As we count down the days until 2015, the staff at NSMB are taking a look back at some of their favourite articles from the past year. Sea to Sky Bike Check: Dylan Sheffer was originally published on July 14, 2014.
We continue with the second installment in Kaz Yamamura’s Sea to Sky Bike Check series. This time around Kaz heads down from Whistler to the Lower Mainland to catch up with super shredder Dylan Sheffer.
You may have heard of Dylan Sheffer by now. Whether he is ripping down Whistler, Sun Peaks, Squamish, or his own personal trail (as seen in Freeride Lives by Scott Secco), Dylan is always ready to throw down some huge hucks. Now supported by local companies Banshee Bikes and RaceFace, he’s ready to go even bigger.
Dylan knows to mix natural terrain with man-made structures, like with this drop onto a rock face.
Just another day on the bike for Dylan.
The same stunt as in the above photo. Yeah, it’s pretty steep.
Sheffer went a little too hard on one of the drops leading to his big sender gap, and we were forced to reschedule.
Fresh with a new Boxxer lower, we were back at it again in no time.
The 40×20 sender. Dylan hit it with no hesitation, and nailed it multiple times for the camera.
Dylan is shredding aboard the Banshee Darkside, new for 2014. Boxxer World Cup up front allows Dylan to fine tune the fork to his needs. He currently has it set to 60psi.
She be a bright one. RaceFace Atlas saddle with I-Beam posts let Dylan tweak the position of the seat easily.
The Cane Creek Double Barrell Air in the back works with the Boxxer to absorb the harsh freeride landings and g-forces. 165psi in the can does the trick for Dylan.
Kash Money RaceFace Atlas bars, in case the Darkside wasn’t bling enough. Atlas parts all over ensure Dylan doesn’t get lost up in the Garbanzo zone of Whistler.
Dylan likes to hit the ender sender in 5th gear.
Swappable dropouts give the Darkside adjustable BB height and chainstay length. Dylan runs the Darkside in the low 343mm BB setting, and the longer 425mm chainstay length.
For that 15% of the ride where Dylan isn’t in the air, Classic Maxxis Minion DHFs front and rear give him the traction he needs.
Integrated fork bumpers using ODI bar caps ensure metal doesn’t clank on metal.
Classic Banshee logo for the headtube.
The KS link is the main driving force behind the Darkside. Avid codes let Dylan stop once he reaches the bottom of the mountain.
Sniping through the trees. Dylan isn’t afraid to jump through tight spaces like these.
No handers for days. Dylan used to shred everything on a slope bike, making his bag of tricks limited only by the dual crowns.
Another angle of the 40×20 sender. Without Dylan in the shot it looks almost impossible to clean.
Huck that, I think I’ll stick to Bobsled…