Video: Not Your Typical XC Ride With Chris Akrigg

Nov 7, 2018
by Mongoose Bicycles  

It's anything but a typical XC ride with Mongoose pro Chris Akrigg. Check out his insane repertoire of skills on his new Tyax Pro 29". Best to listen with headphones on!


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  • + 252
 Dear Mongoose, Please release a new bike every week so we can have 52 Chris Akrigg videos a year instead of ~1.5. TIA
  • - 10
flag mkotowski1 (Nov 7, 2018 at 14:53) (Below Threshold)
 That’s to waki ^
  • + 7
 Talk about carrying a brand on his back. Every edit Chris drops I immediately follow it up by visiting the Mongoose website to see what they're offering this season. Mongoose will always have a special place in my heart tucked away in a dark corner so deep that even Larry Nassar couldn't touch it.... too soon?
  • + 9
 Look at all the positive remarks about a video with a HT 29er going uphill "testing his skills" . Thank you Chris for showing us the light.
  • + 0
 L@trails801: Showing us light from the 90s
  • + 1
 Like this comment if you rewound the vid to see if he exploded the rear wheel on that nose wheelie turn slamming the back wheel into the rock
  • + 1
 That's incredible! I've never seen that done on an XC bike.
  • + 99
 That was AWESOME!!

I love triple tailwhips, 25-foot drops, 200-yard manuals, and insane DH drifting as much as the next guy....but a dude on a hardtail just like mine, cleaning lines that look just like the hike-a-bike sections at my local trails where I think, "Can anyone actually ride that shit?"--that is my new favorite genre of mtb video. I feel like I actually got better watching it, like I might be able to envision a line through a techy section where I never could before.

The only thing I was disappointed by is how you gonna call it XC and not show any spandex??
  • + 33
 Agreed. Chris Akrigg is the pinnacle of where raw power, combined with an abundance of skill, balance, timing, natural talent, and riding literally every second you're on the bike in full attack mode can get you.
  • + 11
 He makes riding uphill look as fun as riding down.The way he is able to ride his back wheel over every obstacle with perfect timing and balance is amazing. It is like he has another set of eyes.focused on his back wheel.
  • + 9
 So bascially you’re asking to see Chris in spandex.
  • + 1
 I was expecting that seatpost up... hahaha
  • + 86
 It says Chris Akrigg. I'm going to watch it. Again and again. Then I'll weep a little.
  • + 10
 I quit...
  • + 45
 Dear Pinkbike 0:45 is what we call technical climbing... Eagle and short cranks won't help you to clean that section. Body language and power will. Also... why did nobody tell him that his bike is too short and too steep. He was risking his life!
  • + 11
 The line at 3:00 may be even more technical... Akrigg makes great edits.
  • + 4
 Eagle and short cranks wont seem to help.. If your name is Chris Akrigg and you're doing a balls out edit. Mortals will probably enjoy increase torque and rock clearance and then a nice granny gear to spin for the other hour or so of climbing!
  • - 4
flag LOLWTF (Nov 7, 2018 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 @keeqan: yep nobody said eagle was for the short technical sections. But whatever Waki, keep on hating for no reason
  • - 11
flag mkotowski1 (Nov 7, 2018 at 14:52) (Below Threshold)
 Either you can clean it or you can’t, everybody knows that even those with helpful upgrades, quit being an ass
  • + 20
 I've attempted to ride up that climb many a time - its almost impossible. The only way you are getting up it clean is incredible bike handling and trials skills. No component is going to change that!
  • + 1
 @mat-massini-media: what climb is it?
  • + 11
 Hahah, the point was... if you come to such thing you should think: I need to up my skills and power. But what most of us think instead is: I have to buy short cranks and Eagle. Once you get the first, you don't need the other ones. At all... but whatever I am just a hater. In fact I do hate mountain bikers more and more. Lame, whiny ass bitches who can't do a single thing right. Takes them years to change discipline and become good at it. Good DJ dude, or trials or BMX comes in and if he puts his soul into it rips after a year or two. Lame overcomplicated bikes, stupid clothing and whatever is wrong it is either equipment or I need to be stronger at pedalling. And we have a f*cking nerve to laugh at roadies.

I am glad I came out... a genuine hater.
  • + 5
 @sdurant12: It's a path that goes up the middle of Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire. Great place well worth checking out if youre in the area! Loam for days!
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Dont forget your Neopos waki, everyone needs neopos now
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Oh everyone should always up their skills and power, good luck getting close to Akrigg's level. If you work full time then maybe spending some money on nice bits to help level the playing field isn't the worst eh? What if riding is meant to be enjoyable and so even if I am a decent climber with decent fitness I want something that makes it easier?

I honestly hope no one comes into obstacles thinking they're impossible without certain bits but you gotta admit 29ers do roll over lumpy rocks and carry speed better, and shorter cranks will have more ground clearance.
  • - 4
flag silvbullit (Nov 9, 2018 at 5:47) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: It is a worldwide epidemic of word mis-usage and it needs to be fixed or Trump and Putin will take over and rule the world! Please stop using "up" where "raise" should be used instead. It is incorrect and just plain sounds lazy. We are not rappers, we are mostly white dudes in ridiculous clothes putzing around on magenta bikes in the woods with tighties on underneath; so let's keep the grammar proper.

Yup, Alot of MTBers are "nozzles" as we like to call them in our little circle. Skiing seems to enjoy the same "nozzle-itis" of minimal skills but massive obesession with gear.

Also, let ban "bro"
  • + 2
 @silvbullit: wtf are you on about?
  • + 1
 @keeqan: the climb through the rocks looks doable for me. The actual insane levels are later in the video especially one through huge rocks.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: ha exactly, either you can clean it or you can’t, it’s all about the rider not the setup
  • + 28
 I love watching Semanuk or Danny Mac but I can't relate to what they're doing because it's just SO far out there.
I know I couldn't do 10% of what Chris does on a bike but it's somehow so relatable and that's what makes his edits stand out. Always amazing and always make me want to ride. (Plus extra points for a hardtail vid)
  • + 4
 my personal thought is that Danny style it's more like about doing tricks while you ride but Chris style it's more like using tricks to ride over hard stuff. I don't know how to explain myself, but on simpler words, my thoughts it's that one style is about tricks while you ride and the other is about tricks to ride. Both styles are amazing to watch though.
  • + 25
 This is what mountain bike trials should be not hopping on a boulder on the rear wheel like a pogo stick. My dad used to do motorcycle trials. I was so young that I barely remember but it would be more like this. Ride into a gully, go over some rocks, ride down a water fall and then go up the steepest thing around.
  • + 8
 Really though, either's purty damned great
  • + 21
 I mean sure that is some super awesome riding but I’ll be damned if he isn’t utilising that huge bottle cage mounting area....
  • + 36
 Don't need it. Puddle water is the best water.
  • + 19
 Dear Ebikes this is what 'Up hill flow' really looks like! Some crazy long single shot multi hit lines in there! RAD as ever! would be nice for mongoose to develop a frame with Akrigg in mind though rather than getting him to make edits with the slow moving stock... But seriously a genuinely well thought out hard tail frame with the 'Akrigg' name on the side of it would probably sell well!
  • + 6
 The problem I have with people's names on stuff is I feel I'm bound by the expectation to ride at their level otherwise I'm not worthy of the bike/component. Didn't buy some bars recently purely because they had Sam Hill written on them... maybe a bike just called the 'Chris' would be better :-@
  • + 3
 Chris Akrigg signature Wellgo pedals!
  • + 20
 So is Chris Akrigg designing next years WC Short track courses?
  • + 11
 Nino's going to be pissed.
  • + 13
 I like the choice of music (or nearly no music). You feel it more. If he rode that traverse and then the supersteep part after the right turn in one take he is a beast (unfortunately there is a cut so we will never know)
  • + 4
 Hans zimmer should make edits
  • + 1
 One take or 5 it’s still pretty beast mode.
  • + 12
 Most people on Pinkbike would give their right bollock to ride like Chris, doesn't matter what he's on.
  • + 11
 The irony being they will need both of their-a bollocks when they come to actually ride like Chris. And so the unnecessary bollock cull continues.
  • + 10
 Now i am ashamed that i was thinking i can ride my bike.
  • + 6
 When I watch vids like this I reminds me it's often the indian and not the arrow that counts. We all obsess over the latest gear etc and then Chris rocks up on a bike most would pull their nose up to and absolutely shreds it.
  • + 2
 I think the same, but is also true that every indian likes nice arrows
  • + 7
 Poor Chris. He keeps riding away from the trail. Is he lost? Someone get him a map or something. Maybe some glasses? I kinda feel like his sponsors are jerks for not helping him out.
  • + 3
 Unlucky sod, seems like he's going up the downhill sections, and down the uphill sections ( or just random rocks). Actually, this also describes my recon rides on almost any new trail.
  • + 5
 Amazing riding as always from Chris. But I have to comment on the production. That was an incredible job filming, especially chasing a guy like Chris around the most technical areas while having the right viewing angles, light, panning and steady centered focus. Will Evans, I'll be keeping an eye out for more of your work.
  • + 8
 Always has been and always will be such a stylish beast! Climbs even without the rock features were insane
  • + 8
 I rarely post but fook me!
  • + 6
 This is the kind of riding I love to see best. Also, good to see this is apparently the future of WC XC racing. Bring it on!
  • + 4
 "Video: Not Your Typical XC Ride With Chris Akrigg"

Chirs Akrigg already means "not your typical ride". You don't have to specify it! Smile
  • + 2
 I love Chris Akrigg as much as the next guy, and I have nothing against Mongoose, but I don't recall the last time I saw a Mongoose anywhere. They come across as a cheap superstore brand. Long since removed from the 80s or 90s when they were big for BMX. Maybe they still are big in BMX... But MTB, name me another sponsored rider? I think that guy that everybody used to hate at Rampage for stealing lines rode for them maybe.
  • + 10
 You missed Rampage I'm guessing?
.....DJ Brandt @peddlepusher15
  • + 12
 There are 2886 complete enduro bikes in the classifieds at the moment (Europe only) . Two are mongoose. One of those is a bike from 1992.
  • + 3
 greg watts, paul genovese, brayden barett-hay. from what i hear, DJ has nothing but good things to say about them, also.
  • + 10
 @unclesomebody:
When bikes are as awesome as Mongoose no one sells them.
How much is that ‘92?
Gotta be like a hunnid grand
  • + 2
 Neethling has been riding Mongoose too before he joined Trek.
  • + 2
 @clarky78 You're thinking of Wil White. He rode for Morpheus.

I can't believe noone's mentioned Gregg Watts. Dude's been riding for them for years and slaying it.
  • + 1
 @chriskneeland: No I'm not. That name isn't right.
  • + 1
 @chriskneeland: i mentioned him right off the bat.

@clarky78: then who?
  • + 2
 @underhawk: Ahh..I see it.
  • + 2
 @underhawk: sorry, I looked it up, Logan Bingelli was the guy but it was KHS not Mongoose. Another brand that is dead outside US I believe.
  • + 1
 @clarky78: pretty dead in the US in my experience, too. i never see them on the trail.
  • + 4
 finally my favorite stylish-uphill rider! Always stoked to see C.Akrigg' vids!
  • + 2
 That was insane! That nose pivot to crank lift (or whatever you call it) was nothing short of legendary! Also huge props to Chris for his fitness, my legs were hurting watching some of those power moves!
  • + 5
 This is what I ride like when I'm dreaming, then I wake up....
  • + 4
 I can't even dream most of this stuff, tbh.
  • + 1
 This is exactly how I ride in my mind and when I'm riding. . . attack the trails with joy and precision. the reality is, the precision is not always there, but the joy is. We should all ride like this.
Oh, and headphones? I love my Senn. HD800S w/ Rupert Neve RNHP.

I can't ride nearly close to this, but these edits give us something to visualize when we're out there clearing pebbles and sticks, rather than boulders and tree roots. . . I love it.
Stoked to ride like this in my small universe tomorrow.
  • + 1
 Body English is the hardest language of all to learn. So much so that even riding a Mongoose may not provide any assistance. But, by Huey, at least there's someone to show you what to aim for... That. Was. Magnificent.
  • + 1
 How the hell does he find people to ride with, that's what I wanna know poor bloke I don't know any other rider with skills and balls like Chris!!! If you don't find him an inspiration then your not wired right!!
  • + 3
 Was anybody else waiting for - "Welcome my son, welcome to the machine" the whole time?
  • + 2
 Gah. I suck. He rides up things on a 29HT I would have trouble riding down on a DH Bike. Although I am enthused to dust off the old 29HT and hit the trails again.
  • + 0
 Whenever Chris is approaching a line my eyes are scanning the surrounding landscape wondering which rocks he's about to demolish - "That one, no that one, no that one, surely not that o - oh my god he's actually now riding on top of that one and then that one and that one and down to that one up to that one then - *blurb blurb blub face melts*
  • + 1
 I like Mongoose bikes (I used to ride an old Teocali), so it annoys me a bit watching him ride my local trails in Yorkshire when you can't buy Mongoose mountain bikes in the UK anymore.
  • + 1
 Akrigg's videos always have that "I struck gold" feeling I used to get whenever a friend gave me a CD with Disorder or random bike videos of Danny Mac back in the days before YouTube existed. Just, gold!
  • + 4
 Wow, even Mongoose cutting back frame sponsorships.
  • + 4
 Why doesn’t mongoose just make a sub brand for their nicer bikes?
  • + 16
 please call it Meerkat
  • + 2
 @underhawk: That's a 2-up riding style on a motorcycle as well
  • + 3
 Chris' skill and flow are second to none, seriously. Ain't no other single rider on the planet which i enjoy seeing more.
  • + 0
 There's maybe one that comes to my mind that has some skills as enjoyable as Chris's, in another "genre" (although they intersect): www.youtube.com/channel/UC6DevRBhdC_8tbqsK3y3uPQ
  • + 1
 Sounds like his tires are at 60psi! Looks like he almost borked his rear wheel around 2:45, but alas it held up! I’d love to know who built those puppies!
  • - 1
 I'm not hating on Mongoose, I would buy one if they had a bike in their catalog that matched what I was looking for at the time, but even Chris couldn't make that 29er look agile. I'm not hating on 29ers either, as I have one that I ride regularly. But if you look at Chris' riding on any other trail/xc edit ("As it Lies" comes to mind) and compare the way the different bikes look in motion and the moves that Chris does, you can really see the difference.
  • + 1
 Daym! I don't even know what my problem is anymore... There isn't anything off limits with his skills. I think I'll just go hang my bike up!
  • + 2
 Haven’t watched a Chris Akrigg video I didn’t like. This was brilliant!
  • + 3
 Impressive. Akrigg have more power than my levo !!!
  • + 1
 great rider but i dont get why you would want to do this on a hard tail without some suspension you are just gonna beat up your wheels /frame and body
  • + 4
 chris in beastmode
  • + 3
 He's always in beastmode! Wink
  • + 1
 love the fact he rides Mongoose bikes, pretty much anyone on here wont even look at...
  • + 1
 I still love my Nugget.
  • + 3
 All that on 2.2 tires.
  • + 2
 New Shimano hub? I can’t hear anything : )
  • + 1
 Bravo. One of my favourite riders! @ 2:55: Amazing is Chris's imagination to tackle a line in this way.
  • + 1
 any idea of the general area this is shot? (city or even state?) looks amazing.
  • + 1
 Ilkley Moor And Skipton (Short Bank Road), both in Yorkshire, England are 2 locations.
  • + 1
 "This is not the XC bike you are looking for."

Reminds me of my last XC Hardtail ride - in my dreams.
  • + 2
 Normal looking bike...then there's that orange fork.
  • + 1
 The only rider in the world who makes uphills looks as exciting as most pro riders make downhills looks. Baffled!
  • + 2
 good bit of offroad bicycling there
  • + 2
 About the only rider I can think of that makes going uphill look fun
  • + 2
 Mr. @chrisakrigg you are the definition of flow.
  • - 1
 @Bungalow-bikes: dear eBike-hater, because only two persons in the world can ride uphill like this (Chris&Danny) eBikes exist.

Awesome riding as ever. Danny vs. Chris playing BIKE would take ages Smile
  • + 0
 That would be a long day!
  • + 2
 And Fabio!!!!
  • + 2
 Never really identified my self as a "eBike-hater" as I'm pretty sure if i was Old, Sponsored or Rich I would probably have one in my quiver, but I must admit it put a smile on my face being called a "eBike-hater" so until one of the above happens to me (most likely Old) i'll stick with being a hater! Smile
  • + 0
 @Bungalow-bikes: E bikes are not quite there yet. Give it five years and they are going to be a serious alternative. In ten years everyone is going to have one... as long as they don't legislate to make them classify as motorbikes.
  • + 1
 Music feels like he was the "Six Million Dollar Man"... doing gnar stuff on xc hardtail.
  • + 2
 It look's like someone's here a bit....INSANE Big Grin ! Great!
  • + 2
 Great edit as usual Chris, thanks
  • + 3
 This is SO RAD!!
  • + 2
 Akrigg -> instant fav'.
  • + 1
 If I where to get a Mongoose would I too be able to flow over an assorted pile of boulders?
  • + 2
 na bro I gotta have at least 160mm of travel.
  • + 1
 Akrigg, just unreal again! I want to give credit for the fitness required to do what he does in addition to the skill.
  • + 3
 Mega!
  • + 1
 Where's the famed Helltrack and Cru Jones?!?!
  • + 1
 Akkers is literally the Stig of mountain biking!
  • + 1
 How come XC race courses aren’t that steep and technical?
  • + 1
 Super nice, that is how I dream mtb
  • + 1
 Man I wish my knees still worked - and my shoulders...
  • + 1
 Did you hear the Stan's burp at 2:43 ??
  • + 1
 Amazing riding. Sweet video too.
  • + 1
 Dang that move at 02:56! Did not see that coming.
  • + 1
 Hands up if we all want to see XCT (cross country trials) Races next year!
  • - 1
 Love the riding! The only thing that is a Tyax Pro 29 in this video is the frame though, looks like every other part has been swapped out.
  • + 2
 I believe they supply him with frames, and other sponsors handle every other part
  • + 1
 bUt TwEnTy NinErS aReNt NiMbLe
  • + 2
 wow
  • + 1
 Dude always looks for the easy line, huh?

/s
  • + 2
 Insane riding
  • + 2
 Chris is a beast!
  • + 2
 wow! insane riding!!!
  • + 1
 He's more Billy Goat than man!
  • + 1
 I'm so glad I live where the trails are fun on their own.
  • + 1
 this dude is so powerful on a bike.
  • + 1
 PURE POWER, CHRIS IS A BEAST!!!! Amazing edit *full stop*
  • + 1
 2.57 wow, what the hell did he just do, watched it bout 10 times, amazing
  • + 1
 Did he ride some of those same trails at the end in Road Bike Party 2?
  • + 1
 Akrigg #makesclimbingexcitingagain
  • + 0
 "Best listen with headphones"
Title: Big Wheels Keep on Turning

Music: ....Not Proud Mary?

Luckily Chris still saves it
  • + 1
 Wow!
  • + 1
 Face Melter
  • + 1
 don't hate
  • + 1
 His videos are the best
  • + 1
 Best soundtrack out.
  • + 0
 MAGAZZA!!! Back flip canyon gap on mongoose!!
  • - 3
 The music made me too anxious to finish the video.
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