Must Watch: 16 Free Feature-Length Bike Movies to Binge in Self Isolation

Mar 25, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Rob Warner rehydrates after nearly two hours in the hot seat divulging story after story and keeping the whole crew laughing


Keeping the motivation to ride through self-isolation can be tough, so we've been turning to mountain bike movies between turbo sessions to keep the stoke high.

Yes, a haul of new edits comes into the Pinkbike inbox every day, but the best stuff is sometimes in the feature-length films that only come along every few months. Below, we've compiled a list of those that can be watched for free and we've got another list coming with all the videos that you can watch using subscription services. We know it's far from an exhaustive list, but without trawling through Amazon to find battered, old DVDs, it's a fairly substantive collection.




Free to watch

There's nothing better than a bike movie you don't have to pay for. Youtube and Red Bull TV are your best bets for finding them but Steve Peat has also recently released Won't Back Down for free on Vimeo.



Red Bull TV


The Moment


"In the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada, three small but dedicated crews of adventure seekers were quietly changing the course of a sport and carving their paths in history. And it was all happening unbeknownst to each other, the cycling world, and ultimately, themselves.

This film is the origin story of a small movement of mountain bikers and filmmakers who rose up, challenged the status quo, and turned the sport of cycling on its head. This is a story that has never been told, told by the people who lived it firsthand."

Link to film.

Reverence - A Journey into Fear


"Fear. Most don’t understand fear, nor are they willing to accept it. "Reverence" is a Mountain Bike film that delves into the psyche of elite athletes on a quest to understand motivation to tirelessly to lay down their legacy."

Link to fIlm.

North of Nightfall


"Hidden among the glaciers on Axel Heiberg Island, high in the Arctic Circle, are mountain bike lines too incredible to ignore. Harsh temperatures, volatile weather and nine-month winters mean the area is normally devoid of human life. But each summer, this frozen landscape flourishes under endless daylight revealing a spectacular ecosystem. Join Darren Berrecloth, Carson Storch, Cam Zink and Tom van Steenbergen in North of Nightfall as they embark on an expedition to the top of the world to explore this relatively unknown land. Here they discover a rapidly changing environment steeped in history along with descents unlike anything anyone’s ridden to date."

Link to film.

Motive


"MOTIVE is a freeride mountain bike film by Mind spark Cinema and The Coastal Crew, filmed across BC and California, combining progressive riding with cutting edge filmmaking."

Link to film.

Blood Road


"Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the site where Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was shot down in Laos more than 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit, while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways."

Link to film.

Life Cycles


"Life Cycles is a true adventure film. Over 5 years in the making, and using the bicycle as the vehicle, Life Cycles takes you on a journey through nature's most beautiful, dramatic, and sometimes unforgiving landscapes."

Link to film.

Not 2 Bad


"Anthill Films—the crew that brought you unReal and NotBad—and the Trek C3 Project have joined forces yet again, this time in Spain, to bring you more shenanigans, more unbelievable mountain cycling action and more good times than ever before. Not2Bad is what happens when some of the world’s best mountain bikers spend 30 days straight running wild on anything that has two wheels... with cameras rolling at all times. It’s a mountain bike film that’s Not Dos Bad!"

Link to film.

Builder


Look at trail building through the eyes of some of MTB's best riders and most respected builders. Starring: Darren Berrecloth, James Doerfling, Geoff Gulevich, Chris Kovarik, Aaron Chase, Matt Macduff, Brian Lopes, Mark Matthews, Jackson Goldstone, Garett Buehler, Ryan Berrecloth, Seth Sherlock, Mike Kinrade, Stephen & Peter Matthews, and Adam Hauck.

Link to film.



YouTube


3 Minute Gaps


"For two years, the crew of 3 Minute Gaps followed the world’s best mountain bike racers around the globe. Featuring Gee Atherton, Sam Hill, Aaron Gwin, Sam Blenkinsop, Brendan Fairclough, Greg Minnaar, Andrew Neethling, Danny Hart, Matti Lehikoinen, Ben Reid, Josh Bryceland."

The Collective


"The Collective is a film that portrays freeride progression while exploring the thoughts and personalities of the riders leading that progression. A collective approach to producing the film has created something that fully reflects the depth of the sport and those who are pushing its boundaries."

Barred for Life 2


"Barred For Life 2 focuses on the progressive riding of some of the world's best free ride mountain bikers and world cup downhill athletes. Showcasing their home training grounds around the world, from Vancouver Island to the mountains of Chatel France, this film will keep you glued to the screen."

Tea and Biscuits


"A mountain bike film capturing the current scene at its core, from the big dogs to the unknown senders and up 'n' coming future shredders."

A Slice of British Pie 1, 2 and 3


"Combine Josh Bryceland, Phil Atwill, Brendan Fairclough and a bunch of other riders. Add in some wintery British slopes and you’ve got yourself a slice of lunacy, a slice of
‘what the hell just happened’, and A Slice of British Pie.

This 25 minute long nutter fest, brought to you Dirt, celebrates good times on bikes with some of the world’s biggest and most loved mountain bikers. None of that slo-mo, none of that dubstep and nobody is putting their goggles on in this film. Brought to you from the genius mind of Tom Caldwell, prepare to experience an old school insight into the epitome of winter riding in our muddy little corner of the world.

The film unravels as a roadtrip – from Fort William to Surrey, and from Wales to County Durham. We’ve focussed on the loosest riders – the guys you think of when loss of traction is on the mind."

A Bigger Slice of British Pie

The Biggest Slice of British Pie

Ride Your F*cking Bike


"Featuring Fox athletes Josh Bryceland, Josh Lewis, Kirt Voreis and other Fox teammates, the movie documents three weeks on the road with a wild crew up for anything. Filming kicked off at Fox Headquarters in Irvine, Calif., and continued north through Oregon and Washington before crossing the Canadian border and reaching Vancouver Island.

The movie is dedicated to Stevie Smith, aka Chainsaw, a World Cup champion gravity athlete who unexpectedly passed away in May 2016."

Wheel Love


"Feel the love, share the buzz. A message from home created in the orange months. Enjoy!"



Vimeo


Won't Back Down


"From his humble beginnings in his hometown of Sheffield, England, Steve Peat has established himself as the one of the worlds most iconic cyclists. Peaty has been competing at the top level in his chosen sport of downhill mountain bike racing for the past 23 years, longer than the lifetime of many of his current competitors. Through 20 years of archival footage and photos and intimate interviews with Steve, his family, close friends and competitors, Won’t Back Down takes viewers on a captivating tour of the history of the sport of downhill mountain bike racing and offers a never-before-seen view into the life and legacy of this enduring icon."





Do you know any more movies and where to find them that are available for fellow self-isolators? Let us know in the comments below, although please don't post any low-fi rips, accessing the originals is the best way to support the creators and athletes involved in their creation.


95 Comments

  • 63 0
 This is some quality content right here
  • 7 0
 Damn thanks for the early Christmas
  • 41 0
 No one still has made a bike film more beautiful than Life Cycles. That film still holds up today 100%.
  • 5 0
 @NorCalNomad: Truth!! People slated it without really understanding what it was aboot
  • 2 0
 for those who are born last week, check out Semenuk's Life Behind Bars.
  • 2 0
 i thought for sure the grim donut release was going to be buried in here
  • 2 0
 Should have added #11 What's Next? full length film - by larock - www.pinkbike.com/video/102556
  • 2 0
 @nojzilla: how could anyone slate it?
  • 2 0
 @fatduke: Cos it wasn't a super RAD movie with all the latest riders doing all the latest tricks, cos it had a theme, a story. Cos it made people think an appreciate stuff
  • 2 0
 @crazycalm: YES!! the first free, full length movie I watched after getting back on a MTB (4X) about 2008. I f*cking LOVED Talor Liegh's (I may have remembered that name wrong) section.
  • 19 0
 Ride to the hills!

Def the one movie that got me hooked!!!

www.pinkbike.com/video/305717
  • 1 0
 Likewise, totally my fav! So well done!
  • 3 0
 My brother says you're totally washed.
  • 9 0
 Won’t back down is undoubtedly the best film about a World Cup downhill racing to date. Such a great documentary of the highest calibre and most fun loving rider on the planet. The future Sir Steve Peat. I loved watching this. What an inspirational rider he is and continues to be.
  • 11 1
 A Sunday in Hell
Eddy Merckx at Paris Roubaix
Hipster before it became a thing

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxBTVU9JDrA
  • 2 0
 So good!
  • 7 0
 Tour de Pharmacy is on Crave TV if you want to laugh at roadies. Well worth watching.
  • 6 0
 I feel like 'Fresno Smooth' should definitely be included.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8dLmFkAdmY
  • 2 0
 Breh. Thank you. I didn’t know.

Body Bag
  • 1 0
 "I invented the heel clicker!"

I heard a few rumours that a squeal is in the works
  • 5 1
 I’d like to add Quicksilver and Rad to everyone’s binging list. Everyone’s gotta love a good montage!!!
  • 1 0
 Can you find these anywhere for free? Been wanting to watch Quicksilver.
  • 7 0
 @WasatchGT: googled it and found it streaming in a couple spots with ads for free. Don’t forget to add Breaking Away and American Flyers to that list as well.
  • 2 0
 Line of Sight to that list as well
  • 1 0
 @WasatchGT: this is an awesome site for finding a movie or show, if u have not been on it: reelgood.com
  • 1 0
 @gotohe11carolina: Love Breaking Away! Classic
  • 1 0
 @savagelake: Thanks, I’m old and no longer good at the internet.. Lol
  • 1 0
 @WasatchGT: It has snuck up on me quick as well. If I can’t solve it with google I’m tapped out.
  • 1 0
 @gotohe11carolina: yes! Lucas is a legend
  • 2 0
 The Cam Zink documentary "Reach For The Sky," is streaming free on Amazon Prime video. Also available on iTunes and pretty much anywhere else. www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07BN8RBFP/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
  • 1 0
 For anyone who does not only want pure MTB but is looking more for an adventure retrospective I'd recomment Ice & Palms, it involves both bikes and mountains, basically a skiing trip over Alps using gravel bikes, movie also won some awards as it is really awesome!

https://vimeo.com/319200353
  • 4 0
 Joe kid on a stingray. The beginnings of bmx.
  • 1 0
 A Great one!!!
  • 4 1
 No Breaking Away or American Fliers?????? Come on...sure, not mtn, but still.
  • 3 0
 If anyone is into skateboarding, Fully Flared is a must watch. (If you haven't seen it already)
  • 6 0
 Dogtown & Z boys is a good history of skateboarding.
  • 5 0
 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. Seriously Good.
  • 4 0
 The Triplets of Belleville is also a good watch.
  • 1 0
 today's kids won't appreciate that. Or how heavy season 3 was, especially the Kelowna, Kamloops, Virgin episodes.
  • 1 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: kids these days
  • 3 0
 The Deadline Video never will disappoint
  • 2 1
 A bunch of the old school New World Disorder films are on YouTube. Check out New World Disorder 3 Freewheel Burning!!!!!!!!!!! THE GLORY DAYS
  • 1 0
 The Earthed films are all on Youtube as well.
  • 1 0
 From the Inside Out
vimeo.com/63349082

If any movie will ever get your fired up to road trip through bc his js it!!
  • 2 0
 Kirt Voreis in Evolution. One of the better ones I've seen.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=leCCJgG8kl8
  • 1 0
 Thanks for posting, was just on my way down to mention this!!
  • 1 0
 That was a "step" in an odd direction back then
  • 1 0
 Any body here watch 'Dark' on the internetflix? I think I've figured the twist but Nobody I know watches it so I can't test my hypothesis
  • 2 0
 Also for a bit of old school cool, all of the sprung series are on YouTube....
  • 3 0
 Romaniuks segment in the Collective. That's what I watched growing up.
  • 2 0
 Any fans of "Self Titled"? A bit more low key of a film but I found myself playing it more often than the others.
  • 1 0
 I got mine sign by Geoff Gulevich when he was in my town a few years ago. There is a section in that one that was filmed in my hometown and I use to ride there frequently. Very nostalgic for me!
  • 2 0
 Which of these re kid-friendly or do I need to pre watch for my little shredder.
  • 1 0
 Shameless self-promotion... KLUNKERZ: A Film About Mountain Bikes. To know where you're going you gotta know where you've been. Ride on!
  • 4 1
 Where the trail ends!
  • 3 1
 This day just got a lot less productive.
  • 3 1
 Blood Road might be the worst “MTB” film of all time.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Pinkbike. Really makes me miss Life Behind Bars...
  • 1 0
 Love seeing those narrow bars haha. It’s like how did they ride so well with those??
  • 1 0
 Why is “Not Bad” (the first part of not 2 bad) missing/Why did they take it down on RedBull Tv?
  • 2 0
 Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • 1 0
 What about UnReal??? It is free in Europe, and possibly the best mindfulness mtb movie of all time
  • 1 0
 Thank you for the bike porn!!!!!
  • 1 0
 I could watch Tom Caldwell's stuff all day
  • 3 1
 Klunkerz Amazon Prime
  • 1 0
 Freedom riders. Amazon prime
  • 1 0
 Props to Pinkbike for putting the list together.
  • 2 0
 Earthed missing Frown
  • 1 0
 Ps you can find ew world disorders 4-9 on YouTube!
  • 1 0
 Ride Your F*cking Bike is awesome!
  • 2 0
 This is gold
  • 1 0
 What a collection. Cheers dudes!
  • 1 0
 Thx, this helps in our ( voluntary self-imposed) quarantine...
  • 1 0
 "The steeper, the better" That's a good one Smile
  • 2 0
 Life Cycles Big Grin
  • 1 0
 My stoke is high - even without the vids.
  • 1 0
 Watch the life of Steve peat on YouTube its amazing.
  • 1 0
 Anthill = unreal

Thanks PB for this slices or joy ! ????????????????
  • 1 0
 Why aren't any of the early North Shore Extreme videos on this list??
  • 1 0
 Don`t wanna watch movies, wanna ride my biiiiike, snif....
  • 1 0
 best mtb movie of all time

www.pinkbike.com/video/314937
  • 1 0
 How about What's Next on Pinkbike???? Awesome movie!!!!
  • 1 0
 Kranked 5!
  • 1 0
 MTB HEROES by Fastfokus
  • 1 0
 EVENT 201
  • 1 0
 This is torture
  • 1 0
 What, no SPRUNG 5???
  • 1 0
 Book marked, thanks ????

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