Video: Supernatural Speed on Forbidden's New Druid in 'Summoning'

May 9, 2023 at 9:00
by ForbiddenBike  

Words: Forbidden Bike Company
Cinematography/Edit: Liam Morgan
Photography: Liam Wallace & Liam Morgan
Riders: Brock Hawes, Ollie Blight, Magnus Manson
Shot on location: Forbidden Plateau, Mt. Washington, Cook Creek, Hornby Island
Druids: Taine Fischbuch, Julia Morgan, Robin Moffat
Produced by: Forbidden Bike Co. (Stephane Pelletier & Matthew Tirrell)
Special thanks: Cheryl Glennie (Creek House Farm)
Music: Fear Is Like A Forest - Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile


The latest iteration of our genre-melting trail bike has arrived. We've called upon sacred wisdom to deliver a trail bike that truly defies convention.

The new Druid sees a ground-up frame re-imagination that reaffirms its position at the top of the trail bike class. Every trait and characteristic you know and love about the existing Druid is at the core of the new version. It just looks a little different and rides even better.

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Druid is the modern wolf in sheep’s clothing. Its high pivot Trifecta suspension platform defies logic, simultaneously generating predictable traction and playful pop while offering an otherworldly ability to devour chunky terrain. With geometry that effortlessly balances stability and agility, it is equally at home hammering out trail rides after work, crushing epic alpine traverses, and blasting weekend shuttle laps. A bike that delivers pedal-all-day efficiency when you want it and tech-descent-tackling confidence when you need it. A short travel trail bike by definition but a kilometre-crushing, chunder-devouring, fun machine by any other description.

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The new Druid may look a little different from its predecessor, but this new iteration is 100% born from the same DNA. This humble (on paper) trail bike boasts on-trail characteristics that not only punch above their class they defy classification altogether.

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More info and build kits: forbiddenbike.com

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33 Comments
  • 20 1
 My Druid V1 is the best bike I’ve owned so far. Punches above its class. Nicknamed the “secret sledgehammer.” New one looks just as great and glad to see it stuck to its guns with the same travel, rather than the trend of each year it ads 5mm to each end.
  • 3 9
flag wolftwenty1 FL (May 10, 2023 at 8:51) (Below Threshold)
 Man funny how that goes...v1 Druid was the worst 'modern' (post 2015) bike I've owed. It was tolerable with the Cascade Link but I had to sell it ASAP...got back on a non-idler Horst Link bike after and it was better in every way. I love the Forbidden brand and what they are doing, but will be hard to buy anther one anytime soon...hopeful they worked out the kinks (especially the shock tune issues) with this V2.
  • 2 0
 @wolftwenty1: what did you end up with? I had a sentinel V1 and the Druid was hands down better from my experience. Curious what other style of Horst you went with.
  • 2 2
 @DapperCyclist: I'm not surprised by the downvotes, the brand is strong with fans...like I said, I love the idea of the bike and while the branding/marketing gets made fun of I think its really rad...I tried many things (and spent a lot of money) to try to make it work. A lot of the guys I talked to loved it with a custom tuned EXT shock but that was simply not a direction I was willing to go. It really felt like the shock tune was a make or break on these - totally anecdotal but seemed like custom tune was the only way to make it work. Went back to a Big S bike and have not looked back. Glad to hear you're enjoying it...I love the way they look.
  • 12 1
 Thats some video, props.

Climbing.... thank you, every good rider can rip a bike down a hill but these bikes are climbing.


Its 2023 though, the video missed the 3 EEB'ers roasting past him on the climb whilst chatting away to each other and moaning about the state of the trails after their 11 laps and that the trail builder (the boy on lap 2 pedalling the analogue up) should be out doing more maintenance.

.... I am guessing the 3 strangely dressed folks were the EEBers hahahahahahaha Smile
  • 10 0
 Rad riding on a rad looking bike. The direction for this shoot had to be POP OFF EVERYTHING to thumb @ForbiddenBike nose at the ‘HP isn’t playful’ argument. The three consecutive jumps into the schralp at 1:12 was delightful in its excess.
  • 12 2
 There's that cringey marketing I love so much. Is it even worth riding a bike if my fundie mother doesn't give it an uncomfortable side-eye whenever she sees the headtube badge?
  • 8 0
 That was sick! Awesome video and the bike looks amazing.
  • 7 0
 Great video. Sick tune. Please make one in size XXL (or S5?).
  • 1 0
 Just one?
  • 3 0
 @colincolin: I guess you can have one too. Make two!
  • 1 0
 @sickmansick: kickstarter!
  • 5 0
 You've done it again Forbidden! Keep it up!
  • 4 0
 Great video and promising updates to an awesome bike! (Also, how soon before EVIL releases a Summoning….)
  • 7 1
 excellent song choice
  • 4 0
 I like that part with the strip of brown through the green
  • 3 0
 Weird vibes but good music and riding.
  • 2 1
 That Spruce Almighty "great name" is a hideous color - I wish bike companies would stop painting frames these horrid pastel colors.
  • 2 0
 That is a great little edit there!
  • 2 0
 Nice to see some Hornby clips!
  • 1 0
 I am interested in getting a Druid. Does Forbidden have someone that I can email/call to ask questions?
  • 1 0
 Call Fanatik in Bellingham they are a dealer and full of info
  • 2 0
 Some quality local spots in here 3 Nice edit
  • 1 0
 That ski style jump turn out of the rock @ 2:40 is one of the more beautiful bits of riding I've seen.
  • 2 0
 Brock Hawes!!
  • 4 3
 Excellente !
  • 1 0
 Sick bike, sick riding
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