2020 Pinkbike Awards: Video of the Year Winner

Dec 26, 2020
by Jason Lucas  


Video of the Year Winner

2020's Video of the Year nominees included a ton of heavy-hitting content. From the full-on shredit to in-depth narrative pieces, there was something for everyone. But, only one edit can come out on top.



Tom Van Steenbergen in "Wild West"


Why it's the winner.

It was a tight battle this year with 3-4 videos that really stood from the pack and pushed the sport into new territory. However, it was Wild West that came out on top. Tom and Calvin have combined mind-blowing riding with unique visuals that left us with a video that will surely stand the test of time. Congratulations to Tom, Calvin, and everyone behind this video. We can't wait to see what you come up with next.


Reader's Choice

We don't always see eye to eye so we asked you who should take top honors and the results are in.





Hugo Frixtalon & Thomas Estaque in "Hurricane"



Clearly, we have some secret Trap Lords in our audience. Even if you aren't a fan of the music you can't argue that this video makes you want to ride your bike, which is exactly what a video should do. It's been awesome to see Commencal put so much effort into their original content and it's obviously resonating with our audience.










96 Comments

  • 117 29
 freesking videos consistently have better music... shoutout to commencal, doing gods work and bringing mountain biking out of the age of lycra clad dentists.
  • 76 73
 Couldn’t agree more, would love to hear more hip-hop in the mtb world
  • 98 25
 Consistently?


I don't know man, I've heard a LOT of mumble rap and EDM in ski edits that makes me want to punch kittens.
  • 35 3
 @scott-townes: dude... what did the kittens do to you?
  • 9 2
 Still can’t tell if that Commencal video is some sort of weird lost in translation moment that is sad, or intentional and too funny.
But the riding is fresh, yo.
  • 22 1
 @Bikerguy13: Commencal doesnt pay for, or legally license their music, like many other brands. They just play ignorant and its how they get the music they want. Other brands decide to actually compensate the artists they are using in the commercials, which can be very expensive and limit song selection greatly.
  • 10 0
 Didn't expect A$AP ferg TBH. Love me some a$ap mob

I've also owned a few e36s in my day so this one hit close to home.
  • 15 6
 @bikeparkmemes: you don’t have to tell me twice. I work professionally as a filmmaker in the ski industry so I’m very aware of the problem.

Going back to my comment though, as someone who is younger (22). I grew up listening to hip-hop so watching videos with music that I know is awesome. I imagine my reaction to videos with heavy metal in it is similar to how a lot of people feel about rap. I know it’s probably an unpopular opinion on pb but I would way rather have rap or edm music in video than metal
  • 3 0
 @wda1wustl: if you check out the Instagram page la_chillzone you’ll see these guys don’t really take themselves too seriously
  • 6 0
 @scott-townes: i've read your comments, you just want to punch kittens no matter what's in the headphones
  • 1 0
 @bikeparkmemes: doesn't the youtube copyright machine block the video if that's the case? I always wondered if they were paying mega $$$ for their clips, your comment suggest otherwise.

I know I've uploaded stuff with copyrighted music and it's blocked within minutes.
  • 2 0
 @Brasher: So Youtube has agreements with many (most) artists to circumvent needing to block everything. What it will do if file a "copyright claim" on your account, and then place ads in front of your videos, with all money from ads going to youtube and the music rights holder.

Easiest way to tell is in the video description there will be an auto-placed Youtube music credit. If you see that credit, the channel didn't pay for the music.
  • 55 1
 One thing the nominations have taught me is that I seem to prefer raw series with minimal editing (raw 100, sound of speed).
Regardless, every single nominated video was really, really good. Hats off to anyone involved in producing so much high-quality entertainment for us.
  • 27 41
flag andrew8404 (Dec 26, 2020 at 4:53) (Below Threshold)
 Yup not a fan of the terrible visuals in Wild West.
  • 27 0
 I didn't watch any of the nominated videos. Friday fails is my ceiling.
  • 7 1
 Did you not see how the sound effects are added into sound of speed? Massively edited.
  • 10 0
 the raw 100's are always sweet, however I would bet that they have way more editing and overly produced sound design than a regular edit.
  • 3 0
 Remy's sound of speed was amazing
  • 6 4
 raw videos are overplayed. none of the bike sounds you hear in the video are coming from the bike, and are pre-recorded professionally in a studio and mixed, then edited to the video. nothing raw about them. if you listen closely all the raw videos produced by red bull use the same exact bike sounds.
  • 44 2
 I am convinced that Hurricane was simply trying to take the piss. it just has to be. there is no other explaination. It's hilarious.
  • 6 0
 Filmmaker's got a light touch, such a subtle materclass. And the horse just to put an exclamation point on it. Hats off Batman
  • 20 1
 when it comes to videos all I care about is that the music and editing is true to what the riders themselves like. you will never catch me listening to dnb songs but I love the 50to01 videos that use it - they add variety and creativity to the culture and it matches their filming and riding perfectly (probably because its whats playing in their heads while they ride).

videos are all about expressing yourself and the vision that you and your crew have for the sport, not pleasing as many people as possible. if you optimize for the latter, you wind up with edits I call "truck commercials" with a generic inoffensive song aimed at the target demographic. in the bike industry where the majority of "edits" (including the one in question) are explicitly advertisements we can expect a lot of truck commercials, but I dont understand the backlash that comes when we let the kids express themselves.
  • 19 1
 Remy was robbed. His flick is absolutely the most baffling combination of surgical precision and Randy Marsh's giant wheelbarrow balls.
  • 18 3
 Ridge line was the most cinematic one in my opinion, and probably the craziest too.
  • 18 3
 I'm confused... Luke Cryer x Tommy C has most votes on the nominations page...?
  • 10 6
 We took the results from a couple days ago when Hurricane had a huge lead and forgot to close the poll. Not hard to see why people like the Luke Cryer video as well!
  • 17 0
 That horse scene tho..
  • 13 3
 Two of my three favourites for the year but I do think Wild West was the best, production and riding were a cut above! Commencal repeatedly churn out great content and Hurricane has awesome riding, great editing and I think the riders sat on horses wearing full face helmets probably swayed a few!
  • 10 0
 yeah hurricane
  • 12 3
 Macduff got robbed. Change my mind.
  • 7 2
 I'm glad wild west one. It was one of the raddest videos. I didn't like hurricane, I got a bit bored towards the end. The riding is great but compared to other videos like the ridgeline its not as good.
  • 8 0
 Anger and opinion. Roar!!!
  • 10 4
 I'm 64, ride a Commencal (reasonably well for an old fart), but just muted the sound on Hurricane. Great riding, but give me some Zeppelin or blues any day
  • 3 4
 @EGY I'm with you 100% on that one... That music is absolutely horrible!
  • 6 0
 Tom’s skills are insane! Love watching him ride tup I really liked that video
  • 27 21
 So many better videos than hurricane!
  • 7 0
 HURRICANE
  • 6 0
 I'm thinking Mattt McDuff should be up there....
  • 4 0
 As a racer, I wanted it to be all about the badass Frenchie's but, whoooooaaa Steenbergen mad vision, speed, he gave it all. awesome !
  • 1 0
 Pretty cool. The parts where the trees where white look like they were shot in infrared.

Digital camera CCDs can detect well into the infrared range, but a filter over them only allows the visible wavelengths through. If you mod a DSLR to replace the existing filter with a filter that only allows infrared to hit the CCD, you can capture the light that our eyes can't see by turning it into a mostly black & white image, with ghostly white trees and dramatic dark skies.

Color is a fascinating thing to think about. If we could see infrared, it would be as distinct of a color to us as red is to orange, or blue is to green. The same goes for ultraviolet. We just have no ability to imagine what those colors might look like.
  • 1 0
 Go back to September 14/15 on Calvin's insta, hes got a whole collection of Infra/UV pictures. Some pretty wicked stuff
  • 4 0
 That massive front flip tho. Gotta have a lot of nerve to do it.
  • 2 0
 Good choice, congrats Tom your riding is out of this world! And great timing, it looks like he’s getting back on the bike so maybe we’ll see Wild West 2 next year!
  • 1 1
 Luke Cryer 2090 votes Hurricane 1688 the winner Hurricane !!! Cryer was ahead from Xmas Eve onwards looks like Pinkbike use the Trump vote counting method pick a date when the result is the one you like and use that number. Nothing fishy here!!
  • 1 1
 Luke Cryer 2090 votes Hurricane 1688 the winner Hurricane !!! Cryer was ahead from Xmas Eve onwards looks like Pinkbike use the Trump vote counting method pick a date when the result is the one you like and use that number. Nothing fishy here!!
  • 10 7
 Hurricane's win is the apotheosis of dubiousness.
  • 5 1
 it's not dubious when Commencal get a great reception for all of their video projects, whether it's the raw one like Pierrons or this Hurricane, people love it
  • 2 0
 Tounge in cheek proper that. Wild West was immaculate, but the irony of an over produced shredit was definitely lost.
  • 3 2
 Title video for me was the one that stands out. Hurricane didn’t do it for me and Wild West was one awesome jump and the rest was so-so IMO
  • 4 0
 Norbs got robbed
  • 10 10
 So what was the point in the votes, luke Cryer won easy. Is it because they didn't pay you money to win?
  • 39 3
 We took the results from a couple days ago when Hurricane had a huge lead and forgot to close the poll. Not hard to see why people like the Luke Cryer video as well! Now if you excuse me I need to get back to counting my Commencal bucks.
  • 7 2
 @jasonlucas: ahhh forgot there’s no emojis on here. (Crying laughing face) for ya Jason haha (????)...
  • 1 10
flag theburns1 (Dec 26, 2020 at 10:32) (Below Threshold)
 @jasonlucas: i know how the industry works lol.
  • 2 0
 @jasonlucas: I always get paid in paesos because it feels bigger in my hands
  • 1 0
 Spoiled for choice this year, but these two are a cut above!
  • 1 0
 TVS for the win! Freeride ain’t dead!
  • 2 1
 i saw better videos this year ....
  • 1 0
 @Durtwrx Gully was robbed lol
  • 1 0
 Comparing music and biking, rap is about as exciting as indoor spinning.
  • 2 2
 WildWest deserves it 100%
  • 1 0
 Ho ho Lee Chit!
  • 14 15
 hurricane in raw would be a winner
  • 25 9
 Hurricane raw would be terrible. The music set the tone for the edit and the editing style fit in really well with the music.
  • 15 14
 @TheSlayer99: The music is HORRIBLE!
  • 9 11
 @billreilly: That’s just not true. The song used is probably one of my favorite songs I’ve heard this year.
  • 5 7
 @TheSlayer99: I guess everybody is entitled to have bad taste!
  • 5 3
 @TheSlayer99: "I ride like a maniac and shred the gnar like a pro" lol
  • 3 6
 @gnarnaimo: wow you’re so funny...
  • 4 9
flag TheSlayer99 (Dec 26, 2020 at 14:01) (Below Threshold)
 @billreilly: you’re really one to talk about bad taste. 1. A$AP Ferg is a great artist and 2. I can guarantee I listen to an exponentially wider variety of music than you so there is no way it is physically possible for you to have a better music taste than me
  • 3 4
 @TheSlayer99: Whatever you say sonny boy!
  • 4 4
 @TheSlayer99: Fake news. The music is awful. It's a scientific fact that I listen to more music than you and nobody on the planet has better musical taste than me.
I listen to my ipod like a maniac and shred the vinyl like a pro.
  • 3 4
 @gnarnaimo: for a grown ass man you sure are good at acting like a child. You’re hilarious, some may say, a clown even. A professional keyboard warrior in his finest moment, arbitrarily attacking others on the internet thinking he’s “slick” as the kids say these days, when truly it is pitiful and embarrassing.
  • 4 3
 @TheSlayer99: Your consistent arrogance is what's hilarious, pitiful and embarrassing. He's just turned it around on you.
  • 2 5
 @SirShralpsAlot: damn bro you got the whole squad laughing. All I hear is cap
  • 2 4
 @SirShralpsAlot: where in saying jet lag is a good song is there arrogance mr smart ass
  • 4 2
 @TheSlayer99: "as the kids say these days"... You're just a young punk know-it-all kid... Call me after you've reached puberty and we can talk about musical taste...
  • 2 3
 @billreilly: I’m not the one who decided to be an a*shole to someone with differing opinions. That seems pretty childish to me...
  • 3 2
 @TheSlayer99: arrogant: having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities.
" I can guarantee I listen to an exponentially wider variety of music than you so there is no way it is physically possible for you to have a better music taste than me"
"I ride like a maniac and shred the gnar like a pro"
  • 2 3
 @SirShralpsAlot: that’s not the question I asked is it smart ass.
  • 3 2
 @TheSlayer99: Wow... Ok, try to keep up here. You were being blatantly arrogant (as quoted), @gnarnaimo called you out on said arrogance, I pointed out said arrogance, you asked a question completely irrelevant to any of this, I pointed out exactly where you were arrogant..you still somehow think your question is relevant. You must be a troll, there's no way someone can actually be this stupid.
  • 3 1
 @SirShralpsAlot: He's just a kid, don't be so hard on him... He's probably upset that his mom won't let him play on the PlayStation until he cleans up his room!
  • 2 2
 @billreilly:
@SirShralpsAlot:

I wasn’t arrogant until people started talking shit buddy. I can tell you’re all so thrilled with all the coal you got for Christmas, why else would people be asshats on the internet for no reason.
  • 1 3
 Too bad Timless 3 was just released yesterday. Beats every one of these edits IMO.
  • 1 3
 I think that while remaining on Commencal side Pierron video it's much better than Hurricane
  • 4 1
 Agreed. Pierron is absolutely on the edge throughout. That being said.. Remy got robbed.
  • 14 16
 lol insane bad music choice for Hurricane
  • 16 10
 That’s cap. The music made hurricane. The editing style used for hurricane plus the music made it great.
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