Must Watch: Pure Darkness 2 - The Step-Up

May 21, 2015
by Danielle Baker  
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Last year we filmed the Pure Darkness road trip video because we were tired of watching boring videos filmed totally in slow-mo with predictable music. (Click here if you haven't seen Pure Darkness.) We wanted to make the most awesome video, like the old golden days of freeride, and make it seem like a cool sport again with emphasis on the fun times biking can bring, not lame stuff like ‘training’ and trying to be the best. It seemed like you guys enjoyed it so my idea was to bring the crew to South Africa and film another one! The Monster crew in SA thought of building something at The Garden Route Trail Park in Knysna, a wicked bike park owned, built, and run by Rob Dormehl - the raddest farmer of all time! With his organization and help we decided on building the biggest, most badass trick jump of all time. Four days of solid work in sweltering heat and Pure Darkness II - The Step-Up is what we came up with! Some of the biggest tricks and crashes of all time went down and when we left we could not have given any more. It was the trip of a lifetime and I can’t thank everyone enough who helped make it happen, most of all Monster Energy and 'Rob the Farmer' for helping us to build something this cool in your awesome bike park. If you guys like it then maybe we will go back again next year and make something even better! But for now, sit back, press play, turn up your speakers, and get stoked!

bigquotesFull speed or No speed!
- Sam Reynolds

Created by Dark Media (Tom Grundy, Sam Davies and Jules Langeard)
Edited by Tom Grundy
Photos by Eric Palmer
Riding by Danny Pace, Matt Macduff, Sam Reynolds, Blake Samson, and Dylan Stone

Special thanks to Monster Energy, Cape Town Ford, Ryan Franklin, Intern (good vibes), The Garden Route Trail Park, Liquid Wrench, Steadidrone, Knysna Tourism Board and everyone involved - cheers guys!

Get well soon to Rob too who recently nailed himself in his own bikepark!

Pure Darkness 2 - The Step up
Pure Darkness crew we do what we do
Under the stars- Staying in the middle of a farm in South Africa has its ups and downs... The scorpions snakes and screaming baboons are not ideal but the peace and beauty more than make up for it. Maybe not For Jules though who literally found a scorpion in his pants
Brai master Dylan Stone doing what he does best cooking up steaks for the boys. we would have probably had beans on toast for every meal if it wasnt for Dyl but instead we ate like kings



Sleeping under the stars in the middle of a farm in South Africa has its ups and downs; the scorpions, snakes, and screaming baboons are not ideal, but the peace and beauty more than make up for it. Maybe not for Jules though who literally found a scorpion in his pants. [Right] Braai master, Dylan Stone, doing what he does best and cooking up steaks for the boys. We would have probably had beans on toast for every meal if it wasn't for him, but instead we ate like kings!



The quad bike mid party
The quad bike had a bit of a party... Luckily Monster Energy is like currency in South Africa so we slipped him a crate and he was more than stoked and apology was accepted



The quad bike had a bit of a party, but luckily Monster Energy is like currency in South Africa so we slipped him a crate and he was more than stoked and apology was accepted!



Chilling at the house blaring beats on the JBL before unleashing the beast...
Danny Pace aka The Steam Train aka Zeus is an ex multi European champion kickboxer. Not only the teams personal security but also does the highest frontflips ever seen by human eyes. You really have to see it to believe it and even then you still wont believe it. His catchphrase is after having the biggest crash you could imagine walking off and saying anyone else would be dead and you d be a fool to disagree the floor is more likely to be hurt.





Danny Pace aka 'The Steam Train' aka 'Zeus' is an ex-multi European champion kick-boxer. Not only the teams' personal security but also does the highest front-flips ever seen by human eyes. You really have to see it to believe it, and even then you still wont believe it. His catchphrase is, after having the biggest crash you could imagine and walking off, 'anyone else would be dead' and you'd be a fool to disagree, the floor is more likely to be hurt.



Climbing to the tippy top. With the climbing rope in case you should need it
The Roll in tower was 12m tall and you needed every bit of speed it gave you As well as the entire hill. The guys at the Garden Route Trail Park did an incredible job to get this thing up.
 Lunch atop a skyscraper Pure Darkness style- The calm before the storm the workers reflect on the last 4 days and wonder what kind of monster we had created and what might go down in the next few days...



Climbing to the tippy top, with the climbing rope in case you should need it! The roll-in tower was 12 metres tall and you needed every bit of speed it gave you, as well as the entire hill. The guys at the Garden Route Trail Park did an incredible job to get this thing up. The workers reflect on the last four days and wonder what kind of monster we had created and what might go down in the next few days.



Edward Derek in perfect harmony. Sometimes Matt would make everyone leave so he and Edward to be together not sure why.
Matt fine tuning the beast. Everything was hand finished to perfection.
Matt and his new best mate Edward the digger driver who had put in something like 96 hours on the step up. Danny still thinks he was called Derek which deeply upsets Matt
Shaping the monster 22ft lip was the most tricky but most fun part of the build taking constant water and packing with shovels. We started at the top and worked down building steps to stand on as we went. Imagine standing at the bottom of that thing We had no idea if it would work.
Happier than a pig in muck Mr men sunglasses were vital in the blaring sun even though I m not too sure how good the UV protection is on them...
Dyl and Blake piling up the sides of what was to be the takeoff
Even the Dark Media camera crew got fully involved in the grueling build Tom Grundy helping Dyl finishing up the top of the lip.



Matt and his new best mate, Edward the digger operator, worked in perfect harmony. Danny called him Derek to annoy Matt and sometimes Matt would make everyone leave so he and Edward to be together, not sure why. Edward aka Derek had put in something like 96 hours on the step up landing, but everything, of course, was hand finished and crafted, any imperfections would be multiplied by the speed and size of the jump. Shaping the monster 22ft lip was the trickiest, but most fun, part of the build; taking constant water and packing with shovels. We started at the top and worked down building steps to stand on as we went. Imagine standing at the bottom of that thing! We had no idea if it would work. Even the Dark Media camera crew got fully involved in the gruelling build; Tom Grundy helping Dyl finished up the top of the lip. And Dyl and Blake piled up the sides of what was to be the takeoff.



Taking a swim break from building in the black snake river on a 42 degrees C scorcher. Was the hottest day in Cape Town for 100 years. Watch out for leaches and eels though



Taking a swim break from building in the black snake river on a 42C scorcher. It was the hottest day in Cape Town in 100 years. We had to watch out for leaches and eels though!



The nice guys at the Knysna tourism office showed us some of the delights their town had to offer us and if one of the worlds best bike parks and sandy beaches wasnt enough they also have the friendliest locals and incredible food. No brainer going there really what are you waiting for
The Knysna hospitality gems continue with oysters and cocktails on the beach. And you STILL havnt booked your flight there
Matt sitting on the beach after a few cocktails. Might be wondering how much speed we will need for the jump or might just be thinking about how much Edward would love this beach only Matt knows.



The nice guys at the Knysna tourism office showed us some of the delights their town had to offer, and if one of the worlds best bike parks and sandy beaches weren't enough, they also had the friendliest locals and incredible food. The Knysna hospitality gems continue with oysters and cocktails on the beach.

No brainer going there really, what are you waiting for?

Matt sitting on the beach after a few cocktails. He might be wondering how much speed we will need for the jump or he might just be thinking about how much Edward would love this beach, only Matt knows.



Every morning we rode down the newly renamed Milkshake Trail to the Garden Route Trail Park Cafe for breakfast and at least one Milkshake. Then we would ride the awesome pumptrack before heading up to continue work on the beast.
Blake applying some racer steeze to the pumptrack between sips of Nutella and Peanut butter milkshake to keep him cool



Every morning we rode down the newly renamed 'Milkshake Trail' to the Garden Route Trail Park Cafe for breakfast and at least one milkshake. Then we would ride the awesome pumptrack before heading up to continue work on the beast. Blake applied some racer steeze to the pumptrack between sips of Nutella and peanut butter milkshake to keep him cool.



Danny the Steam Train opening proceedings with a no look flip. You can see the biceps from here
Matt did the best whip ever done on a mountain bike no doubt in my mind or anyone else who was there. This unfortunately was just a warm up but watch the full edit and you ll be a believer too. And if you don t agree then Danny WILL hunt you down.
The feeling of this jump was just incredible and the possibilities for full extension was like never before. Took a while for us all to work the jump out but then it was just awesome.



[Top] Danny the Steam Train opening proceedings with a no look flip. You can see the biceps from here! [Left] Matt did the best whip ever done on a mountain bike, there is no doubt in my mind or anyone else who was there. This unfortunately was just a warm up, but watch the full edit and you'll be a believer too. And if you don't agree then - Danny WILL hunt you down. [Right] The feeling of this jump was just incredible and the possibilities for full extension was like never before. It took a while for us all to work the jump out but then it was just awesome.



Blake was the only one of us to dial in 360s properly on the massive jump and he went next level throwing combos that left the rest of us scratching our heads. The rotational force on the wheels made our bikes handle totally different in the air so tailwhips barspins and 360s were super difficult But Blake is a Boss.
Matt was spinning flatspins so high I have no words for how sick it was. Then took his hand off for extra measure. The guy doesnt even have brakes on his bike



Blake was the only one of us to dial in 360's properly on the massive jump and he went next level, throwing combos that left the rest of us scratching our heads. The rotational force on the wheels made our bikes handle totally differently in the air so tailwhips, barspins, and 360s were super difficult! But Blake is a Boss. Matt was spinning flatspins so high I have no words for how sick it was. Then took his hand off for extra measure. The guy doesn't even have brakes on his bike!



The search for the ultimate whip as we all know is a quest that all men strive for and whipping this jump was an incredible sensation. Throwing my bike past 90 up there really excelled my wildest dreams Matt down there 40ft below ready to crank one out too.
Flipwhip of epic proportions by MacDs
Blake chilling upsidown throwing the arms off for the ultimate yolo.



[Top] The search for the ultimate whip as we all know is a quest that all men strive for, and whipping this jump was an incredible sensation. Throwing my bike past 90 degrees up there really excelled my wildest dreams! Matt down there 40ft below ready to crank one out too. [Left] Flipwhip of epic proportions by MacDs. [Right] Blake chilling upsidown throwing the arms off for the ultimate yolo.



Stop reading the caption and just look at how high he is It s truely absurd.
You can t go far wrong with a massive Blake Samson superman



[Top] Stop reading the caption and just look at how high he is! It's truly absurd. [Bottom] You can't go far wrong with a massive Blake Samson superman.



Not quite as high as the Mac daddy but still plenty high enough and soaring like a bird
Danny with either a corked flip barspin double barspin or toboggan. Whatever it is its insanely cool.
Are you kidding me Danny Pace with without doubt the gnarliest frontflip no hander ever done and yes anyone else would have died from the impact. Just look again and imagine the true height off that 22ft tall lip. Mind blowing.



[Top] Not quite as high as the Mac daddy but still plenty high enough and soaring like a bird. [Middle] Danny with either a corked flip barspin, double barspin, or toboggan. Whatever it is, it's insanely cool. [Bottom] Are you kidding me? Danny Pace with, without a doubt, the gnarliest frontflip no hander ever done - and yes anyone else would have died from the impact. Just look again and imagine the true height off that 22ft tall lip. Mind blowing.



You can take the Macduff from the streets but you can t take the street from Macduff. Grundy checking the roost for scorpions
Ultimate triceps extension on the pump track from the Steam Train



[Left] You can take the Macduff from the streets but you can't take the street from Macduff. Grundy checking the roost for scorpions. [Right] Ultimate triceps extension on the 'pump track' from the Steam Train.



This is one of my favorite tricks that Blake does and I was stoked when he sent this whopper Superman one hand- very tricky move and a Blake signature
Flintstone sidewinder running man whatever you wanna call it its one of my faves and I love doing it





[Top] This is one of my favorite tricks that Blake does and I was stoked when he sent this whopper! Superman one hand is a very tricky move and Blake's signature one. [Left] Flintstone, sidewinder, running man whatever you want to call it, it's one of my favorites and I love doing it!



Just one of the most incredible shots of all time I could look at this all day. Danny Pace with his background in motocross can get it properly twisted up.
Getting stoked from Dannys superman indy style I had to bring out the moto moves myself with an aptly named Holyman.



[Left] Just one of the most incredible shots of all time, I could look at this all day. Danny Pace with his background in motocross can get it properly twisted up. [Right] Getting stoked from Danny's superman indy style I had to bring out the moto moves myself with an aptly named Holyman.



I ll be totally honest and hopefully Dylan won t mind me telling you that when we first built the beast no one including Dyl himself was really sure if he would hit it. But after watching for an hour or so he dressed up as spiderman and launched some legendary moves including this epic suicide no hander. Mad respect for Dyl and all the boys agree he went well above and beyond expectations to send it with the boys on his old school 24 inch wheels Not just the grill king or the lilo pool running champ...



I'll be totally honest, and hopefully Dylan won't mind me telling you, that when we first built the beast no one (including Dyl, himself) was really sure if he would hit it. But after watching for an hour or so he dressed up as spiderman and launched some legendary moves including this epic suicide no hander. Mad respect for Dyl, and all the boys agree that he went well above and beyond expectations to send it on his old school 24 inch wheels!! He's not just the grill king or the lilo pool running champ.



And how could I leave without chucking a massive double backie for the boys Really was a big deal after breaking my back doing one at Crankworx Europe in 2012 but as Dyl kept reminding us just live the dream
Well this pretty much sums up the Pure Darkness week. A bunch of mates who like to do things their own way slightly different from the rest of the MTB crowd. No competition just inspiring each other whilst doing what we love. Everyone stoked to work together to create the ultimate trick jump we ve always dreamed about and making it a reality. Waking up at 6am to ride before the wind and digging for 4 days solid in 40 degree heat. Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this come true however big or small part you played



[Top] How could I leave without chucking a massive double backie for the boys? It really was a big deal after breaking my back doing one at Crankworx Europe in 2012 but as Dyl kept reminding us, 'just live the dream!' [Bottom] Well this pretty much sums up the Pure Darkness week. A bunch of mates who like to do things their own way, slightly different from the rest of the MTB crowd. There was no competition, we were just inspiring each other whilst doing what we love. Everyone was stoked to work together to create the ultimate trick jump we've always dreamed about and we made it a reality. Waking up at 6am to ride before the wind and digging for 4 days solid in 40 degree heat. Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this come true however big or small part you played!!



MENTIONS: @mattmacduff / @blakes19 / @tomgrundy / @ericpalmer / @SamReynolds26





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78 Comments

  • + 54
 OHHHH MY FUCKING GOD PURE DARKNESS 2 IS HEREEEEEEEEEEEEEE IM SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STOKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDD
  • + 97
 Do you need a new keyboard?
  • + 54
 yeah sorry its all sticky Smile
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flag OldnRusty (May 21, 2015 at 6:47) (Below Threshold)
 @ peanutbuter: Too much porn lately?
  • + 26
 @OldnRusty probably just watched this a couple of times
  • - 11
flag scott-townes (May 21, 2015 at 9:00) (Below Threshold)
 I mean like that was rad and all but they like definitely needed like more features....... and junk.
  • + 9
 When the video started with Striker, i knew it was going to be awesome. Canadian heavy metal! \m/
  • + 4
 Too much peanut butter makes for a skkkkkkkkkkiiiiiiiiiiiicccky keeeeeeeyboooard!
  • + 3
 phhhhh no all these no wheel sizes and axles and getting me !!!!!!!
  • + 32
 "Mmmkay guys, so let me make myself clear, we're gonna go find a mountain, alright, and build a jump onto it."
  • + 30
 Massive props to Eric Palmer for some of these shots- truly epic. Epic Palmer... I'll get my coat.
  • + 21
 Thanks man, much appreciated!
  • + 20
 insane! rate this is going pure darkness 3 is going to have to watch out for low flying aircraft
  • + 18
 Step ups and metal is where it's at. Would have loved to see Pavel in the mix.
  • + 32
 So would we.
  • - 2
 Man you guys sure are keeping it real with the metal! Metal for life! None of this faggy electo or rap crap that everyone's using nowadays.
  • + 14
 pure fest darkness anyone??
  • + 9
 If there's two things I like raw its dirt and oysters!!!
Just sayin.

Oh.....and if you could remember to bring an extra shovel........Cuz we got a wee bit of dirt to move.
Thank God for track hoes!!!!
Smile
  • + 5
 I can think of a third thing.....
  • + 11
 what would be the technical difference between those jumps and the ones hits on fest series? I know both are massive...
  • + 16
 This is steeper. It is more of a very upscaled dirt jump whereas the ones at fest are very long, more like a motorcross jump. Both are ridiculous but without the almost mulch landing they had here they need the big bikes at fest so they can land the monsters with enough speed to hit the next one.
  • + 6
 The new thing in MOUNTAIN biking: Build your own mountain. Then jump it. Big Grin

That shit was so gnar, so rad, so Reynolds. You owned that shit Sam bro. Huge steez on a huge fvckin' jump!!!
  • + 6
 This is insane but if matt macduff isn't wearing a full face in this and he is in builder some shit must have gone down
  • + 4
 STRIKER, FULL SPEED OR NO SPEED, like my favorite song since years, in the best video ever, with my 2 favourite rider, i could die now!!!
  • + 5
 Awesome. I love EVERYTHING that Tom Grundy does.
  • + 5
 Monster sized!! Nuts!
  • + 3
 video of the year by far!!!! I still have wood from that dumped one handed 3 pure sexyness
  • + 4
 I thought I did a big jump one time. I guess it was pretty cute.
  • + 2
 Those are some of the best pictures of mtbiking period, what an amazing feature.. Next level riding. So much hangtime. props to everyone involved in this project.
  • + 4
 Nice work to everyone concerned. NEXT LEVEL stuff boys!
  • + 4
 Quad double can! So sick!
  • + 1
 Torquato Testa did it with backflip and at a normal jump (over 16 m at MSI), not step-up.
  • + 4
 THAT WAS HUUUUUUUUUUGGGGEE!
  • + 4
 Now that was a real pendulum! X4!!!!
  • + 2
 Way too much heaviness for one edit! I need a lie-down after watching that.
  • + 3
 awesome shots and job !!!
  • + 3
 so sick all the riding was on point lovin that quad no foot can
  • + 2
 Boys, good job & thanks!
  • + 1
 Between this and footage circling on Farmeggedon facebook page from Fest Series my boner won't go down.
  • + 2
 Killer! Any higher and these boys gonna need air traffic control!
  • + 1
 Was that Reynolds pulling a double back flip?
Double front next then, son.
  • + 1
 those were a good set i guess but only if they could have made them bigger
  • + 3
 no im just kidding those are huge
  • + 2
 ALL OF THE GNAR.
  • + 1
 and i thinked my local parks has big slopes :O
  • + 1
 very tempting to do this jump
  • + 0
 not sayin this is in any way not awesome or completely knarly, but wasn't this a feature last week?
  • + 7
 oops my bad longer vid...fukn savage booter tho Smile
  • + 4
 There was a trailer for it on Pinkbike last week but that was it as far as I know.
  • + 1
 Epic! Would love to see the Fest crew hit that, oh yeah!
  • + 1
 but... no one poached Montgomery's 1080?! easily has the size.
  • + 1
 probably harder on a jump that size haha figured out to big isnt ideal as well for that
  • + 0
 Man this is cool, but watching this after seeing the cam zink POD makes it look more reasonably sized.
  • + 1
 *throws up the horns*
  • + 0
 A jump so big Matt put a brake on..
  • + 1
 THOSE WHIPS!
  • + 1
 where is this????
  • + 0
 I could do that. Hold my beer.
  • + 0
 Coolest trick ever just might be the superman-nothing!
  • + 1
 Its called a holy man
  • + 1
 SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 my body is read!!!
  • + 0
 Triple whip or quad?
  • - 2
 BAYA ZURULLO
  • + 1
 BALLA*
  • - 2
 Was that a quad whip?!?!
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