Video: Chris Akrigg On a Fat Bike?

Oct 3, 2014
by Pinkbike Staff  

104 Comments

  • + 58
 Everyone that has tried it knows this... riding a fattie will be some of the most fun you've had in your life but at the same time, you don't want someone to see you doing it.
  • + 88
 kinda like a fat girl and a moped?
  • + 11
 that poor bike
  • + 8
 This video kinda makes me want to get a fatbike to play on....
  • + 15
 If I lived somewhere with snow or sand I would get one in a second, but alas all I have around me is miles and miles of singletrack so I will have to stick with my normal bikes.
  • + 12
 I can't work out if I hate fatbikes or if I want one..
  • + 2
 I've worked out that's it's a combination of the two for me. I don't think i'll get one, considering I live in my bikes prime territory, there's no sand anywhere and I ski haha. That was still one of the coolest edit's i've ever seen mind you, not sure if it was the music or the dulled out vibe but it was neat.
  • + 17
 That bike is going to be sooooo rusty.
  • + 6
 You can ride a fattie? I thought you just smoke them?
  • + 2
 mongoose is thought of a walmart bike brand but for their team riders they make some pretty sick bikes
  • + 6
 Riding the cobbles looked suspiciously like work. Repacking the salted bearings would be work too. I cringed at the sight of the one and the thought of the other.
  • + 3
 So...if we fill up the tires with helium....does it float?
  • + 45
 If you listen carefully, you can actually hear the salt munching on the bike components.
  • + 9
 ... and sand
  • + 11
 plot twist, it's a freshwater lake
  • + 2
 It's a very wide salt water river but really is an ocean, off the South Wales coast Smile
  • + 21
 I want to see a behind the scenes of the cameraman chasing him all over those rocks.
  • - 3
 I think it might be a drone. Maybe even the one that chases him with no need to control it all the time. It was presented some time ago for, among others, extreme sport applications. I remember a small device somewhere on the performer that allowed an autonomic drone camera to track and record the action. Other explanation I developed is a drone pilot located somewhere on the cliff, or where he can easily observe and steer it. I thought about it because I don't believe anybody can run, or ride on the rough stuff so smoothly to move the camera so steadily. So definitely you have a point that triggered me to wonder. A drone like this is an expensive device as well as a sophisticated way of filming a bike video, but judging on what he does to the bike, I can say he is sponsored, so it all makes sense to me.
  • + 2
 A drone makes absolutely no sense when there's much easier and less expensive tools like steady cams, or glide cams.

The rock running part, was a guy jogging around with a camera, on a weird looking handheld device. The guy was a bit crouched over, and trying to keep himself as level as he could as well to make sure he could see where he was going and to see where the camera was.

I would put money on that ^
  • + 5
 lol - drone, for Akrigg - nah, he is a Yorkshire man and cant be doing with all that modern nonesense, - Chris keeps tings simple and clean and the results, as always, are excellent
  • + 1
 OK, so possibly a kind of crane camera: www.cameraphuoc.com.vn/home/index.php?p=product&detail=188
or, if you insist on simplicity, a gopro camera taped to a long stick held by some guy.
It could also be a walking cameraman, but the scene between approx 3:55 and 4:05 is really difficult to walk and record at the same time.
  • + 3
 At first I meant a drone like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKy_Qa6lMU0 hexoplus.com This is the simpliest way in my opinion and he could film everyday to give us videos more often.
  • + 1
 Jed google, "glide cam" or, "steady cam." They're not hard to use, and it comes out with the exact same look as this.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xBwCIQhG-Y he was walking over generally the same things in this video.

No, it was not a drone, and no that drone would not be even remotely the simplest way of producing two minute bicycle videos. Drones are annoying as f*ck if you want to have your shot even remotely steady in areas with wind.
  • + 1
 You see. I am just a completely incompetent fool.
  • + 2
 late to the conversation but this was taken in high winds.

vimeo.com/108871829
  • + 17
 watch me destroy every part on this bike by riding directly into the ocean.
  • + 5
 That part made me smile the most, because id like to do too but never will. I'll just live vicariously through his edit, and enjoy it.
  • + 8
 Way back in the day some 25 years ago I bought my first mtb, a Scott Teton. Having seen all the advertising and beleiving the hype about taking them anywhere i quite litterally rode it down my local river. Who would have thought all my bearings would complain so quickly.
  • + 1
 Bro if you want to do it so bad just buy a cheap department store bike and do it with that.
  • + 1
 Back then I paid £300 for what was then a good bike (around 4 weeks wages)
Now it would barely rate as a cheap store bike
  • + 14
 personally liked the music, not all riding videos have to fit the same template and luckily chris akrigg knows this.
  • + 4
 i liked it too.
  • + 3
 funny. I actually found myself thinking how much I liked the music in this edit too. Don't normally pay much attention to it. Sounded kinda Aphex twin ish and somehow fitted well with the beach setting.
  • + 1
 I'm happy with the tunage on bike films of late. Seasons through to arrival, they all have good soundtracks. Any screaming wank gets muted tho!
  • + 6
 I can't say I've ever heard any songs in bike videos where the singer screams "WANK!". Wink
  • + 10
 Whoever chooses this guy's music deserves a lifetime supply of good beer. 99% of the time I'm hitting the mute button 5 seconds into it, guess I never developed a taste for being screamed at. The riding is awesome as well.
  • + 14
 He chose the music. He also edits most of his videos (this one included).
And in a lot of his vids, most shots are done by himself, just putting down a tripod and shredding on his own.
He's got it all: bike skills, camera talent, great choice of music and awesome editing.
www.pinkbike.com/news/chris-akrigg-the-man-behind-the-lens-fabric-video-2014.html
He's legit
  • + 4
 I actually loved the track (aside from the amazing riding of course) and I found it very well suited for this video..
  • + 11
 Chris Akrigg never disappoints
  • + 1
 and does anybody actually now that songs name?
  • + 8
 And guess what it's a bike, so it'll be fun, just like 29ers and every other bike ever
  • + 4
 A fat bike would be great for lake jumping. She floats. Aside, fat bikes are certainly fun to ride. Sure, they look odd, but that ought not get in the way of having a blast. I say ride it all and ride 'em all. 'My two cents, is all. This was a good watch. Kudos.
  • + 7
 I dont care what Chris rides, his videos always make me smile
  • + 3
 Good to see Dunraven Bay at its glorious best!
Who would've thought a legend like Akrigg would be riding a fatty between Barry and Bridgend!
What next, This is Peaty from Ogmore beach?????
Awesome skills.........
  • + 1
 he should've gone down the big dipper though!
  • + 1
 Southerndown... maybe he got a lift down from up north in the Tardis.
  • + 6
 please don´t think a fat bike will make you ride like this
  • + 2
 seriously... that was just a video trying to convince us that FatBikes are cool so that we will go out and spend the money on a FatBike... Chris is one of my favorites, but.. I would have rather watched him on a more agile bike on all of that..
  • + 2
 Well, I'm sorry to say I'm considering getting one of these... I wanted a rigid bike anyway for dinking around, all the trails around here are super-sandy, so why not? Plus, it's cheaper that the last five pairs of forks i've bought lol!
  • + 2
 I hope this isn't going to set the scene for anymore of his videos...gotta say I absolutely love Chris Akriggs videos, amazing talent and skill, and the stuff he can do on your everyday trail bike is unreal, most average trials riders couldn't ride the way he does, let alone on a full size bike. But this edit was pretty dull in my opinion, the shots were nice, but it was slow and didn't seem to show what he was actually capable of on a bike.
  • + 1
 What should I take away from this considering that the guy's riding on a road bike is way gnarlier & more fascinating than on a fatty? Was this supposed to show the capabilities of a fat bike because if so it was as underwhelming as the "Fat Bike Shredding" video. A "regular" MTB would be just as good or better for what Akrigg was doing here. The impression I'm left with is that a fatty has reduced a world-class trials rider & all-around shredder to one no better than me. :s
  • + 1
 Watching this confirmed the complaint I have about my fatbike... too long of chainstays. Manufacturers haven't figured this out yet just like when 29ers first came out. The chainstays were way too long. Lifting the front is needlessly difficult and dropping onto the rear tire torques the front down too quickly because the bottom bracket is too far from the rear axle. Put Akrigg on a fat bike with better geometry and it would be even more impressive. He is clearly having to overpower the bad design of the bike in this video.
  • + 2
 Not to sound Canadian, but I kept waiting for some snow shredding.... Sand and salt water are great if you don't buy your own bike parts. Not to take away from Akrigg's brilliance and pure joy riding of course.
  • + 1
 Aren't most bikes beat to hell far faster than they are destroyed by corrosion? Seriously, that's an honest question.

I've heard people worry about riding through water and salt. But we do that all the time around here and nobody gives a shit. It isn't what destroys our bikes.
  • + 2
 Mmm not sure it's s bit dull compared to his last videos. He is struggling with the weight of that wheels. And what is it with bikers getting wet feet Danny and Chris is that there secret I think I will give it a try lol
  • + 2
 I agree about the wheels, Chris manages to make any bike look like it weighs about a quarter of its actual weight but that bike still looked heavy. I imagine if I rode it it would be like me pedaling a tractor.
  • + 1
 I couldn't ride it to save my life lol
  • + 2
 Clearly the Manuel Beastly signature edition was such a success that Mongoose is trying to play on the same formula two years later.

youtu.be/Dq0-drRmvNM
  • + 3
 Can't wait for the new Specialized Fat-E-Bike asymmetric carbon enduro with 24.7" wheel standard.
  • + 1
 Yes now that is what a fat bike can do with a skilled rider on board, But just like specialised trials bikes it does not mean that if you buy one you can do that too!!
Also fat bikes should have sealed drives?
  • + 1
 I understand these bikes allow me to ride on the beach, across that rock-field, etc. What still don't understand why anyone would want to. That just doesn't look like that much fun.
  • + 2
 I think it's about going places where you could not before. Just like a new trail, or new area to discover. It's like you have a map of your roads and trails and you only pass places that you can ride on a fatbike like this. For me it's a wonderful opportunity for winter time. I always want to ride when there is snow and really cold air outside and this simple bike, with no suspension and wide tires will allow me to do this. Afterall you should not judge before you try. I want one after watching this video. Chris presents that it is not a heavy loaded truck, but a funbike. The only thing I am thinking of now is the choice between a gearhuba and a derailleur.
  • + 3
 I'm not sure about the end's meaning - you commit suicide after riding a fatbike? Wink
  • + 2
 Chris is a dream for bike manufacturers, if they can make it he can shred it
  • + 1
 Flashback to early 90's... The second mtb i rode had super large tyres back then (2.35 lol). Used to lower the pressure and ride on the beach
  • + 1
 Every offroad bike can do beach provided that it is ridden along moist sand. I did it on a dh bike, but it is really a must to clean chain and the rest as soon as possible.
  • + 1
 That bike is amazing, it makes Chris Akrigg's riding look sort of blase. No other bike could do that. Though the carving turns down a sand dune looked pretty cool.
  • + 1
 Never disappointed with an Akrigg edit, I do want to know however if the cameraman fell over any of the rocks at the speed he was going
  • + 1
 I live in an area where winter and its snow limits my fun....if a fat bike extends my fun to 12 months of the year its a good investment.
  • + 2
 trials riders and their wet socks.
  • + 1
 Chris' videos are awesome. He gives zero fucks about sand and salt water all over his bike! Ha!
  • + 2
 Well there's a pretty fat chance I will get one of those...
  • + 2
 Once you go fat, you never go back
  • + 1
 Yea man, sandstone formations, beach, dunes, rocks. New bikes new playground. Always fun to watch!
  • - 2
 There's a couple of things that appeal to me about the fatbike concept. Being able to take straight line A-B routes without caring about following a path, and having suspension without any mechanical parts They still look weird though. Even Akrigg can only just make them cool! Maybe one day my next bike will be fat. Not anytime soon though
  • + 1
 Fat tire does not equal suspension. It is only and air spring without any damping. If you ride your pressure sweet spot all the time, you don't have any tuning either.
  • + 1
 Yeah of course it's not as good as actual suspension, but I imagine it's enough to take the edge of trail buzz and will be much more comfortable than a fully rigid bike with 2" tyres
  • + 1
 I understand and you're right, but this way you can never say a "rigid bike with 2" tyres" is really rigid. There is some air in tires, a frame flexibility (especially steel), seat rails, rubber grips etc. These are all in a group of springs without damping, or I am exaggerating now.
  • + 2
 i want to try a fat bike so bad. to see how it rides.
  • + 1
 HEY salt and sand is dangerous for bearings...are you nuts??
  • + 1
 The bigger the cushion the better the pushin'
  • + 1
 Chris Akrigg is the man! Keep 'em coming Chris!
  • + 1
 Chris Akrigg would probably even look good riding trails on a toaster ...
  • - 1
 oh ffs next it will be fat bike 29ers and fat bike full suses bollocks bollocks shove your fat bikes with your fat chicks up your ass thanks
  • + 1
 Suffering from a mid life crisis.... Buy a fat bike
  • + 1
 Is there anything a fat bike can't do.
  • + 6
 survive being ridden into the sea?
  • + 4
 ..pancakes, but I'm not so sure yet.
  • + 1
 fatbikes can't make a pancake you say? perhaps, but heres one having a bloody good go at it.
ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb11483206/p4pb11483206.jpg
  • + 1
 Makes me want a fatbike like this.
  • + 1
 that is rad
  • + 0
 Well this isn't something you see everyday...
  • - 1
 bullshit. i can do that too
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