Must Watch: Kilian Bron Rides Vibrant Streets & Incredible Trails in 'Colors Of Mexico'

Oct 20, 2021
by COMMENCAL bicycles  


Discover Mexico and its magnificent mix of backdrops with Kilian Bron and his team.

This is a melting pot of unusual images captured in the craziest and unique places across the country! Let yourself be transported from the tops of Mexico's most active volcanoes to the steep and colorful streets of historic villages.

Prepare to feast your eyes on a month’s worth of road trip turned into five minutes of images! And let's not forget, a particular mention to the complete conception of the music, in direct link with the culture of the country and the places we visited. A whole project that we can’t wait for you to see, listen to and read, through our various forms of media.

A logical sequel to "Our Tour de France" and "Follow The Light" that we’d also love you to (re)see whilst waiting for the other projects scheduled to arrive in the not too distant future. Yes, we are preparing other surprises for you!


Credit Pierre Henni

Credit Pierre Henni
Credit Pierre Henni

Credit Pierre Henni


bigquotesEach trip is unique and littered with many memories. Memories of landscapes, cultures and traditions when we mention the term ‘travel’ but above all through the meetings and moments of life shared within the team. Through our videos, we try only to visit unusual places where I am lucky enough to be able to ride. My daily job is simply to ride a bike in the middle of nowhere, but everything makes sense when you imagine the backdrop and everything that we are experiencing in the actual moment. This is precisely what I am trying to share with you in the following anecdotes. Kilian Bron


Popocatepetl Volcano


Credit Pierre Henni
Credit Pierre Henni

Credit Pierre Henni


bigquotesThe Popocatepetl summits at about 5,300m above sea level. Access is very controlled but we managed to obtain our right of way on a two-day slot, fully responsible for ourselves. To reach the summit, it was all about carrying and pushing the bike through a mixture of sand and rock, whilst remaining attentive to the various eruptions and smoke fumes. The sun was rising but I found it hard to appreciate everything, for fear of what was happening just behind me in the crater. But from experience, there is also my lack of lucidity which comes into play at this altitude."

"The team left later around 5.30am to face of the volcano and intercept me on the slope after the descent. Unfortunately, the drones were unable to reach the top. I still captured a few images before starting the descent as calmly as possible. A magical experience that has been lived as much before, as during and after the expedition. But if I have one distinct memory, it would be the feeling of loneliness at an altitude of more than 5000m at night. That feeling of being very small in a place where you ultimately don't really have much control despite all the preparation behind it. Everything gets mixed up; fear, doubt, excitement, concentration... It becomes very difficult to reason correctly.
Kilian Bron


Barranca De Huentican


Credit Pierre Henni
Credit Pierre Henni


bigquotesAbove all, I like to ride my bike and often elsewhere other than on bike trails. This old funicular railway is a good example, with an unreasonable degree of incline. (…) To come back to the highlight of the day, it was especially the morning hikers and trail runners who supported and encouraged at the key points. We took the opportunity to integrate them into the video. Even if I generally refuse this kind of thing with a lot of people, we had no choice before the influx of other people in the morning. It all makes sense when you watch the final cut of the video. Kilian Bron


Horse


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bigquotesAs for the integration of spectators on the track, we wanted to highlight another local in an original way. (…) While discussing with the owner of the place, we ask him if there is the possibility of taking a rider under the road gap. He tells us that he will be there the next day at 3pm. It is indeed a nice surprise and the chosen rider fits perfectly with the theme and we connect a few shots before heading further west across the country. Kilian Bron


Crash


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bigquotesSince 2011 and my first bike trips, I have always been aware of the fact that I can injure myself in remote places. This is exactly what happened during my first trip to Morocco at the time, breaking my wrist in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. It was an experience that affected me but only positively afterwards. Years have passed since travelling all over the world without major incident. There is certainly a bit of luck behind it all, but I must say that it helps enormously when you have a good atmosphere within the team and projects have already been prepared extensively, combined with the feeling of being physically and mentally ready at the right time. However, some cacti are more robust than others and when you kick them at full speed, they sting! Kilian Bron


Tequila


Credit Pierre Henni


bigquotesNow let's talk about Mexican clichés! The funniest stop was a visit to the Tequila factories, west of Guadalajara. As in each location, scouting is always necessary before the filming

really starts. We were looking for a small scale family tequila factory with a space big enough for bikes. He who says scouting says visits to several factories and several shots of Tequila! After having assimilated the history and the manufacturing process of Tequila, we ended up drinking a few shots of the youngest to the oldest spirits. Finally, out of the question to simulate during filming, where Pierre H shows me drinking a shot, before moving on to images of my famous crash on the heights of the lagoon.
Kilian Bron


Credit Pierre Henni

All these shots were taken under special permissions. Thanks to all.

Rider: Kilian Bron
Directed by: Pierre Henni
Film: Pierre Henni
FPV Drone: Cinematic Flow
Edit: Pierre Henni
Music & Sound Edit: Leo Lunel


96 Comments

  • 163 0
 What an awesome edit. Thank you for showing my home country in a different light! The landscape, the culture, the tradition there is so much more to Mexico than just the cartels and this just have you a savory taste. Go to Mexico and I promise you it will spoil you like a grandma always did, just when you think it can't give more here come an other serving of awesomeness.
  • 19 2
 Your flag doesn't check out. But your story does Mexico is a truly fantastic place!
  • 9 65
flag RedBurn (Oct 20, 2021 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 @dkendy1: wall to be completed
  • 19 0
 @dkendy1: I live in Colorado, USA i love my adoptive country but I was born in Mexico. Like the fact you love Mexico, it has a lot to offer.,
  • 5 0
 @dkendy1: I has been a lot of times there, it's an amzing country, people is amazing, places are beautiful and the food is the best of any country where I has been, you can literally eat in any place at any level and fell the real mexican taste. it's hard not to miss Mexico @FanGar!.
  • 1 0
 @dkendy1: Does your flag match your origins?... unless you're an Aborigens.
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: I wouldn't expect an Italian to recognise my flag in a lineup
  • 84 0
 Wow. One of the first video in a long time that I've watch start to finish. The cinematography on this is next level.
  • 60 1
 Video of the year.
  • 2 1
 I came here to say the same! Well done
  • 28 0
 That was f@#$ing rad. Like one of my favorite edits of all time. Well done!
  • 2 0
 yea that dustiness is prime as is the ridning and culture
  • 23 0
 Horse
  • 19 0
 What an film once again! Kilian provides us with the best mtb edits as always. Places, footages and edits are always at the top. This is Art at this point. Thousand thanks.
  • 14 0
 It seems Killian and his team always manage to capture the heart of mountain biking and the soul of wherever it is they are. In a sea of intsa reels and chestie vlogs, this reminds me of how a great short film can really elevate the stoke.
  • 18 0
 Commencal edit=immediate must watch.
  • 8 0
 Agreed, Commencal do an amazing job with their edits.
  • 17 0
 Mexico does good staircases.
  • 12 0
 Kilian reminding us of proper etiquette when encountering an equestrian on the trail: be sure to gap over the horse, allowing at least 8 vertical feet between your tires and the horse's head.
  • 10 0
 Fantastic video! And excellent use of the drone. There was none of that swirling obnoxious drone footage.
  • 10 0
 Tequila shots cometh before the fall. Lol Great video!!
  • 5 0
 Anyone have any riding destination recommendations in Mexico?
  • 6 0
 Rode in San Sebastian last week while visiting Puerto Vallarta. Pretty RAD!!!! Actually leaving in 3 hrs with much sadness. LOL
  • 3 0
 I hit Punta Venado bike parkwhile I visited Cancun a couple years ago n I went back last month while I stayed in Tulum.. OMFG bro!! Heaven does exist!!
  • 2 0
 a lot of places in Mexico, just make sure is south or central mexico, i currently live in the northern part which is good... but it doesnt compare to south and center of mexico.
  • 10 0
 Oaxaca! Getting on a plane heading south on Sunday...
  • 5 0
 Sayulita trails are surprisingly good. Plus killer surf. Also, Mascota, and San Sabastian.
  • 5 0
 Oaxaca has amazing riding. Checkout the routes for the Trans Sierra Norte. There are some good guiding companies out there that can set you in the right direction.
  • 4 0
 In México City Desierto de lo Leones www.trailforks.com/region/desierto-de-los-leones-1454736927
The best place and trails in town
  • 2 0
 Be sure to visit Oaxaca (Sierra Norte), Ciudad de Mexico (Desierto de los Leones) and maybe Pachuca (Mineral)
  • 3 0
 Stunning backgrounds to look at whilst listening to the rain hammer down outside here! Need to expand my carbon footprint to travel to the sun.
  • 3 9
flag vtracer (Oct 20, 2021 at 17:02) (Below Threshold)
 Stop blaming yourself for your carbon footprint, not too much an individual can actually do without an entire shift as a society
  • 11 0
 @vtracer: Well, not with that attitude
  • 4 0
 The rode gap is in La Fragua bike park right?
We also have some amazing jungle rides, maybe next time.

Cheers
  • 1 0
 I wasn't sure either. It reminded me of the Tarantula in Taxco.
  • 2 0
 Yup, La Fragua in Guanajuato
  • 3 0
 I once had Killan Bron knocking on my door to borrow some camping gear hahahaha. Stoked to see the final results man! Cheers from Whistler!
  • 2 0
 So...is Killian's next GoPro Best Line footage at 1:47 or 3:22? Any bets?

But that was definitely one of the best edits I've seen in some time. Kudos to those involved. *slow golf clap*
  • 4 0
 Sicko….…mexico…vélo…..Tacos….
  • 4 0
 Stunning visuals and superb riding, as always, Kilian.
  • 4 1
 Goddam - climbing Popo with a bike on your back is pretty tough! Glad there were no eruptions on you!
  • 4 0
 Suddenly I felt like I wasted alot of time sitting in a resort. Well done.
  • 2 0
 Just FYI, it's the Barranca de Huentitan, not Huentican. And it's an awesome location, a really deep canyon with tons of abandoned Moto trails if you know where to look.
  • 1 0
 This was so nicely done. I love the variety of riding, colors and level of riding. Nice work!

Also, did the drone hit Killian at 1:03? Felt like a horror movie jump scene. Smile
  • 2 0
 Great shot! Mexico should been interest as this is a hommege to them! big up!
  • 2 0
 probably one of the best edits I have seen in a long time. Fantastic work, riding, location the colors, Man I want to go!
  • 2 0
 Now Im stuck at work craving a ride followed by fish taco's and a Pacifico Frown
  • 2 0
 Woah the Popocatepetl experience must have been gnarly! An amazing video; thank you Kilian, producers and Commencal!
  • 1 0
 Great video, but I’m thinking a lot of that stuff being ridden on, shouldn’t be. Just because there isn’t a sign or guard doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve respect.
  • 2 0
 If you read the caption under the last pic it states that they had special permission
  • 3 0
 that was fun to watch
  • 2 0
 I’m actually very impressed, that was a very cool clip!!
  • 1 0
 So sick! So inspiring! I wish I could just pack up and go on tour with Killian wherever it is he’s going next to ride.
  • 2 0
 This is how you make an edit. YT take note.
  • 1 0
 THIS. WAS. PERFECTION. Every one of Killian's videos is insane, and this one... a cinematic mic drop!
  • 1 0
 Really y nice video, I like the fact it's not only focus on the rider skills. It makes me want to travel in Mexico!
  • 2 0
 This rocks so hard
  • 2 0
 Wow, this is amazing!
  • 1 0
 Great edit indeed.
Seems to be a lot of dust down there in Mexico. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 That was rather epic! Nice place that Mexico!
  • 1 0
 Video Production on Point.
  • 1 0
 Holy macaroni. Great edit
  • 1 0
 One of the most creative edits I have ever seen. Fantastic
  • 1 0
 Wow, great edit. That line at 3:17 was burly!
  • 1 0
 kilian and his team always bringing it to that next level
  • 1 0
 magnifique et extraordinaire
  • 1 0
 commencal and mexico, no regrets
  • 2 0
 Woah that was amazing.
  • 2 0
 commexico
  • 1 0
 This gets me extra stoked for Forza Horizon 5 haha!! Great edit!!
  • 1 0
 beautiful filming! amazing!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Stunning. What a amazing work of art.
  • 2 0
 Dreamride
  • 1 0
 Northstar has a moondust rival! :-)
  • 1 0
 Shooting and riding on another level. Well done
  • 1 0
 All killer no filler. Class edit troops.
  • 1 0
 Typo: Huentican -> Huentitán
  • 1 0
 waaaaaaaaaaa ce chef d'oeuvre !!! bravooo
  • 1 0
 Absolutely breathtaking. Blew me away in every way....u guys killed it!
  • 1 0
 some of these photos are the reason we want POD back!!
  • 1 0
 Is great shoot and great locations
  • 1 0
 Amazingly good. Best MTB cinematography of the last years. Period!
  • 1 1
 Fabio, Danny M. and Gee A. in one person. Nice video.
  • 1 0
 Kil ian it Bro n! Epic
  • 1 0
 Beautiful video!
  • 1 0
 that was awesome
  • 1 0
 Sooooo good
  • 1 0
 Mucho bueno amigo.
  • 1 0
 Edit of the year.
  • 1 0
 Wow simply amazing!!
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