Video: This is Sam Reynolds

Feb 8, 2014
by Rachelle Frazer Boobar  



Sam is one of those guys; we’ve all met them. He’s someone who picks things up obscenely quickly. I honestly have no doubt that if he had chosen basketball or golf or football or tennis he would have achieved the same success effortlessly. This works within bike riding too. The guy gets a downhill bike one second, and the next he’s putting out an edit which leaves you forgetting that he’s primarily known for his riding on a hardtail. Here’s what he had to say about it:


OW: This is pretty different to your previous edits. Apart from the obvious lack of singing, coffins, and white suits there's much more big bike. How did this come about?

SR: I have always enjoyed bombing turns and jumps on my hardtail but this year I got a downhill bike that's actually cool so I’ve been playing on it loads! I love that it opens up all sorts of terrain that is otherwise unrideable on a jump bike or BMX.


OW: Are we gonna see a Reynolds run at Rampage in the near future or do you not love big bikes quite that much yet?

SR: Maybe, you never know! It looks gnarly and isn’t something I would ride for fun but could be cool to go to one day! This edit is pretty much made up of stuff I like to build and ride. More fun and less gnar.


OW: Hill bully huckfest features at the end of the edit. Must have been good to ride in such a unique event

SR: Hillybilly Huckfest was absolutely one of my highlights of the year, I can’t praise Makken enough for putting on such a great event. It was purely for riders and by riders. Makken had created the best course, invited some rad and unique riders and it really put the big money making events to shame! If it's on again this year I would love to go again.


OW: What style of riding influences you the most at the moment?

SR: Anyone inspires me as long as they are enjoying themselves and trying something new! That’s why we all ride right? Seems like so many kids have forgotten that and just ride to win contests. I spend a lot of time riding Masters of Dirt shows with FMX guys who really inspire me with their extension and attitude, those guys are the OG freestylers and I prefer a huge superman over a gap to a triple barspin any day!


OW: A flair on a downhill bike... how did that go for you?

SR: I built that dirt quarterpipe over a year ago with one of my best mates Tom Grundy, we spent some miserable rainy days digging that thing so he deserves a shout for that! Even Dayson helped out too. It's been too wet to ride until recently so we took full advantage of it and a flair on the big bike was something I had in mind ever since we found that spot. Took a few goes as you can see in the final edit but got there and nailed it a few times for fun! Easy baby...


OW: Final Words?

SR: I just want to say thanks to all of my sponsors and to Monster Energy for working on this project with me. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this – I hope you like the new edit!

Words and Interview: Olly Wilkins


119 Comments

  • 95 0
 I think I may have a new favourite rider!
  • 10 0
 Same!
  • 17 19
 Plus, word is bond on that hard rock soundtrack... #uck this electronic bull ish they're playing these days
  • 7 1
 Careful what you say here on Zinkbike Oliep.
  • 60 0
 That was the SICKEST Fucking edit ive seen all year!!!!!!! So stoked right now.
  • 10 0
 It was! That is the type of video that makes me want to go ride!
  • 2 0
 Lol so far... wait till summer here that just makes me wanna ride even though is pissing down
  • 1 3
 0 shits were given in this edit
  • 19 1
 Best rider in the uk. Pilgs and jones are close but Reynolds is just ridiculous.
  • 2 1
 Word up too this! ^ Such a good rider and he seems like quite the lad to be honest!
  • 28 0
 But.....but.....Brendog.....
  • 3 9
flag jaame (Feb 8, 2014 at 19:41) (Below Threshold)
 Not being funny, but results speak for themselves. Obviously Reynolds isn't better than Pilgs. He wins hands down in the handsomeness stakes though. But I think Pilgs has more banter. I like both of them though, repping the UK scene for the world.
  • 4 0
 @medievalbiking I agree he has the sickest whips
  • 3 2
 You can't really compare ae. Brendan is DH, with some big mtb freeride and A LOT of steeze thrown in and Sam is dirt jump / slopestyle with some dope tricks on downhill bikes thrown in.
  • 3 0
 Have them both
  • 1 0
 Hooray!
  • 7 1
 I like how the biggest point Sam made in this interview is that riding should be about fun and it shouldn't all be about competition - and one of the first comments I read is about how this guy is better than Sam Pilgrim... Honestly, no one cares which of them is better. Not only is it totally subjective and therefore impossible to say who is really better - but its not really in the spirit of freestyle mountain biking. Like Sam says, its all about having fun - let go of the idea of one being better than the other. The UK has an all round great scene.
  • 1 1
 Pretty sure FIDS is the best rider in the UK. If you don't know who FIDS is than you need to get a scooter.
  • 11 0
 I can't even... how did he do that trick at 1:57!!!
  • 5 0
 Ya what is that called? I can't comprehend...
  • 4 0
 Its called a bike flip
  • 7 1
 Bikeflip.
  • 1 0
 That move is rad. Makes a tail whip look so puss. I only seen it done on a mtb twice, both times by him. He does it in slow motion plus the other sick MX AirWalk he is known for in this:
www.pinkbike.com/news/Video-Sam-Reynolds-Super-Slow-Mo-2013.html
  • 3 0
 Sam Pilgrim actually did one years back (2009) - but I've still never seen anybody do one in competition.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNfVLcFbGR4
  • 3 0
 Sam did a bikeflip in June 2013 in Katowice, Poland. I believe that was the first bikeflip in competition.

proof: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADLzftoLbRU
  • 6 0
 I got to say, I am not biggest commenter out there. I just love the MTB scene and don't care about opinions really. But video was really put together to show what the rider is about and what his riding is about. And it sure did. This video came much closer to the reality what freeriding and associated diciplines are compared to all those many other videos. It is a good video and hell of a fun riding !
  • 8 0
 He's riding woburn sands in the DJ pics :'( it got ploughed 2 weeks ago :'( waaaaaaaa
  • 1 0
 are u serious, even after the dirt uk video thing there? did they take the place down?? cause that would suck
  • 2 0
 All the dirt jumps got run through with 2 massive diggers, it was on the homepage...scroll down abit and you should find it
  • 1 0
 well that sucks big time!!!
  • 7 0
 I never comment on vids because my cool bike talk is way below standard. This has got my really excited for a wet days building and riding tomorrow, thanks very much!
  • 6 0
 Well that was unexpected.
  • 7 0
 Sam Shrednolyds...
  • 6 0
 Reminds me of a good old NWD segment!
  • 4 0
 Sam seems to be a very good person and better rider! Sick video and excelent riding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 That flair on the dh bike was nuts! The fact that he didn't made a 10sec video of it claiming it to be a "worlds first" mad it even better.
  • 4 0
 That's a kind of videos I like! Full of energy, with no excessive slo-mo, just great!
  • 3 0
 That definitely has the feel of an old school mtb vid. Shredding, not too much slo-mo. Not a lot of talking. Metal. Nice. The riding speaks for itself.
  • 1 0
 "This edit is pretty much made up of stuff I like to build and ride. More fun and less gnar."

LMFAO I just read that. Yeah not much gnar in there at all Sam. Pretty mellow. :/

Get the f*ck out to Rampage & slaughter it!!!!
  • 5 0
 THAT WAS RAD !!!! tup
  • 4 0
 anyone know what DH bike hes riding?
  • 2 0
 i think he's on polygon?
  • 3 0
 Polygon Collosus DHX.
  • 1 0
 after seeing the polygon in the above link
I don't think it can be? the seat tube top tube bridge is completely different
unless it's a custom for him?
  • 1 0
 They've gone through a few different proto's with the Hutchinson team, not sure which version Sam would be on but it's definitely a Polygon.
  • 1 0
 It's probably a minor change on the 2014 Colossus, which they did not feel the need to take new pictures for. Otherwise it looks like a stock Colossus
  • 1 0
 Or... he could be riding the Collussus FRX with a dual crown fork. It's the FR version of the Collusus with slightly less travel in the rear.
www.polygonbikes.com/ww/bikes/description/2013-collosus-frx
  • 1 0
 Good point, that is what I thought at first, but the linkage is different
  • 1 0
 how is the linkage different? I was under the impression that it might actually be an older model, as the seat stay is similar to the earlier versions.
  • 1 0
 Not 100% but I think it's just a frx with a set of dual crowns
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure it is a Collosus, he had a red FRX for Indonesia, but he just got a grey Dh frame (built it up twice, once with single crowns once with dual).
  • 1 0
 Well whatever it was, I love the riding! Amazing guy, the multi-talented Sam Reynolds!
  • 1 0
 That was seriously awesome!!!!!!! - so much energy - always thought this guy was under the radar too much and this proves it - real world class, just goes to show that a decent edit can really show off the skills
  • 4 0
 What innertubes do you use?
  • 2 0
 Now that is a 26" f*cking master right there!!!! Awesome edit Sam!!! Crazy gnarly riding with crazy gnarly tunes!!!!! There just aren't enough edits comin' around like this!
  • 3 0
 I am suprised he didin't do The Rampage yet
  • 2 0
 He's gotta be invited though, Rampage is an invitation only event. If Sam does more of this kind of stuff on video, perhaps that'll put him on the Big Mountain map more...
  • 3 0
 This was sick!!! Rip the dh bike
  • 3 0
 awesome! dude got a bunch of balls!
  • 1 0
 Sam just fuckin rocks!! u guys wanna see wen him, brendog and the other boys come out for a sunday morn play in the local woods!!
  • 3 0
 This was sick....!!! He's gotta have some big cojones Smile
  • 2 0
 Video got the New World Disorder style- you wanna go out and ride your bike! Lovely
  • 2 1
 Well that was friggin awesome, great so see Peaslake in the edit as well, has to be one of the best places to ride for me around London.
  • 2 0
 This guy is the best rider I have seen
  • 3 0
 Well god damn!
  • 2 0
 Props Sam, that was off the chain Big Grin
  • 2 0
 I was just calming down after my Wharncliffe ride, and now....
  • 2 0
 Mad props to SR for this edit.....Sikk riding.tricks for fun
  • 2 0
 bike flip....yeah brothaaaa!!!!
  • 2 0
 I gotta comment on this one...God damn Sam, so sick!!!
  • 1 0
 what the hell just happened on my screen? that first section of the vid was bonkers dope.
  • 1 0
 The band is a Santa Cruz glam band called Dirty Penny got to love the sleaze gutter glam made it to PB.
  • 1 0
 that 0:32 second shittttt, soooo sssickk
  • 1 0
 holeeey shite he doesnt hold back no matter what
  • 1 0
 Awesomse video, got me stocked. Shame I need to repair my bike Frown
  • 1 0
 Can't Wait to see reynolds on DH BOS. Going to be Huge!
  • 1 0
 Holy piss that was insane
  • 1 0
 Forgot how good this guy was . Inspired to ride right now
  • 1 0
 Wow that was a Awsome edit. Super stylish and fast riding.
  • 2 0
 the english kills it!!!!
  • 1 0
 He is nuts, what a rider... wow
  • 1 0
 so much style, so much talent. Great edit from Sam!
  • 1 0
 0:30 is my favourite part.
  • 1 0
 Knew this was going to be awesome as soon as Dirty Penny kicked in!
  • 1 0
 Sam would not be out of place at rampage
  • 1 0
 I... that that was the sickest thing ive ever seen
  • 1 0
 im about to start riding in my living room. what a vid!
  • 1 0
 He's too fast for my computer to keep up with!!
  • 1 0
 One pair of pants to rule them all! Sick riding!
  • 1 1
 Selon moi, le rider le plus doué et le plus stylé de sa génération. My favorite dirt rider.
  • 1 0
 That edit deserves at the very least a pre qualified place at rampage!
  • 1 0
 FUCKING HELL THIS GUYS INSANE
  • 2 0
 RIP Woburn
  • 1 0
 OMG sam could have a good shot at rampage?
  • 1 0
 Sam's 36s are so clean I love it

www.ulule.com/bikepark-geneve
  • 1 0
 Please come back to Høkkfest Sam! Last year was sick!
  • 1 0
 I can't believe what i just i saw!!
  • 1 0
 Sam Reynolds' Nothings make him look cool as f*ck....this is a FACT !!
  • 1 0
 I can see why Monster Energy picked him up, he is a MONSTER!
  • 1 0
 @2:00 min. No joke
  • 1 0
 Wild and rowdy!
  • 1 0
 Smokin
  • 1 0
 FUCK YEAH!!!
  • 1 0
 Living the dream
  • 1 0
 He's an Animal!
  • 1 0
 Holy shit!
  • 1 0
 Fuck yeah!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 really nice riding
  • 1 0
 Amazing.
  • 1 0
 Sick Sam Shrednolyds...
  • 1 0
 Shredding!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Fucking sick vid!
  • 1 2
 Can Polygon bikes make it??? afterall it's from Indonesia right??
  • 4 0
 Sik Mik Hannah has been doing no poorer since he's moved to Polygon, so the bikes must be competitive enough
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