Video: Sketchy Bike Park Shredding on a BMX

Oct 23, 2019
by Jelle Beenker  
Views: 13,714    Faves: 20    Comments: 3


Hey everyone,

My name is Jelle and I am a Dutch-born and raised BMX rider. Where I grew up we did not (and still don't) have mountains. When I started riding skateparks were also not yet in the making, so the only option my friends and I had, was to hit the streets.

Fast forwards about 14 years and I'm still riding BMX, but I am now living In Austria between the mountains of Kaprun and Zell am Zee. I moved here because, over the years I have turned into a competitive snowboarder and for that you need mountains. Rather than moving back and forth every half year I decided to build up a new life here and send it as hard as I can during the winter months. Then summer rolled around and here I was, a bmx bike, friends who all ride mountain bikes and no snow on the hills to go ride my piece of wood on.

My friends obviously know how much I love riding my bike, and they kept pushing and inviting me to make the change to MTB. By the third week of summer, I was so eager to experience this type of riding that I spent all the holiday money I had on renting a bike for some days and it was one of the best decisions I made. Riding MTB during the day was perfect to combine with BMX at night and I wanted more, much more.

Unfortunately, I was out of spendable money and I did not want to try my luck with the lottery. So I went back to riding my BMX as usual. Most of the summer passed with me trying to find an affordable mountain bike, but I had no luck. Don't get me wrong, all my friends kept their eyes and ears open for me, but the bikes just did not seem to choose me. My craving for that feeling you get when you blast down a trail was growing stronger every day. So at one point I decided, I'm going to go, even if I have to do it on my BMX. I knew it was a bad idea and my friends definitely reminded me of that. Nonetheless, I could not contain myself and I hit up Lori, because If I am going to go forward with a bad idea, it might as well all be on film.

And there you have it, a Dutchman lost in the Austrian alps on a tiny bike with no suspension and one dodgy brake. No bikes were harmed during the filming of this edit. There are no regrets, only goals for next summer. I want to get me a full-sized bike and send it even harder!


83 Comments

  • 45 0
 This must be the definition of resisting current *big wheels long bikes* trends.
  • 13 0
 I think he was on the 22" wagon wheels
  • 2 0
 @Floho * big wheels long bikes More Travel
  • 18 0
 @Steventux: Those were 20 inch rims with 2,35 street tires on them.

If anyone is interested on the geo and all the non tech on my bike i can do a bike check Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @JelleBeenker: Send me a note of size, and specs and I'll see what I can find for you!
  • 22 0
 Buddy rethought his life a little bit as he entered his first rooty tech section!
  • 18 0
 Dude, I was rethinking everything all the time. And yet, I want to make a bigger part next summer Drool
  • 1 2
 @JelleBeenker: if you find a good deal on a 24 inch bmx even if it’s a race bike you may have a better time with the bmx at a bike park.

As for used mtbs you may be able to piece something together for a good price if any of your friends can help you out with any parts they may have laying around. Especially if you don’t mind 26 inch wheels. Seems a few really good deals on 26 bikes lately.

If I still had my 24 inch race bike or my ghetto ass DJ bike I’d send you one just to watch the hilarity. Non suspension adjusted 26 inch fork on a DJ frame with bmx race bars. Thing was disgusting but fun, kinda sketchy though turns waaaay too fast.
  • 8 1
 If you grew up in the 1980s, you know you just can't get that "BMX style" with a long bike. I'm 6'1" and ride a medium Banshee Paradox V2 with 800mm high rise bars and plenty of air in my fork and tires. All smiles. (That said, I'm a father who only has time for 60 minute sessions on my favorite jumps. I arrive home after trying my best, sometimes with a few good skate tatoos.)
  • 4 0
 But do you bloody love It? Because that's all that really matters at the end of the day. Doesn't matter what bike you ride to do what kind of riding, as long as you love it. Sometimes riding the "wrong" kind of bike makes it more fun.
  • 11 0
 I'm 48 and come home from my local with bleeding shins all the time because the damn kids keep making cool jumps and I keep trying to hit them on my 29er hardtail. Wink

No matter how many times I tell myself that it's not a BMX and it's not 1984, it does not work.....
  • 7 0
 Journey down to Queenstown. Remy Morton and the TTR boys can be a terrible influence on you
  • 2 0
 I'm always down to having someone give me bad infuence Cool
  • 6 1
 I have this discussion with my son and his buddies occasionally about how much suspension one needs to send it properly. I tell them you don't need no stinking millimeters just skills. This young man proves my point.
  • 8 1
 Sounds like a bad idea. Looks like it too.
  • 10 7
 This is what I imagine hitting Garbanzo on a trending Down Country bike would be like. The only question would be how many teeth would you lose before you lose your water bottles.
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I hit top of the world and Garbo zone with my downcountry hightower. No problems.
  • 5 0
 Felt like it too.
  • 1 0
 @jeffsworks: and i do GBZ on a Scooter^^
  • 4 0
 Damn, my hands hurt just watching this dude.. I could see riding these trails on a slopestyle bike being hella fun, without killing your body for some views. Obviously a pretty solid rider however!
  • 3 0
 For all you youngsters, the BMX bike was all we had when I started riding trails in the seventies, trails were mostly hiking and jeep roads, we rode fast, and we crashed a lot, it was all we knew. We were riding trails out of a horse farm off Hwy 9, we'd ride up Hwy 9 from Saratoga, cut through the farm, and then ride down for miles, the trails are gone now, but it was around Table Mountain. We also ride the shite outta Calabasas back before it had a racetrack and all that nonsense, guys like Hugo were doing early tricks like 360's and flat tops, man BMX was so fun ... until you factor in their wee wheels as we grew into big guys Wink

My fav bike was a Redline 76' Squareback, traded my 78' Pro model to get one used, it was "the bike" to have back then, along with a lay back post, tuff wheels or these aluminum mags, cranks were a dime a dozen, we'd break them doing loading dock drops, also don't forget pegs you could make from Bendix hub internals. Man, those were the days, poprocks, smoking weed that was still waaay illegal, sneaking the occasional beer., too much fun, surprised I survived.
  • 1 0
 The new John Nicholas Trail in that area would be a blast on a BMX! Did it on a clunker, nothin but a big fukin grin.
  • 1 0
 BMX fashion everywhere: So much yellow, so much mesh!
  • 4 0
 Kids in the video are agreeing that they cannot hit this just with their LOW travel 29er.....guys rides by and takes said jump on his NO travel 20er.
  • 3 11
flag wildedge586 (Oct 23, 2019 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 These tracks are all in Saalbach and not known for sketchiness, except big brake bumps. Milka line and hacklberg were ridden by my girlfriend with 2 years mtb experience on a 26 hardtail with decent speed. Honestly not really impressed knowing his competitive snowboard background. Meh
  • 4 0
 Siiick. Makes me think about what it'd be like to send my Fourplay down our local jump trail. I have elbow pads so should be ok?
  • 6 0
 This looks miserably fun.
  • 6 0
 Or funnily miserable.
  • 5 0
 Both, definitely both.
  • 4 0
 You should watch Sam Baskett (Basket Case).
He's been riding BMX's on MTB trails for ages.
  • 1 0
 Looks rough, but if a BMX bike is what you're used to, it's probably not too horrible. Good job riding. I bet if you add some front brakes, it would a add a ton to your control and make this a much more enjoyable trail for you.
  • 1 0
 Oh, that's cool. I had done some trail riding on my BMX back in the days. I feel your hurting hands, my'n hurt well into the next day. Its more of a challenge then pure enjoyment. Plus tires, dual sus for MTBMX? The kids will love that Smile
  • 3 0
 You need a Answer Profork on that bike.Do they still even make that fork anymore?
  • 1 0
 I friend has a mint one in a parts bin still. I never had one. However, worked in a BMX shop back in the day when those were 'in' and we sold and installed many Proforks. On the flip side, we sold a few Kastan uniblade forks when they were hot...think BMX version of a Cannondale Lefty.
  • 4 4
 You seem to be doing great but if you're going to splash your money on gear I'd say go with some more protection too. You don't want to mess up your snowboard season because of a mountainbike crash. And obviously these protectors may come handy for snowboarding too. As said, you're doing more than decent on a bike like that and on a trail like this you can probably get away with one of these horribly outdated (and incredibly fun) 4X bikes. Ik zeg maar zo: Op 'n ouwe fiets moe je 't leren. Maar doe 't wel veilig. Houdoe!
  • 15 17
 Vinay - he has a helmet and knee guards. I said it multiple times here, if someone is so concerned about crashing, they should not ride a mountain bike, it’s not a sport for them. If you feel you need to pad all the way up for mellow flow trails change hobby because not only a big piece of your attention is submitted to fear of crashing, making you ride in the state of constant hesitation, which greatly increases risk of crashing and sustaining serious injuries. It also makes it impossible for you to progress, which in turn makes you ride for years and years ending up in a situation where almost any kid with a bit of talent will completely outride you in every possible way after only a year of riding. And such encounter will weigh on you, further hindering your progress, unless you are some sort of a sociopath. All the wretch but no vomit. Shift your focus from what if I crash, to I want to have fun making it. Padding up has mental consequences. It just has. It is no wonder world’s best downhillers and freeriders keep them to the minimum. The problem is not “I would never hit that thing without upper body armor” it is “i would not hit it at all, no matter what, “I would not hit a jump like Crabapple even if there was a bloody giant air madrass at the bottom”. That is the reality.

This lad is jumping in a concrete park, his wrists and ankles are taking horrific beating, , if he goes to BMX race track he is at risk of snapping his spine or neck at any moment, and you worry about skin tissue on his elbow, come on...
  • 4 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Wearing protection has mental consequences? What?
  • 6 7
 @InGoodFaith: it has consequences for you mental game on the bike. So make sure you play it right. Be careful with being careful. I remember very well when some bloke in the crowd during a bike show said: I would never do a backflip without a fullface helmet... n n n n no no no my friend, this sentence was over for you after the word “backflip”. Another advice of a single one person who’s never been “there” to how to behave when you’re there to folks who are there all the time with other folks who are there all the time.
  • 6 0
 @InGoodFaith: I think he's making the point that if crashing is the first thing on your mind while riding you are actually more likely to crash. This anxiety brings the desire to put on a stormtrooper suit for protection but the fear of crashing still remains in the mind and subconscious mind.

If you mind is focused on crashing, it's likely you will. Kind of like if you don't want to hit that tree on the side of the trail don't look at the tree.
  • 1 0
 @InGoodFaith: If you're that worried things like crashing or equipment, you'll ride tight, instead of loose and relaxed, and hesitate at exactly the wrong time and in the wrong places. This is as much of a mental game as it is a physical one.
  • 10 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm guessing your not a father. I wear back protection and a neck brace on any shuttle ride or bike park lap. I do that for my kids and wife who count on me for a lot of things.
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You're putting it in a different context than how I intended it. What I meant to say is the guy doesn't need a big travel bike for what he's doing with the skills he already has. The BMX is clearly inadequate (especially as it is near impossible to find good tires for loose dirt, brakes and suspension seem less of an issue for him) but I think a 4X bike would be just fine. The suggestion for protection was mostly because his goal is to do well as pro snowboarder so it would be a bummer (and not easy to sell to your sponsors if any) to be out with injury due to a different sport. I don't recall myself posing this suggestion to someone else who completely threw his or her life upside down to move to another country to try and make it in a competitive sport.

Apparently some minds work different from others but I never realized people's minds would become occupied with crashing when they start using protection. People using the seat belts in their cars don't necessarily have their minds on "Oh I see a tree. Mental note, don't crash into that tree. I said DON'T crash into that tree". To me personally I feel it works the other way. For instance on my local gravely pumptrack there is this narrow bump after this berm which aren't nicely aligned. If I go fast and hit the berm high, I often slide off the side of that bump and smash myself into it. I can absorb that with my hand or elbow, both ways hurt. I can stay low in that berm but as that is where most of the loose gravel is I may still slide out and hit that next bump too wide with the same outcome. Or I'd chicken out and just roll past that bump and end up in the grass where I loose all my speed. So I found myself riding that section slower. Eventually I just started putting on my elbow pads whenever I went there and used those to absorb the hits. I'd still crash but at least I weren't avoiding them anymore.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: thanks for the concerns dude. I do also wear my backprotector when I'm out on the trails. It was a fun project to make, but Indeed dont want to get hurt. The only reason for my lack of elbow pads is that I dont have them and find them unnecessary for normal bmx riding.

@WAKIdesigns and all the others in the protection debate. Yes I chose to ride mostly geared up. Not because im scared to crash, but because the probability of me crashing is really high. I have come to know myself after these few years on a tiny bike. My reasoning is this. I only do what I truly believe I can do. but yet, I know there are risks to the sport and I want to do it as long as my body allows it. If i would not do it without gear. I wont do it with gear. Mr. Waki's example of the guy whod only backflip with a fullface helmet is very relevant. If you wont do it naked. dont do it at all.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: what if he was like really really good looking.
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 @dwmetalfab: wrong about kids, and I don’t care what you wear, I care what people tell others about what to wear, because I rarely hear people giving tips to other people like: learn to corner before you go to a bikepark, can you squash and boost any jump? If you can’t don’t go. How much skill practice do you actually do? I hope you can bunnyhop to at least half of a meter? If you do care about your family I hope you can visualize a jump, see yourself landing it. Can you whip a bit? It is extremely important to be able to whip before you go riding to a bike park. If it gets windy your bike will get off the axis, you must be comfortable with landing off the line you consider as optimal. So...

BTW I took my 7yr daughter riding and she broke her arm. She flew 3-4 meters and crashed. Oh well... it would be so much more moral if she broke it on the playground but her reckless father and his complexes...
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Coincidence, first time I took my daughter on a mountainbike ride (six years old at the time) she crashed on a descend and broke her finger. She wasn't supposed to ride down that rooty and descend but she failed to brake just before that and rolled down. I was actually impressed she made it past the roots and only crashed near the bottom as she couldn't make that turn at that speed and also caught some air. Girlfriend wasn't too happy when we returned home but my daughter immediately started browsing my mountainbike magazines to see how it is done.
  • 3 0
 So cool, reminds me of what we used to do before MTBs. ( Circa 1980) LOL
  • 3 0
 I'm hoping at least one his friends sang "I don't think you're ready, for this Jelle.." at the top of the trail.
  • 3 0
 Damn, looks like hes riding street tires at street psi. Would have been way more fun with dirt tires at lower psi.
  • 3 0
 Street tires at about 35 psi. Usually I ride at about 50 psi. I wanted to ride a bit lower, but I also really didnt want to risk getting a snakebite
  • 2 0
 Reminds me of when i was 13 when i first went to Bromont, on a bmx . I only lasted 2 runs after renting a nice stinky deluxe , good ol days
  • 3 0
 Best video that I’ve seen in a while! Skills beat equipment every time! Ha! BMX is the core.
  • 2 0
 Oh man that looked painful and fun at the same time!

This made me want to go out and crash, I mean ride my bike lol!

Thanks dude Smile
  • 3 0
 how are your fillings now?
  • 3 0
 Saving up for some new ones Razz
  • 1 0
 Oh dude, I feel your pain. I once did the Cheakamus Challenge on my BMX and guess what? It sucked. Barspins during the race start were pretty fun though.
  • 2 0
 And people said I was nuts for going XC riding on a bmx bike....god damn bike park glory.
  • 1 0
 I had to stop because I was laughing so hard ... went just as I thought HOWEVER that first hit and the wipeout had me dying! Good shit man!
  • 2 0
 Whelp, that was pretty much terrifying. Well done, @JelleBeenker, you f*cking maniac!
  • 2 0
 Loose! Must send it on his mountain bike.
  • 2 0
 total LAD !!! rode it brakeless too
  • 2 0
 Nah, I put a rimbrake on the back wheel just to be safe. The problem with silicone pads is that they don't work when wet Facepalm
  • 1 0
 I often wondered about riding my local DH trails on a BMX, now I know not to bother, I'd die Smile
  • 7 6
 If someone would ask me whether it is possible to get a concussion without crashing I would show them this video Big Grin
  • 2 1
 Proof, you don't need to buy the latest, longest and slackest full susser every year to be able to ride. Just ride!
  • 3 0
 That was hanging on with a turd in his pants not 'riding' He must shred well though.
  • 6 0
 @crazy9: That brown stuff was mud, I SWEAR Big Grin
  • 2 0
 My everything hurts just from watching that.
  • 1 0
 The thought of hitting brake bumps at speed on BMX makes my hands hurt just thinking about it.
  • 2 0
 Bro, buy a mountain bike.
  • 4 0
 Im saving up man, At the moment I can probably afford, a valve
  • 1 0
 Flashback to 1980 for me....though we had grippier tires. Our pedals broke weekly though.
  • 2 0
 Better tires and he would've amazing.
  • 1 0
 So Jelle! Dope handling skills. You are gonna slay when you get a proper trail bike.
  • 3 0
 epic video
  • 2 0
 Awesome stuff. Ride on whatever you’ve got and enjoy it!
  • 1 2
 If you want to say we’re all a bunch of pussy’s for riding Mtbs?
Then a set if knobbly tires on ya kids bike would of done the trick. tup
  • 1 0
 Godverdomme Jelle pas op. Is veel te gevaarlijk met maar 1 rem
  • 1 0
 Really impressive. But, it doesn't look like very much fun.
  • 2 0
 Awesome!
  • 1 0
 Guess we all have our definitions of "shredding"
  • 1 0
 Trix R 4 Kids!!

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