Video: James Doerfling Wants to Know if Winter is Over Yet

Mar 12, 2015 at 21:40
by Mitch Cheek  
Views: 34,822    Faves: 370    Comments: 16


Spring has to be one of my favourite times of the year. I can always expect the first call to film mountain biking to be from James Doerfling. Soon as I see the name on call display I know the dirt is good to go. Sure enough, James is itching to ride as winter can be long in Williams Lake. He has his new camper ready to hit the road and wants to go find some big mountain lines.

One of the most dialled bike set ups I have seen. Living the good life.
Hiking to the top
Setting up for the drop in
Droppin in
  Most people would like to warm up on trails, but James lives to ride big mountain lines and there is no better way to start the season off then dropping into a big ol' chute.

It's always on for James whether he hasn't ridden for months or not. It's always great to work with James because when he is riding the lines he wants, then you know it will be film worthy. This area has seen mountain biking film shoots and photo shoots for years, but no one has yet to look at it quite like James does.

First flip of the year.. Dialed
Always finding the lines

It's about riding with the lay of the land, finding the flow and James Doerfling is one of the best at just that.


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74 Comments

  • + 97
 Hands down favorite free rider. Makes me want to buy a knolly
  • + 27
 go and get yourself a podium ! It's an amazing machine ! Big Grin
  • + 27
 Sponsors love to hear stuff like that.
  • + 11
 Then do it! I bought one last summer, best bike I've owned to date!
  • + 7
 Agreed, I purchased one last year and I love every minute I am on it!
  • + 1
 any problems with the rear susp linkage mechanism?, I want to buy the Warden but that's pretty much what's keeping me from signing the check. Other than that beautiful bikes.
  • + 3
 no not really, even in BC it held up. seems like a podium is undestroyable !
  • + 2
 @jesusrendon. The suspension design is proprietary to Knolly which means there is no other suspension design that compares in the market. Issues are pretty much non existant. I've been riding my Warden for over a year and had no issues. I can tell you how amazing the bike is but you really need to ride one to "get it." Hope this helps.

Ryan
  • + 4
 ^^ as above, i have had no issues with the linkage or anything else on my warden either, its stood up to the winter conditions of Scotland.
  • + 7
 spirit of freeride = him AND GRAHAM AGGASSIZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 Knolly bikes are what makes me want to buy one
  • + 5
 I might get neg propped for this, but was I the only one who wanted to see the colour in this edit? Black and white is awesome don't get me wrong, but this kind of just felt grey for the most part... The shots that did have distinct contrast between the darks and lights where stunning though! But like anything it all comes down to personal preference Smile
  • + 3
 Yes and kelly mcGary
  • + 2
 jesusrendon....I bought the Warden, lots of hours on it zero issues
  • + 3
 @Jesus - I have had my Endorphin for over two years and my Podium for two years. No issues at all with the linkage. Nothing has ever come loose. No sounds. Great build. I wish I could ride my Podium more - the rear end seems unbeatable.
  • + 4
 I bought a Knolly Podium this year and so far I have loved every second with it! A beautiful machine and I'm so happy with it!
  • + 2
 @jesusrendon None. On a Chilcotin and Endorphin. Lots of hard hits, zero issues.
  • + 1
 Ahhhhhhh
  • + 1
 Hey man I have a question. I am fairly new to enduro and downhill. I have done quite a bit of research but I still don't have an important question answered. I understand enduro bikes won't give you the full downhill experience but they will do a good job and climb great. But what about a full on downhill bike? Will these not climb very well? Is it because of the way slacked out geometry or is it they do not have a CTD option?
  • + 4
 @Youngbloods A true DH bike is a horrible chore to climb. Gearing, geometry, dual crown fork hitting your knees, heavy wheels and tires - and no, DH shocks generally don't have a climb switch - but it wouldn't help much if it did.
  • + 3
 I've been riding my endorphin on everything that scared me on my downhill rig and am amazed at how smooth the bike reacts. Only time will tell how the frame will hold up but so far the only concern I've had is with the limited time I have to ride, not the bike. Knolly has always built frames that can handle more than the average monster truck session.
  • + 2
 Do not worry on the linkage front. I have thrashed my Endorphin (over 2 years of solid riding on rocky trails, Crankzilla), Chilcotin and Podium (2 park seasons) for over 2 years and there have been zero issues with the linkages on all 3 bikes. In this time I have destroyed wheels, shocks and changed forks multiple times, so it hasn't been kind to the bikes, and they are still stiff and noise-free.
  • - 3
 Needlessly convoluted linkage. May be durable, but heavier for no good reason. It's exclusive to Knolly because it's stupid, not because it's good. Get a Trek or a Norco or a Saracen or something. :/
  • + 4
 Nice try, I'm pretty sure your trying to cause some excitingly controversial comments but..... Anyone who actually rides bikes for shits and giggles swears by knolly for good reason, that reason you may ask? Simply put, you forget about the bike and enjoy the ride.
  • + 1
 what's the weight on the Endorphin or the Warden anyway? 13 kilos?
  • + 2
 @jesusrendon - yes you can build Endorphins and Wardens both around 28.5lbs without skimping on wheels or fork. Might be tough to keep it there with a dropper post. My XL Endorphin with KS LEV, DT Swiss EX 1750 wheelset, Maxxis Minion/High Roller 2.35s with tubes, 2x10 drivetrain, XT Trail pedals, XTR Trail brakes and a 2012 Marzocchi 55 Microswitch TA comes in at just under 30lbs. I imagine I could drop some serious weight by going to a lighter fork, tubeless set up and 1x11. I won't, because I love my setup, but I could.
  • + 2
 My warden is 30.6lbs....Crossmax Enduro wheels, RS Stealth Dropper, Pike, DB inline, XX1 1x11, XO, Chromag seat, bars stem, etc. The warden climbs so well you don't notice its a 30lbs bike. Fu%^in love this bike
  • + 24
 his poor mother. he gets so filthy
  • + 20
 THE BEST FREERIDER OUT THERE! every video with Doerfling is radical.
  • + 10
 every video i've seen of someone on a knolly seems to be gnarly... i need to get one hahaha
  • + 11
 That long drone shot which starts at 1:55...he is getting down that hill. Need more of that.
  • + 7
 i had the pleasure of riding some local DH with james Doerfling , kenny smith , Riley McIntosh . summer or 2013 was such a great time they shred ! and james is really nice cool dude . love his videos always gets me pumped !
  • + 9
 I suddenly want to buy a Knolly and a house in the mountains...
  • + 7
 he s responsible for the increasing knolly sales. no doubt
  • + 3
 Yeah Mitch & James... another good one! Early season mtb start for the Puddle, what more can we ask for... awesome seeing so many bikes out in mid-March.
  • + 6
 Doerfling, what else ?
  • + 6
 Well that was sick!!
  • + 4
 Doerfling,you are an animal on 2 wheels. Awesome riding...
  • + 3
 That got me soooooo stoked to ride. Sick riding and he looked like he was having an absolute blast as well!
  • + 3
 Hope he dont crash any indian air again this year
  • + 1
 JD is lucky he is not buried in snow! It must have all came over here to southern New England as we got a very rare 7 feet in 6 weeks.
  • + 1
 Winter what winter not in Vancouver just get out and ride giddy up loved my chilly until some ripped it off. Knolly great bikes
  • + 3
 He is one loose mother fucker!
  • + 1
 Tangential thought- my O'neill Dh/mx jersey is the most practical tough piece of mtb clothing I own... And it was cheap
  • + 2
 Yes! Love it, Mitch! So stoked...
  • + 2
 He proves the crank survive a freeride job. Nice work Hope
  • + 0
 I completely cannot understand this black and white trend in shooting videos. Colors are there for a reason. This is sick video, but that colorlessness ruin it a bit for me.
  • + 2
 Awesome vid. Makes me wanna ride, like NOW! Big Grin
  • + 1
 James is why I wear Unit Bro Tanks and why I wanna ride Knolly bikes, he shreds like no other.
  • + 2
 whats the name of the song?!
  • + 1
 Nice one Mitch and James! Totally felt the stoke!
  • + 1
 insane!!!! yeah james and mitch!!!!
  • + 1
 What a great vibe to this video. James- you slay it.
  • + 1
 Where the Trail Ends: The missing scenes
  • + 1
 They should have used a drone that can keep up, he's f$&@in fast
  • + 1
 epic - looks like he is riding a raging bull
  • + 1
 I wish it had at least 2 hours,I wouldnt get bored..Amazing !
  • + 1
 A bit of rear wheel flex at 00:59 Smile
  • + 1
 the builders and the butchers - golden and green
  • + 2
 such a great vid
  • + 1
 Wish doerfling still rocked the tank top though
  • + 1
 o_O

I wish he'd wear elbow pads and a neck brace. Perhaps a roost protector too. (I'm getting old lol)
  • + 1
 And here i am with over a foot of snow all over the place
  • + 1
 mmmm, absolute shredding! love that song too
  • + 2
 Wow!! Super cool vid!!
  • + 1
 Doerfling at soeed awesome!!! Doerfling slo mo should be outlawed!!!
  • + 1
 damn
  • + 1
 Is winter over ? Yes
  • + 1
 Soundtrack credit?
  • + 1
 That was sick
  • + 1
 Speed
  • + 1
 Super sick ride
  • - 1
 HIPSTER ALERT! Black and white is dope!
  • + 1
 KILL ALL HIPSTERS

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