Video of the Month - February 2012

Mar 9, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
Video of the Month is an article showcasing the best Videos of the Day from the month before. We take the most viewed videos from the previous month, and pick our favorites out of the top 10.

Tech articles on Pinkbike almost always get a lot of views, and the same goes for videos it seems, especially when that video is all about breaking bikes in the name of science and testing. Also in the top 5 this month we have 2 South American race videos from Lucent, and a great test video from Brad Walton on the Kona Entourage. Kona's video on Graham Agassiz makes up the final vid in the top 5.

Views: 709,882    Faves: 974    Comments: 97

1. Pinkbike Visits The Santa Cruz Test Lab by larock

Views: 83,686    Faves: 1,046    Comments: 58

2. Descida das Escadas de Santos urban downhill race by lucent

Views: 116,678    Faves: 1,106    Comments: 205

3. Kona Entourage tested by bradwalton

Views: 93,149    Faves: 1,941    Comments: 88

4. The Graham Agassiz Profile by konaworld

Views: 67,890    Faves: 814    Comments: 47

5. 2012 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo by lucent

Honorable Mentions include:

"The Rise Exclusive: Matt Macduff " by justbmx. This is our first runner up with 45,163 views

"Teva Winter Games - Best Trick Video" by nicgenovese. This is our first runner up with 36,239 views

"Mark Matthews - Winter Days" by rupertwalker. 32,046 views.

"Skye Rides Los Angeles" by norho208. 29,287 views.

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  • 27 1
 I take my hat off to Santa Cruz. The reaction to that video could have gone either way, but the Pinkbike Community got it right - not only did many love it and learn from it, now many of us WANT to buy a carbon frame. And many of those want a Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz took a risk and it paid off because they have faith in their product.

Car manufacturers are constantly destroying cars and letting us know the results - none of us would buy a new car unless it had a a Five Star NCAP rating, and auto companies know it and build their cars safer and safer. But when it comes to bikes, we all know how brands ride and how much they weigh and what they look like... but destruction testing?

Imagine if there was a independent body that destroyed bike frames and gave a rating (longevity tests would be good too). Or at least had a certain limit that frames must reach before they get their Five Stars. Once a few companies got on board and advertised that their frame passed independent strength and longevity tests, companies not participating would lose sales, and companies that didn't get Five Stars would make sure as hell their next version did. There would probably need to be dfferent standards for dfferent applications, i.e. XC, trail, DH, DJ, road, cyclocross.

1. We would get better value for money (cost over life of product).
2. We would be safer.
3. Planned obsolescence would be a thing of the past.
4. Shitty companies producing shitty bikes would fold (including those terrible cheap POS that destroy themselves in four rides and sit in the garage and are never ridden again - the ones bike shops refuse to touch. Why these dangerous bikes are allowed to be sold is beyond me).
5. UCI could drop the minimum weight limit for bikes that passed.
6. Counter to point 5, no-one would turn up to a XC race with something that weighed so little that it wasn't up to the task.

1. Small companies producing small volumes may not be able to afford to send frames for testing.
  • 23 1
 I will never doubt a carbon frame again.
  • 5 38
flag bebemonk4ever (Mar 9, 2012 at 5:45) (Below Threshold)
 its lighter and stronger... but its not so rigid has a aluminium frame... thats why carbon is stronger because it twists and dont brake... on the same way that steel must not be too hard sometimes because harder brakes faster... mythbusters have a episode that they say that...
  • 35 8
 Riding mountain bike doesn't mean you can skip your english class.
  • 11 7
 another problem with carbon is that the fibers snap on the inside of the frame and show now sign of wear, so they can be in bad condition but look perfect. but tbh i would still buy one as the weight saved is rediculous
  • 17 2
 i automatically read that comment with a borat accent
  • 6 4
 You know what i mean dude! Do i have to whrite it all in the right whay? Now you look like my mom! This is a bike websyte not a school! Did i whrote it right? Are you better know?

Give me a break!
  • 17 1
 chyu your comment wasn't even grammatically correct. well done.
  • 7 1
 Neither was yours.
  • 11 0
 who gives a fuk
  • 2 1
 atleast it made sense though
  • 5 0
 How many of you can write with no mistake in their second language?
  • 4 0
 i can't write with no mistakes in my first language... Frown
  • 2 0
 haha, Don't feel bad buddy! My first language is Polish, but when I try to write in it it feels like I'm trying to write in Chinese or some shit Big Grin can barely read it too!
  • 15 1
 I wish i had a Nomad c. :'(
  • 10 20
flag supr-ridr (Mar 9, 2012 at 7:57) (Below Threshold)
 wasnt a very good month for bike videos not a single one is worth a fav
  • 8 0
 No one worth a fav ?

even the vid of Graham Agassiz?
  • 7 9
 he was riding a kona
  • 8 0
 ^you are such a douch. he shreds on any kind of bike but just because he was riding a kona means its not fav worthy? you throw the killer shredding and the awesome cinematography out the window just because of the bike that is being ridden? i bet you have never even ridden a kona and are just jumping on the bandwaggon with everyone else talking shit about konas. next time think about what you are gonna say before just blurting out some dumbass comment.
rant over
  • 2 0
 Well said.
  • 2 1
 well videos ARE supposed to look good. They don't look as good when the bikes are ugly, and that's a fact. So supr-ridr has a bit a point there.
  • 2 2
 I would ride a kona anyday they look better htan most bikes out there now and they are in my opinion more trusty aswell
  • 1 1
 in my opinion they don't look better. opinions opinions.

Somebody should take a survey sometime to see just which frames are the best looking in the eyes of the public... PINKBIKE??
  • 1 0
 I ride a Specialized Demo and my Buddy has a Kona Operator (I know not the one shown in the video) and his bike just looks sexy. The lines and the geometry make it a functional work of art and most Kona's not only look really good, they perform too. Haters gonna hate.

It doesn't matter what you ride as long as you are having fun.
  • 7 1
 Santa Cruz destruction video for me, it was awesome yet it made me cringe at the same time.
  • 4 1
 ok i can put my hand on my heart and say i realy realy realy want a carbon frame now :O them things are insanely strong
  • 3 0
 looks like we already have a winner for march
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 In think the santa Cruz video will be responsible for selling more carbon frame bikes than any other sales tactic any company has used..Ever.
  • 7 4
 Kona dominating the vid's this month!
  • 8 14
flag rhys-the-rider (Mar 9, 2012 at 0:33) (Below Threshold)
 but like always, beaten by a better brand like santa cruz
  • 2 1
 me too Smile
and for 2nd place should be the santa cruz video
  • 4 1
 The kona one with the dog was the best!
  • 3 1
 Yup like it - especially the dog's choice of lines. He knows how to keep 'er low...
What trail are they on?
  • 2 0
 deam it, all the videos are great, the test lab and valparaiso, kona world, yeahh!!
  • 2 0
 If carbon is so strong then why dont they make dirt jump bikes using it?
  • 2 0

When I moved from steel DJs to aluminium, I thought "Lightness in the air is better than a nice ride on the dirt." And then I thought "I want a carbon DJ bike."

They make carbon BMXes that will easily handle 40' gaps on a BMX Supercross course, why not DJ?
  • 1 0
 ive always wondered the same thing, people always want lighter bikes for dj's. whoever makes the first one will for sure make a large sum of money and likely make carbon dj's popular =)
  • 6 0
 because most dirt jumpers are 16 year old kids that can't afford it
  • 1 0
 Tu Chez mr peschman... got such a good picture in my head of a carbon santa cruz jackal with the curved top tube like how they used to make them. GOD DAM that would be nice!
  • 1 0
 There must be a reason why they havn't made one yet but I cant think why...
  • 3 1
 didn't aaron chase do that? Some pro did, and everybody was like that is a poor investment. Seeing as how they are stronger, maybe it isn't.

But at the same time, dj bikes break a lot... kind of like twintips or skateboards it seems. I mean, they get tossed around in skateparks during falls, and get ghost rid off of dirt jumps when you are gonna come up short. (which really can f*ck up a headtube quick!)

Who wants to scuff and destroy a bike worth that much?

While they are at it, they should do a see what happens when you stab a carbon vs. alum frame with a screwdriver over and over to see how carbon holds up to dents.

Dirt jump frames should be cheap and disposable, just my opinion. Microfractures are more common than dh because they are, after all, hardtails, and take more abuse than a full suspension frame where the shock softens the impacts.
  • 1 0
 ^^ Good points. I can imagine how carbon frame would go getting ghostied and scraped across coping.
  • 1 0
 But the thing is their not even available on the market. Not even to the pros... if they broke one then they would just get given another. Also, you see in the video when there whacking the frames against the corner of the wall, the ally one dented straight away and it took 3 people to break the carbon!
  • 1 0
 oh... well that raises my next question. Why aren't any other brands doing it?!
  • 1 0
 Brad Walton's dog is a full on trail shredder!! I hope to have a dog like that some day.
  • 1 0
 When Cedric Gracia says "I need to buy some bigger balls." then you know sh*ts serious xD
  • 2 1
 anybody have a full helmet cam vid of the Santos race?
  • 1 1
 the urban dh was the best.
the santacruz thing was pretty sweet though too!
  • 1 0
 Descend of The Holy Stairs uhauuahahuh Otemo!
  • 2 0
 carbon jackal now then?
  • 1 0
 I want a santa cruz road frame.. pleeeeeeeeeeease!
  • 1 0
 lassie fast as fuk
  • 1 2
 its nice to know that carbon is really lot stronger than aluminium.
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