Mr. Black Trail Opens at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park - Video

Jan 10, 2016
by John Colthorpe  
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From Simple Jack to Mr. Black, discover the epic transformation at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park and ride the new line that boasts 32 jumpable features including tables, step downs, step ups, sharks fins, doubles, as well as a road gap and wall ride, all connected by massive sculpted berms.

In fact, the trail offers so much air time that Mr. Black will be a massive spectator friendly trail when it is used for the Whip Off event at Crankworx Rotorua 2016.

Skyline Rotorua Mountain Bike Gravity Park Operations Manager, Jamie Mead says Mr. Black was dreamed up by local trail builders, Empire of Dirt, who also built the Crankworx trails in the park.

From Simple Jack to Mr. Black discover the epic transformation at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park and ride the new line that boasts 32 jumpable features including tables step downs step ups sharks fins doubles as well as a road gap and wall ride all connected by massive sculpted berms.

Empire of Dirt envisioned building an A Line/Crank it Up esk trail down Simple Jack, as the length and descent of the trail is spot on for a jump line,” he says.

“What we have now is a one-of-a-kind line that compliments the New Zealand MTB experience.

“Extra time was taken to ensure the trail flows effortlessly and provides progression for most riders. The average rider won’t hit every jump on the trail their first run, maybe not even their first day. But once you link all 32 jumps together, you’re left pretty stoked.

“Crankworx left us with a world class Pump Track, Dual Speed and Style course, and Downhill track, but the crew had the ambition to have an Air Downhill event on the trail as well. This is something that we hope will be a possibility in the future.
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From Simple Jack to Mr. Black discover the epic transformation at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park and ride the new line that boasts 32 jumpable features including tables step downs step ups sharks fins doubles as well as a road gap and wall ride all connected by massive sculpted berms.

Mr Mead says Mr. Black will add a whole new dimension to the Crankworx Rotorua Whip Off.

Just like the famous ‘crab apple hits’ in Whistler, riders will have jumps to hit before the whip-off jump they are judged on.

From Simple Jack to Mr. Black discover the epic transformation at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park and ride the new line that boasts 32 jumpable features including tables step downs step ups sharks fins doubles as well as a road gap and wall ride all connected by massive sculpted berms.

Mr Mead says the latest transformation at Skyline Rotorua Mountain Bike Gravity Park enhances the attraction’s offering as a mountain bike park.

Crankworx has been the enabler to create legacy trails that are world class. This trail system links into Rotorua’s MTB Centre for Excellence aspirations and, in partnership with Cycling New Zealand, will be a key training location to help our top riders to become world class athletes.

Mr. Black fast facts:
Length: 1.8km
Jump Features: 32
Berms: 25
Descent: 180m
Riding time: 4-5 mins
Grade: Advanced Black Diamond

Skyline - Rotorua mountain biking trails

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71 Comments

  • + 75
 Trail looks cool but need more Giant advertisements.
  • + 17
 I disagree, I think the subtlety works in their favor.....
  • + 9
 Just got back from 3 weeks in NZ, it seemed like every other bike was a Reign. Mostly ridden by rippers.
  • + 2
 I only have a trail bike so I can't come downhilling today.... Wait a sec, Giant says I can!
  • + 40
 People can gripe all they want about smooth roller-bladable trails but to me that looks like a freaking blast. Plus, it's not covered in snow right now so thats a plus. Great work Skyline!!!
  • + 10
 I didn't realize till now why they chose rollerbladers for that norbs "greatest edit ever" or whatever it was called. Trails that you can get down on rollerblades.. of course!
  • + 4
 Thats it, theres plenty of trails there thatll blow your bike up!
  • + 27
 Board of directors meeting: "We need to pick a musical track that captures young audiences and engages the mountain biking community as part of our debut trail film that we will be showcasing on Pinkbike. Something upbeat, really cool and hip. Mountain bikers are super hip, right? They like groovy music."

Audience: "The hell is this shit?"



Regardless, looks like a super fun trail. Would recommend setting up a camera man on the end of that wallride and waiting for the first goofball to send it over the bank outside of the trail. Get his photo and give him an honorary award for being the first person to send it off the trail there.
  • + 9
 This was poached from Blenky's 3 minute gaps clip I think?
  • + 4
 never watched 3 minute gaps?? Bit of a legendary track at this point.

open.spotify.com/album/3I5jMeANoTtUS6SEfNksnh
  • + 0
 @anchoricex what is it with mtb videos and disco music... it just doesn't work. PLEASE more Metal soundtracks...
  • + 6
 @fartymarty not sure anyone with functioning ears would call that "music" disco...
  • - 1
 or just some decent Rock and Roll!
  • - 2
 Nowt wrong with a bit or Motörhead... RIP Lemmy
  • + 28
 Moved to New Zealand 4 weeks ago..... quality decision
  • + 16
 I feel like an old man... I keep wanting to shake my cane and yell "GET A FULL FACE AND A PROPER DOWNHILL BIKE YOU STUPID TEENAGER!" Then I realize I'm a stupid teenager with an endure bike. Goddamn bike trends.
  • + 5
 Downduro is all the rage now. I'm thinking of heading down under with my downdubros so we can do some riding over the winter.
  • + 7
 I was looking forward to riding this trail but now I'm pretty sure my balls are too small.
  • + 2
 Damn I wanna move to NZ again. Roturua's changed a bit since the World in 06, damn i feel old. Also I wish we weren't so namby pamby in this country with trail building at publically accesible venues, there were a few decent sized features on that trail. Some might say it looks overly groomed but it definitely looked like an absolute hoot.
  • + 11
 Thank god for ACC Smile
  • + 6
 Needs more Ed Masters in jandals
  • + 3
 As for me, technique is great, high quality of the video... Maybe it sounds stupid, but there is a feeling like this video has no soul. Or individuality maybe...
  • + 2
 I'm not sure what kind of message this video sends to kids. Think of how confusing it is for the younger generation to see an enduro helmet with a DH bike. Bad form guys...bad form.
  • + 3
 actually, de dude wearing an "enduro helmet" is on a 160mm-bike.
the other guy on the downhill-bike wears a fullface...
  • + 2
 Sooo umm, which jump are they going to use for the whip off?
Would have thought that the money maker down the bottom would be way better than anything on Mr Black not to mention easier to get to for the spectators.
  • + 1
 been wondering the same thing..nothing on Mr Black is nearly as big as the money maker?
  • + 1
 Nope nowhere near. Money maker also has a huge run up from the top of the step up.
  • + 3
 Driving to Rotovegas right now! Gonna hit that shit so hard tomorrow... ????♨????
  • + 5
 Is that a steaming bowl of soup ?
  • + 4
 I thought he was going to drop onto that lower section.
  • + 2
 Me too!!!! So perfect to do that!
  • + 1
 except that's an insane transfer plus the bottom is surrounded by trees. looked pretty much impossible
  • + 1
 I think he is talking about the lower section just before the jump that they marked with spray paint at the lip...
  • + 1
 yep: @0:55 - queue a slew of edits with the transfer...
  • + 1
 Screaming for a transfer from the lower line to the high line
  • + 1
 It's ridable, we were doing it opening weekend, just have to look behind you before dropping it to make sure you wont take anyone out.
  • + 4
 That music gave me a headache
  • + 2
 I live an hour and a half away from Whistler and I wish I could be in New Zeland instead right now
  • + 2
 So Mr. Full enduro beat Downhill Dave to the bottom? Shit, time to fork out for an enduro.
  • + 1
 Kingy!!

I could pick that whip out of a lineup. But dude, what happened to the mullet? Are you still sticking piggies?
Miss you, you cheeky C U Next Tuesday!
  • + 1
 This trail is super fun, rode opening weekend and the boys were whooping all the way down. Looks small in this edit though.
  • + 0
 Looks fun but whatever happened to jumps having some lip? Looks like it would be a challenge to get your wheels more than a couple feet off the ground on 90% of that trail.
  • + 1
 I could do this trail with every bike in my garage. BMX bike, Road bike, CX bike, Fat bike and Oh yea my MTB also.
  • + 1
 sooo can we expect a "FOX AIR DH" in crankwork rotorua ,,,??? ?? would be sick !!!
  • + 1
 Sh!t :"frantically looks at calendar to see how I can fit in a trip to Rotorua when I go home in May"
  • + 1
 Hmm dilemma. Want to go hit this park. But big one here. I don't trust the airlines to not lose my bike Frown or break it.
  • + 1
 farken awesome! poor Rotorua..it is such a shity back drop for the bike park! lol
  • + 2
 This gave me a giant boner.
  • + 1
 Such a shame I will be in Rotovegas in a few weeks.... Now which bike do i take?
  • + 2
 I'd sell my soul to ride that trail right now. #TrailPorn
  • + 1
 Can't wait till March when I'll be there.
  • + 1
 Yeah that doesn't look fun. Looks outside and realizes it is -11
  • + 1
 Would be a great finish to the Enduro in March...here's hoping
  • + 1
 Yes in time for Crankworx, Can't wait to shred that up
  • + 1
 The fun times are imminent!
  • + 2
 *esque
  • + 1
 Am I the only one disturbed by the white socks?
  • + 1
 The video is longer than the trail is lol
  • + 1
 everyone wants to be Mr Black
  • + 1
 that transfer at 0:56 looks sooo sick
  • + 1
 another highway...
  • + 1
 looks sooooooo fun
  • + 1
 Yes, please!!
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