Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk in 'Better Late'

Jun 22, 2022
by Sarah Moore  


bigquotesAlways, “Better Late”, as never isn’t an option.

An ensemble of moments in time with the creative people who built memories that define resilience and commitment to never say never. Thank you to those involved for all the adventure that won’t go unseen.
Brandon Semenuk









130 Comments

  • 75 0
 Those boulder shots at 3:27 to 3:34 were a particular highlight for me - the sheer scale of it all is magnificent
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flag srsiri23w (Jun 22, 2022 at 9:27) (Below Threshold)
 I think Ethan Nell and DJ Brandt built that feature.
  • 25 0
 @srsiri23w: I believe that was first shown in Where The Trail Ends ridden by Kurt Sorge and Paul Bass. www.pinkbike.com/photo/8645112
  • 2 0
 exactly
  • 5 0
 @vesania: Which is another timeless banger of a mtb movie!
  • 2 1
 35mm film ?
  • 4 0
 Mike Hopkins from Life Cycles also...?
  • 60 0
 It's funny how he randomly comes up with a proper reminder of who's the boss. Thanks.
  • 21 0
 He's also the current leader for the North American Rally Championship title, ahead of Travis Pastrana and Ken Block. God forbid he gets into another extreme sport.
  • 61 2
 Sarah vs Alicia: who posted it first?
  • 88 1
 Sarah: "Better Late"
  • 5 1
 The other post did state "Mind Boggling". I won't hold this mistake against them.
  • 13 1
 It was so nice it was posted twice.
  • 75 0
 Hah, Sarah's version is better because it has photos. She wins this round!
  • 57 0
 This guy's pretty good.
  • 14 1
 Serious question, does he have bmx background?
  • 2 6
flag finlayhigh (Jun 22, 2022 at 22:23) (Below Threshold)
 @kingbike2: i get the joke but no
  • 5 0
 @kingbike2: yes he does
  • 2 1
 @kingbike2: there's definitely a "no suspension needed" precision to his lines and landings. I'd bet on it.
  • 1 0
 @kingbike2: just a rally background
  • 3 0
 @kingbike2: Actually he has a BMX foreground!
He started riding BMX after his slopestyle period. Better late - right?
  • 2 0
 @thevids: thanks, I saw bmx influence in the edit but after watching this video it’s obvious slopestyle influences his bmx.
  • 43 1
 I just opened it in two screens and watched it at the same time, am I doing it right Pinkbike?
  • 41 1
 Absolutely.
  • 25 0
 Yeah you don't have two eyes for nothing right?
  • 29 0
 Makes it look absolutely effortless.
  • 28 3
 I've said it before - I'd love to see him do a DH race
  • 4 13
flag preridedump (Jun 22, 2022 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 nah
  • 9 0
 He could probably do really well. His reflexes are spot on for that kind of speed. Just look at how well he does in rally.
  • 19 1
 I preface what I'm about to say with saying that I think he might be the single most talented dude to touch a mtb, and I love his style and control, BUT... I don't think it stacks up. In Deathgrip trying to follow Brendog he looked like he was on the ragged edge and he had that huge off, and Brendog is a Top 30 racer? Follow Me with Stevie was a pretty good segment, but hard to judge how hard he was pushing. But I always get this though about dudes like Semenuk and Lacondeguy and Vinny T cause they always look fast as shit and have amazing control, but I dunno that it would translate to an ACTUAL race time. Flip side, Gee Atherton in his prime getting that 2nd at Rampage without any tricks, but his speed was naked eye faster than anyone else had really attacked Rampage for a good long while, maybe even up until Lacondeguy's 2018 run. Racers are just on some other shit man.
  • 3 0
 I hear there is this up and comer named Jackson something or another. Future is bright.
  • 6 1
 @Sweatypants: I think if Semenuk got into racing DH it really wouldn't be long until he was easily a top ten competitor. Mind you he is the current North American Rally Championship title leader, a sport he's a relative newcomer to, especially compared to the likes of his competition in Ken Block & Travis Pastrana. I truly believe he might be just one of those generational athletes, capable of succeeding at whatever he puts his effort into.
  • 5 0
 @Sweatypants - I agree with everything you say, which is exactly why I'd like to see him try it. Give him a solid year to dial himself in for DH (much like the time he's spending in a rally car) and see. I think it'd be cool if he just picked one race at a familiar track (the Canadian Open in Whistler?) and just concentrated on that. It'd be just as interesting to me to see him do well vs. not do well.
  • 2 0
 @gtill9000: it would be cool for sure. unfortunately I doubt he cares. Top 5 or 10? even after a year? i dunno about all that. do I think he could do what Cathro has done and better (no offense at all)? most certainly yes. there's no way he wouldn't be fast. my statement was more about winning or not, which i didn't make clear. not doing good in a general sense.
  • 2 0
 @Sweatypants: Idk. All the top dh racers are within fractions of a second of eachother. So racing skill can’t be all that exclusive. An unsposored dh’er can have a good race and place in the pros times. I don’t see any random people posting edits that show anything close to semenuk’s skill level. A lucky day isn’t gonna cut it. He used to race dh, I imagine it wasn’t challenging enough. Maybe challenging from a fitness standpoint but not so much from skill.
  • 1 0
 I don't think that it's his bag. He's more of an artist than a racer.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if he'd ever doHardline? Could be a cool place to start-the course evens the playing field a bit between the freeriders and the racers. Hell, Brage did pretty damn well at Hardline last year, believe he had the fastest time on the top part
  • 20 0
 In germany we say "doppelt hält besser"
  • 23 5
 Brage did not get robbed...
  • 18 18
 Brage got robbed not because Brandon's not a better rider but because it was a film festival and Brage made a better film.
  • 17 1
 There will be some great text/email exchanges between management and editors today.
  • 16 1
 def going to be more lay-offs when Outside see's these duplicated efforts
  • 24 0
 Definitely a couple Slack messages!
  • 12 0
 Brandon once again showing that he is the smoothest criminal in the entire MTB sphere. There are a TON of talented riders, but none as dialed and smooth as Brandon.
  • 14 0
 Poetry in motion.
  • 13 1
 So good you gotta watch it twice
  • 9 0
 At least!
  • 13 1
 Didn't know that pay was based on your clicks.
  • 15 2
 R-Dog!
  • 11 1
 so good they posted it twice
  • 10 0
 @trek his knock block seems to be malfunctioning
  • 5 0
 It's so cool to see another major trailblazer in the sport. I remember the days when wade simmons was blowing everybody's minds. I guess we will be seeing a lot of tailwhips at rampage this year. The Mtb scene is forging ahead.
  • 9 0
 That R-Dog mic drop was the best!
  • 8 0
 R-Dogg cameo = FANTASTIC!
  • 3 0
 That was the best part
  • 6 1
 First it was the "who's post is better", next will there be an on the bike competition between @sarahmoore and @alicialeggett ??
  • 11 0
 Sarah vs Alicia doesn't have the same ring to it as Mike vs Mike, but I'm in! Any excuse to hang out with @alicialeggett in person is a good one.
  • 2 0
 @sarahmoore: I feel like Sarah vs Alicia would be less catty than Mike vs Mike haha. It would make such a good PB video...doooooo it Smile
  • 4 1
 He is great, smooth a silk. Though whenever I watch the BMX guys on Movies for your Monday, they are doing similar, if not much harder tricks, often off tiny, shitty transitions. I wonder how much influence the BMX guys have on the slopestyle riders?
  • 5 0
 That convertible Rockshox fork is pretty innovative. Goes from single crown to double crown whenever you need it on the trail….
  • 6 0
 Meh. Needs more rally cars.
  • 3 0
 I love this guy but I always have to wait to get home to watch anything from him.
I guess the "semen" triggers all servers filters XD.
  • 3 0
 Sometimes I lose sight of what Semenuk looks like compared to mere mortals, but, this captures it well: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLfNZGIfdT0
  • 5 0
 R-Dog's 3 tabes at the end tho!
  • 2 0
 Semenuk is the best, and this video showcases the incredible riding and skill. I feel like the video itself didn't have a great flow or theme though as it was very "clippy" and not super cohesive.
  • 4 0
 Impromptu Pinkbike Editor popularity contest? Who is it going to be?
  • 41 1
 Richard Cunningham.
  • 5 0
 @Patrick9-32: Hands down.
  • 4 0
 How does he keep getting better? So much respect.
  • 4 0
 I don’t often watch edits but when I do it’s a Semenuk.
  • 3 0
 Semenuk is the best of all time. He change the game he change the mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 The BOAT of the GOATs
  • 3 0
 Just incredible. Always some fresh moves.
  • 3 0
 Every vid he just gets better xd
  • 2 0
 He who's last name we don't speak in this place. Straight Up the Sickest Style!
  • 2 0
 How many different Trek bikes was that in 5mins - his garage must be a crowded place
  • 3 0
 But how fast did he get to the trails in his WRX?
  • 1 0
 every time I watch these videos I have a question - are those publicly available trails or do they build them just for videos on private land?
  • 1 0
 Purpose built on private land and then dismantled after filming. Those stunts in the edit would be a death trap for anyone that doesn’t wear a Redbull helmet.
  • 2 0
 Most of the Utah scenes is publicly accessible. I've been riding around the Rampage sites already. The wooden stuff gets removed.
  • 2 0
 @kingbike2: well some of the lines look more like parts of a good bike park, look at 14 sec mark and pretty much most of the first minute of the edit. That is what I am interested in.
  • 1 0
 @yoobee: Utah is a dream, one day I will get there. I have friend who went and he wouldn't shut up about for last 3 years ahahahaha Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Pinkbike competition?
  • 2 0
 We have now topped must watch.... a simul-must watch post is a new level
  • 3 0
 flow master
  • 2 0
 That cinematic graaaainnnn....
  • 2 0
 Aaand that's probably just the B footage of all the warm ups
  • 1 0
 So the guy just rode an ebike in his video and no pinkbikers are complaining ?? Or I am wrong about the ebike.
  • 3 0
 GOAT
  • 3 0
 Rally car background
  • 2 0
 Had that LifeCycles feel. But different. In a good way . Sweet vid .
  • 1 0
 Gloom and doom all over again. Must have had his laughing muscles.traded for shredness.
  • 1 0
 finally watched it. great shots and riding, as always. extra kudos to the audio/music folks.
  • 2 0
 Always a Treat to watch.
  • 1 0
 brandon better not slack, Bradge and Dylan Stark are out there!
  • 1 0
 My fav rider to watch, so aggressive but so smooth.
  • 1 0
 what area is this shot in
  • 15 0
 earth, I think it's on trailforks
  • 12 0
 Shralpistan
  • 1 0
 @evehmeyer: more specifically Utah.... but what zone exactly. for being freeride, a lot of freeriders are pussies and don't keep the spots free....
  • 1 0
 It seems he's been riding in his spare time
  • 1 0
 Rampage is gonna be nuts this year.
  • 1 0
 I watched, but did I really have to?
  • 1 0
 nice to see rally car drivers crossing into other sports
  • 1 0
 That whip in slow-mo is absolutely insane.
  • 1 0
 Where The Trail Ends.
  • 1 0
 Great music.
  • 1 0
 Amazing
  • 1 0
 Let’s Go Brandon!!
  • 1 0
 Sick rock trail
  • 1 3
 it's honestly just too much for my brain. I had to pause it and watch in sections.
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