Must Watch: Official Highlights from Darkfest 2020

Feb 19, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

An all-star cast of the world's best freeriders gathered in Stellenbosch, South Africa again in 2020 to shred the biggest jumps in the world and change the game yet again. Faster, bigger and longer!


86 Comments

  • 174 1
 All the jumps are cool at Dark fest in the video below but the standout for me is Nico Vink manualing the step down ramp at about what looks to be 80 clicks with the back wheel drifting. Mad c_unt
  • 20 1
 Indeed. That manual, at that height and that speed......sickness!
  • 16 1
 Looks like he's getting along with his new Transition pretty well!
  • 22 1
 Even with all the ridiculous riding here, that manual takes the cake for me
  • 4 0
 Looks just like my backyard jump minus the 50mph 100 footers. Vink steeze master as usual.
  • 1 0
 He's born with a manual.
  • 6 1
 @chyu: manual Trans(m)ition. Wink
  • 2 0
 What's up with a lot of the big dogs missing? Andreu, Nell, Shreda? Lots of big things thrown down but those guys seem to bring a lot of the Big D energy.
  • 2 0
 @cool3: This deserves more upvotes.
  • 58 0
 Brendog landing a jump one-handed is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. Awestruck.
  • 34 3
 You know, I thought the gravity felt a bit higher this last week. Turns out it was the gravitational pull from these dudes huge balls all gathered on the exact opposite side of the planet from me, creating a superdense black hole that sucked the gnarliness of every bike park bro's wet dreams into one location.

Also: The Nico Vink manual made me make unmanly noises whilst at work.
  • 24 0
 Young Mr. Riddle looks like he was blasted out a cannon on a few of those. Well deserved King of Darkness... and big F@$! YEAH to the rest of those guys as well, Fest is one of the coolest things in Dirt.
  • 19 0
 seagrave getting as closer to a 180 whip than any other mtber ever has
  • 2 0
 Dude is RAD, Skate park nibbles AND 100ft senders !!
  • 14 0
 I didn't catch it before, but he's really riding that pink Canyon hard.
  • 165 3
 Almost as hard as I rode your mom's pink canyon...
  • 16 0
 @islandforlife: damn... I dont even know how or if he can come back from that...
  • 5 0
 @islandforlife:

#POWER_FLEX_1000
  • 3 4
 @pkrides: ..... he left the brown one for you !
  • 10 0
 @islandforlife:
I was here for best comments on Pinkbike of 2020 decade.
  • 4 0
 REKD!
  • 1 0
 @Matt115lamb: As long as its your mom's brown one ill be happy
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: just nearly spat my breakfast out. Brilliant!
  • 7 0
 FKNG AMAZING
I'm aproaching my 50's an coming to terms with the realisation that I'll probably never clear Full Moto at Black Mountain Bike Park, then... I watch this an think " I should be hittin Full Moto at Black Mountain Bike Park" :'D
  • 9 0
 JAXSON AS KING OF DARKNESS. WHAT A MAN
  • 3 1
 Yeah boi might be more appropriate considering his age, total weapon
  • 8 0
 Kaos at Rampage when?
  • 6 0
 Andreu..., are you ok??
  • 21 1
 Are you ok Andreu??
  • 3 1
 @pkrides: well played!
  • 2 0
 @dan23dan23: Haha I honestly didn't think anyone was gonna understand it
  • 5 0
 @pkrides: So, Andreu are you ok, are you ok Andreu?
~ Michael Jackson
  • 1 0
 @dan23dan23: I'm impressed!
  • 3 1
 Whatever... but Dark Fest without Lacondeguy? Where is he?
  • 2 0
 @yoobee:
Looks like he's in South America perhaps doing a project. He was slotted to go to Darkfest when they unveiled his signing.
  • 4 0
 Do the riders have to charter special planes back to their home countries to accommodate their MASSIVE balls?
insanity.
  • 7 1
 Brendog for president.
  • 5 0
 Resumes for NASA’s astronaut program
  • 10 6
 So gnarly!! Stoked to have some heavy metal back in the sound track.
  • 7 4
 You mean wannabe 80s hair metal right?
  • 2 2
 It would be great if they could give two or three of the same edit with a different soundtrack. Then you could pick your flavour.
  • 2 0
 @slayerdegnar: whatever you want to call it, I prefer it over last years techno sound track.
  • 2 0
 Wow.
manual, one handed landing, that front rotating bike and person flippy thing at 8:15. And everything else in the video too.
  • 2 0
 And all of a sudden my PS2 game Downhill Domination is not even that crazy..., They knew way back this was going to happen on bikes.....
  • 1 0
 Downhill Domination!
  • 1 0
 I'm curious--is this so scary that they only hit them a few times during the weekend, similar to Rampage, or do they just session them all weekend?
  • 3 0
 session
  • 3 0
 "Dude that was such a big frontie" - ya think???
  • 1 0
 My kid yells at me when I take one and off the handlebar (we use a MacRide) let alone landing a giant jump still holding only one grip.
  • 3 0
 Jaxson laying down the law!!! Can’t wait to see more
  • 2 0
 ------------------------------> NIKO'S MANUAL -----------------------------
  • 2 0
 These drones deliver some amazing footage from all the best angles, props to the pilots!
  • 1 0
 This is such an AMAZING event. Kudos to every person who has the cajones and ability to hit even one of those jumps.....I have no words
  • 1 0
 the only downside to this post is that I have to wait another year for another darkfest highlights video. this venue is always my fav.
  • 2 0
 Camo & Krooked, big bikes on big jumps, mint edit.
  • 3 0
 3;45 biggest whip ever
  • 2 1
 I miss any footage from the, how it seems, only womne, that has been there, CJ Selig?
  • 3 1
 Just saying, not only *dudes*.
  • 1 0
 Yes! Been looking forward to this!
  • 1 0
 Ok, if i MUST WATCH this, I'll do...
  • 1 0
 Fucking amazing! That's all I have, simple, effective and to the point.
  • 1 0
 Holy crap Riddle me not...sick!
  • 1 0
 Dudes, this is massive hard dick. period
  • 1 0
 So bad a$$. Huck fest. So, what tire pressures are they using. Lol.
  • 1 0
 Next level type shit. Let me get my bus pass to the moon!
  • 1 0
 I bet if they keep trying they could go somewhere
  • 1 0
 Well done boyz, love this shit!!!
  • 1 0
 So much potential for some big salmon moves.
  • 1 0
 insanity
  • 1 0
 Holy calamity
  • 1 0
 This looks sick!
  • 1 0
 Nutters
  • 1 0
 We see you Jaxson. Damn
  • 2 3
 no lacondeguy? no sorge? looks more like a audi nines then a fest nowadays... miss the good old fest! Good jumps tho!
  • 1 0
 No ethan nell either? Missing a lot of heavy hitters this year.
  • 1 1
 they would have 15-30% more efficiency clipped in.
  • 7 10
 Not a fan of the music
  • 1 0
 There was music?
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