Is Reilly Horan the Next Big Thing? - Video

Nov 27, 2017
by Lone Wolf Productions  
Views: 26,665    Faves: 197    Comments: 18

Words & Photography // Matt Brooks & Steve Riffel

Is Reilly Horan the next big name in mountain biking? This is a question that needs to be considered after watching what he is capable of on a bike. There are a lot of factors that go into becoming one of the greats; raw talent, style, tricks, and results. However, there is a much larger aspect to the success of a rider which is often the decision by the public that a rider is now undeniable.

Much like the ancient Romans, a parallel can be drawn to the bike athletes of today. They must battle, gaining their scars through their countless races or video parts, only the most auspicious ever gaining notoriety. Again, much like the Romans, the notoriety of their gladiators only comes from the power of the people who choose to hoist their athletes to greatness. Spartacus and Hermes are still household names to this day because they were able to captivate anyone who laid eyes upon them.

360 on the big bike.

It takes a particular makeup for people to take notice, however. The ability to ride in an impressive manner and under pressure is an obvious one, but personality counts as well. One needs to be outgoing, yet reserved when it is time to perform. Boisterous enough to gain attention, but humble enough to be approachable and kind to their supporters. Constantly pushing one's self on the bike and still walking that fine line of self-preservation is key. Often our ideal hero is paradoxical, which is what enamours us.

Tuck no.

When larger companies begin to take notice it is often a precursor to a riders' eventual enormity. They signal the support of the rest of the community and can act as a beacon sounding off a message of legitimacy. Therefore, aligning with the right companies early in their career can make a massive difference. Maloja has already taken notice in this case and obviously sees the potential, but Reilly largely remains a giant question mark from the perspective of most companies. He, in many ways, has come out of nowhere and with humble beginnings. Reilly recounts his somewhat recent history with riding

bigquotesI'm not a professional, I don't ride all year or get paid a salary to ride my bike but when summer rolls around I ride as much as possible. I didn't grow up riding bikes. My family moved around a lot and I spent my time trying all sorts of sports. Mountain biking was just the one I enjoyed most. Last year I moved to the Interior of BC and was my first time riding a DH bike! Before then the nearest bike park was 6 hours away so owning one didn't make sense. Recently, riding bikes with more travel has opened my eyes to a whole new side of mountain biking that makes me want to explore what I'm capable of.Reilly Horan

Light brah.

360 big set.
360 on the big bike.

So will the bike community support this rider and decide that he is the new soldier they want representing them? Is Reilly Horan the next big thing?

Ranch sunset

MENTIONS: @ReillyHoran / @riffstills


  • 96 4
 No the next big thing is VR sex interfaces.
  • 17 2
 VR biking? VR biking sex? You're on to something...
  • 7 2
 Some cultural science types think it might completely change societies, plunge birth rates etc.
  • 8 1
 about time
  • 5 1
 You virtually plug the device into your genitals. It's called a saddle.
  • 41 4
 Best of luck finding a sponsor. But please spare us the cheesey Roman gladiator analogy, yeesh.
  • 24 0
 Awesome style. Reminds me a little of Darren B which is no bad thing!

I do love me a suicide 3 too Smile
  • 4 0
 The answer is YES
  • 1 0
 The video has a real NWD feel to it
  • 24 0
 NWD’s vibes
  • 6 5
 I got chills just by reading your comment
  • 17 4
 Best edit and riding in ages! Reilly was the first medic on the scene when our teammate, Austen broke his collarbone trying to flip at Silverstar. He helped us out a ton that day. He's an all-out awesome human being and definitely deserves to be the next big thing.
  • 11 2
 Sounds like a great human with some massive skills-but, best edit and riding in ages? come on.
  • 4 0
More of a fox head kind of guy anyway.
  • 19 2
 Reilly for Rampage!
  • 1 0
  • 18 2
 The article was so cheesey it made the cheese I was eating even cheesier.
  • 3 1
 Now imagine if you were reading that, eating that cheese behind the cheddar curtain in Wisconsin.
  • 13 0
 Riding was rad. Concept was kinda weird, but homie still sent it
  • 12 0
 Short answer: yes
  • 2 0
 Long answer: yeees
  • 14 11
 Riding looks great.

I personally don’t like comparing riding a bike to battle. They do that all the time if off road racing as well. We are doing this for fun by choice - dont undersell that true warriors/military people do by comparing our play times to war.
  • 30 4
 Gladiators weren’t members of the military so I didn’t try to make any correlation to the armed forces or war, nor would I. The article makes a comparison between how gladiators needed to gain the support of the people much as professional riders need to do the same. I make the comparison in hopes that people will get behind Reilly as he’s very talented and in order to make his next steps needs the public to recognize him.
  • 5 0
 @Lone-Wolf-Productions: it's a good analogy, and unfortunately much like in the music industry etc.. some people can't make it unless someone wants them to. So Yeah I like this guy, think it was a rad video!! Hope he gets up there!
  • 7 1
 Next big thing idk? Feel like it is being pushed on me a bit much. The dude, CLEARLY RIPS though!
  • 5 1
 that was really good awesome riding awesome filming but-I always find mtb (and skate) edits to be missing something when there is no bike-terrain noise. its like watching porn with the volume on lock down.
  • 2 0
 The thing is there's never going to the best rider. Everyone has their own thing and I get excited seeing anyone ride. The people I look up to are the ones who still stay pure. I grew up beside Norbraten in high school. I remember watching him ride as a teen and it was inspiring just seeing someone ride without being told to practice. It was just an extension of who he was. No one second guessed he'd be doing that for a living.
  • 2 0
 Reilly is an absolute gem! We were lucky enough to get to know him when he lived around our parts and I have nothing but amazing things to say about him. The dude is super polite, appreciative, friendly, and humble which is hard to find these days especially sending it like he does. Nothing but the best wishes for him! Keep sending it dude!
  • 5 0
 thought he was about to manny that frontflip drop !!
  • 4 2
 Nice moves. Note to film makers. Slow MO makes the tricks looks lame and much easier than they truly are. Give it up already.
  • 2 0
 Suicide 3's. Can flips. Super seaters. Heck yeah. And he's a super humble nice guy ta boot.
  • 2 0
 Nice one Lone Wolf. That lad would do a sponsor proud.
  • 1 0
 Awesome riding and edit, loved the Electric Citizen song too. Love the dirt!!!!
  • 1 0
 Pretty sick stuff. First time I recall seeing a front flip off a drop like that! Props
  • 2 0
 Lone wolf and loam wolf, same thing?
  • 4 1
 Not the same thing
  • 1 0
 Glad to see Lone Wolf back in the game. Used to get so stoked watching Garret send it
  • 2 0
 Can't believe he nailed that flat drop frontie.
  • 2 0
 Really good to see a big lanky bastard crushing like that and super cool!
  • 2 0
 Proper sick!
  • 1 0
 Sick! good track and awesome riding.
  • 2 0
 Nice sending!
  • 2 0
 That song though...
  • 1 0
 Yiiiijah, definetly looks like he will bring freshness into the sport!!!
  • 1 0
 THAT FRONT FLIP!?!?!!?!?!?!
  • 1 0
 Can someone show me where to buy this BMX sized DH bike?
  • 1 0
 You need to be about 6'2 for the conversion kit to work lol
  • 1 0
 @Lone-Wolf-Productions: Bugger. At 5"10 I'll just have to make do with a big bike...
  • 1 0
 any else remember when flat-drop backflips were the shiz?
  • 1 1
 that action + the music = 1 rad video
  • 1 0
 Heck yeah
  • 1 1
 fell asleep halfway through that, what happened?
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Love a 360 suicide ????
  • 1 1
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