Freeride is the latest trend in mountain biking, where people riding fairly beefy (about 30 pounds) bikes, often with front and rear suspension
, ride lines that make mere mortal
s like me stand slack-jawed in awe. Basically it involves bikes that while heavy can still climb a hill (as opposed to downhill) riding over small cliffs (dropoffs) and down steep hills at fairly high speeds. Featured in many mountain biking movie
s such as the Kranked
films, freeride has also been called a catchy name for what many riders have been doing for years, which is true IMO
But while the name may be just a marketing gimmick freeride is good fun for all us invincible adolescents and 20 somethings with fast reflexes. Also practiced by a small contingent of middle aged and older riders such as John Tomac. Out-fringed only by trials riding and mountain unicyclists like Kris Holm.