You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login

Video player is disabled while the embed window is open.

Copy and paste the HTML code below:


Color:
Size: X


|

| |

Stephen Matthews 29er Shred On The North Shore

MEC Ghost rider Stephen Matthews spends a day sampling the chocolate loam on Vancouver's North Shore.

56 Comments

  • + 68
 I feel like this would have been sicker on a 26" bike...
  • + 10
 Or without a parachute on the whole way down
  • + 0
 Have you ever ridden in Canada in December? It's not "warm".
  • + 16
 YES IT IS IT REACHED 4 DEGREES AND MY IGLOO IS MELTING !
  • + 7
 Everything is sicker on a 26" bike!
  • + 31
 29ers just look awkward
  • + 4
 You're crazy. That didn't look awkward, that looked smooth as hell. Keeping it low to the ground at times and popping it up to clear the little natural mini-gaps other times. I'm impressed.
  • + 9
 A 29 wheel on a shorter travel fork? Innovation?.......not!
  • + 2
 Oh tell me all about the innovative things you did today hahaha
  • + 1
 @MR GONZO, he who looks shaky looks awkward
  • + 16
 Go ride a road if you want to smooth out the trail.
  • - 2
 Whats the point in your suspension then?
  • + 8
 @force - suspension has never really been about 'smoothing the trail out'. its to keep you in contact with the ground more, giving you more control enabling you to go faster.
  • + 0
 I'm not talking about the sus' I'm talking big wheels on rough trails.
  • + 2
 I was talking to force-of-habbit buddy, thats why I put @force at the front of my comment Smile
  • + 1
 Hadn't really thought of it this way before, but smoothing out the trail is the same as being in control, so in a lot of ways a 29" wheel does improve suspension.

I am a 26" guy and will stick with it till they are dead, but 29" certainly has its advantages and I am told by my friends that it really helps you stick a line. So if it makes you faster or makes the ride more fun, it is a worth while improvement. That worth while improvement for a lot of people is the 29" wheel.
  • - 1
 Sorry @bendy. Personally the whole point of Mtb for me is rough trails that require technique and skill and the rougher the better as that's where the fun comes for me,where's the fun in having the bike take away the technical side of trails by rolling over everything? I don't want smooth,the road is smooth. If the trails to difficult then try an easier one and improve your skills rather than just flattening everything in your path with bigger wheels,it just bemuses me.
  • + 3
 So why not ride a rigid 20 inch? That would take much more skill and technique. Where does your logic end? I ride 26 and 29. I love my 29er but it has nothing to do with "smoothing out" trails. I'm really tall and a 29er feels like a bike that was finally made to fit someone my size. Even if it did take away the tech, then you could just ride trails that are even more technical. Anyway, I see your point, but not everyone rides a 29er because it makes the trail easier.
  • + 13
 Join us next week when Cam McCaul will be riding Post Office Trails on a Penny Farthing.
  • + 6
 Love to see the local trails be in videos on Pinkbike! Love livin in Van city, and just look at all the greenery.
  • + 2
 And you can't ride a 26" like a 20", but no one is moaning and groaning about that. To me, the terrain determines the equipment, and if it's faster, more fun, and more comfortable on a 29, than great. If not, then ride something else. But all this arbitrary "this is what existed when I started, and so I'll never ride anything else, no matter what the terrain..." Is just silly.
  • + 4
 Nice to see some shedding on a 29er rather than the usual complaining
  • + 1
 Oh, we still have some complaints around.
  • + 1
 I ride my Salsa Horsethief 29er on The Shore and it makes a positive difference to me. With a 140mm fork, the bike is surprisingly capable. I am faster on my 29er than I was on my 26", true story...
  • + 1
 There has to be a point where a wheel is to big or to small to perform at its best on a mtb trail. I think 26 is spot on . Or maybe 27.5 is the way forward but I've not tried one yet .
  • + 3
 Awesome video, the 29er looks super smooth! Great ride and killer song! RideOn!
  • + 2
 29ers have some advantages over 26 inch wheels..... Until you taco the front wheel.
  • + 2
 cool trails and a good edit is all that matters. I don't care if the guy has a kick stand and reflectors. PNW has it all!
  • + 1
 what stem does he have on the bike?

everytime I effing click play it redirects me to Truvativs site, OMFG!
  • + 1
 all you people that hate 29ers are all hypocrites, most of you havent even riden one
  • + 4
 Not sure if that makes them hypocrites, haha, but yeah thats true
  • + 1
 i dont get whats hypocrititical about thinking they look weird with big wheels Razz
  • + 1
 I've tried 26" and 29" . I prefer 26" but each to there own
  • + 1
 Watch out for the Jollly Green Giant. Closing a store near you.
  • + 1
 Anyone recognize the trails and can name them?
  • + 1
 Sweet edit....shore trails are all time right now. Nice riding Stephen.
  • + 2
 haters gonna hate
  • + 2
 Nice riding, buddy!
  • + 2
 Twenty-six4life!
  • + 2
 why don't I live there
  • + 1
 Guess what its 2020 and all the 29er haters are riding 29ers
  • + 0
 29er on the shore?? Facepalm
  • + 1
 song?
  • + 2
 Yeah whats the song? idiots never include the song name
  • + 1
 I'll Be Your Man - The Black Keys
  • + 1
 cheers! Smile
  • + 0
 I wouldn't call a few log hops and a gap shredding.
  • - 1
 who says 29ers cant shred?
  • + 7
 put it in tight corners.
  • + 0
 Ha have both 26 and 29er my 29er has a shorter wheelbase than my 26 and loves tight twisty slow or fast corners.
  • + 1
 It`s all in body work.. Good vs poor body work (leaning to the right degree, turning your hips..) makes greater difference than 26` vs 29`.
Like this guy in this vid. He just rolls..
  • + 1
 very true. i could never ride a 29" i like my 26"
Below threshold threads are hidden






Copyright © 2000 - 2022. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv42 0.011488
Mobile Version of Website