Video: Brett Rheeder in Kelowna

by Harrison Mendel 
 
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According to ESPN and Slam Magazine, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player in history. With ten scoring titles and six Larry O'Brien trophies (aka the NBA Championship trophy), he was the most dominant offensive player on the most dominant team in the world. ''His Airness'' is known for highlight reel dunks, but dunks don't win championships... Mike was also a nine time All-Defensive First Team Selection. How does any of this tie into Brett Rheeder riding his bike? Granted, it's a stretch, but as you will see competition helped shape both Rheeder and MJ.

Brett Rheeder finished 31st in the world in 2011. In 2012 he was fourth overall in the FMB World Tour rankings. Fourth. As a 19 year old. He went from a possible top ten threat to a consistent podium contender, someone with a legitimate chance of winning every contest he enters. In 2012 Brett finished second at the Claymore Challenge, third at the Colorado Freeride Festival (formerly Crankworx Colorado), second at the Bearclaw Invitational, and fourth at the grandaddy of all slopestyle contests - the Red Bull Joyride. Compare that to his 2011 results, where his best finish was 11th at the Claymore Challenge. I think there's an assumption that every new talent simply appears; magically and fully formed, from a mystical land of flipwhips and switch 360 drops. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Brett's otherworldly bike-handling comes from a combination of nature and nurture. Thanks to his parents he has the best slopestyle training compound East of (Trek teammate) Brandon Semenuk's yard. And it doesn't hurt that he can ride all winter long. Brett lives in the neighbourhood of Joyride 150, easily the most famous indoor skatepark in Canada. Brett grew up riding with Drew Bezanson, Matt Macduff, and Brayden Barrett-Hay, three guys who know a thing or two about bike handling skills. But none of those advantages mean a thing if they're not backed up with hard work. Rheeder is a worker.

From 1987-1989 Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls lost three years running to Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons. The anger and humiliation at constantly losing to the older, more experienced team taught Jordan how to be a champion. The Bulls went on to win six championships in eight years: 1990-93 and 1995-98. It's a unique combination of respect, competitiveness, and work ethic, that fuels progression in any sport. Just like Jordan needed Isiah, and Larry Bird needed Magic Johnson, Brett Rheeder has the competition he needs. He'll be pushing his rivals, himself, and the sport for years to come - this is just the beginning.



Video: Harrison Mendel and Rupert Walker
Words: Scott Secco

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98 Comments

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 redbull Y U NO sponsor
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 rockstar or monster energy sticker would do good too.
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 Good lord, I can feel the dust in my eyes! Great video, love the tempo and the flow, whippin that session around like it owes him money!
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 How's that related with comments about Sponsors?! I mean no offense but.... why? - just to be on top of all those comments ? Wink
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 Yes, you caught me! Would you like a cookie?!
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 Nah new Enduro Frame will be just enough!
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 rock star and monster already asked him he said no like a boss
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 OK i love this guys riding ... balls out speed, balls out looseness, and balls out style, just what i like to see in my edits but to get signed with redbull you gotta be a freak of fuckin nature and im not totally sold that hes there yet
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 can't have 2 Brandon Semenuk's
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 you can never have too many brandon semenuks
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 Fox shox rox!
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 Smalls, are you Protour's retarded pet monkey or something?

Bourdo is sponsored by Red Bull.
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 whats the second song called?
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 no biggie or anything, just t-whipped a 9.9 like it was no tomorrow
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 ^Spoiler alert.
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 ^pointless alert
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 ^Caution, alert's being made.
  • + 15
 To be fair, it doesn't weigh very much. Smile
  • + 14
 But it's a long bike, and that matters a lot.
  • + 8
 im pretty shure thats his rampage bike so its slightly different then the average 9.9, so that could help a little to
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 Well, since it's a carbon frame, i don't think that Trek would make a new mold for the front triangle just for a couple of riders. Only the rear end can be shorter or something. But there can't be that much of a difference.
  • + 5
 they made the rear triangle shorter for them, easier to t-whip n throw around.
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 That was nuttier then my extra crunchy peanut butter.
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 Point being... the thumbnail on the homepage shows him doing the tailwhip, and who reads comments before they watch a video?
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 i did, and i bet a lot of others guys did it too, some times it's better to read the comments before watching the videos.
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 So I'm guessing that "spoiler alert" helped a ton then...
  • + 5
 how about that Indian can? flat dayum
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 yep, while waiting for it to load you can check for Protour proximity and the below thresholds.
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 Whoa had to double take I thought he switched to his slopestyle bike in the end but, No. That is the No. one downhill race machine being whipped over a pretty huge jump. Is that a stock Fox 180? How low is the bottum bracket with that fork?
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 @larryssman7 dude i laugh my ass off with your comment, still do hahaha
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 haha thanks man!
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 It was a downside-whip....
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 I don't think he looks sketchy in the fast downhill section, he just has a different style. He is riding more off the back of the bike, which might look like he is hanging on. Looks like he is having a blast and has some amazing skills as well. This riding style in contrast to the many of the current downhill riders pushing forward and ride clipped in.
  • + 4
 Yeah, I noticed he's off the back of the bike too. Reminds me of Gee Atherton.

I do agree with some others that he looks kind of awkward, but I thought it was how he was bending his knees inward at times.

But whatever right? He's rippin'! Loved that first jump over the hip.
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 He looks a bit awkward on the trails (on rough stuff), holding the bars so far from the ends.
Sick riding though!
  • + 7
 Just to be clear, I wasn't criticising or anything, cause the guy has amazing overall skills. His bars just looked a little too wide for him at some points, that's all. (And I wouldn't probably notice that if I didn't watch this edit 3 times in a row Razz )
  • + 1
 I have to agree. Still way above average but when you watch the vansteenbergen bros in the same terrain you can tell where all these riders come from.
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 I noticed that as well. I was just as surprised when he was bar spinning them so cleanly too. He has his own sort of style in this terrain, which is great to see. As well as the nollie off the drop, I dunno why but I loved it.
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 Definitely looked sketchy on the trails but super solid come slopestyle time! I guess it's a bit like filming a WC racer schley the trails with ease then ask them to make the last tailwhip gap... always going to be out of their comfort zone
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 So great to see a rider from ontario with this skill set!!
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 there are lots!! obviously they travel to different places (and some move), but they're still from ontariariariooooo. logan peat, brayden barrett-hay, brett rheeder.... and watch out for a couple of the girls from joyride150 too. we got hills, we got joyride, we got dirt jumps, we got skateparks! (k we don't have the huge dreamland jumps but maybe someday....)

Brett Rheeder had an awesome season! Although it seemed like Brandon kinda ran away with it Soderstrom and Rheeder put up some fierce competition and I'm sure it'll just get even more ridiculous next year. Also, mad props for him going to Rampage. and always riding a single crown. so he can continue to do a ridiculous number of bar spins....
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 Really? So Rheeder lives in the Markham area? f*ckin' news to me!!! What a day this is. First I learn that Cam McCaul is in the Nitro Circus & then find out Rheeder is from Ontario. Too f*ckin' cool!!!
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 Harry, you killed it man! Brett, you killed it man! Secco, I have to add to your write up that he's worked extremely hard between the end of the 2011 season and start of 2012 season. His hard work and drive to be the best is beginning to pay off and his future is so bright in the slope scene! great article regardless tho. Again, great work guys!
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 I didn't think a trek session 9.9 could ever look good with single crown forks, then I saw this
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 So sick defintly one of my favourite edits on Pinkbike
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 ok so here's the deal we have to go back to Kinrade to properly give names to these guys....Kinrade, Barrenclaw, McCaul, then Semmenok now Rheeder........ all I think of when I see BH ride now is the Boy Wonder !!!! all from flat land Newmarket Ont. Way to Go Brett !!!!
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 hey i'm probably gonna sound dumb, but how do you get a gyro onto a bike like that? just want to practice tailwhips and its just not possible obviously... any articles or something to study? X)
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  • + 4
 Reminds me so much of Cam McCaul! Props!
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 Super crazy video. It's awesome. What title could be better? Brett Rheeder and Video in a title says all. Stoked.
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 Waldal Productions
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 Mike Hopkins.
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 whats the song played in like the first 10 seconds??
  • + 2
 Almost Familiar by Pretty Lights...
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 synthetica by metric
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 some probs for Scott Secco too, for writing some nice text to so many videos.
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 the riding was just crazy, Brett has way too much control on any kind of bike..
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 hahahaha and not to forget mr. mendel good work....... enough, Im out Big Grin
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 Love his style. Almost out of control but still very in control. Looking forward to see more of him on podiums next year. Keep it up Brett!
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 my mind is un-able to comprehend such radness
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 Damn, that's some sick riding, and wicked trails!! Rheeder rocks!! Good vibe!!
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 So stoked to ride now! oh wait its winter... Amazing edit guys, brett and Harrison killed it on this one
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 that final tailwhip was ridiculous... just massive
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 great riding, sick style.. and top of that he is doing all of that trick in a big bike... so stoked!!
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 I could watch that transfer-tailwhip all day. Wait... A TRANSFER TAILWHIP?!? O.o.....
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 Another home run by HM and RW!
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 does anybody know the name of the trail or where its located in kelowna?
  • + 1
 He rode Fists First and Therapist at Gillard and the rest was at Dreamland.
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 Damn it I want to ride but I'm stuck in school!
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 what Trek Model is that bike?
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 session 9.9 with a custom shorter rear end
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 What the hell,how he did tailwhip with that bike?!
Such a pro.
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 dh bike with a single crown huh?
interesting..
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 Yeah single crown shredding!!!!!
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 Excelentes saltos, todo perfecto.!
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 semenuk is more like jordan
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 Smooooth.. Sick style. That place looks magical.
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 The song is Metric - Synthetica
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 soooo stoked brett you kill it
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 un-believebaly loose! Sick Vid
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 Anyone know the name of the song?
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 Song:Synthetica
Artist:Metric
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 Rheeda Sceeta! Pro Biker Version!
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 hadnt even had the chance to wear those goggles yet. goddamnit
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 So sick!
Anybody know the first song? I recognise it from BMX videos but can't work out which!
  • + 2
 I feel like maybe I've heard Pretty Lights mix some tracks with that song.
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 Yeah it's Pretty Lights - Almost Farmilliar. Only took me all day to find it, bugged the shit outta me!
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 Yup! Time to go riding! Love the stoke in this video!
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 whats the song called?
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 good riding, good tune.
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 sweeet one...C3 project on facebook
www.facebook.com/TrekC3Project
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 So muuch steeeeeez
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 0-16 song pls ? ? ? Smile
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 Metric - Synthetica
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 next level riding!
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 riding is insane... music makes me wish I was Deaf its just awful....
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