Matt Hunter Back on Race Face After 10-Year Hiatus - Video

Nov 1, 2017 at 10:08
by Race Face  


Matt Hunter has become one of the most idolized free riders on the planet, pushing the boundaries of adventure and exploration. In 2017 Race Face is excited to welcome Matt back to the RF Team - coming full circle from Race Face helping Matt get started as a pro way back in 2003. We hit the road with Matt to explore BC's interior Monashee Mountains out of Sol Mountain Lodge; taking in the breathtaking views, riding epic alpine singletrack, and sipping on some lakeside beverages in his first project back in the Race Face family!




Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter returns to Race Face, the brand who helped launch his career with the Ultimate Freeride Challange - which Matt won in 2003!

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt and RF videographer Connor Macleod snuck in a few days at Sol Mountain before the snow fell to shoot this reunion project

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
The landscapes surrounding Sol Mountain Lodge were beyond postcard worthy

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter in his element

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Videographer: Connor Macleod
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Talent Wrangler: Rob Bohncke

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face

You can see more photos from the trip in our album here.

Matt Hunter Monashee Mountains Race Face
Welcome Home, Matt!

Sol Mountain Lodge
Matt Hunter
Race Face
Photos: Margus Riga


66 Comments

  • + 38
 Matt Hunter off Chromag...
  • - 2
 where he has been for 10 years? presumably raceface has bigger dollars behind it.
  • + 4
 @adrennan: Fox Shox own RaceFace. And Easton. And Marz.
  • - 1
 @74tenomresc: i am aware. more pointing out that my guess is it was a money related move.
  • + 0
 @74tenomresc: Fox Holdings, Not Fox Shox
  • + 2
 Who cares? Money or not. Can’t tell me you wouldn’t do the same thing. It’s not like he signed with Walmart or anything. Wink
  • + 18
 RF videographer Connor MacLeod of the clan Macleod, there can be only one!!
  • + 0
 what a photo guy 9.999
  • + 2
 Talent Wrangler?
"Hey, Rob, go call Matt."
done.
  • + 16
 everything with matty hunter in it is a winning video
  • + 15
 I'll never forget that huge gap to wall ride he did. If anyone has a link please share. Thanks
  • + 0
 So fast I go grugrurgrugru
  • + 2
 @ScandiumRider: Thank you!
  • + 1
 seasons gap my friend ! wouldn't be riding bikes today without that segment. Matt if you read this, THANKS A LOT !
  • + 10
 Can anyone here school me as to why and when he left Race Face?

Any brand is lucky to have Matt Hunter on their roster the dude is a LEGEND!
  • + 4
 he went on to bigger things and rf had a big shakeup a while back
  • + 8
 Yeah the whole raceface going out of business thing...
  • + 0
 It was around the time where all the ISIS bottom brackets died.
  • + 0
 @surfhard987: Ah I do remember this and I'm glad RF got picked up by FOX.
  • + 6
 Genuine question: Is there a rhyme or reason to how sponsorship deals work out? - in the sense of: Matt Hunter is sponsored by Specialized, who also make cockpit components, wheels, clothes etc. So Raceface come along and say "We want to sponsor you" ... what does Specialized say with regard to him no longer using their bars, stem (possibly wheels ... didn't get a good look), clothes etc? Is it just "Well, we'll pay you less now" or "If you ditch us for those components it looks like ours aren't as good!"

I've just always wondered how they work it out. I mean ... I'll never find out through experience that's for sure.
  • + 7
 "Let's get this interview done and go riding." This is why I love Matt Hunter, its all about the bikes.
  • + 9
 Good move Race Face!
  • + 4
 Great guy , great rider , great move but I think Im gonna puke if I see another splashed puddle shot or long exposure shot around a fire camp. #comeonmargusbecreative #overdoneforlike10yearsnow
  • + 3
 Seriously? How many wide angle, from behind the puddle, splash shots have you seen?
  • + 6
 You’ll feel better after you hurl
  • + 10
 Don't forget folksy guitar played in the "mountain man" key.
  • + 1
 @dirktanzarian: I sure hope you are being sarcastic cause if you arent you seriously need to get out from under that rock you came from cause I think literally EVER biking photographers have done the same shot for well over a decade now.
  • + 3
 Nice video, but Casey Brown's Monashees video definitely has the W on this one
  • - 2
 @tuumbaq: I'm with you. I don't even watch them any more. I haven't watched this video. I juat came to the comments.
  • + 2
 It is more than money as the reason for Matt going back to Race Face. I'm certain it is about personal connections... It's all about who you know and how you know them. Also, Race Face has exploded since being taken over from receivership... Their products have progressively become better and better.
  • + 2
 Met Matt on a bike/camping trip last summer in Kamloops. He had a big crew of dudes out shuttling harper with their polaris RZR's. We all ended up going for some laps in what was probably a 20 rider train and having beers afterwards.

Solid dude, stoked to see he's keeping in the spotlight! (I had no idea who he was before I met him, but my buddies were freaking out)
  • + 1
 Race Face has some money behind them after being purchased by Fox Factory last year. Fox Factory is a publicly traded company (FOXF) I'm up 55% with FOXF this year. As a shareholder I say "f*ck yeah!" to bringing Hunter to the team!
  • + 3
 Nobody in this sport has inspired me more than Matt , not only an awesome rider but super nice and humble person!
  • + 2
 While I don't see him doing it, and I can't blame him with dat S $ at stake.

Let me be the first to say.

Hunter to Knolly.

Just feels soooo right.
  • + 4
 Agree with you mate, that sense of freedom in every Matt’s video definetely suit Knolly’s image. Although wouldn’t be a big contract like the big red S offered.
  • + 2
 Those trails look bigly awesome.
  • + 1
 Wasn't Matty one of the contestants of the Race Face Freeride video comp from years ago?
  • + 1
 He sure was - that’s how he got his start. He didn’t think he would win the contest, but he did and the rest history.

Don’t know why you were down voted either - you had a honest question.
  • + 0
 Sorry you only found five beer in the lake, I was the guy who took the first a few hours before you guys got there. Sadly, I could not stick around for the festivities.
  • + 2
 My favorite rider, glad he's back.
  • + 1
 Excellent news! A solid Canadian rider representing a great Canadian brand!
  • + 2
 Every time that song plays a hipster gets his mustache.
  • + 2
 Forever a legend, and a great throwback song. Nice work @raceface
  • + 1
 Monashee alpine riding is untouchable.
  • + 0
 Does anyone have Matt Hunters original RaceFace video that one him the competition?
  • + 1
 Who took all the photos for the trip? They turned out awesome.
  • + 11
 Margus Riga took all these amazing shots!!
  • + 0
 Race Face better beef up their bar ends if Matt Hunter plans on scrubbing corners sideways!!!
  • + 0
 So Awesome , this video is so cool and the shots are amazing!! Well Done!!!!
  • + 1
 man, that's awesome, nice shots
  • + 0
 It's nice to see another good freerider back, not only with Race Face, but to continue his career in mountain biking.
  • + 2
 This is not Milf Hunter
  • + 1
 I can't watch the Video as i'm in work but the photography is stunning!
  • + 1
 Ha! Beer in a lake!
  • + 1
 Very cool
  • + 1
 Freerider or adventurer?
  • + 0
 Phil Collins is the soundtrack of my life
  • + 1
 "Sussudio" on repeat, I'm sure.
  • + 1
 Nicely done lads!
  • - 3
 Now make some quality parts for a decent price, Race Face!
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