Kitsbow has opened applications for its annual ’36 Hours in Kitsbow’ grant program. Do you have what it takes to win? Details inside from Kitsbow. From now until February 28, 2020, Kitsbow will be accepting applications detailing what your 36-hour adventure will look like and why Kitsbow should help fund it. The five most creative and well thought out pitches will be selected as winners Old Fort, N.C. (January 28, 2020) – Kitsbow, maker of premium cycling clothing and accessories, announces grant applications are now open for its third-annual 36 Hours in Kitsbow film series which highlights unique, short films telling the story of an overnight cycling adventure. Winners will earn cash, Kitsbow gear, and promotion of their films. “We have been inspired by the films that our customers and fans have created these past two years,” said David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow. “The goal for ‘36 Hours in Kitsbow’ was to show the world that anyone can have an epic experience right outside their front door, without having to wait for vacation or plan a long and costly trip. We encourage you to share your story with us!” From now until February 28, 2020, Kitsbow will be accepting applications detailing what your 36-hour adventure will look like and why Kitsbow should help fund it. The five most creative and well thought out pitches will be selected as winners and will receive the following: Cash: Kitsbow will grant $1,500 towards film-production expenses. Gear: Kitsbow will provide a variety of gear to be worn in the film. Promo: Each of the five films will be promoted through Kitsbow’s social media channels and other marketing platforms, providing key exposure to bike and outdoor audiences. Discounts: Winners will automatically become Kitsbow Ambassadors, enjoying the benefits that come with that status. For inspiration, check out previous 36 Hours in Kitsbow films here. Download the full application here and email it to email@example.com no later than Feb. 28, 2020. To receive updates on all things Kitsbow, sign up for email updates here. About Kitsbow With unabashed style and technical excellence, Kitsbow celebrates the joy and passion of cycling by creating the world’s finest bike clothing. Offering high-performance apparel, the company prioritizes quality, value and the belief that anything that’s done should be done with the absolute best of what’s available. To view the line and learn more about Kitsbow, visit kitsbow.com.
It’s been one hell of a good ten years for the sport of mountain biking Screenshot: YouTube (Teton Gravity Research) It’s the end of 2019 which means the second decade of the 21st century has officially run its course. A lot of things have happened in this time (they shut down Woolworths, England made a World Cup semi-final in football etc), and no more is this true than in the sport of mountain biking. Improvements in both filming and bike technology, combined with the natural progression of the riders themselves, has resulted in our minds being blown time and time again by mountain biking edits and films. To celebrate the last 3,600-odd days of bike-riding, we’ve compiled this collection of our 10 favourite mountain biking edits of the decade. From the iconic, to the “go big or go home,” to the viral, to the inspiring documentary, we think this list covers all the bases. We’ve no doubt left out one of your favourites. If we have, please accept our humblest apologies (no, actually don’t… we couldn’t give a flying fudge… go debate it in the pub and / or in the comments on social… just leave us the hell out of it). 1) One Shot – Brandon Semenuk Just one of the most perfect things we’ve ever seen, a real “where were you when you first saw it” moment. If Semenuk had never done anything else since, like even if he’d just found a sofa after wrapping this shoot and spent the rest of his days catching up on all those TV boxsets he’d been meaning to watch for ages… his ‘One Shot’ segment would still be an untouchable legacy. 2) Fabulous Escape 2 – Fabio Wibmer Lot of reasons we’ve put this at number two on our list but mainly… err… Fabio Wibmer literally rides his mountain bike out of a helicopter, mate. Iconic, unforgettable, and regularly ripped and re-uploaded to Instagram by various channels; a mountain biking masterpiece. 3) The Ridge – Danny MacAskill If you haven’t seen The Ridge before then, quite frankly, what on Earth have you been doing with your time? Danny MacAskill’s Skye-based ride has been seen by, and this is just a wild stab in the dark, every single person on Earth… twice. Heck, even your Grandma’s seen this. Even. Your. Grandma. 4) Frames of Mind – Matt Jones A fusion of creative production ideas and exquisite riding meant British rider Matt Jones’ Frames of Mind really left its mark on us. Some very cool moments in this one. If you’ve never seen it before, be sure to make the most of this opportunity and watch it now. It’s great. 5) RJ Ripper – Rajesh Magar A little more in-depth and profound than your standard mountain biking edit, RJ Ripper tells the story of Nepal’s faster rider. Beautiful location, beautiful visuals, a beautiful story beautifully told; this film is well worth 20 minutes of your time. Just brace your feels for a hit beforehand. 6) Lacon De Catalonia – Andreu Lacondeguy Oh, nothing. Just Andreu Lacondeguy hitting up an extremely impressive training compound that he built for himself. This edit first dropped in 2013 and even now, we found ourselves going back to it for an occasional watch. 7) Rival In The Chaos: Endless Night – Brandon Semenuk Semenuk going full-Rampage mode… at night. You love to see it. 8) Rough AF3 – Jordie Lunn That tree drop, man. That flippin’ tree drop. For months after we first saw it in 2018, we’d still be seeing it when we shut our eyes at night. Just an absolute mad one from Jordie Lunn, this; the fine line that separates genius and insanity writ-large in video form. 9) Dream Ride – Mike Hopkins The stuff that dreams are made of. 10) Pure Darkness 3: Going Big Will Never Die – Sam Reynolds, Matt MacDuff, Danny Pace, Andreu Lacondeguy and Dylan Stone Massive. Enormous. Gargantuan. Huge. Big. Supermassive. Sizeable. Gigantic. Immense. Colossal. You get the idea. You May Also Like Harry Schofield | Watch This Nine-Year-Old Mountain Biker Land Flips and 360s World Record Crash | Watch Johannes Fischbach’s Massive 140m Ski Jump Slam The post 10 Best Mountain Biking Edits of the Decade appeared first on Mpora.
Fort Collins, Colorado (January 14, 2020) – Niner Bikes is happy to announce new riders joining our extended family. Kyle Warner joins from Boise, Idaho, and nomadic YouTube stars Syd Schultz and Macky Franklin join Niner from their Ford Econoline E-250 van. Kyle Warner Niner Bikes is thrilled to welcome Kyle Warner to our extended family of Ninerds. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, he’s a shredder on anything with two wheels. With a great background and skill set including everything from EWS enduro racing to stylish jibbing, Kyle brings great energy to Niner. “I really like the design of the bikes, I love the personality of the brand, and I love the fact that they just want to get more people outside and enjoying the sport,” says Kyle. “I have been in a weird transition over the past few years trying to find out what is most valuable to me as an athlete and I ended up taking a step away from the racing scene to focus more on having awesome personal interactions at mountain bike festivals, teaching some skills clinics, and working harder on community development here in Boise,” he continues. “To me this just seemed to be more rewarding than any result I’ve ever achieved and it made me happy to see people learning, smiling, and getting outdoors.” We’re supremely confident that Kyle is one of us, our people. At Niner, we’re all about making riding on dirt better, period. That includes being a welcoming, open minded group of people. “The folks at Niner truly care about the bike community, they want to make the most badass bikes possible, they want be out at the festival and demo scene shaking hands and drinking beers, they want to show up to races and be competitive, and most importantly they want to have fun,” said Kyle. “Pretty much everything aligned directly with my vision of what I want to do as an athlete and i am so happy to be working with them for the next three years!” We could not agree more. It’s important for us to have fun and also be inclusive to anyone in the riding community. We’re not afraid to take chances. “I gained a ton of respect and interest in the Niner program a few years ago when they decided to support Kirt Voreis,” continues Kyle. “Kirt is one of the most creative, unique, and fun to watch riders in the world and has always been one of my favorite guys to try and emulate.” He continues, “When Niner decided to support him and let him be completely himself, I thought that was really cool and rare for a brand to understand that his value lies in being himself and not necessarily getting certain results. Kirt has made the bikes look so fun to ride and the fact that they hold up to everything he throws at them is pretty amazing haha! I think the two of us will have a lot of fun over the next few years and I can’t wait to shred with him!” Syd and Macky In our other big news, everyone at Niner Bikes is thrilled to welcome Syd Schultz and Macky Franklin to our extended Ninerd family. After a few conversations late last year, we all agreed that Niner would be a great fit for them as they adventure van and film across the universe. So, this dynamic duo picked up their new Niner frames while passing through Colorado in December. Syd and Macky are perfect representatives of what Niner is all about and we couldn’t be happier to see them on our bikes. They’re adventurers at heart and they delight in sharing their knowledge, experience, and travel tales with a growing audience on YouTube. If you’re not yet watching their films, start here. “We’re Syd and Macky. We race mountain bikes professionally, live in a van and travel the country and the world racing the hardest (and most fun) enduro races we can find,” says Macky. “All that sounds glamorous, but often it’s quite the opposite,” continues Syd. “Think long nights driving around looking for a campsite. Lost baggage. Breakdowns. A lot of blood, sweat, tears, love and logistics is going on behind the scenes. In many ways, that effort is what makes this lifestyle rewarding. But it’s also the part that nobody sees. Please join us offering a warm welcome to these great riders and ambassadors for the sport of mountain biking. And keep your eyes open for great content during the season ahead.
“With the announcement of Darklfest 2020, we got all excited and Thomas Sandell Films re edited the Darkumentary for a quick history of Darkfest, all the way from Pure Darkness up to Darkfest 2018. What is next for Darkfest? Find out this January! This Video is Dedicated to Jordi Lunn! Thanks for the memories and Rest in Peace buddy we love you” -Sam Reynolds
It may sound like blasphemy to some, but not everyone wants to get out on their bike over the festive period. It’s cold outside and there’s an abundance of food and tipples inside to tempt you to stay indoors. If this is you, it doesn’t mean you have to fill your week with TV Christmas specials and repeated runs of Elf. Here are five ways to get your cycling fix without leaving the house. 1. Watch Whether you’re after an interesting documentary or biopic, mountain bike antics or want to enjoy a good thriller or laugh-out-loud comedy there’s bound to be something for you here. Here are five films with bikes at the centre of their stories that tick those boxes. 16 of the best cycling movies about roadies The 12 greatest mountain bike films of all time The Game Changers If you’re looking for a way to enhance your performance next year, or have toyed with the idea of getting on the Veganuary bandwagon, you might want to check out this documentary on Netflix. It showcases many athletes at the top of their game who are thriving on a plant-based diet. It’s definitely an eye-opener. Watch The Game Changers on Netflix or Amazon Prime. The Racer This Belgian drama is based on a true story and explores the dark world of doping. It follows the story of a pro cyclist with a dream of world championship, but after joining an Italian team his eyes are opened to the devastating effects of performance-enhancing drugs. Watch The Racer on Amazon Prime Klunkerz If mountain biking is your passion, you’ll love learning all about its roots. Klunkerz is an iconic film about the early days of mountain biking as a counter-culture. It features archival footage and photos, plus interviews with Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Tom Ritchey and Mike Sinyard. Watch Klunkerz on Amazon Prime Wadjda Wadjda is the story of a rebellious and determined Saudi schoolgirl who craves the shiny bicycle on sale in her local store. In her efforts to obtain it, she enters a Quran recital competition in the hope of winning the prize money. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, and it’s also a little harrowing at times. Well worth a watch. DVD: £5.99 / $11.74 / €7.96 / AU$19.68 Watch Wadjda on Amazon Prime Buy Wadjda on DVD or Blu-Ray The Young Offenders The Young Offenders is the hysterical adventure of two teenage boys from Cork who ride 160km on stolen bikes in a bid to find a missing bale of cocaine worth €7-million. On their tail is a local police officer who really has it in for bike thieves, and hilarity ensues. DVD: £5.25 / $4.95 / €8.08 / AU$6.42 Watch The Young Offenders on Netflix Buy The Young Offenders on DVD or Blu-Ray 2. Listen Podcasts and radio shows are a great way to relax in the bath, help you get to sleep or just put on for some background noise. Again, there are lots of shows to choose from, but here are a few that we enjoy ourselves. The BikeRadar Podcast Of course we couldn’t leave this out! 2019 has seen the launch of the brand new BikeRadar podcast and us discussing everything from road tech that was ahead of its time to what the future holds for mountain biking. Our Tech Talks get down and dirty with all things nerdy, and we’ll soon be introducing BR Meets, with interviews with inspiring folk from the world of cycling. There’s something for everyone. The War on Cars Podcast The War on Cars Podcast dives deep into the seedy underbelly of car culture and predicts its demise. The War on Cars Podcast This podcast isn’t necessarily bike-focused, but does delve deep into the pending damnation of car culture in America. Its hosts provide up to date news and commentary on worldwide developments that move away from cars as a dominant vehicle and explore the other options that are begging for our attention. Listen to The War on Cars podcast Wheelsuckers Podcast Wheelsuckers always ends with an excerpt from the classic Richard’s Bicycle Book. Look mum no hands! You don’t have to be embedded in the London DIY cycling scene to appreciate Wheelsuckers — the ‘tandem’ cycling industry comedy podcast by Alex from London’s Look mum no hands! cycling cafe and Jenni from London Bike Kitchen. Episodes range from two-on-one interviews to full-on panel discussions about bicycle culture and all that it entails. Each episode ends with a short reading from Richard’s Bicycle Book for some ’70s flavour maintenance tips. Listen to Wheelsuckers Podcast on Soundcloud Listen to Wheelsuckers Podcast on iTunes The Cycling Podcast The Cycling Podcast is a joint effort with Rapha to bring you all the latest peloton news from the roadside. The Cycling Podcast The Cycling Podcast is the brainchild of journalists and publishers Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe. It’s a great way to get inside the peloton because the hosts combine elements of travelogue and local culture with insights, analysis and commentary on professional cycling from the roadside. Download or subscribe to The Cycling Podcast Downtime Podcast Downtime Podcast was created by Chris Hall to help listeners get the most out of their riding. JWDT Photography The Downtime Podcast is focused on mountain biking, enduro and downhill racing. The host, Chris Hall, received some specialist coaching and was so amazed by how much his riding changed that he wanted to share what he’d learned with others. He interviews pros, covers various events and shares insider tips to help listeners get the most out of their riding. Subscribe to Downtime Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to Downtime Podcast on Google Podcasts 3. Read If you’d rather curl up with a good book and put your feet up by the fire, then there are also plenty of options to whet your literary whistle. Here are just a few to get you started – but for plenty more, check out our extensive list of the best cycling books for 2020. Where There’s a Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent, Emily Chappell Emily Chappell’s new book has inspired me to get out an ride more than anything else this year. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media This account of Emily Chappell’s journey to the Transcontinental finish line as the fastest woman in 2016 is open and honest, inspiring and vulnerable, heartbreaking in places, but overall will leave you craving a continental journey of your own. RRP £14.99 / $17.64 Buy now from Amazon (£10.49) The Yellow Jersey, Peter Cossins Peter Cossins’ The Yellow Jersey will have you pining for July. Amazon While you wait out the winter in readiness for the next Tour de France, dive into the story of the yellow jersey – arguably the cycling world’s most iconic garment. Now 100 years old, it receives a wonderful homage in this book by Peter Cossins, with first-hand stories from previous winners, including Chris Froome, Thomas Voeckler and Antonin Rolland. RRP £25 / $28.53 Buy now from Amazon (£17.46) My World, Peter Sagan Who doesn’t enjoy Sagan’s antics? Amazon If you enjoy a bit of Peter Sagan, from his incredible performances to his roadie wheelies, you’ll love his entertaining autobiography. Sneak a peek behind the scenes of the cycling world and catch him in his mischievous glory. RRP £9.99 / $19.95 Buy now from Wordery (£7.18) The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail, Tim Moore Tim Moore’s tale will validate your decision to stay inside this Christmas. Penguin Books If you’re feeling guilty about staying indoors, you can still experience the joys of winter riding through Tim Moore’s account of riding a shopper bike along the 9,000km Iron Curtain trail. It will entertain, inspire, but most importantly, validate your decision to stay out of the cold. RRP £8.99 / $16.95 Buy now from Wordery (£6.46) 4. Play If you’re a bit of a gamer then you’ll likely still get a thrill from virtual cycling as much as you would from the real thing. You don’t need to own an expensive console to do this though because there are actually quite a few great looking cycling game apps that you can download straight to your phone or laptop. We’ve included a mixture. Descenders This first-person downhill game has amazing graphics and will leave you wanting to get out on your local trails as soon as possible. In the game you can join a team, master all your favourite tricks, build up your rep and enjoy riding freestyle. £19.49 / $24.99 Play Descenders on Steam for PC Tour de France: Season 2019 – PS4 or Xbox The 2019 version of this console game includes online multiplayer competitions, sprint challenges, the Tour of Flanders, and a faithful reproduction of all 21 stages of this year’s Tour de France race. You can lead your team to victory either from within the peloton or as a team manager or leader. The graphics are solid and the AI of the characters is pretty realistic as well, so you can really lose yourself in the game. £44.99 / $52.19 Buy Tour de France: Season 2019 on Amazon Bike Unchained 2 — Google App Bike Unchained 2 is (you guessed it) the sequel to Red Bull’s original mobile mountain biking game. In this game you can race downhill against real riders or compete in slopestyle competitions with your best tricks. It’s very user-friendly and employs tap mechanics in order to pump, pedal and land a jump. It’s also very addictive! Free (in-app purchases) Download Bike Unchained 2 from Google Play Store Download Bike Unchained 2 from iTunes Bike Mayhem Extreme Mountain Racing — Google App Bike Mayhem Extreme Mountain Racing follows a similar vein to Bike Unchained, but this time it’s a 2D side-scroller. The game has beautiful graphics and provides all the thrill of racing down trails, with some awesome tricks thrown in. Another one you can lose a lot of time to, so maybe try not to play it at the dinner table or you’ll be getting some angry looks from the relatives! Free (in-app purchases) Download Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing from Google Play Store Download Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing from iTunes 5. Eat No one looks as happy to be eating as Joe Norledge does here. Joe Norledge / Immediate Media Okay, so this isn’t cycling-centric but it’s something you can do while you’re doing any of the above. Who doesn’t love eating at Christmas? BikeRadar has a wealth of festive food ideas to fill that bike-shaped hole in your life, too. 8 tasty ways to use up your Christmas leftovers 8 tasty festive food swaps Fuel your festive riding with these meat-free Christmas dinner ideas 7 winter blues-busting meals for a happier ride 12 simple and warming soups for winter 4 festive smoothie recipes (and a bonus festive flapjack) However you get your cycling fix, we hope you have a lovely Christmas break.
It’s always good when mountain bike videos get the recognition they deserve. Check out two top videos from 2019 selected by Vimeo for award and recognition. Scott Sports – Ransom // Speed : Production Company/Creative Collective: Scrap RAW 100 Version 5.0 featuring Brandon Semenuk : Directed by Rupert Walker and Brandon Semenuk (Revel Co.)
THE MAKING OF “FREEDOMBIKER” Photography by Matt Collins Product-branded short films (or long commercials) are all the rage now. It was just a matter of time before e-bikes became part of the subject matter. Bobby Root, American distributor and brand ambassador for German e-bike brand M1-Sporttechnik, approached the company with an idea for this video. As Bobby puts it, “The e-bike is the new horse for the new millennium!” The company then tapped Max Skrein, producer and director for Skrein Films, to produce and direct the project. Skrein has produced many films for the likes of companies like Red Bull. Even with big jumps to flat landings like this one, the Spitzing took all the abuse that Bobby threw at it. THE DREAM The concept was to start off with a daydreaming, suited office jockey (played by Root) riding an M1 Spitzing Evolution through a camp of horse rustlers in the old west, upsetting their operation and getting them to give chase. M1 didn’t want to go halfway with this; they wanted to create something epic, and epic isn’t cheap. The budget for the three-minute video jumped to a heart-stopping $120K, with demands for a crew of 15 people and an epic location. Skrein himself scouted and selected an area of Utah’s Monument Valley for the Wild West look and hired some authentic cowboys to play a supporting role to a professional actor chosen as the main cowboy. He had to train to ride well for the shoot. As part of preproduction, Bobby had to get fitted for three different suits—ultimately Max chose a blue suit as the one for the shoot. The shots were storyboarded just like a Hollywood feature to ensure they could get just the right shots with the right light at the right time of day, which meant a lot of shots at sunrise/sunset during golden hour to give each shot the right look” of the old west, like a proper western film. “The e-bike is the new horse for the new millennium!” There were a lot of intricate setups, including mounting cameras on a four-wheeled UTV to chase Bobby and the mounted riders. There’s a scene where he busts through a fence, and that fence is actually made of balsa wood. The rest of that fencing is made of locally sourced, aged wood. There are also some truly big jumps and drops that truly tested the bike. Those are not visual effects. Max was quite pleasantly surprised at the capabilities of both Bobby and of the bike, saying both exceeded his expectations. As a guy who shoots a lot of action sport films with great athletes, that speaks volumes. The team used UTVs with speed rail and a heavy-duty gimbal to stabilize the moving shots. Bobby and photographer Matt Collins camped out at the location, while most of the crew commuted an hour each way from the nearest town. Collins is also a ramp builder, so he built the ramps that Bobby used for jumping into the corral, launching across the chasm and even for the landing in Los Angeles. The jump into the corral was tricky, as he had to go over a fence between two poles that were only a couple of feet apart. Collins also helped keep Bobby safe by putting down carpeting on flat landing spots that were in deep sand to keep Bobby from being pitched over the bars when he landed. Despite its soft texture, Bobby said that the desert sand was actually pretty difficult to ride in. ALL GEARED UP The filming was done with Red Epic cameras, Leitz Summilux-C prime lenses, and a few aerial shots with a DJI Inspire drone with a Hasselblad camera underneath. They spent three days shooting the desert scenes and another day in downtown Los Angeles, which required shutting down the busy tunnel underneath Grand Avenue for a couple of shots. Max sets up the shots for the day with the crew at sunrise. The crew used the Inspire drone to shoot the background plate for the incredibly long-distance jump near the end, then used a green screen to put Bobby into that shot without endangering his life. It’s so well done that even on close examination, it’s completely believable. The Spitzing Evo is fitted with a 920-watt TQ motor, with a neck-snapping 120 N/m of torque, and can be configured to not have an upper limit of speed. We’ve ridden the Spitzing with this configuration, and it’s thrilling to say the least. It’s definitely capable of giving a horse a run for its money. The newest edition of the Evolution will be a Bobby Root signature edition. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post THE MAKING OF “FREEDOMBIKER” appeared first on Electric Bike Action.