Visual Simplicity Speaks More Than Words

Makken the Tourist sees Mads André Haugen descending snowy freeride lines in Norway. The reason I’ve featured this clip is the pure simplicity of the lines he leaves behind him in the snow. Pick any sandy New World Disorder, snowy unReal descent etc and you’ll see a similar picture. Makken’s use of line to control speed,…

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In The Flow – Andrew Neethling is a must watch

Hats off to Andrew Neethling and Shimano for producing a film that showcases so much learning material it’s like a reference text book. This film is one of the best I’ve seen since Vaea Verbeeck’s Horizon for being able to follow an elite level riders posture & technique.  It can sound strange, but one of…

Who’s Marine Cabirou?…..if only they’d given us more

In my opinion, this film is a good watch but came close to being genius. The film follows French downhill pinner Marine Cabirou who rides for Scott Factory Racing.  It offers snippets of information about what Marine gets up to in an average week looking at her riding, gym work and in the voice over she tells…

Brendan Howey in Rain or Shine

Commencal backed Canadian freerider Brendan Howey is back with another edit that offers some great opportunities to excite your mirror neurones. In this film, as expected, Brendan shows off his trademark skills on a bike. The reason for me highlighting this film is, not so much the riding as, Scott Secco’s cinematography and editing which…

Lesson on Changing Direction with Loose Dog

If you’re looking to improve your control on tight, twisty trails then this Vital MTB RAW episode with 50:01′s Josh ‘Loose Dog’ Lewis could be just what you need! As with most of the 50:01 output, this is a stripped back, low-fi film but the riding on show oozes class and the filming angles give…

Koala – Shelly Flood Making it Look Effortless

Deity Components have come up with another another banger for studying professional riding technique; this time featuring Australian rider Shelly Flood. Making it all look effortless, Shelly twists, turns, roosts, hops, jumps, squashes…..and the rest……along the trail. The bonus you get with this clip though, is the filming allows you to take in all of Shelly’s…

Awesome Climbing Technique from Braydon Bringhurst in Transcend

It’s not often I pay attention to the climbing sections in videos but seeing Braydon Bringhurst taking his Canyon Spectral up Captain Ahab in Moab got me reaching for the replay button. The riding that’s on show here is normally only the reserve of a Chris Akrigg film but, with his company Burst-Media, Braydon perfectly…

Aspirational Posture from Amaury Pierron on Reunion Island

It feels like Commencal are putting out a video every other day lately but this latest offering, from Leon Perrin showing Amaury Pierron’s insanely fast riding on Reunion Island, caught my eye. Throughout the film you’ll find the draw dropping speed clips punctuated by slow motion sections and these slow-mo clips give you the chance…

A Story That’s Got Everything? Chris Akrigg’s Story

Chris Akrigg released his life story this week and, as the title suggests, it encompasses everything this site is about……. The film is just shy of 40 minutes long and is an absorbing watch that I’d throughly recommend, but for me the brilliance is not in the narrative, it’s in the detail. It Takes 10…

Thomas Vanderham & Remi Gauvin Light as a Feather

Rocky Mountain Bikes and Thomas Vanderham’s latest offering provides a lot of beautiful cinematography but doesn’t really offer much else to mountain bikers wanting to develop their skills………or does it? The overwhelming thing that struck me when I saw this clip was how light both Thomas and Remi Gauvin look on their bikes. What’s on…

Rémy Métailler on ‘How to Scrub’

The standard video from Whistler Bike Park’s A-line shows pro riders boosting jumps, pulling tricks & loving life…..Rémy Métailler’s most recent addition to his YouTube channel has something different though. The video provides action shots of Rémy scrubbing the jumps in order to carry energy over them more efficiently and thus carry more speed. It’s…