The 10 Best Videos of the Year

Dec 19, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  


This is our list. There are many like it, but this one is ours. What were your favourite web edits of the year?


Brandon Semenuk - Raw 100 V3




Summer Series ft. Casey Brown




Mike Hopkins - DreamRide 2


Summer Series ft. Tom van Steenbergen




Jordie Lunn - Rough AF 2




Matt Jones - Frames Of Mind




Fourtified


Chris Akrigg - As It Lies




Bryn Atkinson - What the hell is a Chuckanut?


Views: 57,722    Faves: 665    Comments: 20


Digging For Galena



123 Comments

  • + 215
 I could watch Chris Akrigg videos forever. If there existed an infinitely long video of Chris doing random techy stuff, I would sit perfectly still and watch it until I died of dehydration. Or inadequacy, whichever came first.
  • + 109
 Chris Akrigg is probably the most underrated MTB-Rider out there
  • + 0
 +1
  • + 16
 That video should be attached to the Mongoose Teocali review,too.
  • + 7
 + always good music cover
  • + 13
 Yeah, even his climbing sections are fun to watch. Must be hard, never ever pushing your bike uphill, he just rides everything.
  • + 50
 Chris Akrigg videos always make me smile. Brandon Semenuk videos make me want to sell my bikes and cry..
  • + 10
 @BobbyLite: I don't know. I'm sure I'm opening up myself to a load of hate here, but I fell of the hype train with Raw 100 V3. It's not dissimilar to V2 in a lot of respects. Scrub, scrub, manual, scrub, scrub from four other angles (seriously, we don't need to see everything seven times, we get that you're amazing the first time). Semenuk is still an incredibly classy rider and his abilities and style are undeniable, but V2 was far better than V3 in my humble opinion.
  • + 7
 @danspring: Nah, you're right. I like v2 better as well. Didn't mean to sound like I dislike anything hes done. Like you said his abilities and style are undeniable.
  • + 2
 One word Chris never uses - Portage - who can ride trail with this guy? Makes me very inadequate when I say a section of trail is "unrideable!" It's inconceivable!
  • + 5
 Damn, talk about an inspiration for a different riding style. I wish I had some trials skills like that.
  • + 7
 agreed - he maybe doesn't have the specialized talents of MacAskill or some others but in the coming zombie apocalypse his skills will serve him best navigating the resulting barren wasteland a la bicycle
  • + 19
 Chris Akrigg #1 in my books.
Fell off a cliff .
A Hill in Spain and this one are my favourite films.
Rides a rather unfashionable brand .
Just your average guy but with Super Powers !
  • + 0
 This comment wins the interwebz for today. You can all go home now.
  • + 2
 I might need to reconsider the meaning of a "technical trail".
  • + 3
 @danspring: Yes we f*cking do need to see every angle of that.
  • + 1
 The best out of the bunch. Literally none of them come close.
  • + 1
 Fav rider, other-wordly skills and produces his own videos - seems to be able to make any bike do just about anything
  • + 1
 Chris never do RAW but yet he still fell off a cliff. Speaking of risk.
  • + 1
 @danspring: same here. I also liked V2 better but still the filming and style if v3 was awesome. And tricks like the fastplant backie can were sick! But v2 was a whole lot better.
  • + 40
 Mike Hopkins' Skidsville was by far my favorite video of the year
  • + 3
 SKIDSVILLE = VOTY

It embodies all we love about bikes.
  • + 1
 agreed 110%
  • + 32
 Chris Akrigg has to be running out of friends to ride with...

Chris: "Check out this new trail I found!"
Not Chris: "Where...I don't see it."
Chris: "Just follow my line!"
Not Chris: "Uhhh...I'll just see you back at the car"
  • + 31
 I wish you guys would put these (and more) onto a DVD and sell copies. My bike movie collection is slowing due to digital-only releases. I need something fresh to loop in the shop. Put the top 50 fails of the month on it too.
  • + 7
 youtube playlist on loop?
  • + 33
 What are these "DVD's" you speak of?
  • + 5
 You don't need a dvd to have something "on loop"...
  • + 7
 @Bigtim; It's a tiny, cheap thing that can be used in conjunction with a free TV, in a garage where fork oil, brake fluid, dirt, and spilled beer/coffee are common. Unlike my $2,500 laptop with countless hours of work saved on it...
  • + 2
 Or a Roku app for pinkbike videos. Currently the only way I know of to play videos hosted by pinkbike is to pull up a browser on my phone and mirror the screen.
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog: Airplay brah.
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog Use Fraps, burn to disc
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog: MacBook Pro? Air?
  • + 2
 @SlicingAir: MB Pro. My last two met an early grave from avoidable accidents (neither my fault), so this one isn't going to be taken into the garage.
  • + 24
 Yes..yes Pinkbike, but a video of you guys singing @redshift’s days of Christmas would be our video of the year. Just succumb to peer pressure already. DO IT...DO IT...DO IT...!!
  • + 19
 Jordie Lunn gets my vote
  • + 3
 Snake goes in the snake-hole!
  • + 1
 He's resting in some shady area cuz its 103 degrees outside.
  • + 1
 So sick! Just when you thought stump jumps were dead. BOOOM!
  • + 13
 While I love all the videos in this list, my favourite has to be Dreamride 2!

It's fun to watch pros throw down tricks that I could never imagine accomplishing myself, but the Dreamride videos capture the essence of why I ride - My sense of stoke goes through the roof at turning the corner into a stunning vista, exploring a new trail that I've never experienced, or the thrill of visiting new terrain in another country!

Plus the cinematography of the films are just stunning. I can watch this (and Dreamride 1) over and over again all day and just daydream myself about a dream ride!
  • + 2
 Not to mention it features pretty much the most underrated bike possibly of the last decade in the DB release 3. And it's Alloy - even better.
  • + 16
 How about a bigger slice of british pie? Or wheel love?
  • + 3
 Agree, we need more @caldwellvisuals !
  • + 4
 I agree. Bigger Slice was my favourite footage this year.
  • + 2
 low budget, rowdy, real , punk and most importantly they ain't too full of themselves to have FUN!!
  • + 14
 Great to see Akrigg in here, simple videos, no bullshit, great skills and production.
  • + 14
 akrigg
  • + 11
 Semenuk, that is all!! I am sorry but every time I watch that vid, the noise, style and intensity of it just makes my jaw drop
  • + 5
 thought the same until i watched chris akrigg
  • + 12
 Ferda girls !! I loved it.
  • + 6
 DREAMRIDE II . !!!!!!!!!!! It's a vid ALL mountain bikers can relate with and get stoked on. Don't get me wrong, I love all th ehucking, ripping, shredding, however not all mtbers can do it. Also there's MANY hucking ripping shredding vids out there, but not many capturing the essence and environment that inspire all mtbers to ride.
  • + 6
 Amazing!!! I think all of them deserve to be in top ten, hard to say which better. Even so for me it's a bit more for Mike Hopkins, Fourtified by Rocky Mountains and Chris Akrigg. I would add to this list one more piece of art from
nsbillet by mike-gamble Forrest Riesco - Solitude - www.pinkbike.com/video/464374
  • + 9
 Akrigg, the end.
  • + 4
 clearly the winner...riding, location, edit
  • + 4
 Maybe it is because it's not the highest quality production, and maybe I'm not even right in thinking it came out this year, but I really love the riding in Bigger Slice of British Pie. Or is video of the year supposed to be relatively short?
  • + 4
 Chriss Akrigg is the fuckin man. As much as I like tricks, big air, and slashing corners, he takes the cake. Simultaneously the most aggressive and delicate riding I've seen. Rock on
  • + 5
 Wheel Love (especially Loose's part) was great, but for me the real MVP of the year was Sid Slotegraaf's Unfinished Business.
  • + 5
 Dad- Son if you eat all your spinach, it will make you strong like Popeye. Son- So does that mean if I eat all my porridge I will be able to ride like Jordie. Dad- Maybe
  • + 4
 I know he's not a normal human being, but it's still nice to see a dude like the Godfather not only shredding it, but good enough to make a top 10 list with all the young guns!
  • + 6
 Akrigg always fantastic brilliant riding but Mike Hopkins Dream ride was epic and inspiring .
  • + 5
 Sure hope big, high consequence riding makes a comeback and the insta-trail shredit dies off
  • + 5
 Jill should at least get a Chuckanut production credit to go along with the black eye. C'mon, Bryn!
  • + 6
 Nothing from Tom Caldwell? Are you serious?
  • + 3
 Interesting to me that two of the top 10 videos (and an honorable mention) come from companies that many of us consider to make such marginal bikes.
  • + 3
 this isn't in the same category as the other videos but where's Ferda Girls? i think that was one of the best and funniest videos of the year Smile
  • + 6
 Matt Jones. Hands down.
  • + 3
 Yep, he had put a lot of time and effort into that edit and it shows!
  • + 5
 So is Jordie Lunn Canada's answer to Dan Atherton
  • + 5
 Here we have the perfect example of a Mongoose in its natural habitat...
  • + 1
 Pinkbike, you should provide the link to each video so that I can make sure to get my favorite ones in my liked queue!! Similar to what you did with the Honorable Mentions. Need to keep my liked videos updated with the latest and greatest for the workout bike playlist.
  • + 5
 AKRIGG: Awesome. Killer. Radical. Insane. Goodness. Gracious!
  • + 4
 how did Ride your f#%king bike not make the top ten! atleast it was an honourable mention but jeeez
  • + 4
 WTF NO SKIDSVILLE?

This was the VOY as it embodies all we love about bikes.
  • + 4
 The Mike Hopkins' video is net level. Got me stocked to ride bikes !
  • + 2
 Can we have a speed climbing technical race between Akrigg, McCaskill, Lenosky & Leech?
Maybe up a creek bed or something?
  • + 2
 "On Track" would get my vote for one of the best. I look forward to every episode and there the best coverage of the EWS by far.
  • + 2
 Where the hell is Wheel Love?? Other than that, I get extremely stoked to watch Akrigg ride, exactly the kind of rider I hope to become.
  • + 2
 Reece Wallace's Yukon video should be in the list as well Wink Excellent riding, filming, editing and music. But everyone will have their own favorite picks.
  • + 4
 ROCKY MOUNTAINS best of the bunch!!
  • + 3
 most of these are rather boring, wheel love and a bigger slice of british pie should've been included!
  • + 3
 I have to say nothing comes close to Brandon Semenuk and Rupert Skywalker... Completely changing traditional mtb videos
  • + 1
 Several of these were excellent. Frames of Mind was the standout for me--great editing, and a neat way to riff on the whole "visualization" theme.
  • + 2
 Why hasn't a real bike company picked up Akrigg yet? I mean...mongoose is the wal mart of mountain bikes.
  • + 2
 and his bike looked so well planted..always in the perfect gear and suspension dialed
  • + 3
 I'm hoping that's sarcasm. But surely If Akrigg can do all that on a Mongoose it means.
A. Their bike aren't shit (like a lot of bike brands they do tat as much as they do serious stuff)
B. He's one of the greatest marketing tools any company could ask for. I'd buy one purely because Akrigg is such a great ambassador and proof. Like Ken block but with the notable exception of real talent and a gift for what he does. ;-)
  • + 2
 Who cares if it is a Walmart bike ? Looks like the bike is more than capable.
  • + 2
 I guess it was just more surprise that he hasn't been picked up by a bigger brand. Obviously mongoose loves to have him, just sort of expected him to be on a bigger mtb brand at this point. Its not a slight at him.
  • + 2
 We dig not for minerals but for moments... Bad ass perspective on trail building!
  • + 3
 I am missing here 50to01 "Wheel Love"
  • + 2
 Where the hell is wheel love? dudes of hazzard: lord of the party rings and Bigger slice of pie? #lowfibutrealgotrobbed
  • + 4
 Akrigg then Jordie
  • + 3
 I would have to argue with some of these choices.
  • + 24
 I dare you.
  • - 2
 The only one that i object to is the Frame of Mind video, found it kinda cheesy. That being said, Fourtified was fucking epic. also that Ratboy video at Revolution BP needs to be on here, nothing gets me more stoked to ride than that
  • + 3
 not enough praise for the makers of these videos rather than the "stars".
  • + 1
 Damn, Diamondback videos are so amazing. Dreamride II is just as good as the first one. Also, love that they dedicated it to the late great Kelly McGarry~ \m/
  • + 3
 Wheel love radness and Chris Akrigg skills.
  • + 1
 Digging for Galena...that rocky Lord of the Rings “Mordor” line at 6’32”...that is what I ride in my dreams at night....
  • + 1
 I reckon Flow Down, Speed Up should have made top 10 for sure!

www.pinkbike.com/video/478331
  • + 3
 DreamRide 2 - epic
  • + 1
 Basically the only thing that gets me stoked is the caldwell visuals 50to01 stuff. Raw rowdy and punk nfg! WHEEL LOVE!
  • + 2
 Any Raw edit with Semenuk is incredibly hard to beat.
  • + 2
 and Chris A. feet must have been frozen by end of that video shoot!
  • + 1
 No Danny Macaskill in top 10 videos? Hmmmmm.... The tastes are different, would say a monkey who licked the shit...
  • + 2
 There goes my carefully planned work schedule....
  • + 1
 My only compaint......where is Skidzville? I will say Diamond back killed it with Videos this year
  • + 1
 Chris.... Have rest your working too hard
  • + 1
 Too much music and over stylizing, give us more raw!
  • + 1
 Mike Hopkins gave me tears
  • + 1
 All of them are amazing videos.
  • + 1
 Nico Vink - Raise Hell was a banger. On my repeat list.
  • + 1
 Aggy 3
  • + 1
 Skidsville???
  • + 1
 Pipedream!!!!
  • - 1
 Seen better 3
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