Trials and mountain bike rider Danny MacAskill just released his new video The Slabs and once again amazes us with riding we’ve never seen before. After hitting the Gym about a year ago with his trials bike the Scotsman now opts for the mountain bike and explores new terrain back home in the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye. Inspired by some of the world best climbers and their dedication Danny came up with the idea of hitting some rock slabs himself. Danny takes us on an intense and nerve-wracking ride down the rocky and insanely steep slabs. Awesome drone and POV perspective filmed on GoPro only, offer a fascinating onboard experience.
Welcome to The Slabs.
Danny’s latest video, a We are Peny Media production directed by both Robbie Meade and Danny, shows Danny scrambling to just below the summit of Sgurr Dubh Beag / Little Black Peak (733m / 2,432ft.), one of the most technical sections of the Dubh Ridge, unroped with his bike on his back. From here the real challenge begins. Set against the magnificent backdrop of unrivalled mountain wilderness views, Danny navigates his way down an extremely technical one kilometre route over a very steep ledge system of black 'boiler-plated' Gabbro slabs, exposed steps and drop offs, buttresses and grassy clefts, to the shores of Loch Coruisk at sea level.
|It really felt so natural to be up on these faces on the edge of cliffs cycling down completely in control and fully trusting my brakes, my tires and the rest of my bike – and of course myself. It’s all about believing in your own skills and it was a cool experience out there and I really loved the feeling of it.—Danny MacAskill|
Using drone that can hover in this case might not be best too, because it'd be too slow to react when Danny actually does faster moves.
I think, for example, Sam Reynolds does it well in his drone footage. He just follows the rider with somewhat of a same distance / height, but it might be easier on darkfest style riding.
I know from personal experience that making watchable footage in many ways is harder than hitting tiny gaps and cool lines that only other pilots will understand. So I figured I need to chip in for this guy
The problem here is the lack of a controllable gimbal for the camera like a DJI Mavic would have. The camera on a race quadcopter is usually angled up so that you can still see level-ish at forward tilt, i.e. when flying at speed. So when hovering still, the camera will point up, and you'd have to fly lower than Danny to still see him, but then you'd also see sky instead of down into the valley.
So it has to keep moving forward/orbiting to get a decent view. I think for this instance, less cam tilt would have served better, but it gets better after the initial intro shot.
seems like a few test shoots at other locations to ‘proof’ the videography concept would help. Just didn’t feel like the right tools to tell the story.
I didn’t finish the video (scrubbed through to avoid air sickness) however what I did watch I spent thinking “I wish I could tell how steep that is, or how fast he is going on that section” yet with a moving camera and target you instantly loose the ability to judge speed and likewise Birdseye view and understanding of angle and distance is diminished.
Here’s Danny - risking his ass, in a trail riding helmet. The idling down what most of us probably would consider a cliff, sure he has the skills - but death is still an option on this one.
Then cinematically the effort just doesn’t match... basically the movie opens with an establishing shot, by drone... then stays in that shot for the entire moment (excluding a few seconds of POV). Has anyone ever seen a movie at the cinema that just showed the establishing shot for the whole movie? Or variants there of?
Red Bull, Santa Cruz, amazing rider, crazy location.
1 camera man, 1 drone and it feels like very little planning or effort to tell the best story possible from the adventure...
Awesome project, rad riding, terrible documentation. Do it again and show us what Danny does best.
That’s me screwed then…
In awe of Danny’s skills
In awe of the beauty
In awe of the rock slab.
Ruined by an over zealous drone pilot.
Sadly the whole drone spinning thing made me feel so sick I quit after about 20 seconds into the decent. The still photos are great!
Danny: the 5010 goes brrr
"So basikely I pop here and I land over zere, and don't forget the code Remy15"
(not useful at work, but shhhhhhh!)
But yes, on the big screen it's even more impressive!
Bravo Mr Macaskill.
Danny- "Hold my beer." (or Scotch)
Danny - Hold my Redbull
The price is right, made in EU, supposedly great rubber but the thread looks kind of shallow and I wonder how a fairly light 1000g tyre survives aggressive riding (like a DD would)
They seal very well, zero issues there.
Any experiences with casing resistance to pinch flats and cuts? I'm on Wild Enduros but find the rear one a little fragile
Sealing used to be a big problem but they solved it like two years ago... running Baron projekt for about 4-5 years...
Due to the amount of snow and type of riding in the local terrain here, I don't have any relevant experience to share regarding pinch flats. But traction on snow is better than on Maxxis, in case that's of interest haha
I even got the Speedking tyres sealed on sram Roam wheels and stopping to "bleed" sealant after two rides.
They even look a little different. The first ones i had leaked through the side wall like crazy and it really sucked getting them sealed no matter what sealant. Now they are just as painfree as maxxis for me. Also using standard stan‘s sealant. If you like the rubber maybe give them another try. The newer version has a small „tubeless ready“ on the side wall, the old ones didn‘t have that.
Also, Kaiser seated easily. It took a couple rides to hold air but didn't weep sealant at all. I have about 12 rides on it now and you can just start to see wear, where WE would be 1/3rd worn out.
Seems like a winner to me so far!
They also have the DH Apex version of the Kaiser (the one without Protection in the name, go figure). Most sources suggest a rather moderate weight for it, so it could be and alternative
I just said "DEPENDS" lol
2 minutes later: "Ok, I take everything back! Shitting my pants without riding there myself..."
Beautiful place by the way. Loved Edinburgh when visiting on a 3 day city trip, but would really love to explore Scotland more after the corona stuff is finally over someday...
But promoting riding down or up stuff like this, could lead to stupid people with no skills killing them self's?
WHERE do you draw the line?
danny: rides down near vertical rock face with perfect speed and control
me: locks up brakes on tiny chute, skids, goes out of control, goes otb
And the drone pilot / cinematogropher planning that shoot for making it extra hard to follow for all those twists and turns...
Navigating that crazy off-camber section at 3:43, and the end descent down the steep section at 4:40. It's good advertising for his tires.
Thank you ManyDad ass kill, made my day
( with longer hair you look like hans)
me: Ahhh, I get it.
Is the drone operator Andy Lawrence the same guy that created the Perspectives + Waterworks bodyboard movies ?
its almost as if this guy's sponsored or something?!
Pure class ????
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