Video: Weir, Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam

Sep 9, 2015
by Cannondale Bikes  

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

We asked Weir to take us to the "ranch" for a good time, he and his mustache were happy to oblige.

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

Not a bad way to start off the day.

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

Racing the sunrise.

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

3 days of rain left the trails super loamy and led to some silly fun drifting.

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

Marco Osborne going full blast as usual.

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

"Let me send this pic to make the Cannondale HQ boys jealous" - Weir

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

On the ranch you have to do ranch things... like move cows from pasture to pasture.

Check out Richard Cunningham's first impression of the Habit here:
Pinkbike: Habit First Ride

Weir Osborne and Cruz Surf Nor-Cal Loam images by Jake Hamm.

See the full Habit lineup here.

Photos: Jake Hamm
Video: Dennison Sick Edits

MENTIONS: @Cannondale / @JakeHamm / @mattdennison

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  • 33 0
 Stop showing us the ranch...we can't ride it......argh!!
  • 24 0
 when was the last time it actully rained for 3 days in nor cal
  • 8 1
 These WTB / cannondale people like to keep things on the downlow, earlier this year they had a private enduro? I don't live on the left coast, but i would be itchin to ride this stuff over there. Come on guys you own bike companies, share them trails with the people who buy your shit!
  • 4 1

I can't agree more.
  • 10 1
 The Ranch is not owned by a bike company. I think it is either Weir's family property or a friend of the family from what I remember.
  • 25 1
 Did anyone miss that the truck license plate says "So Loamy" ?
  • 15 0
 3 lefts make a right.
  • 1 0
 counter balance at its best.
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flag zepper (Sep 10, 2015 at 9:41) (Below Threshold)
 Weird forks/single sided fork design!?! I wonder how many times it has just snapped when they land a jump or folded under in hard cornering?? Huh.
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  • 11 0
 Those trails are literally built by dragging the rear wheel as much as possible.
  • 9 0
 As much as I have dislike Canondale in the past, this looks like a rad bike.
  • 9 1
 its cool how Cannondale's Lefty fork uses "square-in-square" stanchions, not round like most fork companys
  • 1 0
 They seem to be pretty stiff because of that...
  • 6 0
 I'm wondering when this was. "3 days of rain"? It hasn't rained here in months. 3 days in a row , maybe Spring of 2014.
  • 3 3
 It was private
  • 1 1
 Yeah,nothin but yellow now.
  • 1 0
 Must have been pretty early in the year as the bikes are aluminium protos when you look at them. Still an excellent video though.
  • 6 1
 I love how beautiful NorCal is! Sometimes I take it for granted that I live in such a pretty area!
  • 4 0
 Although there are some really sick trails here in Southern California, I really grow jealous of the loam in NorCal. I definitely need to move up there.
  • 5 0
 Trust me, it's dry as hell up here most of the year too.
  • 6 3
 Freeride!!!! no, wait ... Black-Diamond!!! no, wait ... All-Mountain!!! no, wait ... Enduro!!! no, wait ... OverMountain!!!!! no, wait . . .
  • 2 0
 Down country
  • 2 0
 I would give love to have trails like that on my door step, blown out corners, big skids and all! The Habit looks seriously cool, I can't wait to try one out soon...
  • 5 2
 Those drifts, that mustache, so sick! Seriously rad edit @mattdennison!
  • 4 2
 wow, i just cant believe my eyes...there is another place to ride besides Whistler ?
  • 9 7
 Skidding and blowing out corners. That's what I saw.
  • 2 4
 I saw that...maybe we needed a bit of the ....knarrrrrrr.
  • 4 1
 I ride in california a few months back (when they had the rain). It's fair to say the trails are great fun but easy, the black trails that I rode were pretty simple. Riding in different places the defenition of gnarr changes significantly depending on who you talk to and where you live.
It's all mountain biking though. We should just enjoy it and let different places be different.
  • 3 1
 Skid it, don't ride it. Sad too see how many times they locked up the rear wheel to get a "roost" shot. Real roost is without brakes. These guys are all super talented and faster than me, but it seems they are following the crowd in this video. BTW, both SoCal and NorCal have good gnar, you just need a local to show you or go hunting for it.
  • 1 0
 Funny, I thought the video needed a bit of rocks and roots. I like to see bikes actually working over trail bits, not blowing up corners.
  • 1 1
 I rode some "gnarr" with some locals. It was "one of the gnarlier tracks that you hike up to". I was well up for shredding down the hike up path... they thought that idea was bonkers. We went down the pretty smooth "gnarly" track. It was fun just not gnarly like you get elsewhere. It's all relative. Our gnarr here is nothing like whistler trespasser. That trail is so good, especially the non chicken lines.
  • 2 0
 Lol if you think the riding in cali isn't gnarly, you've been riding the wrong stuff with the wrong people.
  • 1 0
 I rode the trails that were "too gnarly for a trail bike, I wouldn't go near that trail, it's for dh bikes only"... was a fun trail. Gnarly is relative. Rode some of the dh tracks around San Francisco. Was fun on a trail bike. You can ride pretty much every dh track out there on a trail bike though without any issues.
  • 2 0
 I live in Marin county, just outside SF. I only ride a trail bike, but I have raced ProGRT DH courses on my trail bike, and those aren't gnarly compared to some of the stuff. You probably rode in Pacifica. Super fun but mellow. Come to Marin and I'll show you some real gnar. And tbh, you can ride any DH track in the world on a trail bike...
  • 2 1
 I don't need any more bad habits. I already spent my daughter's education fund on Knolly.
  • 1 3
 'Overmountain', really? Is XC > AM > EN > FR/DH still not enough to describe a bunch of tomfoolery on bikes in the mud?

Then again, those corporate yahoos once tried to lay claim to the term 'freeriding' which flew right back in their faces so they must've thought 'let's have our marketing department invent an entirely new term for a phenomenon that has been around for decades so we can safely trademark that'..
  • 1 3
 That was inspiring, thanks Cannondale Smile . The good news is, we don't really need that particular bike. Any manufacturer offers us several options. Be it 24", 26", 27.5" or 29", be it a hardtail or full susser, you should be having just as much of a blast in that kind of terrain.

That said, it is probably a fine bike for the job. I like the steep seat angle but I don't like the high standover. A low toptube works so much better when cornering or coming off when sliding out in a corner. I wouldn't want to sacrifice agility just for that bottle mount.
  • 2 4
 Great vid, I still just don't get the product.

We all complain about proprietary equipment, so Cannondale just says screw it and builds bikes with the most proprietary components possible.

Also, you're still not forgiven for the awful (and yet again proprietary) "Headshok."
  • 1 0
 2:38 love the drift in the air at real time speed. How it should be done. Good edit!
  • 2 0
 Saw "Weir" on the title, had to watch it
  • 2 1
 Monkey see.. Monkey do...
  • 1 2
 That looks amazing! Do you guys or anyone know when Osborne Hil in Nor Call will be made public? I Know the Cannondale crew gets to ride there
  • 6 0
 all private property, so I would guess never?
  • 1 2
 Never would be the correct answer. i know the guy that owns it. He's a mean fucker. And his kid is worse. I hear that if they catch you poaching it they will kill your sorry ass and throw you down a mine shaft.
  • 1 0
 Haha a mine shaft. I used to ride over there before they had the trails and a little bit after. I wouldn't say they were mean about anything. They told me it was ok to ride one day then a few months later to get out. Not sure if they forgot they talked to me or what. But I know they have a lot of liability. @threejack
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flag threejack (Sep 9, 2015 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 Read between the lines tblore and consider who your talking too.
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 Hint, I know the owner realllllllllllllly well.
  • 1 0
 I already read between the lines @threejack I know. I wasn't saying anything bad. I grew up in Grass Valley. I wouldn't give someone a hard time for protecting what's there's. If anything I was praising what a good job they did on everything. And I haven't rode there in a long time. Even though I know people that ride the trails often with permission.
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 Since you know the owner @threejack you can tell him I would be willing to sign a waiver releasing liability. So if anything happened they wouldn't be liable. But again I mean no disrespect and I would never ride there without permission. I used to ride there and the owners said it was ok. But I didn't run into them for awhile after that. And the next time the wanted me out. Understandable, it's probably hard to keep track of who they talk to, especially if you don't know someone personally.
  • 3 0
 Idk what you guys are talking about... clearly this is the Shoreline trail at China Camp, anyone can ride there.
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 BTW I'd never recommend poach Bundesen's or Sanchez's trails on their private property. I understand they are great people, but like anyone, they don't take kindly to unknown and unwanted people coming onto their land.
  • 1 0
 I'm confused. Wasn't this filmed at the Ranch in Novato?
  • 1 0
 I'm confused about their definition of loam
  • 1 0
 that 'stache must be a big hit at the blue oyster bar
  • 1 0
 Wiggly leftys and hot man camel! VOD
  • 1 0
 Straight up rippin'
  • 6 6
 Dope video, I just can't get over how ugly leftys are
  • 1 0
 FFWD...the new slowmo?
  • 2 3
 Lol, they're deleting comments again.
  • 1 2
 I can never look at leftys correctly.
  • 7 9
 Dope video, I just can't get over how ugly leftys are
  • 1 0
 I don't like the lefty's either. Go ahead and hit that red arrow now.
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