Video: Vincent Pernin - In The Fall Of L'Arzelier

Nov 21, 2012 at 15:08
Nov 21, 2012
by Matt Raynaud  
 
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French rider Vincent Pernin enjoys the fall riding season of l'Arzelier, in the Vercors, near Grenoble.

Filming & Editing: Matt Raynaud - mttrnd.com
Music: The Pack AD "Sirens"
Thanks to: Aurelien (Commençal), Florian (Adidas Eyewear), Samantha (Fox Head), Production Privée, Alex (Dakine), François (Forbike) and Charles (Cycle-Tyres-Direct.fr)
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 Breaking news!!!!

Col de l'Arzelier was few years ago one of the greatest race of French Regional DH cup "Rhône Alpes" powered by the Men in Bike.
You can't see it on the vid, but track is technical and fast with some really steep section and gnarly off camber parts. My first big crashes were one this track and I still remember.
So track looks easy for you cause maybe Sir Pernin is skilled enough to make you believe it.

Cheers from France!!
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 Don't know yet this track, but now i want to ride it !
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 that bike park looks fun!
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 That track looks AMAZING!!!!! The rider even more so... That "little loft" at 2:05 was just plain stupendous and I love how he just charged into the "shore/wooden" section like it was just another bermed race course... What an awesome run and an amazing rider... Not t mention that gorgeous Commencal (next tot he Aurum that is the dead sexiest DH frame around) aye.
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 Am I the only one that feels like full on down hill bikes are over kill on certain trails? I've seen videos on the main page where people are going bigger on 150-160mm than this video. Not saying anything negative! Video was rad, just my 2 cents.
  • + 27
 i agree, but if you're not sponsored and can only afford to ride one bike, many people would choose a dh because it can handle anything.
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 Confidence increase with every inch.. of travel. and its not only about going big.. he has a really good flow and speed on the trail.
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 @dnpbakon

here's my thought:

If I'm getting a lift to the top all day, sure I'll grab my bigger bike. Sure the trail bike can handle gnarly lift assisted trails fine but I'd rather have some more travel and slacker geo.

If I'm riding up to the top or there is a large amount of pedaling involved I'm taking the trail bike every time.
  • + 1
 Had a Glory, sold it, bought a stumpy fsr evo. Much more satisfied, I can ride anywhere on that thing.
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 with more travel, you have more adjustably. You have the ability to run a softer spring rate, while still being able to take bigger hits. I personally like it more because you can get better performance out of a shock, while still having the ability to take larger hits. My personal opinion...
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 I ride whistler every summer!(lucky me!) i have a 8 inch downhil bike (operator 2012) for 90% of people that vist whistler and ride a lot of Aline, crank it up and most of the smother just like fun trials. 6 inches is plenty. but when you start doing the good stuff, like renagade, in deep and goats gully. day in day out. thats when that extra 2 inches really helps. if your just in whistler for a week or 2 6 inches will be plenty.
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 being comfortable on a bike in certain terrain helps lots. not everyones trail bikes are built like a mini dh bike so the transition to short travel is too big even when the trail hardly needs the full 8
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 I don't understand why people care some much about a bike having to much travel for a trail. I ride a 5.5 inch bottlerocket with a 7.5 in the front to slacken it up. Up till 2 months ago it was my only bike. Is it overkill for dirt jumps? Yes. Do I give a s***? No. Are there times I wish I had a DH bike? Yes, when I overshoot stepdowns or in rock gardens it would be nice.

Its about the rider and the riding not the bike. Ride whatever lets you have fun on the trails. This guy was pinned. I was entertained. I don't care that he wasn't using all 8 inches of his travel all the time.
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 @Danno527: Spot on mate, well said... If he'd have ridden it on HT some one ELSE would have been poo-pooing him for THAT...There are several different ways down the mountain, and he choose the fastest one. He was rolling those tight sections better then most guys I see on smaller "play bikes" too... That RIDER I'm guessing culd mae it look easy on ANY bike aye Wink
Just because "Enduro" bikes are the buzz word of the last few years doesn't mean they're the "best" bikes for all jobs. The primary reason they;re so popular is you can go very fast on them but still CLIMB...but dont kid yourself if you think you can go "just as fast" as on a full on DH sled in that kind of terrain. AM/Enduro bikes are like Swiss Ary knives, for the most part while theyll do everythign WELL, they;re hardly the BEST t any one specific descipline...In fact I'm sure if riders could find a way to have an XC bike for the climbs and then a full on DH sled for the downhill they'd be doing that, but that's not how it works so you get a "Do it all" bike that's leaning more towards the DH side

I agree in general with a DH race Bike being overkill for a park stuation, but that "big bike" didn't slow him down one BIT in that technical "shore/wood" section aye... Whle I usualy think DH race bikes are overkill for most general riding, that looks to be a world-class level race track he was on (most of it anyway) and I'd say the Commy V3 wasn't hindering him one bit. I would like to see him on that same run rding a Meta SX for fun and comparisson (and just to see him rip that track again, maybe choosing a different line) ... but it sure looks to me as though the V3 was the best tool for the job . That guy was FLYING (litteraly) through the whole vid... Plus when the guy who has every bike he needs at his disposal chooses the big bike... I'm gonna defer to his knowledge of the terrain. He sure LOOKS like he knows what he's doing Wink
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 yea like i said. if your taking the chair lift up. why hurt you arms over big rock gardens to save 5 pounds on a 6-7 inch bike when you can just use a downhill sled
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 Dnpbakon (Nov 21, 2012 at 17:34)
Am I the only one that feels like full on down hill bikes are over kill on certain trails? I've seen videos on the main page where people are going bigger on 150-160mm than this video. Not saying anything negative! Video was rad, just my 2 cents.

That's like saying " Dude, sell that Jeep Wrangler, it's an overkill. Get a Chevy Captiva instead. " Big Grin
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 maybe look above you. at my comment kinda sums up what you just said
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 Anyone ese notice how the "Scandanavian Flick" (as in the Rally driving technique) has becme so popular in riding these days to get through those tight "switch-back" berms??? It LOOKS sick and it's SO much fun to do, that "fall line" or "high-side" feeeling" when you're snapping the bike over onto it's other side is like surfing the bike... I love seeing that kind of preogression of style and skill aye.
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 One more month of shoulder strengthening after major operation and back into downhilling again,can't wait.this video makes me just want to jump outa my skin and shred.awsome vid.
  • + 1
 Don't get too anxious man... start slowly or you could end up re-injuring yourself mate. I don't mean to sound like a buzz-kill, but I'm in the business and I had C-Spine/neck surgery which I promptly went out backpacking after and tried to land mysef back in hospital. I KNOW how hard it can be to have to sit around and watch vids when you'd rather be playing (and you guys are getting your spring/summer too so I'd imagine it's killing you) but DON'T GO TOO HARD. Better to have a few slower weeks f getting back into it then another 6 months to a year of kicking yourself for going too hard out the gate.
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 I am bike patrol in this bike park and i want to thank mister Pernin for this awsome video and also all the good Commentary about the trail ! Of you want see more photo join our Facebook page ! m.facebook.com/bikepark.coldelarzelier?refid=9
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 An ôter vidéo to see more ! m.zapiks.fr/shaperide.html
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 I've ridden in col de l'arzelier on my roadtrip this summer and I really liked the tracks. It's a small bikepark, but all tracks are well maintained, in contrary with the well-known neighbours like 2 alpes and alpe d'huez. Especially the track in the video has a nice smooth and fast line. Keep up the good work!
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 Just bought a bike off PB and it came yesturday, I want to rip some trails so bad, 5 more months ugh :S lol. sick vid man that park looks like a ton of fun
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 thats a full dh bike, so will you stop making it look so damn easy to throw around. awesome edit!
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 This edit was batter than Bourg st Maurice's. Good job Matt Raynaud ! Sick riding
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 Vince Pernin is a boss!!! Sick riding as always bro!!!
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 its true what they say.. good things have to end sometime. pissed that was the case on this one dude rips!! sick shots too
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 Fun video! Those lines make me want to ride
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 second part of the track insane !! good vid
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 Everyone in full face these days...we're breeding a generation who will recognize noses ahead of any other feature...
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 Supreme DHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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 the whole song was the riff from Sabbath's "sweet leaf" , which is of course cool
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 this guy throws masive whips off nothing but small ones of big jumps
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 maybe he feels more comfortable doing them on smaller jumps and natural bumps than on big stuff.
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  • + 1
 sick edit, and solid riding, but I'm so glad I live in BC.
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 good jod with the famous french style !
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 I'm jealouse of his everything!!!!!!!!!
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 That was a pretty mean video !
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 Hm, I think a bit more of highspeed compression would be helpful in the rear, to prevent from that bouncing around.
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 Almost felt like you were riding with him thw hole time, great video.
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 love the vid, love the track, love the riding
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 great vid, great riding, and the soundtrack fits right in!
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 He really does rail the corners, good vid to get me ready to ride tomorrow
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 SWEEET! this haas to get pod for shure, great filming nd riding
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 Shredding!! Sick riding
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 Love it! Very good vid!
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 Awesome Trails!!!
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 very nice riding
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