Chris’ Forbidden Druid

Forbidden Druid Bike Check

I’ve had a love affair with Forbidden Bike Company since I first laid eyes on the Druid in 2019 and I’m super stoked to finally be riding one of their bikes for the 2021 season. In going over the frame and suspension design, it’s apparent that this bike was created with a lot of thought and intention, a whip custom-built for riding in the Pacific Northwest. I really enjoy that it looks different than other aggressive trail bikes on the market and most importantly, I love the ride characteristic that the high-pivot design provides. The fact that the Forbidden folks do business just down the road from our shop makes this ride all the sweeter.


Fork: Fox 36 Performance Elite Grip 2 150mm
Shock: Fox Performance Elite DPX2

Crankset & Pedals

Crankset: Shimano XT 32T
Pedals: Shimano Saint SPDO

Derailleur & Cassette

Derailleur: Shimano XT 12 spd
Cassette: Shimano XT 10-51T

Shifters & Grips

Shifters: Shimano XT 12 spd
Grips: Chromag basis grey/blue
Brakes: Shimano XT 4-piston

Bars and Stem

Handlebars: RaceFace Turbine 780mm, 20mm rise, 35mm clamp
Stem: Thomson Elite 32mm

Seat & Post

Saddle: SDG Radar Chromo
Seatpost: Race Face Turbine Dropper


I’m running the TR37‘s laced up with D-lights which really hit the compliance sweet spot making for a wheel that feels precise but isn’t too harsh through the chatter. I’m running  2.5 Maxxis DHF2, Double Down casing tires upfront, and 2.4 WTB Judge Tough casing tires in the back.

Industry Nine Hydra

I think you can largely separate riders into one of two categories: those that enjoy a quiet, subtle-sounding ride and those obnoxious fools that want their hubs to be loud enough for all the land to hear. I, unfortunately, am in the latter category. I absolutely love the engagement of the I9 Hydra and the serpentine sizzle is really to my personal taste.