bigquotesI like Dylan Sheffer because he's a no bullshit kind of guy: hard-working, original, and humble about his accomplishments. When Dylan and Scott took me to Dylan's trail, I was in awe of what Dylan had created. It looked like an amusement park in the woods. Everything was milled to perfection, and it just went on and on for what seemed like a kilometre. I can't even fathom the time and effort that went into his trail. When it was time to shoot, Dylan systematically and confidently ticked off each feature one after the other. I don't think he crashed once, or even slipped a pedal for that matter. The man is on another level than anyone else, because he's built something so detached from the norm that I can't even compare him to any other rider, and I like that.


Margus Riga



Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer


bigquotesI actually knew of Dylan's builds before I ever met him. A friend of mine sent me a Facebook photo of a gargantuan ladder bridge stepdown and I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of it. ''Who is this mad scientist?'' I thought to myself. Turns out Sheffer is one of the most dedicated and progressive trail builders in the entire world, a blue collar badass, heavily influenced by the likes of Riley McIntosh, Dangerous Dan, and Digger; he's a new torch bearer for the spirit of freeride. Honestly, I'm just glad there's someone keeping the art of skinnies alive.


Scott Secco


Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
bigquotesI seem to have a never ending vault of ideas for stunts and sections of trail that I want to build. Somestime walking through untouched forest and terrain it's hard to envision these lines and the best route down when all that lays before you in is a forest floor covered in deadfall and multiple water crossings. When I stumbled upon this zone everything seemed to click and I pretty much had over 70% of what I wanted mapped out with a clear idea of where it would all go in the first initial scope. 500 hours later and here we are. It's pretty amazing to see it all come together over the course of a year. It's been a long haul and a lot of work but I enjoyed every minute of it. To me there is no better way to get away from everyday life and work than to rip up the mountain on the dirt bike, fire up the chainsaw, throw tools to the ground, and make your dream line a reality. Riding this trail has been the most fun I have had on a bike and I am fortunate to have been able to document it through video with Scott Secco and photos by Margus Riga.


Dylan Sheffer

Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer
Dylan Sheffer


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Freeride Lives II Presented by:
Banshee Bikes
Race Face

Additional Support:
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Dylan Sheffer rides: Banshee Bikes, Race Face, SR Suntour, Ryders Eyewear, and Maxxis Tires



MENTIONS: @Banshee-Team @raceface @SRSuntour @dsheffer @scottsecco


40 Comments

  • + 74
 Dylan's got a proper man's garage....Mountain bike, big truck, chainsaw and 'crosser. Ive got a lawn mower, tumble drier and 4 bags of cement.
  • + 13
 Hey, least you have a garage. I have a corner of a living room and come winter time I even lose that haha.
  • + 17
 A proper man's garage should also have one or more posters of the Marzocchi ladies with their autographs. I'm very proud of mine! #marzocchilives
  • + 4
 My garage is full of broken bike parts and old battered frames.....
  • + 4
 My garage is full of dead hookers... Oh and the level of wood work that went into this trail is absurd. I can't recall many times seeing elevations where just as much effort went into the build as well as making it look clean. Like my murderous rampage aimed towards street walkers, never stop Dylan. This is way too sick.
  • + 20
 Dylan you are the man! nothin but respect for ya man, comeing from another trail builder. your work is more than inspireing, deffently pushing the limits and bring freeride back! this is what we need in the sport, more progression in this direction. keep it up.
  • + 16
 Shoulda been in the movie Builder
  • + 4
 Quality building. After watching years of work be demolished at my old trail spot I'm instantly jealous when I see wooden north shore stuff like this! If we had been allowed to carry on our spot would look like an Ewok village by now!
  • + 5
 Sweet backflip to finish the vid. Super close to the edge of the landing, but awesome none the less. These are my fav vids on PB. Freeride lives!
  • + 1
 Mr Dylan Sheffer. You are a master craftsman. You have built a work of art so beautiful and scary. You deserve all the respect and admiration that any man or woman in history has ever had. And not just cause you can flip.Thank you for sharing this trail with us.
  • + 1
 This is REAL Freeride, you don't have a BS manicured course, you have whats there. If only when someone said "Freeride", this is what almost all people would think of.
  • + 1
 2016 Darkside www.mtb-shropshire.co.uk/content/uploads/16DARKSIDE-475x145.jpg Im a 2015 DRKSD proud owner, this bike its like a toy for jumping....
  • + 2
 trail looks crazy. I wonder how long the dirt last when you put it on those wood tranies. Robert
  • + 4
 iv never had a problem with elavated dirt work as long as u box it in tight with cedar and no gaps and throw all ur wood off cuts inside before dirting it doesnt spill out or anything water drains through it and the lip is never mucky too.
  • + 3
 I'm pretty sure that Dylan stole a lot of this stuff from my dreams.
  • + 3
 Crickey, how long is the bar on that husqy?
  • + 2
 i run a long 33" bar for ripping planks if im not i throw a 28" bar on
  • + 1
 *Crikey (no hate from me, just doing my bit as an Australian)
  • + 2
 Haha my bad, autocorrect. It actually wanted to spell cricket the first time. But I guess you don't wasn't to talk about that today being an Aussie.
  • + 1
 You are very correct with that assumption! Hahaha
  • + 3
 Hey Dylan just wanted to say you are free ride hell of a job
  • + 2
 This is Freeride like Old School
  • + 2
 The video and these pictures are epic! Freeride Lives!
  • + 2
 Always stoked for a Margus Riga photo epic. Nice work by all!
  • + 2
 Margus Riga is such a talented photographer. Kudos
  • + 1
 The pics in this article take mtb photography to a new level - well done, pinkbike
  • + 2
 Anyone else get hard over the sound of a chainsaw after watching this?...
  • + 3
 Only if its being run by a girl in a bikini.
  • + 1
 Wish there will be more like-minded people !
  • + 1
 Legend!! Awesome article, immense vid, inspiring workshop!
  • + 1
 So sick...wish there was just one of those features at my local spot...xD
  • + 10
 Then go build it! Trails don't appear on their own, someone has got to put in the work. DO IT!
  • - 1
 it kind of annoys reading those wish comments right?
  • + 2
 nice one
  • + 1
 Skinnies are back with a vengeance
  • + 2
 Humble guy.
  • + 1
 I want my life to be a Photo Epic like this one.
  • + 1
 I have all my old broken frames hanging up in mine
  • - 2
 Wow 4 angles of every feature. Just in case you missed it the first three times.

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