GREAT 13min movie with Matt Hunter in the back of beyond
Published on 25 Jun 2013
Take three parts equal love for shooting photos, editing video, and riding bikes. Next toss in that nagging impulse to do something different, even if it requires hours of torturous work, and this video is what you get. In case your eyes deceive you, this is a stop-motion video. Every frame of the video is a photograph, the rider and the bike laying posed on a concrete floor. The ground and trees were later drawn on each photo with a digital pen. Weeks of planning, thirty-five hours of photography totally 1000 pictures, followed by fifty long hours at the computer editing photos, audio, and video. 10,000 minutes of combined work for a two minute video? All worth it if it puts a smile on your face and sparks some creativity in your mind. Thanks for watching.
And check this for a list of international mountain biking heavyweights. Conformed riders include; Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Dan Atherton, Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley. How many legends in one race?!
Here’s the little French enduro specialist and 2011 Trans-Provence winner Jerome Clementz explaining what we’re likely to see at the weekend…
COOL new Chris Akrigg edit (ridden, produced, directed and edited by the man himself). The boy has some serious skills!! Good watch, check it out…
Chris Akrigg – “Five”
“This box isn’t big enough to tell the full story so all I’ll say for now is I had a lot of fun putting this edit together and it was probably one of the most challenging in every way. Have a watch and we’ll talk later….”
– Chris Akrigg
THE lifts are closed so the winter season is officially over…it’s been an insane season for snow, it seemed to be dumping every week this year. Already been riding the bike for over 2 weeks now and it feels very good to back on the trails 🙂 Been doing weekly running too (6-10km) for a month now so feeling pretty fit and been doing the superfood, protein shakes and salads since the end of last year so feeling extremely healthy and full of energy so it’s shaping up to be a good summer 🙂
But there’s a few hurdles I’ve put in the way that will push me to my limits – well that’s the idea anyway…
Signed up to the Enduro race for this weekend of mountain biking. It’s a couple of hours drive from Serre Chevalier and I’m hoping it’s gonna be a pretty easy race – it’ll be the first Enduro event I’ve taken part in so we’ll see…still not sure what bike I’m gonna need to bring for this one as ideally a 140-160mm AM bike is what’s required…I don’t have one…yet 😉
So it’s either the 12kg, 120mm hardtail or a 16.7kg 200mm full-on DH race bike. I’m inclined to go with the hardtail as anything more that a short, gentle climb (not many of these in The Alps) on the DH bike and I’ll be out of the saddle and probably pushing it on foot but if there’s any bigger hits, jumps or drops I could find myself way out-of-depth (and maybe over-the-bars) on the hardtail. Gotta couple of weeks to give that some thought
June : Tough Mudder, Winchester, UK
“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” – not sure about this, I guess it will be a good laugh and definitely worth doing but it just looks like absolute carnage!
July : Megavalanche, Alp d’Huez
Talking of carnage – take a look at the video above. This was the start of the 2012 race! If I get any further than that I’ve got an hours worth of extremely gnarly DH trail with a bit of a nasty climb thrown in for good measure. They call this a (the biggest) Downhill race but it’s definitely an Enduro event if you ask me.
“starting on the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m above sea-level) and descending to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont (720m), after some 2000 metres down and 30 km along” this is a test of bike, body and mind…if anyone of those three things fails…I’m farked!
August : Looking for a full-on Downhill race to enter in August. Italy would be nice. So if anyone know’s of an event in the area then let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. Cheers 🙂
September : Les Tenailles, Névache
My nemesis and a killer of an event!…I signed up to the Long race last year and there’s no way I was completing it. At 40km of backcountry trails and 2,600m of positive altitude gain (that’s three big mountain climbs in one day!) it’s no mean feat and it was more that I could handle. I changed less than half way ’round and do the Short race instead which was hard enough and pushed me to the very edge of my physical and mental limits at 24km and only 1,700m of climbing (2 big mountain climbs). But I’m not one to lie down so I’m coming back for more this year – as Daft Punk would say Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and basically more determined than before…bring it! – tbh, my legs hurt just thinking about it
THIS awesome film is the latest edit by Filme von Draussen and it sure is a good one! This one film pretty much sums up what mountain biking is for me; Freedom, Adventure, Challenge and Pushing yourself both physically & mentally to the max…and then coming down again 🙂
“Life is like a mountain pass. Sometimes you have to suffer your way to the top. But once you get there, it’s worth all the effort. In August 2012, my friend Johannes Riebl and me set out to ride world’s most famous ski tour – on our mountain bikes. We came home with some incredible memories. And a film, to share our story” – Filme von Draussen
Check it out…
Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Filme von Draussen Facebook page here
And check out words from the film maker here
And check their website here
In Switzerland, the postbus system is known as Postauto in German, Car postal in French and Autopostale in Italian. Although the combination of mail and passenger transportation had been self-evident in the past, the needs of each diverged towards the end of the twentieth century, when the conveyance of parcels was progressively separated from public transportation. This was also so on private bus and rail lines. This division became official with the conversion of Swiss PostBus Ltd into an independent subsidiary of the Swiss Post. The company operates 798 bus lines with 1,995 buses in Switzerland, transporting over 100 million passengers annually on its 10,363 km long network.
As the season draws to and end (although there’s definitely still a couple of weeks of good riding left here) thought I’d whack up this little
edit ad 😉 of what has got to be the best timed, staged enduro event on the calendar…bring on TP 2014!
CHRIS Akrigg and Amir Kabbani take on Malaga, Spain during the 2012 Mongoose Mountain Bike Road Trip. There isn’t a better place to spot a Mongoose Bicycle then in the mountains of Malaga, Spain. A run-yourself-ragged road trip with 2 of the best riders in the business…
One thing is for sure, at $3549 (US) complete the B29 is one of the best values in premium bikes today. For a little over double the cost of the frame alone ($1599 US), you get top of the line suspension from Fox Racing Shox, a no fuss X7, 2×10 grouppo from SRAM, and burly wheels from Transition weighing in complete (w/o pedals) at just under 31 pounds. Reasonable component upgrades can bring the weight under 30lbs with a dropper seatpost. Weight wennies are seeing 26-27lbs with unobtanium level builds.
For me, the only gripes with the stock build are the cranks and stock saddle. The cranks are flexy and the saddle is the most uncomfortable surface I have ever rested my arse on. The wheels are also quite heavy, but that is the price you pay for getting stiff and strong 29er wheels that can cope with the punishment the rest of the bike was built to handle.
I was most surprised by the level of quality in the finish. The welds and paint look like they belong on a one-off custom, not a $1600 Taiwan frame. All of the threads were clean as a whistle, requiring no facing, very good stuff.
Here are some of the key frame features:
As for frame geometry Transition has focused on taking the compact, low, slack characteristics found on their more gravity oriented sleds, and marrying it with a pedal friendly linkage to create a confidence inspiring trail bike that laughs in the face of 29er stereotypes. The effective top tube length is short for typical industry sizing coming in almost a full inch shorter than other companies similarly sized offerings. The short top tube lengths are necessary to avoid a limo length wheelbase and consequent slow handling. The seat tube angle is fairly steep, which keeps more rider weight forward and the reach short allowing the bike to climb with good manners despite having a headtube angle on the slack side (68.5* for 2012). Looking for one ride to do it all, I choose a large Bandit 29 in pewter. I am 5’10” and could ride either a large or medium according to Transitions’ sizing guidelines. I chose a large as the reach and top-tube numbers are similar to what I am used to riding and I wanted to run wide bars and a short stem while keeping a roomy cockpit. Sometimes I find myself wishing for the medium as the large is harder to manual and more difficult to work through the really tight sections than the medium for a person of my stature, but I still feel right at home on the large and really enjoy the spacious cockpit for a bike that has to do it all from all-day epics to laps on flow trails at the bike park.
Who says 29ers can’t do tight and technical?
This is a bike that refuses to be categorized by the xc, trail, all-mountain nomenclatures that we have grown to accept in today’s mtb world. This is a mountain bike, pure and simple. The B29 feels at home from XC epics, to the steep and committing trails of BC, to the airy flow lines at Whistler and Crested Butte. There isn’t much this bike isn’t capable of.
All-day XC rides are a dream with 5″ of uber-plush travel and the big wheels. This spring, I took the Bandit 29 on a 4 day, 150 mile ride of the Kokopelli Trail and I never wished I was on any other bike. It takes a very special bike to comfortably and confidently take you from the technical singletrack of Fruita, CO through the rolling sandy double track of the Colorado River bluff country, descend the infamous Rose Garden Hill, climb into the La Sal Mountains TWICE, and then descend UPS,LPS,Porc Rim to Moab,UT all without batting an eye.
The Bandit 29 is a capable climber that will go uphill efficiently but without a lot of snap. After riding a few of the “masterful climbing” dual link bikes, I was pleasantly surprised by the B29 as it climbs with little pedal induced bob like a dual link bike but displayed almost no pedal kickback unlike the dual link bikes. The B29 does ride lower in its travel than most bikes. Some like this trait, some don’t. I found it to aid my climbing by allowing for the rear wheel to track the ground better and give more traction for climbing over roots, rocks, and ledges.
The suspension soaks up the trail with aplomb and a plush yet bottomless feel. Everything from small bumps over pebbles to serious air time jump lines, drops to flat, and high speed chatter are met with composure and buttery smoothness. The custom tuned Fox RP23 and Float 34 work great together creating a progressive feel that ramps up ever so slightly so that it is hard to feel the bottom yet never feels harsh. Genius suspension/linkage tuning by Fox and Transition on the B29 has created the finest riding suspension platform out of the box that I have pedaled to date.
Point it downhill and the Bandit 29 shows its true pedigree. While it may not be as playful as its 26” sibling, the Bandit 29 does a great job of making the big wheels feel nimble. It is easy to manual and willingly flies from lip to transition without drama. The short HT and low BB really help the bike corner with confidence that I have never felt on a 29er before riding the B29.
I just recently wrapped up a 3 week tour of British Columbia and the PNW testing the B29’s mettle in legendary freeride locales like- Nelson, Squamish, Whistler, North Vancouver, and Bellingham. I may have been the only one on big wheels in most of these zones (and received my fair share of teasing for it) but the Bandit killed! The big wheeled Bandit showed no hesitation on the steep greasy roots and rocks of the North Shore. The bike went right where I pointed it and kept encouraging me to go faster and to fly farther than a trail-bike should. Sure, the steep, fall-line trails and vertical rock-slabs were a bit beyond the Bandit’s comfort zone. But all that meant was stopping to scope the stunts before committing. All but the big mandatory gap stunts and steepest slabs were ridden aboard a 5″ 29er while locales on DH bikes looked on, stunned. The only places I was left wishing for a 26″ bike was on trails where the cornering was critical to find the flow and the air time was plentiful. These are more shortcomings of the wheel size than the bike.
Some attributes of the B29 that pins the fun meter are:
This bike fits well in so many different scenarios that it really is a great all around mountain bike. Love long distance epics? Build it light and the bike will keep you fresh into the wee hours of the morning. Enduro/Super-D racing? Add a dropper seatpost and 1×10 w/chain guide and blow away the competition. Just want a bike that you can have fun on, day in, day out? Buy it stock, don’t change a thing and pedal away into the sunset knowing you are on one of the most thorough mountain bikes out there today.
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