Video: 4 Minutes of Suspension Smashing - EWS La Thuile 2021 Race 1

Jul 8, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


It was wet and wild out at the first EWS race in La Thuile with both riders and bikes taking their fair share of hits. Check out some of the action in gratuitous slow motion.








92 Comments

  • 89 1
 I'm not sure which is more satisfying... watching slow motion footage of suspension functioning or having sex on a cloud while having whipped cream laced with melted chocolate sprayed in my mouth... its a toss up.
  • 116 2
 sorry to break it to ya... that ain't whipped cream.
  • 33 0
 Those activities are not mutually exclusive. Just saying.
  • 21 0
 You should try getting at an unattended picnic table, holiday table or any table with food on it. You're dreaming far too small in my opinion. Broaden your horizons.
  • 4 0
 I prefer ice cream, personally.
  • 19 2
 @savagelake: ...nor is it chocolate.
  • 6 0
 @savagelake: lol man. user name checks out.
  • 5 0
 @scott-townes: The latter will definitely be more satisfying. However, it is cool to see all the forks getting full travel on that same rocky section.
  • 2 1
 The cloud option. Thanks
  • 2 0
 I prefer the second option, definitely, considering that most suspensions seen here do bottom out too easily; the fantasm option sounds much better. Thanks for the inspiration btw Wink
  • 3 0
 Hope you don't bottom-out as much during the latter....just sayin'
  • 2 0
 Pure gold
  • 2 0
 There was also a person being smashed so the title is misleading.
  • 4 0
 the slow penetration of orifice by shaft arms and legs swinging, moving, thrusting dripping wet and wild... sure is humid in here....
  • 2 0
 Is it OK for a girl to say: major stiffy activated?...
  • 37 0
 Sweet orange Pivot. Can't wait to see the specs in 2024 when they release it after 48 more teaser videos.
  • 3 1
 Kinda looks like a Mach 6
  • 7 0
 @send-it-bro: I don't know kinda looks like a switchblade, or a trail 429, or a mach 4sl or...
  • 33 0
 Wow, it looks like they're riding the trails at the same speed I would!
  • 5 0
 same! pros are so slow!!!!
  • 28 1
 @pinkbike - did you use the AI bot to pick this music?
  • 62 1
 I use the AI bot to make all my life decisions.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: this doesn’t surprise me.
  • 24 0
 This video is extremely satisfying
  • 12 0
 This video is full of suspension.
  • 4 0
 So satisfying, that I had to watch it twice.
  • 1 0
 Speak for yourself; is you regular life in slow motion with perpetual botttom outs?
  • 3 0
 @danstonQ: dude, if your suspension is just bottoming out on a big g out like that it is set up pretty well. It's should bottom out sometimes or you are not utilising all the travel.
  • 2 0
 @JamesR2026: it's ok, some peeps don't know jack.
  • 2 0
 Deep neural connection, but this reminded me of the Sesame Street saxophone factory segment!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDlvmvpMaZ0
  • 17 0
 Anyone else find this very educational? I was watching the arms/legs as much as the shocks.
  • 3 1
 I was watching more in terms of bike setup, as the riders with the higher spring rate seemed to do better through those sections.
  • 3 1
 @xxinsert-name-herexx:
My thoughts too. The softer shocks seemed to just bottom and not return much at the end of the travel, even compared to the forks
  • 2 0
 That does look like a lot of travel used in for what they are going over. Even worse, it didn't look like the forks (especially the Fox 3Cool were even trying to spring back into an extended position. Going to need to video myself as I'm sure I'm doing it wrong.
  • 12 5
 raw edit with bike noise is the only thing we want
  • 9 0
 Plenty of raw videos to watch. I find this awesome and wish there was more,we can actually learn something looking at the lines,the body positioning,the suspension work and more. I even liked the music.
  • 6 1
 Some none slow mo with the actual live sound would have been nice. And that music. After 20 seconds the mute button was pressed
  • 6 0
 By total accident I have Snowblind by Black Sabbath playing while watching this...so awesome.
  • 1 0
 Yeah buddy
  • 10 7
 Well that was awesome to watch.

And while I know I’ll never be as fast or look as cool as any of these riders in slow mo - moreover I don’t think anyone will ever bother filming me in slow mo—-

Seems like a lot (most of?!?) the suspension was working poorly- a lot of forks seem to easily bottom, and not return in time for the next hit. And the Yetis all seemed to be stuck at bottom for an eternity.... seems like we have a long way to go to optimize this stuff in our little world.
  • 10 0
 that bit just before the wooden berm is very steep and you come into a compression pretty fast plus you need to brake at the same time. it is just not visible on the video how steep most of the terrain is there.
  • 3 1
 @mtbkluth:

Fair enough! I’m sure I don’t have the whole picture. But for sure the visuals in the video don’t line up with how I “imagined” my mountain bike suspension working.
  • 7 1
 Um. Maybe they're just hitting sht alot faster and harder than the rest of us.
  • 3 2
 @WasatchEnduro:

No doubt, but the suspension still looks choppy.
  • 2 0
 Through the wood berm, shock initially bottoms but returns to the middle immediately which is exactly where you want it to be for the rest of that feature.
  • 2 0
 I had the same thought. Some of them seem to actually be slowing the bike down (you can see it kinda push the bike backwards as it resists compressing).

I don't really pay attention to pro riders but it would be interesting to watch a heavily sponsored pro go through a section vs. a less-sponsored rider to see how the suspension differs, under the assumption that a more heavily sponsored rider might get a better suspension treatment than a lesser one. Maybe that happens in this video and I don't know who is who.
  • 7 2
 I could be wrong but that ZEB looks a lot more composed and stiff than any fox fork in this video.
  • 2 0
 I'm shocked how much some of the bikes seem to flex- especially the Lapierre and GT. To my eye, flexing to the point of the bike "skipping" doesn't seem right. Especially given that some of the bikes look substantially more solid. Not an engineer, but interested anyways.
  • 4 0
 2:22 is that a phone in his pocket.
  • 9 0
 actually looks like many riders have their phones in their front pockets.

Is it me or does that seem dumb? Or do they have phone sponsors?
  • 2 0
 @fabwizard: I always ride with my phone in the pocket. most of the times I have no other place to store it and I also don't see the risk of damaging it as too big. obviously there is always a chance, but I think I never fell to where my phone would be
  • 13 0
 Gotta pull it out and get in TrailForks to figure out how to get to the next stage, right?
  • 7 0
 Need dem Strava KOMs!
  • 1 0
 @derechtefux
This winter I slipped on a sheet of ice on the trail and crushed the phone in my pocket. I think it actually protected me somewhat from a pointy rock.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: Mine lives there too - most do.
  • 3 0
 I slip my phone between the 4 layers of my camelbak back protector.
  • 1 0
 I guess many racers check out the live timing during the race.
  • 2 0
 @nozes: I guess I am old I just put it in waist pack between emergency blanket and spare tube.

Quite few crashes this year and so far no damage.

Probably just jinxed myself
  • 1 0
 0:23, 0:46, 2:03, 2:33, 3:20, ...
  • 2 2
 @fabwizard: As someone who has smashed not one but two phones in my pocket while riding, yes it is dumb
  • 5 0
 that goes down smooth
  • 1 0
 Seems the majority are running air in the rear which surprised me. Also, seems there are a lot more Zebs than 38s. Any insight on why so many are using air?

I watched this 4x. So good.
  • 1 0
 How the hell people bottom out 180+ forks?
I ride double blacks in parks and barely ever able to use 170 out of travel, i’m not a pro, however on that video track is not that rough comparing to dh courses
  • 4 0
 More of this please!
  • 2 0
 Some riders seem to blow right through the fork travel. Others not quite. Set up more progressive or better line choice?
  • 2 0
 That section looks proper dh fork stuff. Also expected Carl Sagan's voice at any moment. So interstellar music....
  • 3 1
 Music is figuratively ear cancer, Please can we have natural sounds if the bikes. It would be so much better
  • 1 0
 It’s actually 30 seconds of suspension smashing… would be good to see the same footage in normal time.
  • 2 0
 Where is that review of the EXT Shox Era fork?
  • 6 0
 Matt was just finalizing that one but I sent him off to Sun Peaks for Field Test this week, so it shouldn't be too long once he's back. The anticipation! Smile
  • 7 0
 Spoiler alert... it's goooood. And did I spy the new Formula dual crown in there?!?!
  • 2 0
 Yeah it's the best fork I've ever owned as a big and pretty good rider compared to lyriks and 36s. Haven't used the Zeb or 38 though. And that formula looks freaking sick!!! @WasatchEnduro that thing has my attention haha
  • 3 0
 @WasatchEnduro: Sexy af, is that Formula dc even legal in the ews ?. Really sad they did not go with the DH fork internals tho.
  • 2 0
 2:46
Perfection.
What I see in my mind's eye and never execute.
  • 2 0
 you feel for buddy who got bodied on the wooden turn, ouch
  • 1 0
 At 1:17 one could literally see the opposing friction and inertia vectors generate the torque that sends him otb.
  • 2 0
 If people ever ask me why I run coil again I'm showing them this
  • 2 0
 Bottom Out Gang
  • 2 1
 It’s like staring into the fire pit, someone pass the bong!
  • 1 0
 Ohhhhhh, that is the meaning of life...
  • 1 0
 One word for this, SATISFYING
  • 1 0
 Mmmmmh thats nice
  • 1 2
 That fake crush in front of the camera, in a flat trailblazer!!!
  • 7 8
 music was shite - no need for that.
  • 1 3
 Is it just me or did all the Zeb forks look like they were bottoming out? Didn't see that much on the foxies...
  • 3 4
 Music gave me aids.
  • 15 17
 Music is soooo bad!
  • 5 0
 Try it with Outro by M83. Also 4 minutes long.
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: This was great, Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla also works well.
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