Video: Brage Vestavik's Extended Cut of his Wild X Games RealMTB Edit

Sep 26, 2021 at 1:33
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesWhen we suddenly received an invitation to the inaugural X Games Real MTB in September last year, we couldn’t believe it. We felt honoured to be able to represent mountain biking in X Games together with the biggest names in the sport. We didn’t really know what the expectations were, so we just went deep into the forest doing what we love - digging, riding and filming. We have always been influenced by old school mountain bike movies like the New World Disorder series, but wanted to maintain our “signature style” which we have developed together through various edits in the last couple of years.

For the segment we were only able to show 90 seconds of what became a 6 month long production period. We had so much more footage we wanted to show and decided to put together a film, to reveal more of what went down. Join our journey from mid-September to the end of January. Bigger, longer and uncut!

The Saga is divided into parts of each of the features Brage was scoping, digging and riding. It was all shot during the harsh conditions of the Norwegian off-season in the forests and neighborhoods of Brage’s hometown, Mysen.
Blur Media

bigquotesOne of the heaviest but best periods of my life. I wouldn’t have change a thing. Being out in the woods from morning till 2 in the night everyday, it felt like living in the woods at some point, you just fall in love with the deep. It has pushed me further and I couldn’t be more stoked on what to come. I cant thank everyone involved enough, we did this toughener. Brage Vestavik












134 Comments

  • 187 1
 This edit could substitude a entire weekend of Friday Fail, Saturday Send and Sunday Save
  • 10 0
 Going to be a recurring feature in Thursday Throwback too
  • 22 0
 Massive props to the whole crew! Those conditions looked nasty AF and they rocked it. Freeride at its finest.
  • 11 0
 Brage is a beast, insane commitment in the harshest conditions
  • 7 0
 A lot of times these behind the scenes edits are too long and boring. So when I clicked on it saw it was 21 minutes long I thought, "I doubt I'll watch more than a few minutes"... 21 minutes later, "WOW! I should watch that again!" So much awesome!
  • 123 0
 Should have won. Really captured the raw spirit of free riding.
  • 10 0
 Viking power!! Wow!!
  • 23 0
 He should have won hands down. Makes me mad he didn't. What a savage... Incredible rider
  • 49 0
 Agreed. No disrespect to Semenuk but #bragegotrobbed

His edit was THE mtb highlight of 2021 and expanded edit only solidifies it. Hall of fame material without question.
  • 4 0
 @dirtbag420: AMEN. Semenuk do Semenuk like no other, but #bragegotrobbed
  • 1 0
 So much truch
  • 118 0
 He legit should have won it. No 20k a day excavator budget here, just punk as fuck, hard DIY work in conditions that would have seen the other guys not get out of their trucks. This was a special moment in time for mountain biking. A fucking triumph
  • 10 0
 I'll agree with all that. Commitment personified. Go hard.
  • 11 0
 People's Champ no doubt, this edit will live on and be rewatched for many years to come.
  • 16 0
 Totally was the best edit hands down, also from watching this film I’ve confirmed I definitely don’t have what it takes to be a Viking, carrying massive logs on your shoulder, working in rain, mud and snow in sub zero temperatures, using an axe because what are chainsaws about anyway!? Absolute beasts!
  • 11 0
 Agreed so sick, so f'ing radical. These dudes literally made gold out of the muddiest, gnarliest, most-challenging and inhospitable conditions. Very inspiring stuff, makes me feel like most of the obstacles that hold us back are just excuses we create in our own heads.
  • 4 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 85 1
 I fear that Rampage is just not gnarly enough for Brage. What an absolute animal!
  • 3 1
 Haha yeah, had the same in mind after watching this. Can t wait to see him sending at Rampage \m/
  • 3 13
flag quesoquesoqueso (Sep 26, 2021 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 nah, utah is new for brage.
  • 73 0
 Jordie would be proud.
  • 2 0
 RAF
  • 62 0
 I’m never watching Matt Jones ever again.
  • 2 0
 why? haven't had the chance to watch it yet, am at school.
  • 45 1
 Hey X-Games judges: you suck again!
  • 4 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 37 0
 won his place in valhalla
  • 34 0
 “Life’s too short not to go big, gotta go big. -Josh Bender” -Brave Vestavik
  • 6 0
 That quote brought me right back to Bender hitting the jaw drop in NWD. Brage sure reps that janky old school freeride vibe with a more calculated refinement to his riding. so good!
  • 31 0
 Brage should be the first mountain biker sponsored by Tide
  • 25 0
 Still bothers me this didnt win a competition called “real MTB” . These guys killed it. Pretty much at that norbs got robbed level.
  • 3 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 24 0
 Tarantino style edit; many chapters and you just start in the middle... Unbelievable how much work was put into this project and everything was hecha a mano!
  • 3 0
 Puto Brage huevón!!!
  • 16 0
 Serious respect for this guy, he's tougher than a viking. Nothing builds character like digging in the slop - some of the hardest and most rewarding work you can do. Oh, and that left hand turn at 7.07...
  • 19 0
 The first slam off of that skinny would have killed me dead
  • 18 0
 #Bragegotrobbed
  • 13 1
 “One of the heaviest but best periods of my life.“ — Brage Vestavik

As the father of two girls, this quote had an entirely different meaning for me at first glance.
  • 8 0
 Name… checks out?
  • 15 2
 It just shows how much he got robbed... absolut beast this dude
  • 2 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 11 0
 The absolute essence of Freeride in 1277 seconds.
  • 11 0
 Leg finally broke from from carrying those massive balls around.
  • 10 0
 god damn, this crew is HARD. also, "oh, satan dude" is my new favorite catchphrase.
  • 7 0
 I can’t recall anyone since Hans abusing GTs like that. I hope they totally hook Brage up for life! Loved the old school Bender quote. Epic lines, skills and builds in some of the roughest conditions. Many thanks for the stoke! Congrats on placing!
  • 7 0
 Dude this was so gnarly. Almost uncomfortable to watch at times. Brage and the Blur Media Crew created something really special here - honest, raw, unpolished and gnarly as f*ck. They managed to capture the very essece of freeride. They legit got robbed by the judges.
  • 7 0
 yes I know most consider semenuk the "chosen one" but this was still the greatest rawest most jaw dropping edit. Comparing this to semenuks run is like comparing the rich dude who bought the ferrari and raced it, against the dude who with blood sweat and tears built a bada$$ hot rod in his basement. You just want to root for the hot rod guy.
  • 9 0
 This longer edit will win, for sure. There’s a runoff between the top two, right? Right?
  • 8 0
 So much respect for everyone involved,so much work from the builders,and Brage is dead set tuff as nails
  • 6 1
 The Chuck Norris of mountain biking. This dude is indestructible. This edit really should have won first place really showed the gnarly free-ride side of biking. Brage the people want you to know you and the boys deserved first place. Keep smashing it!!!
  • 22 24
 Chuck Norris is a homophobic fundamentalist Christian anti-vaxxer, so this comparison is kind of an insult. This meme needs to die.
  • 2 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 5 0
 Wooow ,Can you ride your bike like that dad?
Hmmmm,
Well, I mean
Its,not
Not
Not really ,exactly, but
I caaan bunny hop, n stuff
But ,hey
you like to go fishing don’t you?
  • 5 0
 My favorite video from X games, now even favoriter. You could see it was gnarly to make this video in the original edit, this one really shows it at another level.
  • 7 0
 Is there a measurement for how big the drop was, in miles.
  • 3 0
 If day an easy 25 country miles
  • 6 0
 This guy is an incredible rider
  • 4 0
 Can not ask for any more commitment, just keep pushing until something breaks!
I am sure that there must have been quite a lot of broken bike parts, before breaking his leg?
  • 4 0
 Yhe most interesting thing in MTB world from this year... really wanted to see more footage than X Games. A bit sad for 2nd place.. But he saw people support Smile
  • 6 0
 The best 21 minutes i´ve ever spent watching a video!
  • 5 0
 Glad the dude is getting attention right now. I certainly enjoy his content and demeanor. Rad video, crazy creative.
  • 5 0
 after watching this i want to get my bike on the roof and drop off the house
  • 2 0
 The fact such sick, raw, original edits didn't take top spot just blows my mind. Not to take anything from the winners - just goes to show the quality of today's riding and production! I really enjoyed this edit. Their commitment, not just in terms of riding, is just mind blowing.
  • 4 0
 Fanstastic video I am speechless so much talent has imagined, so much strength to build, such power to ride! Respect
  • 4 0
 Thanks for not making this a 12 hour video. I wouldn't have been able to pull myself away from watching all of it!
  • 5 0
 Best mtb video I have ever watched! Thanks!
  • 5 0
 Hard work, dedication and being a total badass on the bike too = respect!
  • 3 0
 Impressive building team, impressive determination, impressive video and camera crew and impressive riding. Well done guys. Should have won.
  • 2 0
 When Brage decides to enter the woods the trees start shaking and the ground starts moving. He is the Chuck Norris of our time and age.
  • 2 0
 I cant imagine anyone pushing past the involvement and style these guys did...he is a true viking....what a good group of guys he has...
  • 4 0
 If you weren’t a fanboy before, you are now.
I mean.. come on.
  • 5 0
 Metal AF
  • 2 0
 Different level of commitment from Brage as well as the CREW, hat off guys !!! NewSchool FR sick AF. Can't wait to see this DUDE at the Rampage. SENDITBRUH!
  • 3 1
 at risk of sounding like 99% of other whiney b1tch pinkbike commenters,,,
On review of B-rage's, and Semenuk's edit's, The Viking was witrhout doubt, ROBBED!!!
  • 2 0
 #bragegotrobbed
  • 3 0
 This is the best add for gt I’ve ever seen... Those bikes got abused hard and still shredded
  • 3 0
 "oh, satan dude"
Best showcase of mtb culture, love it!
  • 10 0
 The word means the same in both languages of course but in Norwegian the term "å satan" is more equivalent to "Oh shit!" or "god damn!".
  • 3 0
 such unrelenting commitment to the depths of wild.
  • 1 0
 Just fucking epic. And in wet gloopy mud the whole time, day in day out. Loved the Bender reference in there, that made me smile
  • 4 0
 that was the best
  • 3 0
 I literally gasped with excitement when I saw there was an extended cut!!!
  • 3 0
 …and the rocks start trembling
  • 3 0
 Dope, blur media have nice editing skills either
  • 3 0
 Very talented guy - he should have won for sure
  • 2 0
 Cold case 14:49 frame strength advertisement after repeated BB mashing. Insane!
  • 1 0
 That was mind blowing to watch.....don't know how he didn't break everyone bone in his body...twice...truly impressive and mad all at the same time.
  • 1 0
 Had the worst conditions to work with by far out of all the competitors. Stoked he won viewers choice and got a rampage invite out of this video!!
  • 1 0
 That is one of the best freeride videos/movies of all time actually. Definitely old school "gotta go big" punk ass style with massive balls and massive skills.
  • 1 0
 I almost wish the behind the scenes came with the submission video... just to show the amount of work went into producing the "polished" product.
  • 1 0
 Brage got robbed. if you were following his instagram youd see all this stuff was handbuilt in the freezing rain bucket by sloppy wet bucket of dirt. core af
  • 1 0
 Brage and team just casually removing mountains to get a perfect freeride line. I feel sorry for Utah, they'll be nothing left when Brage is done.
  • 3 0
 Chainsaws?
  • 6 0
 Nope, Vikings with hand saws!
  • 3 0
 Víking!
  • 3 0
 He is amazing
  • 2 0
 they guy at 12.05 is soooo lucky . could have ended up very bad !
  • 2 0
 So rad to see what went into this! You guys are gnarly!
  • 1 0
 RAD!!! What a commitment in both in riding and building. Big thumbs up to Brage and his team!
  • 1 0
 That was sick! What a refreshing take on creating a mountain biking edit. Oh and Brage got robbed!
  • 2 0
 brage is so nwd3.
  • 1 0
 Bikes and ankles were harmed in the making of this video
  • 1 0
 this dude is just pure machine
  • 1 0
 Absolute beast mode. That was epic!
  • 1 0
 Pure art. One of the best video ever...
  • 2 0
 As real as it gets
  • 1 0
 sheer joy to watch, thanks
  • 1 0
 IS THIS THE BEST EDIT EVER!? !!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 What a badass - vikings are indestructible.
  • 1 0
 If Jesus was a mountainbiker…
  • 1 0
 Dude
  • 1 0
 牛B
  • 1 0
 Granite viking spirit!
  • 1 0
 Just wow!
  • 1 0
 Insane spirit!!!
  • 1 0
 Absolute savage.
  • 1 0
 Merci petit jesus
  • 1 0
 Lagertha would be proud
  • 1 0
 Brage is on top!
  • 1 0
 Wish this won
  • 1 0
 HOLY SHIT
  • 1 0
 Yep, that was mint
  • 1 0
 "Aaaahhhh" - Brage.
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