Old School Throwback: Sprung 2

Mar 24, 2013 at 0:06
Mar 24, 2013
by Matt Wragg  
 
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This week we head back to the UK for Alex Rankin and Milan Spasic's classic Sprung 2. This was the first mountain bike I ever bought on VHS and, to this day, I still maintain it is the best ever made. Why? Because it made mountain biking look like fun. It featured the best riders the UK had at the time, but without the seriousness that some filmmakers seem to love so much these days. There's no cheesy voice over and no slow-mo, just riding bikes and dicking around with mates. It's living proof that you don't need all the kit in the world to make a video, because you don't need 200fps to capture fun, you just need to be having some yourself... As it's a late 90s film, there are quite a few people riding without the correct safety precautions, so if you watch this and all you can think is "he's not wearing a helmet, that's not safe," you have our sympathy.

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37 Comments

  • + 12
 It's interesting that these days, you hear people saying they need, the best suspension, the best frames, rims, handle bars to get faster, and so on,.... And you see these lads shredding it on what we would consider Walmart bikes,
  • + 6
 its not just that,

your completely neglecting the cost of repairs here, those guys may shred like that but they have a team of mechanics working for them and endless supply of parts from sponsors. Whilst i do agree that i think i need better suspension to go faster i also think if i stuck to "halfords" (wallmart for yanks) type bike i would be writing one off every ride.
  • + 4
 In those days a 360 or a superman was all you had to do!
  • + 4
 Still, its alot more then i could ever do
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  • + 5
 Ahhhhhhh these were the days every weekend spent at the old Arsenic quarry with the rest of the Plymouth (including milan dna alex ranking) crew and the obsession guys like jay going nuts hucking off the top of his truck. I wonder how the mine and all there lungs will be in another 15 years time, oh and my first ever Malverns classic was amazing. Alex Ranking doing what he did best but still yet to upload Sprung 3, 4 and 5. Lets see them soon.
  • + 4
 that old arsenic quarry is still going strong!
  • + 3
 Yeah me old man still rides up there, the single track around that place was so much fun I miss riding there so much, stuck in oz these days with a bike I cant get parts for :-( seems like nothing good from back in the day made it to these shores or if something comes up they want antique prices for it
  • + 3
 that "old arsenic quarry" is still going, its officialy known as tavi woodlands and has a great DH scene with a race series as well
www.rootsandrain.com/venue43/tavi-woodlands
www.woodlandriders-racing.co.uk/index.html
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  • + 2
 those were the days fun fun fun .what ever happened to karl hemsley, luke smith ,paul roberts .i used to see hemsley riding porc a few years back and last time i heard anything of roberts he had that crash were his forks snapped off on landing not pretty
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  • + 2
 goldrun! my first dh race. remember watch the nannarch segment and spending a weekend looking for it! RIP Nannarch! those were the days.

no vid/dvd/web edit has even come close to the sprung series in the music used, or the 'fun' shown. I think even since the collective dvd's have been way way to serious, sure we need a few serious films but all???
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  • + 0
 Quality of materials is what divides us today from yesteryear. But the passion to ride as fast as your weapon will allow, is the same. I'm in my old school skids watching this on a new school TV. No school like the old school.
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  • + 3
 I have Sprung 3 & 4 on VHS, which i can't watch, so annoying.

Steve Peat's video dairies still rock!
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  • + 0
 I'm almost certain some of the jumps peaty and pagey are riding near the end are down at my local bmx track before the local scumbags figured out that peoples bikes were worth stealing. :-(
  • + 0
 Horbury bmx track, emroyd woods and brighouse trails, all RIP apart from the bmx track now am afraid.
  • + 0
 Any local crew still about????
  • + 1
 Not to my knowledge, a few of us still ride but not much to do locally so its dh in sheff most of the time
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  • + 3
 Simply awesome. I should now get off my ass and ride my bike!
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  • + 2
 Can't beat a bit of OLD SCHOOL on a Sunday Morning,
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  • + 2
 It sure did look like everyone was having fun. Can`t wait for 3 & 4.
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  • + 0
 Takes me back!! Smoking and pissin it up before races. Can you see GT letting the athertons do that nowadays!? Love the sprung vids. Nice one PinkBike for puttin these up!!
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  • + 2
 Will Longden and Tim Ponting style for miles, so good
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  • + 1
 Upload 3 pleaase alex ranking????
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  • - 1
 I remember these days like yesterday. Progression seemed to be king and if you could 360, heal click, bar hop or throw down so trials skill you were THE deal.
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  • + 0
 Stu Hughes and Jim Buchannon- I had forgotten what a couple of cringe worthy cocks those two were.
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  • + 1
 Lads were damn fast
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  • + 0
 Best video on here for months!
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  • - 1
 Those bikes worked fine, why did they ever bother updating them, only broken stuff needs to be fixed Frown
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  • + 1
 One bike does all !
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  • + 0
 These guys look like they're having a SMASHING good time, nyuk nyuk.
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  • - 1
 Steve peat really is a top guy...
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  • - 1
 Those hard tails with dual crowns look very sketchy Smile
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  • - 1
 People were definitely hungrier back in those days.
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  • - 1
 dual crown suspension looks sooo out of place on a hardtail haha
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 very interesting diet
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