Freeride's Dead - Hopkins and Peacock Bury It

Jul 11, 2011 at 19:40
by David Peacock  

Ever get out on the trails and wonder to yourself, what type of riding am I doing right now? Neither do I. But when we heard "Is the Free Ride Over" being asked by the iconic Mitchell Scott on Pinkbike, we decided to respond in kind with our thoughts on the subject.

Once we started thinking about it, in Rossland, BC we've started noticing some odd things on the trails...judges at every jump, timers at the top who mysteriously appear at the bottom, the list of strange happenings goes on. This set of circumstances got a few of us wondering, is freeride really dead?!

Shooting the short video Freeride s Dead


Last week, local PRO Mike Hopkins (Monster Energy, The North Face, Knolly Bikes, Smith Optics, Marzocchi, 661 etc etc etc) started his day with a few coffees for the crew at Juicy Studios (Derek Frankowski, Scotty Carlson British Jemaine Clement impersonator Rob Sulman). Little did he know, his 24 hour journey aboard the space ship known as earth was about to be interrupted by the news that freeride has passed away.

I won't elaborate too much in the form of literature, because most prefer moving pictures that captivate the attention anyway, but thanks to Mitchell Scott for providing the inspiration with his great piece on the names we ascribe to riding. A true wordsmith and ideas man!


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I would personally like to thank Mike Hopkins, Juicy Studios and Joyride Bike Parks for helping to make this happen on such short notice. You guys are cooler than a penguin riding Garbanzo!

Cheers,

-David Peacock
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186 Comments

  • + 83
 man freeride can be dead all it wants its not gonna stop me from riding the way i want when i want. Wink
  • + 22
 cant stop Hopkins from shredding either! he kills it!
  • + 20
 And that's the only message you should take away from all this crap. Do what you do and don't let what other people say persuade you to do otherwise... and that goes both ways. The guy just wrote an article expressing his thoughts and this siiiick edit was the same so the whole argument starting up in the first place is one giant joke. Go ride.
  • + 3
 This was sooooo goooood! I feel it. Great work guys!
  • + 9
 OMG!!! FREE RIDE IS DEAD!?!?? Ohh well I guess I will have to start paying =|
  • + 3
 only left PAID RIDE ! Frown
  • + 9
 damn global warming!
  • + 14
 ABSOLUTELY SLAYED those turns at 1:17

Murdered, smashed, turned to roost . . .

wowzers in my trousers
  • + 0
 R.I.P
  • + 3
 so just cause pinkbike says feeride is dead means its dead, yea, right!
  • - 3
 Their is another name for Freeriding and its called.....Riding!! Though I think I'm a freerider cuse i'm more badass then Hopkins, Zinc, Berrecloth and Blinky rolled into one lunch sized bacon sandwich with a bit of mayo, white bread just about to go crispy and a slither of tomato
  • + 2
 Freeride is any kind of biking, aslong as your biking, how is it dead?
  • - 3
 well here's the thing - its a FANTASTIC video, and shows some great riding by Mike Hopkins; the video is a great and very timely response to a hot topic stirred by Mitchell Scott in his article recently on PB

BUT...not to take anything away from the video, or Mike's great riding, it does not look like a "freeride" video to me?

its a very skilled, fast downhill run with some sweet airtime off dirt kickers on the trail, but does not have any freeride "stunts" like monster step-downs, huge drops, wall rides or timber constructions (a.k.a. the North Shore)

you could hold an awesome DH race on that trail and riders would be stoked to race that terrain


what does this actually mean? is Mike doing an untimed-downhill run on a great downhill trail? or a freeride run on a "freeride trail"?

To me, it looks like a skilled rider riding his bike on a great downhill trail !!

Personally, it does not have the freeride element for me, of insane stunts and timber constructions...this is what Freeride always meant to me, as a time-served trail builder ( Esher Shore Freeride Bike Park in England, UK ), regular visitor to Canada and former Pro Freerider for Banshee Bikes and Da Kine

please discuss what this video means to you, in the context of "is freeride dead?"

perhaps in Canada, freeride is alive and kicking, but here in the UK??

we don't have the terrain and every square inch of this damn island is owned by "the man", meaning the cool trails and stunts got knocked flat

as we don't have the terrain or the stunts so I would state with some authority that "freeride is dead in the UK" Frown
  • + 9
 No man, you CAN free-ride down a race trail. Free ride doesn't have limitations that's the point! No boundaries, freedom of choice, But because he chose to ride down a pre-determined trail doesn't mean it isn't free-riding. Look when I was snowboarding I would love to ride down race courses. why? because they are fast. Alot of people said I should race, but racing is about the the quickest time possible which means cutting corners as short as possible and making the course as straight as possible to get the best time. but I love digging into the corners staying there as long as possible then popping out of them and race courses are some of the best places to do that. Even though I like to go as fast as possible that doesn't equate to the fastest way down or the quickest times + add a little flair or style here and there and it hurts lap times even more, its a different mindset then racing. Its free-riding! and it can be done on a closed course, but, certainly not limited to... well, anything!
  • + 10
 If FREE RIDE is dead then can we go back to calling it EXTREME MOUNTAIN BIKING and wear spandex?
  • + 2
 Would just like to state that freeride is not dead in the UK!
  • + 3
 If you're training for a DH race or competing then your a DH rider but if you're on a DH trail with no intentions to race then i reckon you're pretty much freeriding, especially if you throw in some style. I don't think you need to be doing insane tricks to be classed as freeriding, just ride and see what happens, really. And in my opinion mucking around with your mates on some small jumps you made in the woods with cheap bikes is definitely not freeriding, the same goes for mucking around on trails. That wouldn't be freeriding, that would be xc trail riding. And I would also like to say I think freeriding is definitely not dead.
  • + 2
 i noticed that on the pod, haha, im like where did konabiker comment?
  • + 37
 freeride shall never die...
  • + 16
 freeride WILL never die Wink
  • + 8
 whats the difference ?? :/
  • + 9
 I think in context "Shall" refers more to not being up to anyone. i.e. It wont ever end up dead.
and "WILL" refers more to the fact that it will refuse to die. As if freeride is a conscious being (which it is btw)
  • + 3
 Freeride shan't ever die.
  • + 2
 Freeride won't ever die.
  • + 3
 freeride keeps me alive... it shouldn't die!!! Wink
  • + 20
 I don't care what they say, I still love freeriding!!!
  • + 12
 This is amazing. Mike Hopkins is the mega trail slayer, it should be a new category. And if looking like an idiot means that this kind of creative passion gets to be expressed, than I'll look the idiot everyday. If you have a dull moment, and you're involved in this question, go back and read my original article. And try to do so with a cool head. It never says that freeride is dead, it just merely presents the question. Seems Hopkins and crew have the answer, and so do the many others who've taken the time to respond to this whole debate. Some might think its trivial, and in many ways it is, especially consider the state of the world in 2011. But at the same time, for all of us who love mountain biking, it's still kind of huge. Words mean things. They're the bits and bolts of language, and language is what we use to think. Think they ever made the Dictionary without a little debate? And when words settle into their true definition, they become powerful and definitive. I still think freeride's fighting for that definition. It's still relatively new and young. What this now multimedia conversation shows is that it might have collective, yet not yet articulated understanding. Perhaps, through all this creative expression, it might be a few more switchbacks down the wisdom trail. -Mitch Scott
  • - 2
 You just said "Mike Hopkins is the mega trail slayer, it should be a new category." which shows how much you just don't get it. The whole argument is that it needs no new category, since what he is doing is already called freeriding. He shows perfectly what it is here and how it needs no measurement. I have a question for you to consider. Have mtb video sales gone down? Are less people watching? If so, then perhaps you could begin to argue freeride is in decline.
  • + 8
 Hey taletotell, I think I get it. "Mega trail slayer" as a new category is a joke. Sorry it wasn't obvious enough for you to "get it". So you know, I've been writing about freeride and all things mountain bike for over 15 years. While there's a ton of people claiming freeride will never die, and freeriding is what we all do, etc, etc, I bet you half the people involved in this forum still can't put a solid definition to freeriding. You seem confused as well, is freeriding really measured by video sales? It's a shame people aren't really reading the initial article. Here's the ultimate question for everyone: when was the last time you actually said to your buddies: "Let's go freeriding?" I live in interior BC, the heart of alot of stuff. I ride with Kinrade and Bourdon and a whack of other great riders. We never, ever use the word like that. We barely use the word at all actually, because to us, freeriding in it's truest sense is how Aggy defines it in my story. If you get my original article at all, it's trying to strike down all the labelling we do in mountain biking. Surfers surf. Sure, they might have a long board or they might go big wave surfing, but they keep it simple, and it works. We don't seem mature enough as a sport to leave all the mini labels behind and just call it bike riding. And you know what, throughout this whole thing, no one seems to go back to that.
  • + 2
 I commented under the initial article after reading it man. Yeah, sorry about not getting the joke. I think the overwhelming response to your article is that we like the label on what we do. Tonight the local crew will be getting together for the weekly freeride jam. It is way different form the other times we all ride. A lot less cardio. Lot more jumps. Sorry if I get pissy. I often post early in the morning after my babies wake me up. I still respectfully disagree about the term freeride. I like it.
  • + 2
 It's all good, babies will do that to you. But the whole thing about this post that people aren't getting, and the movie totally misses, is the article never once says that freeride is dead. It merely asks the question, is it dying? Many times it asks "What does freeride mean today?" Based on most of the comments, I doubt half the people have really read the piece. Most read the title, then go straight to the comments and go off on their own tangent. Questions are much different than statements. Loving the cultural experiment of all this though. Good luck with the babies.
  • + 4
 Honestly I see exactly what the artical is refering to. I have been riding since around 95, i started on an XC hard tail and "converted it" to a "freeride bike". Double wall rims.. big 2.3 tires!! and a Z1!! ZOMG!!!

My friends and I would hike up Eagle and Burke because non of us could drive.. and we ride ladder, drops, teeters, then head into Poco/Coq/PoMo and start hopping around stairs, retaining walls and what ever else looked fun to ride a bike on. This was freeride to us.

Now however, the same trails still exsist but the crowd I see riding them call them DH trails.

So sure maybe "freeride" isn't dead, but the term itself does seem to be moving further to back of peoples head.

To me it will always be simply "riding my bike where I want, on what I want, and enjoying every second of it".
  • + 5
 Riding bikes is where it's at.
  • + 4
 Wow ... those were longer posts then the article... you should make a video, we could watch it.
  • + 2
 ya man, I'm gonna get out on my enduro fork equipped all mountain machine that rides like it thinks its a park bike, but its actually got the pivot design from the downhill rig but still pedals up like a crazy XC machine and I'm gonna go ride.
I'm gonna enjoy the trip and love the ride :-)
  • + 1
 when freeriding started. im guna say. around 1995 or 1996. it was hucking. plain and simple. to me. freeriding is the style in which you ride a trail. freeriding is the search for cool features in nature, whether that be man made or natural. and finding your own way to ride taht feature. like a trail, thats mostly downhill. with some jumps and cool bumps. on these features. you decide to do a tweak here and a whip there. freeriding to me. its when i feel passion. regardless of progression. trickery will die. its already blown out. but the fact remains. having fun on a bike will never die. r.i.p xc though haha.
  • + 14
 So awesome, stoked you guys managed to get this together so quickly!!!
  • + 3
 thanks Ian!
  • + 6
 I didn't even do anything . . . but thanks Ian ! hardy har har
  • + 4
 If ya live in Kamloops freeride will never die!! hell ,, if ya live anywhere freeride will never die!! that's my main riding style.. its how i wanna ride and how many others still ride. Thats how it is, and always will be!!!!! Smile
  • + 1
 kamloops is the heaven !!! Big Grin
  • + 4
 This is so stupid. Freeride is in no way dead. The only people who are saying it are pros who willingly ENTER the CONTESTS. So yeah it might be for them but the rest of us aren't being timed or filmed with fancy equipment and that is the vast majority of freeriders. So sure, say whatever you want but the only reason you are saying its dead is because of yourselves. Just because its become popular and the equipment is similar to downhill it doesn't mean in any way that it's dead. All this talk is pissing me off
  • + 1
 Amen
  • + 0
 Freeriding was about anarchy. Don't see a lot of anarchy at the resorts - more signs asking me if the stunt is within my limits, and I should make sure I signed my waver or something before attempting the 2' wide ladder that is 6" off the ground.
  • + 2
 No freeride is about pushing your limits. Nothing says it has to challenge anything except for yourself.
  • + 3
 Even if the pros did declare it dead, they are maybe 1% of the riding populous. I doubt that carries much weight.

Ride more...bitch less!!! Smile
  • + 2
 Thank you Pininator!! That's what I'm saying
  • + 4
 What s this ridiculous talk. Riding your bike is what you make of it. People will make movies of freeride and everybody will still watch them. Its just like Mike said, capturing the creativity and you cant put a number on that. Freeride is alive as ever. No definition, Just creativity and riding your bike.
  • + 1
 freeriding is riding with nobody to tell you what to do and how to do it.
  • - 2
 I give it a 7 out of 10!
  • + 2
 I think the FMB needs to make more Freeride-type events such as Rampage and Chatel located at various ski/bike resorts around the world to really bring back the true theme and popularity of freeriding! I think that would solve our problem. More importantly though just keep riding...
  • + 4
 but freeride is not about competition
  • + 2
 Why would freeride ever die?- perhaps off the pages of print and online popularity. Writers declaring the end of freedom is not a new idea. This one is simple: Riding your bike= feeling free. Cruising your local trails after work, getting creative about where you ride or what bike you choose. Jumping the big lines when your feeling it, fine-tuning your lines on DH days, spinning like the new-schoolers, dropping like the old-schoolers, shredding everything, progressing always, crashing and getting back up again; rinse and repeat. Its what 99% of what most MTBer's do. Writers have a tendency to focus too much on whats new and exciting as if it will be big enough to undue what has come before. Or worst, at bare minimum are these ideas or concepts you should buy - I would never buy that freeride will ever die. Maybe freeride is the undead- then were all muthafukin' zombies.
  • + 2
 What about the kids that just ride for the sake of riding? I don't believe it's dead at all. What about all the kids hanging out at whistler riding for a good time? Saying "freeride is dead" in this context is pretty much only talking about the big guys like Hopkins and Semenuk etc., and there's far more kids riding just to ride out there than there are pros. It's not dead, the big guys just enter more contests now.. What else would you call a bunch of guys riding at a bike park, with no timers, no scoring, and lots of jumps and whips? it's freeride! they're riding for FUN.
  • + 1
 freeride can never die. if people still ride bikes just because they love it and not for training or racing but because it is the escape that they love like i do. freeride will always live. freeride cannot be put in to classes or limited to a riding style. freeride is people and bikes becoming one in however the ride wishes. long live freeride!!!
  • + 1
 I agree 100% with you, wert4756!
  • + 1
 I have never raced a race nor do ever intend to. all but a couple of my riding buddies are dh racers and always have to make the trip down the mountain as fast as possible. I may not be the fastest but not the slowest either. I can say that i probably have the most fun just cruising at my own pace and taking in the scene pushing when i feel like it and laying low when i dont... that is freeride and thats what its all about. It will never die for me.
  • + 1
 Video = Funny. Comment after comment about freeride never dieing = dumb. Ignore labels. Ignore branding. Ignore classification. Ignore the masses. Just ride your bike.

It's funny, because Hopkins suggests that freeride is simply the expression of your creativity on your bike. I like this, because really, any form of biking can be considered "freeride" under this all-inclusive definition. Trials, street, dj, big mountain, slopestyle, whatever, their all just different ways to express creativity. Even racing, in a convoluted sort of way, is an expression of creativity.
  • + 1
 A) SICK riding in that vid. Those corners he was killing early on made my shorts a little tight.

B) He's not declaring freeride "dead". It is, however, experiencing an identity crisis of sorts. Used to be freeriding was bridges, drops, skinnies, hucks-to-flats off loading docks, wallrides and stairgaps (i.e. - early Kranked/NWD vids). Not so much anymore. About 10yrs ago, you'd see Big Hits, etc. doing urban. You could sit around for a long time waiting to see that these days. Freeride has absorbed a lot of DH elements over the last 5yrs or so. Essentially, NOBODY can define it...it's all up to that individual's perception of the word. In the end, it's just that - a word.

C) LOG OUT AND GO RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Names, badges, categories, styles... WHY DO YOU ALL CARE? I don't give a heck, I just ride what I want and when I want. No compos, no sponsors, no flashlights, photos and movies. Just me, my bike and the world around.
  • + 1
 You obviously get it - props!!
  • + 2
 according to this definition which places freeride into the same group as Parkour/freerunning as noncompetitive sports, it will never be dead as long as people get out and ride for fun.
  • + 1
 honestly, i find that just riding your bike for the sake of it is more fun than always training for comps and stuff. Not saying its bad to train for that stuff, but when u freeride, your not thinking about that one guy that is better than you, or how much you have to train in order to beat him, your thinking of how much FUN it is to ride a bike. Instead, your just going out on your bike, ride whatever trail u feel to ride and just having fun. That is freeriding
  • + 1
 Guys, you don't get it, they mean freeride as a genre of riding that includes large jumps, plenty of speed, and 6-8" of suspension. You're all saying that "I'm a freerider because I ride free!" Well that's not really true, because that is similar to saying "I'm a downhiller because I ride down hills!" Not really true either. If you ride ungroomed terrain with massive gaps, speed, and style, then you're a freerider. Otherwise, you're just riding free.
  • + 1
 I wish I could ride trails that well around here...much of wher eI live is all 2 way street style and walkers with dogs....we would never be able to ride that fast! That guy is crazy good. Free ride will never die!
  • + 1
 people saying freeride is getting out on your bike and riding anywhere you want obv wrong its just beasty trail riding, look at whistler and the popular trails and theirs your freeride
  • + 1
 Whistler is not free riding it is a bike park for the kiddies!
  • + 1
 Freeride is not dead, the trails and bikes are still there, A line / ninja cougar and most trails in peoples local woods. Then bikes like mythic banshee, mongoose nugget etc. Crap excuse for a story this one
  • + 3
 Damn cool vid, pretty good edit and had both funny and fun aspects! Good stuff!
  • + 1
 funny fun and cinematic!
  • + 4
 I heard Hopkins is dead...damn zombie bikers.
  • + 2
 why does everyone keep saying that?!?!?!?!
  • + 4
 Freeride is just too difficult for the retards who say its dead!
  • + 3
 haha great vid, loved the what is this amateur hour? haha.

hopkins shreds.
  • + 1
 let's not turn MTB into techno music and create little boxes to put everything into different categories that's slightly different than something else... i am free when i ride, and that's why it's freeride..!
  • + 1
 Dude, I just *ride*, and I do it in a way that brings a shit eating grin to my face. labels are for marketing...I don't need to call it anything but good dirty fun.
  • + 3
 It is so not dead nothing in biking can die!
  • + 3
 I'm pretty sure Penny-farthing may be dead...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny-farthing
  • + 1
 "Freeride is about capturing creativity" .. Freeride will never die. Im sure many others along with me will never let it die.
  • + 4
 I DO WHAT I WANT
  • + 4
 I RIDE HOW I WANT TO RIDE
  • + 2
 Yeah, that's freeride. And that's why freeride'll never die!
  • + 1
 hahah great video makes me want to go ride a lot. but did any one else catch the "3:10sec are you kidding me, you think this is ametuers? no wonder you dont race WC
  • + 1
 Mountain Bike racing is an aberration rocks roots and loom the rest is corporate profit taking.....they can do what they like I just ride the forest!
  • + 2
 Touche! I think Mitchell got what he was looking for with his original piece right here...
  • + 1
 yeah a great discussion. That's opinion editorial, people talk, discuss. Good stuff all around.
  • + 1
 Freeriding is anywhere I don't have to pay to ride and when nothing breaks on my bike that will cost me money to fix. Now that's freeriding!
  • + 1
 Freeride died in 1999 when Cannondale trademarked the word, after that it became Froriding. Ask Richey and Brett they will tell ya all about it.
  • + 3
 haha sick video! i believe freeride ain't dead!!! AND IT NEVER WILL DIE
  • + 2
 FREERIDE TO ME IS: riding your "fun" bike all over BC for a couple months each year!!!!!
  • + 2
 I'm waiting for the freerides not dead stickers.....
  • + 2
 great acting ......lol good vid though
  • + 1
 Makes me remember how lucky I was to spend the first 18 years of my life in Rossland.
  • + 1
 Also... it's easy to talk about how freeride isn't dead when you live in Rossland Wink Of course it's not dead in Rossland... have any of you people ever been there? It's the ultimate capital of laid back party freeride all day long.
  • + 1
 "At least I didn't make an idiot out of myself in front of a bunch of people"

Thought that was a bit harsh.
  • + 1
 Who was that directed at?
  • - 1
 Mitch Scott, I presume.
  • + 3
 no man not in any way. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Mitch and his writing. His article was articulate, on point and provocative. Just how writing and expression should be. What I think was ironic was the amount of hate Mitch received for writing the article in the first place, and the amount of people who took it out of context (much like the characters in this video seem to have done...). cheers
  • + 0
 glad to hear it. Those who can actually write should be encouraged to express whatever opinions they hold on this website. It's a welcome change, for sure!
  • + 1
 Mitch's article was not on point in the least. Unless the definition of on point is over exaggeration and rambling.
  • + 1
 Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Mitchell made you all lose your sh!t, and David just made me lose mine! Sweet vid. Well done.
  • + 1
 So hey people, anyone know the model name of the bike Hopkin's is riding in the video??
  • + 1
 He rides for Knolly these days, so it's probably the Podium.
  • + 3
 Quite interesting, that there's the movie made about Freeride not being dead, and ol' Hopkins is riding a bike called "the Podium". Anyone else see the irony?
  • + 0
 You are a jackass Mitchell. Who cares what the name of the bike is, they could have called it the "ass hat" and it would still be the tool he chooses to "freeride" on. You are the laughing stock of the mountain bike internet community right now, the athletes that you write about are taking the time out of their busy professional athlete careers to make videos mocking you. The word "freeride" is not even close to dying, and neither is the attitude that comes with it. If you had to ask yourself in the first place if the word "freeride" is dead, and then even go as far as to write a lengthy article on it, then you sir have no idea what this whole place is about. No business writing that article. The word has many meanings, which you will never understand.
  • + 2
 Hey buddy, before you start calling people names and making accusations, take a look at what this whole discussion has created. Some amazing discussion. Some truly inspiring comments about what it means to ride a mountain bike. A great video that makes people laugh. And at the end of the day, tons of people telling us all to go out and have fun riding our bikes. You can try to insult me, or make me feel like everyone here thinks I'm a joke, but if the result is impassioned conversation then I'm all in and could care less about all that. I'm in this for progression. Obviously, if it was a non issue, people wouldn't have taken the time out of their busy careers to say something about it. At the end of the day we're talking about a word in a sport. A word and a sport we all care deeply about, obviously. But to get all pissy about it and make personal insults? Come on. It might be you good sir, who has no idea what this place is all about.
  • + 2
 haha awesome call on the irony of "the podium", it hadn't occurred to me.

csermonet, you kinda missed the boat man...my words: "the iconic Mitchell Scott"; "his great piece on the names we ascribe to riding. A true wordsmith and ideas man!"; "the utmost respect for Mitch and his writing. His article was articulate, on point and provocative. Just how writing and expression should be". Mike and I certainly didn't intend to call out Mitch.

To call someone who puts their ideas out there for everyone to read (criticize, analyze, appreciate, love, hate, enjoy, laugh at, laugh with, share) a "jackass" is pretty silly.
  • + 1
 if freeride is dead then why are all the freeride events still on this year and next year.
  • + 1
 How is freeriding dead if everyone does it everyday freeriding is not dead this is hilarious
  • + 2
 "Can't put a number on that, BUDDY!" haha classic
  • + 2
 "freeride's not dead!" *uses techno/electronica music in edit
  • - 1
 Man the music just sucks.... metal, trash, hard rock much more suits freeride than this fakeass music. Just remember the first 4 disorders! I mean, for an example, what could possibly suit better Josh Benders' style than powerful metal (Cold - Anti love song)?

FREERIDE'S NOT DEAD!

tup
  • + 1
 astute observation: edits including music by bands with less than 1 toothless hillbilly or dreadlocked white guy will hereafter be branded "not freeride"
  • + 1
 yeah , the wild music is better for the freeride videos, because gives a more badass look to the sport. These shitty songed videos doesn't make me ride .
  • + 1
 Lehel-NS, just because the music is made on a computer or a keyboard does not make it "fakeass" music. Please do not try and argue this because by you calling it "fakeass" I know you have never even attempted to try making it. It takes skill and talent as does a guitar or the drums. Please get your facts straight before you talk shit. Salute
  • + 1
 It is not how the music is made, or how much skill it takes brett236 - it is about the attitude and the feeling transported with music. And for MTB, as well as for any other action or extreme sport it can only be Rock music. I hate it when people playing electronic music at contests or in riding videos. This kind of music is made for parties and clubs (so it can be fun as well) - I never heard anybody saying "Skate Techno" or "Surf - House Music" - but I heard "Skate Punk", "Surf Rock" etc. a thousand times - and I think this is for a good reason.
So my appeal: Bring back Rock n Roll music to the Freeride or Freestyle Sports - stop raping it with electronic music.
This means no I hate electronic music at all - but I think it is not the music for our sport - and electronic music never changed the world or started revolutions - Rock did - and free sports are a revolution and a movement.
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 Wow, I'm actually speechless. The vast amount of shit that you just spewed was horrible. It can be any type of music you want. Just because you may not like it doesn't mean it can only be rock music. Who cared if rock started revolutions? You are a complete idiot if you think that only one type of music suits biking you would be horribly mistaken. As the sport changes and evolves stuff will change. Not everybody likes listening to rock these days. Personally I like it but indie rock or electronic music sounds better and goes with most riders riding styles more than rock. Btw did you even read my comment? I was talking about how he called it fake ass and you went off on a random and pointless rant.
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 Wait, Wtf, were arguing about music on a bicycle site. What ever song fits the feel of a video is usually good.
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 Not an argument. Just a discussion.
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 tbh any music can be used for a video. Just comes down to opinion what works best. Personally i like hard dubstep in freeride videos. and also, electronic is definitely not "fakeass"
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 And the moral of the story is!
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 Bike: $5600
Helmet: $350
Assorted other gear: $200
Lift pass or shuttle fuel: $50
Freeriding: a misnomer.
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 dkidd, I think you missed the mark as to the term or essence that is "Freeride". For me, it is that intangible sensation of flighty floating in a Za Zen state of everything and nothingness. Just think of it as the absence of zero. Unite with your bikes! Unite with the Earth!
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 ^^ * man
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 wow... that was a bit ridiculous.
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 real riders don't shuttle and don't ever ride in a park....if you can't ride up it you shouldn't be riding down!! PS I live an hour and a half from whistler and hate it full of gombas!!
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 Really wizardb, You must wear a chastity belt when riding! I climb to ride (2 to 2 and a half hours +) up during the off season, and I lift access ride during the summer because the parks have more and bigger jumps. Not forgetting, I still climb to ride. For instance, I also climb 2 hours to get to a lift access station in order to spend a day Downhilling. Get this... I on any given day, nearly 3 to 4 times a week do 8 hours of hike-a-bike and 6 hours give or take of lift access DH. That is 6,650 meters of Downhilling equaling 31.4 km in total DH while not considering the bicycle path ride to and from the Mountains. (In English it equals 21,817.585 ft. of descent and 19.511055 miles of DH.) Any money, you would caterwaul, whinge, bellyache all the way up while wanting to turn back. I have already ridden with people like you. Now, I am free to ride! By means of comparison, the Mt. blanc is 4,810 meters tall.

Yours Cordially,

Not a real rider
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 14 solid hours of riding 4 times a week. Man, that's pretty... impressive (?). Pretty sure Hushovd doesn't even train that hard!
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 Hmmm I wonder how you have all that time to ride in one week. Looks like you spend most of your week keeping stats. You could be Hopkins' manager.
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 and I calculated wrong... with the "climb to ride" (and return ride down) that would give lenmerde there a whopping 17 straight hours of riding 4 days a week. I guess he does all his working, eating, sleeping and trolling on his 3 days off.
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 Dkidd, Firstly, my pseudo is lenmerderdenfer not "lenmerde". Secondly, you are wrong in your calculations. Thirdly, I do around 32 hours of riding per week. That is about 8 hours per day! Not forgetting I have a profession that permits me such leisure. Lastly, You referred to me using the word "trolling". Why? Do not be that person!
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 sorry dude, I must lost count with all the stats you were throwing out about how much more you ride than the next guy. My bad. P'raps (in between the rides you're obviously currently on) could you shed light on how your 2.5 hour pedal to the lifts, followed by 8 hours of hike a bike AND 6 hours of lift access, before pedaling home (presumably .5 hours) does not add up to a staggering 17 hours of non-stop za-zenning on your MTB? Or perhaps you were a wee bit overzealous in your original calculations of your own awesomeness?
While we're on the topic of MTB dick-swinging, I just rode for 36 hours straight, uphill the entire time, backflipping every 35 seconds. Because when it comes to trolls, it takes one to know one! Wink

I don't really give a damn how much you ride or how much you say you do, I just love typing hastily tongue-in-cheek retorts to people on the internet I'll never meet. Surely you can understand a guy stroking his own ego? Razz
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 Get off it man! I just presented a few different ways of thinking about my ride time. No swinging dick here. There is no, "I am better than you or anyone else" because I am not! I am just f... typing and riding. Do not act like an ass.
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 @dkidd... dude ur calculations are off. It woul be 18 not 17... pshh noob.
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 If you've seen what the braggart calls DH you'd understand I'd be more apt to ride it 4" travel Hard tail brag on lemmerdweeb
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 Get off it dude! You have no idea what I do! Stop being an ass! Just because I do not have the latest and greatest video device does not mean I can not ride! Keep your shitty comments to yourself. Thank you. By the way, I was not bragging as I was only stating the facts. In addition, this summer I have had the wonderful opportunity to ride with great riders from the British DH Series and also several World Cup riders and I can stay in the pack on the steep and gnarly. All in all, I have noting to prove to you or any other dimwitted semblance of an ass on the site. It is swing dicks like you that ruin it for us all!
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 That reply is at wizardbastard!
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 The dude in the suit is hilarious
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 that shits tighter than your sister. freeride will never die
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 is the title and video suppost to be a responce to the article about the dying sceen of freeriding about three weeks ago?
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 so pleased that someone made a video about this hot topic. FR will never die. SUCK IT!!!!
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 freerides not dead, people think that cause they dont get out and ride enough!!!
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 such a great piece here though...
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 Its hard to freeride when you have to pay for a lift ticket!
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 bingo
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 and btw anyone know the song?
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 Shut the F*ck up and ride holy shit people
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 yeah, fuck racing. go out and have fun!
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 fuck it im going for a ride.
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 that was awsome, good for a laugh first thing. good work guys.
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 He is very good at handling!
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 What an amazing way to tell the true! eheh Nice work!
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 no mater wat if freeride is dead or not im still freeriding i dont care !!
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 v neck ftw. lol
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 free riding will never die but some periods of time will wound it like now
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 it won´t die. at least untill i´m 90
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 Joyride biggest FREERIDE event
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 Not at all. Slopestyle and free ride are completely different.
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 and they are both judged on creativity
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 what does that have to do with anything we were talking about?
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 I freeride almost every day of the week. Smile Great vid!
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 nice video, great riding!
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 thats pretty funny, made a good start to my day.
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 Freeride will live forever 3
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 freeride cant be dead because i freeride every time i ride Smile
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 If freeriding is dead then what happens to the rampage?
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 freeride isnt dead. this sport is still young, it has just born! we call the whole sport freeride but inside it there is a cathegory called freeride. thats all in my opinion.
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 you have right inakiarri
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 freeride is forever
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 so sick!
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 VOD!
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 A W E S O M E ! ! !
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 I love my bike!
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 I 3 my bike
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 Great vid, but I didn't see any freeriding... Wink
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