Video: Seasons of Shred - Big in Japan Teaser with Andrew Taylor and Niki Leitner

May 21, 2013 at 7:53
May 21, 2013
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After visiting Fukui Izumi resort one year prior to this trip there was no doubt we had to go back and spend more time there with the full crew. With such awesome people and access to a full mountain with tons of resources it was definitely one of our favorite trips to date. Here a short teaser to hold you over until the full video.

Our trip started out with some sightseeing in the heart of Osaka


Having a tractor and a mountain to sculpt deep in the forest of Japan is a dream come true. Niki Leitner hard at work.


The first part of our week on the mountain was full of digging and shaping to get ready for some epic days of riding.


Our days started before sunrise and went well into the night.


All the hard work about to pay off.


Photos: Hirooyuki Nakagawa
Video: Fabian Kluhs

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26 Comments

  • + 1
 I'm headed to Japan this summer. Does anyone know of any information for mountain biking? I would love to rent an all mountain and explore. No idea what kind of terrain they have
  • + 7
 Check out some of my videos and you can see the steep rocky trails we have! If my way you can barrow one of my bikes and we could shred! However this summer Im going to Cali for 2 weeks so if its not conflicting we might be able to ride! RideOn!
  • + 3
 And depending on when you come, I and a few mates around the Nagoya area can give you some pointers if you let us know where and when you are going to be..
  • + 1
 oh the friendly japanese =]
  • + 1
 Why, thank you. I am a Brit by the way and Niko is from over the water!
  • + 1
 Yes, so we are both friendly people who just happen to live in Japan! I think Dave is more friendly than I!
  • + 4
 Chinese industry for bike parks! sounds like a good idea!
  • + 1
 agreed! many (honest) things going on my mind, that chinese could produce!
  • + 2
 HAHAHA visit China boys it will change your perspective quickly
  • + 3
 They know how to build jumps in Japan
  • + 1
 Mmmmm, many people who live here would find it hard to agree Rob. Mad Max (the man called Hamaguchi san who is responsible for the Izumi Fukui bike park where this was shot) is the only man I know of in Japan who is trying to build any kind of big mountain bike park, and it is poignant that Andrew and Niki were the builders of the above. The reality for riders here is that if you want jumps, you have to get together and make the trails in collaboration with land owners and most are rightly very concerned about injuries on their land. The result? Precious few flowy, jumpy trails. Bugger! If you want tight singletrack though we have it in spades.
  • + 1
 100% agreed. Went to fujimi panorama last week, a bike park with NO jump! ahah what a joke! Was fun tho.
  • + 2
 This video doesn't hold me over at all! It makes me even hungrier!
  • + 1
 fuck if there is trails with lift access im moving to japan. that would complete japan!
  • + 1
 So they had to go all the way to Japan to build those jumps....wow!
  • + 1
 Oohhhhh!!! I was almost going to finish..
  • + 1
 AT almost hit me in his truck last week...so awsome
  • + 1
 Not sure if Japanese or Indian vid after watching them hit those jumps.
  • + 1
 can we have a plan of the line they are building?!
  • + 1
 Sorry for it not being a hyperlink... however, this is the bike park they are at, and the big jumps are in the middle of the Interceptor line and bottom of V10 usually.

www.funfancy.co.jp/jagaround/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/%E3%82%B3%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9%E3%83%9E%E3%83%83%E3%83%97.jpg
  • + 1
 cheers, so it is already a made bikepark?

you don't happen to know what they where doing with the digger and shovels, looked interesting !
  • + 1
 Yeah Kustomango, it is a summer only bike park. The place itself is a Ski slope that essentially lets Hamaguchi San use it to run a bike park in summer. However, he basically has to level it every October and rebuild it every April!!!! (which is what he will have been using the digger for). Check out IZUMI FUKUI bike park on Facebook for more photos. www.facebook.com/fukuiizumi/photos_stream. The uplift is on a flat bed truck because the ski slope literally closes down the entire site for the summer. There are no toilets (one portaloo with a note on it saying if you want to do a number two, you might want to use the public toilet 10 kms down in the valley!), no running water (Hamaguchi san brings a poly tank every day for emergencies) and no electricity of any kind. We all absolutely love it however and is my go to bike park of choice because it is only a couple of hours drive away, everyone is really cool and friendly and the lines are FUN! The park is used for a slopestyle kind of event every Autumn called JAGAROUND and there is a video diary of that somewhere on PB..
  • + 1
 thanks. Smile
  • + 1
 What camera did you use? sweet video
  • + 1
 ripin those burms : )
  • + 1
 I want a RED Epic.

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