Video: Ben Reid Sends it Sideways on Two and Four Wheels

Oct 19, 2018
by PROPAIN-Bicycles  
Views: 44,041    Faves: 352    Comments: 11


The former World Cup Racer and Rampage rider Ben Reid is still known for his distinctive style some years after his active career. Nevertheless it has become rather quiet around him as a rider in the last years, because he has fully concentrated on his job as Team Manager of the Propain Dirt Sixpack World Cup Team.


Ben Reid is ready for some serious drifting action

5 years after his last video edit and with little to no time on a bike since he is now back on the big screen and whipping up a lot of dust and smoke! With his DRIFT skills in the legendary 1994 Peugeot 106, he could have competed alongside Ken Block! But he also shows on the brand new Propain Spindrift that he hasn't forgotten anything on the bike and is still one of the most stylish riders.

Ben Reid and the Propain Spindrift - a perfect combination

For Ben, the video is something very special after so many years without riding. He noticed while filming that he still enjoys riding in front of the camera and wants to plan more time for it in the future. Hopefully this happens, so we can see more brilliant videos of him like this one.


bigquotesA few months ago during a stop off at Propain's HQ and a usual Propain style meeting (basically talking over a BBQ and some beers). I asked the guys if there were any ideas they'd like me to do with the team. Robert Krauss one of the company owners who is also the chief bike designer said they had a new Spindrift coming out for 2019 and he would like if I myself could feature in a video to show the bike.

For me it was the best thing to hear that even though I manage the team they still want me to follow my passion and get out on my bike. It was cool for them to step in and help me with any team stuff they could so I could set aside the time. Since my last World Cup season in 2013 I pretty much had to turn my back on any sort of 2 wheeled action to focus on running the team so I was a little nervous to get back on a bike, never mind have someone film it. After Andorra World Cup I drove the truck to Morzine for 2 days riding and blew out some cobwebs then got stuck into filming a couple of weeks later in Morgins and Les Carroz.

Even for the fittest of riders these are tiring days of hiking and riding fast and with only the fitness you get from sitting at a laptop for the last 5 years I owe a special thanks to Ben Siri (team road manager) and Andy McCullough (friend) for helping carry equipment so myself and Miles Mallinson (filmer) could make the most from the short time we had on the hill. Cheers to John (the eyeball) Lawlor for doing an awesome job on the intro as well.

A special thanks also to the new Spindrift, she was an absolute joy, all I had to do was steer and lean! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my trusty old Peugeot Ten Six, that yoke handles like a boat!
Ben Reid

Credits:
Rider - Ben Reid
Video - Miles Mallinson & John Lawlor

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157 Comments

  • + 188
 That.. was phenomenal.
  • + 29
 I totally agree!!! Have you ever seen a bad video of Ben Reid?
  • + 18
 Internet's been won, good night.
  • + 15
 He's back! BR vids are always the best. So much frikin style and looseness all in one. Bangin. Lets be honest we all want to look like that when we are riding.
  • + 13
 The only video I've seen ruined by f*****g amazing riding. #BangerGymkhana
  • + 2
 Yep sick vid. One of my favourite riders. Good to see you behind the lens Ben. Hope to see more.
  • + 2
 Great stuff Ben! Awesome to see you on the bike again.
  • + 1
 who needs their driving licence anyway!
  • + 5
 Can some please put Reid and Strobel in a video together! Tommy please.... like pretty pretty please.
  • + 1
 Had to log in to give an upvote for Ben Reid.... never should have stopped racin' lad!! And this vid.... wow... outrageous and awesome is the word~ good craic Ben
  • + 3
 in case you didn't notice; that was on a single-crown **ing trail bike!
  • + 1
 Video of the Year
  • + 81
 that is one hell of a bike rack.
  • + 1
 Thought the same thing.
  • - 15
flag vhdh666 (Oct 19, 2018 at 4:42) (Below Threshold)
 he should've put the no.plate of the car onto the bike rack
  • + 4
 I have the same rack, good to know what it can do.

not that at one 106 could get there but I can confirm it is also safe at 120mph +
  • + 1
 @vhdh666: Not sure how it is in the UK, but I'd never seen extra plates on cars with racks until I moved to mainland Europe.

I was also thinking this would be a good ad for Thule.
  • + 1
 @HVAC-MATT: speak for your own 106 lol!

i have the older Thule rack and that was great up to similar speeds to what you mentioned. on a trip through Germany obviously!
  • + 1
 @ssteve: yeah you need that extra plate and here in Spain,the f*cking V-20 white&red stripes signal at the rear.
  • + 47
 "nothing turns on a 17 year old girl more than a well executed hand brake turn"- Jeremy Clarkson
  • + 2
 Nothing pisses off your missus more when she's learning to drive in her 106 1.5 Diesel and you yank the handbrake on at an inopportune moment (no that's not a euphamism) Big Grin
  • + 3
 @veero: my missus have been driving for years, she's still pissed of when I do that.
  • + 1
 @opignonlibre: Brave man!
  • + 33
 Nothing says "mountain biking" quite so well as sweet bikes, and shitty cars.
  • + 1
 Amen!
  • + 31
 In the news : A mountain bike is diagnosed with PTSD after being "driven" to a trail by his owner
  • - 1
 lol
  • + 29
 Ben Reid: For me always the guy who used a Giant ATX one DH at Rampage 2004 Smile

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  • + 2
 I love this guy!!
  • + 29
 More 1 wheel SKIDS than a Mustang at a CARS and COFFEE event.
  • + 4
 Must not be too many car guys on here because this deserves more up votes.
  • + 20
 @mwclemen: I would have upvoted it, but it was slightly inaccurate because Reid didn't lose it, hammer a centre median and then ricochet off into a crowd of people in tank tops who are either laughing, filming it or both. Car guy here...
  • + 27
 my heart jumped when he got his bike close to that wooden thing with the handbrake turn
  • + 6
 Yea he got reel close to loosing his front wheel
  • + 3
 @NebulousNate: wood have been a shame if he spooled too far
  • + 28
 i wanna see mike levy do this shit with his mini cooper.
  • + 20
 Now that was a dope edit. Thanks for that. You take 5 years off and ride like that? That's hard to believe.....
  • + 16
 last dude to race an IH Sunday in a WC...legend.
  • + 2
 no way...new hero...now lets get him in a rally car
  • + 6
 I was at 7 consecutive Fort Bill world cups in the 000's Ben was definitely the most entertaining on the edge rider on the circuit, it was an absolute privileged to watch him ride the gnarly sections, he may not have won but WOW! did he man handle a bike like no other, I haven't even watched the vid yet, but all queued up for when I get home.
  • + 5
 wow that was great -as all the propain promo vids in the past -was almost sure to get an e-zesty but the new tyee is effing amazing -great look, great kinematics (moon grey, rs coil,selva, cura, gx,flow, 3.5 k)- so close to pulling the trigger
  • + 8
 best ever ads for thule...
  • + 8
 That moment when your bike rack costs more than your car.
  • + 8
 Randy just sending it
  • + 4
 What's to say that hasn't been said? Half way through the riding section I had to question whether it was a DH bike or not- and it was plain as day the guy can rip the guts out of any bike!
  • + 2
 “...a usual Propain style meeting (basically talking over a BBQ and some beers).“ :-) :-) :-)
If you would know these guys...
It's realy worth picking your bike up at the HQ.
That Vid is f****** rad. If i only could ride my Spindrift 50% of him... #benthebeastread
  • + 5
 Propain ? I thougt it was a a gas bottle type.Shame that bike wheel dont byte anything in the driftings,was close .
  • + 4
 Exactly what I was thinking.
  • + 5
 metal music, e brakes, skidding, ripping rider, and all round aggressiveness. = video of the day in my book.
  • + 2
 Bloody Himalayan balsam. Glad its not just my neighbourhood being invaded. That bit of alpine delight is absolutely covered in the purple sh!t. My mate had that exact car. Colour and all. Its not the only one that got teararsed around.
  • + 4
 Loved the car stickers! And the norn iron ism Great vid, still as pinned as ever
  • + 5
 Atwill and Reid edit, now. Maximum shredd!
  • + 3
 THAT WAS THE FUKIN RADDEST vid i've seen in a long time!! Reid you still shred like a mofo bro!! EXT yeeeeeeooooww!!!
  • + 3
 Always been a Ben Reid fan, such a hard charging style. Awesome vid, i'm going riding.
  • + 4
 I'll show you how to ride that bike.
  • + 3
 Nice! Enduro racing should add log rides and a few stunts into their tracks
  • + 5
 Baltic
  • + 3
 See now this is a Gymkhana I'd watch. Damn near blew the tyre of the peugeot rim.
  • + 2
 I have to say as a Dad; at the beginning of the edit with all the crazy driving I was very worried about the bike. Smile

Fun vid!
  • + 3
 Best video since that banger of George Brannigan a couple years ago (when he was on Trek).
  • + 1
 I can agree with that...pure moto style rippin
  • + 3
 Do you have link of the video?
  • + 3
 Chéri tu me prêtes ta 106 ? Big Grin
  • + 2
 Another vote for moar Ben Reid content. That he ever got out from behind the lens is incomprehensible!!
  • + 3
 The bike rack is worth more than the car!
  • + 3
 Edit of the year soo good yea Reid!!!!!
  • + 2
 A few inches from ripping the rack and bike off the car at the start there...!
  • + 2
 Yeah, I was more scared about the bike than anything. Would have been a shame to damage a bike that isn't even being ridden. Really glad to finally see a video of Ben riding. It's been less than a week that I was calling for that here on Pinkbike. Or well, in fact I was calling for a video with both Ben and Phil riding. So I'm still hoping for that too.
  • + 2
 Absolutely phenomenal. So stoked to see Ben Reid back on an edit
  • + 2
 Pinned af. Sickest video in a good while!
  • + 2
 That Suzuki Samurai and Pontiac Firebird though!
  • + 1
 I was surprised to see the Firebird. next edit hopefully!
  • + 1
 how good was that!? Best advert for Vee tires ever. Loved the pisstake intro as well!
  • + 1
 good job the postman (or lady!) weren’t commin down the drive!
best vid in a long time, CLASS.
  • + 1
 Segments like this bring me back to the Earthed series. Good stuff. Must.Find.Dvd.Collection.
  • + 1
 Mega vid & no squaring off turns & shitty jibs. Just flatout ripping
  • + 2
 love to see baltic ben shredding, it is what it is , so it is
  • + 1
 Hey I was so impressed by the car driving that I only realised at 3:30 that he is killing it an an enduro rig! Wow
  • + 2
 For sale: lightly driven 1994 Peugeot 106.
  • + 1
 I used to think I wanted to learn to ride smooth. Now I just wanna learn to ride like that guy!
  • + 2
 Yes Propain,we want a video with Reid and Atwill
  • + 2
 And Adam Brayton too
  • + 3
 fuck'n sick Ben!
  • + 2
 Sh*t car honing and sick riding.... it doesn't get much better than that
  • + 3
 Pinned as fuck!
  • + 3
 Belfast!
  • + 2
 We don't see enough of Ben, he's an absolute weapon!
  • + 1
 Is this the 2019 model?! Because I thought that it has internal cable routing ... Awesome bike, awesome rider
  • + 2
 2018 model with the new color paint. The back of the seat-tube is now "clean", without the reinforcement near the shock. Wink But same geo !
  • + 2
 That was DEADLY! Reid has still got it!
  • + 3
 1:23 - Close Call!
  • + 2
 As well as 1:05... there was no way he stopped before hitting the hedge at that speed, nice cut
  • + 2
 And just remember thats all the power of Cups of tea #fact
  • + 1
 They need to make a carbon spindrift!
  • + 1
 what a machine! peugot 104 FTW! the propain is nice too i guess...
  • + 1
 amazing cornering, at the bike i mean. Wink
  • + 0
 Everybody drives like that in Florida just seems like another day on the road to me.
  • + 3
 Miami is terrifying and I've driven in SE asia!
  • + 2
 so sick!
  • + 1
 Did you say "pissed-off" ?
  • + 1
 Aarrr got to love thoughts alpine trails in Ireland
  • + 8
 That's Bangor where he is riding, so it is.
  • + 0
 @enjuto: for real? depending what part of bangor tho haven’t been there in several years so the trail fairies must have been real busy
  • + 2
 @enjuto: There should be a mandatory shot of a pack of Tayto in every video shot in N. Ireland.
  • + 1
 Fuck yeah Benny,fuck yeah!
  • + 0
 How is this not in the recent Pinkbike 20th-anniversary article? Judging by the music, this must be from 2006.
  • + 1
 Front wheel drive lift off oversteer and handbrake turns. Rad.
  • + 1
 JUST SAY NO TO JIBBING #nojibs
  • + 2
 Good stuff, Reid there!
  • + 1
 Wondered where he had been... Way to come back into the limelight!!!
  • + 1
 Reid is STILL an absolute monster on a bike!!
  • + 1
 Reid’s a beast✊????????????
  • + 2
 Nice log ride !
  • + 1
 ken block is that you??? nope, ben reid is gonna take your place!!
  • + 2
 Rad!
  • + 1
 Such a good rider to watch, MOAR!
  • + 1
 Does anybody know what kind of shock he‘s running?
  • + 3
 Looks like a EXT
  • + 2
 It’s a EXT shock..probably a Storia..
  • + 1
 Now that's how you get to the trail head!
  • + 2
 100% shredfest!
  • + 2
 Looks baltic.
  • + 4
 i still have "Keep it baltic" written in yellow pen on the steering wheel of my 106 turbo after seeing it in Dirt magazine back in the mid 00's. Word to live by LOL
  • + 2
 loved this shit!
  • + 1
 This was sick, good to see that badman style again!
  • + 2
 Yes Ben! Lairy.
  • + 1
 Better ride than the wife
  • + 1
 @firebird79 this has made my day. Good to see this.
  • + 1
 That, was fucking righteous.
  • + 0
 The car driving was awesome, but could you take the bike off before doing that?
  • + 1
 yeah awesome. Imagine the first half of the vid would have been riding an ebike. Horrible!
  • + 1
 Absolutely smashing
  • + 1
 F*ck yeah!!!)))))
  • + 1
 mad mann!!!
  • + 1
 Hell yeah!
  • + 1
 SOIL!!
  • + 1
 Why isn't he racing?!
  • - 1
 Remember kids, seatbelts are for suckers! But always wear your helmet...
  • + 0
 Miles
  • - 3
 Ma cos'è sta cazzata?
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