Even if you don’t ride bikes this 45min film is pretty amazing…some insane cinematography, cool visuals and good narration. Put the kettle, make a cuppa and check this sh1t out (make sure you watch in HD) /tHRx
Published on 14 Jun 2013
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.
The 4th and final film by UK downhill’s #1 family – the Atherton’s Four by Three series comes to an end. Basically, building and smashing it down a custom-built quarry in Wales…what’s not to like? 🙂
4 x 3 part trois…Gee tackles Utah’s Red Bull Rampage with a bust up foot
An insane event for insane riders
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…
Red Bull Rampage keeps the creative, unrestricted ethos of freeride mountain biking alive, but within the contest circuit. Poised on a sandstone ridge in the brutal landscape near Virgin, Utah, riders are free to choose whatever line they dare between an established start gate and the finish line 1,500 vertical feet below. Exactly what happens between those two points will, once again, be nothing short of groundbreaking. Watch it LIVE on Red Bull TV.
So – took the Urban Dirt Bomber out on her first proper ride. About 7km of tarmac to the BMX & Dirt Jump tracks on the other side of Villeneuve. It turns out the only wet & muddy mountain bike trails in Serre Chevalier are on the BMX track and the dirt jumps!
I was a bit worried that the treads on the Schwalbe Table Top tyres would get clogged up with this muck but they shed the sh1t remarkably well. The bike was awesome on the BMX/pump track but as it’s a Four Cross (4X) frame this wasn’t really a surprise. I’m no dirt jumper that’s for sure but I had go, hitting the small and medium sized jumps and again the bike felt light and poppy off the jumps but also stable on the landings..some grippier pedals might be in order though.
Rode the 7-8km of fast, flowy singletrack back through the woods and again the bike was great. The frame seems to soak up the bumps and bigger hits amazingly well (well better than my other hardtail). And the tyres are basically fine for the usually dry or at worst only damp trails ’round here. They provide plenty of grip for climbing too…which was obviously hard work and an out-of-the-seat affair given the 34t single ring configuration. In fact I wonder with a 2×9 set-up and some playing around with stem & handlebar combinations what this little bike couldn’t do.
All in all – it was about a 20km loop covering a load of different terrain and riding styles. With a more suitable fork – maybe a 120mm DJ fork I’d be tempted to hit some downhill trails with this next summer…think it could be fun 😉
The much anticipated “Where the Trail Ends” Big Mountain movie will have its premiere Sept19th/20th. To get you in the mood – here’s a 90 second teaser;
Ready to roll (and stop)…SLX brakes turned up for the Rockhopper so the Snap build finally got its hand-me-downs in the form of a set of 2006 Shimano Deore M-525’s along with a 180mm rotor on the front with a new set of Superstar Kevlar pads and a 160mm on the back with a new set of Superstar Organics they’ll have more than enough stopping power for the local streets, carparks, stairs, riverside trails and BMX & Dirt Jump tracks.
Swapped out the lightweight Carbon Matrix stem (that was fitted in the previous post) for the more substantial & solid looking Kona BO unit. Don’t know whether the Kona stem is actually stronger but it looks the part and gives the impression it is. In my experience, bike riding is mainly down to confidence in yourself and in your bike and when you’ve got a nagging doubt in the back of your mind that a certain component could fail – that’s when mistakes happen
Fitted the new Schwalbe Table Top Timo Pritzel Series tyres and they are seriously grippy! They’re rated to go upto 65 PSI – I’ve got the front at 40 and the rear at 44 PSI and they were easily holding onto the dry, loose, stoney trails down by the river. They’re advertised as a dirt/street/BMX tyre so should be perfect for the job in hand…
Also – just found out the local DJ track that was built for a comp last month is staying and free from next month. It’s right next to the BMX track so when the lifts close and the local DH season ends at the beginning of next month I know where I’ll be playing 😉
There are still are few more blingy bits that will be going on but probably not for a while. And then there’s the long term plans of upgrading forks & wheels to more suitable components for the type of riding the bike will be doing but for now…
…WE ARE DONE!!
Frame: 2011 NukeProof Snap (Regular, Yellow) @ £200 from Bike-MailOrder.de
Fork : 2006 Marzocchi MX Comp (Air, 105mm) –spares-
Tyres : – Schwalbe Table Tops (2.25”) @ £40 from Bike-MailOrder.de
Wheels : Sun-Ringle DS2-XC (23mm, 32-hole, 6061 Alloy) –spares–
Brakes : Shimano Deore M525 -spares-
Crankset : Truvativ Hussefelt 1.1 (Ltd. White Edition) @ £40 from Bike-MailOrder.de
Bottom Bracket : Truvativ Howitzer XR M12 @ £30 from Bike-MailOrder.de
34T Ring : Blackspire Mono Veloce @ £30 from CRC
Chain Device : Plasma Chain Device @ £50 from Superstar
Rear Mech : 9sp Shimano Deore LX –spares- (new jockey wheels @ £15)
Stem : – Kona B.O (2008) @ £20 from CRC
Handlebar : Easton EA50 Monkey Bar 25.4x685mm –spares-
Headset: NukeProof Warhead 44IISS @ £40 from CRC
QR Collar : Specialized (Black) –spares–
QR Skewers : Shimano (Black) –spares–
180mm Front Rotor: Superstar ‘Vibe’ –spares-
160mm Rear Rotor : Shimano -spares-
9sp Cassette : Deore 11-34 –spares-
Pedals: Wellgo B0-87 –spares–
Grips : NukeProof Element Half Waffle Lock-On (yellow) @ £15 from CRC
Chainstay Protector : NukeProof Logo Chainstay Protector @ £10 from CRC
Cable Outer : Goodridge (white) 2m @ £5 from CRC
TOTAL COST : £495.00