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Paul Stevens in Squamish

Paul Stevens and Matt Dennison Make Magic

Words by Paul Stevens. Video by Matt Dennison.
March 18th, 2013

This winter, with Whistler and Pemberton sitting under a blanket of snow for the last few months, most of the riding I have done has been in Squamish. The majority of the time I have been on my new Range, pedaling over a lot of ground under my own steam, and accessing trails that you simply can’t drive to.

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I have learned a lot of new rides, and on the way down certain trails, have often thought how fun it would be to have a downhill bike on some sections. I didn’t need to be asked twice when Matt Dennison mentioned that he wanted to make a video with the big bike. I threw the Aurum on the car and ripped down to Squamish to test out some of these trails with a bit more travel underneath me.

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Holy crap was it fun! Obviously downhill bikes are faster on burly, rough and steep terrain, but I sometimes forget how a piece of relatively simple terrain can be transformed by the technology of a bigger bike. The extra travel, softer, wider tires, more powerful brakes, more sophisticated dampers, they all enable you to shift up a gear, and give you that margin for error that means you can ride faster and stay in control. Suddenly you are up to a speed where the trail isn’t so simple any more, because it is coming at you so fast!

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It was great to get the downhill bike out again, and to feel like I was riding totally different trails because of what the bike was doing for me. It was also great to have Matt there to capture some speed and some experiments on the trail. Please enjoy!


It’s no doubt that Paul has settled in on his new Aurum. The winter did not slow Mr. Stevens down! You dig it?

  • Cheez1ts

    Aw man even on the bigger bike that jump to flat (at 1:42) looked brutal!
    Beautiful edit otherwise.

  • SubPlop

    siick son!

  • Jdot

    that song could launch ships

  • stephenmatthews

    Awesome riding Paul! The tree jib was excellent…and I’m a big fan of hucks to flat!

  • Mmatthews

    Haha loved the huck to flat! That was really good guys

  • stevens

    Haha thanks guys! Who doesn’t love a good huck to flat? Can’t believe they convinced me (or maybe I convinced myself) that there was a bit of tranny there!

  • jordano

    good job….hope we dont loose some of this trails with that logging….

  • scottsecco

    Soooo good. Paul/Matt crushing it as per usual.

  • maaaatt

    Yea Paul.Flying buddy! that log ride is sick and so was that mega huck! so rad.
    Nice work Matt. you got mad skills

  • myownride

    Wicked vid
    Anyone know what song that is?