Video: Testing the Massive Trick Jump During Build Week 2 at DarkFEST

Jan 28, 2019 at 11:06
by Eric Palmer  

DarkFEST 2019

The boys have been very busy on the mountain this week and have given the entire course a refresh, and also managed to test some of the features. After seeing how well most of the improvements are working, I think we're in for a real treat this year!

Making it perfect

Twisty Wizard Hip

Twisty Wizard gets a refresh
In his happy place

The main new feature, the massive trick jump at the bottom is the only thing that needs more serious tweaking as the guys were getting so much speed on the run in they decided to raise the landing a few meters and dig the lip deeper to make it taller and steeper! So Clemens is giving his rocket launcher a complete makeover. The rest of the course has had a few minor tweaks. It is looking burnished and so smooth & glossy with the trademark Nico & Clemens perfection. Nico also spent some quality time with the twisty wizard, between the big 100 footer and the hip and made it even more twisty with the landing more finned out almost into a wall ride that aims you straight at the hip with tons of speed.

Stacking Lips

Last trick jump before it hit puberty

Steeper hip is looking gooood

Glossy landings and lips

With the bike park jumps so close it would be rude not to warm up on them a bit before testing the Fest Line.

Bikepark Jumps

Getting the tables dialed on the DH rig
Bikepark Jumps Euro

Sui on the bikepark line

The step up is also a bit taller and the landing is slightly hipped to the right to set up for the drop, which has also been made steeper a bit after testing which now sets you up for the trick jump perfectly.

Getting ready for testing

The Step Up definitely works and gives you a few more meters up

They've been working so well that they've even had time to smooth the shuttle roads out, so the laps should be firing even faster despite the course being quite a bit longer.

Next week all the other guys will start arriving and we can't wait to see their reactions and get the sessions going!


DBnC News on site


  • + 42
 Any bigger and the environmentalists are going to be complaining about open pit mines.
  • + 20
 The boy is 15... FIFETEEN!
  • + 14
 are there actual leopards roaming the track while people arent shredding?
  • + 11
 Probably not on the jumps but a bit further up into the mountains. Hikers sometimes see them. They're rare and a little smaller than the brutes you get further north.
  • + 8
 You can live in those mountains for years and never see one ... They're absolutely harmless... You're more likely to be eaten alive by ticks than anything else in the fynbos!
  • + 1
 do they see the lion king too?
  • + 23
 @chyu: only when he comes down from Kenya for vacation... Word has it he rides an Ellsworth, that's why he's almost never seen
  • + 3
 @Spark24: You might say it's inFESTed with ticks?
  • + 1
 It could happen if nobody is there for long enough. There was a deer, up at mine yesterday when i got there. Quite often, there are claw marks in the ground too.
  • + 8
 This piss-take news report stuff reminds me of the old NWD type shit, where people were having a proper good laugh and being rad. It's sick. And the course is - clearly - fucking rad. Good job fellas...
  • + 4
 Um no thanks those aren’t jumps those are little mountains they are jumping hahaha
  • + 4
 if it takes more than a shovel to build.. then it's outta my league.. a 6.5 ton front loader.. insane..
  • + 3
 Unbelievable! This and Rampage my two favorite bike events of the year. Also the greatest news source I've ever encountered :-)
  • + 2
 so is there any raking or shovel work involved besides getting rocks off and such or are they able to do all finish work with the machines? really impressive if thats the case.
  • + 4
 How did I get dirt in my shoes?
  • + 1
 Way out their as far as size of these jump, blind drops that you do not want too case, but think I will stick too smaller jumps! Hope you get it working, but when you have too brake into jump yes you can go bigger!
  • + 2
 I wish I had a front end loader and excavators that size for my local spot!
  • + 2
 I been doing it wrong. Digging with a spade instead of a 966F-II front loader.
  • + 3
 Gawd, I can't wait to see this...
  • + 2
 Man. I haven't seen Mike Piazza in a lonnnnng time.
  • + 3
 I love bicycles
  • + 1
 Sickest News Outlet out there. Pinkbike needs them on the regular. Loved the Hang Glider action.
  • + 2
 Just massive! Freakin nuts
  • + 1
 Stop to mesure with feet pliz ✌????
  • + 1
  • + 1
 So bad ass!
  • + 1
 Donker Mag!
  • + 1
 They're OK I guess
  • + 0
 That presenter is high as fuck!
  • + 1
 Looking great !!!
  • + 1
 Love it!
  • + 0
 So DARK !

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