MUST WATCH: Reece Wallace's 'Glory Daze' is a Modern Take on Classic North Shore & Freeride

Oct 24, 2021 at 22:24
by Giant Bicycles  




The 90s and early 2000s were the glory days of freeride. Skinnies, ladder bridges, and teeter totters paved the way for riders like Wallace to carve his own path. Extrapolating from old-school freeride, Wallace drew inspiration to build new features which paid homage to this past in 'Glory Daze'

Respect the OG

Liam Wallace Photo
Liam Wallace Photo
Preflight goggle inspection

Liam Wallace Photo

Liam Wallace Photo
55 feet to the knuckle or 69 Pinkbike feet

Liam Wallace Photo

Liam Wallace Photo
Liam Wallace Photo

bigquotesI was inspired to build classic North Shore style stunts with a new school approach. Riding gives me an outlet to push and better myself like nothing else, but in order to do so you gotta build the stunts to support this. Each one of these features I had a specific move in mind, and catered each board or shovel full to make it happenReece

Liam Wallace Photo
'Engineered'

Liam Wallace Photo
bigquotesAlmost every stunt in this video had to be built, tested, then rebuilt to make it ride the way I wanted. Moving lips, adjusting boards, changing gaps—all part of the process. With the help of my team, I put about 50 days of building into this video. As things rarely go as planned, I had to learn to surrender the outcome and embrace the process

Liam Wallace Photo

Liam Wallace Photo
A cable cam is a very useful tool for following Wallace on such a long, high speed course. Shoutout to the Claw for unlocking this zone and allowing Reece to make it his own for this video

Liam Wallace Photo
Between two ferns with Reece Wallace

Bourdo vibes anyone?

Liam Wallace Photo
Liam Wallace Photo
Left or right? Hip or boner?

Liam Wallace Photo
Reece for scale

Liam Wallace Photo

Liam Wallace Photo

Liam Wallace Photo
Rig

Video: Calvin Huth
Stills: Liam Wallace
Location: Mt. Washington Alpine Resort

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143 Comments

  • 186 1
 No-handed take off!?!?? C’monnnnn that’s so rad Reece
  • 21 3
 Was hoping to see it go into no-hander lander too, but super still impressive!
  • 31 1
 Nollie 3 drop on a DH rig!?!?!?!!?! GAHWWWWWAHHHHHHHHHH wtffffffffff
  • 9 1
 Is there something attached to the bottom of his saddle behind his knees to help him on this?
  • 5 0
 I think that is the first time that I have seen that...terrifying think about trying that...great video as I am of the age to appreciate 'Old School' references Smile
  • 6 5
 @kelvo: naw, hes just pinching the saddle with his knees
  • 7 0
 I wouldn't mind more footage of him on that old one. . .
  • 3 3
 @3:27 for anyone wanting a short cut (though whole vid is worth the watch, great edit and good tune)
  • 11 2
 @kelvo: For most people it's either a seat pinch with the knees and/or crank pinch with your feet. I believe Reece just uses his ridiculously large balls to hold up the bike. If I remember correctly from his Whistler video this summer, sometimes this doesn't work out.
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: that wasnt his balls that was his d*^k lol
  • 3 0
 I can't wait to try this no-hander take off thing... Off a curb... and probably still wreck... Insane edit to say the least
  • 4 0
 @shawn-in-action: make sure you film that sh*t for Friday Fails.
  • 2 0
 Ikr...never seen that happan b4...amazing!
  • 7 2
 @kelvo: Yes, it's like little pegs. This way he can put his weight further back and preload the rear shock a bit otherwise his front wheel would just drop right down the edge... Good eyes!
  • 1 0
 so many creative heavy hitting tricks. mind blown.
  • 2 0
 @kelvo: yes there is
  • 1 0
 Nyquist move from way back.
  • 2 0
 @scar4me: Hopey steering dampers must have been out of stock lol.
  • 140 1
 Guide to the Reeces:

- Reece Wallace: Freerider who competed in Rampage 2015
- Reece Wilson: 2020 DH World Champion
- Reese Witherspoon: Some blonde actor
- Reese's Pieces: Damn good candy
  • 51 0
 Additional wallace guide

Ben Wallace: pink bike academy runner up 2020
William Wallace: Scottish hero and freedom lover :p
  • 4 0
 @McMeta666: excellent additions
  • 30 0
 Additional Wilson guide:

Rebel Wilson: Amusing Aussy actress
Wilson: A ball that went on holiday with Tom Hanks
  • 11 0
 @haroman666:
Owen Wilson: reformed Wedding Crasher
  • 29 0
 @McMeta666: You're also missing Mark Wallace, Canadian World Cup racer
  • 3 0
 @initforthedonuts: (also) Owen Wilson: “…Wow!”
  • 14 0
 @McMeta666: you forgot Grommet's sidekick
  • 2 0
 Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
  • 4 1
 Another Ben Wallace, NBA Hall of Famer
  • 2 0
 Four time defensive player of the year! Tied with Dikembe for most DPOY wins
  • 4 0
 @haroman666: Wilson Phillips - Hooooooooooooold on
  • 2 0
 Get the first two confused all the time for some reason.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups > Reese's Pieces.
  • 2 0
 I needed this
  • 97 9
 Nice one world cup winner!
  • 12 2
 Waiting for the "You messed it up again, silly!" comment.
  • 43 0
 From world champs to the north shore. Got to love it. Don't tell trek
  • 3 0
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: Waiting for the "That joke is getting so old" grinch to make an appearance.
  • 4 0
 one day he winning races with trek, The next hes hitting massive jumps with giant - life moves fast for him
  • 4 0
 @mior: if thats not a canadian all state commercial then i dont know what is
  • 2 0
 @Motoracer31: Protect YOUR bike with allstate, You're in good hands
  • 2 0
 @mior: Reece doesn't need hands
  • 56 4
 I guess when your no longer world champ you gotta keep busy! well done Reece
  • 4 27
flag McMeta666 (Oct 26, 2021 at 7:39) (Below Threshold)
 not sure if serious lol
  • 22 0
 @McMeta666: definitely serious
  • 2 9
flag cool3 (Oct 26, 2021 at 8:26) (Below Threshold)
 @mi-bike: definitely not. Wink
  • 4 0
 @cool3: as serious as can be
  • 7 0
 @mi-bike: Sorry I got confused I meant William Witherspoon, Ole Bill 'the Chin' Witherspoon
  • 12 0
 reece videos are always mint
  • 14 0
 Yeah he has 2 bike sponsors and lives in scotland and canada, of course he's good
  • 14 2
 The whole video calls: get me into Rampage next year!!!
  • 12 2
 Love the rainbow colours on that bike
  • 5 1
 Well I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder
  • 2 0
 @el-nombre: With a blacked out outfit it would have been tolerable
  • 2 0
 @el-nombre it’s beauty in the eye of the beerholder…
  • 9 0
 Yes, this is sick! So many rad moves in there, but the crank flip backy is full commit!

#ReeceforRampage2022
  • 5 1
 This is so cool to see. Some old school Kranked style riding.
Having just watched Kranked 6,7 and 8 in the last few nights (on youtube) also so many of the costal crew videos at the weekend. This is like Kranked with more slow motion and higher resolution (but the tunes were better in Kranked).
  • 8 0
 backflip crankflip so sick
  • 4 0
 That is some impressive building considering how dry it was @ Mt Washington this summer; nice to watch it happen from the chairlift. There's poor to no irrigation there, so that's half the battle...

Tenacious work!
  • 6 0
 I don't know what I appreciated more, the riding or the Silversun Pickups soundtrack. 3
  • 2 0
 There's something I find really amusing about about this excellent edit and how it sheds light on our thinking about the past. The bike featured at the beginning must be from somewhere around 2000/2001, and it's shot in that decaying VHS tape way which is typical of what you see when you put your late 90's North Shore Extreme tapes into your still-functioning VCR. The music for this section, which per the credits is a rights free clip, is however, in a much older style. In fact, it's quite like Small Town Boy by Bronski Beat, which came out in 1984, but there are other British bands of that era which sound similar. Anyway, I thought it was really funny and interesting that they came up with early 80's music to give a throwback feel to something from the early 2000's, and I think it's because that really feels like ancient history for mountain bikes, wheres music is much less time sensitive.
  • 3 0
 In general how rowdy are the trails at Mt. Washington? I am planning to move to Cumberland next year and am trying to decide if I should get a downhill bike again.

Thanks!
  • 12 0
 It's rough and not maintained very well. While this vid is super good, it's a kick in the pants to the general public who would like to see them invest in the existing trails instead. They could easily make that place a destination and get a lot more locals buying seasons passes but nope. Most of my friends just shuttle Forbidden or some other DH stuff and maybe hit the park once or twice for a laugh.
  • 3 0
 I went twice this summer, later in the year after they got some rain the trails were cleaned up a bit, but when it was hot and dry for a while they were all pretty dusty and blown out. My guess is it depends on the weather and how much maintenance they can actually do. The trail network in the forest in Cumberland will keep you busy for a long time though
  • 5 0
 Like mention above rough and not maintained and most jump trails arent really built well, but it's all we got and for 300$ early bird for the season pass it's not bad. To their defense Reece was building on his own but it's kinda frustrating to see those massive pile of dirt while the trail network desperately need a fix up. Hope they dump down those hit for us common mortals and pay the guy to build a nice top to bottom jump trail.
  • 8 0
 But to answer your question, yes a downhill bike is always worth it. Smile
  • 1 0
 I enjoy the tech lines, and a DH rig is just going to let you go faster. However, I had a good time there on just my Banshee Prime.
But yeah, I was kind of surprised that they really weren't getting a lot of maintenance, even if only from a liability perspective. There were some huge rocks that had dislodged on some landings that I would have figured would be kicked off by staff just for safety sake (I ended up stopping it and doing it myself).

It was a tough weather year though, and it was end of season so I was not at all surprised by the amount of braking bumps in the middle of the berms.

Can't really beat the price though.
  • 1 0
 @j-p-i: I have a trail bike as well and recently had my downhill bike stolen. Looking to replace it but am now almost leaning towards a "super enduro" bike with maybe 170mm in the rear and 180mm in the front that could handle almost anything a DH bike could but still can pedal if necessary. Would that be better suited to forbidden?
  • 1 0
 @ShawMac: I'm sure you're talking about upper time warp, I actually broke my frame on that trail from a dislodge rock as that trail is littered with loose rock
  • 1 0
 @launchrider: Hell yeah it would! I'm on a stock Sentinel and it handles Forbidden well.
  • 1 0
 Pretty darn rowdy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd5fiuvsNbc

But I wouldn't want to carry a DH Bike all the way up there. =P
  • 2 0
 @bonkmasterflex: it's a different mt Washington, we are talking about a bike park on Vancouver island
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: That, and it might have been Call It In too. I recall some nasty bits on blue trails too.
  • 2 0
 @ybsurf: yes I aware. My comment was facetious.
  • 2 0
 @launchrider: I think a super enduro would be great for mt washy. I don't really have much issue on my 150/140 trail bike except for braking bumps, which a 180 should soak up fine. I tend to stick mostly to Hwy 19, the Wiz, Blue Hammer, Back in Black, and Hustler so I'm not doing anything super technical (except for the beginning of Wiz)
  • 2 0
 @ShawMac: that'll make sense I dont think they ever touched up call it in since they re-opened.
  • 3 0
 @ybsurf: Yes, 2016 was the last time they did maintenance at Mount Washington
  • 5 0
 Time for a new Glory yet?
  • 2 0
 I don't even see it listed as a model on their website, what a shame
  • 13 0
 Sooner than later...
  • 2 0
 @giantbicycles: hope it stays on 27.5!
  • 4 0
 Riding is sick, and Props for the Silversun Pickups! T'was a great album.
  • 2 0
 Reece always puts so much effort into his riding and content!! Definitely one of the most underrated riders. Keep going Reece, we love you!!
  • 1 0
 Bourdon Yesss! Epic clip, edited to killer song "Out of Line" by Buckcherry. Only riders like Robbie survive crashes of that nature, hence the line "Still Alive". Don't recall which video though, anyways, the guys a legend.
  • 2 0
 It's amazing how sketchy the OG bikes look while being ridden by a World Champ!
  • 4 1
 World Champ for Rampage 2022
  • 2 0
 So much goodness! The riding was awesome, paired super well with the track and editing.
  • 3 1
 Its like watching semenuk before he decided to go crazy with twitchy camera angles. solid riding
  • 2 0
 Reenacting his crash from Les Gets. Least he got his hands back on the bars.
  • 1 0
 Glory Days I think Big Red Ted BRT on the Giant or people riding older Giant AC bikes myself included . Ted on the Red Yellow. Those bikes were sick.
  • 1 0
 Loved slowly getting to know more about Reese this season after last year’s big win. Seems like a great guy, oh and this video is sick.
  • 1 0
 Sweet vid! Seeing an ATX again was a trip and the no handed drop.. wicked. Nice video Reece thanks!
  • 1 0
 That’s so cool to see the final product! I’ve watched that build over the whole summer.
  • 1 0
 Amazing video and stills! So sick seeing old school builds with modern riding. You guys crushed it.
  • 2 0
 Best thing to come from Giant in years
  • 3 0
 Backflip crank flip! Wow
  • 1 0
 Might be best vid yet! The clunking of the old bikes is amazing to look back on. Sometimes I forget how good bikes are now.
  • 2 0
 Former world champ shreds the freeride!
  • 1 0
 I remember trying to a blag a shop sponsorship to get an ATX1. Was not successful.
  • 1 0
 Funny how down-tubes were super skinny and top tubes were thick. And now it’s the opposite.
  • 1 0
 Chucking a DH bike around like it's a dirt jumper. Super impressive. Loved the old ATX bit too.
  • 1 0
 Yeahhh boys!!! Epic build, insane filming, and wild riding Reece. You mad man. Loved the vibes ❤️
  • 1 0
 So sick!! Love the wood work!
  • 1 0
 That was pretty spectacular! Nice work and great theme.
  • 1 0
 Vanderham rode a Giant ATX in Ride to the Hills!
  • 1 0
 Awesome riding! Very cool tricks!
  • 1 0
 That cranked me right up!
  • 1 0
 Nice one bud! Loving the classic freeride vibes
  • 1 0
 Damn! Some pretty cool moves in there
  • 1 0
 Such a sick edit, Reece slaying it again
  • 1 0
 Oh how I miss my ATX One DH!!
  • 1 0
 That no-hander take-off though. What a madman.
  • 1 0
 Amazing skills…sick edit !
  • 1 0
 Always love a banger of an edit.
  • 1 0
 absolutely love the complete nod to the golden era of freeride.
  • 1 0
 That's video part of the year right there
  • 1 0
 That was great! Even the song choice!
  • 1 0
 Sick edit, I wish I was fast enough to ride a bike that colour,it's mint!
  • 1 0
 Was this opening a self-dig at how outdated the Giant Glory is???
  • 1 0
 No, but all the jumps were self-dug.
  • 1 0
 Wait... WHUUUUAAAAAAT?!?!?!
  • 1 0
 I loved that, the videography was great, and the tricks quite creative.
  • 2 3
 Love all of Reece's creativity and vids well done man. One thing though, that recent bike is making my eyes hurt!
  • 1 0
 Which Reece is this?
  • 3 0
 Reece W.
  • 1 0
 Radical! I enjoyed that.
  • 1 0
 Thats pretty sick!!!!
  • 1 0
 so sick
  • 1 0
 That was fun!
  • 1 0
 Steece Wallace
  • 1 0
 wow what a rad video
  • 1 0
 Wow so so good
  • 1 0
 ROWDY!
  • 1 0
 RAD
  • 1 1
 Wait, Giant still makes bikes?
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