Video: West Coast Riding Sometimes Bites Back

Mar 10, 2015 at 8:41
by Max Berkowitz  
Views: 111,264    Faves: 620    Comments: 42



Video by Max Berkowitz Visual / @MaxBerkowitz
Additional footage by Connor Macleod / @cmac

Thanks to Bond Training, Chromag / @Chromagbikes, Different Bikes, Kona / @konaworld , and Muscle MLK for their support throughout 2014.

Music by Action Bronson




139 Comments

  • + 155
 new trick: dead sailor to front flip.
Dialed
  • + 8
 pause at 2:27 and he looks like a gorilla
  • + 131
 For sale:
-barely used Pike, never bottomed out
-halfshell helmet with small scratch on top
  • - 53
flag abzillah (Mar 23, 2015 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 For people who's bike feels like this during a jump, it means you need to adjust your rebound. Either make the front faster, or the rear shock slower to balance the bike out for similar cases like in this video.
  • + 56
 this is exactly why when I "start" feeling fatigued at our local downhill spot, I go ahead and pack it in and call it a day. It's always the last run that ends up with disaster.
  • + 30
 Good advice abzillah but it looked to me like he just got "caught out" with a body fully stretched and not enough leverage to pull up. Also, he came up short (likely from getting caught out and not being able to pop off the lip). Looks like a good rider and it happens to the best. Wicked crash to catch on such good quality film and great to see him roll through and not get hung up at any point to keep that momentum going through and not into the ground and body. I'd assume he was sore though... great riding and edit. Thanks!
  • + 1
 Yep I did that to myself 7 weeks ago - only i was going much faster and hit a compacted gravel road. I am still not right. By far the most painful crash I have ever had....
  • - 4
flag editor (Mar 23, 2015 at 12:58) (Below Threshold)
 @abzillah
Or just take one regular 26" trail bike and take the hit like a dude. Wink
  • - 19
flag fatenduro (Mar 23, 2015 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 Bars being too wide also contributed to the flip. With arms fully stretched out his head was still too far forward to stop himself from flipping.
  • + 14
 @abzillah do u really believe that the fall is due to rebound adjustment???
  • + 2
 Rider looked so far off the back for needing to take pedal strokes to speed up between hits. Probably didn't help anything. One lucky SOB to land that the way he did. Thought for sure that was a face auger / broken neck the way he took off.
  • - 2
 Gfromars: too slow a rebound did cause an endo for me once. I was rolling a 3 foot rock drop with a flat landing. My boxxers compressed fully when my front wheel landed and I did a slow mo endo. Sped up the rebound, did the same drop again and again, and never happened since. I felt the difference right away, just when I felt like I was about to go over, the boxxer pushed me back upright when the rebound was fast. The one time when the rebound was slow my handlebars never pushed me back up and I flipped.
  • + 7
 Neck braces, people!
  • + 0
 I know how it works shock's rebound, I don't think that fall is caused by rebound in this case but by a wrong weight load on the rear...
  • + 6
 bars too wide haha
  • - 21
flag seanrallison (Mar 23, 2015 at 17:00) (Below Threshold)
 @abzillah you sir are completely right. You know how I know you're gay? you just straight legged a 10ft gap and ate shit

Better adjust that rebound!
And wear a full face with neck brace...
  • + 2
 @mtbdude562 i already unlocked that trick since my bmx days
  • + 15
 @seanrallison

still with the "gay"?
  • + 9
 The crash obviously had to do with the sized up frame, bars being too narrow, not wearing gloves, SPD instead of flats, non26" wheels, and damping/dampening/dampering. Hmm Rebound is a new one... Good job keeping us on our toes Pb!
  • + 2
 Its a good thing he flipped that much any less and his neck would be done
  • + 2
 Ya it has nothing to do with his weight being forward and by the looks of it his front wheel hits that log. I could be wrong though
  • + 1
 did the tire touch the frame when the fork was compressed?
edit : I should have read other comments
  • + 1
 holy shit you're right! wheel is really close to the frame
  • + 1
 y. this video was hard to watch: i kept expecting his lawn-dart crash to happen any second...
good video, though.
  • + 0
 Yeah, he cracked top and down tube when he did this.
  • + 5
 Geez the only thing missing is a mathematical formula or forensic data to more intricately dissect the cause of the dude's crash. He was shredding hard and took a tumble... it's called pushing your limits. Bravo for rolling out like a ninja!
  • + 0
 @biosis I totally agree. The only reason I said he broke the frame is I know him and he had a smiley face on both the top and downtube
  • + 62
 love how he rolled out and came thru with a shit eating grin - recover like a boss.
  • + 6
 He so damn lucky to get away with it like that ! Looks like he realised half way over he needed to rotate more or he's gonna snap his neck , scary shit man
  • + 16
 Hes just standing there oh so casual holding a twig, hahahaha
  • + 5
 I imagine that we've all had moments like this:

Like the time I endo'ed over the side of the trail, would up - upside down on the cliffside, held up by some brush, with close to a sheer drop of approx. 40' below my now upside down body (bicycle above me)...needless to say, I was pretty damn lucky.

Rubberside down!!
  • + 2
 @ledude: I've done the same. Totally ****ed a few foot wheelie drop right next to a big sheer drop. One stumble, and the next thing I knew, I was falling backwards, head first, over the edge. A fortuitously placed vine(massive one) is all that saved me from certain injury, or possibly worse. Sometimes you don't fully realize the magnitude of risk until you're knee deep in it.
  • + 3
 @kmayHD He traded his bike for a sweet twig he found on the ground.
  • + 45
 Some people just bounce, some of us don't. He was very lucky. I'm in the unlucky camp. If I fell in a barrel of tits I'd come out sucking my thumb.
  • + 27
 Wow! Full wheel to frame contact! That fork is toast!
  • + 2
 I wanna see the how the bike is looking now.
  • - 10
flag rickaybobbay (Mar 23, 2015 at 11:07) (Below Threshold)
 may have bent the down tube... i mean, its a kona after all.
  • + 5
 Yeah, saw that and went 'uh oh'... curious to see the carnage too... lol
  • + 1
 if u pause at 2:27 it does look like it bent
  • + 0
 no, it does bend... thats pretty rough.
  • + 1
 doesn't seem like the kind of whoopsie that should cause bent parts or tires contacting down tubes.....
  • - 1
 That top tube "bend" could be caused from a rolling shutter on the camera. But I'd have to guess it's toasted.
  • + 2
 that's why the video end's there, because the bike got f*ck*d up ahahah
  • + 2
 Looked at the vid again, he actually doesn't endo till the front wheel gets locked up when it hits the downtube. I'd say the blame is more the fork than the frame. If the fork hadn't flexed so much that the front wheel hit the downtube, then the downtube wouldn't have bent, and the front wheel wouldn't have locked up... and he might have rode it out. Here's a BMX example of flex causing endo... www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMBfGaOVc2k
  • + 1
 That video... can't unsee...
  • + 21
 how did he manage have this insane crash, and come out of it holding a stick haha
  • + 40
 Because he sticked the landing?

No? I'll get my coat.
  • + 13
 I was waiting for that crash the entire video and then BAM!!! Then he just jumps up like nothing happened?!
  • - 3
 tucked and rolled. probably trashed his frame tho. thing went FLYING
  • + 13
 Kona for sale. Ridden once.......
  • - 4
flag RedBurn (Mar 23, 2015 at 13:25) (Below Threshold)
 broken frame kona snaps
  • + 12
 Filming that must have been quite the Process.
  • + 5
 Could've been worse... Had a similar thing happen on the east coast except worse. Went off a 10ish foot rock drop that I'd hit plenty of times... Didn't think to check the landing since it looked fine. Turned out it was 5-6 inches of crazy thick "mud-sand"... The moment my front wheel made contact I came to a dead stop and face planted SO HARD. I was so concussed I started doing jumping jacks to make sure my body wasn't broken.
  • + 7
 I like how he comes up holding a stick and is all chill
  • + 5
 I thought that wasn't supposed to happen with the new generation of bikes, pikes and wheels sizes?
  • + 6
 Oh don't worry about that! The frame he was riding actually came out of an original "press" run of twenty frames. Soon after the crash, Kona discovered that the frame was not made to their specifications. Yeti... I mean Kona, have now fixed things Wink
  • + 4
 oh good I was considering a new bike but didn't want to spend the money if I was still going to crash! Wink
  • + 4
 Lol, they managed to shoot for the 2.5 seconds there was some snow on the coast this year!
  • + 4
 Cringed the whole video waiting for the crash! Suspenseful!!! Glad he's alright!
  • + 1
 hm....someone seems happy with that 'endoscopy'. Did that stick come from where I think it did?

Last time i went OTB, my handle bars clipped a chain link fence on the trail. Was already booking it and boom! Everything went slow mo...and then a hell of a lot of pain.
  • + 3
 This crash could have totally been avoided had his 29er been spec'd with Boost 148/110!
  • + 2
 with electric assist
  • + 4
 "I got the stick!" -rider probably
  • + 4
 Cracking into mr. wonderful very swiftly there!
  • + 4
 Tunes a banger
  • + 0
 gnarly endo flip crash! Glad he rolled out ok....I ride flats just so I don't have that happen when riding aggressive. You can see he's clipped in still which causes the front flip OTB...cant just open your legs and bail/jump over the bars.
  • + 2
 I did that same sh1t about a month ago except I took a nap. Concussions are a bitch. Just getting back on the bike. Actually posting this from the trailhead pit toilet...
  • + 2
 Glad he was ok, and love how he grabs on to a little stick after the tumble! Rider reflex maybe, looking for the bars still. Nice vid, riding and tune.
  • + 1
 i remember the days when i could bail like that and walk away unscathed... if that happens to me now, i am out of commission for 6 months and have permanent reoccurring pain haha
  • + 2
 Good riding an good recovering.Like a Booooooooooooooooooooooooossssssssssssssssssssssssss...
  • + 4
 Tuck and roll baby!
  • + 4
 Action Bronson!!
  • + 1
 i heard your bitch still wears ecko!

lol.

sick line, only one better is.........

rockin very loose pants.


the o.g. song from 1974 is badass too.................

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV_HB0CTlRQ&index=182&list=PLEFFF135A76810760


smooooooooth.
  • + 1
 Bronsolini!
  • + 2
 nice jams on this video....Action Bronson
  • + 2
 I think that guy knows Aikido for sure!
  • + 1
 I was just thinking that. Tucked the chin, threw the shoulder down and executed a very nice forward ukemi.
  • + 1
 crap i have a 167 on order i hope that tire to frame issue is the fork bending
  • + 1
 I love Action Bronson, I love this Video. - kudos on the steezy eject too bruh!
  • + 1
 And thanks to the clipless he didn't only make frontflip but also threw his bike as a professional bike thrower Smile
  • + 2
 what bloody terrible song!
  • + 2
 this is why i dont ride clipped in anymore.
  • + 1
 Sick trail sick riding and a sick bike with a sick crash at the end.glad he got up and smiled about it though!
  • + 1
 If you look at his face, you can tell he knew he was gonna have a bad time haha
  • + 2
 I hate that feeling at 2:24 when you know you've f@cked up!
  • + 1
 Wonder what's gonna happen if he hits his face on that dirt without full face helmet.
  • + 11
 wonder whats gonna happen if he falls in a puddle without a life jacket.
  • + 1
 Injury? I've hit my face on dirt without a full face in a way more devastating fashion from a lot higher up and it hurts a lot
  • + 3
 What song is it?
  • + 8
 darude san... ahh just kiddin: Easy rider - Action Bronson, tis a good tune.
  • + 2
 Yard sale front flip stick grab !
  • + 2
 lucky
  • + 1
 Well that crash was insane...
  • + 1
 good exit. Tuck the head in and hope for the best.
  • + 1
 Operator error! It happens to the best of us.
  • + 1
 "Endo"Ro.... Wonder if he'll win an evoc back pack?
  • + 2
 quick release Smile
  • + 1
 If he hadn't of manage to pick up the stick he would have broke his neck.
  • + 1
 balls to the wall...great riding son
  • + 1
 2:21 see's penny, 2:25 aims bike directly at penny, 2:29 gets the penny!
  • + 1
 Great vid! The double after the drop off was pretty sweet!
  • + 1
 That track looks like so much fun to ride
  • - 1
 An excellent advertisement for flat pedals. Although if he was clipped in the bike might have rotated him right round! Danny Mac would have landed it...
  • + 6
 He's clipped in though.
  • + 1
 Oh wow, you're right! Madness, he really is lucky then. Clearly I need to be crashing at higher speeds to stop the bike tomahawking me in the back of the head when I go over the bars....
  • + 1
 with you getting used to clips you can take your feet's off like a flat pedal, it's only a Matter of time and learn how to ride with them
  • + 1
 It's really, really hard to punch out of clipless when you're fully extended like that. Nearly all of the twisting motion has to come from your hips, which is very difficult to do. "Learning how" doesn't have much to do with it.

He was committed to trying to ride that one either way, didn't really have any intention of bailing. Props for that I guess. Got real lucky.
  • + 1
 Lol how did he get that twig in his hand?
  • - 1
 halfway thru he switches from tld knee pads to poc knee pads. amazing. maybe should've stuck with tld to avoid crash at the end...
  • + 2
 Loam to the dome!
  • + 1
 Pinkbike been flooded with great videos these last couple of day!
  • + 1
 2:32 He looks like he's just having a casual fun day in the forest
  • + 1
 well if that doesn't promote neck braces i don't what does...
  • + 1
 well that ended quickly
  • + 1
 Hey! He stole my move!
  • + 1
 Lucky Rookie !
  • + 1
 Good video
  • + 1
 Sick crash.
  • + 0
 This guy crashes like an amateur, not enough practice. I'm a pro.
  • + 1
 BAM BAM BAKLAVA
  • + 1
 is that exit 38?
  • - 1
 West coast riding, where on the west coast?
  • - 2
 if only he had goggles we could have called that "enduro"
personnaly I m crying at that speed
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