Video: Chris Akrigg Goes Full Boost Mode on an eMTB

Nov 24, 2020
by GT Bicycles  

Chris Akrigg is changing his name to Chris E-krigg and is going full boost mode on his Force Amp. Chris is charged up and ready to go Full Force!

Filmed and edited by Will Evans.



On the location and whether lockdowns played a part in location choice:

bigquotesThe locations were mostly in Yorkshire, UK. All pretty much on my doorstep and most were motorcycle trials spots that I've ridden loads over the years. This wasn't the original plan though! We've shot a lot of stuff over the years in Yorkshire and had scoped out some, shall we say, slightly more exotic locations! But due to lockdowns and travel restrictions our hands were tied! We followed the rules and don't think it compromised the edit!Chris Akrigg


On how long it took to scope and pick a spot:

bigquotesDue to the circumstances, I knew a lot of the spots already, but I did a fair bit of re-visiting locations I hadn't been to for a while. But I'm normally pretty quick at picking a spot when I see it! Normally there's a lot of time researching mostly online and Google Earth!Chris Akrigg


On their methods for choreographing what you will ride and shoot:
bigquotesWill and I have worked together a lot, and both know what sort of works! We get to a spot I'll work my side out and then Will will work out how to best shoot it, then we'll talk it through, so we know we're on the same page, then just get it done! I normally try to get a lot of the hard lines done first then go find some more! hahaChris Akrigg

bigquotesWe've worked with each other quite a lot now, so everything falls into place naturally. Sometimes I'll shoot something in a certain way to pick up on a technical nuance in the riding and other times I'll have Chris ride something that's super easy for him but allows me to get a cool shot that I'm into.Will

Chris on adapting his style of riding to an e-bike
bigquotesSuper fun! I've ridden a lot of different bikes over the years and find I can normally adapt pretty fast. Getting to understand how the motor-assist works is probably the most challenging bit, it's not really that complicated until you start to ride super tech stuff! I found out it's not all about full boost! I've ridden a good amount of Motorcycle trials and I think that has been a big help and also why I ride a bike like I do!Chris Akrigg

On attaching a drone to Chris’ helmet and pulling that shot off:

bigquotesFPV drones were one of my lockdown hobbies this year! - I had the idea for the shot and floated the idea to Chris and he was into the idea. I bodged together some 3D printed parts tinkered some electronics and managed to make a remote release system for the drone on the helmet. After a bit of tweaking and testing, we managed to get the shot we envisaged... hard work but worth it!Will

On how long did it took to bag this edit as a team of two and whether one move took way longer than the others:

bigquotesYep, it's just the two of us! It took a while this one! When we started filming, I'd just come back from nearly two months off the bike because I'd messed my ankle up badly. So, some of the first filming days were a little unproductive but I soon got into it! And the other main factor was the weather, due to the coronavirus lockdowns our window for filming got pushed way back in the year, pretty much winter, the weather in the UK late in the year is not ideal to film in so we lost a lot of days to that, definitely not shorts and t-shirt weather that's for sure!! There was a couple of moves that were let's say a little problematic! but the line down the tree to spin to backwards rollback to front touch back over the tree was a battle! Not sure how many goes it took, but it was a lot, I'm guessing fifty! And actually, had to go back to it on another day because it just wasn't happing the first day I tried!Chris Akrigg

bigquotesIn some ways being such a small team makes it much easier - we can literally just hop on the bikes and go out and explore and area looking for cool stuff to shoot. I think it took about 10 days in total over a few months to shoot the edit. Most of the lines are pretty tough to shoot due to the crazy technical nature of Chris' riding and because it's all-natural terrain but I can't remember anything that was a crazy battle to get done.Will

Thank you!


161 Comments

  • 136 4
 This is honestly the best e-bike video I've ever seen. Chris is a machine. This is the first video to change my perception of the bikes tbh. Channels like embn just give me the impression they are for retirees with their constant trips to cafe's between rides.
  • 51 1
 This really is perception changing. Akrigg is probably the only person in the world you could say has "uphill flow" without sounding stupid and ridiculous.
  • 25 3
 All of Chris's video's are incredible like this and the fact that he could do any of that on a road bike with skinnies or on an e-bike doesn't really change my perception of an e-bike. Don't get me wrong I'm not knocking this incredible vid or the undeniably mind blowing talent of Akrigg, but his skills unfortunately don't transfer to mortals who buy e-bikes. The amount of power he was putting down and the constant electric buzzing had me wondering whether that bike needs a new motor following the shoot too...
  • 10 0
 If there's one person who doesn't need an ebike to climb ridiculous stuff it's Chris. I'm curious how many chains he broke filming this. He's smooth with his power, but still.
  • 17 2
 It‘s like a few years ago: Riders wirh skills did crazy stuff on 29ers and silenced those who said „No way, no style and snappy handling possible on waggon wheels“. That changed due to video segments. Perception of e-MTBs will change too because of clips like this one. In 5 years they will be accepted by majority.
  • 8 3
 @landscapeben: while 99.99% of riders couldn't pull off the majority of what Akrigg does, he certainly does demonstrate the potential and what this bike is capable of. I'm hoping GT is paying him a percentage of the sales on these bikes!
  • 3 5
 this
  • 2 0
 I swear to god they used Toni Bou and his moto trials bike as an stunt double and replaced the bike, rider and sound with some kind of movie-maker-wizardry!
  • 8 0
 the entire e-bike industry should send Chris Akrigg a profit sharing bonus
  • 4 18
flag eugenux (Nov 24, 2020 at 12:35) (Below Threshold)
 @GlassGuy: 2 things to notice here:
1stly - "for sure", he did it in one single take, one non-stop motion from the bottom to the top and also, "for sure" with ONE battery charge!
2ndly - every fat middle aged, unfit and unskilled wanna be electric rider thinks the is 80% like that just because he has an electric...which is actually the subject of this e-propaganda video....the subliminal message...#aslongasyougotanebike, you can do it also!
  • 9 16
flag NiklasRausch (Nov 24, 2020 at 14:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Lasse2000: and exactly this is the biggest issue.. it is not about wheelsizes or materials.. it's simply a motorbike.. and it is not Mountainbiking. This will have multiple bad impacts over all.

Chris is one of my favorite rider of all time.. and the fact he is riding this "mofa" is an evidence how hard the industrie is pushing in to the heads of the majority and make people saying things you did.

#gleichstellungaufheben #motorfreietrails
  • 10 0
 @eugenux: I don't think the statement about subliminal messages applies here. This video didn't make me want to go out and buy an e-bike. Not in the slightest. Just as Chris' old videos didn't make me want to buy a Mongoose. All this video did for me was making me want to go outside and hone my technical riding skills.
  • 5 8
 @Lasse2000: e-propaganda video
  • 5 0
 @BenTheSwabian: Braydon Bringhurst has some pretty good "uphill flow" as well!
  • 1 0
 @pmack: no comparison though... He's a strong rider and pretty fun to watch but no where near Akrigg's skill
  • 75 2
 Almost 8 minutes but not one slightly boring shot! Just banger after banger, incredible!
  • 40 1
 The best e-bike video yet by a mile, what a rider, its been too long without a CA video then this!!!!
Thats what an e-bike is for, going up some crazy steeps and stuff that you just could not do without one. Not coasting up a fire road then blocking the trails on the way down or posting 30 mile strava road rides on your mountain bike Smile
  • 3 6
 * CE
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: just no.
  • 4 0
 This dude is a beast even without the motor, but he definitely pushed it above and beyond here.
  • 31 2
 Chris Akrigg is the Landrover Defender of mountainbiking.
  • 36 1
 except Chris never failed anyone!
  • 21 1
 just hope he doesnt take a leak on your driveway
  • 25 2
 Loved the creek climb and the creative drone shots! This is what you get when a machine rides a machine
  • 20 19
 Agreed (great video overall), except that I am not so big on the creek climb. Trail access has become controversial in many areas and just because you physically can does not mean that you should, especially since ebikes even enable more people to go to more places.
  • 13 6
 @rayme: Don’t think you should get downvoted, you raise a good point. Lots of delicate flora and fauna around creeks also. But I gotta admit, I really liked watching it
  • 7 4
 @rayme: yeah riding up a creek is bad form. Riparian areas like that are full of wildlife. If I rode in my local creek, newts and steelhead would be affected.
  • 5 4
 oh for gods sake..
  • 21 2
 WOW! This is the first time I've genuinely though an Ebike looked like a good idea. Damn you Mr. Akrigg!
  • 11 13
 Well sir, honestly I think their neatly made propaganda worked on you then. Wasn't it the main purpose of this video to convince you to finally get an ebike?
  • 2 0
 @janci1236: propaganda, please don’t be so dramatic. EBike’s are fun, get over yourself.
  • 2 1
 @Jamsxr: it’s a step forward to electrification and less serviceability. The same thing happened to the automotive industry. These things are becoming gadgets where you update the software in order to fix something. You are loosing control over what you own. Not good in a long term in my humble opinion.
  • 21 1
 Only man on Earth daring to post an uphill video on pinkbike and succeding
  • 16 1
 Each E-krigg pedal stroke actually recharges the ebike battery.
  • 14 0
 The man who never fails to blow peoples minds
  • 14 2
 Sam Pilgrim is also someone who pushes ebikes super hard and does things on them you wouldn't have thought were possible.
  • 6 14
flag eugenux (Nov 24, 2020 at 12:32) (Below Threshold)
 That's the place money are coming from. Brands, manufactures want to push electrics due to two main reasons
1. They become obsolete in 3 years and, by the 4th year, you'll want/need another.
2. They can charge you, basically, anywhere between 30% and 45% more than a real bike with only 10-11% production cost increase.

Please ppl, pretty please...stop dancing the songs of the marketing departments.
  • 1 0
 @eugenux: settle down bro... I enjoyed the hell out of this video a few times but it doesn't change the fact I'd rather own 3 pretty rad bikes instead blowing my wad on one e machine. I think most are the same.
  • 1 0
 @eugenux: I’m not sure of your aware but bike manufacturers need us to buy new bikes to survive. Nothing is refund, even if you look back at older ebikes, and the same could be said for normal MTB. Get over yourself, ebikes are fun.
  • 2 0
 @Jamsxr: not everything that is fun is actually good for the world. If you would judge your decisions by how much fun you get you must be after some bad decisions. Wink
  • 1 1
 @Jamsxr: I am not sure you know but my 27.5" 2016 xc ht is still light and fast af; and also my 26" 2012 full-squishy, which a friend of mine has it now, build with a 27.5" front wheel and a 20mm lower fork(from 170 to 150); I ride it a little, for the fun of it, a couple of weeks ago. Actually, both bikes still work properly. Both coud be use as per their purpose and intention by the manufacturer at 4.5 years and 8 years later.

Good luck finding a 2016-2017 e-bike that still works. And, if you do find one, good luck finding spare parts for it when it will break.
  • 1 0
 Things are not being made to be repairable these days, the some goes for the bikes. If you stuff it with batteries and software dependant parts good luck fixing things yourself. Not that many people seem to care though.
  • 13 0
 Elove you Chris!
  • 8 0
 I had the same bike (now sold) Interestingly he's changed the standard forks and wheels as they are definitely the low points but its a great overall bike that doesn't get any recognition.
I wish i rode it as well as E-krigg does Smile
  • 9 0
 The entire ebike industry needs to compensate this team, not just GT. This single video will go way further to gaining acceptance than anything else marketers can come up with! Sincerely, a decidedly non-ebike guy...
  • 10 0
 With the insane peddling power Chris already has, he'll be cycling up vertical walls now at this rate!
  • 4 0
 He wasn't even in the largest cog for any of that.
  • 5 0
 guy is an absolute beast. imagine his core strength!
  • 10 1
 Finally a vid that showcases something that is often overlooked when talking about e-bikes....impossible climbs. It's not just about self -shuttling and laps on laps.
  • 9 1
 Actually is the best ebike video I've ever seem - Chris is a legend on a bike anyways. Awesome!
  • 8 1
 A new Akrigg vid dropping is like a white Christmas in Devon, such a magical thing and makes you all warm and fuzzy on the inside filled with love for all mankind
  • 8 0
 The first e-bike video that I don't hate. And all thanks to Chris Akrigg's god-like technical riding skills. What a guy!
  • 8 0
 I think this looks better than the non-e-bike version of the Force. Not often I’ll say that about an e-bike.
  • 7 1
 Mr Akrigg introduces the first "upcountry" bike!
Marketing boffins, you heard it first here on Pinkbike!
  • 2 1
 Now added to the list of selling features and benifits. 150mm travel Shimano motor Ride up rivers ...
  • 7 0
 Yo UCI, if ebike race course were like this, I'd watch.
  • 8 2
 Oh no! All the people that have enabled filtering out "EMTB" content on pinkbike!
  • 3 0
 Fuckin pinkbike Twitter lured me in. I'll make an exception for Chris Allahkrigg, a God among two-wheeled men.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: I stopped following Danny because of all his eBike content. I don't want to see that shit.
  • 7 1
 I think the battery died half way through the video, but Chris just kept going!
  • 7 0
 How is that not a MUST WATCH?
  • 3 0
 cracks me up to think what someone from the year 2000 would think watching this video if: 1) they didn't know it was an e-bike and 2) they didn't know it was filmed with a drone... makes you think about how the sport has changed (not necessarily for the worse, just saying). the e-motor could be explained away as being a gearbox but i have no idea about how to explain the done images!
  • 3 0
 Chris you’re the first person I’ve ever seen ride an eBike properly.
Best eBike video I’ve ever seen. So creative. So much style. So much power. And that first and last shot!!!!! Best intro and outtro (?) I’ve even seen in a MYB video.
Unreal. Hahaa you got me babbling!
I know this is buried a thousands comments deep but that’s cool.
Good stuff.
  • 5 0
 Now, I'm 100% sure of what I can't do. Not because I don't have an e-bike, but because I'm not Chriss Akrigg.
  • 4 0
 Chris Akrigg - what a legend. Great edit, so intense from beginning to end! Is that steel plate under the BB standard-issue, or a special defence against E-krigg?!
  • 4 2
 Chris man, your riding style gets me everytime! Please know if you ever want to tackle a feature length production I for one would be willing to pay for it, I enjoy it that much! Keep shredding man, not even looking at the other comments here as I know they will be aimed at your bike and not the insanity which was your riding!
  • 5 0
 me when I got me ebike: I feel like Chris Akrigg
Chris Akrigg when he gets an ebike: I feel like Superman
  • 2 0
 Some of my local trails were originally built by trials bikers (moto) and they are filled with impossibly tricky climbs and moves on a regular mtb - when I got my ebike they suddenly made sense 0 a spin of the legs feels like a twist of the throttle.
  • 2 0
 @paulskibum: i do find that there is now a skill or technique to be learned to avoid spinning out due to motor power- I find body positioning and line choice are now the deciding factors over whether I get up a hill which is a nice change.
  • 7 1
 Wow. Edit of the year. I need an E-Bike now....
  • 4 0
 If you watch it imagining that the electric sounds are made by Chris undertaking his cyborg moves then it becomes even more entertaining.
  • 4 0
 Great riding technique! My legs were burning after watch that, the way he thru the eMTB around made it look like it only weight 25lbsSmile
  • 2 0
 Always makes me smile to watch a Chris Akrigg video. I think for most riders it is how we would like to ride if we had better fitness and way more skill. So fun to watch him hitting up lines. I wonder how long he can get out of the battery before it is out of power. I am sure that a lot of the low speed moves are topping out of power output from both Chris and the bike. More please !!!
  • 2 0
 If im being honest- great ebike edit, mediocre Akrigg clip.
The ebike doesn't add anything to the trialsy bits (if anything,
Maybe it takes a bit away). It mostly lets him power up sick sections.
All my friends know im a huge Akrigg fan. Heck, he's hands down my favorite rider. But i think his style doesnt mix naturally with ebikes.

Btw, the drone catch at the end- mint!!!
  • 7 1
 Mind-blowing.
  • 13 1
 For most people on e-bikes it's *blind mowing*
  • 4 0
 @colincolin: beautiful
  • 5 0
 Best looking ebike I've seen
  • 5 0
 upwnhill action at it's finest!
  • 3 0
 A nuclear fill for the bike, and a whole cow for the rider... So much power in this edit! But who has the much? The motor or Chris?
  • 5 0
 I think this should be designated a must watch, even for the ebike haters.
  • 5 0
 Dude - I am being converted. That is insane.
  • 1 0
 E-bike is a game changer in much the same way that full suspension and disc brakes were game changers. It just another layer of technology that lets you ride terrain you otherwise couldn't or wouldn't ride before. Terrain that perhaps was too steep, too technical, too long, or too far away. I've been telling people this for years. This is the first video that portrays this message.
  • 3 0
 Chris Adrig videos always seams to be shorter that they actually are, what I guess is good.
  • 3 0
 Did anyone noticed that he changed his rear shock during video.

Check 2:08 and then 4:31
  • 1 0
 Good eye man
  • 4 0
 Fuuuukin ell Christopher Eek
  • 5 1
 There, that should put some of the myths to bed.
  • 2 0
 I'd think that you'd want a bigger fork (Lyric or Zeb if talking RS) and a piggyback shock to deal with the excess weight of the ebike, regardless of travel.
  • 1 0
 It's 10 lbs more or one fatter rider. I have gone from 154 to 141 lbs in the last 3 months but dont feel that means I need a different fork why would me buying an Sight VLT instead of a Sight mean I need a different fork. I just set up the fork correctly.
  • 2 1
 That said - they make ebike specific models of most forks dont they?
  • 3 0
 From the GT Force Amp webpage. "The Force Amp is so much fun that it should be e-legal." Well played, marketing dept.
  • 4 0
 Chris + boost mode = beast mode
  • 3 3
 As always I'm blown away by Chris Akrigg's talent. However, the curmudgeon in me is worried that a video of someone riding off trails on a motorized bike is going to give all the noobs out there with brand new e-bikes bad ideas. And I know that some of those spots are already moto trials lines, doesn't really change my concern.
  • 1 0
 I was about to say that I'm not sure Akrigg is the right man to advertise an e-bike as he's pretty much a machine himself on the bike. Until that shot where he climbs a pretty much 45° slope.
  • 1 0
 No motors were hurt during the making of this video.
Not even while floating upstream or downstream.

I would like to see the outtakes of this video, but I am afraid that there aren´t any.....
  • 2 1
 Chris and Danny should do a e trials adventure video. Watching the Martins back in the day, was my youth. To see, an up to date version would be great. Best e-vid by far. Imagine if it had the financial backing of redbull
  • 1 1
 Finally we start to see an ebike taked to the limits and not only in front of the house or around the block ,pussy rides.
This is not the only one but its a right aplication for a ebike : Climbing ,up hill in hard mode.Off course we dont know the other face result ,chains ,battery life ,etc
  • 3 0
 Sooo good! The shot at 6:14 is stunning. What a legend you are, Akrigg!
  • 4 0
 Quality!
  • 2 0
 New Discipline: Uphill hard-E-nduro. This is the only race meant for an E-bike
  • 3 0
 I call this genuine Freeride
  • 3 2
 My 16 year old shredder doesn't need an eMTB, my 59 year old body does to keep up with him. eAKrigg and Rob Warner - nuff said. Boom.
  • 4 0
 This is quality content.
  • 2 0
 Never thought I'd see a slow mo water spray action shot on a climb. 2020, sheesh!
  • 4 0
 That poor chain
  • 2 0
 Toni Bou + Graham Jarvis + Danny MacAskill = this and I &$*#ing love it....
  • 2 0
 Trials skills & a bike with more torque than a black hole = mind blowing.
  • 2 3
 2 things to notice here:
1stly - "for sure", he did it in one single take, one non-stop motion from the bottom to the top and also, "for sure" with one battery charge.
2ndly - every fat middle aged, unfit and unskilled wanna be electric rider thinks the is 80% just because he has an electric...which is actually the subject of this e-propaganda video....the subliminal message...#aslongasyougotanebike, you can do it also!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic video, super impressive...and props to GT, the bike does not look bloated and appears structurally normal...
  • 2 0
 Every shot was just killer. Especially beautiful was the one bird's eye view of him riding from rock to rock.
  • 2 0
 OMG even as emtb this is for sure MUST WATCH!!! akrigg's edits are always fresh and entertaining
  • 3 0
 10years ago he did this stuff without battery Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I've ridden a bit round Haworth and oxenhope but don't recognise these spots, particularly the first location. Any clues?
  • 1 0
 Red Bull Rampage is going to have a new e-bike event now. Red Bull Rampage Mountain Climb. That video was sick. Well done.
  • 1 0
 Now this is mountainbiking. A man on the mountain, becoming one with his bike and battery!
  • 3 4
 You mean, mountain-battery..ing!
  • 2 0
 Nice ride, Chris Tr-Ekrigg...
  • 2 0
 Chris is an absolute legend. Minor point - not a fan of those red spokes.
  • 1 0
 Does he even need a seat? He just stood up and powered through everything. What a beast
  • 2 0
 And to think Chris did all that on a "noodle" of a Pike.... blasphemy!
  • 2 0
 So what happened to the filter? I was enjoying that.
  • 1 0
 When E.T becomes e-E.T, Nice vid
  • 1 0
 Electric Vouilloz is a thing.
  • 1 0
 Sponsored by Sram. Powered by Shimano.
  • 1 0
 This should be the next "impossible climb"
  • 1 0
 Is he rocking some crazy metal bash guard on there?
  • 1 0
 Do all e bikes make the Biff Tannen, back to the future electronic noises?
  • 1 0
 now thats how you ride a fukn ebike!
  • 1 0
 This is the only reason to disable e-MTB filter...amazing vid!
  • 2 2
 Amazing what you can do with a lightweight trails e-motorbike! Not sure what it's doing on pinkBIKE though...
  • 1 0
 This man must be succeeding in selling bikes. Surely.
  • 1 0
 That was mint! What a great video
  • 1 0
 Tbh I'm not an emtb fans but I enjoy this vid
  • 1 0
 Awesome video ! e-mtb is so much !
  • 4 4
 Can't believe I cut off a Chris Akrigg video short
  • 1 0
 Bet uphill edit.
  • 1 0
 Skill Mcgill
  • 1 0
 Filter is broken.
  • 5 7
 Video was excellent as usual, but music was so bad! Music was always great, isn't James Welsh not available anymore?
  • 3 1
 Yes agreed, excellent video but Electro bike = Electro music.
  • 4 7
 Today is the saddest day of my life just after the Freddy Mercury's death
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