Locals: The Free-Racer, Tanner Stevens - Video

May 10, 2016 at 20:15
by Suspended Productions  
Views: 9,886    Faves: 110    Comments: 6

Locals Episode #7 comin’ at you hot! After a brief hiatus, we are back at it. A new week and a new shredder we get to introduce you to! This installment we caught up with Tanner Stevens, our token Free-Racer. An absolute riot on and off the bike, this shoot was full of laughter and roosts. Raised in the Bay Area, Tanner now lives in Colorado where he is attending CU Boulder. We jumped at the opportunity to catch him on spring break and get some shots of him getting loose for us.

Tanner Stevens Locals episode 7

Now, what is a Free-Racer you may ask? It’s the description used for anyone who is mastering the art of combining freeriding/racing/partying into one badass and rowdy lifestyle. Tanner is a prime example of this. He races in the pro class and attends high caliber events, but doesn’t let one series confine him. Stevens races where he wants, when he wants, based on the sickness of the events and other opportunities presenting themselves. With a relatively short attention span, it’s hard for Tanner to tie himself down and only do one full race series. Taking this as a positive, he expands his schedule to include multiple disciplines and event types.

Tanner Stevens Locals episode 7

Last summer Tanner and his buddies got a place up in Whistler for a month. Not to train, not to race, just to be at the mecca of gravity biking and have the time of their lives. A month in paradise didn't come without some bumps in the road. Living off mac 'n' cheese, shoving three dudes in a single bedroom condo, only having a mini fridge and a broken wrist didn't stop Tanner from having a blast. Rippin' and tearin' every day from sun up to sun down, whether it was trail riding, downhill, or in the bars. It’s refreshing to have a young rider these days not caught up racing or industry hype. Just out in the world looking to have a blast in the moment.

Tanner Stevens Locals episode 7

Although he knows how to have a good time, he knows when to buckle down. In the final stages of an Environmental Studies major, Stevens is interning with a solar power company. He looks to pursue a career in energy production. Tanner likes how separate renewable energy is from riding. Having spent a few years working in a bike shop and seeing the negative effects it had on his outlook on bikes, he chose something totally unrelated as a career. Keeping work and play separate makes bikes all about fun and keeps every moment an escape from the real world.

Tanner... so hot right now

This season you can catch Tanner at select GRT’s, both North American EWS rounds and multiple local races around the US. With a successful summer getaway to Whistler last year, he looks to do it again. If you’re around Whistler in August you gotta make a point to do a lap with Tanner, he can show you how a Free-Racer gets down!

MENTIONS: @suspended-productions


  • 88 0
 Sorry to disappoint everyone. I'm actually not as cool as the post makes me out to be. I don't party, I don't drink, and I actually didn't go out a single night in whistler last year, but I did have a good time and I like to ride my bike. Also, my name is tanner STEPHENS, not tanner Stevens. Thanks to all the guys at suspended productions for being such good friends and not caring about how "factory" someone is or how many views or how much money they will get for filming a certain person. Love all you guys!
  • 17 0
 f*ck all the hate, this was a badass video! Keep shreddin dude! tup
  • 1 0
  • 13 0
 Winner of the PA Pro GRT!!!! Congrats! you have the solution!
  • 4 0
 Best bet your going out in whistler this year!
  • 30 1
 Bunch of fuckin whiney hating negative nancy bitches in here. All of you can suck this guys cock and quit riding your high horse. He's doing it bigger and better than you so go figure out how to get better at riding your god damn bike
  • 29 0
 I bet 85% of the pinkbike population can't ride half as well as tanner. So go make a better edit or shut the f*ck up.
  • 27 0
 !!!!FIRST PLACE!!!!Tanner just got First at Port Angles. Yall can suck it.
  • 22 0
 Ha! Suck it haters, Tanner just won the first grt! He's nothing like this post says, he doesn't party, he just likes to ride his bike and if that brings him to a race he's happy. And obviously the model picture is a joke. Tanner > haters
  • 29 9
 There's only one Freeracer... Let's not use the honorable title too liberally Wink
  • 12 7
 My thoughts exactly. A name such as William, or Kenneth for example may be utilised wherever necessary. But freeracer is another matter!!
  • 8 2
 Well at least he's also riding a Gambler ;-)
  • 31 17
 *Now, what is a Free-Racer you may ask? It’s the description used for anyone who is mastering the art of combining freeriding/racing/partying into one badass and rowdy lifestyle.*
Let me rephrase.
What. A. Load. Of. Bollocks.
  • 3 12
flag Kramz (May 15, 2016 at 2:32) (Below Threshold)
 I can't watch the video because of technical issues, but usually if you're pioneering entire segments, it could mean a number of things (some of which may be negative). Like if I were to call myself a professional Telemetrically Based Konfubulationist there would probably be disapproval among my family members who thought I was, "doing something", "making a difference", "setting life goals", "with great aspirations", "obtaining higher education", "working towards a career", blahblahblahblahblah.
  • 4 7
 I read that line and thought, that's probably describes 50% of PB readers...
  • 4 21
flag stacykohut (May 15, 2016 at 8:30) (Below Threshold)
 no doubt a load of bollocks.a crock of shit too.

the freeracer schtick is great for when ya suck at a race you can just throw the ol........ " i don't care about results man, its about the vibe......bro."

the video game generation, nobody really wins, nobody really loses, ya just hit the reset button and get to do it all over again..............

they should just pass out participation ribbons for dudes like this,........................ like track and field day in grade 3.

that snow shot just cemented this dude in the cheeseball hall of fame. congrats.
  • 6 6
 Sadly I have met roadies before. Just amateurs who have no chance of winning a lower level race, will refuse to even go to a birthday party if they have a race the next day. It's one the worst freaking attitudes a person can have.

I don't get roadies anyways, what's the point of wearing Lycra and shaving your legs before every random ride? Even with amateurs who don't even compete.

Just forget that shit and start enjoying your rides. Roadie attitude is bad.
  • 3 8
flag rabatt (May 15, 2016 at 13:20) (Below Threshold)
 Well, the write up combined with the video was awful, I think the vanzacs videos would be the only thing that comes to mind to do that write up justice, unless it was tongue in cheek.

Pretty sick trail tho! And some good riding (albeit less rowdy then we have become accustomed to on here)
  • 5 0
 It was surprisingly good once I was able to actually watch it.
  • 12 0
 @stacykohut: he's the fastest guy in the country today winning the first Pro GRT of the year
  • 1 8
flag Dobbs59 (May 16, 2016 at 3:55) (Below Threshold)
 @kleinblake: @kleinblake: He's clearly a better rider than I'll ever be. My comments were directed at the article, which has a higher level of cringe than anything else I ever seen on PB, and the video was akin to watching a frog jump up the garden. Jump drop jump drop. BOING BOING BOING.
Suspended productions either need to improve or look for another line of work.
  • 12 0
 Nice job Tanner. Good riding, fun video (a bit of a different soundtrack). Thanks for putting yourself out there and giving the haters something to tear apart on this quiet Sunday!
  • 11 0
 Sorry you live in a closet. But tanner just end up #1 at the grt. So if you are can take a joke.....
  • 5 0
 In the motorsports world a free racer who just participated in select races instead of the whole series was refered to as an outlaw. A lot of them were privateers who couldnt afford to run a whole series but were good enough to possibly win so they chose races with a big enough purse to justify it. This used to be very common in the sprint car world. Its like all those guys like Will White who ride in the urban downhill race in mexico every year. I think its pretty cool. Its what i like about Rampage, dudes who aren't even freestyle guys come out of the wood work every year to ride in that and many do well, like Gee Atherton. It doesnt necessarily mean you dont work hard or plan to win, it just means you dont want to run the races or events you dont like and if you're a privateer then why the hell not?
  • 7 0
 I'll do anything to avoide a puddle also
  • 3 0
 Sick track, sick riding. Looks like a lot of people not picking up on the light-hearted nature here. I could almost hear him saying, "No footed one hander...your move Semenuk." Keep shredding Tanner.
  • 7 2
 free-racer not free-video
  • 6 0
  • 3 2
 Stephens or Stevens?
  • 6 2
 Feels like I'm stuck in an elevator
  • 3 1
 He'll probably have a better career as a bike rider than an environmental scientist. More fun anyway. Take it from a bike-obsessed geologist with 9 years in the business.
  • 8 4
 yer boi puttin in work
  • 10 9
 This is the sort of post that, in the glory days, would be UTTERLY SHREDDED by the Robot. For that last photo if nothing else. But there is a lot else.
  • 2 0
 At least he doesn't take himself too seriously. I kept expecting the soundtrack to cut for a biff, but was left wanting.
  • 3 0
 Ya Tanner!!! LiVe LaUgH LovE
  • 3 1
 There's something about the last shot (portrait) ... hmm...
  • 1 0
 Sweet video. Solid riding. I love that trail. I just wish it wasn't so far a drive or I'd ride it more.
  • 1 0
 The video was playing with my head. Impressively thought-out camera work. This is good
  • 3 0
 Go Buffs!!!
  • 2 0
 Yeah boy! CU Boulder represent!!
  • 1 3
 How has a throw away comment from rob Warner taking the piss out of Brendon become a new "genre"(?) of mountain biking.
Won't be long before we have free race specific bikes and gear and wheel sizes!
  • 4 6
 do your self a favor and watch without the sound
  • 7 2
 What's wrong with the 70's porno sound track !!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 I liked it. Novel as fuck!
  • 2 4
 Great riding and filming! please don't come back with a camera.
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