Pinkbike Previews Life Cyles - Prepare To Be Blown Away!

Jul 27, 2010
by Mike Levy  
The makers of the upcoming film, Life Cycles, stopped by Pinkbike HQ yesterday to give us a private showing of their soon to be released masterpiece. Inside you can read our thoughts on the movie and have a look at some actual film-camera images from the film!

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Graham Agassiz doing what he does best


Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years you've no doubt seen some of the amazing images that have been coming out of the filming for Life Cycles over the last while. Ryan Gibb and Derek Frankowski are the two main minds behind Life Cycles and they stopped by PinkBike HQ on their way home after meeting with their sound designers in Vancouver. While it's always nice to catch up with the boys, we were all even more excited because there was rumors that they had with them the one and only nearly complete copy of their much anticipated movie release. After the obligatory pleasantries were over with, we jumped them from behind, hogtied them up with rim strips, and stuffed them both into the shoe closet so that we could watch the entire movie before anyone else!


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Trail builder wunderkind Riley McIntosh along with Evan Schwartz building...
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... and then tearing it up!


This is a movie that will have you forgetting to blink from the time you push play. Even the opening scenes, before any bike is being ridden, will have you slack jawed and dumb stuck with both the filming and the sounds. The Life Cycles filming crew visited the Devinci factory on Canada's East Coast and came away with some stunning footage that gave me goose bumps. Another highlight is Mike Hopkins railing through some of the freshest, green singletrack that you could even imagine. Hopkins is featured throughout the movie and his style on a bike meshes perfectly with Gibb's and Frankowski's vision - mind bending corners, massive hips, and scrubs that will have you questioning the laws of physics. His riding combined with never before seen film techniques had the entire room quiet with all of us simply shaking our heads in amazement.


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Thomas Vanderham filming his night riding section up at Whistler


Feast your eyes on the Whistler shoot with Life Cycles and Thomas Vanderham

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Although the whole movie is so stunning that it's hard to pick out only a few things to talk about, Riley McIntosh and Evan Schwartz railing terrain at full speed on their DH bikes and spending most of their time sideways with roost flying in all directions should inspire any rider to let off the brakes a bit more than usual. Oh and my perennial favorite Thomas Vanderham tearing Whistler a new a*shole... at night! There's something about a rider on a DH bike completely sideways even before he comes off the lip that will always get my blood flowing. Even though his section is filmed at night you are guaranteed to experience a full sensory overload!


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Mike Hopkins choosing any line he wants


After watching any and all mountain bike movies that have ever been released I've found myself getting a bit jaded over the latest crop of films. I honestly couldn't care less how many times so and so spun his bike around or if the latest screamo band's radio hit is featured, but what I do want to see is standout riding that is captured with incredible filming that truly pushes the sport to new levels. Life Cycles is a film that you could show to anyone, from mountain bikers to people who have never touched a bike in their life, and they would sit through the entire movie spellbound. There has already been quite a bit of hype about this movie, but after watching it in its entirety I can say that it is fully deserved. Get ready world, Life Cycles is coming.


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Graham Agassiz


Premiere dates are not set in stone quite yet, but expect the first North American showing to be at the upcoming InterBike trade show and riders across the pond will get to watch it at EuroBike.


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Derek Frankowski and Ryan Gibb reppin the PB

Visit the Life Cycles website to see more incredible photos!

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52 Comments
  • 14 1
 Cant wait! this movie is gonna be sickkkkk!
  • 3 1
 Awesome!!! I cannot wait to get this movie!!!
  • 11 3
 I also can't wait! I usually don't buy actual DVD's, I just wait until I get to see them for free somehow, whether it at a friends house, a resturant or another means, but this one, I am getting. Everyone should support these guys' work. It's incredible.
  • 7 1
 Imagine Life Cycles + Dedicam. Drool
  • 2 1
 completely agree Faultlinetv, I will be first in line to dish out some money to watch this
  • 4 1
 You can't go wrong when their motto is ''spend time not money.'' The end product is always sicker when you've put the hours in and I am so stoked for this. Way worse then waiting for Christmas.
  • 8 1
 I'm buddies with Life Cycles Crew and I know that they would appreciate you guys buying the DVD. They've spent a bunch of money out of their own pockets to make this film and have sacrificed a lot to make this film. If we want companies like this to keep making films they need our support.
  • 12 1
 Pff I ain't buyin the DVD... I am getting the Blu-Ray! I'm not going to butcher the Red footage by down scaling the shit out of it.
  • 2 3
 These guys are the way biking films should be done. For art, not for money. Totally buying the DVD ASAP and probably going to pay an extra like $50 as a thank you!
  • 3 1
 Bluray for the win
  • 1 0
 Please, please tell me there will be a Bluray version for purchase?
  • 6 0
 Cool to know... looks like these cats are taking off where The Collective left off after Roam... (sorry - had to Wink
  • 3 0
 I've been waiting so long for Life Cycles to be released, and it's good to see we're finally getting closer. From what I've seen so far it's going to blow everything else out of the water.
  • 5 0
 Follow Me was pretty sick though.
  • 3 1
 Life Cycles will be soo much better. I love the Collective and no disrespect to the guys who made follow me, It was an amazing film but I started getting bored from the overuse of tricks in it. The first flip in the film everyone is like heeeey!!! and by the end it's like meh, who cares any more. soo yeh i'm expecting pure greatness from this movie!
  • 3 1
 This movie simply cannot be compared to past bike videos as it far surpasses what has been done. This is more comparable to That's it that's all, but even pushes it around for sheer "Holy Shit!" factor.
  • 2 0
 Wow, I'm fully buying the DVD + going to the Premiere! This is history here everyone. Could you compare it to ROAM by The Collective? That is a pretty damn sick movie.
  • 3 1
 Personally I thought Follow Me was way overhyped. Life Cycles seems to offer a fresh perspective on riding and being a cinematographer myself the filming and editing are pretty important (and even from just looking at the teaser and the BTS footage it looks like this is going to be insane). That's It, That's All revolutionized the ski film industry in my eyes, I have a feeling Life Cycles might do the same. I know I'll be getting the Blu-Ray as soon as it comes out...
  • 2 1
 Ditto
  • 1 3
 Follow Me was a great movie, it was really up there but thre were only 2 things about it that i didnt like. one being that they used waaaaaayyyyyyy too much slow motion. just about every shot it sloed down. and secondly, the song that is in the third secion of the movie with cam Mccaul and Ben Boyko. it just doesnt fit at all. but i am soked for this movie tho.
  • 3 0
 I have a feeling this film will destroy any other new bike film of the year, possibly something on par with seasons and such.
  • 4 0
 I'm thinking this will blow even Seasons out of the water, can't wait to see it.
  • 3 2
 This movie simply cannot be compared to past bike videos as it far surpasses what has been done. This is more comparable to That's it that's all, but even pushes it around for sheer "Holy Shit!" factor.
  • 1 0
 Definately anticipating it's release then!!
  • 1 0
 All factors considerd, Follow me was without question epic certainly better say Seasons and Kranked from every thing to the brilliant use of head cams to just the general scale of the whole movie.

That said it was the same old layout same old style cant says theres anything wrong with that and am sure this style of extreme video will continue but now that MTB style movies may be potentialy going to the next level (Even attracting none riders to the audience) a new approach would be certainly be welcome.... Fingers crossed for something that will blow us away in the same way Roam did back in the day !
  • 1 0
 Indeed! Roam was so bloody epic, i haven't watched follow me but it's been a while since i've watched anything so epic.
  • 1 0
 yeah the collective films were epic when i bought follow me and brighter i wanted to see the same cine, but it didnt happen, follow me was super close but no dice, i have a great feeling about this bike flick, does anyone know who's gonna be in it? besides the obvious, sorry im stuck far far far away in iraq so i dont get to see as much as when im in the staes
  • 2 0
 for a film that looks so awesome how come it only has 2 sponsors... support these guys!
  • 2 0
 Pretty much all the riding pics here have POD Potential.
  • 2 0
 Ima get all drunk and watch it at Interbike!! WOO WOO Vegas!
  • 2 0
 Vegas is the ish!!! You know what else is the ish... Thomas Mother F'ing Vanderham!!! My hero lol.
  • 2 0
 when is the release date?
  • 1 0
 European premiere at Eurobike. NA premiere at Interbike. DVDs will be shipping in October.
  • 1 0
 10th Aug at Crankworx!
I'll be there Smile
  • 1 0
 Dude, I've been waiting for this movie to come for like a year or so. What's taking so loooooong??
  • 1 0
 POD, POD, POD, POD, POD, POD, AWESOME! Insane pics, this movie's gonna be epic!
  • 1 0
 Think they will do the same as Follow Me and provide an HD download on iTunes?
  • 1 0
 I definitely will buy it on Blu-ray! Can't wait! I think, from all this excitement my ribs will heal much faster lol
  • 1 0
 Pretty much showed that, Mike Hopking is crazy !!
  • 1 0
 I reeeally wanna see that
  • 1 0
 OMG! I want more! Give me MORE! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 YES!! that video was awesome!
  • 1 0
 how long has it taken them to make this movie?
  • 2 1
 Over 2 years.
  • 2 0
 I can't wait any longer
  • 1 0
 woow mike hopkins realy awesome POD for sure !
  • 1 0
 please ohhh please come to IMAX
  • 1 0
 gunna be SIICCKKKK!!
  • 1 0
 AMAZING !
  • 1 0
 so stoked to see it
  • 2 2
 Finally some dubstep!







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