What is the Greatest Danny MacAskill Edit Ever?

Oct 8, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

10 years on from bursting on to the scene with his fluid, technical and progressive Inspired Cycles edit, Danny MacAskill is still pumping out incredibly creative and entertaining videos.

To celebrate the anniversary of his arrival, we've ranked his best edits from the past ten years of riding. The edits that made this list are the ones that feature MacAskill alone and aren't explicitly advertising a product. Do you disagree with our rankings? There's a poll at the bottom to vote for your favourite.

10. At the Playboy Mansion
5.7 million views


A visit to the Playboy Mansion may sound like an odd edit for the clean-cut MacAskill and it plays out like one too. It's an edit that Danny says he regrets and describes as an "honest mistake" in his autobiography and with good reason. He apparently popped in after filming Epecuen but the riding isn't really on a par with that edit. A few hops and drops then a nose manual down the Weezer lawn is about all that's on offer here. It was heavily criticized on release and hasn't aged well since then.

9. Epecuen
15.5 million views


Shot in an Argentinian town that was submerged for 30 years, Epecuen had the greatest scope and most impressive concept of any of Danny's edits. The riding and location take an equal share of the limelight in this edit and as such it doesn't quite have the excitement of some of Danny's other videos. There's no such thing as a bad Danny MacAskill edit but this one can feel a bit slow at points.

8. Industrial Revolutions
10.5 million views


Shot for the UK's Channel 4 as part of a documentary looking at extreme sports in the UK, Industrial Revolutions sees Danny exploring an abandoned factory. It feels like a snappier version of Epecuen and the cable ride and rooftop drop remain some of the most impressive MacAskill stunts to date.

7. Danny Day Care
5.5 million views


Danny's most recent edit was one of the most fun mountain bike videos ever. It was only intended to be a side project between other commitments for Stu Thompson and Danny but it turned into one of his best-ever edits. The flip with the trailer in tow is something to behold.

6. Cascadia
51.1 million views


Taking to the colourful rooftops of Gran Canaria, there's no Danny MacAskill edit that gives you a sense of danger quite like Cascadia. Precariously balanced way above the streets, Danny rattles off a series of death-defying tricks and ends it off with a huge front flip into the Atlantic.

5. Way Back Home
41.7 million views


The much anticipated follow up to Danny's breakthrough Inspired edit, Way Back Home saw Danny take a trip across Scotland to return to his home on the Isle of Skye. Along the way, he visited a number of spots from seafront promenades to abandoned bunkers. Danny proved he could expand his scope beyond a single location and produce something more expansive than any trials edit before, setting himself on a path to even more amazing edits.

4. The Ridge
66.1 million views


The Ridge was the first time many people saw Danny MacAskill on a 'proper' mountain bike and he proved that the trials skills he had perfected transferred over perfectly. Danny set his sights on summiting Cuillin Ridge and then riding back down again afterward. This is an edit that combines Skye's stunning scenery with MacAskill's incredible skills in a breathtaking 7 minutes.

3. Imaginate
89.8 million views


Danny took almost twp years to make this edit but the results are definitely worth it. He was no longer constricted by architecture or geography and could create a playground of his childhood dreams to perform some tricks he had never been able to do before. It all paid off and Imaginate became the second most-watched mountain bike video ever behind Kelly McGarry's Rampage backflip. It even features a cameo from Danny's mum.

2. Wee Day Out
32.1 million views


Getting our on our bikes and exploring is something we all do but nobody does it quite like Danny MacAskill. This is the most inventive of Danny's edits with hay bale rides, underwater double track and log slides stuck in between some incredibly tech trials riding. Wee Day Out is an edit that will bring a smile to your face every time you watch it.

1. Inspired
39 million views


The original and, for our money, still the best. Danny's Inspired edit doesn't have the polished veneer of his later edits and without the pressure of big sponsors or narratives, he was able to do what he does best. This is simply one of the best ever bike handlers shredding in the city he called home. With raw abandon, Danny MacAskill produced one of the greatest ever mountain bike edits and rose to stardom overnight. Even 10 years on, this is still an unbeatable display of riding.

What is your favourite Danny MacAskill edit?




81 Comments

  • 54 3
 I came here to fight anyone who said Wee Day Out wasn't the best, but I guess i can excuse the original in the top slot
  • 17 1
 Get your boxing gloves on, then, cause I say it’s either Way Back Home or Cascadia.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: OG edit. That video Inspired me to get back on a bike in my 30's.
  • 10 0
 I wanted to say this too but i think the original does take the top slot looking back on it. No name rider, taking insane risks (imagine falling on the spiked fence). Just doing it cause he wants too.
  • 14 0
 @Preachey @jamessmurthwaite @danny-macaskill: ranking aside, can we band together to fight for Danny & Inspired to re-release that legendary first edit in the higher resolution it deserves?
  • 1 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: I agree, I just watched inspired again and changed my vote from wee day out, its a tough poll though
  • 2 0
 @mark3: Tough poll for sure!!! I chose Inspired because more people e-mailed , talked about, or showed me("you gotta see this guy ride") this edit more than any other since! I am still amazed at the skill in those vids! No Doubt Danny raised(es) the bar! Plus it took me, my trials heroes, and my trials riding, from Hans Rey to Libor Karas to Ot Pi to Jeff Lenosky to Ryan Leech to Chris Akrigg to Danny! Thanks to you all!! Of course there are others: Fabio, Smage, Ali, Duncan...
  • 3 0
 I always liked Imaginate more, it's just such a great premise.
  • 3 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Imaginate for "Outside the Box" thinking for sure #1, it's like a live action cartoon! The raw street trials action is more for me. You just can't go wrong with Danny... no matter what he riding!!!
  • 2 0
 Wee Day out is the video that first got me into mountain biking. You know it must be a good edit if it can get someone like me too drop +$2000 on a new hobby and never be home on the weekends.
  • 2 0
 @Veloscente: that would be SUPER COOL
  • 1 0
 I agree! My kids love wee day out too. Steam trains and sweet riding - what's not to love!
  • 27 1
 As a Scotsman, The Ridge, get my vote. Selling the country a belter!
  • 9 0
 That edit partially drove my trip to Skye last year!
  • 21 0
 Wheesht ya bam dae want a bunch a roasters up there
  • 5 4
 @browner: If there is anyone who should be considered a roaster here, my friend, it is you and nobody else.
  • 9 0
 @browner: yer mither eats straw!
  • 6 0
 @browner: What?
  • 6 0
 @lehott: I guess scots type in an accent too lmfao
  • 3 0
 @lehott: I work in Scotland and didn't get a word of it
  • 4 0
 @yeti-monster: I think it's along the lines of "Quiet you fool, we don't want a bunch of silly persons up there. Now, whence did I misplace my Irn Bru beverage to?"

But I could be mistaken......
  • 23 0
 If danny’s front flip at cascadia is into the mediterranean we have a new world long distance record!!!!
  • 1 0
 Haha yeah think it maybe that other slighter larger pond. You know Pinkbike the big blue bit between the Americas and Europe/Africa.
  • 19 0
 Most underrated Danny McAskill edit:
1. Industrial Revolutions
...

Wink
  • 3 0
 how could that cable ride not put this video at the top of anyone's list ????????
  • 1 0
 @mprobst2002: Schindler's list maybe?
  • 11 0
 That take where he jumps the stairs at an underpassage tunnel and bypassers go check afterwards is fabulous. Inspired had a bit of dark humor that still makes it standout. Altought Daycare comes close
  • 9 0
 Cascadia was the first thing I ever saw from Danny, and it remains my favorite. The colors and vibrancy of the city pop, the wide angle GoPro seems to emphasize the danger level, and the music is just killer. The whole Visiter album from The Dodos is worth a listen.
  • 3 0
 This here is a guy who knows what he’s talking about! +1, man. +1.
  • 8 2
 Everything since Inspired is amazing and all, and even though an effort has been made to make them feel natural, they all feel a bit too calculated and in some places, forced.

Inspired is just a dude riding street. Makes it more relatable (as much as it's possible to relate to DM)
  • 1 2
 weird, since the fence part in inspired took 4 days i think?
  • 7 0
 I thought the 10 year anniversary was in April?

My favourite is wee day out, but my 3 year old son’s is Imaginate.
  • 5 0
 Inspired is the first biking edit that got me stoked to get out and ride. To this day 'The Funeral' is still one of those songs that reminds of when I fell in love with bikes.
  • 1 0
 Whoooo oooooooo oooooooo oooooh.....
  • 6 0
 Got to be "Way back home" for me. Brilliantly shot and a more natural feel. Always loved it.
  • 4 0
 Yes. "Inspired" and "Way back home", it's brilliantly shot. Who wouldn't love the beautiful Scottish landscapes and scenery.
  • 3 0
 @fjm35: And this soundtrack too, love it !!
  • 3 0
 My money is on The Ridge. I love the scenery, the music and just the feel of watching someone ride the Isle of Skye. I'm also convinced that this is the most consequential edit he did. That POV along the ridge gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. The bike colors against the backdrop is so dope too!
  • 2 0
 My kiddos love A Wee Day Out. After see that clip over and over again they think their father can do all the trick because mountainbiking too. He's a highlander kid, he's immortal.
  • 1 0
 Inspired came out, for me, about the time I was returning, as an adult, to bikes. It coincided with my peak Band of Horses love, so it was a pretty magical thing.

I had all my friends sharing it and talking about it, and I was like, "Yeah... favorite current band... and bikes."
  • 1 0
 I continue to like Inspired the most out of all Danny's clips. First I have to say that I love the soundtrack. But more than that, Inspired begins with Danny stuffing up repeatedly on that fence stunt. I think it's a fantastic beginning because it establishes a narrative... We see that he's not perfect, he must have messed up so many times to get all of those amazing shots, but he's talented and persistent and look at all the amazing moves he throws down because he refuses to be beaten by any particular feature he seems hell bent on mastering. It's a great lesson for us all, I think. All in a a really fun watch.
  • 1 0
 inspired for the nostalgia. downloaded it using the fast(ish) university halls internet in c.2006 using a dodgy youtube for mozilla plugin that left a crappy watermark in the corner. I remember showing my old man the video and he couldn't get his head round it. 'he must have wires on him or something'
  • 5 1
 Danny Day Care! Never laught so much!
  • 2 0
 first time I saw him ride along the railings a little bit of wee came out

first time I saw him front manual backwards (better name?) I just thought it was magical
  • 3 0
 Fakie nose manual if skateboard/bmx naming conventions apply.
  • 2 0
 Loved his video with Claudio Caluori - Home of Trails. Some crazy stuff in addition to the really technical. An absolute genius!
  • 1 0
 Toss-up for me between Imaginate and Danny Day Care, but I'll give my vote to Imaginate because I remember watching it when it first came out, and that loop-the-loop was awesome
  • 4 2
 never really enjoyed danny's videos, always seem too over produced to me ,much prefer chris akriggs's more natural style of video.
  • 1 0
 I voted for playboy mansion.... shame. Fuck it. Im a dude Really though... Imaginate is the best one for me! IMO the most creative one and really expands what biking really is.
  • 1 0
 Imaginate is the one I have seen the most, because my nephew was a bit obsessed with that one. My own favourite has to be Inspired, with The Ridge as a close second.
  • 1 0
 That's ridiculous... doing a corkscrew backflip with a wee bairn on board! You should be ashamed promoting such foolhardyness!
  • 1 0
 It's gotta be the Original. I remember seeing it for the 1st time thinking WTF and watching it over and over. Danny, you sir, are a Legend!
  • 1 0
 I always thought this one from Drop and Roll was fun too:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV0zxgDZUhI

But Wee Day Out wins it for me. I like the mood.
  • 2 0
 Well, I guess I can kiss my afternoon goodbye now. I'll be watching Macaskill videos again.
  • 1 0
 Should I buy Danny Mack's shoe's? I don't really like them, I was kind of surprised by them, I thought he'd have designed space boots for himself.
  • 2 2
 I dont really get why anyone would critise the playboy mansion video that much, I mean sure its nothing compared to the rest, but its an interesting mix haha
  • 1 0
 Mmmm Milk
  • 1 0
 As of now, the poll perfectly confirms your ranking. I find that very satisfying
  • 1 0
 Watching Inspired (for the billions time), I was wondering how Dany would do at a BMX freestyle comp! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Epecuen makes me want to get a tetanus shot.
  • 1 0
 Am I wrong wasn’t his first edit even older music was cakes the distance or was that someone else?
  • 1 0
 The original one held half my office in awe. Not just the one bike guy. It was something else.
  • 1 0
 Voted for The Ridge in the end. The music by the late Martyn Bennett (another genius) swung it.
  • 1 0
 Wee day is fun. Ridge is f*cking epic in every way: riding, music, location, cinematics.
  • 1 0
 i don't know which one is "best", but it sure was fun watching them all again!
  • 1 0
 Had a hard time choosing between Inspired and Cascadia. Inspired has such a great feel to it.
  • 1 0
 The music and feels in Way Back Home get me every time! Otherwise Wee day out is all time.
  • 2 1
 Whomever devised the Playboy mansion was not me, I can tell you that.
  • 1 0
 It must be such a blast being able to do stuff like that. Just epic.
  • 1 0
 6;5;3;2;1 all of them are my favorite
  • 5 8
 The original is best, as it's not just another Red Bull advert.
[Although fair doos to Danny, he has to pay the bills somehow].
  • 11 0
 The advertising is no way near as in your face as it in some rider's edits **cough**wibmer**cough**
  • 9 0
 If they continue to produce content with this quality for free, they can try to sell me anything,I couldn't care less.
  • 2 0
 @el-nombre: True, and they're all still epic videos, which I appreciate watching (for free!). There is just a sense of simplicity in the first video before the corporate machines have latched on.
  • 1 3
 ruined by wild animals in cages for the rich to glare at - not cool
  • 2 5
 But why did anyone see a bike in the Playboy Mansion?
  • 1 0
 What bike? I didnt see any bikes
  • 2 1
 I want to answer who gave me the negative vote, I did the architect, I looked at the villa and the garden, it is you who surely thought wrong!
  • 2 0
 @pk71: Bwahaha what a legend.
  • 3 0
 @pk71: pinkbike getting too politically correct to take a joke. Any comment about T&A gets neg props. Personally I say bring back the Marzocchi calendar, but I'm a red blooded dinosaur
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