Photographer : Christophe Bortels
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Photographer : Christophe Bortels

644 Comments

  • 143 35
 Yeaaaahhh . Downhill is the best !! agrrrrresive style !!! Big Grin PoD
  • 568 30
 amazing skills!! or probably he's just laying on his elbow
  • 86 143
flag eduruge (Jan 11, 2009 at 10:08) (Below Threshold)
 omg this is going to be pod very very soon ¡
  • 49 28
 HAHA trop genre Big Grin super bien la photo! Smile et j'adore ceux qui pensent que c'est vrai :p
  • 365 20
 he has clearly got his elbow on the ground and there is no compression on his forks
  • 39 86
flag nete (Jan 11, 2009 at 10:18) (Below Threshold)
 wow! great skills!
  • 29 86
flag jammyboy366 (Jan 11, 2009 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 POD within the week?
  • 259 8
 Thats right, it takes great skill to be able to hold you and your bikes weight on one elbow!
  • 17 66
flag WildPig (Jan 11, 2009 at 15:34) (Below Threshold)
 that is realy low hhhh, I bet that is maximum
  • 47 6
 Also, looks like someone splashed some snow on him for effect. Posed! Oh, and the sloppy tire mark in the dirt looks as if he drifted into it in a perfect 2-wheel drift.
  • 13 35
flag brooce (Jan 12, 2009 at 11:22) (Below Threshold)
 WOW, you'd better watch out 'cause you can easly put bar in soil and fall down, sick turn, POD!
  • 86 11
 its fake. his fork isn't even compressed.
  • 29 3
 Just about to say that. also his arm is resting on the ground.
  • 49 8
 that troy lee outfit looks like a pijama
  • 16 13
 it looks like a pejama but i wish i had one!
  • 21 110
flag fatsir (Jan 13, 2009 at 18:13) (Below Threshold)
 the tires arent moving you idiots if they were they would be a blur or they would look like they have no tread
  • 6 3
 gotta love this pic
  • 31 21
 its obviously fake but stil a sick picture
  • 8 5
 he might be movin slow but this was a set up pic just knowin hes goin to washout at the end
  • 20 13
 there is snow spray so it might not be faked
  • 9 0
 yea i figured but i dont think that he ever planned on making it out
  • 8 5
 That's becouse the photographer said SMILE!
  • 12 2
 My reply is posted on wrong place sorry
  • 32 44
flag fugrus (Jan 15, 2009 at 8:30) (Below Threshold)
 there is no compresion on the fork due to his weight position on the bik if all u folk who think its fake spent more time riding at less tim postin shit then ud relise this thru ur ridin. also how dould the snow be thrown if it came directly from the ground think about it
  • 19 14
 Unfortunately your wrong, as you can see that his arm is sunk into the snow.
  • 68 12
 Retard. Check YOUR spelling first. The snow that his elbow looks to be sunk into is infront of his elbow. If all the people who are saying this is fake just look down the comments, the photographer admits that the rider crashed, and i would like to state that there is a difference between crashing and faking. This deserves to be POD, a perfect combination of a rider pushing it to the limit (and beyond) and some great photography skills.
POD
  • 7 2
 Also like another user has noticed, there is a considerable amount of snow spray.
  • 10 16
flag Cosmossss (Jan 15, 2009 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 I apologise if you were offended by my spelling mistake. but to be honest i couldnt care less if this were faked or not.
  • 12 18
flag fatsir (Jan 15, 2009 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 yea props to the rider but i can bet you anything this was setup. so it donesnt deserve pod
  • 116 57
 i scrolled all the way down here reading your comments and i forgot what the picture was. shit. oh okay. ITS NOT FAKE. clearyl his arm is either in the snow or there is pile of snow right infront of it ? hmm thast could be it also. if someone thru the snow i highly doubt that it would be all in the same area . Of cousre it loks like his tires arent moving its called technolgy. you can take picture like this now. (that was for fatsir) Theres no compression becasue he is clearly just turning in. i bet you if there was another pic you will start to see compression. oh and all those bull shit smileing things . CMON who doesnt like to smile riding. Maybe just maybe hes having fun. huh ever think about that. I dont care if you think this shouldnt be pod becasue it is a 'fix' this deserves to be POD. thats right it does. even if it is a fake its a pretty dam good fake. Go ahead that little red arrow press it .
  • 54 23
 i think its funny that you wrote an essay for this pic
  • 14 12
 lol ya i went on a rant big deal. i also went riding right after that tho. lol thnak god for bcs million biking locations
  • 13 9
 alrighty there
  • 8 7
 THANK YOU
  • 6 0
 guys he tried =)
  • 8 10
 Its Clearly a crash, all you who say its Fake are idiots.. like Ch'mon! look at his left hand, its about letting go, and you can see the white snow by the front tire where he is slipping out.... FRICK!
  • 5 1
 very nice pod .... ;P
  • 23 1
 scottrallye... just give it a rest. you have commented over 40 times on how you are convinced this is a fake. nobody cares what you think 40 times. you have an opinion. you voiced it. now STFU. oh yea and stop mocking people with comments like "has clearly never ridden a bike" and "If you've ever ridden a bike on anything gnarlier that a bike path..."

look people dont come on here to get shit like that from you...
no doubt ive provoked a very opinionated reply from you.
  • 19 10
 WTF, why this pic got POD? Its obviously fake. The lack of fork compression is enough. Centrifugal force has to have huge value in order to keep the rider vertical (or nearly vertical) and this requires FULL (or nearly full) fork compression. U can't make it without it. To all of you who say its real, maybe u should go back and learn some maths and physics elementary school?
  • 12 3
 Yea, ok, ok. And why are his eyes looking EXACTLY into the camera? When you ride you look forward to your trajectory, so the only way is if photograther sitting on his way. But he is even smiling)))) HAve you ever smiled while crashing? Just fake...
  • 4 5
 That happens sometimes man.
  • 6 1
 I thought that Santa uses sleigh xDD
  • 5 1
 and if you look to the peices of snow in the air, there heading toward him, someone prolly kicked snow at him
  • 3 4
 NiceSmile POD!:P
  • 5 5
 "h4voc", maybe u should go back and learn some basic english, hes horizontal, not vertical
  • 3 0
 That looks sick! but surly he must be bailing o a ps, is that even possible ?
  • 18 3
 sorry, i dont think this should be pod.. you can tell it is fake because 1 there is absolutely no compression of the fork 2 he has a monster grin on his face, you smile while riding but you concentrate a hell of alot when pinning 3 the snow is all in front of him, nothing behind him 4 that is extremely low to be railing on snow. i know im gunna get neg. props but...
  • 10 7
 Who cares if hes faking or not? it looks good...... Big Grin
  • 7 5
 All of the above useless "fake" comments could have been avoided by scrolling down and reading. Granted that would require a lot of you to pull your heads out of your ass. Who cares if it's fake? We all ride bikes. Controversial POD today, respect.
  • 6 1
 I dont think this was a staged photo, he isnt just laying there on his elbow . if you look you can see where his elbow has dragged through the snow, the snow in the air wasnt kicked there by sumone off camera, its cleary comim off the tire .although i believe this real, i think its safe to say he didnt recover from that angle. infact this pic i would consider to be a crash , if you look behind the front tire, there is a tire mark which tells me that the tire is slidding out on him . none the less, great picture .
  • 4 7
 Read down. Not fake, crash. Idiot.
  • 2 3
 recless, what did i just get through saying?? its not a fake, its a crash . you should read up before you start shit talkin
  • 4 1
 thats a sick picture
  • 5 1
 people are saying its fake? who wants to explain the snow flying off the tires?
  • 2 6
flag carsonfire (Jan 25, 2009 at 7:26) (Below Threshold)
 Hes going down that way to low for the berm to handle. but sweet pic
  • 2 6
flag nocco6622 (Jan 25, 2009 at 7:40) (Below Threshold)
 k so the verdict is he is laying on his elbow and some1 splashed some snow for effect
  • 5 1
 nocco6622, u can throw the snow in, if u notice, its coming off the wheels... and the position is just too relaxed to be lying on his elbow. he looks like he's riding, u cant fake this one...
  • 7 2
 Fake or not, it's a sweet photo
  • 3 5
 its fake! both his brakes are pulled in and look at the smile in his face!! if it was real why would he be breaking on the burm and why would he be smiling?
  • 2 3
 u dont smile when u ride? that means nothing. and ur allowed to brake when ur riding eh...
  • 3 4
 fake looking at the camera not at the trail!
  • 2 1
 definitely NOT fake. he may not have made it out of the turn and photo was prob taken as he was going down which is why he is clenching the brakes and his elbow is really low. all you little 12 year olds saying this aint real, you really need to learn how to STFU!
  • 3 2
 Yes this is a controversial pod but I personally believe that he is laying on his elbow, 1.) He is Staring straight at the camera 2.) He is smiling (yes you can smile when you ride I know I'm not a dumbass it is possible to smile while you ride) wouldn't you think that you would be concentrating when you are railing a berm, I mean look at Sam Hills face, plus who smiles when they crash? Even if it is a berm it still hurts a bit to fall, especially when you aren't looking where you are going but instead at the camera?. 3.) No fork compression at all.

So I'm either going with a fake or, as the photo taker said below, It was a set up and he wanted him to get more angle...
  • 9 3
 fake, not fake; i dont give a f*ck. good picture, and worthy pod.

Wage Peace, Not War.
  • 4 1
 you know what dj-jon, i agree with you. it is a sick picture.
  • 8 13
flag bigbiiker (Jan 25, 2009 at 9:23) (Below Threshold)
 ITS NOT FAKE THE PHOTOGRAPHER ADMITED HE CRASHES!!! LIKE OMG PPL
  • 3 0
 Its really not fake, read bortels's comments.
  • 3 0
 It's not fake! No one could hold that position on his elbow. If they were throwing snow for effect, it would be clumped, you can tell that snow is wet! Brakes are pulled in because that's an instinctive reaction when you are about to crash. Fork is not compressed because he is passed the apex of the turn. He's smiling because it's hella fun, and he's pinning!
  • 2 0
 also his chin strap is not hanging towards the ground, neither are his shoe laces.
  • 0 7
flag waxyfeet (Jan 25, 2009 at 11:39) (Below Threshold)
 It's a fake, because of this
img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/sup3rc0w/Picture1-1.png

Check out the smily on his face Wink
Great pic regardless
  • 5 0
 cause he is smiling its fake?
  • 1 3
 C'mon mate, look at his face and tell me hes not posing?
Yea everyone just pins it around a corner like that, with a big smile on his face, looking the Photog in the eye/lens
  • 4 0
 I don't really think it matters, but I still disagree. If the smile is your evidence, I'd like to see you support all your weight on your elbow in that position, with feet on your pedals and then smile like all is good. His eyes at the camera is all about where the photog was, he's prolly looking right through him! I sometimes grin when I'm about to eat it, in an "OH SHEE-IT!!" kinda way...
  • 5 0
 Nice. It's an obvious crash but shows total commitment from the rider. And obviously the fork isn't compressed because once the tyres slide out the weight is removed and the fork rebounds. I don't think he's smiling. He's gritting his teeth which most people do when bracing for an impact or are riding hard. And I think the photographer got lucky and just caught him looking into the lens. The snow wouldn't be solid enough for him to hold his and his bikes weight on such a small point as his elbow. It would sink into the snow. And then there's the snow spray. Give people the benefit of the doubt.
  • 4 2
 DOESNT MATTER.. all that matters is hes smiling.. lol
  • 3 2
 Course he's moving!
Fast shutter speed = no blur.
You cant really tell how much fork compression there is from this anyways.

And the spray obviously shows he was moving
  • 3 5
 What a Troy Lee whore!
  • 5 1
 maybe....hes sponserd by troy lee?
  • 6 2
 by far the most contraversal pod ever.
  • 4 0
 I don't care if its fake or real. its still a really cool picture.
  • 1 0
 everyone who doesn't think this pic is real, LOOK AT HIS TIRE AND PANTS, the snow is coming from his tire and kicking up. You could say "someone is just throwing it in front of him, then taking it." But... there is no snow coming from the side of the berm only the tire. hope this settles you're ridiculous accusations.
  • 2 0
 i believe he did crash, but not absolutely pinning it. i think he slid along (you can see the front tyre mark) and fell on his side. if he was absolutely pinning it, then there would be a blow out or wash out, wouldnt there be?? i think so at least..
  • 3 2
 your stupid its real and another thing if you dont have fun and smilin when bikin maybe you should quit
  • 4 3
 I suggest before calling anyone stupid, you should check your spelling and grammar.
  • 2 2
 There wouldnt be tyre marks if it was frozen would there .. JEEZUZ
  • 2 1
 + If you took the time to check out his album you'd see there's no reason for him to fake somthing like this
  • 3 0
 im sayin its real this guy just knows how to rip
  • 3 0
 That was at the other dude lol Razz
  • 1 1
 ok coolio
  • 2 1
 FATSSIIIRRRR, okay now that i have your attention man you have no life. you just changed your complete beliefs on this pic
  • 1 2
 yea cause i was stupid and i know it and looked at the other pics too this guy can rip
  • 1 1
 theres only one other pic of him, here
  • 0 1
 sd52bad-Tires DO make tire marks in snow/frozen ground lol
as you can clearly see behind his front tire
  • 0 1
 Obviously it depends how frozen it is. But i didn't see that IMO thats proof that this was shot right before a crash. Cos that looks like hes skidding off to me
  • 1 1
 nah dont really matter how frozen it is, your still gonna leave marks, especially if there is snow, and it wouldnt be a crash
  • 1 1
 Course its a crash. His fronts going off the berm and his arms on the floor
  • 1 2
 or he layed his bike down and made a mark and then rested on his elbow?
  • 0 2
 Obviously .. Rolleyes
  • 0 1
 uh hu
  • 0 0
 smile!!!
  • 0 1
 It's not fake!!!!!! but It's a crash... We saw that!!!!
  • 1 1
 sorry but if you think that its fake because his elbow is on the ground think about this.. if you look at the ground under the tires its WET.. so if his elbow was in the snow it would be sinking in the ground and wouldnt look right ( if it was a fake ).
  • 1 0
 that's not a fake. look at the snow throwed by the tires.
  • 0 0
 Ok i ride in the snow and my tires dont throw that much snow.. they obviously had som who tossed it
  • 1 1
 OK... Everbody Farking stop trying to be Grissolm from CS-farking-I and put this thing to bed! The POD is over a month old now and you guys are still bloody debating a lost cause... no one well ever agree so leave it alone already! I am so tired of this turning up in my dashboard!
  • 1 0
 idc, i say we keep arguing! yay
  • 0 1
 i think he is lying on his elbow because his forks arent compressed at all, and to get that low on a berm you have to be going fast so i'd expect to see some compression
  • 2 0
 Me, I think dat it's not important... We don't care! Smile
  • 0 0
 did he crash after or what
  • 1 0
 Yeah he did.
  • 1 0
 this shit is fake....for picture purpose only...either that or he is crashing.
  • 2 0
 the picture was taken right before he crashed.
  • 1 0
 i reckon its real coz he vo wouldnt be able to hole the weight of his bike and his body on his shoulder on soft snow
  • 3 1
 how can you say its fake. im mx i can ride around a burm and you can have the bars and your elbow touching the ground while riding.
this is 100% possible
  • 1 1
 if its fake can anyone explain all the snow flying off his wheel?
  • 2 0
 Facepalm my god, your honestly still debating it? its been settled for over a year...
  • 1 0
 holly cow
  • 1 0
 solide photo... Lol if he crashed seconds after, a bummer, but funny considering the determination in his eyes...Snow always gets the unexpecting...
  • 14 2
 when will finally be the pic of the two guys who died a pod?!?!? i mean..pinkbike, show some respect. this picture is great, but if he would really be riding so fast, his suspension would be bottomed out, so hes probably just laying in the snow. the pic with those two riders should be pod like a freaking week ago!!!! i dont care about the negative props, here i come.
  • 3 1
 thank you. it seems like the only pics that are pod is when lots of people say pod. im ashamed of you pinkbike.
  • 0 1
 Haha, numb skulls, Why would you try and pose a picture? hmm... Well if you actually looked at the picture, you could see the bright white line of fresh snow where the front tire was sliding out and maybe he crashed... Hmmm yeah...
  • 0 0
 i never said he posed for it tanto. id say more like photoshop
  • 14 3
 looks posed to me. the fork isn't compressed at all, the snow flying up is in front of the front wheel, theres no roost coming off either tire for such apparent speed, it looks like his rear brake is on(but that could be the angle of view), the front tire seems otherwise very clean to be shooting up snow in the front like that, and his elbow is to the ground, which for such a deep turn- there would be more visual information of such "trajectory". my sincere apologies if i am wrong, i will look at the album it came from, but if i am right then i feel i have the right to say that posing photos like this should be left to apparel catalogues, not mtn bike sites.
  • 5 0
 wow, this pic has set off some proper inane and pointless arguements!! I understand why people might think its posed/fake, no fork compression, elbow on the ground, tyres not moving etc etc, but all those things can be explained too. He was leaning back, he's just about to crash, the camera used must have beed a good one with fast shutter speed etc etc. Besides, the photogropher does state that the rider drifted and crashed.

To be honest, i don't think it really matters. To me, It's just a great pic. Smile
  • 4 0
 I have another theory:

The pic is real! But when it happens, I mean, when nico made that really sick turn, with his elbow just stuck in the ground, the photografer was caught on surprise and he couldnt belive that was real.... it was such a amaizing movement that he lost his breath and took the shot!!! So he said to Nico: "hey man... it was wounderfull, but i miss the pic... could you do it again???.... Nico Said: " no f*cking way man!!!! i've just lost my elbow and ate snow, grass and everything that come in mey way...."
the photografer thought to hinself for a while.... a said: HAAAAAAAÁÁÁÁ.... i have a idea.. lets make a stage action pic!!!!
the guys made the picture, went home happy, posted it on pinkbike and now they are reading all this bullsh8it and laughing at our faces....
  • 4 1
 HELL NO!! its not fake, look at the pixels and tire mark from the front on the snow, look at the right knee! Look at the shadow on the helmet! save it and zoom it! Who will wanna spend time and photshop the foto just to post on the NET.. Come on, stop the madness kidz *LOL*
  • 4 1
 It's fake because of:
1 Tires not spinning 2 No compression on the fork 3 Holding onto the brakes 4 Elbow in the ground 5 Snow was kicked into the picture 6 He's staring at the camera

1&3 are related: Generally when you hold onto the brakes, your tires stop spinning. +1 to you. Why he's holding the brakes? Natural instinct when you're about to crash(OH HEY, the photographer said he crashed) 2 There's no compression because he's coming close to the end of the berm 3 Explained 4 There's a pile of snow before his elbow in the picture. You can't support your bike like that 5 FROM WHERE? The snow is going up into the air from the tire hitting the berm. L2Play. Finally, 6 He's staring PAST the camera not AT it. You're supposed to look a fair distance in front of where you're going, because the ground you've already seen isn't going to change, so you don't have to worry about it anymore

/end of novel
  • 1 2
 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
  • 3 0
 damn everyone's saying a bunch of shit, look even if he is faking or not he tried he gave it all he had if you think its shitty lets see you and your photographer go shoot some pics and show this guy up, this picture is amazing even if its been 'edited' or not who the fuck cares its a chill picture , this is my own opinion if you agree with me good if you dont i guess your the dumbass for not seeing a decient looking picture. POD
  • 8 2
 stop resting. get up and start riding
  • 2 0
 I would just like to add for all you little schmucks who commented on the tires not rolling, go look at the photographers other pics with this guy jumping in air and you'll notice that you can still see the tires not moving. tell me how you fake that and i'll give you a cookie
  • 0 4
flag Gritstone (Jan 25, 2009 at 8:49) (Below Threshold)
 hahahaha made me laugh that mate. I rekon its probabally a fake due to many factors (tyres not being one..) or it is real and it was a super timed picture right before he hit his elbo and fell slipped out. Either way im really not bothered which one it is as it looked cool and got everyones attention. what else can you ask from a POD.
  • 1 1
 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! Big Grin also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
  • 2 0
 I believe the pic was taken while the rider was in move therefore IT IS REAL, why? notice the snow picked in the air by the rollin tires. not compressed forks? the angle between the rider and the ground is small, tires could no longer provide the grip so the forks rebounded. love this shotSmile
  • 3 1
 hehe im really not sure but i believe its real cuz u see the skid marks, the reasone why his goggles are clean is because its snow and your googlesnormally stay more or less clear. im really not sure if im right if im not im sry but i still really like the pic fake or not
  • 4 0
 fake his elbow is on the ground and who would be able to get that low and still look the cam lense in the eye ???
  • 0 0
 and smile ahha
  • 6 1
 oh fuck! elbow on floor!!!!!!! its a SUPER berm action!
  • 3 0
 LOOK, he's restin on his ELBOW. He's cheat... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Yeah its a great pic.
perhaps the elbow on the floor, the built up snow under the elbow, the obvious slide marks by front wheel, the lack of tyre movement the uncompressed fork and the thrown up snow maybe point toward a washed out front wheel goin in to hard/fast.
What ever is going on here its still a unique picture.
  • 0 0
 ya i think if its real it must have been washing out right now cuz when i tire is completely sideways in the snow and washs it doesnt take much compression but i doont think its real...
  • 3 0
 Take a close look at his elbow and the front wheel......he's obiously leaning on his elbow ...and the front wheel isn't rolling
  • 2 1
 all who say its fake because of the compression your stupid... he clearly could be leaving the corner thus causing him to be pulling up and pedaling hard.... so the suspesion would become un-compressed... you guys are idiots.. this is an epic picture.. so stop being jealous of this awesome riding
  • 3 0
 You can see where his front tyre is sliding out in the snow so it's obviously not fake! all you people saying it is fake are just toooo cool!
  • 2 1
 Jesus this has a lot of comments, what with shoop and people posing you never know wether it's real but I don't care that much...

I don't know if someone's said this because I'm not reading 380 comments but there's a big tyre slide mark coming from his front wheel easily long enough for his fork to "uncompress", it just seems real to me.
  • 1 0
 i new that was impossible the dude didnt come in from the trail he came from the side and slid out on to the burm and was just about to land on his side and they got the pic lol and loook at the front wheel mark if u dont believe me
  • 3 2
 its fake it has to be because i see no tire tracks in the back and you would think the shocks would be used alittle more than that right?and his eyes are looking at the camra,wouldnt he be lookin at where he is going?i might be wrong but thats my opinion
  • 1 0
 Look at the bright white patch of snow behind the front tire, you can see how his front tire has slid out. He is probably biting it and the photographer caught the pic just as he was falling. Real picture, of a guy bailing, cool none the less though!!! I don't think a guy would own that top of the line gear, and bike, to make fake pictures and post them on PINKBIKE. Rad picture man!!
  • 2 0
 Heys deffo crashin , you can see his front tire skid into the berm , that like seconds before he actually hits the ground. The people who say hes holding him self up by his elbow are idiots.
  • 2 0
 i think he looks like santa. and santa is fake, just like this picture. he is resting his elbo on ground and has the brakes on, the tires would be blur and his eyes would be on the course, not the camera.
  • 1 0
 good picture but he is stopped. if you repair the elbow is resting on the floor and if you look inside the helmet he is laughing. with some effects of photoshop or another program, he applied some effects of snow in the air, soon he gives us the sensation that is moving
  • 1 0
 WOW! lots of comments! So, I did not read all of the comments because there are just too many so if I repeat what someone else has already posted my apologies. Where is the parabolic wave like washout ejection out and over to the outside of the berm? SNOW and ICE at this speed with his supposed angle would send the rear wheel out over the berm while not forgetting the lack of compression in the fork as previously mentioned. A list of things that do not jive for me : brakes pulled, smile, eyes on camera, no parabolic ejection, elbow in the snow, lack of fork compression, body should be leaning to the outside of the turn applying some compression to the inside edges of the tires and the seamingly relaxed clothes furls that are being pulled by gravity towards the center of the earth and not towards the berm under gravitational force. If he did crash then it was a low speed setup for a...?
  • 1 0
 NOT FAKE! besides the photographer explaining that he fell afterwards, all of the folks saying its fake because a fork isnt compressed... forks uncomress as well... especially in instances where front wheel traction has been lost and the fork slides "sideways" along the ground UNCOMPRESSING!!!! cant be compressed if theres nothing pushing against it anymore... good photo of a second before a crash... props to the photographer...
  • 4 0
 It's his normal expression face, He's a bit disturbed! =D
  • 5 2
 its well faked theres no compression in the forks, and his elbows in the ground? very good attempt though =D
  • 4 0
 "Oh sh... my elbow!!!! men did you take it...!!!!?"
  • 1 0
 whaha he is looking in the camera and he is smiling when you are going at that speed you don't have time for it and btw there is no compression on his fork so I would say FAKE..
  • 1 1
 Take a look at say nathan rennie railing a burm www.pinkbike.com/photo/2198910, now im sure rennie can ride and this guy looks like he can hold his own based on bike, outfit, and the mad railing in the snow but his body position is all off if he were actually going to rail the burm, his shoulders, elbows, head are all wrong, and his body position is way forward, he even looks like he is trying to hold himself up by the elbow. o and imagine that rennie's fork is compressed wow
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 Shakes travmans25s hand. Point proven.
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 FFS,If anybody cared to notice, the rider is looking straight at the camera and smiling!
Not the 1st thing I'd be doing if I was;
A, Railing a berm
B, Crashing
C, Trying to create a convincing staged photo!
All in all though, a pretty cool staged shot!
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 the pic is very nice,
and its not a fake, its just a nice crash Big Grin
POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDd ^^
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 damn nice and i dont care if its fake or not it still gets me amazed ... nice pic
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 Looks like there is a photo edited bloch just above his front tire and a tiny bit to the right. I also think based on the drift mark he would be throwing some snow over the burm or up a bit if it was real. but i could be wrong
  • 2 1
 look at you dumb asses arguing over this. id like to see the person who can put their bike in a berm, get both feet on the pedals, stick their elbow in the snow and hole themselves up long enough to pose for a photo
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 your looking at!
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 Great...that's all we need now are pictures like this. Why don't we do some wire-tricks like in a bad Kung-Fu movie and have this guy jumping the length of a football field. We could even add a basket to the front of his bike, and Photoshop him in front of the moon like E.T. !
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 It's a total fake. One his elbow is clearly on the ground , two no commpresion in the fork and if you are riding that hard or crashing YOU CAN'T LOOK RIGHT IN THE CAM AND SMILE!!!!!
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 hes looking directly at the camera. and obviously if hes downhilling so intensly he would be looking directly at the trail in front of him. SO the cameras in the middle of the trail, but for him to lean that far he must be going really fast, and the cameras only a couple feet in front of him(unless theyre zooming, in which case im completely wrong). sooo not a safe place for acameraman. he wouldnt be standing there to take the picture. i think its fake but i really have no better opinion than everyone else. just a hunch
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 does anyone else notice that he is looking straight into the camera lol what a ledge hahahaha but he makes a mockery of the good riders who can actually do things like this. so pic your elbow of the ground bro look down the trail and give it another shot and maybe just maybe one day you might get your knee on the ground lol you stupid ass
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 f**king idiots all around.
Look at his front tire,you can clearly see that it's compressed because he took this corner at speed. Also if he would'nt be moving,his tires should be full of snow.Front fork can be explained by that he leans on his back wheel,AND because the surface under his tires does not grip that good yet,the fork won't compress.NOT EVERYBODY SLAMS INTO THE BERM AND BOTTOMS THEY'RE SUSPENSION,SOME PEOPLE CAN RIDE TOO.
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 yeah evry thingf is fake about it the way his elbow is toching the ground and the snow in the air how would the snow be nice and white if it came from the ground, it would be all dirty and muddy ? ? ? ?
  • 3 1
 thats got to be staged! u cant get that low and the forks be like that! plus hes leaning on his elbow!
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 No fake , it's the beginning of a crash , but hey , Belgian POD POD
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 Why would he use the brake :/ I say posed!
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 obviousley a fake. no compression in the forks. elbow resting on the floor and he is looking directly into the camera
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 and he's smiling or laughing whilst looking at the camera and if he was doing that really he would be concentrating or scared
  • 3 0
 why are we having a posed POD...
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 All the douches who keep saying how the picture is fake should pose for one, and see how easy it is to fake. Lets see them, throw down. Just because it looks crazy doesnt mean its fake. stop talking shit and go ride a bike. fags
  • 3 0
 along with PODs we should have the daily douchebag
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 notice the grin on his teeth and the froont wheel skid mark???!!!
he is definatelly hanging on his helbow!!!
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 Regardless if the image is a fake or not (which i think it is) the quality of the shot brings great colour and crisp imagery.

But as warhorsey said. The fork isn't compressed so that means the picture is staged. But Staging an action shot isn't the worst thing that has ever happened on this site. So give the photographer a break.

On that note. If you are going to stage action do it right and not so noticeable. Elbow on the ground, fork not compressed, looks like a washout and the rider just brought his bike off the ground where was was laying.

Still a good shot though. Not POD imo
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 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
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 Actually it is staged. I'm not saying its a bad picture at all. Just staged.
From you say he is washing out right? I have washed out quite a few times while getting shots of me done and I usually stop smiling. Not only that he is looking right at the camera. Again if he is washing out he would stop looking at the camera.

Another thing. His elbow is completely vertical and shows no sign of being dragged on the ground. Also his tires are resting on the berm in a way that would prevent the bike fromsliding while HE HOLDS HIMSELF UP!

So once again its a great shot. Just staged like alot of great photos out there.
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 Oh. And his suspension isn't compressed because there is no reason for it to be compressed. No G's other then on his elbow. Whatever. Great shot.
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 wtf are you all on about it clearly isnt fake there is snow flying off the frount wheel so unless thats resting in the air like you are all saying his elbow is doing on the floor it isnt fake
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 Acctually if what you say is true then that would mean he is going in reverse since the snow is being pushed forward and to the front of the bike. Not sure why everyone keeps going on about the rider falling. Its a great picture of a rider. Just not a rider that is riding. No big deal.
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 all these comments, it makes me laugh hahaha. cool pic, no mather what.
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 ok why is this pod? really? it doesent looked posed. but at the same time doesnt look real. more like photo shoped. the reason i belive this is there is no compresion on the fork. i dont care how stiff the fork is, there ais a facter no one has considered. centrifical force. so my conclusion is if its not photo shoped then he was posing. ether way. i dont think it should be pod. sorry. oh wait in not!
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 not sorry that is
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 too much comments to read
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 www.pinkbike.com/photo/2198910

this is a REAL pod, not this stup!d fake thing....


i just think that Nico want show his brand new TLD outfit and he got it!!!! he had more then 350 comments and i think that we have a new record...

anyway.. its a silly photo...
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 You should also note how his riding jersey is hanging, it is all sagging down like it would if he was laying on his side not actually moving. If he was moving, the centrifugal force of the turn would be forcing his riding kit down towards his feet, not his elbow!
  • 2 0
 Have people on here ever thought about learning to spell?
Failing that, how about SPELL CHECKER!!!!
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 imposible to hold your self that perfect for that kinda shot and yea the dude said it was a crash people
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 no, its not fake. but the rider did fall. the photography who posted it said so. he isn't trying to fool anyone.
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 another thing that makes me believe its real is that skid mark from his frnt tire ... sry if this was alredy said
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 419 comments wow... thats sad...
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 thue dat!
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 its totally real if it was a fake it would not be a pod and is fork just has full air in it so it doesnt compress cus theres no need for that much travel, also his elbow will spring him back up on balence
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 fake or not... whatever you wanna say.. but this things really do happen.. sometimes i do smile too when I'm going to crash specially when my bike friends saw me crashing!! it's just about having fun..
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 LOL thats freakin awesome ..i think this is a new record for comments.... who cares if its fake or real, i just want that jersey and shorts
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 i think it's a fake...with all that mud and snow, howcome his tires are so clean????
you can do any f***** thing you want with photoshop...."keep it real"
  • 1 0
 There is a fat skid mark behind his front tire so he is probably just gettin low and falling over so it looks good for the camera...
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 scottrallye... just give it a rest. you have commented over 40 times on how you are convinced this is a fake. nobody cares what you think 40 times. you have an opinion. you voiced it. now STFU. oh yea and stop mocking people with comments like "has clearly never ridden a bike" and "If you've ever ridden a bike on anything gnarlier that a bike path..." look people dont come on here to get shit like that from you... no doubt ive provoked a very opinionated reply from you.
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 when will finally be the pic of the two guys who died a pod?!?!? i mean..pinkbike, show some respect. this picture is great, but if he would really be riding so fast, his suspension would be bottomed out, so hes probably just laying in the snow. the pic with those two riders should be pod like a freaking week ago!!!! i dont care about the negative props, here i come.
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 idt its fake theres snow flying in the air and maybe he has his shock locked out and h4voc umm u dont learn physics in elementary u smart fucker its not bout fake or not its having fun.
  • 1 0
 if u look at the lighting compared to the rider and the trees it is all the wrong angles and stuff.(only see it slightly tho :tupSmile
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 i can see the pain of the crash in his smile..hahah
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 Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see any studs in his tires..there's a smile on his face and he's looking straight into the lens.
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 It my. It's a crach ... But the picture is beautiful ...
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 You're damn right, it's one hell of a picture. AND A BELGIAN POD ;-)
Echt knap gereden, vraiment bien roulé.
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 ooH my got...n1ce friend!!
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 look at his face expression dosn't seem right for some reason
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 and projected snow were is'nt ?
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 It's because, it's a BOS fork!
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 Its real, heres prof kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg
his elbow is on the ground because he fell to the ground.
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 he's just lying on his elbow. Notice that the suspension is not even slightly compressed
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 Nice shoot les gars. Pour prouver que ça n'est pas un fake, de 1 la trace du pneu avant qui rape sur le sol et de 2, les projections de neige.

Bravo Christophe en tout cas !
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 Mais alors pourquoi le coude à l'air si bien posé, et pourquoi le rider sourit-il bêtement en regardant l'objectif ? tu regardes souvent l'objectif quand tu rides ????? Un doute subsiste sur cette photo
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 C'est pas des preuves convaincantes, il aurait très bien pu se foutre sur son coude et que quelqu'un marque la trace... mais si Christophe (le photographe) le dit, c'est que ca doit être vrai Smile

Si on cherche toujours la petite bête on dire toujours que c'est faux forcément..
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 PAWDDD
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 hmmm.. wow I can't do this so I'm going to call it "fake", all you nay sayers suck!!! cool pic.
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 so you are one of the people that can't ride this well, so you will call it "fake"... way to be just another person giving americans a bad name!!!
  • 3 1
 holy shit i want those forks!
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 bos suspension. you don't see that everyday. and i like to believe that modern physics would determine he is in motion. very fast motion.
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 Looking at it twice... yeh it aint real, no marks before, or whilst in the berm, no suspension sag or lean of tyres, good pic n all, but not quite believable!
  • 0 0
 yeah, whilst. vis-a-vi, quip guatum guapish, speculato for some shit dume-to-the-asso...
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 FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE !!!!! lol
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 look the front tire line on snow. The front wheel slide and he crash...

here is the pics
kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg
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 sssssiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccccccc!!!!!! :]
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 I don't think it's a fake picture but I'm pretty sure he is going to eat a lot of snow!
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 The bast part is the cheese smile!!!!!!!
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 I'VE GOT TWO WORDS FOR YA: FAKE + FALL

ONE OF THE TWO FITS TO THIS PIC, NOW U CHOOSE!

f*ckING POSER!!! (oh, that's two more!...)
  • 0 1
 Ooooohh.. looks like he is going in to an important Dinner or something like that, he is all clean...:p looks too he is doing that ''say cheese!!'' thing XD
good arms strenght by the way.
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 boa man! good one!
how can u ride on the snow, railing a berm at that speed and your jersey remains clean?!?
C'mon PINKBIKE, do u think we're all fools or what
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 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting both breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. http://kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! Big Grin
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 in my oppinion this is fake... and your proof looks fake... where is the tire marks behind that rather large indent that started the slide? then there are the other obvious points which i will not point out because they have been done so enough times, and the photographer can say what he likes whether it is true or false
  • 1 1
 looks weird. he looks stopped with no fork compression and also looks like he is lying on his elbow. idk if its real or fake or a crash
  • 0 1
 thats true but its still a sick shot
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 EPIC photo!! Gnarls riding skills right there!! It's real guys your for decompress's as you pass through the apex of the turn.
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 I can tell it is fake by lookin at his eyes. They eyes are the windows to the soul.
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 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
  • 0 0
 Ilovelife. Its funny that you just copied and pasted that same response into everyones comments.
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 Funny how hes looking exactly at the camera!! Nice pic Anyways.... Yeah DOWNHILL
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 oh yer, just reliased it does'nt look quite right, i take back what i just said.
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 ITS DEFINATLY fake...look at his eyes. When in a corner like that you have to have your eyes at the end of the burm...his eyes are looking right at the camera...and his fork isnt doing much either
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 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
  • 1 0
 Be assed eating the floor
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 Is this the most commented pic ever????:O lol
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 i liked the colours... red with white... POD
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 I DRIVE SPACESHIPS!!!
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 one hell of a shot!
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 oh so the snow flying up in his face isnt from his tires moving?
hmmm you people are dumb!
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 look at the mark from his front tire sliding out you can tell if you actually look at the picture that it isnt fake the guy probably just slid out after the turn.
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 Ya but if you couldent tell there is a small patch of snow in the skid so it was there before
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 Posed.............http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/sup3rc0w/Picture1-1.png
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 how does that mean it's posed. Moron. Check one of my pics. I'm smiling when I bailed. Is that posed as well?>
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 to help you in your search ... www.pinkbike.com/photo/1361024

Definately posin there Big Grin
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 Wasn't lookin at the smile goof
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 What a queer 1. his fucking elbow is on the ground 2. hes looking straight in to the camera..i think i would be a liiiitttllle more focused if i was that layed over 3. his fork has no compression...go put ur fake shit somewhere else and let people who accually know how to ride put up pics
  • 1 0
 sorry if this was already said but...... his elbow is firm on the ground he is just posing in that position for the camera
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 no matter what u say its not gonna make it not real so its real
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 and the snow effect was done on photoshop as if you look closer you can see
  • 1 1
 you 're the waste with such comment unbelievebke that rider couldn't accept that the pic has been taken just before falling down
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 he musta gota strong ass arm to hold him and all the bike up with his feet on pedals and lot, i think hes just crashin boys
  • 2 0
 Here comes santa


STARMAN!?
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 it looks like it could be fake, coz the forks are not compressed at all...but there's snow coming off the tyres....., so it might not be...
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 ya but the camera man could have just trown a handfull of snow infront and besides would u really be smiling at the camers if ur doing suc a low burm!!!!!!! so f uck u
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 39705 views | 550 comments | 1432 faves
NO SURELY DOES NOT DESERVE POD?
well its obv got some peoples attention.
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 Crash or not, this is s great pic of a rider really pushing the limits of speed. Very Nice.
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 Nice. It's an obvious crash but shows total commitment from the rider. And obviously the fork isn't compressed because once the tyres slide out the weight is removed and the fork rebounds. I don't think he's smiling. He's gritting his teeth which most people do when bracing for an impact or are riding hard. And I think the photographer got lucky and just caught him looking into the lens. The snow wouldn't be solid enough for him to hold his and his bikes weight on such a small point as his elbow. It would sink into the snow. And then there's the snow spray. Give people the benefit of the doubt.
  • 0 1
 omfg its nt fake cos it says he crashes after and how the fuk can his forks be compressed wen hes fukin horisontal it wouldnt happen and how could you rest like that so shut the fuk up and stop arguing
  • 1 0
 to me this looks fake because his forks arnt compressed but thier is snow flying up so it cud be real
  • 1 1
 ya its not real his goggles in comparison to the travel on his forks are diffrent langths according to how much travel a fork compresses in a turn
  • 1 0
 umm i im pretty sure they would compress even if that happened and the tires arent motion blurred
  • 1 0
 it`s POF !!!!! ( Picture of FAKE!!! ) Look at his suspension and right arm ) hahhaahaha
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 its fake!. his fork isn't even compressed.Stop resting. get up and start riding! Razz
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 course its fake. lets be fair, nobody smiles like that when they're going round a berm...
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 I reckon this is real, The big Mark on the ground coming off his front wheel
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 you can seee the snow that has beenn flick off he tyreer so it not fake you idiot
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 revelation!! that should be POD!!
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flag scottrallye (Jan 12, 2009 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 posed.
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 a fon petit, touche pas les freins je t'ai deja dit !!!
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 That's just awesome! POD for sure.
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flag scottrallye (Jan 12, 2009 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 posed.
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 C'mon Robin its a damn fake... next time we go to Skatas I can make U even better pic if u can lay down on a elbow so well and U ask someone to kick the snow into ur face... i could do it better as im intelligent enough to throw the snow do it looks like under the tires not in front of the guy...
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 no compression. but still a really amazing shot! id let it be pod even though its fake Razz
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 phony!!
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 putain ca c'est du POD niklit, j'aurais du venir amazing shot, i should ve come this day
  • 2 1
 how low can u go?!lol Big Grin Razz
  • 2 2
 fake or not fake is a good question, not fake is it a fastman but fake is a verry good joke. Good game man......
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 One second later, he's on the floor!
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 BOS fork comercial purposes foto ?
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flag greg3105 (Jan 14, 2009 at 6:10) (Below Threshold)
 I Don't understand your question!
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 its not a question.. Cool
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 ya, its definately fake, but whatever. hahaha, can you imagine if someone could have the skill to corner this hard an a 2 inch burm? hahahahaha
  • 1 0
 any viddy of him shredding it?
  • 1 0
 i get wayy lower, but im crashing when i do
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 that is fake, no fork compression, either, he is seriously light and he cannot set up forks OR he is lying down.
  • 0 0
 There's no compression in your fork, when your weight is on the rear wheel and you come out the corner. No fake to me!
  • 2 0
 Santa on a bike Big Grin
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 This is some BELGIAN style ! :p
We're one of the flattest country's on earth , but hell we got some good riders for such a shit land for downhill !

Gratz mate !
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 Fake Sh*t
  • 1 0
 great pic but that isnt real his forks arent even slightly compressed.
  • 2 1
 THATS ONE OF THE BEST PICS I'VE SEEN IN MY LIFE Smile
  • 2 0
 fake or not, its cool.
  • 1 1
 E-P-I-C, whether he's really riding or not. That's what it's all about, isnt it?
  • 1 1
 no not atall?? your confusing me
  • 1 1
 i meant that's what POD not riding is all about - a nice/good/interesting pic... anyway i don't care whether i'm confusing anybody or not... you're confusing me with your spelling
  • 1 1
 i think its fairly obvious what i meant - but oh well - i sincerely appologise for making a little spelling error - so goodbye - have a nice life
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 it is reall faggots who say it's not and to the guy with the long ass explanation, Way to spell math wrong, you mother fucking dick whore
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 It is not real and sexual orientation has nothing to do with it.
  • 2 0
 how isn't it real?
  • 1 0
 so nice, i thnink you hope there arent some stones in snow
  • 1 0
 I love the smile Razz and the look of: heheheh I own wayy to many!
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 fake....
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 Is no fake, you can see the track the wheel leave and all the snow flying toward him this photo is the begining of a crash.
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 its fake and his fork isnt even going down at all. they threw some some and hes leaning on his elbow
  • 1 0
 even if its a fake its a cool looking photo
  • 1 0
 Holy railification!! sick pic
  • 1 0
 thats a good photo looks preeeetty damn good!!
  • 0 1
 its fake tru my friend if he was turning a corner his suspension would have to go down a bit
fake basterds discrase to pink bike and univorse lol
be your selfs
:>
  • 1 0
 that is Fricken amazzing i love DH
  • 0 0
 THAT IS SUCH A GOOD PIC!!! And I wonder how the BOS suspension feels for him! DEFS POD
  • 2 1
 there is snow thrown so i dont think its fake
  • 0 2
 looks pretty set up, he is smiling, there is no fork compression, he is looking right at the camera and his elbow is in the snow... and the snow spray can be photoshopped in.. but still it looks really sweet
  • 0 0
 He would sink into the snow man.
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 did he make it out
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 I think so.
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 Photographer said he fell
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 No way! That guy must be crap, I get that low and ride it out just cruising to the local shops.
  • 0 0
 im sure you do on your train tracks
  • 0 0
 looks real to me, did you slip out? or ride away from it?...that's the lowest i ever seen someone on a burm before amazing.
  • 0 0
 it took me 10 minutes to get to the bottom of this post-battle we've got goin on. why are his goggles so clean?
  • 2 2
 there is now way in hell this pic is fake... look at all the detail in the snow flying off his front tire
  • 0 0
 telling people to look up centrifugal force when you obviously didnt? the Gs would be pushing to the outside,down through the bike, compressing the fork. its the same as when your on say... a roller coaster going around a turn, and you cant lift your hands. dont call people names if you dont know what your talking about yourself.
  • 0 1
 But ever notice on a roller coaster your pushed against the back of the seat when you go around a curve like that?
same as on a bike, he's being pushed back, so therefore most of the weight would be on the rear shock.
  • 1 1
 if there wasnt any weight on that wheel he wouldn't be able to have drifted into the corner like that tire mark would suggest. aaand he would have loped off the back. whatevs. i think its fake, you think its real, we each can have cookies. yum.
  • 0 1
 i dont know if its real, im just saying its possible it could be real. but agree to disagree than haha
  • 1 0
 well hes either propped up on his elbow or hes goin down...hard
  • 0 0
 actually that could be true with the resting thing and i just cracked up bout that et stuuf nice one dude haha
  • 0 0
 look at the face reaction of the rider! if this one is true, you will not smile like that! You'll be focusing on the trail!
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 thats what i said
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 you can tell it is fake cause he is looking at the camera great pic though
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 460 comments of tolling.
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 i dont think anyone with that nice of a fork would pose a fake, i belive the poster that this is a scrub shot (he fell)
  • 1 0
 fake but sick riding anyway! props to the photographer
  • 1 0
 Yes i would agree totally Fake but nice pic
  • 0 0
 YEAH!! wtF! look at his mouth. Hes laughing at us cause we think its real. stupid.
  • 0 0
 he was probably railing it then strated to fall over which is why his body is messed up and why his fork isnt compressed
  • 0 0
 and look at the tracks they dont follow though behind where the tires are...
  • 2 0
 damn scrape that elbow
  • 1 0
 how low can u go holy shit man nice
  • 1 0
 thats not hard¬!¬¬!¬!!! lol
  • 1 0
 forks arent compressed fake.
  • 1 0
 yeh like hes starring at the camera
  • 1 0
 he's just elbow draggin....lol
  • 1 0
 oh yeah thats fake another elbow photo....
  • 1 0
 not nessessarily fake at all. he could be unweighting
  • 2 0
 looks like he is falling
  • 1 0
 i dont see how he can be so low like that
  • 1 0
 asif this was POD, clearly fake.
  • 2 0
 this is so fake lool
  • 1 1
 Takes some serious guts to trust your tires in those conditions getting that low. Holy ***t.
  • 1 0
 Great skill!... Unless u r on your elbow!!!!
  • 1 0
 Looking at the camera gives it away somehow???!!!
  • 1 0
 Dude that is a sick pic !! the question is did he fool
  • 1 0
 How low can you go!? How low can you go!?
  • 3 3
 there is a sickkkkkk!!!!!! Big Grin
  • 3 2
 wow sick! awesome. POD
  • 2 2
 It's not a fake! the photographer is a pro! just in the action!
  • 2 2
 Yo!!! Winter POD for me!!!
  • 1 1
 its not fake, look at his tires
  • 0 0
 Now that's is taking a bend :p
  • 0 0
 haha shame he's lying on his elbow or that would be well cool
  • 0 0
 hes not lying on his elbow look at the snow kick up from the tires
  • 2 2
 Thats fuckin burming at its best right there. Sick pic.
  • 1 0
 a burm is a banked corner so when he is riding it he is burming
  • 0 0
 amaing; I feel like I will be lost in this sea of comments
  • 1 0
 Why do you care so much!! Pal grow up cos no one is bothered.
  • 0 0
 because its just not cricket posing
  • 0 0
 hes just lying in the snow
  • 0 0
 no way is that real, he is restin on his elbow!!!
  • 0 0
 to jest poooozzeeer pozer i tyle... ;/
  • 0 0
 OMG that's awesome. can't believe it was just before...
  • 1 1
 weather its posed or not still makes a pretty good pic... i like it!
  • 2 2
 i wanna ride like this picture !
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 you crash? Blank Stare
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 are you was in on after ?
  • 1 0
 sick picture though!
  • 2 1
 fake
  • 1 1
 cool photo i still dont want to believe its fake cause its a sick pic
  • 1 1
 Anyone notice hes pulling his brakes fully?
  • 0 0
 talk about railage. way to get bos suspension in the mix now
  • 0 0
 fdx ganda palhaço.....
  • 0 0
 what kind of fork is that?
  • 0 0
 BOS Suspension Technology. They are quite famous on Auto racing
  • 0 1
 your sick dude. I belive you can`t go lower. The Picture is allso good.
amazing in one word.
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 one word!... Fake
  • 1 2
 it's fake... who stares directly at the camera and smiles like a MoFo when there riding......
  • 1 2
 EXACTLY!!!!
  • 0 0
 oooh that´s sick it´s so low
  • 2 2
 shut up its not fake its an amazing pic well done great POD
  • 0 1
 It may be a "real" pic but the rider is not moving while the pic was taken. He is staring into the camera smiling FFS.
also forks not compressed at all and his right hand is slid up the bar, not in the proper position like his left.
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 its real look at the snow flying
  • 1 1
 obv never heard of photoshop
  • 1 0
 nice
  • 0 0
 how do u see the description of the picture, and it is a sick pic.
  • 0 0
 ?!!!!!! great!!!! nice photo!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 sick pick!! pod all the way to spring!
  • 1 1
 not fake but he fell off !!! probs lol
  • 1 1
 Its not faked or posed, go read the photographers comments on it (:
  • 1 1
 yea you can see him looking directly at the camera and smiling too.
  • 0 0
 i like to downhill..photografy is cool!!!!!!goooo to ride....
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 this is seriously one of the best pictures i've seen, at least of downhill, just epic timing!
  • 1 0
 super!
  • 1 0
 crash
  • 0 1
 yep, it looks sweet, but its posed , n he has like perfect eye contact with the cam, like WTF
  • 0 1
 ya and his elbow is touching the grould to like support him but its a good shot
  • 0 0
 He would sink into the snow if that were fact.
  • 0 0
 Not if it's frozen I can walk on my snow at my house
  • 1 1
 " how low do you wanna go " aha
  • 1 0
 Im diggin it!
  • 1 0
 that amazing
  • 2 3
 DUDE HE WAY LYING ON HIS ELBOW HES AN IDOIT dirt jumping is teh best u flamer
  • 0 0
 Elle Beau! A dainty bail.
  • 0 0
 Looks pretty easily fake-able.
  • 1 1
 fake or if not he had to washout
  • 0 0
 Holy crap intense picture!! did he fall after the turn or..
??
  • 0 0
 whats the fork, i have never seen it befor ???????????
  • 1 0
 bos
  • 0 0
 whoa, he's like Vertical ..crazy!
  • 0 0
 Wow, best photo in a while great shot and props to the rider
  • 1 1
 It's a fake or the BOS suspension don't works.
  • 0 0
 both brakes on Frown no suspension conpression hmm epic never the less
  • 1 1
 This Pic is a waste of forum space...
  • 0 1
 so are you
  • 0 0
 get low nigga! lol jk im too white to say that.
  • 1 0
 This guys a nerd!
  • 0 0
 This is a mint pic and it was POD on my birthday
  • 0 0
 haha~~snow action....

^^*)
  • 0 0
 had time to have little smile at the camera too hahahhah wtf
  • 0 0
 i think its real, but its prob the instant before he lost it
  • 0 0
 But still....it looks cool
  • 1 0
 fucking stck
  • 0 0
 and he is clenching his brakes. poser
  • 0 0
 was ur elbow cold after that. looks like ur just laying on the ground
  • 0 0
 fake...cos his forks arent compressed
  • 0 0
 it is fake because nobody could go that low
  • 0 0
 you couldn't !!!!!
  • 0 0
 dude i wonder how far we would fly if his handlebars clipped the ground.
  • 0 1
 if it was fake i dnt fink he could hold all the weight on 1 elbo i think its real POD
  • 1 0
 sorry but thats so fake
  • 1 0
 how isnt this pod Blank Stare
  • 1 0
 it already was... look under the picture and read the 590 comments
  • 1 0
 oh, lmao
  • 1 0
 qkooo :d
  • 1 0
 nice photo , but fake
  • 1 1
 not fake and its a sweet photo
  • 1 0
 fake))))
  • 1 0
 holy shit
  • 1 1
 its fake dude , forks are not compressing !
  • 1 1
 and ur smiling, if u were doing it properely you would be concentarting
  • 1 0
 sick mate
  • 1 0
 cool pic crash or not
  • 2 1
 fake and gay
  • 1 0
 Flat Ride Smile
  • 1 0
 Gettin' low
  • 1 0
 Awesome picture!!
  • 1 0
 sweet riding in the snow
  • 1 0
 POD
  • 10 11
 Did he chrash??
I think so...
  • 11 3
 yes... the first pictures were not exciting so I asked him to take more angle, and he did ;-) then he tried to rectify but of course he crashed ^^
  • 1 1
 how'd he get snow to spray though?
  • 1 3
 im sure your capable of throwing a bit of snow?
  • 3 0
 its flying off tires, look closer. i think he's about to crash maybe?
  • 1 3
 erik74 the snow is in front of his tires. If you bike in snow, your tire spins backwards on the bottom and therefore the snow goes backwards. In the picture, the snow is in front of him, so obviously someone has kicked snow in front of him.
  • 2 0
 snows sticky eh? go ride through snow and you'll realize it sticks to the tires, plus, if it were thrown, it would clump up and wouldnt have the spray pattern it does
  • 1 1
 if it was sticking to his tyres there would still be some on them
  • 2 2
 this is such a pointless argument
  • 0 0
 I just saved this picture and took it into photoshop and its reaalllyyyy easy to make fake snow spray sooooyeag. im pretty sure its fake
  • 1 1
 POD for sure
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flag scottrallye (Jan 12, 2009 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 posed.
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 Pod ,

Superbe photo Nik ^^
  • 2 3
 If that doesn't get pod I don't no what will.
  • 3 3
 props for photographer!!
  • 2 2
 Ã§a manque d'angle :p
  • 2 3
 fake or not it impress you at first sight...
  • 1 2
 MDE bikes never let you crash... Well almost never...
  • 2 2
 shot
  • 1 1
 Poh!D
  • 0 0
 Think that you will!
  • 1 1
 amazing, so tight
  • 0 0
 Nice Big Grin
  • 0 1
 nice pood i fink its fake but he cud b falling off.....
  • 0 0
 Holy f*ckin Shit :S
  • 0 1
 Now that is a photo of the day. Finally!
  • 0 1
 Elle n'est pas vrai, Au Sinon la fourche sera compressé MDr
  • 0 1
 im not a big fan of dh but thats friking insane !!!!
  • 0 0
 nice berm in snow!!
  • 1 1
 enough ! ...sick pic !
  • 1 1
 amazing POD!! incredible
  • 1 2
 I dont usually coment on PODs but this is one of the best i have seen
  • 0 0
 wow damn nice
  • 1 2
 amazing POD.... PROPS MAN
  • 0 0
 intense
  • 0 0
 damn thats sick
  • 0 1
 hes stationary but still looks sick
  • 1 1
 sweeet pic
  • 0 2
 It might be fake but what a sweet pic, stop abusing it if you can get a pic like that i forgive you!
  • 0 0
 i came off after tha
  • 0 1
 no snow or dirt anyware?? goggles
  • 0 0
 one word! ...Whaoo!
  • 3 3
 FAKE
  • 1 1
 it's called low-speed compression damping
  • 0 1
 Nice clothes. Fashion King.
  • 0 1
 Woow, is it possible? Big Grin 10/10!
  • 0 0
 ha good one
  • 0 1
 fake... he's on his elbow ! but nice position anyway !!
  • 0 0
 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! Big Grin also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
  • 0 0
 ok ok, respect... nice ride.
  • 1 1
 now that is commitment
  • 0 0
 siiiiick
  • 1 2
 wow look for his teeth hes smiling i doubt this is real
  • 0 0
 thats so cool
  • 1 3
 i couldnt careless if its a 'good photo' its fake, get some real riding shots as pod!
  • 0 1
 Yeah ok ok we all no its fake so lets move on with our live ok?
  • 0 0
 Is it even possible?
  • 0 0
 yeeeeeah Wink
  • 0 0
 looks a bit like rennie
  • 0 2
 if this is real y is he sqeazing his breaks so hard to corner oh yeah its fake
  • 0 1
 how can he be there is snow kicking up at his face
  • 0 1
 u couldnt even do that in dirt nvm snow
  • 0 1
 and also the fact that he is laughing haha and smiling
  • 1 0
 hes clearly having a good time Big Grin
  • 0 1
 he is pulling both brakes
  • 1 1
 i agree
  • 1 1
 photographer*
  • 1 1
 sweet
  • 1 1
 if by "sweet" you mean GAY!
  • 1 3
 how do you get snow spray in front of the rider? that just doesn't add up come on pinkbike POD deciders, this is f*ckin weak
  • 3 2
 from the front tire dumbass. ever ridden in mud? same thing.
  • 2 3
 ha ha ha!!! schilly is right, this is fake, and YOU are the dumbass!!! ha ha ha!!! go back to school!
  • 2 0
 using multiple exclamation points doesnt make you right.
  • 1 0
 look at this photo, and LOOK at the fork...
www.pinkbike.com/photo/2793604
  • 1 0
 just because your stupid and unable to realize truth does not make me wrong.
  • 1 1
 i vote bullshit
  • 1 0
 2ed that motion! all in favor...
  • 0 1
 Oh!!! my god, fuck are you crazy man YeEaAh nice picture
  • 0 0
 WOW WOW WOW
  • 0 0
 PINNED.
  • 1 0
 FOOLED!
  • 0 1
 totally fake, next time remember to smile the camera lol
  • 0 0
 fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 0 0
 nice pic
  • 0 0
 cool pic
  • 1 1
 what's the fork?
  • 0 1
 faker im going to do that shit also so i can get POD. dumb ass
  • 0 0
 sweet fork ... mmmmmmmmm
  • 0 1
 either hes falling or its photoshopped
  • 0 1
 that´s nice but it´s fake...
  • 0 0
 wow
  • 0 0
 ya that must've hurt
  • 0 0
 ill say
  • 0 0
 Nice fake!
  • 1 0
 Nice work, 556 Comments up to this one, its gotta be the most viewed and commented picture.
  • 0 0
 nice wallride
  • 0 0
 its called a berm
  • 0 0
 ohh sorry, thanks for telling me
  • 0 0
 He is going to crash
  • 0 0
 Git er done !
  • 0 1
 smile and look at the camera hahahaha
  • 1 1
 he had to have slid out
  • 1 1
 oh my elbow my elbow!
  • 2 4
 why hasnt this been pod yet..?
  • 1 2
 cool MDE 69 as well Smile
  • 2 3
 POD!
  • 0 1
 POD
  • 0 1
 really nice pod this one
  • 3 1
 acottrallye get a life stop fantasising over this if it is fake or if he is falling of if he has amazing skill if you think he is posing i say go outside on your bike with a mate and try pose a picture like this and lets see if you can because i highly doubt it because all you do is critisise those around you because your jelouse as you cant ride or have as much skill on a bike as them so stop being a watse of space
  • 0 1
 amazing
  • 0 2
 agreed extention Epic pic dude!
  • 1 3
 sick man thats a pod 4 sure no way its faked
  • 0 3
 this pic has a severe case of POD deservance!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY EPIC SHOT!!!!!
  • 0 2
 DAMN THATS AWESOME........................ POD FOR SURE
  • 0 1
 Super Nice Picture
  • 0 1
 it is not real...
  • 0 1
 nice pick but thats fake
  • 0 1
 Dude its not fake, you can see where his elbow dragged through the snow and hes obvously falling to the ground, and hitting breaks is a natural reaction for most people. The reason his shocks are not compressed is because he would of just gotten out of the turn and would be pedeling hard, and to prove he fell, here you go. kepfeltoltes.hu/090125/pbpic2876951_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Hes smiling, well, because hes obvously having a good time! also, do you really thing he could have snow flying off his tires, support himself and bike while still on the pedals, hold perfect position, and smile while on his elbow?!? try it, its hard. Plus he would sink into the snow.
  • 1 4
 WHAT A GAY FUCKING FAKE PIC LET'S GET SOME REAL PODS ON PINKBIKE NONE OF THIS FAKE FUCKING BULLSHIT
  • 1 2
 fake
  • 0 2
 you can see that his front break is heled down , and he is not moving
  • 0 2
 pft, look at him in all his troy lee gear, falling, pft
  • 0 2
 he is laughing xD its fake Razz
  • 1 1
 dude, hes clearly having a good time eating snow.
  • 2 4
 the forks not compressed its faked
  • 3 1
 thats because the weight of the bike would be on the rear tire. called centrifugal force
  • 1 2
 ha ha ha!!! if you only knew how to ride a bike correctly you would know you want equal wight on each tire, thus the fork SHOULD be compressed... you're a fool!
  • 2 1
 Just because you want it doesnt mean its going to be that way. On a corner like that most of his weight would be on the rear wheel. Maybe if you knew physics correctly.
  • 2 2
 by that comment alone, you have just proven your own stupidity...HA HA HA!!! for reals now, go back to school.
  • 0 1
 honestly, i dont care. you still drink pussy beer
  • 1 3
 POD for sure
  • 1 3
 Siiiiiick man! POD!
  • 1 3
 POOD ! 3
  • 1 3
 Very niceSmile POD!
  • 1 4
 POD just before crash !!! =D
  • 0 2
 now thats railin
  • 0 2
 now thats sideways!!!
  • 1 3
 fake
  • 0 3
 is that dat steve peat person
  • 0 1
 No, it really isnt.
  • 0 3
 photo shop obvviiiiii!!!!
  • 0 3
 holy shit. and it is NOT fake. it's amazing is what it is.
  • 3 0
 im sorry, but it is indeed fake. theres no compression on his fork, his eyes are locked directly with the camera, the snow is in FRONT of him, his tires are still, both his brake levers are completely depressed, and most of all, his elbow is resting firmly on the ground. it is indeed fake.
  • 1 0
 who cares is it is posed yeh it wolud be better if it was real but it still looks good doesent it.
  • 0 3
 thats fake
  • 4 1
 1) Shocks do work in the snow, its the extreme cold they wouldnt work well in. and i mean extreme.
2) You can get snow tires for bikes, that wouldnt freeze or crack.
3) How would you throw snow in that pattern?
4) Centrifugal force, thats why the fornt shock isnt compressed, look it up.
5) The wheels arent moving because of a fast exposure, the lighting with snow is very bright, so you could easily do that.
6) Of course its photoshopped, most proffesional pictures are just to change lighting or contrast or crop it. And photoshopping something doesnt necessarily make it fake.
7) Your a dumbass and stfu.
  • 0 0
 Haha, PWN"D
  • 1 2
 4) Centrifugal forces...

If you swing a bucket of water, the water doesnt fall on you.... BECAUSE the water is PINNED to the bottom by fake gravity... IF he had actually come into that turn at speed, the centrifugal momentum WOULD in fact compress the front and rear shocks... I see NO sag, therefore this IS a faked photo... OR maybe its a step ravine and the camera itself was put at a sharp angel, they have picked this spot because the tree's were crooked too...

7) calling people dumbasses, usually implies you too are a dumbass....
  • 1 0
 no ur a dumbass Razz JK i do somewhat believe this photo considering the tire marks and snow fly up and ya his elbow may be on the ground but thats because ifit is real hes crashing and just doing it for the shot and maybe the fork isnt compressed because when making an agressive corner you have to pull up and/or lean back somewhat to whip the bike through the corner because u cant see the rear suspension if it is real i guarantee the rear suspension is compressed quite a bit and o look at that the tire is pretty close to the seat it is real Smile unless hes smart and also backed off his preload spring to make it look compressed Razz
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