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Helm Yeah! - Video

Sep 1, 2017 at 19:39
by Andrew Young  
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"My names Alan Mandel, I grew up in the small town of Lander, Wyoming. I moved to the Sunshine Coast, BC, after high school to pursue my riding and attend the Mountain Bike operations program through Capilano university. When I was learning to ride in Wyoming there were not many trails to learn on although I had endless desert landscape to freeride on."

Looking at stuff

"I really fell in love with trail riding although no matter what kind of riding it is I'm happy when I'm on a bike."

Hike and shred

"With the adjustable air damping system you can be riding a super flowy trail one ride and then rocky chundery trail the next and have total control on both."

Euro in the alpine.

Cheeky lines

Hiking a glacier to shred down

"We chose to film this project in some of the most jagged and rough areas we could find. We also wanted to show how well the fork handles almost every discipline of riding."

Riding a glacier.

Bikes and weather

Video and Photos by Andrew Young

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Member since Aug 21, 2007
51 articles

  • 72 18
 Oh great...the first 3 still images, and seconds 11 though 28 of the video- show our hero shredding on and off-trail in a sensitive alpine basin situated in an Alberta provincial park, where mtb is limited to a handful of designated TRAILS only, and this is definitely not one of those. It seems as if Mr Mandel must have skipped his public relations and mtb access modules, in the course of his studies. Fail!
  • 11 5
 Don't worry, they went back up and put the rocks back! (I'm not disagreeing, I'm just trolling!) Big Grin
  • 13 13
 That's not what the ranger said.
  • 28 10
 @andrewyoung: Note that I am referencing secs 11-28 only in my comment above. This is an area that I am very familiar with, traversed by a popular hiking trail. Provincial park regulations limit mtb, to trails designated for biking. Take a look at secs 13 to 21- the rock and dirt slopes are interspersed with vegetation struggling to survive in a harsh alpine environment.
What kind of message does this send to:
(a) other riders who may follow by example?
(b) hikers, some who might not have a positive image of mtb to begin with?
(c) land managers, when considering the pros and cons of mtb access?
  • 22 52
flag andrewyoung (Sep 4, 2017 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 @aka-bigsteve: yo dude what are you trying to accomplish? The park ranger said it was chill so we filmed a couple clips in a total of one hour. Our intentions were good and we didn't mean to be irresponsible about it.
  • 23 17
 @andrewyoung: sorry dude, but that was hugely irresponsible and you shouldn't need anyone else to tell you so. It's unnecessary, gratuitous and gives us all a terrible name.
  • 10 4
 ...And for what? That kind of skidding is a ridiculous take on riding as is: "look, I'm riding like skiing-all you have to do is skid and swerve, just like skiing." I've never seen the point, particularly when at risk of encouraging others to emulate your erosion ruts. Otherwise, your video was adequate enough for PB.
  • 15 1
 @andrewyoung: That may be true but you gotta consider people watching this will not know that whether it be another rider, another ranger or member of a conservation group. If you're going to freeride, please set a good example and do it in areas where its normally allowed. MTBers face a lot of access challenges already.

btw that quick line at 1:28 and down that rock looked rugged as all hell.
  • 2 23
flag cristobalmz (Sep 4, 2017 at 14:53) (Below Threshold)
 stfu looser
  • 5 5
 I don't think a single person who watched those first couple freeride shots thought, "I want to go there and struggle to flow through that scree field." Now that doesn't right a wrong, but seriously who gets genuinely stoked on that stuff?
  • 1 8
flag scott-townes (Sep 4, 2017 at 18:27) (Below Threshold)
 @downhilldj127: AKA is not your cup of tea. Got it.
  • 3 1
 @scott-townes: Not in all cases, if Doerfling or someone is absolutely ripping a chute and/or scree field with high-speed-violent-finesse you better believe I'm dipping that tea bag in my cup. Anything short of that and you're spot on.
  • 19 3
 @andrewyoung: Please highlight how a bike can thrash and degrade a natural mountain slope at a resort or your own private land, not local trails.

This video should be embarrassing for Cane Creek, especially when you defend it by claiming the ranger was "chill". I'm so tired of seeing this hacky bullshit "big mountain ski-biking" edits to hype up mountain biking. And if you don't think anyone less-versed in the challenges of trail access or maintenance tries to emulate this type if "free-shredding" in inappropriate locations, you're fooling yourself. But I suspect the only concern here was rocks, dirt, and vegetation flying in slow motion, because other videos do it and it makes mountain bikes look so fantastically "moto". It's a slow motion fantasy.

Think bigger next time, and stay on the trail.
  • 7 14
flag Matt115lamb (Sep 5, 2017 at 0:01) (Below Threshold)
 If these guys had permission then what's the problem ? You can't blame red Bull when some herbert knocks over a granny in the street whilst emulating the last urban downhill winner !
  • 2 4
 @downhilldj127: different type of line. Some people prefer really tech and raw stuff. So again, aint your cup of tea.
  • 9 2
 Everyone who mountain bikes should understand the sensitivity of the dirt they are riding on. Feigned ignorance or needing to get the killer shot/video is not an excuse...EVER.
  • 9 6
 I dont see the problem since the Ranger/land manager said it was ok... How is it acceptable when Pros do it in every other PB video but this kid does it and its a crime? Personally I think this scree slope riding is dumb but if thats what this rider wants to do and the land manager approves go for it... All forms of Mtn. Biking have negative environmental impacts so either stop riding or stop watching videos that may make you upset...
  • 3 1
 What's below the threshold about that ? Pinkbike can shove it ! Smile
  • 9 2
 @Pisgah85: I have to question the "ranger was chill" story. As a local- I know how seriously the park rangers in that area take their duties. Riding there, including both the on and off trail portions in the first segment of the video, is EXPLICITLY prohibited in the provincial park regulations. Legalities aside- my main concern is that this was in poor form and presented a bad example of responsible behaviour in a protected area.
  • 6 1
 @aka-bigsteve: True that dragging ass down a sensitive environmental zone is not cool and hopefully folks dont copy him but ultimately the land's use is up to the Land Manger (Park Ranger in this case) and this kid just wanted to make a cool video showing off a cool new product. I doubt there were malicious intentions... If the Ranger didnt approve this then roast away and the rider/film maker should be held responsible. I just dont think its fair to put this kid on blast for something hundreds of others folks have done... Especially when mountain biking harms to environment no matter how you do it... its the nature of the sport... But you wont catch me huffing up some 40deg slope just to slide down in 15 secs...
  • 8 4
 Well how do you want me to prove it? There's no way for me to be in the right, you've trolled me on the internet and there's nothing I can do about it. Maybe we can grab a beer and I can tell you a bit more about myself and the situation so you don't think I'm such a piece of shit.
  • 7 3
 @Pisgah85: Your comment ignores the reality that uninformed riders everywhere go and copy this "ski movie" hack riding style off the side of established trails in otherwise sensitive areas. They ain't riding fresh powder. Nor are they on someone's private property. You really think the Ranger Bob was watching as the rider skidded that slope? Strong doubts.

You have no idea about the landscape or area where this was filmed, whereas I live and ride in this area. It's high mountain, sensitive terrain, and slashing down it to make a lame slo-mo "look at me, I'm an extreme mountain bike hero, oh yeah buy my fork" video is ridiculous.

I don't care whether it's some bro, or a pro, destroying multi-use public trails/areas. When the next group of riders who ride this trail decide to do the same, and leave four more scars across this slope, followed by countless more riders, someone inevitably sees bikers as a destructive force in these areas, make a few calls, and soon countless advocates for this sport are involved in trying to counteract the damage. I'm guessing you are not one of those people doing the work to ensure future access for mountain bikes.

As entitled as some riders may be, the whole mountain is not a playground to ride as you wish. In Alberta, there is good support for mountain biking- we have some of the best trails in the Rockies. The actions of a few can ruin it for those of us who care to continue riding in places other than lift access resorts.
  • 7 2
 @andrewyoung: You're taking it too hard and playing it off as just "trolling" is just ignorant. You don't need to prove anything because whether that ranger gave you the approval or not, you should know better especially since you're going to school for this stuff. At least you know now.
  • 3 1
 @andrewyoung: I'm sorry if you are taking it so personally, as I really don't think of you as a shitty person. In fact, you deserve a lot of credit for exposing your passion for public viewing and comment, which most of us would never have the guts or ability to do. I wouldn't call it trolling- by putting out your work online, you invite not only praise, but also criticism as there will inevitably be those with a differing opinion. The only thing you can do is roll with it, and learn.
FWIW I have enjoyed several other of your videos, including Blackrock which I had no issue with, as it is on barren rock and scree with no impact. Film on!
  • 3 5
 @aka-bigsteve: I had an issue, he squished a bug ! Lol
  • 4 0
 not the first time www.pinkbike.com/photo/10427770 . There's lots of legal high alpine riding in Kananaskis, you just have to be willing to pedal for more than just a couple of kms!
  • 2 1
 @PinkyScar: I agree with what you are saying, but I do have to point out there is nothing wrong with freeriding off trail, so long as you're doing it in the right spot (clearly, sensitive high alpine environments are not the place to do it. First thing I thought of, before I even saw these comments.)
  • 2 0

?Herbert....I get it, but will they?
  • 33 2
 Cane Creek, Banshee, garage punk rock noise = win!
  • 3 2
 We are sorry to inform you that several rear tires were killed in the making of Helm Yeah!
  • 30 8
 But Andrew, seriously you would be a better film maker when you stop speeding up your shots by 7 to 10 % thinking we don't notice.... (like Loam monster...) sorry to say but that's cheating.
Get it right in the camera ! That's the goal of a good film maker.
  • 16 21
flag scottyt2 (Sep 3, 2017 at 17:49) (Below Threshold)
 You'd be a better person when you stopped being so shitty. Straight salty. Good job Andrew and Alan !
  • 30 2
 @scottyt2: speeding a bike film up is unforgivable.
  • 4 15
flag scottyt2 (Sep 3, 2017 at 21:02) (Below Threshold)
 @freeriderob: you're so free ride Robby
  • 10 1
 yeah c'mon! never do it more than 6%
  • 4 21
flag andrewyoung (Sep 4, 2017 at 1:33) (Below Threshold)
 Wow chill
  • 2 0
 @syncro How can you estimate the percentage of speeding up ? That's not a troll, I'm curious.
I heard Remi Metailler is a big user of this trick
  • 3 0
 The video becomes choppy if you do more than 4-5%. @Whipperman:
  • 4 5
 @syncro AY has an insane amount of VOD, films events, even made a full length movie. What have you done? Don't speak out where you don't belong.
  • 4 1
 @ratherberidin: just fyi, argument from authority leads to logical fallacy... he could be a goldfish salesman, and if what he is saying is correct, it doesn't f*cking matter what he's done. Sorry to be a dweeb, I just hate when people get attacked using shitty reasoning
  • 2 0
 @trialsracer: im not a goldfish salesman
  • 2 0
 @andrewyoung: no shame in selling goldfish man. Odviously everyone knows what they are talking about, and are expert film makers. Pretty sure @syncro was involved in the filming of fast and the furious Tokyo drift,!he knows all
  • 20 0
 you can tell it's supple because of the way that it is
  • 1 0
  • 16 4
 Nice to hear a sound track that isn't a load of ambient crap, bring the noise! Is that The Glucks?
  • 2 5
 Also nice blue color on the helm! What brand is it?
  • 14 1
 @colincolin: a rock fox
  • 3 1
I think that helm is a met!
  • 1 0
 @kubaner: ok then but why do they keep filming the forks when this is a helm ad? kek
  • 1 0
 Dusty Mush!!
  • 9 4
 film editing has it's name for a reason. why don't we just go back to shooting only with a 35mm? or we can go back even further if you'd like. there are rules in music and in film. it doesn't mean there's not a time to break them. don't be a hater, just go and film something better if you think you can.


  • 1 1
 Awesome thank you sir!!
  • 7 0
 The rear shock didn't even look like it was moving.
  • 3 0
 I thought the exact same????
  • 4 1
 I am running already on HELM (limited in blue) and I am very satisfied with the fork - very responsive on small bumps, and enough support for the big hits. Once dialed in, it is a very nice fork - I am coming from FOX suspension BTW!

My local trails are technical (after Jerome Clementz who has visited our trails last year said that they were technical, and not so flowy, I believe it is), so I think that the HELM makes a good work out of the rocks. However, I will need to run the fork for longer to count on the reliability - www.pinkbike.com/photo/15102505
  • 3 0
 I came over from a FOX 36 and a RS Pike 160. I am fully satisfied with my HELM too!
  • 8 1
  • 7 1
 If that video is a marketing job for the Helm Fork then it failed ...
  • 3 1
 Cant wait to get one one on my Kona to shred Pisgah with! No doubt fork and shock companies are upping the game. In my case I would rather give my $$ to the local boys/girls. When you speak with them on the trail you can tell that they really do have class and are not above speaking to the average rider about the product. Never met anyone from "the other companies" on the local trails. Not that they aren't there just don't know that they would stop and speak at the bottom of the runSmile The DBAir I have now is just flat out bottomless and looks cool on my bike! Love that its local but the performance is fantastic which speaks for itself. So many riders asked for this fork and now its here! Hope I can get one for Xmas!! Santa you listening? I've been GOOD!
  • 1 0
 Good? ok, @evilempire . . .
  • 6 1
 I like how the music matches the rawness of the terrain!
  • 1 0
 wow is all i can say, if andrew cant make rad videos and get away with it all of the shitty jerry head cam videos should be deleted. some people dont wanna watch a guy send a mountain fall line and i dont want to watch u take your sweet ass time taking the most "controlled" way down making sure u dont wear out your brake pads! f*ck
  • 3 0
 is it me or does this look like it was filmed in canmore and moose mountain?
  • 4 0
 Last photo : best bike presentation ever!
  • 1 0
  • 3 1
 Cool video and song. All these comments, some PB users are very strange.
Oil sands, mining, deforestation (timber), etc., that is the real problem, not a mountain bike.
  • 2 1
 Awesome thanks man!! You seem chill haha
  • 5 2
 Riding down those scree fields looks downright miserable.
  • 4 1
 I've crashed in the loose stuff with half lid, never again, my face ate rocks. Where's this dude's full face, otherwise he shreds really hard!
  • 4 1
 Banshee!!! Well atleast I know my bike is capable to do all that!
  • 2 1
 Super capeable. Sold my Dh bike and trail bike for one and it ripped.
  • 4 1
 Great Video @AndrewYoung. I really enjoyed it. #Haters gonna hate.
  • 2 1
 Cheers! I appreciate it man Smile
  • 2 0
 I can tell he doesn't pay for his own tires.
  • 2 0
 should've called it death to dual crowns
  • 1 0
 what ever happened to full face helmets? Too cool for school or better dental plans?
  • 2 0
 Yo this post needs an admin.......
  • 5 5
 I ride those trails every week and I can tell you a 34 works pretty good too. Good job guys.
  • 1 2
 What a fantastic opinion, so enlightening
  • 1 0
 I rode in lander a couple years ago, couple neat scenic trails!
  • 3 2
 helm yeah! I dig the song
  • 5 4
 Hell no
  • 1 1
 Andrew -- another good one.
  • 1 1
 Thank you!!
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 Damn dude. Glad ya didn't endo in the rock garden steeps. ????
  • 1 1
 The smily face turned into a question marks...
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 This fork sure is making Wavves
  • 2 5
 Awsome, another Cane Creek Suspension product that I can't work on myself and have to pay a fortune to have serviced. No parts or service information for the end user. Great.
  • 1 1
 If you have FOx Van, you dont need to switch....
  • 1 1
 whats the point of FREERIDE if crybabies cant getover that fact
  • 1 1
 "bump sensitivity"
  • 1 2
 nice edit some sick riding keep up the good work skids for the win
  • 1 1
 So sick dude! /s
  • 1 1
 Cheers dude!
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