MUST WATCH: Tom Van Steenbergen in ‘Wild West 2’

Nov 9, 2021
by Five Ten  


In September 2020 Tom Van Steenbergen took the internet by storm with his mind melting production Wild West, directed by Calvin Huth. 1 year on from his award-winning edit, Tom returns with Wild West 2, once again pushing the limits of what is physically possible on a mountain bike.

Wild West 2

In 2020, Wild West was a statement piece from Tom, it visually represented his personality on and off the bike. Wild West 2 takes this one step further as Van Steenbergen brings a bag of never before done tricks to the center stage. Directed again by Calvin Huth, his unique editing style will you on the edge of your seat, feeling every beat of Tom’s riding as he pushes the sport to its limits once again.

Wild West 2

“It’s so rad to be able to do another Wild West video. Calvin and Dan absolutely killed it. Seeing how much everyone improved their skills over the last year is sick. I can proudly say that this is the most technical and best riding I’ve ever done for a video, which was a big challenge after coming back from a femur break. I’m so pumped to finally share this one.“

Wild West 2

“Once again, it was an absolute blast to be on another big project with Tom. The days can get intense out there very quickly. Especially since Tom drops huge moves as if he’s ordering appetizers during happy hour! Even knowing he’s done the necessary work to prepare, it’s still so gnarly! The reward from helping build, film, and then getting to edit Tom progressing the sport and achieve his personal goals… It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.

Wild West 2

I am super grateful to work with such an amazing crew, I can’t wait for Tom to heal up and get back to doing what he loves! It’s projects like this that keep us coming back. Thank you to adidas Five Ten and Monster for supporting the sport.” Calvin Huth Director

Wild West 2
Wild West 2

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125 Comments

  • 168 2
 WOW. Confident TVS would have won Rampage this year after watching that ... sad to see, hoping for a full recovery. What a legend.
  • 11 291
flag SuperHighBeam (Nov 9, 2021 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 Impressive tricks, yes. Based on this footage though, can't say that he's a Rampage contender. I need to see huge drops off of rugged terrain to believe he could do Rampage. He's well suited for slopestyle though.
  • 47 3
 @SuperHighBeam: wow a true expert giving their valuable opinion... NOT
  • 16 1
 @SuperHighBeam: Sarcasm? If not, fail…
  • 6 2
 @SuperHighBeam: this is shitpist right
  • 1 0
 You can't even call those tricks those are stunts
  • 8 2
 @SuperHighBeam: wht the heck. Get your act ogether bro, he's one of the most badass riders around. U must not know what rampage is then. U must have not seen the biggest frontflips in history at rampage . Do u even know what rampage is, the way U talk makes it sound like u dont know what biking is, to say that he's more fit for slopestyle.
  • 15 1
 @SuperHighBeam: I am jumping on the band wagon and gonna shit talk your comment because I am a far more superior human.
  • 6 1
 @SuperHighBeam: you obviously have no idea what the hell you are talking about.
  • 3 1
 Give your head a shake lol @SuperHighBeam:
  • 2 0
 @SuperHighBeam: Negative 177 likes, is that a record? Probably not, but still impressive.
  • 3 2
 Amazing riding in this one.

Maybe I'm the only one who noticed this but at 1:23, the way he rolls away at full speed (without putting a pedal stroke in) after flipping to a dead-stop onto that lip cannot be how it happened. The small cloud of dust at the fron wheel also looks quite unnatural. Some strange editing going on there!

And at 0:50 I assume that's his real speed? Looks insane.
  • 1 0
 holy! sick edit and sick riding! Godspeed on your recovery.

PS Tom: don't congratulate your bro on King of Crankworx and just chirp him about going sans spins & flips on the Speed and Style event.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: well spotted. Guess they just speeded it up to look better than a slow roll away?
  • 110 0
 Rough AF. Jordy would be proud
  • 7 0
 Jordie would call him his little bro if he would have seen this run
  • 64 1
 I'm going to have to rewatch this more times than a semanuk edit to try to understand what's he's even doing! And that's high praise!
  • 37 0
 I'm serious, I still can't figure out what the ender is. Double backflip 360? Is that the trick that pastrana tried/failed to do on a moto for years and years? Unreal! Heal well Tom.
  • 19 0
 @kcy4130: Yep it was a double backflip 360. Insane
  • 4 2
 @kcy4130: I also understand this as a Double Backflip 360, but it just looks so weird, like someone tried to do a twister and a cashroll at the same time Big Grin
  • 7 0
 @kcy4130: TP landed it last year (? Maybe also 2019), but yes, that's the one Wink
  • 18 2
 @leolentz: I feel that it's more like a dub 10. If he hadn't done the second flip we'd be saying it's a cork 7 and not a backflip 360. Adding another rotation on the flip axis doesn't take that away.

Double backflip 360. Dub 10. Semantics. It's fricken sick. Tom, you're a crazy mf'er!!
  • 4 0
 @kcy4130: yes that's it ! Also a french guy named richard fert landed it on dirt a few years ago!
  • 3 3
 @juicebanger: Def not a 10 anyway you look at it. That implies he made 3 horizontal rotations, which he did not. The twister is a corked 10...
  • 1 1
 @slayerdegnar: Yeah for sure, this is pretty straight up a double backflip 360. Dub 10 would be 3 sideways rotations and 2 vertical ones.

Cork 7 is slightly different to a backflip 360 too, yeah some people muddy the waters but there is a distinction
  • 1 0
 @Joebohobo: backflip 3 to backflip is what it is. f*cking with physics.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea @slayerdegnar @Joebohobo the debate could rage on, but Tom's calling it a dub 10 so I'm calling it a dub 10
  • 1 0
 @juicebanger: yeah fairs I’ve seen his insta post calling it that, just doesn’t make any sense giving it that name even if he is the one who did it
  • 37 0
 The pause after he lands that double back 360 thing was great editing/directing, cause it allowed me to say 'what the f*ck' before it switched to the next clip.

Great work Tom and Cal!
  • 33 0
 This should be renamed Wild West 3. Wild West 2 was his Rampage run this year.
  • 1 0
 I hope he can heal up, so he can shoot wild west 4 & 5.
He's got to recover from a freaky lot: pelvis, femur, lower spine, and already bum shoulder...
What will it be like when he comes back?
  • 47 24
 Whelp, I'm officially a geezer. I watch these feats of courage and don't think "wow, that dude is boss", I think "wow, that dude should be careful and make sure that his health insurance is up to date".
  • 134 4
 He's Canadian.
  • 29 0
 I watch these feats of courage and I think "wow, I really suck at riding"
  • 17 49
flag conoat (Nov 9, 2021 at 10:09) (Below Threshold)
 @luckynugget: so if he hurts himself, he will be waiting awhile for care?
  • 12 0
 @conoat: No, emergent care is actually pretty good, it's anything elective and follow-up(physio, etc) may be suspect or some long waitsWink
  • 8 65
flag conoat (Nov 9, 2021 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 @freeinpg: follow up....so like things that drive good outcomes? lol

it never ceases to amaze me that there are people that cannot connect the dots on this stuff...making a thing "free" to the user, drives overuse, and a shortage of care when people actually need it. You can never throw enough money at it, because the second it gets better, people start using it more. it never, ever ends.

if you set up a lemonade stand and make it free, what happens? everyone drinks it until it's all gone, immediately, regardless of whether or not they are thirsty.
  • 19 0
 @conoat: I think people understand that healthcare is a limited resource, and it has to be divvied up based on some criteria. How much money you have is one of those criteria, the question is, how important should that criterium be? Would you feel better knowing your care was delayed because someone could pay more than you, and therefore was treated first, or would you feel better just knowing they were ahead of you in line?
  • 4 13
flag jason475 (Nov 9, 2021 at 10:53) (Below Threshold)
 @conoat: no, they just fly or drive down to the US and pay cash for a quick fix.
  • 22 1
 @conoat: you’re a monster. Lemonade and the ability to get emergency care without fear of lifelong debt are slightly incomparable.
  • 34 0
 @conoat: f*ck are you talking about? People are just gonna head down to the hospital out of boredom? Na man. I’ve never had an issue with care in Canada.
  • 24 0
 @conoat: seriously weirdest take I've ever read about free healthcare.
  • 46 1
 @conoat: yeah man I can't wait to move to Canada and get surgery every week since it's free.
  • 27 0
 @conoat: what a load of crap . People don’t hospitalise themselves for pleasure or refreshment.
  • 1 7
flag kcy4130 (Nov 9, 2021 at 12:30) (Below Threshold)
 @bravefart: You're right in general, but a very, very small percentage of people are hypochondriacs and/or attention seeking and will do just that.
  • 16 7
 @speed10: America is not allowed to comment on healthcare
  • 4 6
 @conoat: as a fellow brit somewhat agree with you here, its a hard one to grasp without experiencing it, but when people in desperate need of help aren't being seen bcos people with a tummy bug or something are going to a&e, pr the ER for our friends across the pond, fpr some antibiotics when the don't need them, just bcos its free then it makes a mockery out of the free health system. Like everything need to find that happy medium. But nonetheless, wtf was that thing in the middle on the dirt quaterpipe thingy
  • 2 2
 *or the ER
  • 1 1
 @freeinpg: emergency care typically require supper post op care to make person back to normal, especially with sport like slope-style etc
  • 1 1
 @mxmtb: why’s that?
  • 2 1
 I actually agree somewhat with @conoat. Public healthcare is by no means perfect...
US intensive care beds per 100k people: 29
New Zealand intensive care beds per 100k people: 4.6
Private care in NZ is way better, which is why many better off people in NZ have insurance.
  • 11 1
 Love that it tends to be non-Canadians talking about how slow our health care system is. Perhaps that is true for some things and I recognize I am just an N of one... but I've smashed this meat sack up a bit over the years pretending I was better at things than I actually was and have always had the care I needed in a timely fashion without worrying about spending the price of a POC/ENVE collaboration item on a single Tylenol in the ER (shout out to our neighbours to the south!). In fact, I have a broken ankle at the moment and it was a tough one to diagnose given the location of the crack and was able to get two sets of x-rays immediately, then a surgical consult, CT scan and more x-rays all within a couple days of when needed and all for free-ninety nine... and I know the rebuttal will be "it's not free- you pay for it in your taxes... perhaps but our federal income tax rates aren't that different.
  • 3 2
 @snl1200: $57 for 2 tylenol at the hospital, what's wrong with that?!?! Seems like a perfectly normal and healthy system to me!

/s
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: I think it’s more that paying for it in taxes means that you are gonna pay for it even if you don’t need it.
  • 22 0
 Slopestyle is getting way too Rampage
  • 13 0
 Here's hoping for a full recovery from Rampage so that we can see a Wild West 3 some time in the future!
  • 14 0
 Was that a double flip 3? Holy crap.
  • 11 0
 Much deserved after his rampage heartbreak
  • 6 0
 So much awesome riding in this video, but I particularly enjoyed the scrub - looked great in the video and there's an excellent photo of it too. Not the kind of trick that scores high in competition but there was just something very pleasing about it!
  • 3 0
 You watch these videos of incredibly talented athletes doing truly death defying tricks and you can start to become numb to it all... But then someone takes it to another level! If you saw these tricks in a video game you would dismiss it as unrealistic. I've watched this video three times and can't imagine the skill, physical ability, and spatial awareness it takes to pull this off. Remarkable riding!
  • 5 0
 He would have won Slopestyle Rotorua with that frontie footplant drop and the last move alone - crazy.
  • 2 0
 GTFOH Eek that was some next level sh%10-4 flips around and faces the other way ? I had two watch that 3 times bf I could even comprehend wtf he even did? What a total shreadfest and thats some creative stuff too. never seen the whole reverse dir deal and he pegs it. He was killin it the whole time
WTG Steam bergen The flyin freight train
redbull should give Tom some Rampage Redemption
  • 2 0
 Come on, did you see him case that jump at 1.25. I mean, the guy didn't even make it to the top bro. Just as well he was lucky enough to turn his bike around and peddle out. I mean, the guy could've hurt himself, just say'in
  • 1 0
 yep, super sorry he felt down on rampage. We would see an amazing run. Calvin what to say, it's bonkers. A few sec before you changed the B&W to color my brain was, ok maybe that is enough, such good timing and a unique way to remember the edit. I was sorry this lasted only 2:34.
  • 4 0
 Misty 5 to redirect WTF! Footplant Frontflip on drop WTF! Backflip 360 to backflip WTF! TVS WTF!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 WTF did he just do? dam TVS has major talent and a huge set of big brass balls.
  • 1 0
 Ginormous testicles and major talent is a winning combo
  • 2 0
 Damn, this man is wild! Seems to be getting better every year. Wild West 1 is already one of my all time favourite MTB videos and this is definitley a worthy sequel. Well deserving of a must watch endorsement.
  • 3 0
 Watching a TVS extra large Cave Man brings a tear of joy to my eye. His Rampage Cave Man will always be in my top 5 favorite Rampage moments.
  • 4 0
 Amazing work, Tom! I hope you're keeping your spirits up and healing up!!
  • 4 0
 any update on Tom's condition?
  • 29 0
 Follow his Instagram. He posts quite a bit. He walked down his hallway today sans crutches.
  • 1 0
 @dungeonbeast: nice thanks good to hear, not on instagram
  • 3 0
 I was like: Fastplant fronty isn't the last clip? Then I saw the last one and was just falling of my chair. WTF
  • 1 0
 Impressive video, editing and riding. The shot at :49 is especially effective at showing how fast he's travelling.

I prefer my mode of "relative fast"–meaning if it feels fast, it is. lol
  • 4 0
 I'm in awe. Some super fresh and original moves in there.
  • 2 0
 So well-rounded and so much incredible riding. Tom, you are an MTB legend! Even the Pinkbike trolls haven't been able to rain on this parade!
  • 4 0
 WTF did I just watch???

He starts out IN A TREE!!!!!!!!

amazing!
  • 2 0
 Wow - Stepping things up! Some of those moves were just unbelievable. The speed and energy of those rotations- ridiculous. The scrub alone was worth it!
  • 4 1
 Amazing video but sad to watch.
  • 4 0
 HELL YEAH TOM
  • 2 0
 just wow! usually i don't appreciate slopestily, trick filled videos much but this edit is just wow
  • 3 0
 What an edit! Insane riding Tom. Can’t wait for you to heal up!
  • 3 0
 Holy shit man..
  • 2 0
 best one in a looooong time
  • 2 0
 And the sport keeps on progressing. I take my hat off young Sir.
  • 2 0
 Hopefully the game warden doesn't see that stand up out of season.
  • 1 0
 HOLY !!

Calvin Huth and Rupert Walker working on the same edit? Needs to be good..
  • 3 0
 That was sick!
  • 2 0
 BIG props to Calvin. That edit is ART
  • 1 0
 Good choice on the Martinez hammer! Watched this about 15 times already, good work everyone!
  • 2 0
 Sick as f@ck man, that was badass. Here's to a full recovery
  • 2 0
 Incredible!
  • 2 0
 Jeez that was savage!
  • 2 0
 Scrubalicious
  • 1 0
 I'm here for the 'lil toe tappies.
  • 2 0
 That was ridiculous….
  • 2 0
 GOD DAMN!!!
  • 1 0
 was that a double back 360?
  • 1 0
 who enjoyed the song choice?
  • 2 0
 Tom Van Steezy
  • 1 0
 YOWZA! That was a solid edit.
  • 1 0
 Now show us the attempts that didn't go quite as planned.
  • 1 0
 Give Tom the budget and he'll give Semenuk a good battle.
  • 1 0
 shout out to Dustin Guilding, sorry they did you dirty in the Credits..
  • 1 0
 Holy effin' fuck. I'm not even sure what I just watched
  • 1 0
 Foreskin just naturally retracted
  • 1 0
 that kicker for the dub flip 360 tho
  • 1 0
 Tom is the man!! Just wow…nice work gentlemen!!
  • 1 0
 He's the one to watch for next years Joyride! Heal up Tom....
  • 1 0
 TVS is addicted to cavemans and frontflips. And its rad as hell
  • 1 0
 Fucking Rowdy would be an extreme understatement
  • 1 0
 yeehaw
  • 1 0
 P U M !!
  • 1 0
 So good!
  • 1 0
 Wow amazing
  • 1 0
 Soooo sick!!
  • 1 0
 awesome
  • 1 0
 Big Jordie Vibes, sick
  • 1 0
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