Kriss Kyle Rides MTB in 'Twenty:Twentynine' - Video

Dec 4, 2017
by SpecializedUK  
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Eleven years of dedication to one wheel size is something to be applauded. Traveling around the world to some of the best spots and sending tricks never seen before. That’s another. But jumping off a 20” BMX, onto a 29er and having the skill to pin those same tricks? That takes some serious balls.

We’ve hooked up with Kriss Kyle, more commonly known for his Kaleidoscope video with Red Bull, to see what he can accomplish for the 2018 season. “I thought he only rode BMX?” – well, that’s predominately what he does, but in his own words, he's always looking for the next big step.

Twentynine with Kriss Kyle
If a look could tell a thousand words...

Weirdly, we actually met Kriss on the set of the new Tomb Raider film where he was a stuntman for Alicia Vikander. Georgia, who works in our MTB department, was dropping off a few bikes for the cast to ride around set, and who does she sit down next to for lunch? You guessed it. None other than the burly Scot himself. “Understandably, it was pretty strange. I didn’t believe why he was there. Firstly – he’s a he. There’s no getting around that, and secondly, he’s covered head-to-toe in tattoos.”

“I used to sit in makeup for three hours every morning to make me look like her,” Kriss un-ashamedly chuckles to himself whilst he sits opposite us drinking his glass of locally brewed Scottish whisky. But no, seriously, after a long, meaningful discussion of how he's always wanted to try and take mountain biking a bit more seriously, Kriss shot down to our UK HQ in Chessington and had a look round. The rest is history.

Twentynine with Kriss Kyle

What many people seem to forget is the fact that this level of success doesn't happen overnight. Sponsors from Red Bull, Nike and BSD don't come easily, and he's had to sacrifice a lot to be where he is. "There's also giving back to the community to take into account. You can't be in the spotlight and become an arrogant dick. I've seen riders just ignore kids that come up and ask for their autograph. It's disrespectful. You've gotta remember you were once their age looking up to older guys in the skatepark."

Twentynine with Kriss Kyle

Watch out for more mountain related goodness from Kriss early next year. “I reckon I could’ve backflipped that into a manual” – if that doesn’t spell a feature-length sequel, nothing does.

Rider: Kriss Kyle Film and photos: Andrew Richardson

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  • 51 1
 I feel like there was a lot of hype for this video in the intro and I do not feel like it delivered...
  • 9 1
 if he only he had been on a 26" though... (whoops, not supposed to bring that up in the pb comment section, sorry Wink )
  • 44 0
 More BMXers converting to the dark side! Harry Main is loving it too, just good to see people finding new ways to enjoy two wheels!
  • 10 0
 Thanks to Instagram there’s clips of other pro bmxers hopping on mtb’s lately. Sergio Layos, Jason Phelan, Rooftop, etc. The future looks good with that type of influence coming out the the trails.
  • 17 2
 Harry Main is definately a guilty pleasure of mine. I should think he's an idiot who has a massive lack of riding ability (outside of an incredible jumping talent), but actually I really like him. He translates the way Mtb makes you feel like a hero whatever your level so well...
  • 28 3
 a lot of mountain bikers would benefit by giving bmx a try as well.
  • 14 0
 Matt Roe!
  • 2 0
 @slimboyjim: Yes Lad!
  • 3 0
 @Artikay13: Really?!!! Matt Roe was one of the most stylish guys I know in BMX! That's great news! Kyle Forte isn't bad either! How rad!
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: saw a pic of Ruben riding a dirt 1/4 on an MTB. Was a thing of beauty!
  • 2 0
 @cunning-linguist: yeah man Matt Roe is defo on the MTB as well now!
  • 2 0
 @abgs87: Ruben can make riding a beach cruiser look amazing, gonna look that one up now.
  • 1 0
 Facts @adrennan:
  • 1 1
 It is only the dark side, because he is riding a toxic 29er
  • 19 1
 This is what I've been dreaming about for years! More influence, More style and more creativity will come as more pro BMXer's flood in. Stoked to see MTB Jibbin on the rise!! I bet there is a few DH world cup shredders that will come from this too!! Cant wait!!
  • 3 0
 Hell yeah! Just more diversity in general is rad! But style is the best! I want Justin Inman to ride MTB too, his style is epic. \m/
  • 2 0
 Also, pleas come to the South of England for a play sometime! Hit me up!!! :-D
  • 2 0
 @cunning-linguist: someone needs to get Mike Aitken involved too!
  • 2 0
 @abgs87: very true, has he fully recovered and able to ride 100% again these days?
  • 2 0
 @cunning-linguist: you know what I thought that after I posted it, no idea if I'm honest but I hope so!
  • 2 0
 @Voreis: fack yeeeeehhhh free accommodation & food if you ever wanna head over dude, it would be an honour!
  • 21 1
 50 to 01 X Kriss Kyle plssssss
  • 13 0
 When's the Harry Main Kriss Kyle MTB edit going to drop?
  • 9 0
 On Instagram he posted a clip where he jumped onto a picnic bench in the carpark, did a nose manual across the top of it and off the other side. Shame they didn't add it to the edit because it was better than a lot of the footage they used.
  • 8 2
 Obviously he was too scared to hit spooky woods!
  • 3 2
 Thought it was gonna be a banger! But the guy looks like he's never rode a mountain bike before - awkward body position, zero style and nerve racking cornering skills...

To be honest though, he was the perfect level for 80% of the spesh market to be 'stoked'
  • 4 0
 That wall run was amazing.
  • 1 0
 best part of the clip
  • 6 2
  • 1 0
 not gonna lie, it's super edifying feeling like I'm *almost* as good at mtb as some of the world's best riders (of a totally different bike)
  • 2 0
 This was rad such a talented rider !
  • 1 0
 ah, glentress...
reckon this is gonna be one of them last edits featuring the freeride park bit then... Frown
  • 1 0
 Wait what?? There's plans to flatten it?! Its one of the best bits of the centre!
  • 1 0
 @Nicksp894: so it seems, yes, sadly. let's hope those proposed new trails will have some jumps and fun stuff!
  • 2 0
 i have one..!! Luke Skywalker and Kriss Wallwalker
  • 2 0
 Welcome to the new enduro.
  • 2 0
 Locally brewed Scottish whisky?
  • 1 0
 Everyone knows you brew whisky and distil beer... c'mon!
  • 2 0
 Now go try 26s and tell me which one you like better.
  • 5 5
 Good- I hope he and Harry Main signs up for the FMB to give Rogatikin a run for this money!
  • 3 0
 while there talent is impressive on bmx, you have to think about how much bigger the fmb tour is. the jumps are huge and numerous bmxers turned mountain bikers have acknowledged that
  • 1 0
 Dude will be blowing the minds of the MTB world in no time.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Awesome to see more people getting out into the hills
  • 2 0
 Really Lame
  • 1 0
 Lov seeing bmxers stoked on mtb...harry main springs to mind
  • 1 0
 definely my favorite bmx rider
  • 1 0
 That's what i wait for.. Kriss Kyle on MTB.
  • 1 0
 #scoot m
  • 1 3
 Take him away from Glenstresss blue and fire him down something steep, he'll become Mr below average.
  • 9 11
 It's so sped-up it's like watching a Benny Hill chase scene.
  • 8 1
 Neg props? Really?

If you're an editor, please don't do that! It makes it look like you're covering up for poor riding (which is not the case here).

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