Throwback Thursday: Sprung 2 Peaty at Home - Video

Mar 13, 2018 at 4:44
by Alex Evans  
THROWBACK THURSDAY
Steve Peat nr Orgiva Spain. Late 1990 s early 2000 s. pic copyright Steve Behr Stockfile

When the Sprung series of videos burst onto our CRT TVs and VHS players back in 1998, mountain bike fans were given a visual feast of hardcore riding from all of the sport's stars with fantastic lo-fi filming and editing techniques that really defined the spirit of the scene. Sprung 2, also released in '98, upped the ante with bigger, better riding and more riders, but retained the same rough and ready feeling of its prequel. The Peaty at Home section from Sprung 2 features him and his mates living the mountain bike dream on his local dirt jumps and downhill tracks. Enjoy!




117 Comments

  • + 82
 club roost creaky bar braces and no helmets at trails. it all seems like yesterday. only its 20 f*cking years ago.
  • + 6
 Hah, those bar braces were as noisy as hell.
  • + 10
 Sprung Video Magazine are the best vids ever produced, I was lucky enough to be there and hang with the Obsession guys building most of the tracks down at Cann Woods in Plymouth and out at Chipshop Quarry where Jay did that gap which ended up with him splitting his a$$hole open haha. Miss the good old days #longlivesprung
  • + 2
 Club Roost was probably the worst DH bar ever made but it was the first. If you were lucky they bent on you instead of breaking.
  • + 2
 @heavyp: I must know you then... That was my stomping ground then riding with all the guys in arsenic quarries!
  • + 3
 @Flowcheckers: answer alumilite was my weapon of choice
  • + 6
 Somebody give that guy on the Walmart bike props and a sponsorship.
  • + 1
 @heavyp: who are you?? Also grew up riding Cann, Arsenic Quarry and Haldon. Long time ago. Look back fondly on that, I wouldn't be living in Canada if it weren't for the riding scene then!
  • + 1
 @bigtim: @ferretca18 maybe lads not sure Im from Estover used to ride with Rob Austin, Ben Austin, Andrew Barnes, Sheridan Lawes and a few other and got to Stoggy Trails in Plymton a fair bit but mainly used to ride Cann like every day as its at the bottom of the lane where we all lived. pretty Bomb hole track build all that and the what is called the home track we called in it the Ice Rink, and even the old old track what Jay and Craig Sheffield and all that build before all the trees got knocked down and every weekend we'd all be up Chip Shop also.
  • + 2
 @bigtim: @heavyp: @ferretca18: To be fair Tim, we wuz stoodents back then, most local & stoodent interaction in Plymouth involved violence not cycling! Jay, Cal etc were rare in accepting us, most locals were intimidated by our good looks (i.e. correct number of fingers & teeth) and silky slick rad riding skillz.
A guy called Simon invented all the riding down there if I remember correctly??
  • + 38
 This so awesome, it's like ' A Slice of British Pie' and everything from the 50 to 01 crew but 20 years earlier
  • + 5
 @caldwellvisuals is a kind of heir of Alex Rankin video style
  • + 2
 Except Sprung is far far better.
  • - 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 29, 2018 at 3:44) (Below Threshold)
 @T1mb0: what?
  • + 7
 @WAKIdesigns:
Sprung is better than Slice of Pie
  • - 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 29, 2018 at 5:01) (Below Threshold)
 @T1mb0: Is it a FACT? Wink Cheers
  • + 4
 Yes it is
  • + 12
 @T1mb0: Agreed, this is a demonstrable fact.
  • + 0
 I actually think that Sprung is as good to British Pie as Santa Cruz S8 is to V10.4. Like Kenda Nevegal to Minion DHF 3C. Yes, brings up nice memories (like touching sand bags when 12, imagining they are boobs) but reality is rather different. Off course I am absolutely not right and totally trolling.
  • + 11
 @WAKIdesigns: You can think whatever you like, but this time you're wrong.
  • - 3
 @TEAM-ROBOT: I'd watch Chainsmoke 2 five times per one sprung. It's science. Cheers!
  • + 2
 @TEAM-ROBOT: Yep.
I can happily watch Sprung over and over, but all the slice's of pie have just had 1 viewing... Even the mighty DeathGrip has had a few of my views.
Sprung might look dated now but because it was all during mtb's extravagant over indulging heyday it will never ever be matched... The slice of pies have been good attempts but they are not better and will be forgotten in a few weeks like most things online
  • + 3
 @T1mb0: In all fairness British Pie is something I watch on rewind because after a couple sequences you've seen it all. However there's some incredible sparks of brilliance there. Sprung looks like something BMXers would watch and go: that's soooo fkng lame, and these guys do on those stupid bikes what BMXers did in 80s. I don't necessarily agree with this point of view but I'm sure it's been the case to a certain degree. Now I see some spots from the latest Pie on instagram, and that thing with Danny Hart zapping berms is just fkng insane. Like that latest Sam Hills thing from Chile. When I watch a bike video I want to feel: how the fk, what the fk, how, when, why, no, just no, but how, no, I'm confused but, I think, let me watch this again, I don't know, what... no... I mean how, wherr does he, how oh no, oh... and so on and so on.
  • + 5
 ... sad to say but you've almost entirely missed the pint of Sprung then.
If you'd watched them when they first hit the world they would have blown you away... but you're trying to compare them with what we can be done by current gen riders. Thats not a correct comparison.

From your comments it does not even look like you were into bikes back then, so this discussion is pointless because you missed out on that culture. You'd also miss it just because you weren't in the UK/US at that time.
Sadly it seems you only watch these videos because your trying to be retro cool, so again that makes your opinion invalid.
  • + 0
 @T1mb0: Your whole comment is a total badge of online argument induced hipsterity mixed with skate kids talk. The moment you reduce yourself to "you just don't get it" is the moment to open a beer instead of talking crap about completely irrelevant things that virtually nobody gives a fk about. Honestly, nobody does. We just reached the level of Star War LARPers, you just don't get laid for that and nobody in their right mind would respect us. Time to open my favorite Kronenburg Blanc, I meant no harm So cheers!
  • + 1
 What are you on about?

Likewise meant no harm... I do agree that discussions over beer/drinks are far more worthwhile than any internet based retardation. And they generally involve riding beforehand too.
  • + 2
 @T1mb0: i wrote it with a smile on my face Smile no hard feelings
  • + 4
 I have watched the slice films a million times and I have watched sprung and earthed a million times back in the day; to me this feels like apples and oranges. What made rankins films stand out for me was not just the riding and filming quality but they also have a sort of dreamy atmosphere to them with those ambienty shots and trip hop songs. Slice series are pure skate video style and have less (if any) artistic quality but make me ride my bike more than anything I've ever watched so in that sense they are brilliant as well.

Never liked those big budget films like deathgrip that much, seems like they try to make the mtb version of star wars or titanic, which simply gets on my nerves.
  • + 1
 nah, grudges don't involve nearly enough beer
  • + 1
 @bonkywonky: I'm happy to read your comment, after all the discussion that my own first comment generated hahaha
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns @T1mb0 @TEAM-ROBOT

Agreed 100%. How can I, or anyone compete with those films realistically? All I want is for people to look back on British Pie in 10,15 years and remember what it stood for, or hell even remember it at all. They're both different beasts from different eras. Thanks for watching them anyway, and I hope you check out the last hurrah in a few weeks time
  • + 1
 @caldwellvisuals: for me, in many ways your movies are a documentary about incredible animals. You made my day so many times, some fastest guys in my town just want to go out to the woods build a fe shitty berms and slash it like you guys. It’s a kind of thing that kids do, yet we are 30 something. The segment with Danny Hart in Bigger slice is just one of very few examples that mountain biking has some meaning, that it can represent some higher value, because vast majority of us are just dorks on vastly overdeveloped and overpriced toys. And you were there to catch it on the video. So hats off to you Sir, and to your animals Smile
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: No problem Waki! Glad you appreciate it all. They're just a bunch of nutters!
  • + 1
 @caldwellvisuals: Biggest Slice is genuinely superb!... Nice mix of tunes too.
  • + 1
 The last tune and it’s accompanying riding was awesome. Absolute awesome. Tahnee Seagrave was ripping too. She has a form of freedom of movement that girls rarely express, there are very few like that, Jill Kintner, Caroline Buchanan, Anne Caro. For instance Rachel or Tracy Moseley are damn fast and solid but they look quite rigid.
  • + 13
 How small do the bikes look compared with modern bikes? They looked awesome back then, now they look they are riding kids bikes.
  • + 1
 That was my first thought. Peaty the giant on that tiny bike with the 26" bars that were reaaly wide at the time.

oh and those awful baggy jeans flapping in the wind!
  • + 15
 Nigel Page looks old even back then!
  • + 3
 Was he bald from birth? Smile Cool to see him shredding EWS Masters these days though.

Great vid though!
  • + 9
 Hell yeah! Looks like it was good times. These guys were living the dream for sure. I’m old and crotchety now. Can’t let my kids watch this stuff, even though it’s Peaty, because it’s hard enough to get them to put on helmets! Guy that lives 3 doors down just died last Oct. riding around the block on his Harley Sportster. No helmet. Massive head trauma. Does that make the kids want to wear helmets? Nope. Half the kids in our neighborhood their parents don’t even buy them helmets. Sorry for the rant but I always cringe when I see these vids with people not wearing helmets. The street bmx people are the worst offenders despite their impressive skills.
  • + 10
 You're watching SPRUUUNG video
  • + 9
 ...I should buy a VHS player.
  • + 1
 I wish they still made VCR's
  • + 2
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaC_dvhhkMc Full Sprung 2 movie on youtube. Sprung 3 is a good one (also on youtube).
  • + 3
 No need the whole series of Sprung is on Youtube
  • - 1
 @brianpark - I am sure some hippie yupster in Silicon Valley has a smartphone taking tapes on his drawing board. It is a book thick tablet with VHS pod. You can buy various leather covers for it. Like one making it look like a copy of Wealth of Nations or Atlas Shrugged
  • + 2
 @MmmBones: There are many reasons why they don't. If, like me, you spent about 10% of the 80s and 90s sorting out the tracking on various generations of VCR and waiting for the bastards to rewind a tape, you too would now worship at the church of YouTube. VHS can suck a bag of big ones.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Worshipping YT, that's funny. A VCR is superior in that it can't tell you what to watch, censor certain things using algorithms or demonetize VHS tapes.
  • + 4
 Awesomeness. I remember hanging with Alex, Milan and Sharney making these vid's at plym' uni / art college. Couldn't believe they had the impact they did for a few country guys who live cider, riding and music. That Steve Peat / Palmer monkey bike footage was madness.
  • + 4
 Back of the garage where I used to play it don't seem like much now but it did in those days. Awesome lyric. And Horbury BMX track makes an apperance in this clip 0.55 seconds. My old hangout in early 2000s. John spurr at Royds. He was known in the Wakefield area pre internet age for being a dirt ripper! Wonder if he still rides now 20 years later. Good post, Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 Still knocking about is John, my mate was riding with him a couple of month back
  • + 3
 We have it easy nowadays. With those long stems and steep HA, it looks like they're constantly mid-way into an OTB. I honestly find it quite intriguing that it took so long to figure out bike geometries that were not completely shitty.
  • + 3
 Ace.

Loved the Sprung vids back in the day; they were watched so much that the VHS’s used to get worn out. Them and Chainspotting were our go to films. The bikes do look pretty silly compared to modern bikes, but then again we were all riding bastardised XC bikes.
  • + 4
 Woods have changed a bit since then.
He was the reason I bought a gt Lts, and it’s the only bike I ever snapped. Good times.
  • + 5
 The good old days!! Wish I was 20 still..!! Sprung were the coolest vids out there.
  • + 5
 Before Earthed ! Alex Rankin made mountain bike movie history with his "Sprung" and "Earthed" series .
  • + 1
 @DutchmanPhotos - I was 21 when I saw Sprung 2. And I don't want to go back to a period when I couldn't ride for shit Big Grin
  • + 12
 @WAKIdesigns: and no pinkbike comments section.....
  • + 1
 @deadbeat: ...yes... and phones didn’t have cameras... nor GPS... no Strava... and people were still cutting corners!!!
  • + 3
 Legend. Respect. Total time warp. I remember those days riding quill stems, suspension that sucked, square taper cranks, above the bar shifters, rim brakes, and 50 something gears.
  • + 2
 I used to love spring, was only 11 when these cam out but they opitimised the scene and how much fun people had. Begs the question what ever happened to the tea bag eater ????
  • + 1
 He was doing the EWS track previews and highlight videos a couple of seasons ago. He sometimes used to do World Cup commentary with Warner before Claudio took over too.
  • + 3
 As murfio stated, that was Cunny (Richard Cunynghame).
  • + 1
 @mammal: so it was I remember now, that had me in tears back in the day. Was it hi that did the 2011world champs commentary for Danny?
  • + 5
 @darransandwich: No, that was Rob Warner with Nigel Page (also in Sprung). That commentary was legendary, and at the time I hoped he would keep that role. I guess he has a pretty OK day job though, being team manager at CRC and still able to keep racing.
  • + 1
 @mammal: ah right yeah not a bad job either then ????
  • + 1
 Check out my Instagram account: @chrisbrownsheffieldsteel
for the replica build I’m doing of the Bike Peaty is riding on the trails and in the Malverns Classic 1998 sections of Sprung 2 ????
  • + 2
 awesome, when men were men and wore baggy jeans , not these skinny pseudo ladies paint on jeans that seem to grace the yoof of today!!!
  • + 0
 hear hear - need a nationwide campaign to put the 'man' back in the British man
  • + 3
 Always kept wearing baggies. They're in fashion in something like an eight year cycle. So when they're in, I should stock up for the next cycle Wink .
  • + 3
 They'll be back soon
  • + 3
 Whit? Skinny jeans have been around since the dawn of jeans.
  • + 2
 @tomo12377: haha we'll get Nigel Farage to front it
  • + 2
 Yup helmets didn't become common place until early early in the 90's and cars didn't have seatbelts in the back seat until 1986 It's a miracle any of us survived our youth.
  • + 2
 love that first song,i started digging dirt jumps because of this vid, the local council hated me haha,some kids still keep rebuilding them even now.....
  • + 1
 As much as I love the UK boys it was all about ChainReaction and NWD for me!

However MBUK's Dirt and Tricks and Stunts are classic UK riding movies Smile
  • + 2
 Awesome stuff, man bikes back then were so different , narrow bars and looked tiny. Theyve come a long way since
  • + 2
 I'm sprung,
Dog she got me
Got me doing thing's I'll never do
If you ain't been I'm telling you…
  • + 2
 She got me doin the dishes
  • + 1
 Watched this so many times when I was a yungun, was obsessed with the Sprung series. How small does that bike look under peaty though!
  • + 5
 Wheels are too small, couldnt watch.
  • + 3
 The STS looks ridiculous now with Peaty on it but back then it was normal
  • + 2
 @Captain1Eye: it’s actually a lobo he’s riding the sts was a thermoplastic lts. With the shock behind the seat post.
  • + 1
 @Captain1Eye: Resembles a gorilla dry humping a basketball.
  • + 1
 Last clip in the wharny section I think is NEMBA track in wharncliffe which still exists 20 years on! Mad.
  • + 1
 Raw and rowdy tracks. 26 inch wheels. Bulky pads. Good stuff. Thanks for the throwback.
  • + 2
 May go and look at my Z1 Bams.
  • + 1
 Could not wait for the next sprung video to come out, back in the day..... inspiration for riding and life back then.
  • + 2
 Steve pete is what made me love downhill biking.
  • + 3
 was that nigel page?
  • + 2
 It certainly was.
  • + 2
 It’s was Nigel page,ex bmx champion and awesome dh rider back then. Not bad now either.
  • + 1
 ooh how could you tell?
  • + 4
 @mikelee: Back in the days when he was known as Nigel 'No Wage' Page
  • + 1
 The 90s keep looking more and more dated. Ugh.
  • + 8
 @jeremiahwas : because time.
  • + 1
 @Obidog: I guess I should have been more clear - as a guy that grew up in the 90s, I’m bummed that videos from then look increasingly dated reminding me I’m getting older.

I understand why they look dated.
  • + 1
 @jeremiahwas: because sarcasm...
  • + 1
 Love those baggy, washed out 90's jeans. Nigel had the style : )
  • + 1
 Back when frames were so thicc they all looked like e-bikes
  • + 1
 When you are a very good rider, but an even better human being! Legend!
  • + 1
 Nigel getting rowdy on the Kmart bike...ahaha love it's rotteness
  • + 1
 Man this feels just like 20 years ago. ‘kin ell.
  • + 1
 I miss high school.
  • + 1
 Sick stuff!!!!
  • + 1
 26 for life Wink
  • + 1
 What is the second song?
  • + 1
 'Somethings got to give' by Annalise Really good UK punk band from back in the day. It's pretty hard to find any of their stuff online unfortunately.
  • + 1
 how good
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