Video: Sending Big Gaps & Carving Loose Turns in 'The Spirit of Freeride'

Oct 30, 2021
by Niels Pernoux  
Views: 10,607    Faves: 35    Comments: 4


Photography & words // niels pernoux

bigquotesBorn and raised in Alsace, France, I fell in love with the Vosges forest where my passion for mountain biking developed during the last decade. When I'm not riding the Alps, I spend most days riding at home and scouting for remarkable natural sites to create unique trails. For my brother Grégoire 'Greg' and I, trail building is the way to express a vision, develop our own style and share this passion for freeride.

Martin Bachmann, athlete


Greg walking his way up with filming essentials.
It's not a freeride video without a proper roadgap.
You get the theme.

bigquotesWorking with the Bachmann brothers is always a great opportunity to capture their newest move in beautiful scenery. Martin is very focused and demanding with himself to produce the best result possible when riding, and it naturally pushes me on the filming side too. Along with his brother, they form a talented complementary team and I'm happy to promote their work.

Niels Pernoux, filmmaker


bigquotesSandy dirt, steep terrain, remote location. Building and filming on the 360 drop line was challenging to say the least. Luckily, it rained enough to pack the landing and make this jump actually trickable... as long as the takeoff remains dry. Overall, I'm thrilled with how this build turned out.

Grégoire Bachmann, trailbuilder

On set, filming a trickjump in the vosgian underwood.


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34 Comments

  • 12 0
 My type of trail, (most of it anyway) makes me wanna go built something similar.
  • 6 0
 First half of the edit I am saying to myself, "oh this is relatable, he's a normal rider"... 15 seconds later as he flat drops that 360, "oh no, he's on a different level" hahah! Well done to rider and filmer, enjoyable watch!
  • 1 0
 Seems he did it several times to have different angles shot
  • 4 0
 Haha surprise ! Thanks glad you liked it
  • 6 0
 Im impressed that a back flip no hander is relatable lol!
  • 7 0
 Sick trail! Sick vid! All I wanna do is huck!!!
  • 11 0
 Thanks ! In this case, out job is done !!
  • 4 0
 Was not expecting the progression from pretty casual turns to backflip sui on the DH bike! This guy doesn't really throw any easy tricks, does he?
  • 1 0
 Indeed, Martin never takes the easy way haha
  • 5 0
 Freeride lives! awesome video and trail!
  • 1 0
 100%, thanks dude
  • 4 0
 Props to the builder, nice and clean work
  • 1 0
 Thanks ! Definitely a team effort.
  • 3 0
 @nielspernoux: one of the most enjoyable vids in a long time.
  • 1 0
 @themouse77: wow so happy to hear that ! Appreciate it!
  • 2 2
 So I gotta ask: are these legs trails?

I like building trails, I’ve built some under the radar, also gotten grief for doing so. The process of getting permission to build trails is so cumbersome that I think this pushes people to go pirate. Anyhow, nice trails.
  • 2 0
 Agree to that: exactly the same in NZ and probably elsewhere.
  • 2 0
 That suicide no hander was a signature move by Norbs in highschool. Such an old school smooth trick
  • 2 0
 These guys are definitely inspired by the Coastal Crew. Agree.
  • 1 0
 @nielspernoux: fortunately norbs went to my high school so I was able to watch his progression before coastal crew
  • 1 0
 You had me at the screamin eagle sound effect! Shoulda used it for the big slo-mo no-hander gap jump at the end too! Ha ha. Seriously though that was rad. Nice riding indeed!
  • 1 0
 Will do next time ! Thanks man
  • 1 0
 For sure, Bachmann have the Spirit of Freeride. Simple and effective video while being neat, good level of ride, perfect and well done.
  • 2 0
 I would crap myself trying to hit big booters like that.
  • 2 0
 Nice trail work and awesome riding! More bike noises would be cool
  • 1 0
 Me who was happy to jump this step up, he does flip nohand on it ......................... Congratulations top video
  • 2 0
 I wanna see the outtakes, hahaha, probably none but still.
  • 2 0
 Great work man. Riding was on point.
  • 2 0
 Flip sui ! sick riding, filming and builds. Place looks so fun.
  • 2 0
 Sublime!
  • 2 0
 Freeride ain’t dead
  • 1 0
 Magnifique les gars! Bien joué ! Freeride rules!
  • 1 0
 Merci man ! A fond !
  • 1 0
 Good one!!

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