Video: Danny MacAskill - Epecuén

May 27, 2014
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In 1985 the seaside town of Epecuén in Argentina became completely submerged. Its residents left and the world forgot it was there. After spending 25 years underwater, it's now re-emerged and Epecuén sees Danny take his biking back to the roots of trials riding, lighting up the deserted town with his talent, as he explores the forgotten streets and pushes the limits as the world's premier freestyle trials rider.

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 Danny's flow and creativity are just ridiculous, as is the filming. I think the most impressive thing about this film though is that it felt very modest and respectful to the tragedy of the place itself. It feels like a film about the place rather than Danny which is an incredible achievement considering the insane level of riding which should really dwarf everything else. Truly awe inspiring all round!
  • + 27
 i honestly couldn't agree more. incredible riding but yet a sobering feel. awe inspiring.
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 Glad I read your comments before posting...you took the words!
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 Il 3rd that couldnt of bin said better
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 Agreed and in fact I think there is something special about all of Danny's vids that elevates them beyond just a collection of riding clips. e.g. music choice in original inspired bikes vid, storyline in way back, creativity in imaginate etc. I definitely think Dave Sowerby's video skills have gone along way to making Danny interesting to a wider audience.
  • + 4
 Yeah, it was alright... kinda neat I guess...


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  • + 1
 someone didnt like the taste of that jellsickle Razz ^^^^
  • + 42
 that rusty sign at the end was the level boss.
  • + 32
 You know what? I'm not at all impressed by anything Danny does in this video.

The tricks he pulls are pretty standard for a Jedi Knight or perhaps a lesser Demigod. If he were a mere mortal I would be impressed.
  • + 3
 Well said Beardless! I had goosebumps watching the background, as much as watching the incredible riding.
  • + 25
 Sorry Danny; for telling you to "f#$k off" out loud when you nose bonked to front flipped that sign, my mind exploded and that's what came out.
  • - 1
 redbull commercial at 6:25
  • + 4
 it's not like he wore a redbull helmet throughout the whole video or anything
  • + 3
 6:25 they focus on him drinking it but the label is intentionally flipped the other way so you cant see it. is this some sort of display of respect for the the town or something?!
  • + 0
 how does he do that with no suspension???
  • + 3
 Umm... with his arms and legs I assume?
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 AS much as the video kicks ass I also think that it's just epic what came from this. Even up here in Canada our news isn't doom and gloom and murder murder murder , I had no idea what this place went through and it's fascinating to research something that no one really has an explanation to the phenomenon besides the fact that mother nature can be a hairy c*nt.
Danny keep on making these vids cause your riding blows minds and can be somewhat educational at the same time
  • + 3
 There may come a day when Danny's riding fails to blow my mind but, it is not this day.
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  • + 79
 that front flip tire tap on the sign was the most gnarly thing i have ever seen!!!!
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 a trick for which he must have used a bigger chain ring, the speed was pretty good for almost 1:1 haha
  • + 11
 The final trick was crazy but for me what Danny pulls off on the bench at 3.25 was totally incredible. To quote Greg Noll "Man, that shits impossible".
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  • + 65
 And here I am barely able to bunny hop
  • + 31
 I know, nowadays the standard of riding is so damn good it's gone from inspiring to demotivating! Check the Aggy fest vid for further reminders of how shit you are!
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 I dont need reminders of how shit I am......but I could watch Danny's riding all day. It is totally unbelievable and he always has a smile. And the drops on an unsuspended bike-how the f*ck does he sustain that with his back the way it is. And the level of commitment at times (like when he is balancing on that sign so high up) with the potential injury if it goes wrong. The joy and wonderment of his videos is priceless. Thanks redbull. Now if only you could jack up the prize money for Rampage I might go back to buying your product!
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  • + 40
 I'd love to watch it. Its a shame Red Bull media player doesn't have the same feelings. Its the Internet Exploer, Hyundai, Walmart bike version of media players.
  • + 2
 Are you adjusting the player quality settings? I can't watch in anything above 360p which is my antique computers fault, not Redbulls.
  • + 3
 That was a genuine question. It won't work properly unless you adjust it's quality setting.
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 I have reasonably good internet speeds but not always, on the good days I can stream on high settings and on the bad days I struggle to stream 360p which isn't great for full screen. So normally on Pinkbike or Youtube if i'm on a not so good day I start the video and let it load so I can watch the high quality. I don't mind waiting a few minutes if I can watch a nice video in high quality but redbull player will only stream so I either have a video i can't watch due to so much stopping and starting or so poor quality I can barely watch in full screen. This wouldn't be a hard change to make to the player, so please make that change!
  • + 16
 If they make a genuinely great video (which this is), I don't wan't to watch some diluted, blocky mess at a resolution that was fashionable 30 years ago, instead of the crisp cinematography of the original. I'm fine with leaving a HD video to load for a half hour and watch it then. I also want to rewind the sections I find interesting.

But the illustrious, Flash-based Red Bull video playeer offers no cache for rewinding, nor does it seem to load the video till the end while it's paused. Someone thought of this retarded "streaming-only" idea for non-live content a long time ago and it makes my blood boil. Of course, the fine peoples of Pinkbike, Vimeo and the like have finally moved to HTML5 (which neither suffers from this idiotic "feature", nor is it forcibly Flash-based), but oh no, Red Bull content is "exclusive". How'd it look if they didn't use a branded player. They don't seem to have noticed that a useless player won't quite serve their marketing intentions when a viewer can't reach the actual content.

Glad I could comment on something utterly irrelevant instead of the video itself. Which was fantastic - the little I've seen of it before my tempers ran short...
  • + 5
 Not sure why all the complaints about the RB Player, ran fine for me in 720p, as it always does
  • + 5
 It's not that the player is bad, people don't seem to get what we're wanting improved. I like watching high quality videos, the redbull player only loads as it's playing. If the Internet isn't able to load as fast as the video plays, things get very notchy and stops and starts the video constantly which is a pain in the ass and the only other option is very low quality. What myself and I'm sure many others want is to be able to let the video load in high quality for the best viewing experience. Also for the record I am on as fast internet as is available in this area.
  • + 3
 It's on YouTube now. Full-screen goodness. Pausing/rewinding possible what a world we live in! It's like VHS technology all over again!
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 I agree with the people above. I live in an area where our net speeds are reduced to 0.1Mbps, if we're lucky. The only possible way I can watch video is by leaving it to buffer for a few hours. Even Youtube switched to a model which buffers videos in 30 second segments, so you have to wait an hour to buffer 30 seconds, then watch it for the next bit to start to buffer. Yeah, internet speeds are increasing, but mostly only in cities. Rural areas just get screwed.
  • + 2
 It's amazing that Red Bull can spend this much money on production and athlete sponsorships, but can't afford to develop a player that actually plays video smoothly for everyone...
  • + 1
 it's actually called the Epecuen Imiginate Flip
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  • + 32
 Every time I watch one of his films I figure he can't do anything more to make me question what's possible on a bike. I was once again proven an idiot.
  • + 20
 That last trick was unreal.
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 Name of this trick?
Nose bump to front flip?
  • + 7
 the name of the trick is bad-ass sign bump flip thing.
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 "Bump Front Flip"
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  • + 20
 If this was still the 17th C, Danny would have been burnt at the stake, pure magic.
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  • + 17
 The trials that I grew up watching was all like "hoppity-hoppity", but with Danny it's more like "zippity-zippity". Such speed and flow. Staggering.
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 Yep I used to find trials incredibly boring to watch with all the hopping on one spot for no reason/no flow show , but riders like Danny , Ryan Leach and Chris Akrigg bring such flow and style to terrain that should not really be ridden.
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  • + 11
 Never thought I'd say this about a bike film... but that was genuinely beautiful.
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  • + 7
 When M Dennison was referring to the 'banger' with which you end your sick edit - he meant front flip tyre tapping, that counts! Just wow, great effort all involved - an awesome concept and production!
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  • + 9
 STAY ON YOUR BIKE DANNY!!! and get a preemptive tetanus shot just to be safe!
  • + 2
 I was thinking the exact same thing about some of this footage -- make it, or die of tetanus.
  • + 3
 Yeah, such a sweet vid, but it should have been called "Danny rides Tetnus City".
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  • + 8
 surprised the industry hasn't got him flipping around on 650b, just to show everyone how amazingly capable and radical the new wheelsize is. #24forlife!!
  • + 1
 His bars look to be higher rise than the usual Skye team's. Anyone know what bars he is riding in this vid?
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  • + 7
 Amazing Riding of Course from Danny, Outstanding Edit by Dave Sowerby. Gave a real feel of the place and the song choice was spot on. Best breakfast viewing in a long time
  • + 7
 Breakfast viewing at gone 11?! Damn I miss those days, my 11 month old boy had me up at 5:30! My breakfast was at 6am!
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 Rest day today as practice for EWS starts tomorrow
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 Thats a fair reason!
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  • + 5
 solely the best freestyle trials rider on the planet I hope when aliens discover us post holocost or whatever 3000 or 30000 yrs from now the only thing they find is a copy of this
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  • + 7
 As usually bloody awesome riding from Danny. love watching him ride
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  • + 6
 I was texting a friend about this video and iOS auto-corrected MacAskill to "mega skill".
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 He Is the man really!!! Inspired a generation, created a new style of riding, and seems like a humble nice fella.... And for some reason, I always seem to get the idea, that what he does is easy, beacuse he makes it look so easy, so natural...but when you ride, everything goes back into perspective...that stuff he does is simply nuts! It must be such a feeling of freedom to be able to ride almost anything and everything the way he does. I wish I could experiment that... if only I could be Danny MacAskill for a day!!!! AMAZING STUFF, will be stoked for a month.
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 The impersonal and indiscriminate decay left by nature's reclamation department, showcased by an individual's talents that are largely unrelated, shows this man has the ability to draw an audience in and guide them through something new, though slightly haunting. Danny is not just elite - but a Creative Elite.
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  • + 6
 Front flip roadsign tap, holy moly.
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 Watching Danny progress and seeing his support/increased exposure through Red Bull makes me wonder what would've happened to the sport and therefore, it's mainstream exposure, if Red Bull had supported Ryan Leach and/or Jeff Lenowsky 10 years ago the same way they support Danny now.
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  • + 6
 Now thats what I call Recycling!
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  • + 3
 Freaking Epic-uén.
Sublime aesthetics, this is pure art, whoever choose that haunting place is a genius. And about Danny, well one of those persons that should just be immortal.
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  • + 4
 Wow, they flooded a whole town just so Danny could come and ride the remains?
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  • + 2
 Taking what is effectively a dead town and bringing it back to life, if just for a time - chapeau! Every time he stopped and looked around, I couldn't help but imagine that he was wondering where he could get a pint...
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  • + 2
 Again Danny shows us what is capable with two wheels and some rubble. Truly an master of bikes. Beautiful video and riding. Cheers!
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  • + 4
 0:50 min Bluetooth brakes
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  • + 4
 That's it... he has definitely broken physics.
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  • + 1
 I am really interested to know why Danny uses the old Saints..... Dont get me wrong, I have a set of those and I love them - but one would think he would riding the newer model
  • + 1
 I can't imagine he gets a lot of fade... weird though! Shimano isn't listed as one of his sponsors on his site so maybe he didn't see the point of buying new ones.
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 BRIL (completely destroyed the suspension-of-disbelief when he took a sip of the sponsor) LIANT
...ease back RedBull, let it be a work of riding art not a 10 minute commercial
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 Wow, amazing riding from Danny, but Im very interested in the location, hard to believe this used to be a busy town, anybody know a little more about the place? really interesting.
  • + 2
 Back in the 80's it was flooded after a long period of drought, it remained under water until a couple of years ago. That's what I interpreted from been there. There's going to be a longer documentary piece that shows this which is going to be pretty good!!
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 why??? why it looks so easy, and i cant do a backflip even with out a bike, or frontflip, or manualing, or everything!!!???? Danny is from another planet.
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  • + 2
 Ta postapokaliptyczna sceneria robi taki klimat że ten film chyba nie mógł być ani trochę lepszy :O
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  • + 1
 Every time I watch an edit of Danny MacAskill I think there will never be a better one.. Then a new one gets released and I'm just blown away! His skills are incredible!
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  • + 3
 3:28.. so simple, so perfect.
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  • + 1
 solemnly brilliant. filming and riding. that matadero line was nutter. as was the sign fronty just after it. well done sir.
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 I do not know much about trials other than the fact that it is bad ass. Can someone tell me why Danny Mac always rocks a tensioner on his rigs?
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  • + 2
 One word... Astounding!! With that obligatory slurp from the can, Danny can ride ANYTHING!!!
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  • + 2
 And in other news, MacAskill has now taken over Tom van Steezbergen for most badass mini flip ever landed!
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  • + 3
 I hope he got his tetanus shot before filming this one.
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  • + 1
 Danny Macaskill's videos are probably the greatest pool of content on the entire internet! Every single one just gets better and better! Thank you for the awesome times.
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  • + 1
 Riding amazing. However I would have liked to see an interview or some paragraph about Pablo Novak. Who apparently is the only person living in Epecuén.
  • + 2
 A short documentary about Pablo was made last year: Pablo's Villa: vimeo.com/88706281
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 Thanks I watched it. It was actually really good.
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  • + 2
 As I sit here with a big grin on my face watching this, I now wanna go riding & its absolutely pissing down out there!
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  • + 2
 That's goddang art that is. Congrats to Danny and crew, you've taken trials to a new level. Again.
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 Thought at the start of the movie nothing looked flipable..... Damn. Fronty into/over a sign.... :O
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  • + 1
 For anyone interested in learning more abour Pablo Novak and Epecuen, these guys made a short documentary about him last year: vimeo.com/88706281
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  • + 1
 wow incredibly amazing! What epic landscape for Dany, and he delivered awesomeness like he always will!
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  • + 1
 He defiantly needs 29er wheels to ride over them boulder easier..... o my mistake its takes riding skill not wheel size.
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  • + 2
 i just cant even... wow. Propzilla to you Danny your a true legend
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  • - 1
 why all the bike movies in recent years have the same shitty music? what the hell happened ? so many musical choices and yet every single movie or video has the same f*cking music like the one before it.
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  • + 1
 Just INCREDIBLE!!!!!! He's the best trial rider in the world!!!! Really great movie!!!!
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  • + 2
 It was so beautiful I cried. Thank you for making this and sharing it.
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  • + 2
 Where the Trail Ends: Trials Edition
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  • + 1
 I wonder how many tires/inner tubes he went through riding in all the rubble.
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  • + 1
 I don't even ride trials. Wouldn't dream of doing it. But this guy is pretty bad ass. Impressive
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  • + 1
 Perfect shots, great rider, amazing music. They bring to life this crazy dead place for those 10 minutes in this edit.
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  • + 2
 Cinematography was unreal. Riding ........... what needs to be said
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  • + 1
 everything he does looks amazing no matter what! stoked very time i see one of his vids
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 that was amazing. i didn't even need the bigger drops and badder tricks. just amazing x)
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 No matter what the cycling discipline, Danny makes me want to be a better rider. Period!
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  • + 1
 Even on a full sus downhill bike i wouldn't attempt some of the drops he does on a rigid! crazy
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  • + 3
 Danny, sos un maestro!!!
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 He made that look way too easy!!
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  • + 1
 Danny should do a miniflipmonday!
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  • + 1
 this guy should be called Sir Danny MacAskill!
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  • + 0
 Danny should get on the downhill scene, imagine the tricks he could pull at redbull rampage!!
  • + 2
 He can g-turn a 224
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  • + 1
 The god of biking folding the place of tragedy... Just amazing.
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  • + 1
 The video won't even show on my screen
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  • + 1
 Dave. Pura Vida for you man, Pura Vida.
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  • + 1
 Now that is complete control over a bike.
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  • + 1
 I guess the back surgery turned out well Smile
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  • + 1
 you've done it again danny, mind blown
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 I think the old man at the beginning is riding clips.
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  • + 1
 Danny is a Mac- daddy wit grade A- skills !!!
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 Ese es mi pais !! grande Danny!!!
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  • + 1
 Cinematography's almost as good as Danny is
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  • + 1
 Danny and Tom van steenbergen should do a mini flip monday video...
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  • + 1
 I love you Danny. I love you so much. Its a true love!
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 Just, thank you for your videos!
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  • + 1
 Simply stunning. I'm speechless
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  • + 1
 anybody know about the tshirt that he is wearing? i want it!
  • + 1
 Its his new display team, The Drop and Roll tour.
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  • + 1
 Amazingly rad Danny mac! You are so street in your trials style!
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  • + 1
 The goosebumps! They hurt!
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  • + 1
 Yet another classic film by Danny and crew! I am just blown away!
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  • - 3
 Hmm, Akrigg rode in ruins before, so what to make of this. I couldn't help but feel it was boring. Don't get me wrong, Danny's riding is outstanding, but after watching this I immediately had to watch inspired bicycles. I don't know if it's the riding or the filming or just the music, but something that made his first movie beeing so inspiring, this is not. Maybe Danny just has risen the limit so high - anyhow, I expected more.
  • + 3
 Danny and Akrigg have totally different riding styles, you just cant compare the two of them! I personally think the both of them are fantastic at what they do
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  • + 1
 He makes a playground of a minefield!
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  • + 1
 I would say his best video since the first one in Edinburgh in 2009.
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  • - 3
 Such a shame he refuses to make a proper, simple, street edit.
I would much rather him just go out and ride street, instead of having to make a story out of his videos and try to adapt to strange, foreign surroundings.
His best video is still his first (The youtube version, when Red Bull uploaded it and removed “Funerals” it took so much away from it).
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  • + 1
 3 min 25 was by far the highlight. unbelievable tekkers.
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  • + 0
 This guy is still progressing, amazing! But in my opoinion this video would be better whitout this tragical place...
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 That front flip tho...
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  • + 1
 rodney mullen on a bike!
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 awesome mini clip
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  • + 0
 Awesome!! He's got to be riding 650b!!
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 what can I say?
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 that last clip!! insane
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 the bed that was rad
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 wonder if hes ever gonna switch to a 29 inch wheel?? jk! 26 for life!
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 He's on a 24". Jokes on you!
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 i can do that..almost
  • + 1
 Daaaa...doi mai mici!
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