Must Watch: Brage Vestavik's X Games Real MTB 2021 Edit

Apr 16, 2021 at 2:51
by Ed Spratt  

Brage Vestavik and filmer/editor Oscar Kalsnes/Blur Media’s entry into Real Mountain Bike 2021.

Click the following links to watch the other athlete edits:

Vero Sandler
Danny MacAskill
Brandon Semenuk
DJ Brandt
Cam Zink


255 Comments

  • 567 4
 Damn, that's the most impressive riding I've seen all year. Brage is a freeride wizard.
  • 53 7
 stiff competition for Semenuk right here
  • 140 0
 the half cab on the skinny is a hell of an attention grabber. freaking wild.
  • 79 0
 Brage is freeriding in 2031, nothing in MTB is even close right now. The amplitude, the risk, the mud! Holy moly.
  • 118 0
 I think this should be the winner because its the most "Real". Its dirty, the light isn't always right, the temperature isn't right, there's a hint of a crash in there, and he just goes huge.
  • 35 2
 Bill Gates nano-tracers are even more believable than this flagrant abuse of Newtonian physics. WTAF?
  • 21 3
 Semenuk is the goat, and his video was great as always. But man this video just had me like wow.
  • 33 9
 @tlchlct: Semenuk has become too vanilla. He's like a magnolia wall.
  • 20 0
 Brage wins for sure. Killed it!
  • 17 0
 That 180 on a skinny. Absolute madman
  • 13 0
 he wins my vote. That was heavy.
  • 5 0
 He won with a broken foot!!!!?
  • 3 0
 @hisroyalgooseness: A testament to his smooth impeccable skill.
  • 1 1
 That was meant as an upvote.
  • 11 0
 The editing with the music is spot on
  • 6 0
 @tlchlct: I don’t even think it’s a competition. Brage has easily sealed the deal, in my opinion.
  • 3 0
 Defiantly rough AF but I beg to differ.
  • 1 0
 That is exactly what I was thinking...
  • 3 1
 Psf - literally none of the footage showed beautiful mountain scenery in the background. One star.
  • 10 0
 @SlodownU: yes, yes, and yes. Less polished riding and sculpted bikeparky monumental kickers and more half-assed muscle through crazyness in the woods

+1 for Europe
  • 2 1
 @babathehutt: idk man, kriss kyles new edit was pretty insane as well.
  • 318 8
 All the other ones were good.. but this one is the rawest... gnarliest.. the most wtf. This is the only one I watched twice.
  • 71 0
 I think wtf is the best way to describe his riding here. Haven’t felt this way watching an edit since the rough AF vids
  • 62 2
 Everyone else has these manicured features, Brage just threw a middle finger at conventional freeride. Dude's going twice as big in the worst conditions imaginable. Full send.
  • 18 0
 @TannerValhouli: I literally said "what the f*ck" out loud at least 3 times.
  • 17 24
flag BiNARYBiKE (Apr 19, 2021 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 @jefe: Not hating at all because he threw down huge, but his features were just as manicured as at the others, no?
  • 22 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: His features are certainly built up, but there's a big difference between riding in perfect conditions vs sloppy mud; shit, his big drop has a run-in of mud covered plywood to a bog runout.
  • 9 1
 Ridden hard and put away wet!
  • 1 0
 OMG!
  • 3 0
 @toast2266: literally, my housemates must think im insane
  • 19 0
 Viking biking
  • 3 0
 @jefe: dude the runout killed me
  • 97 0
 Nordic Jordie.
  • 30 0
 Nordie Jordie, if you will
  • 21 0
 Jordie would be so proud of this #roughaf!!!
  • 14 0
 @t1m829: His friends call him "Nordie"
  • 80 1
 Viking Biking!!!
  • 69 1
 Gold medal right there. Fuck yeah Brage.
  • 45 1
 Best part. Kinda feel like it won’t win tho cause filming and editing is usually heavily weighed in these xgames “real” events, and this was probably the least high end filming and editing of all the parts. Hope it still wins tho. Raw as f*ck and insane riding.
  • 3 1
 I wondered why the Semenuk edit was so over edited now it makes sense
  • 9 2
 It's between this and Semenuk for me, but like you said the Semenuk edit is so clean and really shows off the details of each trick. Brage goes huge and the technical/creative aspects of the trick setups are incredible, but the edit looks like a weird satanic ritual Smile
  • 11 0
 @Mugen: it's the trve 90s Mayhem edit
  • 1 0
 @TheLoamDeranger: It appears that it is a two part contest. X-games will have a judged and a fan-decided contest. Everyone should go to XGames.com/RealMTB and vote to cast the actual fan-decided vote
  • 1 0
 @TheLoamDeranger: the past is alivvvvvveeeeee!!!
  • 42 0
 Make freeride skinny again!
  • 3 0
 "Make freeride skinny again!" this should be on a t-shirt.
  • 2 0
 Yep, I would buy that t-shirt for sure!
  • 40 1
 And there is your winner!!!!!!!!
  • 34 0
 that drop was absolutely massive
  • 28 0
 which one? all of them?
  • 3 0
 and that run off to creek to otb !!!
  • 15 5
 He’s awesome. Whenever I’m in Hafjell you can barely see him. He’s doing his thing, enjoying himself,riding with his friends. Meanwhile EVERYONE knows where Makken is. You have no choice Big Grin I like Makkens rockstar vibe but I find it quite cool too that Brage can keep low profile despite doing insane things. Then add the fact that his home town isn’t exactly a MTB Mecca. He makes some amazing use of those hills. Humblebrah
  • 5 0
 @justwaki: Riding with Brage is always insane. We'll go for a chill ride, and he'll be hucking and gapping huge stuff like nobody's business while I try to keep up and hold on for dare life. Loving it every time XD
  • 1 0
 I would love to see the drop measurement on that.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: Just spoke with Brage. He hasn't measured it, but he thought he should.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: I did some measuring on a photo and came out with these figures:
Vertical Height: 13m
Horizontal Length: 11,5m
Lip to Landing: 17,5m
  • 1 1
 @megatryn: I just find it weird that I see him like 3 times during the weekend, Whereas I see Makken everywhere on almost each run. His way of riding RC is "debilitating" to a half skilled follower... so little speed yet so much air, so much style... never rode behind Brage though. Funny enough I wondered about mid Bouldre "gap" before the road a couple of times since I landed flat there and started doing brake check to match the first landing. Then I saw that vid from Brage... Jesus Christ. i am not wondering anymore, will never try it. he barely made it and his bike suffered a lot.

Did you try B-Rage in Trysil already?
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: Sent the measurements to Brage and he told me he landed a bit further down, so the revised figures are:
Vertical Height: 13,5m
Horizontal Length: 15m
Lip to Landing: 20m
  • 1 0
 @justwaki: Brage has a tendency to hang around one spot and session, whereas Makken is riding more all over the place so you see him more. So unless you ride by the spot Brage is seshing, you don't see him around as much.

Haven't tried B-Rage in Trysil yet, no.
  • 1 0
 @megatryn: what size bike does he ride? What reference did you use to get the measurements out of interest?
  • 1 0
 @be-costello: His DH bike is L and his jibbing bike is M. I used a side shot of the drop where he was stood on the edge. Knowing his height, I simply used the measuring tool in AutoCAD to measure the distances and rounded to nearest 0,5 m.
  • 33 0
 Warning: Many chainrings were harmed during the making of this film.
  • 14 0
 Warning: Many chainrings were ̶h̶a̶r̶m̶e̶d̶ pillaged during the making of this film.
  • 3 0
 How about frames?
  • 3 0
 @Offrhodes: I really questioned that on the sprocket bash.... no way the chain ring survived..... let alone the bottom of the frame maybe.... haha
  • 23 0
 Well, I for one, am speechless
  • 4 0
 Might be the GOAT gnarly edit...I can't think of anything gnarlier...holy wtf
  • 2 2
 Honestly I think it's great and all, but IMO this is not even Vestavik's best edit
  • 23 0
 Best Real!!!!!!!!
  • 22 1
 Holy fuck
  • 16 0
 BEAST MODE! Amazing skills on a bike and damn impressive trail features built for this as well. Putting Norway on the freeride map and that is just awesome! Hope you take home the gold for this one and heal fast as we need more edits from B-Rage.
  • 11 0
 Vestavik easily takes the crown. This one features by far the rawest, gnarliest riding - most deserving of the title "real mtb". The other edits were good, but this is just excellent.
  • 10 0
 Didn't expect it to be between this and Veronique Sandler's for me. This is what everyone thinks they look like when they ride (and the level of riding is f*cking bonkers), but Veronique's made me want to go out and actually ride the most. 2 dope but very different edits
  • 12 0
 I thought Semenuk had it in the bag until I watched this one. Oh my GAWD! Savage!
  • 8 2
 But Semenuk won the pajama party contest
  • 1 1
 @jefe agree but time to retire that expression from action sports.....
  • 11 0
 love it. bringin it back to the NWD days with a cross between dangerous dan and Semenuk
  • 12 0
 wait did Brage just become my favorite rider?
  • 3 0
 I would love to know how many insta followers he gained in the last 24 hours haha.
  • 11 0
 My God is that awsome! And that gt is taking a beating.
  • 11 0
 Brage > Thor
  • 10 0
 that was metal af. brage for rampage
  • 11 0
 This was so rad!!
  • 6 0
 I've watched Brage progress since he was a kid. He's alwas been a total ripper. Remember seesing him for the first time doing the dirt jumps in Hafjell when he was 8yrs (?) He jumped the big line shortly after. Killer.

That desaster !! OMG. The fact his bike didn't snap in half on that one got to give som credit to GT.
  • 9 0
 Creativity. Huge hits. Technical. Raw AF. I hope Brage wins....
  • 9 0
 Brage just broke the voting link with that last drop.
  • 9 0
 That 180 to half cab skinny drop should absolutely be illegal
  • 7 0
 PinkBike Buy Sell: One lightly used GT for sale. Wheels need a little truing but in great shape.
  • 8 0
 Brage Vestavik for RAMPAGE
  • 7 0
 This is absolutely insane
  • 6 0
 Holy Odin. What was that drop? Pretty sure some tectonic plates got hammered with that!
  • 5 0
 Brage is the Scandinavian jordie lunn ! Savage stuff that i imagine jordie would be hittin too ! Longlivejordie and lonblivechainsaw
  • 4 0
 I'm calling it - every single frame is photoshopped. There is no way a human being is capable of those things. Insane riding.
  • 5 0
 Brage just blew my mind....... just wow! The precision required, the risk, the... the.. just wow!
  • 3 0
 first move caught my attention then we get treated with the huge hit at the end. this is definitely the best of the hand. AND you have to appreciate the build and time that went into this whole thing, wow. i'm blown away
  • 3 0
 This sh%#Smile is Litt
B Rage Best ‘Avik is more like it
What an animal
Out campin ⛺️ and trail building w/headlights looks awesome too reminds me that summers coming
Nite rides
Campfires
N stuff. Yeaaaa:/
  • 4 0
 That was so sick. That poor bike just getting hammered on those flat landings. Dude is a viking for sure.
  • 4 0
 So damn RAW! I didn't know who he was before this, I will definitely be paying attention to him after what I just saw.
  • 2 1
 There's unfortunately only a handfull of videos of him riding and only like 3 short edits, but damn, he's so impressive.
  • 2 0
 @BenTheSwabian: His Instagram i great. Check it out.
www.instagram.com/bragevestavik/?hl=en
  • 6 0
 now this is not bmx
  • 5 0
 Winner winner chicken dinner!
  • 4 0
 When new school freeriding meets old school North Shore trails. Damn impressive!
  • 2 0
 I think we’ve got the winner right here! That was so sick! Quick and to the point, and definitely left you wanting more! This vid embodied everything this contest is about! Well done!
  • 5 0
 Brage is Rough AF! Doing mtb proud!
  • 3 0
 HEAVY. skinny-skinny 180, then half-cab off....also, building tracks in the winter that terminate randomly into small ponds. Wild. In the best way.
  • 2 0
 HOLY FUCK this is eternal mind blowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Give this guy the same budget as the other big names in the sport and a better filmcrew and he's gonna be the next '' freeride superstar '' without a doubt.
  • 5 0
 I think the film crew helps make that clip what it is, give those boys some credit.
  • 2 0
 I've heard he broke his foot while filming for his RealMTB part, and I was wondering if the screams after the final drop is expression of joy, or maybe he broke his foot while landing. The whole edit is mind blowing tho.
  • 1 0
 Based on the Instagram post that shows his friends helping him after the break, id say it was the feature at 0:22....landing and surroundings look similar (as well as outfit)
  • 2 0
 If this doesn't win then I'm gonna write a really nice letter full of choice words to each and every judge....

If I had to nitpick with anything, it be that his nose bonk over the log at 1:02 wasn't a true up and over.
  • 2 0
 Can't stop watching this. The riding was obviously insane, but I also want to give major props to the filmers/editers....you all did some very cool, innovative stuff with this thing. Kudos to all!
  • 4 0
 Best so far -nasty shit, Brage is the best!
  • 4 0
 Thanks Xgames. This is what we needed. Holy Cow...
  • 3 0
 Watched this at work and just kept saying.. WTF.. co-workers (non-mtbers) agree.
  • 4 0
 what the absolute F- did i just watch?
  • 3 0
 easily the gnarliest....never heard of this guy till now....he's about to blow up with edits like this.....
  • 3 0
 Incredible. Presumably by the sound that last drop is where he nailed his ankle/whatever body part he broke.
  • 4 0
 It was actually on the manual to tailwhip feature at around 20 secs. Blows my mind how he got away with that huge drop!
  • 2 0
 1:20 possibly the best moment in freeride step downs.
  • 5 0
 Dude. this wins.
  • 3 0
 Legendary, others ain't even close. How tf is his headtube not folding like a lawnchair.
  • 5 0
 hands down the winner!!
  • 4 0
 Super tight! Somebody get this man a Grim Donut.
  • 1 0
 This video totally gave me the muscle memory and feeling of riding skinny's - i miss it so much. But then doing a fakie on one!?! This guy is so gnarly!!!! That was so insane. I want a video with him and Aggy !!! in BC
  • 4 0
 Strong Jordie Lunn vibes. My favorite.
  • 4 0
 My dinner got cold watching that
  • 3 0
 I honestly thought I'd be on team Brandon before I watched all the edits but this was by far my favorite, well done!!
  • 2 0
 That drop from the edge of the atmosphere back down to earth at the end.... still picking up the pieces of my brain. Dude sticks some HARD landings...wow.
  • 4 0
 STOP THE COUNT! In fact no need to count, the Viking wins
  • 3 0
 6 Lambs were sacrificed deep in the forest of Vla'Djooorgen for this riding to happen
  • 3 0
 More ludicrous than Luda himself. This guys a madman
  • 3 0
 That 180 on the skinny was absolute bonkers
  • 3 0
 INSANE! Best edit I've seen in a while holy shit
  • 3 0
 Craziest opening clip there has been in a while!
  • 2 0
 I have to say this one was certainly most shocking one, that´s for sure. If that´s how this thing is judged I don´t know.
  • 3 0
 omg he's gonna land short.....oh wait
  • 3 0
 wallride to 20 foot drop FTW
  • 3 1
 Unreal. What an amazing use of BMX skills and style with Huge freeride stunts.
  • 3 0
 Skinnies in a 2021 edit! I am unreasonably happy to see them.
  • 2 0
 That last drop. Look in the background. What the hell is he building back there?
  • 2 0
 HOLY SH*T!!!
Last time my jaw dropped so hard was when I saw Rough AF 3. RIP Jordie Lunn!
  • 3 0
 What in the cinnamon f*ck did I watch? Raw and gnarly riding
  • 2 0
 I stared in awe at the non-shaved logs, he's just ridinig the rounded tops!! WTF?!
  • 4 0
 semenuk who?
  • 4 0
 Rough AF 4?
  • 1 0
 Spot on
  • 2 0
 That was sick. Unreal moves. That drop after the wallride and the finishing drop...huge. Definitely NWD vibes!
  • 3 0
 The Gold medal isn't enough for Brage
  • 1 0
 Read the comments first and still wasn't ready for the amount of WTFs I was able to produce while watching. Brage became a monster!
  • 4 0
 Freeride aint dead!
  • 5 3
 The one rider you’d expect death metal, thank you for not!
  • 2 0
 Like an old skate vid! Rage on!!
  • 2 0
 Wait! So a case doesn’t have to be a fail anymore?
  • 1 1
 Best video by a mile, tech stuff and massive stuff, all with muddy tyres. The North Americans wouldnt event get thier bikes out for a video in those conditions!
  • 2 0
 for me this wins and Cam's gets silver because of the opener and ender
  • 1 0
 Nice to see that the video showed some of the fails. Crazy how he can still do the stuff he did! Kudos!
  • 1 0
 This dude makes me consistently question what's possible on a mountain bike
  • 3 0
 Holy shit. This is it.
  • 2 0
 his bikes are a bad second hand deal, damn brage. best vid of them all
  • 1 0
 progression of this sport has gone mental. In a few years time, I won't be able (or willing) to ride the bunny trails.
  • 2 0
 That was amazing! Brage needs a Rampage invite
  • 2 0
 He’s like Balboa training to fight Drago in Rocky IV
  • 2 0
 I felt sorry for the bike by the end. Savage!
  • 1 0
 I’m aware that I am very late to this but... is that off-white bike a new sanction model??
  • 2 0
 Way to go B-Rage! You deserve the gold medal for this one.
  • 2 2
 It was good - but would have preferred if there was more content of him awkwardly riding in front of a beautiful mountain, like the Matterhorn, for example.
  • 1 0
 Rad. Lacondeguy is now equal number one bad arse on a bike with Brage. These 2 ooze don't fuck with me style.
  • 1 0
 Man.. that's some fkng Aggro style but,
1:20 see that roll in, in the back ground!!!!
  • 1 0
 if jordie and aggy had a lovechild, it would be brage. insane edits and hits. dudes just raw
  • 2 0
 if anyone was in doubt, GT makes a really fucking strong bike. 0.o
  • 1 0
 I wonder how many bashgaurds he went through making this video. And damn, thats huge drop
  • 1 0
 Solid durability marketing for GT bikes being able to survive this viking! More of this please!
  • 1 0
 He is the Jib king, total future riding! Also love the no run outs to anything, had a real video part feeling.
  • 1 0
 Ridiculous! That guy is a mountain bike monster! :0
  • 1 0
 Anyone elses voting link broken?
  • 1 0
 ANIMAL !!!!! He's not a man he's a beast .
  • 1 0
 Creative viking. so far my favourite xgames edit
  • 2 0
 What? How? Hell!
  • 1 0
 most raw. without a doubt
  • 2 0
 This is it.
  • 1 0
 This wins! Raw, gnarly, innovative.
  • 1 0
 That is one wild Viking Wink
  • 1 0
 jeesus. So gnarly. This sender must brake bikes.
  • 1 0
 Mind Blown!!! Brage is the Man!
  • 1 0
 Number one best video. Give this man the money.
  • 1 0
 Ding ding, we have a winner
  • 1 0
 This was ridiculous, what a savage edit.
  • 1 0
 The Biking Viking, always exciting to watch! Big Grin \m/
  • 1 0
 I'd be surprised if this doesn't win.
  • 1 0
 BROUGHTFREERIDE BACK!! FREERIDE4LYFE
  • 1 0
 What the crap! That blows my mind. Difficulty level through the roof!
  • 1 0
 Ummmm HOLY FUCK. That last drop is completely mental.
  • 1 0
 Hands down the winner!!!!
  • 1 0
 anyone else here that break in the last drop? dudes a monster
  • 1 0
 Holy shit, what a body of work! Pushing freeride!!!
  • 1 0
 Everything has been said, who is second.
  • 1 0
 FRAME CASE!!!!!!!! HAHA PSYCH!!!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome edit and so creative. This takes it just above DJ for me.
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of the early NWD movies. Raw, inspiring, just huck it!
  • 1 0
 Brage chopped whole forest down to build his massive drop.
  • 1 0
 Oof. Brage: King of the bottom-out.
  • 1 0
 This one wins. That was mental.
  • 1 0
 I am DOWN! This is great. Creative building, riding, and filming.
  • 1 0
 Holy shit. I’ll be following EVERY vid Brage does from now on
  • 1 0
 The sickest short vid I ever seen Whip
  • 2 0
 100%Raw you got my vote
  • 1 0
 That was nice, hi is definitely in savage category
  • 2 0
 Brage is realMTB
  • 1 0
 Calling it as people's choice already
  • 1 0
 Good sense be dammed, Brage is the winner.
  • 1 0
 even better on the second watch!
  • 1 0
 Stevie is smiling, Brage has become a legend
  • 1 0
 (G)reat (T)alent...sick ride
  • 1 0
 Gt engineer will get nightmare watching this
  • 2 0
 TBK y s’en slap lui
  • 1 0
 les vking on peu de rien
  • 1 0
 Brage Vestavik just made up a new sport
  • 1 0
 This man is a pure-bred walking animal. Unreal !
  • 1 0
 How big is that drop at the end?
  • 1 0
 This man should be in rampage.
  • 1 0
 FULL ON FUCKING BEASTMODE HE BUILT ALL THAT CRAZY SHIT
  • 1 0
 Really hyped on all the blind 270s in the bike world right now.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a snuff film. IMO best realmountain bike video out there.
  • 2 0
 robbed for sure
  • 3 2
 Not a single fuck given
  • 1 1
 this one or Danny's wins for me
  • 1 1
 This is so much better than the others.
  • 1 0
 B-RAGING!!!!!
  • 1 0
 The Crazy Viking!
  • 1 0
 Wow. That was something
  • 1 0
 Has to win for sure
  • 1 0
 Mad skills!
  • 1 0
 Freeride ain't dead!
  • 1 0
 This one!!!!!
  • 2 2
 Now there is someone who doesn't need to put his pronouns in his bio.
  • 1 0
 YES!!!!!
  • 1 0
 good stuff
  • 1 0
 Sheesh
  • 1 0
 Damn.
  • 1 0
 Hands down! Damn!
  • 1 0
 Savage stuff!!
  • 1 0
 Dudes a beast
  • 1 0
 FREERIDE!! #Rowdy
  • 1 0
 That was huge!
  • 1 0
 this one
  • 1 0
 Viking Jordie...
  • 1 0
 Absolute SAVAGE!!!
  • 1 0
 My goodness.
  • 1 0
 that was insane
  • 1 0
 unreal
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