Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk - Midpoint

Jul 11, 2019
by Red Bull Bike  

Video By Revel Co.

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138 Comments

  • + 213
 BRING BACK LIFE BEHIND BARS
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 AND THAT WHITE MUSTANG
  • + 5
 Yes please!!
  • + 14
 Here they come!!!!!!........
  • + 17
 @Nimble9: Boys in the bright white sports car
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 THE BOYS NEED THEIR FOOTY
  • + 33
 As tight as that would be, I think it's pretty obvious Semenuk could be in really any video project he wants, so the fact that he's putting out this stuff and not Life Behind Bars probably means he's just happier doing this. I say let the man live.
  • + 4
 apparently just as good on 4whls as well. style is genetics.
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 @rocky-mtn-gman: HERE THEY COME! THE BOYS IS THE BRIGHT WHITE SPORTS CAR!
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 @53119: He's currently sitting in 5th in the Canadian Rally Championship, so yeah he goes alright.
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 @JoseBravo: and where did they get that car. La la la la....la la la la. I would love to see Life Behind Bars comeback. Especially now that Brandon pretty much has more filming experience
  • + 17
 As much as i like that Redbull series, his new "strategy" works for me. Very selective comp joined and strategically released video/part. It creates a lot of mystique towards him, Also seing new tricks/combo for the first time on a well crafted video is so much better. That "ET nose whellie/bonk" ant that "Double click table" never seen that before.

Keep it up Revel Co.
  • + 2
 This. This cant get enough up votes. We need this series back!!!!
  • + 96
 When there is Semenuk in the title, the words „must watch“ are superfluous.
  • + 26
 I'd go further - they're superfluous, redundant, unnecessary, surplus to requirement and unneeded as well.
  • + 24
 And "Finding flow". Semenuk doesn't find the flow, he brings the flow!
  • + 4
 Thx learned a new word today. I thought it was overfluent
  • + 7
 @mtb-jon: flow finds Semenuk
  • + 1
 This Kid is so stylish, he should give a run for his money in Crankworx.
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 superfluous, new day new word.
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 @mtb-jon: he is the flow
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flag EarIysport (Jul 11, 2019 at 16:12) (Below Threshold)
 Of course, but this was a let down for me. This video could have been from 5+ years ago. The game has been moved on by the current breed of slopestylers. Slow mo of tricks BMXers have been pulling for 15 years with nice scenery is ok, but hardly ranks as cutting edge. I get that he likes nose bonks too. Cool.
  • + 8
 Superflowus?
  • + 6
 @EarIysport: Does it matter? Timeless tricks are just that; timeless. Great cinematography, obviously still great riding that none of us could even imagine doing. Semenuk is still the GOAT, whether this edit had game-changing moves or not.
  • + 42
 That one hand tabletop blowed my mind!!!
  • + 15
 The classics don’t go out of style.
  • + 51
 He should add a Jazz-Hand to that move
  • + 0
 *blew
  • + 23
 @RedBurn: given the context... id agree with blowed.
  • + 4
 @endlessblockades: f*ckin jazz hand, imagine THAT
  • + 1
 @nyhc00: Classic adj. /Judged over a period of time to be the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
  • + 16
 I don’t know man I love Brandon’s videos like everyone else n everything but I really miss him in the competitions as well. I wonder what he would do compare to guys like Dawid Godziek n Emil Johansson
  • + 5
 and let's not forget Rheeder! He hasn't competed in what feels like forever. Not sure if he still wants to push himself to that limit anymore. I'd sure love to see!
  • + 8
 He’s so stylish and nothing looks forced that he does. He’s so fluid with his style.
  • + 13
 I am fine with just seeing at Rampage every year. Yet another banger from dudes over at Revel.
  • + 16
 well unlike Dawid Godziek he would actually land on his pedals. If i was a judge I would give that 360 1 handed table all the points and sloppy twisters non but thats not how its done. If i had to guess I would say those contests pay the bills for most riders and Brandon gets paid enough and won enough to pursue his own goals. Those slope style contest don't look like they would be any fun to be a part of.
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flag lalientoxc (Jul 11, 2019 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
  • + 8
 This may be the obvious statement for the day, but I recall somewhere him saying that he doesn't want to compete much and that he enjoys more producing edits like this. If I had to guess, I'd say it's for the same reasons mentioned by @theredbike
  • + 1
 totally agree. Selfishly I would love to see him stay at the top of his game and show it off in comps.
  • + 1
 i dont think he likes competing anymore because he puts too much pressure on himself to be flawless in his runs. He was at the point where he would miss a barspin in a combo and just not try the rest of his run. I would love to see him and Rheeder battle it out again, but it will never happen.
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flag lalientoxc (Jul 11, 2019 at 12:58) (Below Threshold)
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 @gouty: Everyone gets upset when i call out riders for slipping pedals and landing sloppy but still trying to claim world firsts but its the work ethic to take the time to land things properly and constantly that really separates riders like Semenuk. To me freestyle is more about the creative interpretation of the environment and to me spinning as hard as you can off of a dozen box jumps in a row doesn't do that for me. I want to see more Semenuk too but I'm actually pretty stoked he's putting his time into this stuff rather than contests.
  • + 6
 @rhaddad87: Maybe pushing himself to the limit emotionally because of the pressure, but there's no doubt he "pushes the limit" in terms of riding difficulty more in his videos than in contests. He has also mentioned that in contests you have to do tricks that add up to get you the best score, not necessarily the coolest tricks or tricks that he wants to be doing. I think stepping away from comp was a good way for him to focus on progression in his own way without the pressure of winning on his shoulders, and we're all blessed with this kind of stuff because of it.
  • + 17
 That moment at 2:00 was so nuanced and amazing. Thanks for constantly raising the bar.
  • + 4
 Slow mo ET to dog piss... so style
  • + 15
 Aye he's quite good eh !!
  • + 13
 Some of my favorite words to read on Pinkbike: MUST WATCH: BRANDON SEMENUK
  • + 10
 Those I9 hubs (I assume) make it sounds he's being chased by a swarm of beez. SAVE THE F'IN BEEZ!

Sick edit as always!
  • + 0
 He’s probably on Bontrager hubs. They’re pretty damn loud with the 108t upgrade. Then Revel probably turns up the sound on em cuz it’s sick
  • + 11
 @BamaBiscuits: Actually he's a sponsored i9 athlete now.
  • + 6
 @astro99: oh damn, well the more ya know.
  • + 1
 @BamaBiscuits: yeah I didn't know either, but I've heard those hubs on the trails so I figured
  • + 11
 Always have to watch 2-3 times, to understand what just happened.
  • + 8
 Brandon’s edits are the only ones I don’t mind too much slow mo.
  • + 2
 @scjeremy: You almost have to have it, to see all the detail in his flow.
  • + 10
 That’s the best video I’ve seen since the last Semenuk video! This guy is just unreal!
  • + 11
 Not bad...
  • + 6
 Not2bad.
  • + 11
 Not3bad
  • + 3
 Notenoughbad
  • + 2
 Not2bad: Semenuk Drift
  • + 2
 good size
  • + 2
 nothalvebad
  • + 5
 this kid looks like he has some potential, i suspect we'll see more from him in the future.
  • + 4
 Great filming, audio and of course riding, as always! (Those machine-built jumps, hmm.)
  • + 1
 that middle song, sounds like Shana Halligan, Great clip! I can imagine all the work for what seems too short for us, Keep em coming! Soundtrack credits tho,,, definitely going to be checking out some Orville Peck. Thanks!
  • + 4
 Man, this guy is good at bikes.
  • + 0
 i agree. and he also has some racecraft from rally racing and of course when he was a tween racing xc. i would love to see him race the canadian open at crankworx just once. he is faaast. blow off everything that week and just race the can open....hmmmmmmmm. dollars to donuts, i have a feeling he'd be top 10.....not world cups, just the track on his home hill. and i do think he could beat some wc dh full time factory racers on his 'home track' ... his 'will' and determination is off the charts...
  • + 2
 Semenuk is like mountain bikes version of the Matrix. Nobody has more fluid motion on 2 wheels than Brandon. Lots of amazing riders, but dude is top of the chain
  • + 4
 This makes me realize how shit I am at mountain biking lmao
  • + 1
 LOL'D, keep your head up. I'm extremely bad, and I've been doing it for 27 years. No point comparing yourself to other people. I did weight lifting for eleven years, you really have to just be happy with yourself at the end of the day in my opinion. You being happy with yourself comes from within.
  • + 2
 I have the second song in my mtb playlist on spotify since 3 years and yes, I am proud of it now Big Grin
  • + 1
 i had the song on semenuks last video in my playlist lol
  • + 3
 Listen to those i9's purr :-)
  • + 3
 That was SO FUCKING SICK!
  • + 2
 some scenes are hi-grade but color grading is pretty bad, as well some video takes quality...
  • + 3
 That nose manual to tail whip. YES.
  • + 3
 Semenuk putting Rheeder on notice.
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flag markkarlstrand (Jul 11, 2019 at 11:07) (Below Threshold)
 How? I'm sorry but I don't get Semenuk anymore. Most of this video seems his equivalent of the straight air. Go watch Rheeder's part on Return to Earth, please. He has left BS in the dust as far as I can see.
  • + 1
 @markkarlstrand: i dont like to quote Trump very often but - "WRONG"
  • + 2
 Lots of activity on the Semenuk front as of late. Here's hoping we get to see him competing at Whis again this year!
  • + 2
 Loving the old school tricks with the new school style. This is poetry in motion.
  • + 3
 The guys on a different level, absolutely mind boggling
  • + 3
 Very Dardenesque 360 one handed flatty ????????
  • + 2
 Keep doing what you do, its fantastic to watch.....even if I can't ride like that, ever. haha.
  • + 4
 Long live the king!
  • + 2
 This cat is next level. So freaking smooth and technical.
  • + 3
 Master of style
  • + 2
 He is riding way more relaxed now.
  • + 2
 I always have to re-watch these to figure out what just happened..
  • + 1
 I hate to be redundant but every time I'm like wtf was that?
  • + 2
 Semenuk just doing Semenuk things.
  • + 2
 New favorite trick @ 1:06! Best use of awkward opposite 360's
  • + 3
 Wow, gave me goosebumps
  • + 2
 IMO the best, most stylish, talented rider I have ever seen!? GOAT!
  • + 2
 Effortless. He makes it look so easy.
  • + 3
 I guess aliens do exist.
  • + 2
 Beautiful, but what happened?
  • + 1
 Brandon Semenuk, you son of a bi%$@, that last trick was steezy! Hot damn bro, hot damn.
  • + 2
 One can argue about his riding. But this is art.
  • + 3
 Rad!
  • - 2
 Mate, as someone with a huge influence on the sport, if you're coming all the way out to ride and film in NZ, why not hit up the local clubs and spend a few hours riding with some of the locals?

It'd be a good thing for the sport to have some kids see one of the guys they look up to on the internets in the flesh and see that you're just another guy having a good time riding a bike.

*disclaimer: Maybe you did, I don't know. But given there's no video about it, I'll assume you didn't. Get your people to call my people, we'll make it happen.
  • + 3
 #justbrandonthings
  • + 2
 Good christ...I could watch 4 min of him doing those 3 one-handed tables.
  • + 1
 those small tricks and pieces of style u only rly notice in slow mo fascinate me
  • + 2
 The most talented rider ever
  • + 3
 GODMENUK
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 GODDAMNENUK!
  • + 2
 This guy... never disappoints and always such a pleasure to watch.
  • + 1
 Does he feel fear at all I wonder? Which of these events cause him trepidation? He is just so stylish, shit!
  • + 1
 Does anyone know what rear hun he uses?? Sounds mega!!
  • + 3
 He's on i9, so they're probably their new Hydra hub.
  • + 3
 @Clarkeh: Hydra hubs indeed!
  • + 2
 SICK!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 This dude is smoooth man
  • + 1
 Looks like somewhere around queenstown - does anyone know where?
  • + 4
 All the DJ bike footage was filmed at the upcoming Bike Glendhu park outside of Wanaka. Rest was Dunedin and Queenstown. Had the privilege of watching him ride at Bike Glendhu, I was in awe of his ability!
  • + 2
 The Master!
  • + 2
 Simply incredible!
  • + 1
 Unmistakable Semenuk style !
  • + 2
 Brandon is a jedi.
  • + 2
 Beautiful
  • + 2
 Not bhedddddd
  • + 1
 I wonder when the last time he pedaled up a hill was
  • + 2
 His scrubs are pure art
  • + 2
 Art
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 the ARTISTE
  • + 2
 oh brandon
  • + 1
 Rupert and Brandon = Excellence !
  • + 2
 wow!!!savage!!! #respect
  • + 1
 I want more Semenuk on the DH bike!
  • + 1
 absolutely unreal!
  • - 2
 Nice vid but I feel Emil Johanson puts more style into a 40 second competition run than this entire video
  • - 2
 Not a fan of switching back and forth from the Dirt Jumper to the Downhill bike. One or the other please.
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