Must Watch: Braydon Bringhurst Is Incredible Riding Up, Down & Switch-Footed in 'ALL WAYS'

Feb 21, 2024 at 21:06
by Canyon  

This is Braydon Bringhurst’s vision of the perfect mountain bike ride. Climbing, descending, carving, jumping—shredding all ways—through diverse landscapes in a celebration of the modern trail bike’s versatility.

The task: Capture one continuous ride through Bellingham, Boise, Moab and Sedona.

Inspired by creative minds to communicate a message: To shred in all the ways—in every direction—up, down, around, on all types of terrain.

The aim: Appreciate every moment on the bike and connect viewers to well-known trails, inspiring riders to rewind, and rewatch, to appreciate the nuances hidden in many key moments—from the rider's point of view.

Let's celebrate the decades of engineering and technological evolution that has led to the creation of today's trail bike to truly be the "do-all" bike—providing the versatility to: Shred. All. Ways.

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bigquotesWith any new project, one of the first things Braydon says is 'we're going to do this all on public trails that everybody has ridden.' On our first location in Bellingham, there's a dirt road that is actually an 'up' trail everyone climbs. He's like, 'Yeah, no one's ever really ridden down this, but everybody rides up it every day.' So it's interesting how Braydon sees normal trails that everybody rides and figures out a way to change it up and add his little bit of flair to it.Anthony Smith, Photographer

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bigquotesWorking with Braydon has been really rewarding because, first and foremost, he is a creative, even before an athlete. All of his ideas translate really well between his mind and the bike. I film a lot of freeride athletes, so I always have to know how the angle will best complement the riding. But with Braydon, there's that extra level of complexity where it's like, 'Well, now my feet are different so we have to show that,' or we're going to be doing this shot mirrored to this other shot. So we really have to think ten steps in advance here. Not just about the shot we're doing, but about the shots we're going to be doing after this one. It's like we don't just show up to a single trail location and get the shot and move on and then think about the next one. It's like, 'No, we planned out our whole day' in terms of how we're going to be achieving these different things that he wants to do. Then when we get to that spot, it's really about refining the camera angle to make sure we can show what he's doing. If we're like, 'It might not be noticeable first,' then I almost like that more—that maybe someone won't notice the nuances in the shot on the first time they watch it.Tory Powers, Cinematographer

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bigquotesA mountain bike has to climb. But as a community we forget, and focus only on the descent. With Braydon, the climbing stuff is obviously unique and it's great to have a proper gravity rider that can push the bike in both directions—up and down the trail—inspiring us to focus on all aspects of the ride to be enjoyable.Leo Malmeryd, Canyon Product Engineer

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If you look closely... Braydon is riding left-foot forward (his unnatural stance) for the first 57 seconds of the film

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bigquotesWhen you're coasting—whether you ride right-foot forward or left-foot forward—everybody has a naturally 'comfy way' and a 'not comfy way' to ride. Everybody has been in a situation where they might have come out of a turn pedaling and they are about to clip a pedal and they're like, 'Crap, I have to switch feet here for a second.' It feels so wrong. Seeing Braydon do everything in both directions is something that I've never witnessed. I've never even seen someone that's comfy enough to ride a trail with the opposite foot forward, let alone do all these different whips and spins and stuff with different orientations. I think to your average ride or seeing that, I think it's going to be a little bit of a brain melter because it's almost achievable—within reach—for some people to think about just riding a trail with that simple of a change. Being able to ride switch-footed is such a valuable skill to have.Tory Powers, Cinematographer

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bigquotesBraydon is out here riding the Eagle Bike Park, practicing, all the time. There was just so much that went into it, it just blows my mind. He always has such detail-oriented things that might get lost on a lot of people. And he even made the comment, when he's doing the filming or when he's practicing, it's not necessarily for everyone else. It's getting that perfection, getting that practice in. And every day Braydon comes out, and maybe for a week straight, he's working on just one turn with one foot forward until he gets that thing dialed. And the fact that he makes it work in the end is incredible.Rob Hollerman, Trail Builder - Eagle Bike Park

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bigquotesA mountain bike is supposed to just rip trails, in general—fast trails and tight terrain—and also be able to jump and trick, like riding the skate park. And, ultimately, a mountain bike must also climb with versatility. A good mountain bike is supposed to be really good in a lot of scenarios for a lot of people to enjoy riding. And Braydon does a great job highlighting that.Leo Malmeryd, Canyon Product Engineer

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bigquotesWhether it's whipping to the right with your left foot forward or whipping to the left with your right-foot forward, Braydon is able to program his brain to make his body mirror the movements in both directions—which is totally unnatural for most riders.Anthony Smith, Photographer

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Left-foot forward, whip to the right (top right); Right-foot forward, whip to the right (top right)

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Left-foot forward, whip to the left (top left); Right-foot forward, whip to the right (top right)

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bigquotesIf you're right-handed, try to write with your left hand and make it look just as good. As an athlete, not many are born with an ambidextrous ability. Braydon worked hard to get every move dialed to figure out if all those things were possible with all those different stances and spinning regular and opposite and all that stuff. I think it just goes back to his roots as a more traditional athlete and just being able to hunker down and put in the work.Anthony Smith, Photographer

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Left-foot forward spinning counterclockwise (top left); Right-foot forward spinning clockwise (top right)

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bigquotesThe opposite rotation 360 was so hard to learn. it was weird because the right three and the left three look almost identical, but the cues in my head, are completely different to perform each. In practice, I kept falling on to my back when I tried it in the foam, and on the airbag. I was trying to match my same mental cues from my left three and left foot forward, and it wasn't working. And so I just had to learn new cues that were helping me figure it out. Completely different, which is a mind trip because it's almost like I had to turn each move into two completely different maneuvers. So that was a lot for me to learn.Braydon Bringhurst

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FRAME: 2024 Canyon Spectral, Small
FRAME SETTINGS: Flip chip—Low
SHOCK: RockShox Super Deluxe
SHOCK SETTINGS: Pressure—185PSI, Compression—Open; 6 clicks from open, Rebound—Mid-way
DRIVETRAIN: SRAM GX Transmission
BRAKES: Code Ultimate
WHEELS: ZIPP 3Zero
FORK: RockShox Lyrik
FORK SETTINGS: 85PSI, 5 Bottomless Tokens, HSC—2 clicks, LSC—3 clicks, Rebound—4 clicks from open
HANDLEBAR: Deity Brendog, 760mm
STEM: Deity Copperhead, 35mm
GRIPS: Sensus Lite
TIRES: Maxxis DHR; Front—29x2.4" 29PSI, Rear—27.5x2.4" 31 PSI

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The Burst Media Creative Team:
Director and Editor: Nicole Bringhurst
Cinematographer: Tory Powers
Still Photography: Anthony Smith
Artwork and font: Notchas
Rider: Braydon Bringhurst
Writer: Scott Hart

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Eagle Bike Park builders Brandon Zile (left), Nate Eshleman (right) and Braydon Bringhurst (middle); Rob Hollerman (far right)

With support from:
Canyon Bicycles
SRAM/RockShox/TIME/ZIPP
Eagle Bike Park

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78 Comments
  • 205 1
 Honestly just a huge thanks to all of you for watching my projects over the years. So many nice comments. Not sure how much longer I can push my riding to these limits but I’m sure enjoying our rad community, these incredible bikes and tech(thanks to the decades of R&D that have gone into our bikes today), and the landscapes we get to ride. Happy and safe shredding out there everyone. To my amazing partners, my fellow riders. Big Cheers! I’m honored to be involved in mountain biking.
  • 25 0
 We're honored to watch you ride,Braydon. No need to break yourself trying to push the limits, you're already way up there on the top. Hope to see more of you!
  • 26 0
 Man pre-popping over that tower at 3:55 and dropping 20 ft was the sickest thing I've ever seen on a bike. The entire video oozed of style. That was an incredibly inspiring edit. You've reached the absolute pinnacle of riding ability.
  • 8 0
 absolute masterpiece...I saw my face overlaying yours in a dreamlike state.
  • 4 1
 No… thank you.
  • 4 0
 Burning question, did you have the steering stabilizer on during all of this?

Nice riding either way!
  • 5 0
 You are my mtb riding goal dude. So good! got the opportunity to visit moab last year and just watching you shred those trails like that gives me goosebumps, so much technique, flow, speed and fun. Stay fun, stay safe.
  • 7 0
 Good one Braydon! I laughed when you looked backed at the Snotch and shook your head. As always with your edit, it's inspiring and a little bit depressing (at my own riding haha) at the same time. Cheers!
  • 6 0
 Thank you Braydon for making this video! It shows what riding at the highest level really looks like. Your bike control, skill and precision in all areas are incredible!
  • 3 0
 Amazing riding. The way you interact with natural terrain and features is just beautiful.
  • 2 0
 That was outstanding dude. Seriously incredible riding, this video is up there with some major titles in my mind!
  • 2 0
 wow - beautiful job! Love the way you ride! And great job filming + editing by your wife Smile
  • 1 0
 Sooo cool!
  • 56 0
 I guess Braydon rides exactly as I'd wish to ride if I had unlimited skill. Not like Bruni, not like Emil Johanssen, but exactly like this.
  • 5 7
 Quite similar skill set to JKW. Superb to watch hey!
  • 37 1
 A lot of incredible edits end up blurring together over time, but there's SO much subtle stuff in this one I am sure I'll watch it a bunch more times this year. Great work by this team.
  • 14 0
 That blind hop over a cliff to a steep landing at 3:54 is mind blowing
  • 25 0
 One of my favorite mtbers to watch outside of racing, keep on slaying it Braydon!
  • 26 2
 YES!! Candide Thovex of MTB.
  • 18 0
 Wildly impressive.
I don’t think I’m overstating to say that there’s style approaching a Semenuk, technical ability on par with Akrigg and the climbing chops of an elite level rider like Nino… possibly a level above in the latter category.
Seeing him climb the slick rock is a wonder… even though an ebike would have the power to go up those otherwise descending trails, most ebikers would be afraid to loop out and likely not even try.
The switch foot riding is something that I have worked on in my riding for over 20 years now. The versatility and safety it brings are worth the effort of otherwise taking “a step backwards” as you learn. That’s the nature of learning though, where you sacrifice moments of strength in technique to adapt to something that feels awkward. It’s only in pushing through that where you find the benefits on the other side. In the past two seasons, my goal has been to learn to corner right with my right foot forward. As it’s always been about advancing the outside foot to get a natural hip turn into the corner, I’d never really tried cornering with my weak foot (goofy or right foot) forward going right. Honestly, there wasn’t much reason to learn to turn that way except for the idea that learning switch riding in the first place meant that you would never be caught with the “wrong” foot forward… a real bonus if you come around a corner in your opposite stance because of some move you had to make and then being confronted with a drop where it would be a miracle if you could stop.
Anyways… blah blah blah… the ramblings of an instructor type who can’t help but analyze things.
As before though, this was a pleasure to watch in so many ways. From filing to editing to soundtrack, a real treat for the eyes and ears.
Thanks for the effort Braydon and Team.
  • 11 0
 this. the best riding i may ever witnessed.. joy for the eyes. definetly saving it for future times. thanks to all the people involved in it
  • 11 0
 This was fantastic.

101 on how you do brand/product marketing.
  • 7 0
 Absolutely incredible riding, many moments where I was getting my mind blown hoping to see a second shot of it, just to have the next shot blow my mind too!

That nose 180/bonk/rollback into the drop at 2:53 was god tier.
  • 5 0
 that was amazing. my skateboard background made me doubly impressed. i always think frontside and backside when it comes to turns on the ground or in the air, and anything opposite pedaled feels just like going switch on the board. doing your 360s the hard way both ways, that was bananas. one of the best edits i've seen.
  • 8 0
 Wow. Power, bike control, and style. He’s got all three in spades.
  • 7 0
 What a delightful contrast to all the skeezy bro-shreddits. Such great work by all involved. Gets me stoked to ride!
  • 7 0
 If there ever was a "Jedi" in the bicycle realm, Braydon would be part of the 'Order'.
  • 4 0
 I've never been tuned into switchfoot riding in MTB vids, but Blue Steel switch is really impressive. Glad they highlighted that moment. When they started the video I thought he was Left foot forward, then a lot of the video is Right foot forward. Ok MTB P.Rod!
  • 4 0
 6:41 of pure bliss. When I think about mountain biking, this is what I envision -- not just one discipline, but all of them mixed together and artfully executed. Thank you Braydon.
  • 5 0
 Wow first edit I've watched with full attention in a long time. Seriously good work, sweet riding and editing.
  • 3 0
 So sick. Mike Aitken used to switch feet mid set so he could do turndowns both ways. Impressive to see that taken to another level. Unreal riding Braydon! Also, huge respect for doing this all on public trails.
  • 5 0
 Braydon's an alright rider I guess.
  • 1 0
 @braydonbr curious if you can spin towards the back foot, and if so whether it was harder to learn oppo 3's switch footed or normal footed?

Also, your videos/riding are hands down incredible and inspiring to watch, this one being no exception
  • 3 0
 Thank you for the nice words! And the spinning question… my regular way is left spin and spinning towards my back foot(right foot forward). It was fine and I used to do it that way, but I felt like I would often end up nose high on the rotation.. not a fan of nose high 360’s. My favorite style rider (RDog) does them spinning to his front foot and dips or goes flat on them super nice. So I tried it and it works. Then I just built out my swapped footed riding from there.

The whole oppo spin(right) was really hard. I would say harder than the foot swapping on the left three. Haha thanks for the tech questions. Cheers and keep shredding!
  • 2 0
 @braydonbr: thanks for the response! Yea I've been learning/working on 3's for the past year and change, ride right foot foward and spin left. Also end up nose high often. I think i've gotten them dipped now but I've thought that before only to have the front tire start slipping upward again. Gonna have to give this switch footed thing a try
  • 2 0
 That energy that you have to put on on this move is exhausting to watch lol. This is kinda style I love and trying to do but to afraid to used my bike because its to expensive. lol
  • 2 0
 Send location of the vortex allowing the loam to desert effortless transcend. Or maybe all those sick watts you possess in those legs open the portal? Please tell secrets now..
  • 4 0
 Beautiful video and incredible skill. Most impressive video I've ever seen.
  • 5 0
 Wait, don’t you usually ride up the Whole Enchilada?
  • 5 0
 Fuck E-Bikes - We need Braydee Bikes. All the Energy...Amazing ...
  • 2 0
 Pause at The Snotch. Ha. Classic. This is truly one of the first vids Ive seen in a good while that makes me want to go ride my bike! ((Grabs lights, puts on the night chamois, airs up tires....))
  • 5 0
 Sick
  • 3 0
 Big up for those uphill sections. It's truly some masterclass riding on going up on sketchy stuff.
  • 3 0
 Humble brag, but this is EXACTLY how I ride in my head when I think about riding!

Incredible edit, @braydonbr !
  • 3 0
 Some of the best all around riding I've had the pleasure of watching. On top of that, beautiful camera & editing work.
  • 4 2
 Mountain biking...is more than just about the dedicated descent..it's all about the journey and the whole ride..things that escooter boosters fail to grasp..sick riding
  • 3 0
 This is fucking awesome. One of the best edits of the last few years. Absolutely fired me up to ride!
  • 3 0
 Wow, one of the best videos I've seen in a long time. I want to go ride now.
  • 3 0
 that was the first of probably many times i will watch that video. well done from that whole team, impeccable work
  • 4 0
 That was beautiful.
  • 4 0
 That was awesome
  • 3 0
 Truly special riding and edit of the Moab and Sedona trails.
  • 3 0
 all the style dabs I can only dream of are there. Excellent.
  • 3 0
 Always bringing the style and to both film and riding. Love to see it.
  • 3 0
 Chilled AND Dialed! That was good Mountainbiking.
  • 3 0
 Complete mastery. Incredible.
  • 3 0
 I mean "Bellingham, Boise, Moab and Sedona" - yes please.
  • 3 0
 Impressive through and through!
  • 2 0
 The side hits on the fire road In Bellingham and the pre hop into the tower in Moab were really sweet.
  • 3 0
 Butter dripping off a hot biscuit. So smooth. So good. So inspiring.
  • 2 0
 Excellent riding, beautiful music. 10/10 will watch again!
  • 3 0
 damn. zoned right in.
  • 2 1
 Was just thinking other day, Haven't seen anything with this dude for a good while. He is like a superhero on wheels.
  • 2 0
 The riding, the music, and the editing on this one are just so so so good!
  • 2 0
 I love this video so much.
  • 2 0
 That was absolutely insane mate
  • 2 0
 So much joy in the riding. You killing it! I want to ride my bike now.
  • 2 0
 6 minutes worth spending watching
  • 1 1
 Riding a small spectral , he looks to be 5’9”? Sounds like he’s not into the more reach/effective top
Tube is better, propaganda
  • 1 0
 That’s quiet the spectralcol he seems to have been in a canyon the whole time
  • 2 0
 wow
  • 1 0
 wow! great video!! amazing riding. great filming!! perfect!
  • 1 0
 This is mountain biking…best edit in a long long time
  • 1 0
 Wow, that is some serious bike handling, crazy good.
  • 1 0
 All around riders are the best! Beautiful riding!
  • 1 0
 Big big fan! Nice one dude!
  • 1 0
 Amazing!!!
  • 1 0
 Love it







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