Silver Star Bike Park Video - Downhill VS Slopestyle - VOTE

Jul 17, 2012
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This summer we decided to shake it up with the first Silver Star Bike Park video. We put together two teams, one composed of downhill racers, and the other of slopestyle competitors. We gave them each 2 days in the bike park with Virtu Media to capture the best footage they could and throw it all into one banger edit. Now you get to vote on which team you think shredded the park the hardest. Rumor has it that the losers get to go for a run in the park in pink speedos...

Downhill VS Slopestlye

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Glory for the winners, humiliation for the losers!



Slopestyle or Downhill? You decide:
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225 Comments

  • + 264
 Flat drop front flip... My mind is blown.
  • + 18
 for real! how bout a slow-mo of that?
  • + 19
 If they didn't do that, this would be a one sided fight I reckon
  • + 21
 How about both
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 SLOPETYLE FOR LIFE! FREERIDE IS THE WAY!
  • - 46
 fuck dude all this new shit is gay skinnies are were its at
  • - 65
 was the guy who did the frontflip, also one of the downhillers? If so, that's cheating.
  • + 32
 the slopestyle part had perfect weather and had better shots in it but still downhill shreds better
  • + 33
 The flat drop frontie sealed the deal for me
  • - 20
 it's feak he did in studio and then edit the video (?) xD . I'mmmmmm kidding was so pretty i drop a tear from my left eye
  • + 15
 Tom van steenbergen - I thought he was good in downhill. Then i saw him at slopestyle.
  • + 6
 Rippin, they're brothers, Bas and Tom.
  • + 14
 @rippin-norco
Bas van Steenbergen was in the downhill part and his brother Tom van Steenbergen was in the slopestyle part
  • + 9
 my bad. Those are talented brothers, holy shit.
  • + 6
 Depends on your definition of ' shredding ' , personally I think the term shredding only really applies to DH , when SS riders are riding hard I think there should be anoher phrase used.
  • + 13
 The slopers would be out on their arse if it was wet though
  • + 1
 i vote slopestyle! those downhillers nearly cut that berm in half! Smile
  • + 20
 I ride DH so I'm usually biast towards it , but damn , those slopestylers threw it down.
  • + 4
 i cant do tricks but i like big jumps, but i dont think that counts so ill say downhill is better
  • + 4
 usually i prefer downhill but i think you can have more fun on a smaller bike at a bike park
  • + 1
 um wheres the Freeride category? BTW that video was f*cking sick!!!
  • - 14
 flat drop frontflips are amazing and take a lot of skill, but not really anything new

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0kAmb3Grvo

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ92dz3kS74
  • + 5
 Brothers Van "SMASH"bergen, those guys are serious. I feel sorry for that mountain having to get torn up by both of those superheros.
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 thewelshmtbstig: There was some sick riding from both and I did like the berm slashing, but could nobody keep both feet on for maybe one berm shot? Don't like the foot-out style.
  • + 6
 Holy shit, he manualed to that drop front flip. Someone dig up Einstein, we're gonna need to revise a few laws.
  • + 3
 They just took their foot off for one berm which looked insanely slippery
  • + 3
 Seriously Hwulex?! Them folks are coming in hot into a berm that looked like some kind of mulched up, muddy, slippery lovechild of loam and dirt that was conceived in pouring rain and you want them to keep their feet on the pedals? Seriously...

As for the battle, props to the slopestyle crew. Steez factor was through the roof! But my vote goes to the downhillers. Call me biased, but shredding that hard in that kinda of weather is pretty impressive. Speaking of impressive, that manual at the end was just that! Gotta give it up to the Dutch bros!
  • + 1
 also slopestyle bikes are a hell alot easyer yo throw around so you can sorta have more fun flipping it
  • + 3
 the manual at 2:20 as well looks pretty impressive
  • + 1
 hating on skinnies? I love riding my bike. on mostly anything.
  • + 1
 I love Dh but slopestyle shred it best or the editing didn't make justice .... Don't know why but I had to vote for slope
  • + 2
 Its funny how DH is currently winning the vote but if you scroll down the page Slopestyle voter comments are the only ones getting major props. Seems as though some people care way to much about the poll lol. Awesome video, I have never really gotten into slopestyle so it is hard for me to judge how hard certain segments or tricks are. On the DH side, those sections even looked steep and gnarly in the video. So you KNOW they are crazy in person.
  • + 1
 Or slope style riders make more noise ? Razz
  • + 1
 It's hard to say... both done very great job Big Grin
thank god freeride exist
  • + 1
 Both where amazing thats why there is freeride Smile
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  • + 46
 Yeah climbing mountains! I feel kinda lonely in that category.
  • - 34
 XC all the way!
  • - 12
 climbing mountains is the way to go!
  • + 14
 Work for the downhill is what my dad always says to me!
  • + 3
 Climbing mountains FTW
  • + 4
 ye buddy!!!!!! makes the downhill way more fun
  • + 8
 Does the climbing mountains also include AM? Screw it, I don't see why not... you look like you need the company Wink haha

Climbing mountains all the way!
  • + 3
 Yeah. And always remember, "What goes up must come down!"
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  • + 29
 sick thought id def vote downhill after the first half of the video, but my god the backflip to front then the front flip at the end was insane
  • + 2
 Pretty much the reasons I voted slope-style. Both were bangers all the same!
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  • + 3
 I don't know about that, I think it'll be close.
  • + 6
 Damnit Bas! You gotta get people to vote for us, I don't want to wear a pink speedo lol.
  • + 14
 shit, forgot about the speedo part
  • + 7
 Yea, what the heck Bas... us three are NOT wearing speedo's PINKBIKE PLEEASE!!
  • + 1
 pulls out hack voting tool...muhahaha *computer geek* at your service! Wink
  • + 3
 Will we also get the video of the losers shredding on the speedos?

Sick edit tho, can't really decide, both the manual (DH) and the front flip from flat (slope) were winner moments.
  • + 6
 ^you would enjoy that wouldn't you Jose.
  • - 1
 Damn Mexicans.
  • + 1
 Would indeed be fun to watch, and get your shit together JS15, not even close.
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  • + 12
 Epic frontflip off a drop or that ridiculously long manual... hmmm tough decision. I am going to have to go with slopestyle cuz that frontflip was insane but I am extremely jealous of that guys manualing abilities.
  • + 10
 those two are brothers haha... super sperm!
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 ahahaha SHREDSARD
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  • + 9
 Front flips, back flips... with Steaz... Slopestyle has the casual cool factor and the technical tricks, but I never liked riding in jeans.
Roots, rocks, jumps, corners, speed, technical lines, 8" travel big bikes.... DH has it all but I've never liked riding in bright colored pajamas....
  • + 2
 "DH has it all but I've never liked riding in bright colored pajamas...."

ROFL!!!!!

Read my mind ripper! As a matter of fact, I was thinking just the other day how the Athertons are the most stylish this year because they're wearing just plain old black.
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  • + 6
 Downhill!!! "slopestyle is no Mountainbiking, it's another Kind of dirtjumping"-Cedric Gracia
Respect for Guys doing backflips and Stuff like that but when you're riding downhill you've to watch out for every Single root, every Loose Rock the Tracks are rough as hell...but the slopestyletrack in the Video, to be honest, you could ride it with an bmx...
  • + 3
 And the shredding was also more awesome from the dh-Riders, how they shred the turns, the rock-wall, and the whips...and of course how he surfed the complete waves WITH AN DH BIKE!!
  • + 3
 Dh = shredding , SS = styling ( or some thing just not shredding to me )
  • + 4
 OK youre right but now Tell me that a whip from Danny hart or brendog isn't stylish Wink
  • + 1
 hehe good point but I would guess they still shredded all the way up to the lip of the jump no ? Smile
  • + 3
 Right. Smile its an individual thing whether you like dh-racing or slopestyle but i prefer downhill. Everybody should be allowed to decide this him/-herself Wink
  • + 9
 no no ! Wink We must have an enormous and un-needed Internet Swearing match to resolve this !! IT IS THE ONLY WAY !!!
  • + 2
 @ Twelverootsrider hahaha I have ridden that trail and trust me theres no way your riding that on a bmx!
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 Meh, do whatever floats your boat, you're on a bike on a mountain, so it's mountain biking!
  • + 1
 youre completely right Wink
but if youre doing both its a good training so you can bring awesome style into dh!
if i would not ride dirt i could not do any whips ore tts or some other tricks Wink
and combining this is the best thing for me... maybe not only for me Smile
  • + 1
 Lol I would like to see you ride that on a BMX
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  • + 10
 Kenny vs Spenny style intro... Classy az
  • + 6
 Stoked someone noticed! That show is the shit.
  • + 3
 Shit yea, soo bummed they stopped making it, hopefully more people notice, woulda taken a good few hours in After Effects i can assume..
  • + 1
 I had to scroll down to see if someone called it out and they sure did! Yea boys best show ever!!
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  • + 5
 The Downhill did it for me.. but the flips and stuff was cool anyhow. Dude wish i had a bike park near me..When i ride here is Spain, i spend 3 hours hiking the local mountain with my dh bike in 35c heat, sometimes 40c. I Have to take food n haul 6 to 7 litrs of water on my back with ful face and carry it all to the top. By the time i am 2,800mts to the top, all the food and water is gone! I chill at the top for half n hour, let the sweat cool off, check out the view.. Then shred a long 25/30 min mega rocky downhill run all the way to the bottom!!!!! Mega sweat fest on the way up.. but so worth it for the long Dh run plus the view. Love bikes so much aha!
  • - 5
 Cool story bro.
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  • + 7
 It's even crazier that Tom is riding a hardtail: SLOPESTYLE
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  • + 2
 I'm sorry for me it was DH, don't get me wrong i love slopestyle and the tricks they threw down were awe inspiring but the DH just caught my attention more, i keep skipping back to the part where Bas is manualling through the mud, riding as though his DH bike was a light and nimble BMX
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  • + 2
 two entirely respectable styles of riding....id love to ride slope one day and do that sort of shit, but for now il stick to dh. i can't say one is better...ill say one is more familiar than the other...but either way, its fun on two wheels!
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 hmmmm, SS looked awesome, such fun to watch the guys throwing it down with great flow & the front flip was pang,

but the dudes running the DH were on the limit..... and still looked real stylish.....................................................

i cant vote, sorry.
  • - 1
 go for climbing mountains!
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 SS is just so much more exciting to watch. These guys blow my mind...they're pulling video game style tricks and stuff I only only dreampt about when i was their age...wait, i still dream about it lol.
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  • + 6
 I'll not vote, i love both....... Big Grin Big Grin
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  • + 1
 What's happening to the middle ground??? It seems like it's either full on DH or dirt jumping/slopestyle...
You'd think that with all the love for bike parks (recent PB poll) there would be more 7 inch single crown bikes that can shred the dh but you can still trick around.
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  • + 1
 Damn, I've got to say, those were some sick shots!!! The DH guys skidding off corners, whipping and tabling!! But the manual of the last rollers, was WICKED!! The Slopestyle guys tricking every jump, flips, whips, tables, a sketchy 360!!! Hahaha.. GO SLOPESTYLE!!
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  • + 3
 usually i would say no contest, dh has it. but that backflip to front flip on the tables and then the front flip on the flat drop mind bottling...
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  • + 5
 No need to vote. No winner. Both are boss
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  • + 4
 Slope style may have been amazing but if the contest was shreading, then it was DH
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  • + 1
 i think some were between the two. the smooth flowy style of the slope stylers but but with less of the insane tricks. as mind blowing as they are very few of us can do them and they dont flow as well. so really just downhill trains on a smooth flowy trail if it sunny is the best fun. just chilling with mates.
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  • + 2
 I'd say its really close but im gonna have to go with slopestyle because of how difficult it actually is to put some of those lines together (not that it isn't with downhilling)
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  • + 2
 Epic frontflip off a drop or that ridiculously long manual... hmmm tough decision. I am going to have to go with slopestyle cuz that frontflip was insane but I am extremely jealous of that guys manualing abilities.
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  • + 1
 It asks which excelled better not which sheds better. The slope style hit all the same jumps but with tricks. the downhill only tables and eats up berms. So slope style wins here for me.
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  • + 3
 the slope style kicked ass those guys could probably rip the whole mountain
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  • + 3
 "glory for the winner, humiliation for the loser"

Nice KvsS intro there

Slope wins
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  • + 1
 Before I even watched this I was fairly sure I'd be voting for downhill as that's what I love watching, but I was speechless after the front flip at the end! Slopestyle killed it there.
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  • + 1
 Both were epic and I they were both awesome in their own way! Also my Gf and I saw them filming the a fair bit of the Pro Star sections while we were there! Absolutely sick you guys!
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  • + 3
 I was so sold on downhill after that crazy manual... But that front flip was INSANE.
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  • + 1
 "DH videos these days are mostly just videos of guys going around corners in slow motion with roost." i have to reluctantly agree with you bolmaing. DH videos need some variety.
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  • + 2
 I'd vote for dh if the question was "what style of riding do you like better?" but the slopestyle team did alot more things in that video that I'd class as amazing
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  • + 2
 Both team "RULES"...they shred the trail with fashion! nice video and awesome front flip at the end.
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  • + 2
 fronty of that flat drop is sik im more of a DHer but the slope kids killed it in this edit
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  • + 3
 ughhhh I love silver star so much. Downhill!!!!
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  • + 2
 So Sick followed anthony all day the day before this was exactly what it looked like haha so good!
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  • + 2
 i like both... with so much style in both types of riding you really cant pick!!!!
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  • + 3
 TOM IS THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 2
 Its an amazing freeride section and a not-so-amazing downhill section of the film so i reckon this isnt fair
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  • + 2
 Downhill. For one simple reason. Bas van Steenbergen's manual through rhythm on a DH bike!!! WOW!!
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  • + 1
 Front flip was the most epic part of the video. However, the song they used for the slopestyle portion was HORRIBLE.... VIVA LA DH, BITCHES!!!!!
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  • + 4
 Serious VOY candidate
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  • + 2
 Im a DH'er and race, but got to say the slope style was better. Both those front flips where nuts, especially the last one.
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  • + 1
 im a DHer myself and do prefer watching a good DH edit to slope, but the flat drop front flip closer takes the cake any day!!
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  • + 3
 downhillers for shear amount of ROOST
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  • + 2
 DH had my vote right up until that frontflip... can't really f*ck with that... SS it is...

but both were the gnar..!
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  • + 3
 had to watch it twice then almost made a new account just to vote for both
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  • + 3
 and where are the freeriders ?
  • + 1
 they are riding DH
  • + 4
 Freeride vs downhill video would be awesome
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  • + 1
 Slopers are artists and the are hot, but i am to old for that (54), so i shred downhill and beware of the jumpsSmile
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  • + 1
 Oh hey, I've noticed that Double and Rocky slope bike in the rental shop before; damn sexy bikes! But I'm voting DH
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  • + 1
 both did clas and i think slopestyle did great but im a dher and i think the footage is better for it
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  • + 3
 Virtu wins. Nice edit!
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  • + 1
 DH = Fast with flow
Slopestyle = Style with flow

DH for me as I have no skill (or balls) at jumping.
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  • + 1
 The correct answer to which discipline excelled better is the one that had a better video. That is all.
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  • + 0
 DOWNHILL because it had a lot more technical riding, like when they went down that proper steep rock face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 downhill guys might shred more fluent but the slopestyle guys were definitely throwing down!
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  • + 1
 The Slopestyle Part was so sick ! Stylish as hell and the Fronty at the End was killa. Im down with the Slopestyle Dudes
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  • + 1
 I was going to vote for the downhillers until the last 20 seconds of the video... Front flip was insane
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  • + 1
 As good as the slopestyle guys are - and they are very good DH ROCKS DUDE!
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  • + 3
 Who cares there both sic
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  • + 2
 Slope is good for show but downhill shreds way harder IMO!!!
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  • + 1
 The frontflip at the end made my decision a bit harder, but I gotta go with the DH guys.
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  • + 1
 Slope had cooler tunes but amazing freakin' flat drop frontflip was insane!
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  • + 2
 I don't care either way. I just want to watch it again.
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  • + 2
 two different riding style both good ! but without VS Big Grin
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  • + 1
 DH most of my bro's ride DH....& then theres slopy w/is totally awesome 2 watch in slow mow..etc.
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  • + 1
 You kidding me? No contest- DH wins easy. If you wanna do a flip on a bike go to a 6 pack, the mountain is for downhill
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  • + 1
 i think the sport needs to evolve to a downhill race with slop style in the race course.
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  • + 1
 Tom's front flips are so dialed!
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  • + 1
 whoever is the 105 who voted to climb mountains can go suck it!
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  • + 1
 DH song choice DH edit, but...... SS front flip to end was ssssick!!!!
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  • + 1
 Is the red Bike a moorewood??
  • + 4
 The red DH bike is a TR450
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  • + 1
 what ever they call the red bull rampage now a days, that wins.
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  • + 1
 I prefer both. But, in this specific vid, I think Downhill won.
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  • + 1
 both have their merits! awesome shredding on both accounts!
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  • + 1
 silver star looks really great this year
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  • + 1
 Downhill because you can mix DH and slopestyle. ;-)
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  • + 1
 Hey Silver Star.... can't we all just be friends?
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  • + 1
 i like slopestyle but i also downhill and downhill is knarly hahaa
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  • + 1
 both the same and downhill??
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  • + 1
 damn!! front flip on a drop?!
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  • + 1
 if only i could choose both Frown
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  • + 1
 I wish I was a slopestyler... or a downhiller. :.(
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  • + 1
 Dh all the way better riding better edit!
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  • + 1
 Sorry but the DH wasn't too impressive. SS has my vote.
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  • + 1
 Is there anyone that can't do a Frontflip of a madaf#$k"! flat drop??
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  • + 1
 i ride downhill but if i could id ride slopestlye!!!
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  • + 1
 Sickest front flip at 4:28!
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  • + 1
 seeing as this is pinkbike, there probably aren't too many uphillers. Wink
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  • + 1
 It all looks pretty dank to me.
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  • + 1
 Just give the vod to Tom he was friggen killin it!
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  • + 1
 Does it really matter? Just get on a bike, and ride it already!
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  • + 1
 Flat drop front flip....un f*cking believable!!!!
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  • + 1
 Somebody in yellow likes semenuk lol
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  • + 1
 Props to both. Ride what you want and enjoy!!
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  • + 1
 No vote. Both won. Awesome.
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  • + 2
 Downhill takes skill! Big Grin
  • + 19
 And slopestyle doesn't?
  • - 1
 did i ever say that?
  • + 2
 nice attempted save I guess?
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  • + 1
 amazing creativity and style from the VM boys + killer riding = winning
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  • + 1
 An even combo of Dh and slop style in a trail= winning
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  • + 1
 dam its a hard choice :/ they both shred amazingley
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  • + 2
 What's the second song ?
  • + 1
 Dynamite & Kerosene - Mergence
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 Slopestyle sure !
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  • + 1
 Slopestyle is sick, but still choose downhill above all Smile
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  • + 1
 song of the slope?
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  • + 1
 Bas is a beast!
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  • + 1
 i gotta go for downhill
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 DH you couch potatoes!
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  • + 1
 i prefer the DH part.
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  • + 1
 Skinny jeans and Pajamas
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 seems to be the only choice on the hill these days. where's the carharts and flannels?
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  • + 1
 DH all the way
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  • + 0
 what about riding downhill on a slopestyle bike
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  • + 1
 I would go for both!!!!
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  • + 1
 Nice video like it cool
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  • + 1
 Whoa damn, they're tied
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  • + 1
 2.20 sick sick manual !!
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  • + 1
 whats noah riding?
  • + 1
 Small (or xs) Slayer frame W/ custom paint job.
  • + 1
 It's a slayer slopestyle, rocky mountain doesn't sell them yet
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  • - 1
 Based on this video? Slopestyle. Based on real Euro trails? Downhill.
  • + 6
 What exactly are "real euro trails"?
  • + 1
 Silver Star downhill trails: www.nsmb.com/assets/2012/images/AIRprentice2012/MoneyShot/Final5_MikeKirk-1.jpg?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=430&width=700

European Downhill trails: gp1.pinkbike.org/p5pb7012460/p5pb7012460.jpg

Granted Silver Star has some sick tech trails - just not in this video.
  • + 3
 Man, Canada has crazy trails. Just because all you see are A-line/Dirt merchant flow trails in videos doesnt mean that is all that is here. There are seriously gnarly trails in Whistler/Sun peaks/all the bike parks. And especially in places you would not expect. There are all different types of bikes trails everywhere here. So much variation.
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  • - 1
 i do enjoy riding up hills
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 there was a front flip?
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 Im sorry, but slopestyle guys ripped waaaay harder. DH videos these days are mostly just videos of guys going around corners in slow motion with roost. Those slpestyle guys killed it.
  • + 1
 Hammering down that rocky face was looked sketchy enough for me
  • + 4
 Downhill is Downhill.. I respect what they do, But the slopestyle part of this video was awesome!
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 Fast DH has more style than any slopestyle + Freeride. Fast and low all the way f*ck the hucks
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