Steps to the Top, Emil Johansson - Video

May 3, 2017 at 11:26
by SRAM  

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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." – Aristotle

They say about great athletes that the body is quiet, that they waste no effort. Same as it is with great artists and musicians—their magic is often strongest in what they omit than in adding another brush stroke or note.

Watch Emil Johansson for a minute and you’ll see that same sort of economy of effort, a fun but edited riding style that is quiet, while at the same time projecting no small amount of genius.

This stylish Swede is only 17 years old, but he already rides with a level of competition maturity that takes most riders years to achieve—if they find it at all.

We could discuss his work ethic, the fact that he has often practiced in freezing temperatures. We could talk about this young rider leaving home to practice in a warmer climate, or how he’s been competing since he was 13. We could go into all kinds of details into the life and mind of Emil Johansson.

But, somehow, that would be decidedly un-Swedish, and feels like it would actually betray the art he made at Crankworx, Rotorua. Because, tala är silver, tiga är guld. Talk is silver, silence is gold.

Steps to the top Emil Johansson

Steps to the top Emil Johansson
Steps to the top Emil Johansson

Steps to the top Emil Johansson

during Crankworx Rotorua New Zealand.

during Crankworx Rotorua New Zealand.

during Crankworx Rotorua New Zealand.
during Crankworx Rotorua New Zealand.

during Crankworx Rotorua New Zealand.

Steps to the top Emil Johansson

Video by: Mind Spark Cinema
Photos by: Adrian Marcoux & Sven Martin
Words by: Joe Parkin

MENTIONS: @SramMedia

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  • 80 1
 Brandon Semenuk of the future?! Love how he brings his own creative style, he's got bar spins dialed!
  • 11 0
 yeah, this dude is the new-school.
  • 44 0
 How about Emil Johansson of the now?!
  • 27 1
 Mix of Semenuk and Soderstrom.
  • 3 1
 Calm, cool and collective! What a doozie!! Wink
Something Brandon Semenuk has been wanting to get the past few slopestyle competitions..... Emil Johansson(MJ) of the NOW!!! Wink Wink
  • 28 0
 I feel that he will be on the scene for a long time! The new king
  • 5 0
  • 21 0
 THAT flipwhip to invert, oh my god this kid gets me amped
  • 15 0
 That 3 downside double whip was the most steezy trick thrown in Rotorua. Emil has a lot going for him
  • 9 0
 Yes Emil, so good my man.
  • 9 0
 Red Bull... you know what to do.
  • 8 0
 AND BOOOOOOOOOOM another Mind Spark Beauty !!!!!!
  • 7 1
 Wasn't this the guy riding with no sponsors a while back?
  • 4 1
 Yup. He got sponsored by Chromag a while ago and then by Trek after placing 4th at Crankworx Whistler
  • 4 0
 I'm speechless. This was soooo amazing, imagine on what kind of level we are on slopestyle that he got third place...With THAT KIND OF S**T! JUHUUUUUU!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 Scuse me....???? Did he say that double the the second run....for the win....all or nothing...was his first ever double truck of a drop???? Insane!!!
  • 2 0
 He is so stylish and dialed and he has all the big tricks but they look so casual. If this isn't the future, then it's 29'' slopestyle bikes
  • 3 1
 Heck yea, Emil. Keep smashing laps and keeping them stylish
  • 2 0
 Is the climb switch on a slope bike necessary?

ps. Love This KID!!
  • 2 0
 It's not necessary, but very useful... On my Fox Float DPS, the climb switch acts as a lockout with a blow off. The bike feels like a hardtail until you really start to G-out in the lip, or until you overshoot a landing. Then you feel some cush. This way, the suspension is really predictable. Shocks that ship with slope bikes sometimes even come with an "Extra Firm" climb switch tune, in addition to having extra slow rebound and extra firm compression tunes.

For trail riding on a slop bike, I run my climb switch in the "open" mode, and usually with a lot less air pressure in the shock. It's really fun!!
  • 1 0
 anyone knows what kind of setup he is running for the gyro up front? is that hydraulic or mechanical?
  • 1 0
 all mechanical dude, 1:56 shows his rear brake
  • 2 1
 Style for dayzzz. Love it.
  • 3 1
 Yeah Emil!!!!!!
  • 2 1
 Moves like semenuk style like soderstrom????????
  • 2 1
 SO GOOD Smile
  • 2 1
 Beauty on the bike
  • 1 0
 Way to go Emil!

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