Video: Nicholi Rogatkin Trains for Red Bull Rampage

Oct 13, 2015
by artbarn  
Views: 43,192    Faves: 365    Comments: 18


Rampage is arguably the most important contest in mountain biking, a true mountain biker's contest. Nicholi Rogatkin is one of slopestyle’s rising stars, currently sitting in 3rd in the FMB World Tour with a big bag of tricks like no other. Nicholi was a rookie for last years’ Rampage, spending only 3 days ever on his DH bike, prior to the event. The desert, which encompasses the Rampage Course, is as harsh and unforgiving as they come. Nicholi came away humbled from last year, but hungry to throw down in this big terrain. Stacking long days on the big bike, in this area is the only way to prep for Rampage. Utilizing the ‘old site’ Nicholi works to bring his slopestyle prowess and his big bag of tricks to Utah’s infamous Big Mountain Terrain.

Utah Whip

Artbarn Film (Squamish, BC, Canada) took to the open road and joined Nicholi for 4 days in Utah right after Interbike, as he hit the unfamiliar and unforgiving desert dirt to train for the 2015 Red Bull Rampage. Joining us was St. George local, shredder and builder Ethan Nell. Nell was instrumental in helping Nicholi build and ride his features, as well as helping us manage locations and logistics. Not to mention throwing down in his own backyard. We also had a new face join the production team, Cameron Hotchkiss, providing killer camera work and especially quick wit. Special thanks to Ethan and Cameron!

Thanks to: Nicholi Rogatkin, Continental tires, Kali protectives, VP components, Spank Bikes, Pinkbike, Ethan Nell, Cam Kapture, Jordie Lepage, Patrick Henry, Keith White Audio, Tarek Rasouli, Rasoulution, Taylor Loughran, and Kevin Landry.


MENTIONS: @artbarn / @ArtBarnFilm / @ContinentalMTB / @KaliProtectives / @vpcomponents / @spank-bikes




141 Comments

  • 244 3
 If he does a cash roll in rampage I think the internet might implode. That was a bonkers bag of tricks in that terrain!
  • 36 6
 Yeah umm.. huh... wait... what? yeaaaaaaaa... I don't even know what to write... That was f*cked up. That works.
  • 35 2
 nice crash roll.
  • 87 2
 No Visor, he would have pulled it..
  • 4 24
flag richierocket (Oct 13, 2015 at 15:28) (Below Threshold)
 Hey mang, you want to buy a taco? Its some seriously good shat right here at Bed Bull mang!
  • 19 0
 You're right, absolutely bonkers! I thought he was going for a 3 off the step down, then that little puff of dirt from the lip. I thought - that's weird - then the off centre rotation started. I holy-sh*tted out loud (HSOL?). I'm so over stoked for Rampage right now. It's like all the Fest Series, Christmas, and a birthday rolled into one!
  • 16 0
 I gotta believe that he tried again with a new wheel and landed it. That was too close to not be doable (by him anyway). This kid is hungry and wants that top step! HSOL
  • 5 0
 he's got big big bag of tricks !!
  • 1 1
 he'll be coming down the chimney...
  • 7 0
 cash roll was rad no joke but I was just as stoked to see a foot plant three and that punk jump!...I love that kind of shit!
  • 3 0
 Just missing the crank flip! I would lose it if he did one of those over the canyon
  • 3 1
 makes it to the big league, learns to ride with visor...
  • 100 5
 You know that shot in a movie when the person is all dirty, having crashed so many times, totally wrecked and sore, but they are giving it one last shot and you're like "Oh he's going to get it!" and then they get it and you're like "Yeaaah I knew it!"? This is not that.
  • 71 2
 Hold my beer... I'm doing this.... .... ... .. . I need my beer back, and some one pass me a spoke key.
  • 28 0
 No spoke key known to man will fix that taco. Though a beer might help
  • 3 1
 Ya and do the same a few beers later, just in the opposite direction. Problem solved, wheel fixed.
  • 1 0
 i dont think ive ever improved a wheel with a spoke key before ive tries many times though
  • 1 0
 It really easy if you have a truing stand and remember drive-side, non-drive side and lefty tighty.
  • 53 5
 If he lands a cashroll off one of the natural step downs and runs a reasonably clean run the rest of the way out he'll be tough to beat.
  • 20 1
 it all comes to the judges... hope they won't $uck
  • 17 4
 Rampage isn't best trick as Zink has proven. An awesome trick definitely helps, but it all needs to be there top to bottom
  • 22 7
 taquitos... have you not been paying attention? Zink podiumed based off of one trick... It was a burly trick... but it was pretty much the only trick in the run. The rest of the run was slow, had no flow and avoided most every thing. Was all to set up the big trick.

No disrespect. One of the gnarliest things I've ever seen. But he did exactly the opposite of what you're saying. He proved you can do well based off one trick.
  • 6 6
 Yeah, zink has only proven that it's about best trick haha
  • 4 2
 Podium doesn't equal win. Check your math. 2013 and 2014... 360 and back flip. Placedar well but didn't win.
  • 4 0
 Zink's run in 2013 may not have had much flow, but mainly because he botched the bottom. The top didn't have much flow because it was probably the burliest line of the year. I'm pretty sure he and Straight had the same top section, and I think that's a good part of the reason Straight won. I'm not sure what his line is, but Nicholi won't win this if he rides the ridge. Amazing trick or not, there's no precedence for that.
  • 3 0
 Let's be honest, rampage is a game for people who can ride a bike
  • 1 1
 I hate how it's become obligatory to do some form of spin/trick to be able to win at rampage. Zink won with one big trick in 2012. Gee had a much more dialled run I though and at incredible speed. Here's me hoping Vink gets down that vertical wall and rails the rest or Claw puts something ultra imaginative together with a "normal" sized trick to cap it off. Well.....not that any off us can talk much in comparable to what these guys pull off.
  • 2 0
 Word. It's suppose to be a combination of speed, flow, tech, tricks and drops.

Sometimes it works out that way. Look at Straits last win. He didn't do some of the more technical tricks that guys like zink do.

I'm always left going... well... they're the pros not me. LOL!

I think this year you're gonna have a better combination of tricks than ever before but I think there's only a few guys that have the trick in their bag AND have the flow/speed factor.

Maybe 5-6.
  • 1 0
 Strait is just one example. Most of the time it actually works that way. If you look through previous results and watch the runs you will see.
  • 44 0
 Wtf? Cashrolling a stepdown?!?!
  • 43 4
 Beautiful shooting, great production, awesome riding.. But hard to tell that that's Rogatkin with that awful visor on his helmet. lol
  • 28 2
 Rogatkin's gotta lose that visor! doesn't he realize how ridiculous it looks?!
  • 3 3
 I think his visor looks cool! A little rounded for style never hurt anyone.
  • 8 0
 Thank you!
  • 38 1
 I hope someone starts their run with an acid drop
  • 8 0
 Ninja drop- .......acid drop is skateboarding
  • 23 0
 im pretty sure its caveman
  • 85 1
 I hope someone starts their run by dropping acid
  • 2 0
 @MCMbiker
  • 2 1
 I hope someone starts their run with a coffin...????????
  • 24 0
 most appealing trick I've ever seen on a dh bike
  • 18 1
 That video was knarly. Expecting him to be a contender for a podium if he manages to do something huge on the big gap and lands all of his tricks.
  • 19 0
 that crash!
  • 13 0
 that cashroll stepdown..most impresive thing on a dh bike I have ever seen ! Fingers crossed for him to land it at Rampage !
  • 11 0
 There is so much sick shit in that video that gets over looked because it is just buried by even more sick shit. Go Nicholi!
  • 7 0
 Cheers!
  • 4 0
 For real. Foot plant 3. Dope. Front flip step down. Dope. 3 off of nothing. Dope. Damn near landing a step down cash roll. Bonkers.
  • 5 0
 If he sticks a cashroll in Rampage he'll be on the podium for sure!

PS the last 3rd of the video wasn't working for me on pinkbike with Chrome so I found it on youtube- www.youtube.com/watch?v=imFtun5JUp8
  • 8 0
 Thank you Artbarn! Can't wait for rampage.
  • 4 0
 Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!
  • 6 0
 Cashroll a step down on a downhill bike!!!!!!!!! Hope he can land that soon!
  • 5 0
 Does anybody know when the 2016 FMB calendar is going to be released? As I must plan my work schedule around it.... Wink
  • 4 0
 This years rampages is going to be siiiiiiiick! Getting so excited for it! The crash was horrendous, I'm not sure I'd be alive if that was me.
  • 6 0
 Rogatkin!!! We are all very impressed!
  • 5 0
 His foot completely sunk in on that fastplant 360... how did he still pull it perfect
  • 3 0
 He is a machine...that is the only way
  • 6 1
 How did he dare .. ?? He's so sick !!
  • 7 1
 That fast plant 3
  • 5 0
 That was one of the sickest trick I've ever seen
  • 5 0
 I want to see a bike flip. Someone do a bike flip.
  • 5 0
 DOUBLE caveman drop?! Wtf!
  • 4 0
 That cashroll crash was absolutely the most messed up thing I've ever seen in my life.
  • 5 0
 cash rolls everything round me CREAM gotta get to rampage ya'll
  • 5 0
 No squid lid?

In all seriousness that foot plant 3 was filthy.
  • 5 1
 Hang on a minute, was that a whip by Nicholi in the past picture? Finally some style!
  • 5 1
 WTF? Cashrolling natural stepdown on DH bike?! Dude must be from another planet!
  • 1 0
 Now I am by no means a religious man, but I might have to say a prayer for this guy. How does he not spend most of the year doing rehab when every time he steps on the bike he rides like it's a video game? What a hero. It would be nice to see a little flow though...
  • 3 0
 The new Pumped BMX plus release has got people doing the "mashing buttons" sort of tricks... this is crazy!
  • 3 0
 Gathered everybody in the bike shop together to watch the cash roll at the end- didn't know beforehand, though. Ouch.
  • 4 0
 He may be rolling in the cash if he can stick it for Rampage!
  • 4 0
 Rad times filming with you dudes! Kill it at Rampage Nicholi!
  • 2 0
 Good times Digi! Let us know if you head North any time soon.
  • 4 0
 Props to @EthanNell good to see you get some love!
  • 2 0
 Yeah!
  • 4 0
 The ending raised a few hairs on my neck!
  • 4 0
 That SCORPION! I love the cashroll like everyone but wow
  • 3 0
 I thought the end banger would be the front flip holy shit
  • 3 0
 Holy balls. Faved.

Go get 'em Nicholai ????????✊????
  • 1 0
 Can't edit for some reason, but don't know why my iPhone put in all the question marks. At any rate, good luck to Nicholai, he seems fired up and ready to give 'er.
  • 4 0
 Yeah boys killing it!
  • 2 0
 looking clean... yep, clean crash
  • 6 6
 Holy sh*t
Its probably the worst looking 3 off drop, that Ive ever seen..
And its probably one of the insaniest thing (cashroll from step-down) that Ive ever seen too...
  • 3 0
 Taco salad
  • 3 0
 Dang! Is he OK???
  • 9 0
 Little shooken up but he walked out of there no problem... mind blowing..
  • 1 1
 I am going to contact Draft Kings right now and suggest they add Redbull Rampage for this weekend's events. This kid would be in my line up.
  • 1 0
 Diggers are saying that finals will be moved to friday for weather concerns
  • 3 0
 Freaking Sweet!!!
  • 3 1
 holy.
  • 2 0
 damn that was unexpected
  • 1 0
 Since when did Nicholai start sporting a visor?!
  • 1 0
 will he be the only one riding 27.5 wheels at rampage?
  • 2 0
 holy fuck
  • 1 0
 Yea... I can true that wheel for you.
  • 1 0
 I had to go back to 1:20 - that was mental!
  • 1 1
 Given the awesome splatter on that step down, that last trick should be named a casserole
  • 1 0
 10 bucks says he cash rolls the canyon gap! Anyone? Anyone? Okay...
  • 1 0
 name of the song
  • 1 0
 I can't find it, another video this year where Steenbergen rides Whistler had the same song and nobody had the name in the comments for that one either.
  • 2 0
 I think the song is called fingers crossed by ferrier
  • 1 0
 thank you man Smile
  • 3 3
 Ugh, this song again ... and again and again.
  • 2 1
 FINALLY PUT A VISOR ON!
  • 1 2
 Your out of your element Donny!
  • 2 5
 Dont get me wrong but Id rather look at a huge drops than slope style ones again.
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