Video: Creative Lines & Jibs with 10x Motocross Trials National Champion

Jul 19, 2019
by PNW Components  

If you ask Pat Smage how to describe himself he’d tell you he’s a MotoTrials rider with a bike addiction. It’s an apt description as the PNW Components Squad member, with 10 MotoTrials National Championships to his name, is an absolute legend in the sport. Lucky for all of us his skills transfer over quite nicely when a motor isn’t involved. With new tools in his quiver from Fatback Bikes and Ghost, Pat is spending his time off the moto making his mark on the MTB industry.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Recently we had the pleasure of spending a few days with Pat out at the infamous Blackrock trail network in Oregon. The surrounding woods are a site to behold, and once you add in the incredible features and ripping trails it’s plain to see that the Blackrock Mountain Bike Association has turned Falls City, Oregon into a must ride destination in the Pacific Northwest. The area’s popularity is expanding thanks to the wellspring of talent coming out of the Bend area and the classic soil of PNW riding.

This popularity presented an interesting hitch in our filming plans. The crew happened to head out to meet Pat and his wife Hanna right on the heels of the new Kirt Voreis edit filmed in the same place. Traversing the same trails as another film crew, especially so soon after a great release, is something videographers usually try to avoid. We often found ourselves circumventing features that Kirt had just filmed on. But this may have turned into a blessing in disguise as Kirt’s video played a part in how creative Pat was with his line choice.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

In fact, “creative” doesn’t even begin to describe the lines and jibs that Pat was coming up with. Our crew documenting Pat’s riding had never seen anything quite like it. We were often left scratching our heads, wondering what we had just witnessed.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Working with Pat and his two wheeled magic was a unique experience beyond just watching his interesting line choices. There were numerous times throughout the shoot where the typical roles of photographers and their subject seemed to be reversed; when on location for a shoot you'll likely hear the question, "can you do that again?" regretfully voiced by the photographers a handful of times. However, during this project it was often the other way around and Pat would ask our crew if he could give a feature another go in order to perfect minor details. It was this determination and drive for perfection that shed a light on how he became a 10-time National Champion and acquired his skills for the job.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Apparently there are multiple ways to ride the same jump when you have a background in Mototrials. The two photos above are of the same feature, but show very different outcomes.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat was quick to show us that even though a fallen log has not been built into a log ride... it can still be used as a log ride.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

We managed to stay dry for day one of shooting, but the weather had different plans for day two. We woke up to an absolute downpour and decided to wait for a clear patch in the radar. By the time we got to the trails, dusty corners were replaced with puddles in straight sections, but the change in weather didn't stop Pat from sending some of the biggest features Blackrock has to offer.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

This feature, located near the bottom of Bonzai Downhill 1, was the second thing Pat rode on day two with only a creative jib on a railroad tie to get warmed up on the bike.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.

Huge thank you to Pat and Hannah Smage for taking a few days out of their road trip to work with us on this project! We greatly appreciate how hard you worked and we can't wait to see what you come up with in the future.

Follow Pat Smage here: Instagram, YouTube

Photos by Trevor Lyden (Instagram @trevorlyden)

Pat Smage riding the Blackrock trail network while filming with PNW Components. Photo by Trevor Lyden.



50 Comments

  • + 22
 The guy's youtube channel is well worth following, his skills are unbelievable yet he's humble and chilled. Also no gimicky edits or clickbait whatsoever. Would love to ride with him!
  • + 6
 Thanks for the recommendation! Great channel, subscribed.
  • + 4
 This is MUST WATCH!

Pat is the best.

Here he is doing trials on his 29er with a coil. No excuses. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wafzcE6d8qA
  • + 13
 Who else ticked off the list as he did every feature?
1. I cant do that
2. I cant do that
3. I cant do that
4. I cant do that
5. I cant do that
6. fek it, I am sht, he is awesome, lets just watch some magic.
  • + 8
 Several years ago the bike trails crew outta Dallas, Texas got the chance to meet up with Pat during his winter escape to ride. Pat is obviously unbelievably talented but more impressive was his demeanor & humble attitude. It’s awesoem to see his career flourishing.

Sick edit! Jaw dropped a few times. Keep up the great work!!
  • + 8
 This is Chris Akrigg and Danny Macaskill missing brother Big Grin insane skills! love his style
  • + 8
 Motocross Trials?
  • + 5
 The closest anyone has come to making we want/like fat bikes. Amazing riding!
  • + 1
 Like 6 months ago my buddy and I were standing on that wood feature at the top deciding if anyone could actually ride onto it. This guy makes it look easy. I also love the part were he just up onto the drop in basic training... sometimes I see ridiculous lines that I could never do but imagine a pro could, this guy is doing lines I could never even imagine.
  • + 1
 Eek That is all.
How odd... My mouth and eyes are dry and watering and my masseter is sore. Oh, that's probably from being bug-eyed and slack-jawed throughout the duration of that video. I didn't close my mouth until 20 seconds afterward, and I'm not rntirely sure that I ever blinked. Several minutes later I'm still slightly gaping wide-eyed and shaking my head. I'll be dumbfounded for a while I'm sure. It's been a while since I felt this utterly incompetent with my bike prowess...
Mind. Blown.
Words fail to describe.
Salute
  • + 3
 this is the best vid ive ever seen. maybe its so much agility on a fat bike of all things. i love fat bikes
  • + 4
 Wait why is this the first time we've heard of him? More Please
  • + 4
 So so good. Pat is not a gimmick. He's the real deal.
  • + 1
 I love watching Pat ride, and I love his channel. No clickbait BS, no hyped up fake personality, just great riding all the time. I love seeing him on a fatbike. I'd love to try an aggressive fatbike one day.
  • + 2
 This guys my favourite rider, iv gone a brought an oset because of him lol, its been treated to a set bombers and a fox air shock now, great fun...
  • + 2
 That was awesome! That guys got some serious bike handling skills going on.
  • + 3
 Wow - that was impressive. And it's buried so far down on PB feed.
  • + 1
 Unexpected mind blow! I'll have to check out more of his videos. It's interesting he's on fat tires. Not hating just wondering why.
  • + 3
 Did he just jump up a drop!? This guy is a beast!
  • + 1
 Amazing riding, he definitely knows his way around the front end of that bike.
  • + 2
 That was dope. More please
  • + 1
 That was a really impressive riding segment. So smooth and talk about making things look easy!
  • + 1
 this guy looks like the greatest thing ever. i cant believe the command he has over the bike in such variable conditions.
  • + 1
 Fat be nimble, fat be quick! This fatbike is jumpin' all over the place and not just candlesticks!
  • + 1
 Here's me, almost two decades on, still trying to figure out how to wheelie.
  • + 1
 Love that last shot of his fatbike at the top of the black/double black DH bike-recommended trail. Razz
  • + 2
 Whaaaaaaat just happened here! Mind absolutely blown.
  • + 1
 Finally a mountain bike video that gives me the same feel as a skate video. Absolutely awesome!
  • + 2
 Just a smage of style there!!
  • + 1
 "...infamous Blackrock trail network..." That would be the FAMOUS Blackrock trail network. There's a difference!
  • + 2
 I could watch Mr Smage ride all day long.
  • + 1
 The full tilt front wheel only turn was the most rediculous thing
  • + 2
 Well holy crap
  • + 1
 BlackRock is looks so good! Nice work BRMBA!
  • + 1
 Rad! Subscribed to his channels...lots of cool stuff there.
  • + 1
 What is the song used in the video?
  • + 1
 Outside the box, I like it
  • + 1
 Smoove!! Wonder what pressures he was running in those big tyres?
  • + 1
 Blackrock is so cool, miss that place.
  • + 1
 mind-blowing!
  • + 1
 Ummmmmm.... so sick!!
  • + 1
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 'kin rad, more please.
  • + 1
 Rad
  • + 1
 *Moto Trials
  • + 0
 #Downtrials
  • - 1
 Chris Akrigg is very good, this guy is mental!
  • - 4
flag krattAtak (Jul 19, 2019 at 6:54) (Below Threshold)
 If Chris was on a better bike that wasn’t sold at Walmart, I bet Chris would be almost better
  • + 8
 @krattAtak: Chris rides for the company he wants too, he's said as much during interviews.
  • + 1
 @krattAtak: wait, what? Stop! THIS is the real news. Where can I get Chris' bike(s) at Walmart?! Eek

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