Must Watch: Bas van Steenbergen's 'Straight Forward' - Video

Jan 10, 2018
by bikebigwhite  
Views: 37,112    Faves: 398    Comments: 15

bigquotesDoing a project like 'Straight Forward' has been something I've been wanting to do for quite a while now, so bringing this into reality was incredible. In terms of riding style, what I find myself most attracted to is precise, technical lines where I need to be 100% on the ball. In recent film projects, I've been lucky enough to work with great teams to build some really fun trails that cater towards a downhill slalom-style design.

For this project, I really wanted to do something stripped down and just show a single, technical line in a more or less uninterrupted sequence.

It was great working together with the Big White crew to build this piece of trail that was completely translated from a concept drawn on a piece of paper to reality in a short amount of time.

Although short, this particular trail pushed me harder than those previous projects.
Bas van Steenbergen

Nose bonk it out

Slice and dice

bigquotesEach roller, scrub and bonk was so tight together, it took a lot longer than usual to connect everything into those long sequences.

The combination of needing to get the line dialled along with rigging up each long cable-cam system and then having them both come together at the same time was a lot trickier than expected.

We had a relatively short window of time to capture what we needed before the snow was forecast to shut us down for the season.

Liam and I would set up a cable in the morning of each day, clearing a path and choose the best vantage point which is a pretty fun, but time consuming process. We could then string up the camera and begin testing the shot to hopefully get it at the end of each day when we had a 1 hour window when the harsh "disco-ball" light would drop behind the trees.

This meant if either I couldn't get my line or they couldn't get the timing of the cable shot, we would have wasted a whole day and we'd have to try again in our evening window the next day.

Although tricky and stressful at times, it definitely made it a lot more gratifying when we did get it.
Bas van Steenbergen

Liam Mullany and Harrison Mendel do the math on avoiding Bas' decapitation through the tree gap
Testing clearance...

Threading the needle, head still attached!

Downside on the first jump out of the trees

Bas all smiles on the push up

Whipping through the jump section

Views: 5,122    Faves: 27    Comments: 1

Riding & Words - Bas van Steenbergen
Filmed by - Liam Mullany, Harrison Mendel
Photography by - Robb Thompson
Additional BTS by - Brody Jones
Titles & Rotoscope - Studio Dialog
Post Production Sound - Keith White Audio

Big White, Kelowna, BC, Canada

"The Performer"
Performed by Live Footage

Mentions: @basvansteenbergen / @liammullany / @hmendel / @robb


  • 153 10
 Just shows you don’t need MX size jumps, barspins, backflips or even ugly ass 1080s to make one hell of a video

That whole line was no bigger then the jump line I grew up riding as a kid yet despite no tricks been thrown it left me feeling like I can’t ride ????
  • 22 43
flag scott-townes (Jan 10, 2018 at 5:44) (Below Threshold)
 Who said you can only have a good edit with huge MX sized jumps and 1080s? Those are pretty rare, bud.
  • 10 3
 Its not just what you do, it's how you do it. Some style you can't teach. You've either got it, or you ain't.
  • 7 1
 I haven't got it but i want it sooooo bad
  • 7 0
 @wellbastardfast: Just keep having fun man, you may well get there haha
  • 67 2
 Can we see it not in slow motion now please
  • 4 1
 Download it. Speed it up to 200%. Done.
  • 7 0
 The second video is quicker. I was actually disappointed seeing him loose speed in the 270.
  • 4 3
 Say "NO" to slow mo.
That's what they should be teach kids in school these days.
  • 52 1
 Keeping your wheels on the ground is in style? I’m back bitches.
  • 52 8
 The video made me sleepy.
  • 28 5
 Agreed. The guy clearly has skills and it's a sweet course, but there's like a whole second of slow mo per hump, no need to rewind and replay here, more a case of twiddling your thumbs while you wait for the next jump.... The straightforward POV was much better, looked like he was pulling some speed and it would be nice to see the non slow mo version of the main vid.
  • 4 1
 me too. But i know if I felt asleep I will be sleeping like a baby dreaming about riding a bike the way I never will.
  • 43 1
 The new Pumped BMX is pretty damn realistic...
  • 10 1
 Safe to say he’s got manuals on lock down
  • 35 0
 A lot of manual labor went into this...
  • 3 2
 someone had to crack the whip
  • 7 1
 His name is Manuel Leyba
  • 1 1
 You sly little
  • 23 0
 It’s amazing how slow he goes and still makes all the jumps!
  • 3 12
flag Chingus-Dude (Jan 10, 2018 at 15:37) (Below Threshold)
 Look up slo mo and you can do it too!
  • 21 3
 I am not sure why some people hate slow motion. I'll admit I don't want every video I watch to be slowed down but I really enjoyed this video.
  • 3 2
 yeah, worked for me too
  • 2 2
 only high quality slow mo
  • 6 1
 The purpose of slow motion capture is to slow down moments that would otherwise pass by too quickly thereby allowing the viewer to see in more detail the skill of the rider, or a unique perspective to whatever is being filmed. Essentially it is a highlighting tool to be used when the action would otherwise be too quick for the mind to register. But if you make an entire video one long slow motion capture, then the viewer ends up losing out on other elements such as the speed the rider is carrying which is a crucial part of understanding what you are watching in relation to your own skill set and experience as a rider and thereby your enjoyment of the subject matter. Ideally any film should be something like 80% good filming with clever camera angles, short replay's from differing angles and a real time understanding of the speed and conditions along with 20% slow mo to zoom in on split second displays of insane skill you would otherwise miss. Least ways that's my opinion...
  • 17 1
 He rides really slowly.
  • 12 2
 I would swear he made that video just to make me feel bad about myself. Might as well have been drinking a coffee while riding.
  • 14 3
 About as exciting as watching Paul Newman picking blueberries
  • 1 1
 LOL, brilliant comment.
  • 10 1
 Finally, someone who manuals all the way to the hop! So pleasant to see. Sweet segment!!
  • 7 0
 It's a problem of mine, but I spent more time looking at how it was built rather than the riding. Is that 270 degree berm at the end gonna drain?
  • 1 0
 Maybe not, but the good thing is, you're not going to ride through the middle and yes the lowest point where you're going to ride (the exit) is probably going to drain. And if it doesn't, well at least you have a pit of water available for those dry days to water the jumps Wink .

My experience with digging a berm like that is that it is a huge lot of work and even more to get it right! Beautiful track.
  • 5 1
 This project is absolutely AWESOME!

Very few riders in the world would be able to ride this track as he did. The way it was built was also very unique, it all came out of Bas' mind and the whole track worked perfectly.

If you look closely, there is no flat space. Just getting to the end is something hard, now add manuals + nose bonk + scrub + flow + style + speed! Its almost magic in two wheels! You killed Bas!

Also, cinematography is no joke! High level skills operating this cameras thru the woods! Congrats Liam and Harrison! Another piece of art!
  • 6 1
 Has two wheels, mostly uses one.
  • 4 1
 Is hyper a big brand in the US? Never heard of them, or seen their bike before.
  • 4 9
flag pedaldragger (Jan 10, 2018 at 7:30) (Below Threshold)
 I believe its a trek ticket with his sponsor name tagged on it. Hyper is a box store bike. Ok for kids, but not for that.......
  • 1 0
 @pedaldragger: Cam Zink was riding "Hyper" for slope and downhill frames before YT. Legitimately, their usual fare is a $125 USD box store full suspension 26er with V brakes. I don't even believe they make the frames that pros using their name ride, (Like Tom Cardy in 2017 riding for Green - they don't have production frames, but they have sponsored pros), but they have a history of sponsoring freeride stars who aren't aligned to C3 @ Trek or Specialized Gravity. With Canyon and Morpheus and NS and Rosé rising, I would imagine it'll be harder for them to pony up the cash full squads will for sponsorships.
  • 4 0
 shoutout to the drone pilot!
  • 4 1
 It’s videos like these that remind me how fortunate I am to live in Canada.
  • 1 0
 A little bit more of a technical question, why are is the color grading so dark? I know that having the oranges pop and teals come out of the trees is the trendy thing to do, ( I myself have done it), but why so dark?
  • 4 0
 Oranje boven????
  • 1 1
 Nou ja, 't is z'n vork dus 't hang er ook maar vanaf hoe je z'n fiets houdt natuurlijk. Maar met al dat gerij op z'n achterwiel, dan wel ja. Maarre, jij bent toch Oostenrijker? Praat in je moerstaal dan, doe ik ook Wink .
  • 5 1
 Manual Van SteEZburgen
  • 4 0
  • 1 1
 Fucking rad, I have worked out my problem, I go too fast. Bas has the skill to ride super slow which gives him more time to pull steezy tricks, simple when you think about it really.
  • 2 1
 Hers is a another must watch, one I didn't feel as though... ;
  • 2 1
 he might have an effortless style and skills - but i can`t see this overproduced, super-slo-mo-clips anymore. seems kind of steril to me.
  • 1 0
 Hyper always has ppl riding for them but I never see ads or bikes or anything besides ppl riding what looks to be a prototype or somethin? sup widdat?
  • 3 1
 0:40 - 1:10 those 30 seconds somehow stole 10 minutes of my workday
  • 2 1
 WOW Line Rider 5 has some seriously realistic graphics! in all serious that was awesome!!
  • 2 0
 kinda trailbuilders' video lovers
  • 2 0
 finally a jump line i can actually see myself riding.
  • 2 0
 well looks like we're going to big white this summer
  • 1 1
 So, I used to live in Kelowna . . . . Big White, Kelowna is like saying Silverstar, Kelowna . . . . It's an hour to Big White from Kelowna..... and 50 mins to Vernon
  • 1 0
 Because Kelowna is the nearest town. Big White's only 50mins away from Kelowna. It helps people understand where it is and locate it on a map...
  • 1 0
 So, typing 'Big White' into google gives me all the information, and I'm in Australia..... If people don't know where it is . . . they can google it . . . . If people don't know where Kelowna is . . . . I would think they would google Big White.... not Kelowna.
  • 2 0
 Where does all the dirt come from?!?!?!
  • 2 1
 I felt like I was watching a video game. Seriously cool!
  • 2 0
  • 2 1
 so to see it at proper speed too sweet riding
  • 2 1
 Great video. Any chance of a non slo-mo version?
  • 1 0
 Straight Stylin !!!!! Props !!!!!
  • 2 0
 ayy 26 isn't dead yet
  • 1 0
 Just me, or was that a bit shit?
  • 1 0
 Music- good,
motion- perfect,
slomo- too much
IMO Smile
  • 8 7
 Instant classic
  • 18 5
 what a low bar you have for "classic" edits.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: yeah okay, after a rewatch when it’s not brand new and 12am, I’m gonna have to agree with you.

Not groundbreaking. Not a classic. I did appreciate the continuously filmed sections. Would like to see more of that.
  • 1 0
 I like his style...
  • 2 1
 Damn feel good video.
  • 2 1
  • 2 1
 Fuck, this is so good.
  • 1 1
 Darty yumping don't cha know. Love it.
  • 2 2
 This trail has given me wet dreams
  • 1 0
 you lost me at slow mo
  • 1 0
 Those colours! Amazing.
  • 1 0
 Pure GOLD.
  • 1 0
 Much better the POV!!
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