Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed & Kirt Voreis Search for Creative Lines

Mar 29, 2021
by Jeff Kendall-Weed  

Video filmed by Logan Nelson // words and video editing by Jeff Kendall-Weed


“29ers can’t do barspins.” “Mountain biking is serious business.” “You should always go as fast as you can.” “You need to be a rich kid to get into the sport.” “There’s only one way to be a pro mountain biker.”

Kirt Voreis has been a staple in the sport of mountain biking since the mid-1990s. Over the last 25 or so years, he has proven all these cliches wrong--and in turn, he has really improved our sport. Kirt has an interesting story, very different from my own. Since I was a kid, I’ve watched his career closely.

Kirt and I both have downhill, slalom, 4x, and enduro racing backgrounds, as well as childhoods steeped in BMX.


Kirt and I have very different backgrounds, but I do believe he helped pave the way for content creators like myself.


With my own background in racing, I always thought of Kirt first and foremost as one of the top racers in the sport. He’s stood on world cup podiums alongside some of the best racers of all time. While I saw that when I was at a formative age, and it’s forever burned into my own psyche, we tend to best remember the winners when it comes to racing. And while Kirt has won plenty of races, he hasn’t won a world cup* (yet- it’s too early to count Kirt out) or big championship. When he was seemingly at the height of his racing career, the crash of the US bike industry in the early 2000s, followed by the crash of the US economy in 2008, meant racing opportunities for US-based racers were few and far between.

I really enjoy Kirt’s videos, but I never dreamed that we’d be able to get together and do a little collab. It was honestly your comments here on PinkBike that inspired me to approach Kirt about making this happen--thank you!



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Fantastic sequence from Mike Albright @ThreadKiller from the 2014 Oregon Enduro Series race at Cold Creek. Kirt won, and I finished fifth. Clearly, racing is serious business.

This is how most people crash. For Kirt, it’s a warm-up.


South Mountain, located just south of the Phoenix Metro area, is considered sacred by the Akimel O'odham and the Kwevkepaya band of Yavapai. The park is the largest municipal park in the United States. Petroglyphs and other artifacts can be found throughout.

But Kirt wasn’t just a racer. Ironically, Kirt got his first big break when he sent a videotape of himself jumping and stunting to the former owner of Yeti. Through that, he was able to hit the race circuit with Yeti’s support. About a decade later, when he tired of racing and went more full-throttle into freeriding (for lack of a better term) the timing was spot-on. When other racers had to find jobs, Kirt created his AllRide tour.

Kirt’s ledge ride might indeed be an “NBD”- Never Been Done. And the little hip on the top of the trail? So fun!


I’ll never forget when Kirt mentioned he had watched and enjoyed one of my own videos, one that Elliot Wilkinson-Ray put together. I had actually been a bit embarrassed that we had filmed that stuff, as it wasn’t anything too crazy hard. But that was some serious validation. Now that I’ve spent a few years making content full-time, and logged over a decade in various white collar sales jobs, I appreciate Kirt’s tenacity and perseverance more than ever. The dude is an absolute legend on and off the bike. These days professional riders often dominate a specific field, but Kirt blends good skills in a bunch of fields. He crafts together a whole new genre, done with a signature style that can’t be beat.



I feel like this rock is a great example of how different our styles are. I really like to use the brakes for a little added control, to take my time, and find the line I want. Kirt didn’t even pause once he got to the top of the rock: he just dove right down the backside. I’ve noticed that kind of fluid balance comes from years of skateboarding, and I kind of wanna try skating some bowls now!


Well, one of these was flat...

This video was a lot of fun to put together. Our ideas and lines were so different! I haven’t done a barspin in well over a decade, and don’t really plan on doing those again. However, I don’t mind coming to a halt, using the brakes to control something, then trying to smoothly ride away. Kirt has the skateboarder balance and looser vision of what’s “clean,” which is pretty cool!

You can take the BMXer off the 20” wheels, but the trickery will always remain!

I know I always hit that play button when I see a Kirt video, and you know what? You should too!

Follow Jeff on his Instagram, subscribe to his YouTube, or follow him on Facebook. Hope you enjoyed this video!




MENTIONS: @jeffweed / @voreis / @loganpnelson / @jensonusa / @pnwcomponents / @IndustryNineOfficial



91 Comments

  • 56 0
 I will take my credit now for this.
  • 21 0
 Hahaha thanks for that comment man! Hahaha, I titled the original post "Fun and Funner" as per @joeyrotundo's comment. Unfortunately the staff at PB changed it to what it is now, but rest assured, many comments do indeed get read!
  • 20 0
 This is my favorite type of riding. I'm nowhere near their skill level but I still love following creative riders like Kirt and Jeff for the inspiration to hit what I can and have fun with what whatever the trail has to offer.
  • 20 0
 Right on man, it's among my favorites too! The "session" factor isn't as common in MTB as in BMX, but it'll always be fun. Especially with someone as talented as Kirt!
  • 9 0
 @JeffWeed: that's it, the "Session" factor. No better way to have fun building skills!
  • 9 0
 Stoked you like this type of MTB fun! Keep the shred up!!
  • 1 0
 Ditto, that was the most fun I've had watching a vid in many moons! Thanks, JKW-Voreis!
  • 16 0
 Wait pinkbike comments make edits happen? What should we wish for next everyone?
  • 16 0
 Hahaha, well, not always, but they certainly helped with this one!

On an aside, how boring would the internet be without comments?
  • 12 0
 This was one of the best videos I have seen. Kirt and Jeff Kendall-Weed see the trails in such unique ways, and have the talent to make it work.
  • 6 0
 Thanks man!
  • 4 0
 I had a non-stop smile the whole time. crazy lines you shredders!
  • 7 0
 Thanks for the stoke!
  • 9 0
 Pleasure to watch. It’s great to see the two of you ride together, and for us to see the process by which you all devise cool lines. Keep it up! You should do more of these!
  • 4 0
 Thanks Spaz! And heck ya we’re hoping to do more!!
  • 4 0
 Always fun riding with Jeff! Thanks for watching!!
  • 10 0
 Jeff, Thanks for being such a great ambassador for the sport. You've got great skills, a better demeanor, and a knack for showing both off in the content you produce.
  • 6 0
 Holy smokes, thanks for the crazy nice words man! That made my day.
  • 10 1
 We see rocks, Kirt and Jeff see hip jumps.
  • 9 0
 YES!!!
  • 3 12
flag justinfoil (Mar 29, 2021 at 15:25) (Below Threshold)
 Who's we?
  • 10 0
 Here a hip, there a hip, everywhere a hip!
  • 9 0
 Jeff and remi metiller should ride!
  • 5 0
 Totally! It’ll happen one of these day, I hope!
  • 5 0
 Two of the best ambassadors for the sport of mountain biking. Have fun, be nice to all the other trail users, and be humble.

+1 on South Mtn trail system being super duper fun! To think that just 20 years ago cleaning the waterfall was a challenge.
  • 7 0
 Thanks man! There were pictures of folks descending the waterfall ~25 years ago in Bike
Mag. I think I saw several different shots, including a night ride long exposure with a strobe at the end. And I always thought it looked gnarly back then!
  • 6 0
 Living and riding here in AZ for 20 years now, I've seen most of these option lines. Wouldn't think of tricking them tho!! Nice vid gentlemen!!
  • 2 0
 Thanks man- I see you’re in Prescott, I really enjoy riding the Delles!
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: Yeah man, I live just south of Prescott. So, I'm 20-30 min from Prescott rides. 35-40 min to Sedona. One hour to downtown Flag, one hour to downtown PHX. Gives me a variety of options. Gimme a shout if ya ever wanna get in a ride before ya head north for the summer!! Smile
  • 4 0
 Love the riding around here, so many options!
  • 5 0
 This came up in my YouTube playlist and I immediately nerded out - "Jeff AND Kirt???" You ride with the coolest people, glad to see you also nerding out too. Kirt is a legend.
  • 3 0
 Yeew, thanks for watching!!
  • 3 0
 All I do is look for alternative lines on trails. Created quite a few and followed as many as I dare. I absolutely love creative riding, coming from a surfing background where the wave is your canvas to shred.

Just picked up on JKW a year or so ago when I got back into riding. I’m an old schooler from the days before suspension to the first decade of free ride hucking. Took some years off from serious broken bones and getting life in order. Back to vacationing in Moab etc to get my old man stoke burning again. JKW travel videos got me dreaming of hitting the lottery and riding the world over for fun.

Have always been a Kirt Voreis fan. Seemed to be having fun racing and not stressing sponsorship. Paid to play. Not slave to results and corporate demands. At least I hope that was true. Brett Tippee and Josh Bender just couldn’t hang riding with the stress. Brett took the office job and partied it away and Bender probably still rips his backyard for fun with no cameras clicking. When the fun becomes a job, it ain’t fun no more. Hence creating alternate lines for fun.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the nice note Plisskin! I’ve got a lotta respect for how Kirt has made a career outta riding, too!!! And thanks for following my vids, welcome back to the sport!
  • 4 0
 Thanks for the stoke! Ive always tried to just have fun and shred! High performance, Low expectations!!
  • 3 0
 Awesome riding guys! I live at the base of the mountain and really should spend more time messing around in the features national has to offer. I get stuck only seeing my usual lines.
  • 3 0
 Its hard to look for play features when navigating the rock chaos!
  • 5 0
 Two of my top favorite riders fooling around. Awesome! They're such a good match together. so much fun to watch.
  • 3 0
 Thanks!
  • 3 0
 @Voreis: Thank me by never growing up and keep riding like an irresponsible manchild Smile
  • 5 0
 SOMO is one of the best places to ride in the US! Hands down! This PHX system was my backyard for years. I miss it terribly.
  • 2 0
 It's super cool. And it's wild how popular and crowded it is, but it's just big enough to disperse all those crowds pretty well.
  • 4 0
 I'm so glad I came down this winter to ride, so good!
  • 3 0
 Fist Jeff on an Evil then he, what? Grabs the camera guys Yeti to finish the ride? What happened to the Ibis?

Great video! Two wild men doing their thing!!
  • 1 0
 Jeff was made for Evils lol. 430mm chainstays to manual even MORE things, assuming that’s even possible
  • 6 0
 Hahaha yeah that broken derailleur was a bummer, but both bikes there are “mine”. I try to have Logan ride my bikes when possible- tho he’s 30lbs lighter so sometimes he prefers his own. I do have him using all my camera gear as well for these videos.

I still have a bunch of Ibis bikes and do ride them often. I’m not limited in any way as to what bikes I can ride, but I try to use primarily brands that are available through one of my best sponsors, Jenson USA.
  • 5 0
 So glad you guys went down 24th st. Such a great trail.
  • 1 0
 You mean Mormon?
  • 2 0
 @SvenNorske: I thought they rode down National? At least at top...
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: They went down national to mormon/24th st
  • 2 0
 So good, gotta stay focused!!
  • 1 0
 The bike control is astounding! The average rider myself included would be OTB or off the side, rolled ankles on most of that. Great to see how the heavy hitters see the trail. It's obviously more fun the better you are. Great job!
  • 4 0
 I would not have let you borrow my bike. :-)
  • 4 0
 Hahaha me neither!
  • 2 0
 Yes! One of the best collabs ever! Thanks so much guys! Now I need to go back to South Mountain and see your guys' impossible lines in person.
  • 3 0
 Not impossible, more like fun challenge! Hope you make it back!
  • 3 0
 How they turned National in to such a playground is beyond me. Mind blown
  • 5 0
 National IS a playground.
  • 7 0
 @pwhite2021: agreed!!! And I saw on my Instagram that Rob Drew has a few gaps that we didn't even notice. I'm sure the locals have some insane lines up there!
  • 1 0
 @pwhite2021: gonna guess this is Patrick? Lots of us somo family in here!
  • 1 0
 @GnarAZ: Hah that's me!
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: For sure! Rob has studied so much of SoMo and know a bunch of fun cheeky lines. But what's awesome is even after 5+ years riders like Rob are still finding new lines! So good
  • 2 0
 More of this please!!! Being injured this gets me so hyped to ride again soon.
  • 3 1
 Heal up quick! But don’t rush it, either! Thanks for the feedback, Kirt and I are hoping to do a sequel this summer- but probably in the PNW for the next one cuz summer.
  • 1 0
 Two of my favourite riders. Great session guys! Looks like a blast. Finally spring here in BC and I’m super stoked to ride more now! Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Glad to see you’re still an ambassador for kitsbow, amazing products, I’m hoping to get on their program again!
  • 1 0
 Glad to see you back in phx, offer still stands I can show you a couple local lines
  • 2 0
 Thanks Will! I actually made it home last week, otherwise I’d take ya up on that!
  • 3 0
 I like it.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Bob!
  • 2 0
 This was great to watch! Nice job guys!
  • 1 0
 So sick to see these two riding together. Kirt has always been a long time favorite of mine, now Jeff is too! SUBSCRIBED!
  • 1 0
 @Voreis What kind of protection were you wearing under your shirt? What about wrists? Is that just tape?
  • 1 0
 Anyone knows what are those orange pedals?
  • 3 0
 Kirt might have to correct me, but I believe they were Deity Deftrap pedals. I ride Shimano XT flat pedals, but those Deity units sure look really good!
  • 3 0
 Deity Deftrap pedal
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: thanks!
  • 1 0
 @Voreis: thank you
  • 1 0
 Letha Brainz Blo...aka Let the Madness Begin...Jaws Dropped Hard!
  • 2 0
 Nice, super dope video
  • 2 0
 Thanks Nick, I appreciate that!
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: that was hell of fun video, that makes me book trip to az to test those trails
  • 1 0
 Jeff, were you on an offering or following?
  • 2 0
 Hey KC, that’s an Offering. I’ll have an unboxing and first impressions video of it up in a couple weeks.
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: I had a v2 offering, sadly I wasn’t impressed with it. Didn’t feel like a step forward from the old version.
  • 1 0
 @ShredKC: If you follow his YT channel he will soon be offering up a review...

ba dum bump
  • 2 0
 Jeff is on a Yeti?
  • 2 0
 Yep- review video went live last night!
  • 1 0
 Those two say "Yeah, I could ride that." way more than most.
  • 1 0
 Great watch, creativity meter was off the scale!
  • 1 0
 always think of Kendall Norman when i see Jeff Kendal-Weed

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