Old School Throwback: JIB

Jun 1, 2013
by Jason Chamberlain  
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JIB from 2002 captures the brief period where urban freeriding was at its peak. Mountain biking without mountains, as director Thor Wixom put it. The trend didn't last long, but it was spectacular while it did. Lots of broken parts and one of the best crash sequences ever. (Video posted with permission of Thor Wixom.)

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  • 24 1
 Ah yes. The time when hucking to flat wasn't enough and we decided it would be cool to huck-to-flat on concrete. Also, I broke my knee cap wearing those damn Lizard Skins shin pads (with no knee pad).
  • 8 0
 You know it's going we'll when the police join in....
  • 3 0
 at 6:58 i see a tld A1. I thought they came out this year, must have been mistaken
  • 19 1
 the riding was awesome. But that music was killing me
  • 34 1
 Agree...felt like i was watching an 80's porno
  • 8 0
 Jibbing might have caught on if Thor didnt insist on using a yamaha keyboard for sound traclk
  • 14 0
 i think it did catch on but its called street? and i think we called it street back then anyway
  • 2 4
 But not on a mountain bike..
  • 2 0
 Thor produced all the music himself. As a kid I used to watch it on mute with my favourite tunes playing on top.
  • 2 0
 @ junkyard
I know he must have thought highly of himself. It was 2002 for gods sake the music would have been shit in 1984... I think Thor started the DJ/street Bike movement cause after that train wreak of style no one wanted to be associated with it by riding a mountain bike
  • 14 0
 "JIB from 2002 captures the brief period where urban freeriding was at its peak. Mountain biking without mountains, as director Thor Wixom put it. The trend didn't last long"

There's a Matt MacDuff video on the homepage right now that begs to differ...albeit with less shin guards.
  • 2 0
 =my thoughts exactly
  • 2 1
 hmm thats park.. and brakeless.. not really the same thing.. or better .. completely not the same thing..
  • 1 0
 Well true, that one wasn't the best example but plenty of his other vids have the same hopping walls and manualing everything with a bit of park mixed in. The fact that he's running a different bike set up doesn't change the type of riding he's actually doing. The only thing really lacking is the stair hucking.
  • 1 0
 "with a bit of park mixed in" well half the shit is impossible without brakes.. and they are running 40 pound DH bikes.. thats the trick.. Wink

and to be honest,.., after some years doing street meetings with some guys..
i find that brakeless street/park riding is like skate boarding. they normally pull 99% fails.. and one succefull trick occasionally
i watched matt's video.. but after a few minutes i was bored..props for running brakeless.. but i see a lack of diversity..
although matt did pull some crazy shit a few times..
  • 13 0
 shin pads and no helmet...bro
  • 9 0
 this movie was so super boss, it redefined what I thought a bike was for! I had the most badass urban freeride rig! Norco team with 3.0 kenda flames! If only I could sender like super T!
  • 9 0
 Burn in hell jib! Regards early 2000s wheelsets
  • 7 0
 We used to call it Urban Assault!
  • 1 1
 We still do. Even if it's just bombing peoples front yards on the way back to the van for another DH shuttle. It's good fun at night too, when it's too much like effort to hook up the night lights etc to go bush. (bush = forest) Razz
  • 6 0
 Super T's segment was great.
  • 3 0
 great! i've seen a segment in youtube a time ago, and i wanted see the full film, nice to find now only i dissapointed that a few riders don't use helmet, being who this is anything basic anyway the movie is sick!
  • 2 0
 I still ride my circa 2002 hard-tail. A lot of people don't understand why it weighs almost 40 pounds. This video is a good example of why. Flat hucks to concrete, drops onto stairs, etc... This video put a big smile on my face.
  • 4 0
 Those stair hucks just never get old. Pretty sure I thought that was what downhill was when I was a kid.
  • 4 2
 Williams' move at 33:00 has always impressed me. Trials pedal kick on a fully to a fairly narrow landing... not the biggest fan of the location with serious consequences for failure. Glad he nailed it.
  • 8 0
 I think it looks more dangerous than it was. There was plenty of room for error. It wasn't one that I had second thoughts on even for a minute.
  • 5 0
 V-Dub on this site!?! Do you still ride? Post some vids! You changed my life when i saw this movie 10 years ago.
  • 2 0
 @yanndmc - I'll second that!
  • 3 0
 Seems crazy to hear that. I was just having fun riding my bike. Couldn't believe someone would want to film me. Couple of my friends did this vid for a high school film project about a year ago - vimeo.com/41808417 - still riding for sure. Broke my tibia last fall at a jump contest so that slowed me down a bit. Can't believe how long ago we made this video. Crazy...
  • 2 0
 Thanks for linking to the video. Was cool to watch. Felt like a "whatever happened too" episode...lol Good to see you still going at it. Your comment about what you will be riding when you are 40 is totally my motto (and being in the same age bracket getting closer and closer).
  • 1 0
 Enjoyed the documentary, Von. Enjoyed you riding in Jib immensely, and was glad to see you still out there enjoying it. p.s. at 48 I ride more than I did at 28. Keep it up, and what a testament to your parenting your boys gave. You seem a well-rounded person. Sweet.
  • 1 0
 @vdubmtnb1ker: at the time you were one of the best riders in the world. It was pretty f*ckin wild. No one was doing things you were doing. Mixing trials, bmx, and downhill into your own version of freeride. f*ckin style!!!
  • 2 0
 Living in the Prairies this was the only kind of aggressive riding we had outside BMX. I watched this vid so many times back then. It was awesome, still have the DVD somewhere.
  • 1 0
 ...and i still have an old Ellsworth specialist in my basement
  • 3 2
 Williams' move at 33:00 has always impressed me. Trials pedal kick on a fully to a fairly narrow landing... not the biggest fan of the location with serious consequences for failure. Glad he nailed it.
  • 5 1
 This is the best movie. Ever.
  • 3 0
 20.00 makes me cringe every time i see him bin it on the stairs. Scary stuff!
  • 1 0
 He broke his hip. These stairs steps are big, 3 x 20 stairs.
  • 2 0
 Everything is good when you get to see Tyler "Super T" Klassen ride his bike! I fell in love with that Ellsworth Dare right after watching JIB... Oh, sweet memories!
  • 2 0
 One of my favourite bike videos, have watched it countless times over the years. Tyler Klassen's riding is incredible by any standard.
  • 2 0
 "The trend didn't last long"...
Umm...er...well,people don't use triple crown DH sleds these days, but really....

And as for 18:15... brings tears to my eyes.
  • 1 0
 What happened to the guy who fell two flights of stairs in the wipeout section? I hope he was wearing somthing a little better than the lizard skin shin pads! # adove, I think he might have you beat with two broken knees!
  • 2 0
 Haha. I still have this movie. It's amazing looking back at what was awesome just 11 years ago.
  • 1 0
 Yup! I just happened to pull it out and watch it again about a month ago.
  • 5 4
 I don't know about it's "peak"... I think riders like Danny Macaskill are still pushing and progressing the sport... Awesome throwback though!
  • 3 0
 Thats more like trials though.
  • 1 0
 Macaskill is pushing it for sure, but not on a DH rig. That was the hallmark of this era - big bikes in the city.
  • 3 0
 Always a pleasure to watch Super-T jib Smile
  • 2 0
 holy crap i still have this on my hard drive somewhere - btw that white dh bike with 24" wheels looks so badass
  • 3 0
 lol the car tow jump is mental, great video!
  • 3 0
 Used to have this film! Got me so much more into riding! Loved it!
  • 1 0
 Monsters, dual crown HT's in skateparks, heeeeavy trials influence, fullys on DJs, stair gaps, urban ledges, shin only pads... great times. great times indeed.
  • 1 0
 Holy shit we used to all ride like that!! I remember pulling my first heel clicker. Damn we used to jump stairs and shit all day
  • 1 0
 "....as urban mountain biking. The only problem I see with this is, there are no mountains involved." *smug look as to imply he's the first person to observe this*
  • 1 0
 The crash on the quad stair set at 20:00 was the gnarlies thing I have ever seen. I'm going to have nightmares after see that one.
  • 2 0
 Let's see it from another angle @ 4:04:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrumsWvUY_4
  • 1 0
 Dame, that was intense. Can't believe he got up.
  • 2 0
 try climbing those narrow stairs (@3:59) with your fancy new-fangled uber-wide handlebars!
  • 1 0
 Thanks pinkbike, this takes me back to when I was a young kid and spent my time destroying back wheels bombing stair sets after watching this film!
  • 1 0
 everyones sub 40 pound bikes would implode within 2 stairs gaps nowadays, these guys threw down friday night after friday night.
  • 1 0
 First saw this after an episide of drop in t.v on extreme sports when they actually showed mtb programmes. Get chain reaction up!
  • 1 0
 probably the first bike movie i have seen (or chain reaction- necxt week chain reaction pleaaaase)
  • 1 0
 So this from where the video on youtube called "Urban Freeride Part 2" comes. Old school was so much interesting.
  • 1 0
 I used to have that snafu seat v-dubs riding on my bmx when I was a teen. Definitely an oldskool throw back!
  • 1 0
 the guy at 6:58 in the stands looks like he is wearing a gold troy lee a1 helmet
  • 2 0
 Hardtails with dual crown forks brings it back!
  • 1 0
 I remember when I wanted to cut my bars shorter after watching this video when I first started riding, lol
  • 2 0
 Exactly 20:00 minutes in, that has to be one of the most horrid crashes.
  • 2 0
 Next one : Monkey Style 2
  • 2 0
 This video inspires me to ride. After all these year still One of my favs.
  • 1 0
 Von still has to be one of the best all round riders I've seen. Love this video but the music is wank!
  • 1 0
 Also... This soundtrack FTW!!!
  • 1 0
 Camp cargo shorts. Awful!!
  • 2 4
 Wow its amazing to see the progressionnot only in the trick variety and difficulty of djing, but even just style in general. The flow back then has nothing on the flow now thats for sure haha.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the throwback cool as...
  • 2 0
 What a memories!
  • 2 2
 thank god for wide bars and short stems - those guys look like they are hucking commuter bikes...
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what Tyler Klassen aka Super T has been up to?
  • 1 0
 metal bash rings and sub-6lb dual crowns.(except the monster T of course.)
  • 1 0
 So anyone have anyidea where I can find this soundtrack from this?
  • 2 0
 That was off the sector!
  • 1 0
 Sickdar!
  • 2 0
 Such skinny bars
  • 1 0
 haha super T using double crowns on a hardtail
  • 1 0
 Bought the DVD to reminisce over a few months ago
  • 1 0
 c'est vraiment old school meme la musique ,,,
  • 1 0
 The bikes may be different but the crashes are the always the same.
  • 1 0
 I remember when bikes were loud and the chain could be heard.
  • 1 0
 what ever happened to Danny Swan? and Chris Stewart?
  • 1 0
 Przys┼éowiowe "Stare ale jare" Big Grin
  • 2 1
 NARROW BARS!
  • 1 3
 Man o man, what are we going to think of the videos that are current right now, in ten years or so? I couldnt even watch half of this video it hurt my eyes!
  • 1 0
 I miss riding shirtless
  • 1 0
 Shaun!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 out
  • 1 0
 18:50 = WTF?
  • 1 0
 Osiris shoes... Ha!
  • 1 1
 Holy shit, was that a 2014 Ellsworth in there?
  • 1 3
 Yo yo yo!
  • 1 1
 werd
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