Judges' Results: X Games Real MTB

Apr 24, 2021 at 14:34
by Alicia Leggett  

Warning: Spoilers below.

The results of the judged portion of the X Games Real Mountain Bike video competition were announced today in an hour-long segment aired on ABC after last week's release of six edits from DJ Brandt, Danny MacAskill, Veronique Sandler, Brandon Semenuk, Brage Vestavik, and Cam Zink.

The results are as follows:

1. Brandon Semenuk
2. Brage Vestavik
3. Cam Zink

Congratulations to Brandon, Brage, and Cam. Also, don't miss the other edits from Vero Sandler, Danny MacAskill, and DJ Brandt.

bigquotesWhat does it take to win X Games gold in Real Mountain Bike? For the six athletes competing in the inaugural: it’s the power of the massive step down. Taking home the inaugural gold medal in Real Mountain Bike is Canada’s Brandon Semenuk, followed by the biking Viking, Brage Vestavik, in the silver medal slot, and veteran freeride royalty Cam Zink in the bronze medal position.

All six athletes threw down in true MTB freeride fashion, but there was no getting around the collective step down power of Semenuk, Vestavik and Zink. For Semenuk, it was the corked barspin 720. For Vestavik, it was the Norwegian gap of death. And for Zink, it was the world’s heaviest backflip roof drop.
X Games

While the first part of the competition is settled, voting is still open for the fan favorite portion of the competition until the night of April 25 at xgames.com.


370 Comments

  • 1440 89
 Brage got robbed
  • 292 81
 His edit was so raw in a good way. It shoulda won. Semenuk is semenuk. It's so good, but robotic and perfect. These results are crap
  • 245 22
 At least he got beaten by Semenuk. These two were in a league of their own here.
  • 159 43
 x games proving that they're nearly as in tune with mtb culture as nbc is with it's coverage of rampage. It's fucking embarrassing!
  • 129 11
 Oh shit! wait.... maybe x games understand that a clear winner being robbed generates more buzz than the obvious winner winning.... fuck.... illuminati.... Or maybe I'm reading too much into it....
  • 130 5
 @zstover: I agree with you that Brage should've won but I feel like the problem with Brandon's edit is that it is so much like every other edit he has dropped in terms of the way its shot and the tricks he does that the shock value just isn't there. Also the filming just feels so much more detached from the riding whereas Brage's is raw af and focuses entirely on the rider
  • 24 6
 @kcy4130: I love the comment, I would trust the x games judge more than any news anchor now tho
  • 120 14
 I wanted Brage to win but you're all insane for saying he got robbed. All these edits including Semenuk's had insane shit. MTBing redeemed itself after that Germany slope shit show. Freeride saving the day once again. More money and exposure into the pockets of those who deserve it. What a tragedy!
  • 8 0
 @chickennuggetsaregreat: kinda like its not "real" or something... Wink
  • 1 0
 YUP!
  • 4 1
 I came here for this exact comment
  • 126 0
 @kcy4130: absolutely Illuminati influenced. I mean, Semenuk's video is 1.33 long. Now everyone knows 1+3+3=7 it's truth. But Chewbacca is a Wookie from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about that. That does not make sense.
Why would a Wookiee, an 8-foot-tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor with a bunch of 2-foot-tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: "What does this have to do with this case?" Nothing.
  • 35 2
 @zstover: Ya, I hear these 'robotic' adjectives getting thrown around, and while I agree that he makes it look easy and effortless, I don't think anyone can deny that Semenuk is steezy af
  • 49 19
 @rippersub: Semenuk's video is a bunch of slope jumps built out in the mountains. Hardly what "real" mountain bikers relate to. Brage's video was all sketchy freeride features! Hell even Zinc went bigger than Semenuk did. But apparently this was a spin to win competition
  • 46 5
 #bragegotrobbed #brageagainstthemachine
  • 3 1
 @kcy4130: Oh Canada!!
  • 3 1
 @BigMulaCeazy: oh for sure he is, but it seems like he can do anything and everything he pleases with what looks like no effort at all.

He puts the work in for sure, but no one can ride like he does. Gotta give someone else some shine.
  • 8 0
 The fact that this is the top comment speaks volumes. Brage is a raging beast of Nordic freeride fury!
  • 12 11
 @friendlyfoe: Even if you just take into account the Editing quality of each video, I still feel Semenuk’s video was not nearly as well edited as Brage’s. The editing is what gives the video its feel. I wonder how closely each rider worked with the editor on the vids? My guess is Semenuk left all the editing to someone else and won because he flexes big clout in MTB, whereas Brage is Instagram famous mostly, but worked closely on the editing.
  • 1 0
 I agree.
  • 18 0
 That's the thing about judged events. Your perspective doesn't always align with the judges. Braggs riding is raw, and hard-core, yet somewhat unrefined. Personally, it was my favorite edit too, but its undeniable the precision and feature packed tricks don't yield favor for some. We're comparing a Scalple to a Sawzall... Both are very effective in their own right, and share one very distinct similarity, however they are not the same.
  • 9 52
flag likeittacky (Apr 24, 2021 at 20:32) (Below Threshold)
 NA, Zink's the one that got robbed. should've been like this. 1. Brandon 2. Cam 3. Brage
  • 3 0
 Yup, clear winner. Hope everyone votes for him as the fan favorite.
  • 1 0
 @zstover: exactly correct
  • 7 1
 @chickennuggetsaregreat: You are right. Every time Semenuk drops a new video he just brings it up a notch. Not that that was even humanly possible for anyone else but he didn't on this one. He is by far the best but Brage jblew everyone away with simple filming but insane riding.
  • 11 6
 Y hate on semenuk coz he won. Both the edits were mad.
  • 5 1
 Judges suk
  • 12 76
flag prmtb04 (Apr 24, 2021 at 23:58) (Below Threshold)
 Vero got robbed. Not a single mention of her in the video. Typical sexism in mtb
  • 31 37
flag justwaki (Apr 25, 2021 at 0:25) (Below Threshold)
 @prmtb04: not a single POC allowed to enter either. Racists!
  • 30 4
 Isn’t this called “Real MTB?” Brage had the most real part; real riding, real crashes, real conditions. He’s doing the things you’d do with the homies, just on a way gnarlier scale. DJ and Cam both captured that too, Brage just served it up in a less censored manner. Do put out the only really “real” part in the group, MTB isn’t about manicured jump lines or $35,000 cameras. Hit me with an old VX and some raw jank.
  • 11 1
 @Dropthedebt: The reason Chewbacca chose to live on Endor is because Ewoks are highly trained in the art of giving amazing handjobs and Chewbacca receives several handjobs a day from the Ewoks.
  • 20 88
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 25, 2021 at 1:13) (Below Threshold)
 Whether it's sarcastic or not, any race based humor by you should be avoided given your past history of racist comments which you've never acknowledged or apologized for, you coward scumbag:

WAKIdesigns (Feb 21, 2020 at 8:01)
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I would love that with Chinese accent... Maxxis taya wong way on the weaw of dat owenge

April 2, 2020 "You only get a few voices of sympathy from SJW lunatic camp. Who are also a-holes!"

WAKIdesigns (May 20, 2020 at 2:19)
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@mitochris: because that would go so well with principles of journalism. Like mentioning source of information. Typical stupid liberitarian leftists, social justice warriors approach to "freedom of speech" - paranoia caused by treating yourself as woke enlightened, and seeing general population as bunch of idiots who could get corrupted by a right wing propaganda, and could put you and your convenient set of values in question. Fkng bike site, fkg simple string of information and some fkng idiots needed to politicize it. Get fkd. Get fkd, you are as stupid as those two grannies, this is what you will become. Sour old pricks believing in greater order of the universe, seeing world as place invaded by awful people stopping you from reaching your Elysium. GET FKD.


 WAKIdesigns (Feb 22, 2020 at 2:2Cool

@adhd: I strongly recommend you to learn the difference between joking at Wong Adwess and saying that “Nigs are Apes and should be kept in cages” followed by “just kidding” stuff I heard on the gym from an Arab guy getting annoyed with Somalians being loud when doing bench press - Good night in your comfy world. There’s nothing that is more contemporary white than whites virtue signalling about racism.

WAKIdesigns (Feb 22, 2020 at 5:55)

@ButtermilkBar: Asian minorities hahahha - you are so progressive and getting so far ahead you went around the globe and ended up in your own a*shole. We’re not buying it. You feel in minority, it is called minority complex and you are projecting it. You are not an awareness warrior. You are not getting any medals from anyone. Find me the offended people and I will apologize to them. Bye mr moral supremacist.
  • 56 15
 @DoubleCrownAddict: thank you for turning this thread into another BS of yours. Seek help little man.
  • 7 0
 @Dropthedebt: so does that mean that semenuk is chewbacca and everyone else are ewoks?
  • 16 73
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 25, 2021 at 2:29) (Below Threshold)
 @justwaki: Nah, this is about you, not me. Those are racially offensive statements you made before you walked out the door like a stubborn coward instead of apologizing for them. Remember?

WAKIdesigns (Jun 5, 2020 at 15:05)
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Ok, can someone at Pinkbike please pull the plug? I am almost 40 damn it. Gets creepy. I’m like Jennifer Aniston or Mike Levy pretending they are 25

@brianpark @sarahmoore - come on 


But now you are back again, pretending nothing ever happened. Not feeling so creepy anymore? I'll be documenting more of your posts in an upcoming blog I'm working on, and publishing it soon. Including the posts where you suggest that other Pinkbike users commit suicide because they are concerned about global warming.

Funny you tell me to seek help when I found another post from your past where you admit to taking a psychological medication for a psychological condition you claimed to have. Still taking it?
  • 10 4
 @justwaki: If you look really closely, you can see something that appears to be is a Piece Of Cake (POC) in the window of one of the houses at the top of Brage's last drop.
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: Hillory Clinton wants to know your location
  • 3 6
 @justwaki:
No. Just, no on that Waki.
: (
  • 2 0
 @murfio: so glad someone took the time to make me laugh about little furry creatures pleasing a big furry creature, thank you.
  • 8 1
 Someone else said it below, but barge's video wanted me to go dig and ride. Sem's flippedy whirls are amazing, but variants of variants. I compare what he does to Danny Mac. Both have this niche of which they are the best in the world at, but in every Danny Mac video, Danny does something we've not seen before. Sem's all look like a slope style course.
  • 8 12
flag TheR (Apr 25, 2021 at 7:07) (Below Threshold)
 Unpopular opinion here, but they got first place right. If anyone got robbed, it was Danny for second place. You could make a good argument for third with any of the other four. I would have gone with DJ, with just a slight nod over Vero.

The guy is a beast, but I just don’t see the Kool-Aid everyone is drinking with Brage’s edit. At least not to the overwhelming extent it’s been drunk.
  • 9 0
 @TheR: I think we'll see Brage win the fan favorite (as it's pretty clear here). I get the judges choice based on sheer difficulty and execution. But based on the first reaction and emotion you feel, Brage will take fan favorite.
  • 1 0
 @zstover: Yeah, no doubt he’s fan favorite by an overwhelming margin. Can’t argue with that. I don’t get it, and everyone else’s opinion other than mine is wrong of course (haha!), but I freely acknowledge he was the fan favorite.
  • 1 0
 @chickennuggetsaregreat: totally agree. Every Semenuk edit feels very clinical to me. It never looks like he's pushing himself. I know that's because be probably practices a ton & only puts the perfect ones in the edit, but it makes him seem like a robot.
  • 2 0
 @nation: if they were actually going for "real MTB" all the videos would be some people pedaling up a trail, shredding down with their friends and having a beer in the parking lot after.
  • 2 0
 @zstover: yeah, never seen B-nuk throw a half cab on an elevated skinny. The manual to tailwhip was impressive too. Whole edit was jaw dropping!
  • 3 0
 BOO this judge!!!
  • 6 1
 @zstover: Brandon definitely should have won best trail sculpting and best builders on his crew, but as is often said his riding is too machinesque for regular riders eyes. No errors or slips are tolerated by his work ethic.

Judges seem to like it on the other hand....
  • 1 1
 Obviously fixed, sponsors wouldn’t let it happen
  • 43 5
 @DoubleCrownAddict:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
@brianpark please ban this person and block their IP. Their constant flogging of other PB members is inappropriate. Whatever the reason, it is no place for a public forum such as PB. This behavior should be dealt with in private DMs not here. Literally every post is a Manipulation to try and make whoever or whatever sound sensitive, racist, or homophobic.
They have already had their account frozen for this behavior.
It needs to stop now.
Thank you.
  • 7 3
 DoubleCrownAddict:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
@brianpark sorry, that was supposed to say sexist not sensitive.
  • 17 0
 @jomacba: he loves to bait people. He is a master at it. You could say, "he is a master baiter."
Beer
  • 3 1
 @Dropthedebt: lol, I'm well aware of it. Honestly, I think everybody is guilty of a rant from time to time. We are al human, but this is just getting awkward now.
  • 5 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Ugh, good gravy. This dude...
  • 3 30
flag Gilmarques (Apr 25, 2021 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 Why so much hate on semenuk ?? Most of y'all fags are just sitting on a fking chair and throwing middle fingers at it. Yes Brage had a super rad video. But Semenuk is the perfection on a bike. He deserved the gold even before the competition had started from all the content he has been providing us.
  • 12 2
 @TheR: and then Mr. "y'all fags" comes along. It's a laugh a minute around here.
  • 12 0
 @PAmtbiker: No. We would be seeing videos of cursing in the garage because the god damn tire is impossible to get back on the rim. There is sealant everywhere including in your eyes. The more you adjust the tension screws the worse your shifting seems to get even though you swear you turned the right one the right way this time! It all turns out in the end the hanger was a bit bent so it would never be good anyways, and of course it is a proprietary desing no longer available! We haven't even started on bar alignment yet, not to mention your wife is pissed because you would only be gone 15 minutes and now it's been five hours since you started. That is real mountain biking sir.
  • 5 0
 @SimbaandHiggins: omg. Are you me?
  • 2 0
 Every part of Brage's edit made me want to watch it again because of how insane everything he did was. Brandon's edit felt like every other Brandon Semenuk edit, absolutely insane, but the filming was nothing new.
  • 2 1
 @friendlyfoe: If you expect ‘Real MTB’ to be what mountain biking is to the majority you would’ve got a bunch of kooks that can’t jump riding uphill then cruising down some dumbed down single track
  • 3 0
 @BenPea: He probably doesn't even smoke
  • 6 27
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 3:14) (Below Threshold)
 @jomacba: Way to blow things out of proportion. I called YT out in my blog for obviously sexist and controversial things such as being a German company that uses Nazi images. I'm calling @justwaki out in my next blog for telling other Pinkbike users to commit suicide, saying Asians aren't minorities, calling Covid the Wuhan flu, mimicking Asian accents in a racially offensive manner, making fun of social justice causes, etc, etc. It's a looong list of offensive posts from him I'm sorting through. Dude obviously seems to have some racist feelings against Asian people, and is presenting and treating them in inappropriate ways.

I actually ignore alot of other inappropriate things on here, and insults directed at me. Direct insults at myself don't bother me much, but I'm not going to ignore them when they are directed towards minorities. Anybody who ever tells another pinkbike user they should commit suicide is the person who should be banned permanantly. Do you disagree?
  • 9 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: LOL you have a blog?

OK kids, take it to PMs, we don't care about your childish bickering.
  • 11 3
 @scott-townes: I have nothing to do with this dude. He is welcome to write a PM and "educate" me. I will be however reluctant to reply. In my experience people like him use this as an opportunity to just copy the conversation (sometimes parts of conversation taken out of context) and paste it into comment board rather quickly so the result is even worse. It happened before. I am however happy he will write it. Stupidity of this kind should not be hidden, no matter how disturbing - it should be available to see. If it's manifested away from comment board - win for everybody.
  • 5 20
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 5:16) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: There is no accountability in PMs. When somebody on Pinkbike repeatedly tells another mountain biker they should commit suicide, and repeatedly makes racially offensive remarks toward minorities it needs to be confronted. It's also something their employer should be informed of.
  • 12 2
 I am actually reporting you for blackmailing and direct personal harrassment.
  • 18 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Having read some of your blog now, I can whole-heartedly say that you sir, are a proper Karen. Consider yourself congratulated.

-The Norse Asian

(Oh, and PB is totally the wrong platform for your semi-political mumbojumbo blog.)
  • 18 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I am not proud of many things I wrote that you mention, some i will never take back because these were jokes and for you as white male it's non of your business. Not a single POC contacted me that they are hurt by what I wrote. Not a single time Pinkbike has contacted me to tone it down. At the same time I am proud of many other things I did you will never mention because you cherry pick to suit your biased narrative. The positive private feedback I got from many people on this site as well as people in the industry makes me think I am good. Of course when writing tons of stuff, I was aware of the risk that one day some person will go to extents to call my boss, especially since people in Sweden can find me instantly, they can also meet me in real life. So far I only got one call from MIPS representative out of nowhere and he was rather kind, invited me to their facility on the other side of the country, no matter how inconvenient it was for me to accept his invitation.

Your attitude and malice is against all principles of free speech and general human interaction, even in online environment. You don't even have basic dignity to even introduce yourself, post a picture of yourself, firing shots for others to dodge and then fix the mess you made from the comfort of your anonymity. You don't even classify as a troll. As I wrote to you a year ago, I belive you are some of the lowest forms of online activity

There is nothing more I have to tell you.
  • 2 14
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 6:16) (Below Threshold)
 @justwaki: You have no real regret for repeatedly telling other Pinkbike users they should commit suicide. That says alot about you. You think that just because no person of color said you offended them that it makes offending them an OK thing to do. How does somebody achieve this level of disingenuous self lying?
Then you just justify it by saying 'free speech', and 'humor'. Your attitude represents some of the lowest forms of human behavior, you truly are a coward.
  • 15 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict:
Let me give you the benefit of my perspective.

I have been in (very) irregular contact with Waki for very nearly a decade here.

1) Yes, Waki uses language SJWs will not appreciate and use as ammunition to attempt to "cancel" his voice. You are doing that are you not.

2) Yes, Waki will annoy a lot of people with his choice of language. However, if one looks hard enough and avoids the oh-so-easy knee jerk reactions, you may see Waki holding up a mirror to the BS that masquerades here as "considered opinion". Some people see it and get it. Others don't and never will.

3) as a result of 2), Waki has been known to go too far, and now the older Waki says he (and I quote), "is not proud of many things I wrote that you mention".

However, not all and everything he has written, he says some he will never take back.
It is my opinion that if those things are the times he was holding up the mirror to the shit that gets thrown around here, then no, absolutely, he has nothing to take back in those cases.

4) Yes, I wrote to him in a PM in 2018 about his representation of Asians (as a white dude who has live in Japan for 25 years). I just re-read it.
Waki and I had a civil exchange of ideas about that. We have discussed many things over the years from religion, science, pseudo-science, environmentalism, family, children, growing up.

And in absolutely EVERY case, Waki has been a fantastic conversation partner with genuine insight into a wide variety of issues.

And then you turn up and somehow manage to get yourself banned for your choice of words in interactions with many people here including Waki, yet somehow expect him to respond positively to your abrasive interactions on these boards with him?

Might I suggest you could benefit from some suggestions in how to interact with people who you wish to convince of something.

Here, try this. It'll help you no end.
youtu.be/gQNf97GZjuA?t=1358

Otherwise, I for one, am tired of reading what emanates from your end of the WWW, and have no reservation in letting you know that I - by far - prefer Waki's contributions here to yours where you attempt to ridicule and reproach anyone and everything that does not confirm to your personal view of what is 'right'.

If you wish that to change that for me and others like me, you could consider changing your approach.
  • 1 23
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 7:21) (Below Threshold)
 @orientdave: I could care less about your personal conversations with this weirdo, psychologically ill troll who barely rides. He made hundreds of racially offensive remarks and told other mountain bikers they should commit suicide. Repeatedly. Without regret. Is that behavior not the definition of a scumbag human being? When his employer sees my completed blog @justwaki might be out of a job.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict:

You are free to hold your opinion.
You are free to act in any way you wish.
I note you are continuing to abuse other users here.
I note you are resorting to calling another user here a "scumbag human being".

I also note that it is my opinion that you are acting like a particularly nasty piece of work that PB would be better off without.
@brianpark
  • 5 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Did you watch that link from Trey Gawdy about Persuasion? What did you think of his point?
  • 7 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict:
projecting much..?
  • 1 0
 haha his edit has 3k more likes on youtube...
  • 10 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I'm sorry, but saying I am blowing things out of the water is quite hypocritical.
Your behavior on these forums is no better than the peoples you've call out. You have been warned several times about your behavior, and have been asked kindly by countless other to stop. Your voice falls upon young ears here. While I respect what you claim to be supporting, your immature actions on this website are proof enough that you are just as much part of the problem.
This forum is no place for your crusade. I'm sorry, but the persistent requests by many many other rule abiding members for you to cease and decist continue to go unheard. I believe the only solution is a permanent ban, and an IP block, as you seem to lack serious impulse control.
@brianpark
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 8:48) (Below Threshold)
 @jomacba: I was suspended for spamming links to my YT blog in women's articles, not for insulting people. I was just trying to get attention from people who respect women to look at the blog. I'm actually very civil, some people just don't like my opinions and that's fine. You are free to block me if you don't want to see my comments, and sorry if they have offended you in any way. Some of my battle raps are hardcore, but that's the nature of the beast. All you are doing is drawing attention to the fact that waki has told other Pinkbike users to commit suicide, which should get him a lifetime ban. Have a good ride.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict:

You are a cancer on this site. You are again doing exactly what recently got you suspended. I find it sadly amusing, but how much more patience do you expect PB to indulge you with?
  • 5 3
 To bring us back on topic, I think Brage’s video is overrated by the masses. Change my mind.
  • 5 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I am not offended, I'm irritated. That being said, this isn't about me, and it's not about you. That's the point. Every person on this forum who chooses to make personal attacks for any reason should be dealt with accordingly. There is nothing wrong with stating opinions and having civil debates. This is inherently what makes this place interesting to be a part of. While we all share our opinions, we must remember that although we may not always agree, that does not mean we dislike each other. "There is no nobility in being better than somebody else, only your former self". This rings true for everybody here. For all those who have wronged others in the past. Nobody has any place to cast judgment for somebody's past actions, unless they exhibit these actions in the present. If that truly is the case, resorting to the same childish behavior is not going to solve anything. As I stated, if you have a real issue with somebody on a personal level, the DM function is a much more appropriate method in doing so.
I will retract my ban request, on the condition you please follow the code of conduct. As I stated, you are entitled to your opinions here as we all are, that being said, I must remind you we have a large audience of many ages, and I ask you refrain from public belittlement and flogging. Thank you.
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure I saw this dude riding a e bike at a lift access bike part with a single crown too @justwaki:
  • 4 0
 @freeridejerk888: guilty as charged. I did ride park with people who were on ebikes. These were really cool folks I’d gladly camp out with.
  • 3 0
 @justwaki: You planning a Hafjell trip this year? I missed you last year and would love to hang out and ride. Even if you don’t ride a dual crown.

Oh, yeah. Brage just won the fan fsvourite by a landslide! 56% of the votes!
  • 3 0
 @DCA - I am honored that you have blocked me and don't see my comments.

At least you know #youcantwin
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 @megatryn: man, me and my friend are salivating at the very thought of coming riding to Hafjell. I would also love to take family to Trysil. As soon as borders open, we’ll come! Vaccines are coming along a bit slowly here but I heard it’s even worse in Norway. I do hope borders will be open in August.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 @orientdave: I did watch it, he has a good point. For me personally I've found battle rapping and rhymes to be the most persuasive because it's got me the most upvotes. I think people like the humor and creativity in it. I'll try one here:

I'm a Social Justice Beast Mode Warrior Battle Rapper some of the time

Confronting hateful and rude behavior like what I've seen from WAKIdesigns

I'm not meaning to offend anybody or make them hate me

I just want a world with not social justice harmony

Attacks on Asian Americans have been on the rise

This dangerous trend should not be disguised

It started with Trump calling COVID-19 the China Virus

Trying to manipulate his followers and continue to divide us

We can't let this continue, Trump even called it the Wuhan flu

This leads to racist behavior against innocent people, which is not new

But we shouldn't add fuel to the fire we should confront and stop it

Now I've run out of rhymes so I guess I will drop it
  • 5 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: save the rhymes for poetry night bud. So much cringe
  • 5 1
 @labrinsky: Dad-Rap makes my skin crawl.
  • 8 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict:
An addict of crown, "Double" he said.
One for both me and the phallus on my head.
"everyone shut up" while I spit my rhymes,
I'll accuse anybody of The Most hateful crimes.
Bad words on gender, shit about race, You even told one "they should leave this place."
I know you all feel me,
Y'all get where I'm at...
So remember my name...
The Social Justice Twat.

#Badrhymesfightcrimes
  • 6 2
 I am sitting here after two shots of Polish vodka and ingesting some stuff I found in the fields... that is why I am willing to play devils advocate here. We humans are the the single most advanced agglomeration of matter in this part of the universe and we are still developing, we have so much to learn. So many of us are really bad at synthesizing our thoughts, packaging what we want to say into a stream of information and then communicating it in a manner understandable to those who receive it.

Thanks to DCA I look back and remember some stuff I wrote, and I regret a lot of horrific things I’ve said. How I acted as a lunatic. I guess of all, I regret what sort of a lunatic I’ve been when talking to deeeight about 27.5” wheels. History has shown that I was a bit more right about it than he was but boy I was wrong about many things too. Now I did use phrase “kill yourself”, he is totally right that it’s a shitty thing to say because you know, you never know... off course DCA misrepresents it, actually encouraging suicide would be an extremely awkward situation in real life, you can’t really do this in a middle of a stormy conversation. In fact I took this phrase straight from blogger Team Robot whoch Iassume is a malicious dishusting form of: come on, get a grip. Assuming that somebody would actually demand someone to kill himself is plain ridiculous. It is equally easy/hard to force somebody to like you or dislike you. Hate me now! Well.. no can do how. Anyhoo, my bad.

I’ve been rude to others on many occasions, I am sorry, I meant to be rude to others on many occasions, this is what sucks inside. But what’s worse is that it was utterly unnecessary from a rational point of view. Sometimes ethocs are unnecessary, sometimes someone just does something everyone in the world and they themselves could be far better off without. Like a wifi pressure sensor inside a tube for the Love of God....

And this is where I can’t stand DCAs behavior here. because he does just that. Cherrypicking and spinning an agenda, whatever it is, only to keep his ego entertained and growing, bulldozing blindly through all social norms only to keep feeding the demon. In every human activity there is a point where the agenda starts to live its own life, where as we can see in his threats, end justifies the means. The narrative of the demons speech is simple: find enemy, destroy the enemy. Paint the image, burn the image. Feed blood and ashes to the demon. Find more enemies and if you have found the arch enemy, you found source of energy and motivation only genuine love to family and erotic passion, actual gastric hunger can rival this. DCA blood thirst is extremely graphical, every single one of us goes there sometimes, you just see it manifested here. And it’s all a lie, artificial dark reality filled with twisted truth, symmetrical to everything that nationalists say about minorities. He even says Asians are a minority that needs defending, he went this far to paint his picture that he forgot that there are billions of them and they may not necessarily need his protection or pity... as if putting them all to same bag wasn’t awful enough, he belittles them thinking he can protect them, he can be their hero.

I wish we could be better at this communication thing. I guess we all wish that. I wish DCA will look at this in 5 years and come to some more isnigntful, soft conclusions... At least communicating with our inner selves... it’s not easy. Peace to all of you folks. Mushroom Gods say good night. I won’t stay too long. Just two more weeks of this experiment.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 26, 2021 at 13:52) (Below Threshold)
 @justwaki: I don't agree with everything you say here, but aology appreciated, and I will suspend my blog project on you because of it. Have a good trip.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: it is irrelevant if you agree or not... I would feel sorry for you if you took time to write a blog. Please free to contact Johan or Pernilla. You will hurt yourself more than Me. It will take 5 minute conversation between 2 adults about a crazy guy and me being stupid and who doesn’t say stupid things. And then you will have to live with a thought of trying to get someone fired over product of your ego, your own imagination. Guess who will have more issues sleeping over this? Listen why won’t you contact Swedish Police to storm my apartment and try finding liberty caps. 80 pieces left in the fridge. You may then maybe ruin my marriage, get social service over my head? Maybe get me a sentence, that will mess up my chances for future career. Go on. How far will you go?

I didn’t apologize to you if you haven’t noticed. I owe you nothing and you don’t own a tiniest bit of me. Sort yourself out for Gods sake. I can delete this account any moment and not open Pinkbike for months. Come back in a year or never. And what do you have? A cause worth shit and everywhere you go mtbr, vital, nsmb most people will think you are out of your mind. I am just hanging around talking to folks I used to talk. Friends in a way. And you come around feeling important on a mission with your pseudo care.

So let’s see if you are troubled or actually crazy and require psychiatric help. I am not sure. Dead serious BTW. Not trying to insult you just worries about myself and state of humanity. Hard to convey through internet.
  • 6 1
 And you think you will be threatening me you anonymous coward?! That I will be afraid of you? Huh if I wouldn’t be able to deal with that as a project manager, husband and a father then who am I? You think you own my future and my career? That you will bully and threaten me? Or anybody you wish to threaten?! Wrote your piece, call my boss call the Police. Blackmailing scum.
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 @justwaki: You're all pretty pathetic. Just stop posting. Fack.
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 @scott-townes: eff off really

@brianpark - i am off again. Please clean this mess though. Can’t believe you allow it on this otherwise decent site. Awesome contest and comment board ruined by two old twats.
  • 3 2
 @justwaki: Aren't you embarrassed?
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: #cyberbully incarnate.
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 Note to self: Never combine polish vodka with hallucinogens.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Waki has gone, again.

@jomacba said it better than I can put it..(quotes from @jomacba )

"Your behavior on these forums is no better than the peoples you've call out."
Regardless of the fact that I agree with the ends you are pursuing, the means do not justify the ends and "your immature actions on this website are proof enough that you are just as much part of the problem".

"The persistent requests by many many other rule abiding members for you to cease and desist continue to go unheard."

Somewhere within you, you have the ability it appears judging by your response to my question about the persuasion video link, to refrain from falling back to personal attacks as a means to the ends you are pursuing. However, you seem unwilling to maintain such a position in the vast majority of your interactions here.

As a result, I, for the first time in my decade here, herein publicly ask @brianpark to raise the issue of someone's (your) continued membership here in any upcoming relevant PB administrative meetings and would politely suggest to the staff that PB without your participation would be a far more pleasant place to hang out.

As I am sure the moderating staff do not need me to tell them, the continued participation of users who are more 'vocal' in online communities, such as you DCA, runs the risk of users who prefer a more harmonious environment deciding to take their time elsewhere. That leads to the all too familiar road of those at the extremities drowning out the voices of the (mostly) moral majority to the point of their elimination.

Be my guest @DoubleCrownAddict to preempt any upcoming disciplinary action from the site's moderating staff.

Have a good day and I sincerely hope you can look back on this part of your life in the future and come to the conclusion that ends rarely if ever justify debatable means.

Take care Sir. Be good to others wherever and whenever possible.
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 @Dropthedebt: I don't think anyone heard your mic drop. This is where it should have stopped. Instead, the mic's been hurled around the stage, causing a number of injuries, and has ended up in a half finished pint of Stella. Sad.
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 @BenPea: damn, your right. No wonder I only got a C in Rap class.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: You imagine that you're helping your cause, whatever that may be, but in reality you are what is currently wrong with Western society. You lot are 'progressing' the West into chaos, and the only outcome is destruction from within. If I were a paranoid man, I'd have half a mind to imagine that you actually belong to a Russian misinformation organization working on destabilization. Please see yourself out, we neither want nor need you.
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 @TheLoamDeranger: On this topic, everybody. DCA has not responded any further with any inappropriate posts. At this point we collectively have driven our point, and it is our responsibility to provide equal opportunity to all, DCA included. I ask now we refrain from further provocation, and thus practice what we preach. PB is welcome to all who provide constructive and or direct belittlement of other members. We are all equals here, and we must act accordingly.
Let's not forget what unites us, rather than focus on what divides us.
This thread is officially dead beyond anything unrelated to the original post of "Brage got robbed"
Thank you.
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 @TheLoamDeranger: sorry that was supposed to say "and no direct belittlement to others" I should proof read more.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 27, 2021 at 13:05) (Below Threshold)
 @TheLoamDeranger: Whatever, the main thing I complain about is crap rear derailleur technology, and I got over 150 upvotes yesterday for my rhyme on the Ceramic Speed article. Anybody who tells other users to commit suicide doesn't belong here. I was trying to get Waki to apologize or show some remorse and instead he took drugs, got paranoid delusional, and went off the deep end. I hope he's OK, but it's really not that hard to apologize when you've done something obviously wrong, and most people are forgiving. Sorry if I've said anything that offends you, feel free to ignore me.
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 @BenPea: Chuck D of Public Enemy said he got into the rap game because sucka MCs would get up there and ruin the party when he was trying to pick up girls. So he would get up and kick it, and these sucka MCs knew better than to follow that act.

A lesson in there somewhere, I think.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Well it just gets tired when every thread for months seems to be filled with your drama. Lighten up.

Alright, that's all I've got to say on it. Take care.
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 @jomacba: Yeah, you're right. May have been harsh.
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 maybe the most thumbed up thing ever?
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 Delete your account DoubleCrownAddict:
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 @TheR: @Dropthemic, sorry, @Dropthedebt is Chuck D?

Also DCA usually has his heart in the right place (except on the topic of e-bikes, where he is plain evil), but he ran out of feet to shoot himself in a long time ago and now risks turning people into fascists just to spite him. It's hardly a measured and nuanced approach. Self-awareness is a beautiful thing (or so I'm told).
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 @BenPea: Nah, neither one is Chuck D.
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 @TheR: @BenPea:

I'm more Wheezy Wee than Chuck D.
tup
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 @orientdave: Its funny AF and even more so pathetic AF how you guys will write paragraphs to point out others follies or beat each other down thinking that if dozens up-vote you it brings credence and or penance, believing you've been somehow liberated and proven just. BS! Enough with the over egging the pudding for fuks sake!
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 @justwaki: Its funny AF and even more so pathetic AF how you guys will write paragraphs to point out others follies or beat each other down thinking that if dozens up-vote you it brings credence and or penance, believing you've been somehow liberated and proven just. BS! Enough with the over egging the pudding for fuks sake!
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 @likeittacky:
Sure, one could see it that way if one wishes, and you do, fine, you do that.
I don't see it like that.

From an alternative perspective, it is someone trying to take a (very small) role in trying to improve the ways in which people interact with each other online by pointing out ways in which things could improve. If that is pathetic, well.....

So you go ahead and see it as you wish, and I'll go ahead and see it as I wish. No worries there.

Anyways, have a good day and enjoy whatever riding you get to do on your next weekend.

waki has gone btw, deleted his account again.
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 @TheLoamDeranger: To be clear, my statement was directed at every member on this site. Not just you. Smile
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 I’m dead inside and I’m still gutted for this result. A win would have meant so much to Brage’s career.

At least he’s the front runner for the 2021 Pinkbike video of the year...
  • 37 7
 It's just a shame he sacrificed video and cinematic quality. He easily would've won. Because X games is known to pick the best *film*, not necessarily the best *riding*. But absolutely top video for pinkbike as consolation!
  • 75 4
 I completely understand where you are coming from Brian. Sadness is real, Brage's edit reminded me of New World Disorder.

But...we have to consider X games, it's style, and it's risk / reward judging system in competition. Let's look at these videos, and the tricks within them like contest runs, who would win in that format? Semenuk. Let's look at the film / editing quality like a run, who would win that? Probably Semenuk.

Brandon is the Garret Reynolds of MTB.

Brag's was my favorite, hands down. But at the end of the day, it's X games. If this was a Pinkbike's real Mtb video contest. I think we would see a totally different outcome, so lets see that!!!
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 @zone66: I get what you are saying but I dont feel like it is totally true. Next week I will have forgotten Semenuks edit. But I will have seen Brages atleast 10 times.
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 Best I’ve seen it written yet. @zone66:
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 Same dude, hopefully the exposure alone does a lot for his career. 2nd place out of a completely stacked field w/subjective judging is still incredible, especially considering he topped Zink's insanity. He's going to run away with the people's vote, too.

That said all 6 vids blew my mind, I really loved this event in general, and Semenuk suffers from what all the goats suffer from in every sport ever and it's domination fatigue. Dude is drowning in medals but even he is not immune from being robbed. Could easily have another rampage gold or two. Throw down long enough in this sport and you'll get robbed blind.

Wish Brage would've taken it, but gonna do a dirt dance until October in hopes that Rampage happens and Brage v the world goes down.
  • 5 8
 I believe his career just ended....should hang up his horns and call it quits for good....poor fellah....
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 #bragegotrobbed #brageagainstthemachine
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 Watching it again Semenuk's edit still doesn't do it for me, some banger combo tricks but if you have to show everything in slow mo to be able to see it, is it really that impressive? Lets not forget we live life in real time, watching it in person without rewind, most people would have no clue what they just watched, unlike Brage's riding.
Imo his edit had way too much slow mo, didnt have many impressive or unique features and just a lot of tricks, which most people don't really relate to as the average rider doesn't do many, if any, tricks.
  • 11 4
 He was flat out robbed.
  • 18 1
 #bragewasrobbed

Semenuks video was almost identical to ANY of his RB Raw 100 edits, just with an added barspin/nac/can/tuck/any quick snappy trick added in there someone. His edit was all slope.

Brages run? Was riding we DONT really see all to often anymore. It was riding that all entries grew up watching and trying to emulate (except Zink, dude should have bagged 2nd behind Brage because well, its the OG Cam F'n Zink). Building skinnies. Riding big, dodgy drops and gaps in the woods, all while laughing his A$$ off because he is having fun!
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 I’m dead inside but Brandons riding is alien good. As to Brage... he is a flat out awesome guy. You can see it in his reaction, he was happy as hell. There’s more to life than titles, accolades and people on the internet sucking your balls in the comments (only to throw crap at you when you are no longer performing as well) He’ll be fine without this gold whether he deserved it or not. I rooted for him but Semenuk deserved it as well. Two different styles.
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 @constantly-broken: i totally agree, Semenuk is in his confort zone as usual after 300 try into the foam square with real film makers behind him. Did he put a single shovel hitting??
Brage stuff smells sweat and blood, and show something different.
Hollywood vs North euro independent...
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 Brage had a career before this and surely after. Let's not be dramatic. You guys even had a profile of him here some years ago. Since then he's been at Darkfest and other stuff, figuring out where he wants to take his career.
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 What a win could have meant for his career? Judging by the overwhelming response to his video here on Pinkbike, these “official” results mean nothing. His career has benefitted hundredfold just by being in this contest and getting the attention it got. He has not been hurt at all by these results. Hell, until last Sunday, a million other people and I had never heard of him. His career shall henceforth be just fine. Nod need to be gutted for him.
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 @zone66: They might have flipped positions but I'm not sure I'd call that totally different. Regardless of anyone's ranking I think they're a tight 1-2. Handicapping Semenuk's submission because he's been delivering such consistently boundary-pushing content seems a little unfair IMO. Everyone's going to pick and promote their favourites, but setting the qualitative judgement aside, we got to see a set of diverse filming projects that all share one thing, the level of talent across the field is just ridiculous.
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 @ctd07: but if you have to show everything in slow mo to be able to see it, is it really that impressive?


Yes, yes it is, especially for people who know what's going on. It's like any other sport: when you recognize what it takes to do very small things incredibly well you appreciate the atheletes even more.

Example: watch Remy Metailler break down his big moves and he acts like an insurance adjuster vs. his highlight reels with charging soundtracks.
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 @plyawn: but if you have to show everything in slow mo to be able to see it, is it really that impressive? Having seen "Swedish" 3+ barspin thrown into a 360 or backflip, or tripple tailwhips I can say that it is even harder to follow in real life. It doesn't make it less impressive though. It's different strokes for different folks. I've seen Emil J ride in indoor skatepark and a local beefcake and great rider Nils Buller was there too. When Nils is around you get almost nervous because of his brutal style. He makes lots of noise, jumps extra high, sometimes even jumps to the roof to bang his back against it then lands in the quarter. Emil J is insanely precise, lands everything straight, you can see that thee are millions of small calculations going on in his brain when he is doing something.

On that day if you asked me who was most spectacular: I'd say Nils. Who was "better"? Emil J.

Same here: Brage was most spectacular, and he deserves tons of respect for this, he may have deserved the win just for that. But then again... Brandon is better at tricks. It's no riders fault that contest organizers use "real mountain biking" catch phrase. It's on organizers to make it hard to reconcile real MTB with slope style edits... One would also be mistaken if they believed Brandon wouldn't be able to throw down a hell of a downhill edit on actual DH track full of chunky rocks and offcamber corners on roots. He can ride a "real" mountain bike exceptionally well. Then I don't think it is fair to put his amazing skill at trail building against him. I'd say that, if in some perfect world, "slopestylers" were involved in building jumps in bike parks we'd have safer and more enjoyable jump lines.

That's the way I see it and I'm happy to see so many well stated opinions. It's been a great contest. It puts to question those huge festivals...
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 He's 21, he'll just have to raise his game next year! Semenuk is the king, somebody wants the crown they have to earn it, no? Brilliant video, sure, but maybe we've all just gotten used to Semenuk's brilliance - his vid was also outstanding
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 @justwaki: I would have preferred to watch Brandon do something outside of his usual style. A bad ass DH run with a little bit of his personal style applied would have been awesome but I have to remember that this particular event had a wider audience than usual and most of those folks probably hadn't seen him do his thing a hundred times already like most of the mtb crowd has.
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 58% of the fan votes.
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 The problem with Brandon’s edit is that he’s been so far ahead for so long that people watch it and are just like “oppo 720 bar on huge step down? Meh” The video game combos are just the norm for him now.
  • 79 2
 Wasn’t oppo but still, it’s a shame to get penalized because you’re so good.
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 Sorry, Semenuk is really good, but I dont feel connected to him. He is more a bmx dj stuff. MTB is much more than this. He is like the best guy to take an F1 car and do really awesome donuts. RB edit, course
  • 25 2
 Yea he basically becomes a victim of his own success. It’s like Lebron James in the NBA. Realistically the guy has probably been the best player in the league almost every year of his career (17 years). But they have only given him the MVP award four times. It’s almost like they look for a reason to give it to anyone else because they are tired of simply saying Lebron is the best player. Anyone else who is having a great that they can justify giving it too over Lebron will win it.
  • 58 5
 @t-stoff: THE MAN HAS 3 RAMPAGE TITLES! Put some respect on his name for god sakes
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 @BigMulaCeazy: The backflip to lily pad is one of if not the craziest thing I've ever seen on a bike. He deserves all the respect in the world and many a time has made me yell at my computer screen as my head explodes. But he didn't have the best edit in this comp. Not by a long shot.
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 @BigMulaCeazy: For real, and not all on 720s, he has thrown down some gnarliness in his time www.pinkbike.com/photo/8755247
  • 27 1
 Yep. We’ve been spoiled rotten by him. Not to mention all the riders he’s inspired. He outpaced the generation before him, then pushed the whole game forward for his generation of riders staying consistently at the top the whole time, and inspired the next generation who are younger and started with his tricks as their idea of what’s possible and yet he still stays out ahead. The guy is an incredible testament to focus and talent all rolled into one.

Brage’s edit was suuuuuper sick, left me suuuuuper stoked (as did Veronique’s in a different way), and probably my fave of the bunch, with maybe the exception of Danny Mac (because of the pure), and it really showcased some super ballsy raw stuff. However, looking at the class of the moves, consequences of the terrain, and size of the features in Semenuk’s edit, it’s really tough to call this a robbery. They were both deserving. Semenuk won it. Brage won the people’s hearts. There is olenty of room for both of them-
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 To me the problem was what he was jumping off, not his tricks. He mainly rode pro groomed jump lines, it didnt feel "Real MTB" at all, instead of creating creative lines they just added 500tons of dirt. He may need 500tons of dirt to do 3 backflips to suicide X-up no footer, but I would rather watch just one backflip off a sketchy log or natural rock into a landing nobody ever thought could be a landing.
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 To be honest, I voted for Zink because Hometown hero. But Brage destroyed, I respect your opinion but that wall ride alone was out of hand. Nothing he did was "norm". Semenuk is a wizard bit Brage took this one. #bragegotrobbed #brageagaisntthemachine
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 24, 2021 at 18:21) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, I agree Sevenoaks run had the most skill but not as creative. People want Brage to win just for shock value it feels like, just cause he's new.
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 @sino428: this is a really good analogy! thanks for sharing the perspective
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 I just think tricks on groomed jump lines are boring and always have thought that. Brandon is an amazing rider, but yes "oppo 720 bar on a huge step down" just gets a Meh from me, it's not a style of riding I care about and adding more spinny bits to the trick won't change that.
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 @t-stoff: that's what I kept asking myself. "Is this mountain biking?". I feel like at the very least, mountain bike competitions should require you to be on a mountain bike. Not a dirt jumper or slope style bike.
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 Brandon has set the bar so high he's become a victim of his own success in some ways. I'm neither happy or unhappy with him winning.
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 This was my thought too. We are desensitized to how good Brandon is that we don't even realize how good he is anymore. He just put more worlds' firsts into his video and I'm sure no one even realized...I didn't. At this point I just assume he's doing oppos and weird combos that I wouldn't even think possible.
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 @t-stoff: he doesn't need me to back him up, but he's kicked ass at rampage pre and post slopestylization. He is MUCH more than a bmx/dj rider
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 @catfish9797: part of what makes him look so robotic is an approach that has also kept him pushing the envelope of what's possible for so long without a career ending injury. Some of the guys who ride like Brage (ex: Adolf Silva) have literally almost killed themselves pushing the limits.

I love your conclusion about lots of space for all types of winners, especially in a showcase-style event like this. It's not really a contest; the medals are so we can argue in the commetns section. When you think about objectively judging this is silly (but we still got an entire suite of rad film projects).
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 Rob got braged
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 Tough call between Brage and Brandon for me. I can see how a "normie" mtb crowd would rate Brages riding as more spectacular because everything is rowdy and somewhat out of control. The technical level of Brandons riding is higher and I think I enjoyed it more because of the song choice. The problem he has though is that he makes it all look too easy and effortless. A normal mountainbiker without a clue of even how to catch some air probably wouldnt recognize the risks and difficulties involved because of this I think.

EDIT: Brandons video was expected. Brages was surprising and creative and those are qualities that should be rewarded (and I think it will be in the peoples vote).
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 Why are you getting downvoted? lol
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 Brage's riding wasn't out of control at all. It was gnarly and raw but millimetre perfect.
That's what made his video the best.
Yes Semenuk did more techy tricks, but this was supposed to be "real mtb" not "real slopestyle"
  • 5 8
 If we're the normie crowd liking Brage's edit then what's the internet opposite of normie?

Try not to spill your juice out of your sippy cup.
  • 35 2
 Brage does a f*cking half cab drop on a skinny and you guys are like "Meh. Not that techy."
  • 8 2
 I think Brandon's edit was the better slopestyle edit (obviously), but Brage wins it for me for the MTB edit.
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 Yep. Pretty sure we define "tech" differently.
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 @JamesR2026: nothing about brages riding is mm perfect. His riding style is loose and that’s part of what makes him so much fun to watch. Semenuk feels so calculated while Brage seems like he’s able to show up and send it and it usually works and sometimes he breaks a leg.
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 @jptothetree: What's more 'MTB' in Brages clip? The size of the features - huge on both sides, especially respecting the bikes ridden on them. Tech - clear advantage to Semenuk. The skinny halfcab is outrageous, but not bc it's so techy, but more bc of the involved risk and the cool head needed to execute it. Many riders at their level should be able to execute a simple halfcab perfectly, it's more like a mental game, being sure to being able to deliver in that very moment.

Also if we're criticizing lack of certain aspects of MTB in the videos: Where are the XC, Enduro, DH parts in the videos? Arguably these disciplines are among the 'most MTB' of them all, bc they are a clear cut away from BMX or others. Freeride, SS and DJ are heavily influenced by BMX or Moto disciplines, whereas former styles are more original. X Games is about sending huge jumps and technical tricks, not timed disciplines. If the contest was named 'RealFreeride', Brage would've easily won. Brage sent bigger, but Semenuk was way cleaner while more techy. As Brage is about to win the people's choice anyway, I'm happy both of them got something out of it.
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 What an elitist comment
  • 2 0
 @Highclimber: semenuk was good but everyone seen this style since the nwd days
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 Brandon’s edit was better. Full stop.
  • 5 0
 @JamesR2026: the final result was, but even the video showed you only saw the "best" takes. There were plenty of less than "millimetre perfect" attempts. Even when Semenuk fails it's looks like a robot.
  • 79 3
 Robbed Brage got
  • 58 1
 Brage got Norbed
  • 5 0
 Norbed Brage Got!!
  • 9 0
 Brage got Brendogged
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 Brandon and Brage's edits were both insane and I do think it is hard to choose a winner myself, let's get that out of the way.

What I will say though is that Brandon Semenuks edit is being way overlooked. Most people watching (whether that's your average mountain biker or someone just being introduced to the sport through these videos) are just seeing a bunch of tricks and spins but don't realize that he's done a handful of worlds firsts in his part.

That being:
-oppo whip drop
-flip whip to nac. Both done on trail bikes (or what appears to be a session with a zeb?)
- cannonball caveman drop in. Both of his hands started on the seat vs. when this trick is usually done it's with one hand on the bar and one on the seat.
- cork 7 barspin on a stepdown. not to mention a very big and gnarly one at that.
- double bar to manual to whip off.
- 540 flair (these last two could have been done before but i'm not completely sure. nonetheless, still crazy)

Yes you can argue some of these have been done on BMX, but to do them on MTB on much gnarlier features is another story.

All of these topped off with insane style and perfect execution. The cinematography was off the charts as well.

I personally think his gold medal is well deserved. That being said, I do not want to discount Brage and the others. My jaw dropped at all of the edits.
  • 12 1
 Couldn't agree more. I think Brandon and Brage's videos were both jaw dropping, and I really liked Brage's raw style. But Brandon's compilation, tricks and execution were impeccable, as always.
  • 4 10
flag 42creative (Apr 25, 2021 at 0:53) (Below Threshold)
 Most of those tricks you mention are not worlds firsts.

Also doing a oppo whip (as an example) down a 20 stair to flat with no suspension is less gnarly than down a drop to steep landing with suspension...?
  • 8 1
 @42creative: A oppo Whip on a BMX down 20 stair to flat is still easyer to land than a oppo Whip on a Enduro/Trail Bike down 20 Stairs
  • 9 13
flag jaredmh (Apr 25, 2021 at 6:50) (Below Threshold)
 I don't understand what any of those words mean. Which is why I prefer Brage's. Brandon wasn't mountain biking, he was BMXing on dirt.
  • 2 0
 @jaredmh: I would contest that what Brandon does is more like Olympic level gymnastics on a bike than bmx, but either way, I agree that Brag's edit was more mtb.
Brandon is so precise and you rarely get to see him miss or get loose (hell you never even hear him yell out in excitement) that it ends up looking and feeling like he isn't pushing his limits and you can't even tell if he's having fun.
Brag on the other hand, they included a glimpse of his failures at the skinny half cab, then showing us him landing it with a rough AF impact and all the stoked cries of joy from everyone there... that felt way more *real* and relatable.
  • 49 0
 Results aside, Brage's massive drop is still living rent free in my head
  • 1 0
 I still don't know if that screaming at the end was uncontrollable stoke or a lot of pain from braking his foot..... also, I want a damn bike check because holy shit that bike could have blown apart from an impact like that!
  • 46 3
 Thought experiment...

Imagine we’ve all seen dozens of rad edits from Brage over the last decade, similar to this one. Then out of nowhere this new kid named Brandon Semenuk throws down the edit he just produced for X-games. Would anyone be surprised he won?
  • 15 1
 And another one to go with it: Imaginate you had never seen a video from Danny MacAskill, before watching his edit for the X-games...
  • 6 0
 @FuzzyL: "oh so the allow special effects in these videos, weird" would be my reaction
  • 1 0
 @FuzzyL: Good point!
  • 2 0
 Best post yet!
  • 1 0
 touche
  • 50 8
 Mountain biking comps and forums don't deserve to have semenuk as an athlete. If he moves on to rally car or anything else, within two years all these bohemians will be reminiscing in the days where they got to see him compete. Downvote all you want of course, but if that semenuk video was executed by anyone else, it would be no question who wins this contest.
  • 6 1
 I could not have said it better myself obee1.
  • 16 17
 It’s not really mountain biking though is it ? Perfectly groomed BMX jumps brutally excavated into pristine wilderness.
  • 7 1
 @overturnpolice: you convinced me, its surely iceskating
  • 3 0
 @overturnpolice: and then what is a bike park if not exactly that?
  • 5 4
 @overturnpolice: and this kids is what we call a strawman argument. specifically, the redirection or misrepresentation that is introduced to a discussion because it is easier to defeat than the content of the conversation or argument at hand. and its virtue signalling at the same time.
go clean your room son
  • 6 1
 So Mountain biking now is badly excavated features and a bunch of head slapping? I feel like everyone’s best argument against semenuk is it’s too clean or too perfect. Maybe next time he can case some stuff to make the people happy @overturnpolice:
  • 4 1
 @overturnpolice: It's funny when people say that his videos are "too groomed". I'd like to see every hater go to one of those jumps and hit it, yet alone cork 7 bar it or whatever. Just because things are groomed, doesn't make it less "gnarly". If you crash on a step down like that, you're gonna have a bad time.
  • 2 0
 @leon-forfar: For sure folks, not trying to take anything away from Semenuks incredible ability, more just pointing out that X Games focus tends to be on tricks and airtime which gets a little repetitive no matter the sport. I loved how Brage mixed in a little mud and off camber rawness. Granted, along with a little head slapping. My head would have slapped right off!
  • 87 49
 Brandon got what he should have, the win. Congrats King.
  • 18 38
flag Jaib06 (Apr 24, 2021 at 14:50) (Below Threshold)
 Absolutely right, brages was absolutely nuts no doubt. But the cinematic quality wasn't there.
  • 16 8
 @Jaib06: The "cinematic quality" isn't what had Brandon win, it's him.
  • 17 3
 @Jaib06: is it a film award?

Or a "realmtb" award?
  • 10 9
 are dirt jumpers real mountain bikes?
  • 4 0
 @JBW450: It's both, that's why there's 2 of each medal Smile
  • 3 5
 @e46s54: this is the question. And the answer is no.
  • 2 0
 @e46s54: yes, just because you don't ride one doesn't make it not mtb.
  • 1 0
 @e46s54: It's BMX on big bikes
  • 39 1
 Grage rot bobbed
  • 37 1
 Semenuk almost cracked a smile when he recieved the trophy. Almost.
  • 7 10
 He didn’t even post about yet. Not even a story. Guy was 4 or 5th for sure
  • 6 0
 I will passionately defend any arguments that his riding is robotic... But he sure makes the android conspiracy theories hard when he responds to a gold medal with "does not compute"
  • 37 3
 Man Semenuk is getting so heavily disrepected for making things look easy. His opening stepdown flip was so gnarly and like every second trick was a worlds first.
  • 1 0
 I think his content would have been better received if presented in a less artistic style. I don't mean his riding, just the way it was shown. It felt disconnected.
  • 32 7
 Semenuk one was great but it was also sort of generic as well. Brage was way doper
  • 21 0
 I feel like a lot of people are taking Semenuk's riding for granted. Sure we have seen it before, but we should be thanking him for every silky smooth second of awesomeness he puts out. I'm sure the other riders aren't thinking they got robbed. Brage is still gonna get all the things he deserves for this exposure. The rest of the riders are still gonna send it and get sponsors etc. Semenuk is still coming out on top because he should.
  • 26 6
 The point that swayed my vote to Brage was the rawness of the edit. Brandons was unbelievable technical and the cinematography second to none. But the features were perfectly manicured many of which could have been ridden on a bmx. Zinks and Brages were more “real mtb” for me.
  • 9 1
 I would definitely not hit these stepdowns and big doubles on a bmx. Not even on my DJ. They look really smooth and they are, but in real life they're way bigger than you think
  • 5 4
 You do realise every single major feature in Brage’s video was also perfectly manicured?!
  • 2 0
 That he built with two friends in the winter at night in Norway? Not in 60-70 degree weather that’s perfect @emrysevans:
  • 2 1
 @emrysevans: he rode off a cliff straight into a bog. How is that manicured?
  • 2 2
 @Plastercaster: Manicure: An area of land or vegetation neatly cut or trimmed.

That landing looked nicely manicured. As did most of them in every video.

@freeridejerk888: building it at night with 2 friends has nothing to do with the features being perfectly manicured.

People seem to be applying 2 different definitions of “manicured” to Semenuk & Barge. That is all.
  • 1 0
 Brandon prolly had an army guy must have spent like 100k to make his video @emrysevans:
  • 2 0
 @emrysevans: the most impressive things to me were his jibs on the logs in the beginning ... you can't manicure that. How many times have you done a 180 on flat ground and stepped off your bike ... the end result of that on this feature is falling 8-10 ft ... every time ... even if its only slightly off. I dunno man, that stuff was precise and super impressive ... and not manicured!
  • 21 1
 I'm sorry, this result is ridiculous. As soon as you invite Danny MacAskill and Veronique Sandler to a film making competition with the likes of Brandon Semenuk and Cam Zink must be saying you aren't going to compare tricks directly and therefore must be looking at some combination of tricks, originality and the artistic quality of the film. I wrote a somewhat facetious post in the "which was your favourite film" thread about Brage's entry being an excellent example of Scandinavian Noir, but the fact is, it is a brilliantly innovative mountain bike film that is substantially the most emotionally engaging of this set. And how do we know this? Well, a whopping 21,060 people voted in the Pinkbike poll, and Vestavik got 46% MORE VOTES THAN THE ENTIRE REST OF THE FIELD COMBINED. Honestly have you ever seen such a dominant result of this sort? I'd be happy to be disabused of this notion but I'm sure this never happened in the photo contests or any other poll I can recall. This represents a massive collection of knowledgeable opinion and as we say in science, this is an incredibly strong signal. I wish to know who was on the anonymous the judging panel and how they came to this conclusion, and for that matter, why they never published any judging criteria. I suspect they got some of the usual rampage suspects who only know about freeride and didn't think very hard about them as films, or take any kind of historical perspective on where these works fit in the overall evolution of the sport. That is unfortunate.
  • 14 1
 This, 100%. The biggest problem is that we have no f*cking clue what they were going for here. They called it "Real MTB" and invited an extremly varied bunch of riders. Then Brage drops the realest shit any of us has seen in a while and he looses to the guy who shows off things everyone knows the other contestants can't do.

Brandon is, as usual, off the charts and has a sick edit but it just felt like watching a slopestyle run. And if this is what wins, did any of the other riders ever stand a chance at all?
  • 24 2
 I’m downvoting the judges .
  • 30 8
 Brage got robbed Frown
  • 15 0
 it’s interesting how people can see Brandon’s cleanliness as a downside of the video when “execution” is a standard part of judging criteria. Brage was certainly an exciting underdog performance but how do you argue with a video of almost entirely never been done tricks executed with absolute precision
  • 18 2
 Stoked to see Cam’s edit getting recognized, he threw down!
  • 3 0
 yeah same. Brage's #1 for me but man Cam's was burly as hell too
  • 2 0
 That backflip off of the Ennarson roof drop was insane!
  • 2 0
 Cam's may not have been the "best" but for me it was the most inspiring. Gritty, gnarly, and got me back into my garage getting my bikes back in shape.
  • 12 4
 I'm honestly at a loss. On PB, Vestavik got like ten times the votes of Semenuk. The people very obviously liked Vestavik's edit better. It wasn't even close. I'm gutted and honestly feel sorry for Vestavik. He also took high risks like Semenuk and even broke his ankle during filming.
  • 3 3
 Part of me wonders if Brage lost on video quality since there are in fact two parts to the award. The big drop at the end on my computer at least has this weird glitch half way down where the video isn't smooth, and the side shot should have been longer. So maybe he got edged out on a technicality? Brage still had the better bike video, if maybe not the best cinematic quality
  • 12 3
 My reaction to Semenuk's vid: damn! So smooth, so dialled!
My reaction to Brage's vid: holy shit! Woaaaah! I need to go ride my bike!

Brage won as far as I'm concerned.
  • 8 0
 I personally think Danny was robbed, he shouldhave been in the top 3!! That edit was sick especially when he did the hop from tree to tree. I'd love to see any of the other guys try to ride that line.
  • 1 0
 Yeah Danny's was my favorite edit as well.
  • 6 0
 I’ve re watched Brandon’s a few times. He does all his edits on different disciplines. Dirt jumper, trail and DJ. Brage was the best for me but seriously, it was awesome for all of them. Veronica was sooooooooo impressive. I’m ok with it. Man that was hard to judge
  • 8 2
 Brandon certainly took it. Brage's was raw and rad, w/ big hits, risky tricks, and hard landings, mad props. But Brage didn't get robbed. Most can't even comprehend Brandon's edit, for example notice the size of the first back flip gap, or that the last trick, 720 bar spin, was done left side then right side. Mind blown with all the edits!
  • 8 1
 Yo, Brandon, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish. But Brage had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!
  • 6 0
 Congrats to Zink on the bronze. He went every bit as huge as Brage just in a very different environment. Pushed his riding and deserved the medal. Doing Lunn proud which is the video we all missed.
  • 15 6
 Brage got robbed
  • 8 1
 I think they were all brilliant!! And I think the People's vote should be respected as much as the Judges vote.
  • 4 0
 Is there a peoples choice winner? Why did we get to vote every day if they already had the results? Not familiar with real x games judging, just was confused when brage posted his silver medal and there is still a day left before the official results?
  • 4 0
 I answered my own question by reading the article....here's to hoping brage still wins peoples choice!
  • 7 0
 I think that those were some of the best videos I have seen in a long time hats off to all six riders
  • 4 0
 But we should be fair: also Brages video style was raw, all his landings were amnnicured as well. Except the runout on the last one which they did in purpose i‘d say. Looks wilder, because woods and rain and Norway, but the jumps and stunts Semenuk showed where mindblowing (again). Semenuk is the perfect winner!
  • 4 0
 Brandon Semenuks riding is out of this world. He is precise, creative and doing stuff only he could pull off. Please do not say he doesn't deserve to win. Brage Vestavik has amazing edit as well and I would like them to draw, but at least he is second...
  • 12 4
 What a load of s$£t.
  • 7 4
 The people voted 5 times more for Brage but he has the wrong name and missed out. I guess that as the public has made their statement, the opinion of a couple of judges kinda doesnt really matter. I voted for zink, best tune and he did his stock enormous drop with a spin. Brage was my 2nd choice as it seemed so authentic, raw, insane and what the sport should be getting back too over the smoother out stuff.
  • 9 2
 Who judged this?

May they be condemned to ride road bikes for a year
  • 7 0
 This is gross, Brage won.
  • 7 1
 Big bike flip whips to nac, cork 7s, all flawless landings...y’all don’t deserve semenuk vids anymore
  • 6 1
 I was scared the entire time watching Brage. That fear wasn't the same with the other edits. Brage was the clear winner for that reason. Zink # 2.
  • 3 0
 Same. Brage 1st, Zink 2nd, Semenuk 3rd.
  • 5 2
 I'll start by saying I am a huge semenuk fan, but what the actual f*ck is this shit? Brage's edit was far more progressive and envelope pushing then the same 6 tricks we have seen from semenuk since 2017. I say that with no Hate, I'm stoked for semenuk but this decision makes no sense. His edit was literally a rehash of the raw 100 series. A bit of a let down, but no one has ever accused xgames judges of knowing what they are talking about, so what else can we expect?
  • 5 1
 What if, for a second, everyone stopped mentioning the fact that Semenuk has put out videos before. This contest is judged on ONE video from each athlete, and those videos against eachother, not against previous videos whoever put out. Let's say this was his first ever video. It's a phenomenal video. Also, there was like, 7 worlds firsts in there, so not just the same tricks we have been seeing from him. Brage's video was definitely amazing, unique, and out of nowhere, and I like it the best for how it made me feel. But Semenuks video was ridiculous too. The first MASSIVE flat drop flip into a chute, every trick that happened, the steeziest one hand table you've ever seen, flat drop oppo whip on a DH BIKE (with a single crown fork) and a flip whip to nac (again on a Session with a Zeb). The step down he cork 7 barred was massive, and while it was groomed, it would still absolutely suck to crash. That's a checkers or wreckers move, with no room for error. Brage went huge with some of his drops, and the whole build was super unique, and had cool moves in it for sure. These two videos are in different worlds. Either could win, but as a whole package (cinematography, the riding, and the gnar factor), Semenuks videos ticked the boxes. Just because 99% of people can't relate or find cork 7s and stuff boring shouldn't take away from the fact that it's gnarly. Maybe the fact that no one can relate to it proves just how in a league of it's on it is. Brage came outta nowhere with a banger video, and everyone loves the underdog (I personally voted for Brages), but I completely understand why Brandon won, and I think he is deserving of it. Besides, Brage will win the peoples choice for sure, so at the end of the day, they are both winners.
  • 4 0
 Good result... Top two are interchangeable in my mind, both mind blowing in their own right. Preferred Brages edit since baby I like it raw... Shimmy shimmy ya.
  • 2 0
 Judges? No punctuations to show up ? If it was a competition we should know from top to bottom and how close were each one from each other... this looked to me more to a youtuber verdict ( sorry McCaul nothing against you..) but damn if these are the X-Games should be top notch the whole thing... as the athletes and filmmakers delivered...
  • 4 0
 So... who is Cam's current bike sponsor? Saw the YT, but then saw the chrome frame later that looks like one of his long-past sponsors?
  • 3 0
 I heard he's going "free agent" like Ken Block. He just got a Subaru all gymkanna'd up and was saying (on his YouTube) he's got other manufacturers in the works, no real one brand sponsorship. Similar with Rheeder on the bicycle suspension thing. I wonder what Cam is up to
  • 2 0
 Hyper
  • 6 1
 bdog and now brage. semenuk was too much photo snapping stuff made it annoying, but killer riding from the king himself
  • 4 2
 If the judging boils down to the biggest most technically perfect tricks off the largest features then what’s the point of people like Danny or Veero being invited as they’re on a hiding to nothing, just pick the top 6 big trick free riders and let Semenuk win fair and square.
  • 6 0
 You have just described rampage now .
  • 6 1
 stoked cam did good!! his was insane for anyone especially a 40 year old dude
  • 1 0
 Very good point
  • 2 0
 As much as I don't agree with this I can see why Brandon won cause his edit was way more to the masses or one you would put on tv. that being said Brage should have won amazing riding and it felt like the old school new world disorder movies I grew up on and love so much. And if it means anything Brage you won in my eyes and everyone on pink bikes eyes.
  • 5 0
 congratulations too all these guys but I'm not sure how Kriss Kyle did not even make podium. He deserved more.
  • 1 0
 Agreed! Haha maybe next year
  • 4 0
 Nope nope nope. Brage was incredible. As was Semenuk, who was diabolically technical but so smooth it didn’t look difficult. Brage did something raw and new.
  • 4 1
 I'm a fan of all three riders but sorry, the fix is in. You don't get any more raw than Brage's video. Features were huge, riding was sick, music was perfect and the edit was insane. Highway robbery.
  • 5 0
 Contest seems not legit. Brage Vestavik was real MTB extreme winner in my eyes.
  • 2 0
 people just take brandons riding so much for granted. Not to take ANYTHING from brage but he did stuff semenuk was doing in 2012..he is on his own world. Above all competition and his mind bending riding will only be matched by a handfull riders (including Brett Rheeder, Jaxon Riddle and Emil Johanson). The fact that he has won everything shouldnt take away from the fact that his part easily better that his competitors. He is and will always be the goat!
  • 4 2
 Not sure what all the rumble is about. Brandon is the clear winner, hands down. I totally understand the appeal of Brages riding and I got so stoked seeing his clip. But that is the reason for the existence of a Fan favorite award. Brage will win that one for sure. I myself have voted for him too.
  • 5 0
 Anyone else want to talk about how sick DJ's edit was as well? It was pretty rad, no?
  • 10 4
 ________ was robbed.
  • 8 3
 Wow, Brage should've won... Brage Got Robbed. Mind Blown>
  • 13 9
 sScrew off with that, 'it's so raw!' Best riding = winner. Semenuk by a landslide.
  • 3 1
 Congratulations to winners, totally agree with results, while my personal vote goes go brage for super dope lines overall semenuk have more higher video quality amount of tricks etc
  • 8 2
 **** off judges
  • 1 0
 Their styles.... One guy is impossible to recreate because of location, money, and....well just the best. Next guy holy shit, he built that..... and hit it bigger than ..ftf...props. I LIKE THIS DUDE who just goes nuts on his own, sorta.
  • 5 0
 Recount. All the Brage mail ins didn’t make it
  • 4 1
 WTF! Brage had a much more innovative and interesting edit. Real mtb isn’t slope tricks, it’s riding in the woods and building sketchy shit with your buddies.
  • 1 0
 The thing with these competitions is the filmmakers are given categories they will be judged on, not solely mind blowing riding. And we the public don’t usually know about the criteria. Take any video contest with a formal judging panel, and the winner and the people’s choice will almost always be different.
  • 1 0
 In the above statement it seems like the judges where basing the result on single hits. Whereas the rest of us judged the whole vids an overall feel of the edits. I think personally Brage's absolute rawness of those gnarly, Punk as fk woodland creations mixed his tech won out for me but, it is easy to forget just how good, God like Semanuck is when he constantly puts out edits at his level.
  • 3 0
 Here’s a fun though experiment: which rider could produce the others edits? Pull all their lines? Where would Semenuk have difficulty? On Danny’s trees? Haha
  • 3 1
 pinkbike, are you blind or bribed?
look at yout own poll votes!
www.pinkbike.com/news/poll-which-x-games-real-mtb-edit-is-your-favorite.html
Brandon Semenuk 2534 votes
Brage Vestavik 12556
  • 1 0
 They should ride each other’s lines or all ride the same line .it’s almost like 4-5 diff contests bc of the diff styles
This seems more like a what Style of riding do ya like contest
They should’ve broke it down into different winning categories
Best tricks? Best editing? Best this or Best that etc.
Brage seemed to put in the most work They’re all bad ass riders in my book
#bragegotrobbed
  • 1 0
 So stoked...they are all winners. I love the candid reactions they all had to winning. Tells me they are all doing it for the right reasons. Big ups to Brage Vestavik and his crew; out there alone in the back woods on ordinary gear(but huge juevos!)....true creativity!
  • 2 0
 I don't even remember Semenuk's edit. It was just another Semenuk edit, brilliant riding for sure, but we've been saturated with them. I'll keep watching Brage's over and over.
  • 2 0
 Check out the Poll on Pinkbike, Brage got 10,000 more votes than anyone else.
Robbed is a understatement.

m.pinkbike.com/news/poll-which-x-games-real-mtb-edit-is-your-favorite.html
  • 4 0
 Djs was the best in my opinion
  • 3 0
 Semenuk is a sick rider no doubt but Brage’s video was way more real mtb than an impressive slopestyle edit.
  • 6 1
 f*ck them. Brage wins. /
  • 1 0
 I thought Danny Mac's was best, but I agree about Brage's being very raw and cool. That last drop was sheer awesomeness. I personally thought the top three were Danny, 1st and Brage and Zink tied for second.
  • 5 3
 Give me a freaking break. Brages video was cool. Great cinematography. But Semenuk could ride that stuff in his sleep. The master deserves his medal.
  • 3 1
 Worst "Judge" video release ever. They didn't even show a discussion about what the judges liked about each edit. Like all the rest of the "real" x games.
  • 5 0
 Brage for the win
  • 1 0
 go voting brage win for Fan vote......
  • 2 0
 Brandon's video was cool, but I'd rather watch bmx videos than watch it again. I'd also argue the circus tricks aren't "real" mtb.
  • 2 0
 Semenuk is still the best. Period.
But his video was so uninteresting compared to Brage’s.
Brage totally got robbed and now he will go down in history with Norbs.
  • 2 0
 Brandon S won the unreal trophy because it he’s on another level! Come on PB, give the real trophy to the guy won the human comp. Brage won that one.
  • 1 1
 Pathetic. Obviously Semenuk is a monster in terms of riding and etc... However Brage and Cam showed truly big balls raw riding. Even though I am a Semenuk fan, I see that sometimes he gets a little bit overrated in competition s. This result is a very clear example of this. Anyway. Life goes on.
  • 1 0
 Brage is viKing! his style is total hardcore/punk/lumberjack/oldschool/newschool/freestyle/black metal - motocross!
somthing like that Big Grin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiuqjVk0UGQ
  • 16 13
 semenuk segement was about as appealing as the Photo of the year....
  • 2 0
 Good results. I would have expected 1 and 2 positions in reverse order but those were the top 3 for sure.
  • 6 4
 Such a shame. Brage's edit was so much better. We all know Semenuk can throw a hundred barspin tail whips in 90 seconds.
  • 3 0
 Semenuck's fully tweaked one-handed table was it for me. Awesome punch!
  • 1 0
 Tabes not circus tricks are best.
  • 7 4
 REEEEEE! My guy didn't win so everything is shit and unfair. X Games bad!
  • 1 0
 Actually not interested in judging. I don't think it's logically legit to compare such different approaches and riders with different backgrounds.
  • 3 2
 nobody got robbed, i would not even compare brage to semenuk cuz theyre different riders as it gets. Semenuks edit was clearly the best
  • 3 0
 Semenuk should be gold for unreal mtb, Brage for real.
  • 2 0
 Semenuk seems really excited he won. Like: ok, thanks for that one. What was it again? Ah, yesyes, cool.
  • 2 0
 I still don't understand why people natural reaction was not considered when picking the winner here
  • 3 0
 It's great to see this format coming to mtbing. Next year, Gee must enter!
  • 3 0
 should be the videographers getting the awards not the riders.
  • 1 0
 They did? The rider and filmer won...
  • 3 0
 Booooo, what a load of old bollocks
  • 2 0
 DJ brandt shud be there in the top 3. i'm sick of this slopestyle guy winning everything. slopestyle is not mtb
  • 1 0
 Anyone else think the highlights without post-production audio were even better than the final vidoes? Especially Zink's seemed even bigger and more ridiculous ...
  • 2 0
 they spelled DJ Brandt wrong on the results list..... even if sound it out there's no C or Z sounds n his name at all.
  • 2 0
 As many times as I've watched Semenuks vid I can remember any of it it, but I can remember all of Brages vid no problem
  • 3 1
 1st : Brage
2nd : Dylan Stark
3rs : Semenuk

This is the legit results no cap
  • 2 0
 @justwaki: Mhm. I feel like Xgames wasn't going for rider skills, more filming quality
  • 1 1
 This proves how RACIST Pinkbike is... all privileged white males getting the medal, not a single person of color or anyone of the LGBT community even shown. and the lack of anyone riding an Ebike is hurtful.
  • 1 0
 I voted 2days ago. And everybody had about 2-3000 votes. Only Vestavig has huuuge lead with 12000votes.... Sooooo?? What happend!!!
  • 11 9
 Vero deserved a medal. Her shit ripped.
  • 3 1
 Looks more like a popularity contest with Brage squeezed in between
  • 5 4
 The problem with Semenuk is that his riding is pretty boring because it is so perfect.
  • 1 0
 2 great videos and riders. Congrats Semenuk and good luck to Brage in the people's vote!
  • 3 0
 This is b.s. ...
  • 3 0
 rage got brobbed
  • 3 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 2 1
 Brandon is the only person that can win a video competition with photo is his part. It should of been 1 brage. 2 dj. 3 zink
  • 2 0
 Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
  • 1 0
 every one got there own likes and dislike. I don't see any wrong here. The judges was fare.
  • 3 2
 Well that was unexpected.
  • 4 2
 Wtf! Brage for the win
  • 2 1
 Brage had more views and likes then Semenuk on youtube.
  • 3 1
 Brage got robbed
  • 2 0
 Stop The Steal !!!!
  • 1 0
 Well I got the top 3 right but sure not in that order.
  • 1 0
 This reminds me... I need to go watch Brage's edit again
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 We want to see points difference!
  • 2 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 2 0
 Who else said it Braje?
  • 2 0
 Brage Vestavik rullz!
  • 2 4
 Garbage. Brage won. Aside from the massive nose bonk, Semenuk's riding hasn't change in the past few years. Nothing progressive or inspiring about it. Playstation combo tricks on manicured jumps -- yawn.
  • 7 2
 semenuk drops literally 4-5 world firsts and some other stuff unseen before- some dude claims its nothing pogressive. this comment section gave me best laughs in a looooooong time
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 Who are the judge's ?
  • 1 0
 X-games you done lost my business...
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 Brage got Norbs'd
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 Biased semenuk fan boys as judges, the best got robbed
  • 1 0
 Oh.
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 Fuck x games
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 Didn’t see that coming
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 Sorry about that. Dh
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 This is an outrage. I am outraged.
  • 3 4
 fuck off xgames. You don't bring in mtb
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