years old and doing cool shit like that
  • + 2
 Its not really irony. It would be if the trail was called brake merchant or dirt brakes. What you're talking about is just the potential for disaster.
  • + 4
 @SirWonky: give the guy a break!
  • + 7
 If you get hit by someone coming up behind you doing trail speed on Dirt Merchant - you shouldn't be on the track.
  • + 5
 Dirt merchant is a pro line. On these trails good riders have the right of way. There is a massive amount of signage telling you how to behave in a bike park. Mountain biking is inherently dangerous and the nature of the sport is taking risks.
  • + 29
 Clearly just some newbie trying to make it easier to do no-handers. Please learn by grabbing your brakes by mistake like the rest of us.
  • + 19
 Yeah that’s impressive but hopefully they closed the run. Be sad times if some kid or something got smashed.
  • + 16
 And just a couple Fred Flintstone scrubs.
  • + 4
 Hahaha what's that noise???. Oh! Flintstone scrub!
  • + 2
 Haha, I thought he snuck a coaster brake on there!
  • + 15
 That's a clean setup
  • + 9
 Dude, point the go pro up. I find my eyes and head trying to pull up as im watching. I would rather see just the trail than the bike.
  • + 5
 But that big suicide would have got cropped out then
  • + 2
 Probably miss that sweet T big he pulled also
  • + 2
 T bog...damn auto correct
  • + 10
 Clearly not braking any rules
  • + 4
 I was in Whistler a couple weeks ago - one thing I can definitely say is that the trails are really really ( really ) well built - towards the last days I was still fighting let go off the brakes in some bits - but everything links so perfectly - no surprise to me that Dirt Merchant ( which was way above my pay grade so I kept out ) or any other random trail, can be done off the brakes, most likely by someone who rides the trails every single day - and there's more people than we might think doing exactly that !
  • + 7
 Dude where’s your cap on the fork. Couldn’t stop staring at it.
  • + 3
 Being able to ride without brakes or a chain is just a difference between a seasoned Rider and a beginner. It's all about flow and bike handling.
  • + 4
 YOU IRRESPONSIBLE MADNESS! I love it, its like driving without using the brakes. So sick!
  • + 1
 Sweet ride and vid by Victor. Kept speed at the split and scrubbed a little for the bridge drops yet still get good air on the hip and the big step up. A lot of non-Whistler rider comments. For those who don’t know, this is a Pro-line. It’s how fast you have to go. It’s also a flow line which is built for little braking except for the big berms. And the rule is to let other faster riders pass let alone not be on it if you can’t ride it.
  • + 3
 Anyone complaining about his recklessness clearly hasn't ridden strokers held together with zipties and it shows. Love the sound of the flintstone brakes! Spread the shred
  • + 4
 Sick lap! but where do you normally brake on dirt merch?
  • + 4
 the jump after the first drop, 180 berm, the hip. No braking the hip is a boss move for sure.
  • + 1
 Well sure for us mortals...guess I meant for good riders tho. If your tricking every jump your probably not thinking about the brakes!
  • + 4
 can you do crabapple hits next?
  • + 4
 Brakeless fixie. Who's next?!
  • - 8
flag mi-bike (Aug 3, 2019 at 19:33) (Below Threshold)
 *Fixie
(fixied that for purists)
  • + 4
 Back in the days of caliper brakes this was every time it rained.
  • + 3
 I don't see what all the to-do is about brakes anyway, they're just slowing you down.
  • + 3
 You seem restrained. Am I sensing some friction?
  • + 2
 That's gonna be a nope for me. It was fun watching him grab for the brakes from reflex.
  • + 3
 mad lit sending there bud
  • + 2
 Interesting, but Amaury Pierron already rode a world cup brakeless
  • + 1
 Should be the top comment
  • + 1
 Victor come home and do bobos brakeless! I want do it with full body armour ????
  • + 3
 Jeebus...
  • + 3
 holy shit
  • + 1
 Surely you would do this with someone out front to act as warning? looks like this guy was riding alone, brave..
  • + 1
 If you ain't got no brakes, the guy in front is just the first guy to get hit. Not much of a warning, really.
  • + 2
 Without getting too deep....this is true humanity. #ThanksNewton
  • + 1
 Ez pz, he did drag is foot or something though before the second drop.
  • + 2
 omfg
  • + 0
 Aha I see he has a return to earth sticker on his bike, I wonder if he could tell us WHO WON????
  • + 0
 ok, for one side props to builders, on other side, I HEARD YOU BRAKING BY YOUR SHOES... so...
  • + 2
 all for internet points?
  • + 1
 No hander, sure. Those Spirit Hands tho ????
  • + 1
 ( damn, I forgot emoji don't show here. "????" was supposed to be Mad Smiley, because pretty rad )
  • + 1
 Fred flintstones likes this video.
  • + 1
 You ride chainless too? Well, I ride brakeless, fool! -IFHT
  • + 1
 Shit I have to pedal at that big step up!!!
  • + 1
 Blah blah he did it, you didn’t. Killer run there ????
  • + 1
 Watch this space for copycats, fails and bike park suspensios....
  • + 2
 As long as they get it on video....
  • + 1
 Wow! Props to him for trying it
  • + 0
 Watching it kind of scared to snot out of me. I think I'd rather go chainless.
  • + 1
 Why not without helmet? Oh, right, safety first.
  • + 1
 Steeze! What was that after the clap?
  • + 1
 Hand signals.
  • + 2
 that was sweeet!
  • + 1
 He's braking the habit, tonight
  • + 2
 dude omfg
  • + 1
 Yabadabadoo
  • + 1
 what the funk
  • + 1
 Does no one quote IFHT?
  • + 0
 Yeah, no one did, hella weird. I just quoted them tho!
  • - 1
 Stupid is as stupid does...........
  • + 0
 Okay grandpa
  • - 2
 Speaking as someone who's done an Everesting on a brakeless fixed gear... NAH BUD
  • - 3
 TRP Quadiems are pretty darn near to being brakeless.
  • + 1
 I quite like mine from get go - and did the little extra-pressure in chamber trick so they bite early enough and find them awesome since
  • + 1
 @Luis-Sc:@Luis-Sc: do tell? Id quite like that with mine. Or dm me a link
  • + 0
 @dicky21: as a disclaimer, let me say i never had brakes in my bmx - got a street bike and had rear-break shimano ( a lot of bite ) - tried sram when i was making the move to enduro but never quite like them ( too squishy ) - got the dh-rig with trp - found them between shimano ( not as much on/off bite ) and sram ( less squishy and more predictable modulation )

i'm not the most mechanically oriented dude - a friend who works at the bike park did it for me - let me try to explain what he did ( i'd say this is common knowledge, but here it goes ) - hope i get as close as possible :

- do the small bleeding ( removing bubbles ) or bleeding as normal
- remove the tyre and close the pistons enough to not let the disk through
- carefully open them to let the break disk go through
- ( i usually re-open mine just enough to allow the disk to go back in )
- pull some break fluid with your syringe and leave it "pressurized"
- attach the pressured syringe directly to the chamber
- slightly apply pressure a few times to get some extra fluid in ( i get a couple extra bubbles out )
- remove the syringe and clean up

at higher speeds ( and because i'm a heavy 200lbs dude ) there's an early modulation feel, and at lower speeds i get the feathering just by resting my finger in the lever, into a bite stop if i squeeze - i'm sure the method has goods and bads and dos and donts - works great for me - not sure how well it works for others - if you burn your house using this method, it wasn't me Big Grin
  • + 0
 @Luis-Sc: I just did a week at Whistler and those brakes suck. I'm 230 lbs riding a Tues 29". Saints have so much more power.
  • + 1
 @nagaredama: not saying they're not - i don't know any better, really - you were probably riding way more gnarly stuff than i was - i was on green trails 2 weeks Big Grin

when i ordered my bike it crossed my mind to just get saints and sell the TRPs brand new - my buddy said i might like them and he could do the little trick - in the end, i did like them
  • + 1
 @Luis-Sc: I love the feel of the lever and they'd probably be great on hardtail. Unfortunately they take so much lever pressure to get even close to locking up the wheels. I was scared if a freiend crashed in front of me I wouldn't be able to stop in time.

I know Neko Mullaly is running Trickstuff pads along with the E-Bike calipers to run thicker rotors since he can't get enough power out of them.
  • + 1
 @nagaredama: well, if you're riding the same stuff he's riding then ya might need the power - but for me, a very smack bang on the middle average guy, they work

This is how I see these 3-5k rigs compared to the 7-10k ones - ya will have to upgrade stuff here and there - for some reason they're a few thousand cheap

Some fella was complaining he cooked the headset after a couple months of riding - almost everyday - damn bro - it's wear and tear - get yourself a new headset, that's not the brand's fault - it's just you using the stuff
  • - 2
 ????
  • - 2
 RAD, but happened 5 + years ago at HIGHLAND with Aaron Chase first.
  • - 1
 You’re totally right actually.
  • + 1
 So he rode dirt merchant brakeless at highland? That makes total sense bro..
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