Whistler Four Wheel Fury: Stacy Kohut - Video

Oct 8, 2016 at 9:10
by Chris Ricci  
Views: 38,455    Faves: 429    Comments: 47


How do you describe this sport to people? 

SK: Four-wheel mountain biking. Gravity is the power source. It's an insane combination of mtb, rally car, and motocross. Throw some trophy truck similarities in there too. It's nothing like a monster truck, and no, my bike does not need an electric engine.


How does the bike work, and who made it?

SK: The four-wheeler was made by the defunct company R-ONE. I was partners in the company with another dude. The bike handles very well but must be treated with real respect, cause it can bite you bad.

PC Chris Pilling

Tell us about the early days of Whistler

SK: From 2000 to 2004 was really a rad time, a Lil more hardcore if ya will. I am super proud to be in the first wave of people who moved here JUST for the bike park. Skiing wasn't even a part of the reason to move here, not even on the radar.

Don't forget it was NWD 2 and The Whistler Bike Park that helped me get my name and sport out there in the mainstream media during those first couple years.

PC Chris Pilling

What are your personal goals with riding?

SK: You really never do stop learning new methods and tricks of the trade. I just wanna take gravity powered four-wheelin' to a new level every season I ride. Push the bar as high as I can. Plus, I want to give my sponsors as much bang for their buck as possible.


How have things changed since the release of your previous video in 2015?

SK: Your piece featuring me came out in March of 2015. 19 months later, the piece has gotten over 13 million views in total and has really pushed people's recognition of me waaaaay outside just the bike world. I get stopped by people of all ages, in all sorts of crazy situations. They stop me to ask questions and to grab a selfie with "that guy from the video with the crazy four-wheel bike".

Honestly, I freakin' love it! I am in it to entertain, and I would never be bummed about reaching such a massive and mainstream audience.

PC Chris Pilling

Describe an average day riding in Whistler?

SK: Get up at 7:30 am, leave the house at 8:15, get dressed and tune my ride, get on the lift at 10 am, bang out 5 or 6 runs, have a killer healthy lunch, get back on the lift at 1pm, bang out 5 or 6 runs, come home, wash bike, tune bike, eat food, dork around with friends or Sarah till late, sleep and repeat 4 days week. It does not suck that's for sure.


What are some things people may not know about Stacy Kohut?

SK: I have a huge heart and I have time and respect for ANYBODY that is TRULY respectful to people with disabilities. Ask a well thought out question or comment, and you will get a well thought out answer.

PC Chris Pilling
 
Anything you'd like to add?

SK: I just want to thank my sponsors for the amazing support over the 16 years. Stik/Troy at TLD, The Oakley Canada crew, Maxxis and the NRG peeps, Scott at Sun and Hayes, Leroy and the Phil Wood posse, Stefan and the Vans Canada group, Richard at Ergogenics, everybody from Fox Shox, James and the shop crew from Suspension Werx, Andrew from Maxima, Rob and Crystal from Intuition Liners, James at The Fix Inc, Chris and Pete from North Shore Billet (NSB), Robby from FSW, Fraser and Stokesy from Lift Ops, and of course my friends and family.

Also, thank you to all the people of ALL ages who respect and get what I'm all about... It does mean the world to me.

Supported By TELUS Optik Local
Photo Credit: Chris Pilling


MENTIONS: @influxproductions / @stacykohut / @WhistlerMountainBikePark / @chrispilling




133 Comments

  • + 128
 What a Boss! mad skills with that killer instinct! Nothing can break this Beast! What an inspiration this Man is! Awesome video please don't stop showing the world what's up...!!
  • + 16
 He's a maniac for sure. Goes bigger on A-line than almost anyone I've ever seen on a normal bike, totally ridiculous!

Also, Pizza Cat on a four wheeler? I struggle getting my bike through there sometimes!
  • + 2
 Yeah!!! I wish I only have the "balls" to go as fast as he does!!! I swear he is faster and faster each year!!! I can barely keep up!
  • + 1
 He's been doing this shit for a long time now so I doubt he will stop Wink . I did a report back in HS on him and Trevair and people were dumbfounded by how hard they shred and not knowing this existed. To be honest I'm surprised four wheeled MTBs haven't taken off since they're fun for everyone and by the explosion of machined MTB park-style trails. Maybe if Fotheringham got him set of wheels to shred with the Nitro fellas........
  • + 7
 Yet he didn't request for an ebike.
  • + 36
 i really want to thank all of you for all the really nice things you have said about me. it really means alot that soooo many of you 'get what i'm all about'.......... it ain't easy being a pioneer, just ask the donner party, but it makes it easier when you realize sooo many people 'get it' and have your back. thanks everyone!!!!! i do give it all i got all the time!!!!
  • + 2
 @stacykohut: Hows about getting yourself onto the Olympic team bro....maybe downhill for the Para Olympics?
That would be really rad!
Keep it up, I've only just discovered you and my 4 year old daughter really gets you, she's loving explaining to everyone how this "dude" broke his back and rides downhill on a big bike!
Love it.....
  • + 3
 @CornishKiwi: your kiddo sounds awesome.

give her a big ol high five for me.
  • + 3
 GIVE HIM A REDBULL LID!
  • + 2
 Those whips and berm blasting drifts! Mind blown. Keep on shredding!
  • + 1
 @GH29orBust: interesting thought......

hmmmmmm.
  • + 23
 Awesome, life's hard but no fks given to that fact... hard to not respect that. Jens Voigt has "Shut up legs, Stacy Kohut has "shut up life". Whenever I see a movie from Stacy I feel like a pussy...
  • + 17
 So much respect for this guy! Always a great life lesson, attitude is everything, you can do anything! Don't let anything get in your way of your adrenaline fix! Keep stylin' it Stacy!
  • + 3
 Dedicated and the good kind of stubborn. he'll never take no for an answer. Keep on shreddin hard man! You are an inspiration to us all.
  • + 2
 @makripper: Well said, he is one exceptionally driven bad ass.
  • + 14
 It doesn't get any more hard core than that. Cheers to Stacy for getting out there and getting it done and still shredding harder than most. Stay true!
  • + 10
 We've got this in Poland for some time now, we even produce this kind of bikes, organize special downhill competitions for example Joy Ride Fest or create special tracks for 4 wheel bikes called green lines.
  • + 9
 Hey Stacy, I doubt you remember, I'm not even sure what year it was. Maybe spring time 2003 or 2004. My brothers friend had just become a partial quad after being checked into the boards. I stopped you at the Plaza, asked to film you, and you gave a heartfelt, realistic and yet optimistic answer. Now he's played and medalled Wheelchair rugby at the Olympics. I don't know if the video ever got back to him in Ontario, but thanks for taking the time. Cheers, Kyle
  • + 11
 He once told me I was wearing a girls shirt at the 4 way crossing by the Husky. I was not, but I sold the shirt anyway.
  • + 5
 How sure are you that it wasn't your sisters shirt?
  • + 3
 @Co2x2: It was! That's how he recognized it!
  • + 6
 I've always been a fan of Stacy and his antics on the trails! Some of the stuff I've seen that guy ride is mind-blowing and some of the stuff you don't see him ride due to his speed is mind-boggling.

We used to tow him up Mount 7, in Golden, with a tow rope. One hand on his bar, one hand on a rope (!) and eating ALL of the dust all the way up. If you gave him a head start, he was down in his van prepping more PBJ's already...

Much respect Stacy.

DB@EB
  • + 6
 Hell yeaaaah Stacey! You're a beast and an inspiration to all, not just those living with spinal cord injury.
Loving the Unida too! Need some good tunes to drown out the shopping cart acoustics of yer four wheeler Wink
  • + 6
 holy shit, mad respect for this guy. styling it up like that, no way would i have the balls to ride that thing, especially like he did. Jesus man, keep shredding!
  • + 6
 Just went to his PB page and he is suspended for like 100000 hours ??!?!? for not obeying the rule. what rules???
  • + 11
 oh, probably from here: www.pinkbike.com/news/canadian-open-dh-crankworx-whistler-2016-results.html or many other times similar to this.
  • + 13
 @johncee: Stacey is an arrogant big old meanie. Rude little dude.
  • + 1
 @paulclarke: i resent that. i'm not little, i'm 5 foot 10 inches..........

its just that i'm sitting down.

lol.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: Stacy is an arrogant big old meanie. Rude dude.
  • + 0
 @paulclarke: rude boy train is coming now...................

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlEo6XmdOd8
  • + 5
 @johncee: Yeaahh, after reading the above the next thread of comments was an eye opener, everyone likes a bit of bants but just flat out personal insults are a bit much.

Often there is a difference between the publicly crafted persona and the real dude
  • - 2
 @Garpur44: are you guys still trying to put me down for being the first one to really be vocal about the brutalbehaviour of the riders and spectators on hecklers rock this year?

heres a bunch of other people that feel the same way.........

www.pinkbike.com/news/hecklers-rock-the-final-heckle-video.html

i guess i was right huh? i mean after all the kids had their say, it was the adults that had the final word.

keep beating that dead horse boys, the glue factory will really dig your efforts.
  • - 8
flag stacykohut (Oct 10, 2016 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 @johncee: us lions do not lose sleep over the opinion's of you sheep.
  • + 7
 @stacykohut: No stacy. I agree with you about hecklers rock. It should be shut down. One rock to the face of the wrong person and theres a lawsuit. Bunch of idiots ruining it for everyone else.

I was only saying that you have a horrible reputation seen by alot of people for being extremely rude to people. I read the link above and you think youre better than everyone else cause youre a pro freerider.

I dont even need to try. Now youre calling us sheep and youre the lion. Youre a great rider. Too bad youre an as*.
  • + 2
 @paulclarke: paul i have never met you, do not know you and have never had a conversation with you.

keep on keeping on hating.

time for a gut check paul. get it together man.

i'm sorry i don't fit into your neat lil box of perception of how a modern person in wheelchair should act and talk.

whatever.
  • + 9
 @stacykohut: He's probably met you SK. Lots of us have. You had this funny little tactic you used when I was a season's pass holder 2006-2009. You whispered whatever you had to say in the lift line, then waited a moment and loudly embarrassed the hell out of whoever didn't hear you and your mute assistant would just stand there. You did it to me, and I watched you do it quite a few people. You knew what you were doing.

No one doesn't understand that you need momentum and can't waste it slowing down for people on the trail, but I'll be damned if you haven't yelled at people who had just crashed, or were experiencing mechanical failures. No one stands in the middle of the trail with the intention of slowing you down, you're aware of that right? Well, actually, after all these years, maybe people that got fed up with you do nowadays.

Like everyone else, the first time I saw you rip the trail I was filled with admiration, I thought that what you were doing was just amazing. Then I had my interactions with you. I came away feeling you had a lot of entitled anger and that admiration vaporized. Everyone pays to be there, and I'm willing to bet that no one there put you in your wheelchair. It's not everyone else that's the problem SK, I wonder if it's your "world owes me" attitude.

I don't get to Whistler much now, but I miss it quite a bit. Remembering you is probably one of the few negative aspects I seem to recall.

But you know, "whatever".
  • + 3
 @paulclarke: bang on mate
  • + 3
 @stacykohut: no mate, it's more your stinking attitude and rudeness
  • - 3
 @frankreynolds: you realize there was at least 4 or 5 people riding fourwheelers at whistler during that time.
i wouldn't be the first time someone thought someone else was me.
people say they have seen me riding on days i wasn't even there, so....



i can't make you happy, i can't everybody happy.

"I have a huge heart and I have time and respect for ANYBODY that is TRULY respectful to people with disabilities. Ask a well thought out question or comment, and you will get a well thought out answer."

sorry i don't fit your mold.
reading your and paul's post, seems like you two are the ones with issues and misguided anger problems.
so, good luck with the ball of hate your carrying around.

and yeah..........whatever.
i hope you enjoyed the edit.
  • + 3
 This made me so happy! I always love seeing Stacy ripping up the park. Even better to see him in a great video/interview here on PB.

I remember the first time I met Stacy about 20 years ago in Banff. He came flying down the stairs and into Rude Boys to shop for a new jacket. I liked him right away. Sincere, smart, humorous and quick witted with no internal monologue...just tells it like it is. Stacy has always been amazing and inspiring.
  • + 3
 The world needs more Stacy's.. You rock fella! And what also comes from your story is... In your part of the world you have these awesome bike parks that share in with acceptance, a place for all to let go to be free and ride.. Feast ya fucken peepers on this Australia! Come on government bodies and get with the fuckern program.. Acceptance!! No barriers! Listen too the real deal.. Stacy thank you for sharing with us your story mate.. Respect!
  • + 3
 Had a great discussion with Stacy the other day in Whistler and the whole issue of e-bikes and how they are pushing the idea of them for the disabled to weasel them into the market. As a rider with a disability I had to agree with him. Great to see him pushing the limit out there and not using his disability as an excuse. I was fortunate that I had friends who, after my injury, would never let me use it as an excuse. I agree with him that it is good to be an inspiration to others with disabilities to get out there, particularly all the soldiers who have had there life forever changed due to service for their country. Guys like Stacy can really give them hope. And it takes way more balls to do what he does than to hit Crabapple hits or Dwayne Johnson as adaptive riding is way more sketch.
  • + 2
 Amazing video, Whistler is a second home for myself and the town/region see's you as that "hero" you may or may not expect. Everyone knows your name and I am thrilled to tell the young kids about how rad you are if they don't already know! I haven't met you but Im sure you would be even radder to share a beer with. Cheers, thanks for the video!
  • + 2
 amazing edit.......man that must be sketchy as hell....heck i don't like being in spd's when i crash let alone strapped at the waist to one of those if it rolls over and some of those runs look super narrow and i would have just given up on the idea of riding them. the clearance on my bars through trees on my local trails looks much much better now. i certainly respect anyone with a similar mindset as this guy as it's inspiring to see the can do attitude in some people and it motivates me.
  • + 4
 Saw him at Whis this last summer. To say he is an inspiration is an understatement. He has that zest for life that will put a lump in your throat.
  • + 6
 great video in so many ways. much respect and admiration.
  • + 2
 I did see him at the bike lanes this summer and riding the park. He hauled ass, and it was a pleasure to meet him and talk to him. Much respect! Keep on shredding! See you next year! Hell yeah, Pizza Cat!
  • + 2
 Ruling it! Makes me want to skate a pool, ride big flowing sets, dirt jump, play drums....and live in the moment! Stacy Kohut you have done your job, paid your dues, ridden the fire, and come out ripping!
  • + 2
 Dream Job now that I'm retired... Building those vehicles for wounded veterans so they can experience the stoke we get from riding. It is very therapeutic for the mind and soul.
  • + 5
 Straight sending it like a boss! Great edit Stacy!
  • + 3
 This guy is steezy as f*ck. That tyregrab was filthy (In the best possible way!) tup
  • + 2
 Saw this guy riping down Whistler last year. He's insane on a bike! Huge props to him for his determination and dedication to keep doing what he loves to do tup
  • + 0
 Stacy is the MAN on the Whistler bikepark, if you haven't high five this guy you've not really experienced what Whistler is all about! All different but All together !!!!!! Snow is coming Bro.....we should all together set up a fundraiser to send you in NZ, cause we all would like to see you Shredding year round!!!!! BRAAAAAAAAAAAP
  • + 1
 I have enjoyed watching your videos for years... You freaking rock! You make me want to try a run on your ride... Keep shredding!
  • + 3
 Stacey knows where its at 26" up front 29" out the back
  • + 2
 My favorite part was watching him handle the stairs with his wheelchair. Talk about stubborn independence.
  • + 2
 I got the chance to meet Stacy a couple years ago in whistler. Chill guy! Thanks for the chat!
  • + 2
 Pretty rad, as always, Stacy. Styley one-hander. How that rig is still in one piece is remarkable. 24 & 26 for life.
  • - 1
 Fantastic! Are similar vehicles made with e-motor/battery(or arm-drive)/gearbox. I would contribute $ to distribute these to veterans and others with disabilities. They could be used on local trails as well as at bike parks with lifts.
  • + 2
 Where is that article with that terrible bike that was called Enduro racer? Erased from Pinkbike?
  • + 0
 What BourbonBBQ said! very very cool and inspirational for anyone who has time to learn from him. That much fire and edge reminds me of so many of the greats from so many diiciplines of life.
  • + 2
 So next time you're 'having a bad day', or things 'aren't going well'. Take a look at this guy, enough said! Awseome!!
  • + 1
 Go on! Back home in Czech Rep. Michal Kosik is shredding similar vehicle vimeo.com/156600835
  • + 0
 You know that you need to train more when a paralyzed guy in a wheelchair can ride a lot faster and more stylishly than you...
  • + 2
 2:36 unbelievable 4-cross manny on A . say waaaat
  • + 2
 So much style, the dude rocks!
  • + 2
 mad respect to that dude for his finesse on wheels & in life
  • + 1
 If you find a Bad Ass Motherfucker wallet on the ground, you know who to give it to.
  • + 2
 Idol to sound of KYUSS \,,/
  • + 0
 Stacy is the absolute man. Cheered me up many-a-time when having a bad day in the park, the dude absolutely rips. That's all.
  • + 0
 Possibly one of the most amazing vids I've seen, the guys an inspiration and he can whip the shit out of that insane machine. Much of respect
  • + 2
 Fuck yea man. thats all I have to say.
  • + 1
 So it was booze & not biking that took your back?

Well kids, there's a lesson for ya. Wink
  • + 2
 Inspirational video. Very very very amazing!
  • + 0
 Speeding fines and inside lines. That's what life's about. Keep chargin bud. You da mang!! I can see the manuals on lock soon
  • + 1
 That is defiantly one of the most rad videos I've seen in a while! Seriously steezy and pinned. Animal!!!!!
  • + 2
 So bitchin', been to WBP twice and seen him twice absolutely rippin'!
  • + 3
 RESPECT!!!
  • + 2
 This is so rad dude. So rad.
  • + 1
 Right on Stacy! Sick vid! Glad to see you're still tearing it up and still inspiring people.
  • + 2
 Sick suicide, UNIDA kicks ass!!
  • + 1
 Awesome. I remember Stacy when he lived in Banff and was always in awe of his ability to shred in a chair!
  • + 1
 Great interview and video Stacey!! comes right at a time when I could use a little motivation thanks!!
  • + 2
 Raaaaaaaaadd!!!! Killer video Stacey!
  • + 1
 Keep shredding bro! Everytime i see you in the park im just so proud of you and make me want to ride harder and never stop!
  • + 2
 don't hate but this might actually look like more fun than normal mtb
  • + 1
 He once told me I was wearing a girls shirt at the 4 way crossing by the Husky. I was not, but I sold the shirt anyway.
  • + 2
 Insane man, big up, keep one shredding!
  • + 2
 If he dosent need an electric motor nobody does. so rad!!!
  • + 1
 YES BIG GAZZZZZ !!!!!!!
  • + 2
 I'm faster
  • + 2
 Bad ass !!
  • + 2
 Total BAD ASS .
  • + 2
 Fuckin' inspirational!
  • + 2
 Fuckin awesome
  • + 1
 Damn, he's too fast...respect!
  • + 2
 WOW!!!
  • + 0
 Inspirational man. Just watched this with my 16 and 6 year old boys. Just like me they were pumped. keep going hard Stacy.
  • + 1
 Sick shredding, bro. Way to go! Living the Life! Big Grin
  • + 1
 He's not just cruising, he's full throttle rippin' !
  • + 2
 This guy is a beast!!
  • + 2
 hell yeah Stacy!! BOSS!!
  • + 1
 FUCK YA BUD...SHRED TILL YOUR DEAD!!!
  • + 2
 ANIMAL!!!
  • + 1
 Im blown away by the speed he carries.
  • + 2
 that was siccccccccc
  • + 1
 You absolutely rock Stacy!
  • + 1
 Inspirational. Amazing skills and awesome mindset!
  • + 1
 steel balls stacy! respect!
  • + 1
 Big up to Stacy Kohut nuff respect!
  • + 1
 That's fucking bad ass! Amazing!
  • + 1
 This is Awesome!
  • + 1
 Props.....
  • + 1
 awesome riding !!
  • + 0
 Amazing, one of the best edits I've seen in a long time
  • + 1
 Our respect,man!
  • + 1
 Sick work Chris!
  • + 1
 That. Was. Awesome.
  • + 1
 Your a real soldier
  • + 1
 Awesome????????????
  • + 0
 2 wheels = 2 steel balls, 4 wheels = 4 steel balls. Respect man!
  • + 0
 That's so cool. He could call me a crybaby any time.
  • + 0
 Ya, Stacy. Inspirational as always. Kill it, bro!
  • + 1
 i think its been said
  • + 1
 ripping!!
  • + 0
 Dope whips!
  • - 2
 Why are his rear tires mounted backwards? 3:52
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