Video: Wild and Loose Freeride Lines with Dr. “Downhill” Brill

Sep 19, 2020
by Tannus Tires  


Jason Brill is a successful downhill racer and freerider, who happens to work as a doctor while he’s not riding. In 2019 and 2020, Dr. Brill took to various zones around the west to find new lines and get deep into the gnar.

Newly-licensed in Sports Medicine, Dr. “Downhill” Brill works in a practice outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. We caught up with him to see what it’s like being a doctor in a mountain bike hub.


35 Comments

  • 20 0
 I was really expecting Dr Brill to be on a Yeti...
  • 15 0
 9/10 dentists recommend Crest toothpaste. 9/10 doctors recommend the Commencal Supreme.
  • 13 0
 Dr. Brill has been the raddest guy to have ride for us. His sincerity and attitude make him an outstanding rider, and doctor that we hope gets you as stoked as he gets us!
  • 5 3
 Nice riding there, question- as a doctor specialising in sports injuries with full experience in what can to broken joints etc, i would really like to know why you don't you wear elbow pads especially as you are sponsored by a body armour manufacturer
  • 10 1
 Great question! As with most things in biking, there is a lot of risk/benefit analysis when it comes to hurling your body down a hill. Elbow pads, while they are okay at preventing abrasions when they actually stay on your elbow, actually don’t do the best job at preventing fractures. The most common fracture I see at the elbow with mountain biking, a radial head/neck fracture, more commonly occurs by falling out on your outstretched hand.
  • 2 1
 @downhillbrill: I’m pretty sure beetle suits prevent all fractures tho? They make me invincible? instagram.com/mtbeetles?igshid=15qkzsfjr9jpu
  • 6 0
 @colemanb: definetly. No chance of getting injured with that.
  • 5 0
 @downhillbrill: It would be interesting to get an overview article on the benefits of different bike pads (knee, elbow, neck brace and spine) from several MDs. I’m not asking for a Meta-analysis (no pun intended).
  • 2 0
 Dr Brill why no neck brace? Just asking as I fractured my C7 two days ago so im in the market for a new full face. I was wearing a half shell and hit a tree square one top of my head. my discharge paper says "Nondisplaced fracture of the right c7 pars interarticularis" and "mid cervical degenerative disc disease" im only 29 and have arthritis haha!!
  • 4 0
 Good question!! I actually have a neck brace that I use when things get rowdy. With what we do, there is a ton of risk/benefit analysis that has to happen. Certainly, I don’t love the feel of having the neck brace on. if I feel like I have a trail or feature 100 percent on lock, I take that risk and go without. Virgin, UT however, is a place where I wear the neck brace more often than not.
  • 4 0
 So did you learn to freeride in med school then? I’m guessing you took “Survey of Rear Tire Skid Acceptability and Necessity”? I loved that class.
  • 6 0
 It was an advanced level course that I failed. I felt like the rear tire skid was always necessary and acceptable.
  • 6 0
 Dr brill is the man! Freaking rips!
  • 3 0
 So good! Pleasure to know this dude. Jason is one humble and kind guy. Absolutely shreds! Sick edit tannus dudes! And congrats on making it through all those years of school and training.
  • 5 0
 Nice work Jason and the crew at Tannus!
  • 5 0
 Dr Brill is one of the raddest dudes to ride with. 10/10 would recommend.
  • 3 0
 Nice work Dr. Brill. Now that I have a Commencal Supreme will I be able to do Sui No-handers like you and Kyle S? Haha
Nice work @tannus.
  • 1 0
 Rad! As someone who had to search for a few years to find a doctor able to reconstruct my ankle after a ski incident that would work with me on a recovery plan and actually listen to what my definition of skiing is (not two laps of the bunny hill followed by 5 hours of apres), I totally appreciate your take on medicine and recovery.

Also, the inserts are great. Had mine for about 3 weeks and since we’ve had rain I don’t remember ever feeling so planted. 10/10!
  • 4 0
 Rad riding my friend, that was some good times out in Colorado!
  • 2 0
 I mean a couple more years of school and you could have become a surgeon. Then you could have skipped Yeti and gone straight to Unno.
  • 3 0
 There is no way he's a PhD wheres the kashima everything lol? Seems like a rad dude who can shred!!
  • 3 0
 That terrain in the opening sequence is unreal! Tubeless is definitely the way to go on that.
  • 4 0
 loose riders: dont get a job
Dr Brill: hold my sealant
  • 3 0
 Shred your bike, but also Stay in school kids. That way you can grow up and be like Dr. @downhillbrill. Nice work Tannus.
  • 2 0
 @downhillbrill WOAH just realized you saw my girlfriends ankle sprain at the Moab clinic last year. Didn't realize we were being cared for by a legend!!
  • 1 0
 Moab was a really cool place to work! It was fun to see so many rippers down there!
  • 4 0
 What a rad dude!
  • 3 0
 Such a great guy to ride with, great edit @tannus
  • 2 0
 Honest question: Why no gloves?
To me the cost of scraped up palms always outweighed the cost of wearing them.
  • 1 0
 Honest opinion: Gloves are the condom of mountain biking. If you take them off and feel that brake lever at the very tip of your finger, every mm of lever pull, you will never go back. Being a chronic brake dragger at races, I feel like this extra bit of feel serves as a reminder to stay off my brakes. Also, when I crash, I tend to tuck and roll. My shoulders and back take the majority of the beating and my hands tend to come out okay. The risk for me, is worth the benefit.
  • 3 0
 Wait was he on a Yeti?
  • 17 0
 My Yeti is at the shop. Waiting for the full, custom kashima frame coating, unicorn hair carbon, kashima coated trust fork, push industries shock, and AXS brakes. It is unrideable without these upgrades. a bike for peasants.
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah dude!! Sick video!
  • 2 0
 Nice work! video came out great!
  • 2 1
 Doc Shreds!!!!

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