Video: This Riding is Insane

Sep 23, 2014 at 14:40
by Colin Stewart  

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Johannes Pistrol rides the Steinerne Rinne from Goinger Halt, July 2014. The upper section from the summit down to the upper rinne is relatively straight forward, albeit slightly exposed. The lower section contains the hardest and the most futuristic riding. Johannes didn't clear all sections, but this attempt is the most I have seen ridden so far.
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154 Comments

  • + 148
 That is the slowest riding I have ever seen in a video and been impressed with...
  • + 26
 Thats the good thing about not learning two words when he was a kid.........fear and steep. What he did learned was Total Control
  • + 12
 Yea, environments like this are not where you move around quickly. I've never ridden anything like this, but when hiking these mountains, you move slowly and deliberately, and you plan and think about every move before you do it, because if you don't, that's when you get hurt. This guy is absolutely insane, hats off to him Salute
  • + 38
 'gets halfway down.. replaces brake pads.. continues'
  • + 54
 'gets halfway down.. replaces brown pants.. continues' Fixed that for you
  • + 10
 Skills ! Every time I see these style vids they are on a liteville......
  • + 6
 Rock crawling with a bike.. Never seen before.
  • + 9
 He didn't look too steady over 5mph at the end there Wink
  • + 3
 that bike must have a top speed of 4mph I'm guessing. he must of over revved the barings^
  • + 11
 That doesn't even look fun....
  • - 1
 Never seen any trials riding before? :s Put Akrigg or D-Mac or Leech or Belaey on 'ere & they'll clean it up for ya.
  • + 1
 Very cool and impressive. I would definitely wear some elbow pads!!
  • + 60
 I guess he uses that big backpack to hold his brake pad supply?
  • + 21
 More like a parachute. Some of those look like vertical drops.
  • + 65
 Definately not using avid brakes....
  • + 24
 Actually, he is using avid brakes....

Look at 0:48, those are some X0Trail
  • + 14
 @lanka: apparently a fan of russian roulette then!
  • + 3
 Why's that? I've been riding them for the whole season now and (for me) they're the best brakes ever.
  • + 3
 Yep, avids are decent if you can maintain them. Which is all honesty is not that hard a feat.
  • + 3
 Yeah decent. Deores are decent. Guide 4 pistons are decent. They may beat Deore by a small margin, that's it. Is that the best Avid can do? Really?
  • + 54
 Impressive... I guess he uses the helmet just in case some rocks fall from the lines above, because if he would have fallen down during one of those exposed traverses...well...it would not have been much of a help!
  • + 27
 Man my arms and hands are screaming just from watching that! Oh, and who the hell can afford new brake pads every ride?
Go go Mr. Billy Goat!
  • + 26
 People are going up with climbing harnesses on the via ferrata, and he is ... well you saw it too.
  • + 34
 Riding along the edge with the cable rail.....hey you go ahead I'm just gonna walk.
  • - 3
 Think I'll put some nice comfy nike airs on walk down thanks!
  • + 30
 One wrong step for man. One giant leap for mankind.
  • + 2
 You sir have made my day! Big Grin
  • + 25
 That's one of those situations where it isn't really fun until you get to the bottom. Cool though!
  • + 11
 Why do people wear knee pads and no elbow pads? You see it everywhere in every discipline, but why no elbow pads? Every time I crashed without my elbow pads I regret not wearing them. Then I wear them I feel uncomfortable and restricted, then I convince myself I don't need them and take them off. Then eventually I crash and tear up my arms and repeat the cycle of wearing elbow pads!
  • + 46
 Elbow pads are not very Enduro, bro
  • + 2
 Got 17 stitches on my left shin last summer from pedal strike doing a simple cross country ride. Guess I'll need to wear shin pads or be more careful!
  • + 2
 Seriously though. Every time I strap my elbows, I keep waiting for them to release and tell me my blood pressure. Don't take the arm, doc! And let me out these got damn tourniquets!!
  • + 4
 Been happy with these: www.chainreactioncycles.com/au/en/g-form-elbow-pads/rp-prod109300

Will probably get a bit warm over summer in a month or two, but they are comfy.
  • + 1
 Maybe you should try some more comfy elbow pads. Scott Granade, Dainese Trail Skins, IXS Flow all looks acceptable options. I got the Scott ones. Initially, when I put them, I felt them a little bit restrictive on my elbow, but once I start riding I completely forgot about them.
  • + 2
 @marrider that's why you should ride clipless pedals
  • + 1
 I'll second the endorsement of the G-Form elbow pads. They're nearly equivalent to cycling arm warmers. I don't know what it is about how I fall off my bike but I always scrape my elbows. My knees are usually OK. I need to order a new set of the G-Forms today. I left the left one at the trailhead when packing up the car.
  • + 12
 those rotors must be ready to fry some meat
  • + 4
 I've always wanted to try that
  • + 6
 trail bacon
  • + 8
 Impressive, but at the same time I think risking his life in some of those sections is quite stupid. I mean, one small mistake and he's done!
  • + 18
 Guess what ? ... He made it ! Wink
  • + 13
 I'm guessing that he doesn't feel that way, so who are we to judge?
  • + 14
 There's cyclists dying on the road every week and people dying in their cars everyday too, one mistake and you're done...
  • + 6
 Maybe that is his ultimate goal in life. To bomb himself down a cliff on a bike and go to heaven, where he will be awaited by 99 virgin protoype bikes still unpacked from the box.
  • + 4
 I encountered many extremely exposed sections like that in my adventures with people who ride this kind of stuff. Most of the times, I i just walk it down even though I know I could do it. It's just not worth the risk.
  • + 10
 OH HELL NO. Sends shivers down my spine watching this!
  • + 9
 4:19 to 4.25....... I could ride that
  • + 3
 Whoever is talking about "let brakes go" or "he's riding so slow" is just comitting he has never been riding on such terrain. there ain't no place for going fast.

great riding and filming!
  • + 1
 they could try.. right?
  • + 2
 Sweet Jeeesus on a tricycle
:-O
I was cringeing the whole time, especially in the 2nd half where Johannes is riding on that narrow ledge... Scary shit pulled off with total mastery. And IMHO any comparison w/ Rampage, where the riders pick, build and rehearse their lines over and over again is a futile exercise. This kind of vertriding is where it IS happening!
@Colin Stewart... any chance of seeing a behind-the-scenes of this shoot? It would be interesting to see what was not ridden (and why).
Tschuess!
  • + 7
 Got Balls?
  • + 6
 Next worldcup downhill course?
  • + 8
 nobody would whine it wasn't technical enough….
  • + 7
 Least ridden Strava segment?
  • + 4
 And nobody would wine there's too much pedaling...
  • + 4
 Impressive! Balls of steel! I'd love to see Chris Akrigg have a go. I bet he'd opt for a Penny Farthing or something odd like that.
  • + 5
 This guy was definitely born with talent.
  • + 4
 The video would have been perfect if he had fallen on the wooden step at the end of the video Big Grin
  • + 2
 1. He's F'n insane. 2. Amazing bravery and technicality. 3. I would probably just dive off the cliff if I had to ride that slow for that long. 4. Helmet? Who are you kidding Bro?
  • + 2
 This is MOUNTAIN Biking.

"The upper section from the summit down to the upper rinne is relatively straight forward, albeit slightly exposed"

Ahem
  • + 1
 Not sure if this vid makes me want to get out of bed and do something respectable today or nervously hide under my sweaty covers. Even though I knew he'd ride away from it I was still scared as f**k watching that.
  • + 4
 Liteville 601. Wow, 26" wheels can still ride this terrain. Long live 26"
  • + 4
 I think you may find that bike is 650B at the front and 26 at the back. He may have it set up differently but that's what Liteville recommend. And yea, I think its a bit crazy too!
  • + 4
 litevilles are awesome bikes
  • + 2
 my wallet doesn't like litevilles although I do. Smile
  • + 4
 That's a whole bunch of nope right there.
  • + 1
 Now that's what you call Putting the mountian in mountian biking ! Hope he didn't leave anything at the top it's a long walk up again let's see him ride it now there a challenge mwahah....
  • + 3
 I dont know, but is that usual in other parts of the world or is it just austria?
  • + 2
 Seems that "BikeBergsteigen" (BikeMountainclimbing) is pretty much a alpine thing.
  • + 3
 Absolutely Incredible Riding wonder if he saw any of schypto's tracks?
  • + 2
 No fucking way! I'm filling a pool with my sweat... Absolutely nonsense for me but massive balls
  • + 3
 Umm... nice trail where my girlfriend could start to learn Biking ;-)
  • + 2
 mom dad im going to go bike down the hardest hiking trail I can possibly find
  • + 2
 My mother would be embarrassed 'cause I'd plummet to my death.....with dirty underwear.
  • + 1
 I was like... Oh it doesn't look that bad it seems like he's being over carefull then the real stomach dropper started. Then I was like......uh, he needs a wing suit instead.
  • + 2
 The next time some twit whose never tried flats tells me "You have more control in clips"...
  • + 3
 The mother of all rock gardens..ANyWHERE!!! Simply awesome riding
  • + 4
 Agreed with the title
  • + 2
 I hope he had some crank boots on there... probably missing a little bit of carbon
  • + 1
 Wow. I don't think I'll ever again ask the question, "I wonder if anyone can ride this?"
  • + 2
 Seeing the frontpage title pic I knew it's gonna be a Liteville rider.
  • + 2
 Was anyone else waiting for a crash? I might be evil..
  • + 3
 My arms want to cry.
  • + 1
 Damned mans got skills!!! It kinda reminded me of the early kranked movies!
  • + 1
 Definitely not my kinda thing, but holy hell it's impressive. Like combining freeriding with trials.
  • + 1
 No need for slow motion there. Nice to see this on pb, defnitly a very alpine way of mtbinking.
  • + 2
 Whole lotta nope after 3:40 D:
  • + 3
 I woulda said 'Nope' a lot earlier than that!
  • + 2
 i needed a trip to the hospital just from watching that video
  • + 1
 The people around weren't even watching him!? Its this kind of riding I cant even dream about being able to do.
  • + 1
 thanks for sharing, beautiful place, beautiful riding. definitely pushing the sport of mt. biking
  • + 1
 Oh my back is just screaming after watching this video. Great job though. I'm very impressed!
  • + 1
 adrenaline junky for sure! very impressive, had me on edge the whole time!!!!
  • + 2
 full face maybe?.....
  • + 1
 Sometimes speed isn't all that matters.
  • + 1
 Great riding, but it's not for me!
  • + 1
 Open it wide and let it slide
  • + 2
 Seems legit.
  • + 1
 He would have breezed it on a 29er.
  • + 1
 got this goosebumps on my neck just by watching this vid.....
  • + 1
 I'll have what ever brakes he's having
  • + 1
 I think this style is more horrible than Rampage...
  • + 1
 That looks about as fun as forcing a rusty nail up your peehole.
  • + 1
 Low speed compression was pretty well dialled in Smile
  • + 0
 That would have been so much easier (to watch) on the proper bike… a trials bike.
  • + 1
 Was für ne Kamera is das?
  • + 1
 Definitely avids... ha...hahaha....HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA
  • + 1
 Slightly disappointed...thought this was another Hans Rey video.
  • + 1
 looks like fun but shouldn't he be on a slacker bike?
  • + 1
 ok this guy is very sick......huge balls
  • + 1
 I would need 500mm rotors to keep from burning my brakes up !
  • + 1
 What the f*ck, that was so narrow :O Awesome performance!
  • + 2
 3:45 is insane!!!
  • + 1
 This figuratively blows my mind.
  • + 1
 And people don't ride a Durolux why???
  • + 7
 Because it sounds like a brand of condom
  • + 5
 Because someone cares about the name more than about performance/price ratio?..
  • + 2
 they have more money, i think.. the durolux is very affordable here. thats why we love it.
  • + 1
 That was both insane and fearless!
  • + 2
 Big Col never get low!
  • + 1
 We'll I just book marked that as one of my must see places before I die.
  • + 1
 Pedal strike = oh buggery!
  • - 1
 I hope they have same kind of INSANE trail on Coed-Y-Brenin (Enduro) on OCT. 5, 2014...I will be the fastest DH rider ever but not Alive Smile
  • + 1
 coed y brenin is just trailcentre riding, cant compare with this
  • + 1
 Fuck that shit!! Awesome riding tho!!
  • + 1
 Dudes got skills! And some ginormous testicles.
  • + 0
 And now he needs new brake pads!
  • + 0
 but was it fun ? .... it didn't look fun.
  • + 2
 for some riding a bike park is fun, for others riding high alpine stuff is fun....
  • + 0
 ive done these kind of rides and they are fun in a techy kind of way. ( obviously not quite THAT kind of ride )
still it lacks the good flowy goodness.
  • + 0
 Now that's what I call a rock garden!
  • + 0
 meah...Whistler "Blue" run at most ........
  • + 1
 Now that's a flow trail!
  • + 1
 yea but can he whip?
  • + 0
 my durolux dont do such thing.... maybe its lemon..lol
  • + 1
 holy shit!
  • + 1
 holy f*ck thats gnarly
  • + 1
 Nuckin Futs!
  • + 0
 Need new brake pads ?
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