Freeride Mayhem - DarkFest Highlights Video

Mar 30, 2017 at 8:57
by Pure Darkness  


We here at Pure Darkness and The Fest Series are stoked to finally present our masterpiece. After weeks of building, testing, crashing and shredding we are proud to show you what we got up to. So sit back, relax, hit play and turn it up!

 Eric Palmer
It all starts here, 75ft above the ground. Hitting the big step-up was the fastest I've ever been on a bike for sure. To give you an idea we were braking hard for the 75ft line, but speed tucking for the step up!

 Eric Palmer
Aggy knows... Jumps don't build themselves! Especially ones this massive, it's a constant mission yet pleasure to groom and improve the jumps every day.

 Eric Palmer
Style is timeless and it doesn't come better than Andreu Lacondeguy, showing how the big stepdown should be hit.

 Eric Palmer
And the C- Dog Kaudela showing how not to on this occasion! Certainly not a jump you want to crash, a 50 footer stepdown into a massive bombhole... Lucky, the king knows how to take a crash.

 Eric Palmer
KJ the dude effortlessly hanging out the first jump.

 Eric Palmer
Great to see Aggy back on a bike and boosting the big hip.

 Eric Palmer
And the sickest build team there ever was, Nico Vink and C Dog.

 Eric Palmer
No caption needed, we all know who this is!

 Eric Palmer
The Great White shark fin claimed a few victims this week but such a fun way to start the line.

 Eric Palmer
These jumps are so big Nico managed to invent a whole new type of turn up whip. Epic.

 Eric Palmer
All sorts of crazy leans could go down on these jumps. Meany and leany.

Huge Flat 3
Big flatspin on the beast

 Eric Palmer
The tower...

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The speed...

 Eric Palmer
And the insanity. Adolf Silva ruled the Darkfest winning the best trick, (double flip) and the Masters of Dirt biggest slam award (at the end of the edit)

Whip Champ
The Spank Megawhip off champ was Kurt Sorge, with awesome whips on every jump in every direction.

 Eric Palmer
But the grand prize of the Dark King went to the undisputed ruler of the week, the Fest first timer Clemens Kaudela.

Long amp Low Test Pilot
We brought him along for his amazing machine and building skills but he really went above and beyond in everything he did from 14 hour dig days, welding, tractor driving, even riding the 80 footer that no one else wanted to hit. All hail King C dog! Enjoy your horrible haunted trophy and $10,000.

 Eric Palmer
Speaking of the 80 foot line, every time we tried to film the big line it was just too windy for mtbs, so here is Ethan whipping it on a random moto that was at the farm. Feels good when your jumps are so big they have to be tested on a motorbike!

WEEK3 UPDATE

 Eric Palmer
Well that's all from DarkFest, from me and all the crew we want to say thanks to all the Fest Series and Pure Darkness fans, as long as you keep supporting us we will make sick edits! And especially thanks to Monster Energy, Polygon Bikes, Spank Ind and Masters of Dirt for helping us put this together! Cheers! Next stop... Black Sage Fest! Cant wait!



64 Comments

  • + 123
 I'd high-five everyone within 50 miles if I just rode down the drop-in ramp....
  • + 40
 I'd high-five everyone within 100 miles if I just climbed up the tower...
  • + 2
 haha comment of the day right there
  • + 1
 Each step, mind racing over what happens to you and your bike with just one slip up...
  • + 2
 That tower just needs sauron on the top!
  • + 1
 Dropped in faster than Saruman with Legolas' arrow.
  • + 1
 Could you imagine if wind caught you while you were halfway down
  • + 49
 Super stoked to see Aggy back and shredding! After seeing his crash at Rampage in person I'm convinced he's not human.
  • + 23
 I guess I'll have to start calling my XC bike a Road Bike..
  • + 20
 That was great... but where did all the frames go in the video? I'd love to watch these at 60 fps, not whatever sub-30 that was. (Incoming downvotes from non-believers)
  • + 6
 Thought it was just me.
  • - 3
 thought my computer was struggling but i guess it was a bit of both
  • + 1
 Probably only shoot higher FPS for the slomo shots
  • + 14
 Vink is a steeze monster.
  • + 8
 yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUuuuuUUUUUUUUge
  • + 8
 No one did ride the loop?
  • + 7
 Thank God, I didn't want to see anyone die.
  • + 3
 There is something about the Fest.... I just can't get enough of it!
I really need to see this three or four times at least to really realise How mental this jumps are !!! And even more ..,all the insane and radical riders what they achieve in every single jump! So f#%ng stocked to see this and any of the Fest series videos!!!! FREERIDE FOR LIFE!!!
  • + 6
 As soon as I saw the step-up I was praying for a double backflip...dreams do come true!
  • + 6
 HUEVOS GRANDES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 11
 HUEVOS RANCHEROS!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Absolutely love this kind of events. Big bikes with big dirtjumps. Cant wait for some more festseries stuff to come up. To be honest I enjoyed the weekly building and testing edits more than the actual highlights. Probably cause in the weekly edits you were able to get more inside the event yourself after hearing riders thoughts and excitement. Would be intresting to hear how the jumps feel, what kind of setting they have to run, how to hit the first times etc. I wish other festseries would bring out the building and testing edits too. Kind of like behind the scenes, while riders are still in the scenes. Also loved how quickly those weekly edits came to public. Just when the excitement was the biggest after seeing riders social media feeds and so on. Rock on!
  • + 6
 THE WAIT IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 Amazing riding guys. Would have loved to see the loop
  • + 4
 Simply AWESOME! Thanks lads, you just made my week!!
  • + 5
 Sweaty palms...
  • + 1
 How come all the riders are on DH Bikes this time? In all the pure darkness edits they're on dj and slope bikes, which they got a bit more sendy on I thought.. but still pretty damn rad
  • + 4
 No front brakes... Says it all.
  • + 3
 These guys are sending the big jump going faster than I've ever gone on a fire road.
  • + 5
 Gnarly!
  • + 3
 crash reel at the end needs to be it's own segment "Darkfest: when bikes attack"
  • + 3
 Where's the ebikes...burning in a huge pit of crap?
  • + 2
 I had to restrain my self from letting out a few "YYEEEWWWW" s and "DDAYYMMMMNNN"" s while watching the video
  • + 3
 I could watch Aggy's tables all day
  • + 3
 Could be a part from an old Crusty Movie Wink !
  • + 1
 I wonder what speed there doing at the bottom of that ramp. I'd love to see a POV run with the speed data overlaid on it.
  • + 2
 props to who ever took these photos! POD
  • + 2
 Thanks man!
  • + 3
 more more.....
  • + 2
 OMG. So sick! Do they get airmiles for that?!
  • + 3
 Nobody did the loop?
  • + 1
 The only unit of measure here is "as f*ck". The jumps were big af, gnarly af, etc.
  • + 0
 Is it just me or was the Pure Darkness 3 video way more sendy and wild than this years dark fest video?? i was kinda let down tbh......
  • + 1
 Just you
  • + 1
 Holy shit, amazing jumps and style. That 80 foot transfer is insane.
  • + 1
 does anyone know the exact height of the drop in ramp??
  • + 2
 I think they said 75 foot, so near 23 meters hight. The loop is 40 foot hight.
  • + 1
 Sir Sorgle-Hoff's last whip was 'Hane.
  • + 1
 so fucking good - these guy are my heros
  • + 1
 Stoked... time to ride!!!
  • + 1
 Apparently the Merida survived after all.
  • + 2
 finally!
  • + 2
 Heavy! Yes!
  • + 1
 This makes rampage look small, and that is rampage for Pete's sake.
  • + 11
 @ angushall19: big dirt jumps vs. rocky cliff.... two different categories, bud!!!!!!!!! Frown
  • + 1
 Cosmological scale!
  • + 0
 Real mountain biking real progression take note dick bike companies!
  • + 0
 Why about that mega-loop? Anyone hit that?
  • + 1
 Yes!
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