Must Watch: Kade Edwards Goes Bonkers in 'Lyrics 003'

Nov 7, 2023 at 7:07
by RockShox  

Words: RockShox

Kade Edwards is one of those riders who makes you want to jam… jam at the dirt jumps and jam out to your favorite tunes. Lyrics 003 is a homage to all things Kade: his favorite riding spots in the U.K., the English punk rock that influenced his style and attitude growing up, and the limits he will continue to push as one of the sport’s greatest, but most down-to-earth, riders who does it for the love of two wheels.

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PLAYING TO HIS ROOTS

Kade Edwards needs no introduction to the bike industry. At 23 years old, he is a fan-favored fixture in over 200K followers' Instagram feeds. Loose, outrageous, and down to have fun on any size of wheels, Kade's infectious style is only spreading as his presence at Darkfest, Red Bull Hardline, and as a hopeful Rampage contender becomes more prolific.

Born and raised outside of Huddersfield, U.K., Kade grew up 20 minutes from High Green, Sheffield, where the Arctic Monkeys band formed in 2002. This same year, Kade started riding a bike, and that’s where his life-long obsession with riding began.

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bigquotesI don't think I've ever spent a day off a bike since I was two years old. It's my life.Kade Edwards

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GEN Z INSPIRATIONS

Music influenced Kade’s riding style from the very beginning, and his dad’s taste in music influenced what Kade listened to. At 10 years old, Kade tuned into the Arctic Monkeys for the first time while riding in the car with his dad on the way to hit the local dirt jumps. The lyrics from Arctic Monkeys became the backdrop to many riding sessions for Kade as he progressed his riding day in and day out.

Fast forward 13 years, and Kade has a rolodex of accomplishments across all disciplines and scads of tricks up his sleeve. A former Junior World Champion, Kade is equally at home spinning slopestyle tricks and hurtling down a World Cup race course. But Kade never strays far from his roots, his tastes in music, and striking the balance between competition and soul riding.

When his competitors are out training, Kade is hitting the biggest jumps on the planet (just for fun). When given a blank canvas to design a kit and bike, Kade comes back with psychedelic oil slick. When asked what would be the one song he would like to make a shreddit to, Kade turns on Arctic Monkeys’ “Brianstorm”.

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bigquotesMy taste in music is very wide, but this song shows off my personality, where I'm from, what I'm about. It just goes with the tempo of my riding style.Kade Edwards

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BUSINESS UP FRONT, PARTY IN THE BACK

Following in his dad's footsteps, Kade took to racing at a very young age. Tying on his first number plate at 6 years old, Kade started out on motocross and trials bikes, but eventually dedicated himself to downhill racing to ride and train with the world's best talent coming out of the U.K.

Meanwhile, the Arctic Monkeys released "Brianstorm" in early 2007, climbing to the top of the U.K. Singles Chart and Scottish Singles Charts. The song became one of the band's most successful singles worldwide, showing their fans they meant business on their follow-up album. With defiant and raucous energy, the Sheffield band played to no one's rules and played across whatever genre they felt inspired by: alternative, indie, hard rock, pop, post-punk revival.

And just like his music influence, Kade never put himself in a box with riding. While on the upward trajectory of becoming a World Cup racer, Kade never abandoned the skate park, dirt jumps, or favorite trails for training. He would have his cake and eat it, too.

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bigquotesI’ve always been a racer and I’ve always gone to the skate park. I bike because I enjoy all types. I want to win but I also want to have fun.Kade Edwards

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DON'T THINK. JUST RIDE.

Kade's ability to throw massive tricks and big air without pause can undoubtedly be attributed to the tens of thousands of hours he has spent on a bike. But he also surrounds himself with some of the most talented riders in the world. Session the Hardline course after breakfast? Totally normal. Learn a new trick after lunch? If Kade had an Outlook calendar, it would be on there. But the thing is, he doesn't spend time scrolling Instagram, checking emails, or overscheduling his life to keep up with what the world expects of high-profile athletes. He has figured out what makes him happiest, surrounds himself with others who possess a similar ethos and dedication, and doesn't bother with the rest. While bikes may be the escape from life we are all seeking, bikes are just Kade's life.

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bigquotesSometimes, you need to remember how gnarly it is what you’re doing. But at the same time, you need to forget and think it’s normal.Kade Edwards

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GETTIN' JIBBY WIT IT

Kade's custom Trek Fuel EX is loaded with Lyrik Ultimate and Super Deluxe Ultimate, the perfect combo for pumping backsides and spinning tricks. While his race bike is all about optimizing speed, this bike is all about being flickable and playful. Eagle AXS keeps the cockpit clean for x-ups and turnbars, and Kade's Reverb AXS ensures every ounce of energy goes directly into the runup with zero distraction.

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bigquotesMy custom Fuel EX is super playful, super short, super steady. It just feels like whenever you tell it to do something, it’ll do it. I love that vibe.Kade Edwards

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BREAKING THE INTERNET

While some say the Arctic Monkeys forever changed the music industry by gaining fame and popularity through the rise of online social media, it is their exceptional lyricism and eagerness to evolve that kept them relevant for the past two decades. While every riding clip that Kade drops seemingly breaks the internet, we have a feeling there are a few more tricks up his sleeve that will mark him as one of the sport's all-around greatest. Until then... be like Kade—stop looking at your phone and go ride your bike.

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Video filmed and edited by Kuba Gzela. Photos by Ross Bell. Words by Sarah Rawley.

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67 Comments
  • 115 1
 Kade is the perfect physical balance of brute strength and finesse with mad steez.
  • 4 0
 well said
  • 4 10
flag cro-magnon (Nov 8, 2023 at 0:53) (Below Threshold)
 your comment hast 69 likes. alltough i want to upvote i won't.
  • 1 4
 @cro-magnon:Well fart fizzle n stink... Rolleyes at least vote one way or the other. For the so called tolerant there's no reason to remain offended but i understand thats how they are. Jail ! Although it is rather entraining to witness lol
  • 44 1
 Don’t think there are many people in the world that could claim to ride bikes better than Kade.
  • 28 0
 Fuck, arctic monkeys and this riding. I indeed need to go out and ride my damn bike!
  • 31 0
 Commas are wild...definitely misread that lol
  • 1 0
 @dwtsk2: hahah. So true
  • 21 0
 His style is just unmatched so damn good to watch
  • 12 0
 "the English punk rock that influenced his style and attitude growing up" - that took me way back to the days of my big angry brother listening to punk in the late 70's, and then I felt kinda old when I realized that Arctic Monkeys are the equivalent for young Kade!

Love this edit. There is something so compelling about watching an expert rider riding trails that I know I could ride - there's no comparison between how I would do it compared how they can do it, but there is at least a faint line connecting us both! I'll happily watch and appreciate a 120ft canyon gap flip, but that's other-worldly for me, I don't feel so directly connected to it, like I do with this kind of edit.
  • 3 0
 Kade is one of my top 5 'favorite' riders but i was expecting to hear some Rudimentary Peni, Discharge, or GBH.
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: Rudimentary Peni, that's a deep cut, they're from my village.
  • 12 0
 Referring to them as 'punk rock' may be the greatest travesty I've witnessed on PB. It's Indie at best - and they don't have a bottle mount.
  • 2 0
 @alexhyland: That's amazing! Been a huge fan since the first 7". My 'avatar' here on PB is Nick Blinko. Hope he is doing OK.
  • 14 1
 This is another perfect example that creative filmers shouldn't be filming/editing pro riders such as Kade. We want to see his riding, not thousand cuts without actually seeing what he does on the bike.
  • 1 0
 So true
  • 8 0
 There was me wondering if I was under biked with my Fuel ex Maybe not
  • 1 1
 You can over-stroke the Gen 6 to F160/R150mm fairly easily and it unlocks a new level on the downhill. Such a great bike
  • 1 0
 @huntertumbleson: tell me more! I'm certainly curious!
  • 8 2
 Wait, I thought you needed 38 mm stanchions to ride like that
  • 7 1
 But what helmet brand is he wearing?
  • 3 0
 100% Aircraft 2
  • 2 0
 Kade edwards has so many similar traits to me!
We both ride black lyriks, he rips (I at least ride) we both like cameras and we make almost the exact same oomph noise when we have a hearty crash!
Big difference I guess is he is great to watch and I try to never be filmed
  • 6 0
 The best of British
  • 3 0
 It's like watching Masterpiece Theatre, Alistair.
  • 2 0
 Am I the only photog nerd who is amazed at the variety and quality of these photos? Just curious what the camera rig/setup was...
  • 1 0
 When you open the photos the camera details/settings are generally included on the righthand side
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 Just clicked these ones and unfortunately no details are available from them..
  • 2 0
 Dumped 3s ohhh yes!!! Nice bit o film to watch. Think I'll do it again. Smile
  • 4 1
 The best bike/rock edit since Pigs X 7 and Adam Brayton?
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the reminder I need to go and watch that one again! So good.
  • 2 0
 Since that run at Loudenvielle he's gone right up there to the top of my list.
  • 2 0
 Great to see @rushmere_ride_riders and @woburn_bike_park ridden like that.
  • 1 0
 Sorry, Should have been @rushmere_ridge_riders
  • 2 0
 That Arctic Monkeys song must have cost a lot to license, who says there's no money in the bike industry!
  • 2 0
 are the arctic treks ride monkeys?
  • 2 1
 Would love to see him next to Phil!

(And I wonder why he’s still on 100% after what they done to him at the last WC…)
  • 12 0
 Did it finally come out why he had to miss the MSA race? I can't remember reading any more than "some sponsor bullshit" about it?
  • 4 0
 Filmed before? Also would like to hear more details on what happened...
  • 2 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: Yeah. If you'd been in the UK since MSA you'd know that wasn't filmed recently. Rain, storm, rain, storm, repeat.
  • 1 0
 still on trek contract so has to run 100% currently
  • 1 0
 @pilsz: I think dak talked about it on the vitalmtb podcast episode right after MSA
  • 2 0
 Smooth operator. Favourite rider, no frills just plenty of steez
  • 2 0
 Kade is f*cking wild, he really deserves the " must watch" tag.
  • 2 0
 Great edit all involved - Especially you Kade :-)
  • 1 1
 such a beast. Had the chance to meet, ride, and witness this man tear so hard at Catty Woods on the bmx last month. Such a treat and a super nice guy! Cheers Kade!
  • 2 1
 So nice that they didn't have the manners to thank the woburn lot for filming there...
  • 5 3
 Must watch?
  • 1 4
 More like Must Mute
  • 2 0
 Oh Woburn 3
  • 1 0
 this guy is a bike genius!!
  • 1 0
 Good stuff. 29 in the front?
  • 2 0
 looks like same as this bike: racing.trekbikes.com/stories/equipment/bike-check-the-fuel-exs-of-parallel-ii

which says it's a mullet, but with a custom shorter chainstay.
  • 1 0
 Can we know how much travel his bike got? It doesn't look 140/150mm...
  • 1 0
 How does one achieve this level of steez....
  • 1 0
 Patron Saint of Ground Steeze
  • 1 0
 “DON'T THINK. JUST RIDE.” is right !
  • 1 0
 Inspiration
  • 1 0
 Bike poetry!
  • 1 0
 fire2000
  • 1 0
 Paint job is sick
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