Video: Skills to Pay the Bills

Nov 25, 2014 at 9:02
Nov 25, 2014
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Brought to you by Kitsbow Mt. Bike Wear and Ibis Cycles.

Kitsbow and Ibis have teamed up to bring you this action packed edit of notorious style master Jeff Kendall-Weed on the new 650B Ibis Mojo HD3 on some of South Lake Tahoe's most legendary trails. The video was shot over the course of a weekend, most of the trails, and all of the features were new to Jeff and show him riding them for the first time.

Shooting: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray (T-Bar Films) & Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
Trails: Mt Toads, Corral, Van Sickle, Cold Creek
Music by: Jonathan Sigworth - You Know I Know


MENTIONS @ibiscycles @JeffWeed

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128 Comments

  • + 66
 Awesome video, even better skills. Love the technical stuff! I've rode all over the country and I found that the riding out around lake tahoe and in sierras in general to be some of the best in the country. Lot's of nice technical terrain, beautiful scenery, tons of granite rocks just like up here in the north east, except everything out in the sierras is much bigger and on a grander scale!
  • - 41
flag keatonmtb (Nov 25, 2014 at 9:51) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like ibis is paying the bills if he can afford risk that with that bike
  • + 18
 yeah i could do those nose manuals down that rock, just the poor modulation of my shimano brakes holding me back. =)
  • + 5
 "poor" modulation doesn't seem to be holding him back at all...
  • + 11
 pretty sure he's skilled enough to do that with old school cantilevers...in the rain. sorry, i forgot you can't see my tongue firmly lodged in my cheek though the internet...
  • + 3
 Sure rub it in why don't you Awesome riding
  • + 21
 IMHO one of the best on a mountain bike right now. definitely one of the most creative out there while still keeping it flowy and stylish. one of the nicest and most down to earth pros on the enduro circuit too. if he didn't hold down a full time job I'm sure a lot more people would know about him.
  • - 6
flag meathooker (Nov 25, 2014 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 What's is up with the males and hyphenated last names?
  • + 3
 @meathooker It's most often time a way to represent both sides of your family in your name. But really, who cares?
  • + 55
 His tires must last a lot longer - he's either airing or mono-wheeling much of the time. Impressive.
  • + 47
 mono-wheeling?
  • + 6
 Hes riding on 1 wheel more often than both ^^
  • + 15
 The correct term is speed-wheeling... Everybody knows that!
  • + 32
 I thought it was uni-bikering.
  • + 3
 braking nose manual?
  • + 9
 Endo-ing?
  • + 52
 I believe the proper term is eating dirt. Oh wait, that's when I try to do it.
  • - 8
flag christian-peper (Nov 26, 2014 at 7:23) (Below Threshold)
 speed-wheeling? It's called a wheelie or Power Manual. Sometimes your weights shifting and you don't want to drop the front wheel in the wrong spot to lose speed.
  • + 10
 ^ I think you might have missed the joke there bud.
  • + 1
 I'm trying really hard to make a joke with the word enduro... But I got nothing... Lol
  • + 35
 Kitsbow is awesome!! Flannel, ride tee, shorts and socks and my cart total is only at $630 dollars... Fantastic deal!!

Wow! amazing riding though.
  • + 18
 Ya - amazing riding and video, but it's not inspiring me to drop $300 on a pair of shorts.

[edit - not joking about the $300 thing either, that's how much they cost ]
  • + 3
 Hard to defend that pricing, but it is really nice kit. They merino / cordura blend is brilliant.
  • + 8
 That's some no joke prices right there. The bike looks amazing, and it's a testament to the quality / geometry. But, those rider skills probably could have been pulled off in cheapo shorts and any ol t-shirt.

Amazing riding. Love those trails. Never attempted half the things this guy was doing. Sick!
  • - 7
flag delusional (Nov 25, 2014 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 Sure, that's more expensive than most MTB apparel, but then most MTB apparel is crap.

If you compare those prices to similar quality outdoor gear from other sports (skiing, climbing, etc) you'll see the prices are about right.

When people will happily spend $6k+ on a high end bike it seems silly to be riding it in cheap crappy gear!
  • + 6
 Nope. I think if you compare of other outdoor sports $300 is still some pinnacle boutique pricing. Climbing gear? A nice pair of Prana, Patagucci or Arc'teryx should max out at about 1/3 of that. You can get the Mammut Realizations with a built in harness for 200. Skiing is just comparing apples to oranges. I'm not complaining about the price though, at this point I'm not gonna look at a pair of $300 shorts but have at it if you have the resources and interest.
  • + 6
 Also...the riding in this video was ridiculous. Some serious skills and athleticism to handle a bike that way. I love videos of riders who genuinely play on a bike!
  • + 2
 Delusional ? Screen name fits, haha.. Sry..

Just for comparisons sake, i just very quickly filled a shopping cart with snowboard gear at evo.c_o-m. Maybe Apple to orange?

Rome snowboard, Rome bindings, oakly jacket/pants/goggles, burton boots.. All quality equipment, all 2014 stuff. Total is $802.40.. That's a great deal!

I don't even think i could add another t shirt from kitsbow and keep it under 800 bucks.. that's Pathetic! Imo of course..
  • + 4
 Tahoe is sick! Armstrong>TRT>Toads is one of the best loops ever!! ...nice video and riding!

Kitsbow stuff looks nice, but way too expensive for what I would ever spend on mountain bike clothing.

My Dakine, FOX, and Troy Lee garments have lasted multiple years with thousands of miles and are still going strong. They have never held my performance back in any way. And I think they are cool brands to support.

Just don't wear cotton and you'll be fine. unless your shredding bike park then wear whatever you want, ha!
  • + 9
 haha, I didn't think about my screenname in relation here Smile

I think you're comparing different stuff though (especially when pulling prices from a discount retailer). For instance: Kitsbow's Schoeller soft shell shorts are priced at $270, where Black Diamond sell a set of (very basic) pants in the same material for $200.

Sure that's still more money, but it's not 3x the price, and I'm somewhat unfairly comparing high end to mid range there. Value of fit & quality is hard to quantify as well, for instance a jacket made of the same Goretex Pro fabric may cost you $300 if you shop around for a cheap deal, but $600+ if you buy from Arc'teryx - I'd still get the Arc'teryx if I was using it regularly and could afford it though.

Definitely Kitsbow stuff is expensive, but you need halo products in a market to push up the general quality of everything that's available. It's the same with bikes. Very few people are buying the halo models at $10k+, but having those in the market has started pushing up the quality at the lower end, so now there are some amazing bikes in the base spec level. It seems that for a long time mountain biking was missing that super high end gear in clothing, but that's starting to change.
  • + 2
 Yep. There always needs to be a place at the top of the heap. I've been through lots of midrange jackets in the past ten years... but my arc'teryx gear still holds it down. At the time, even with insider deals, I worried about the price but certainly don't regret it. The question is does Kitsbow live up to the price then? They have a cool guarantee where you can order the gear, give it a real go on the trail and then return it if not satisfied for a full refund including shipping costs. Thats one way of putting your money where your mouth is and almost makes it tempting. My fear would be if I loved the shorts and how my wife would respond were I to refuse to return them.
  • + 3
 I'm sorry, but the only way you can wear $700 worth of shorts, shirt, and socks and not look like a twat is if you ride like this guy in the video. Conclusion - lots of twats out there.
  • - 1
 "Definitely Kitsbow stuff is expensive, but you need halo products in a market to push up the general quality of everything that's available."

I disagree with this, as you can always make something more expensive by using exotic materials, additional features, etc. but that doesn't mean there will be a demand for it or it will even be relevant to the marketplace.
  • + 4
 I know a lot of people that fall into the demographic that Kitsbow is going after. They buy Rapha, Arc'teryx, sh*t like that. I even get some of that gear from time to time. But, Kitsbow has not resonated yet with those guys. I think it's great what they are trying to do. I'm sure some guys out there will buy it. But it's not a mass market product for sure.

As far as price worthiness... That's a tough sell until more people get exposure to the quality. The first pair of Rapha bottoms I have are still going strong after years. Worth every penny. If Kitsbow wants to send me a test pair, I'll put them through the ringer! =)
  • + 2
 TLD. solved it.
  • + 1
 The MTB clothing industry is pretty saturated, and to be honest most of the stuff is really good so it's easy to find quality shorts in your prefered style for at most $150 (usually including a liner). The kitsbow stuff isn't necessarily better quality as marketed, but the buyer will be someone who doesn't want to wear the same as everyone else. I seriously doubt any buyer believes it's better quality.
  • + 1
 I seriously think people believe higher price tag = higher quality? why? because i've worked retail in america, and people won't buy something on clearance because they think it is of lousy quality, but they will buy almost the same clothes full price because it cost more, so its worth more, therefore of better quality or style.
  • + 2
 @delusional i think those very same halo products can increase the price of items in a market. in retail its called the "door in the face" approach, while the foot in the door tries to gradually increase the price of things you buy by insisting the price increase is negligible, a door in the face approach shocks you with a preposterous price tag (i.e. a 9,300 Enduro S-works) but then offers you something of "similar value" for much less, so rather than you get what you need, maybe lets say in this instance, and Enduro comp for 3,400 you get the Enduro expert, because you were told "for about half the price you get the same shock, the same fork, the same wheels, and even the same groupo and brakes, but the frame is a bit heavier" so you think "damn thats a hell of a deal." although this only affects the prices of what you buy, this tactic paired with the gradual overall price growth of foot in the door brings about us paying 5K for an acceptable bike, rather than 3,800 just a few years ago.

But it is true that the quality has gone up, but would that have happened anyways?
  • + 1
 @TFreeman Good points - I'd refer to high pricing as "anchoring". It's the same concept as lowballing someone on an offer so that they eventually accept less than they may have done initially.

I've not seen the Kitsbow stuff in person to know if it is better quality to justify the halo price tags, but it certainly sounds like they're trying to make stuff that is halo quality as well as price. Using high end technical fabrics is a pretty good indicator of that, and something that is pretty uncommon still in mountain biking.
You mention TLD above, but I've never been overly impressed with their stuff. Sure their helmets are nice, but I've not seen any significant increase in quality in their clothing from any other brand. That really seems like a place where the price increase is for the name more than anything. In a lot of ways they feel more like a lifestyle brand, than a technical brand.

I have a slightly different opinion on bike pricing, as I've seen just this year things starting to change, so that I'd happily ride a base spec bike. A few years ago there's no way I would have considered such a thing, as the quality and specs just weren't there for serious use. Maybe base spec bikes are a little more expensive, but I don't think there were many ~$3k bikes around a few years ago that I would have been happy to ride, but now I can think of 3 or 4 right away.
You're dead right though, having halo priced bikes almost certainly causes more people to buy a more expensive bike than they may otherwise - there will always be people who will just buy one down from the top, and justify the price whatever it is. But maybe that also helps drive the market, push new technology, and increase the trickle down effect? I'm not sure, but I know that bikes keep getting better and better.
  • + 4
 Hmmm. Seems like we have managed to prove that really, really expensive clothing generates a lot of posts on the interwebs. I, for one, am shocked!
  • + 1
 @delusional i agree TLD is very lifestyle, but they are still hearty, light and comfortable clothes. i prefer them over fox, and its reasonably priced. i live in San Diego California, so i don't really need to worry about water proof, just light weight and durable, and TLD is just that.

And i agree, there is a trickle down, like how the top of the line Charger Damper eventually found its way into most RockShox forks. and how air sprung shocks/forks used to be the highest of end, and are now pretty much the only fork you can find, and common in most shocks.

top end Merchandise, good and bad.
  • + 19
 Thats the second best short MTB video i've ever seen... Only Danny Macaskill's 'The Ridge' is better! That will take some beating
  • + 10
 Actually I'm more impressed by this than The Ridge. Much more flow and he genuinely looks like he's just having fun on the trail. Or maybe I have too-high expectations for Macaskill so it's getting harder to be impressed.
  • + 6
 Same for me, I guess it's because Macaskill is a street/trail biker who tries mountain biking. Most of his moves are just too distant to what I could ever achieve without years of specific practice or what we usually do on a trail. This instead is "proper" mountain biking with some fun trial stuff, something I can hope to learn sometime, something I could do on a everyday ride. Just a normal trail ride with some fun thrown in here and there.
  • + 16
 Amazing rider, but also incredibly nice to talk to at races. He greets everyone with a high five and a smile. Good pick to represent your company!
  • + 13
 not that i dont also enjoy watching race runs and massive whip filled jump videos but trail riding like this is just next level entertaining
  • + 9
 All that, clipped in, on a 650b. That sound you're hearing is half of Pinkbike's collective readership's head exploding. Oh, and it's carbon... But we're all cool with that now, right?
  • + 11
 The noises that bike was making.....Properly taken to its limit
  • + 2
 yeah,i just had that on my mind while watching this
  • - 1
 was curious about those noises too... I wonder if it's the carbon wheels? There's no reason for the bike to be pinging that much... yes, he's riding hard, but still, that kind of sound is not something I've heard before...
  • + 5
 What? ^ the bike was pretty much dead silent. I didn't hear a single ping
  • + 6
 When Jeff's not ripping the $hit out of the trail wearing skinsuites from the 90's and 1/2 lids with goggles, he is ripping the $hit out of the trail is wearing $800 worth of eddie bauer look-a-like kits...

One thing is sure: Jeff rips, trails cry....git sum!
  • + 5
 Yes Mr. Toads Wild Ride is it's name. I think a lot of that video is actually on Armstrong connector. One of my faves. It's just above Corral Trail. I've ridden with Jeff. Crazy good rider! Surprised he is just now seeing some limelight. Go Jeff!
  • + 9
 Great work guys. Killer riding and incredible shooting too.
  • + 8
 This dude can ride!!! Nice one man
  • + 5
 Amazing he is riding as much air as he is riding the trail! Much like Chris Akrigg's riding style...
  • + 1
 The video is awesome. But If I were to ride comfortable and look nice, I would just buy a nice Lacoste silk or cashmere pullover, some nice Levi's, maybe put on a blazer. This way you can save some money for ice cream later, or a used car. Smile
  • + 1
 Growing up and riding the tahoe area in convinced it is one of the best places to ride in the country. I've ridden a lot of places too. Oregon has so much hype around it and I've taken several riding trips there. It doesn't compare to the steep,technical, long descents that tahoe has. It is such an underrated Mtb scene.
  • + 2
 Definitely used to be a trials rider then.. Always makes for a pretty good vid when you translate some of these skills to a trail vid. Not quite an Akrigg edit though, but still thumbs up.
  • + 1
 Nope, not a trials rider. He raced BMX as a kid, then got into racing XC and DH. He's been doing some enduro racing the last couple of years.
  • + 1
 I think it's the riding westridge at mach 10 on a cyclocross bike with a bottle of whisky to top off the Saturday Road World Champs that gives the skillz Wink right jeff?
  • + 4
 Never thought i'd say this, but i'm seriously considering cleats right now!
  • + 4
 www.pinkbike.com/video/370784

vimeo.com/100151167

Two other videos of this guy's insane control
  • + 1
 This is the reason I moved to Tahoe from southern california. You get to ride trails like this. i live in South Lake and I've ridden these trails tons of times, never quite like this though.
  • + 5
 Holy nose manual!!
  • + 2
 what a show-off! sick, sick, sick. mr toads is awesome, flume trail used to be the big ride in the area, nice to see the tahoe area riding scene developing.
  • + 1
 I can't understand Flume Trail's popularity when practically every other trail in the area is better to ride. If it wasn't so photogenic no-one would have heard of it. I road Toad's only once and we were making fresh tracks in a snow shower - epic epic epic day. I'll never forget it.
  • + 5
 pure joy to watch!
  • + 4
 Weedman strikes again!!!! SICK
  • + 2
 Jeff is a beast! I just remember him racing back when I was in school in slacks and a sweater. By far the classiest dressed rider I have seen haha
  • + 5
 Jeff you are the man!
  • + 4
 VOY
  • + 2
 Avid brakes with Shimano discs - rockshox forks with fox shock, OMG that's definitely not legal! Shame on you...
  • + 3
 KENDALLLL WEEEEEEEEEEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 4
 Bruh
  • + 0
 Yup. In a hundred lifetimes of being a cyclist in each of them, I still wouldn't have the jam to work a bike the way that guy does. That video made me feel seriously inferior. Lol.
  • + 1
 Barely ridden Ibis Mojo for sale! Never ridden on DH tracks, hucked to flat or otherwise abused like all other bikes. Tahoe Area. Firm offers only.
  • + 2
 Please tell me this guy was a pro bmx'er or something, that dude can ride, clipped in too.
  • + 3
 Quote from Jeff, "if you can do one trick, make sure you can do it everywhere."
  • + 1
 Well whadda ya know... Fun.... On 650b's! Who'da guessed it!? Lol.. no sign of the 26forlifers saying it woulda been more fun with ever so slightly smaller wheels.
  • + 3
 oh my chingus that was AMAZING....
  • + 2
 bad ass edit!!!! im going riding right now !!!!!!!! but its pissing rain Smile
  • + 2
 Holy smokin' Weed! Awesome riding skills at play in awesome natural terrain!
  • + 3
 The trail isn't Mt Toads it's Mr Toads Wild Ride
  • + 3
 If my memory serves me correctly, I think its proper name is Saxon Creek Trail. We just called it 'Toads'.
  • + 1
 Nose manual down the rock was my favorite. That was a pretty steep grade there.
  • + 1
 It's the rider, not the bike! Wink How come I've never heard of this guy? :-o
  • + 1
 hell yes, didn't want that video to end. Tahoe trail needs to take more advantage of all that crazy granite.
  • + 1
 Hell Yea That dude has skills and is a real biker.. Finally a good video from this site.
  • + 2
 i could do that, here hold my beer.
  • + 1
 I wish I prefered to be on my front wheel than my back going down steep terain. Sweet riding skills
  • + 3
 VOD. duh.
  • + 1
 Dude is rocking a Fox Float X. I guess he didn't like the CC Inline shock.
  • + 2
 And now I want to go ride my bicycle...peace out work
  • + 1
 That bunny hop at 1:50...
  • + 1
 Might as well add my 2 cents.............That was dope!
  • + 2
 Go Jeff!
  • + 1
 I think a trip to Tahoe is in order for next year.
  • + 1
 Question? When you wheelie like that are you braking too?
  • + 1
 Not if you can help it.
  • + 1
 the bike is super quiet on the racky section
  • + 2
 Quality!
  • + 1
 I thought this was you @B-Nay...no joke.
  • + 1
 I wish I could manual half as well as that.....
  • + 1
 Those were bad ass manuals
  • + 1
 Wicked skils and a sick bike!
  • + 1
 Easy stuff,here...hold my orange juice.
  • + 1
 Does anyone know how tall he is?
Is he on a Large HD3?
  • + 1
 this guy is my new hero ! I wish I could ride like that !
  • + 1
 Okay, that's just showing off....
  • + 1
 Amazing skills. Trails look awesome. Great Vid!
  • + 2
 i can hear avid?
  • + 1
 wow!
  • + 1
 Skiilllllzzzzzzzz!!
  • + 1
 J K DUB!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Pretty damn sick.
  • + 1
 incredible
  • + 1
 That trail tho.
  • + 1
 holy smokes
  • + 1
 i can bunny hop :-)
  • + 1
 so nice
  • + 1
 Nice!
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