Must Watch: Kriss Kyle Brings his BMX Wizardry to a Custom MTB Course

Apr 14, 2021 at 7:40
by James Smurthwaite  

Words: Kriss Kyle

"It’s kind of crazy to think that I’ve gone from riding an MTB bike two years ago primarily to keep things fresh and fun, to now producing this amazing edit with Red Bull. It was really difficult taking tricks I could land easily on a BMX only to then do them over 100 times on the trail bike. It definitely felt like learning to ride all over again at some points.


"I wanted the edit to be a mountain bike version of Kaleidoscope, including some of the features that I designed for that video. When I visited the site with the trail builders they sketched out their vision and it was everything I dreamed of. From that point it was all about showing people the passion that I have for MTB and just being able to get back into something.

"The approach I took to preparing my body for this edit was like nothing I’ve done before. I knew my body would probably take more of a battering as I navigated tougher tricks with a heavier bike in muddy conditions. I think it ended up helping me get back on the bike quicker when I broke my rib as I was in such good fitness. I didn’t actually realise I’d broken my rib when I did it, all of the adrenaline was going and in all honesty it could have been a lot worse as I managed to miss several tree stumps when I fell.


A huge shout out to director Matty Lambert, George Eccleston, Jake Walters and the rest of the build crew at Revolution Bike Park, as well as Red Bull who helped make my dreams a reality for Out of Season. I really feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface with my trail riding, I’m so excited to see what’s next!”




180 Comments

  • 364 60
 Meanwhile - Matt Jones spends 4 months crashing into a tree repeatedly and makes a 3 hour feature documentary about it.
  • 67 6
 Meanwhile - Matt Macduff reflects on a new LOOP thingy
  • 117 2
 Meanwhile - Larry Enticer is still gonna send it.
  • 114 0
 Meanwhile- i learnt to drop off a curb
  • 159 46
 Why the hate? This was a great video that does not require you hating another person that has nothing to do with this edit. Why would watching this elicit such a negative reaction.
  • 81 2
 @Zuman: Because Pinkbike...
  • 78 8
 @Zuman: It wasn’t hate, it was a benign joke. I am eternally thankful to the PB comments for keeping me laughing in a world that has largely lost its sense of humor.
  • 25 58
flag timbud (Apr 15, 2021 at 6:08) (Below Threshold)
 @ninjatarian: you know its possible to make a joke without poking shit a someone else right!
  • 22 4
 @timbud: What @Peteburrell wrote wasn't wrong though.
  • 12 34
flag Patrick9-32 (Apr 15, 2021 at 9:20) (Below Threshold)
 @mi-bike: Ahhh, the classic bully move. "But its true that they are poor/fat/ugly/stupid/etc (delete as appropriate) so it isn't bullying."

A statement doesn't have to be false to be mean spirited.
  • 56 4
 Perhaps it was a little mean spirited, but I saw it more as a slightly cynical observation? I don't like the way that every opinion or observation is translated into either Love or Hate at the minute. D are so quick to polarise. Sometimes a joke is just a pretty harmless aside and should probably be treated as such.
  • 22 2
 Don't remember calling anyone poor / fat / ugly or stupid for that matter? It's two grown men riding bicycles in the mud while we watch and enjoy online. Both great riders, better than my attempts at comedy either way, as it turns out.
  • 7 27
flag ranke (Apr 15, 2021 at 10:56) (Below Threshold)
 @Peteburrell: except when it's about you, on a public forum that hundreds of thousands of people read.
  • 33 2
 @ranke: See my comment above. It was a slightly cynical poke at the length of MJs vlog series, I wasn't trashing him, I didn't say anything more or less than the kind of off the cuff comment I wouldn't think twice about popping to a riding buddy on a Sunday morning ride. I think I've already put too much effort into this, you guys crack on.

Cheers all, turns out the pinkbike comments section is just as fun as I always thought it would be! I'll stick to the sidelines from here on in, much safer.
  • 5 0
 Anyone can boost going up a tree, try riding down one. - Matt Jones (probably)
  • 12 0
 @Zuman: I didn't see any hatred. Hate is a strong word.
  • 2 1
 @Peteburrell: only issue was the tree thing was nothing todo with the documentary. Otherwise you were on point.
  • 2 1
 @DaveGFC: details shmetails.
  • 2 0
 @iljah-s: well I just learnt it was spelled “kerb” outside of the US.
  • 11 1
 @Peteburrell: Sad times, just know that some of us appreciate your humour. Stay strong! (Ps let’s have a ride sometime soon)
TC
  • 7 1
 @Tomchambers: I think I'll probably pull through.. Ride soon sounds good! Let me know when you are North again.
  • 2 0
 @bdub5696: unless its to do with your enthusiasm- then it is 'curb'
  • 1 0
 @craigcanucks: God bless that man
  • 4 0
 @bsmax: That would be Jordi Wink
  • 16 1
 sensitive crowd today...I thought it was hilarious.
  • 2 3
 @Patrick9-32: The truth hurts.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: that was with a google search. Damn.
  • 1 0
 So you read the part above where he said he had 100s of attempts to complete those tricks...
  • 6 0
 Matt Jones is awesome, the joke is still funny tho @ninjatarian:
  • 2 0
 @craigcanucks: still gonna send it after a nap and a little sleepy!!
  • 2 0
 Meanwhile, I'm sitting on me arse reading Pinkbike comments...
  • 1 0
 HAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
  • 2 14
flag timbud (Apr 16, 2021 at 4:54) (Below Threshold)
 @mi-bike: Never said it was wrong, but @Peteburrell wouldn't say it to Matt Jones' face. Saying it to your mates is one thing but saying it to someone you've never met and have no rapport with is not likely. And then defending it as if it's acceptable is entitled millennialism at its finest. Salute tup
  • 5 0
 Lotta sensitive butthurt folks in need of a tissue today.
  • 2 6
flag Patrick9-32 (Apr 16, 2021 at 8:02) (Below Threshold)
 @timbud: Added to that, Matt Jones is an avid mountain biker, it is not unlikely that he would see that comment. Imagine watching a sick video that gets you stoked to go out and push the limits even further and then scrolling down to see what the community thinks and the top comment is a drive by insult to your life's work with hundreds of upvotes.
  • 3 2
 @Patrick9-32: His "life's work"? C'mon now. Grow a pair.
  • 8 1
 @timbud: love that you think I'm a millennial.

To be fair, commenting on a video and unwittingly starting an argument online with a load of strangers is probably the most 'millenial' thing I've ever done, so maybe being a millennial is actually a state of mind?

In my mind, being a millennial was taking every issue or non issue super seriously and getting insanely pissed off (I believe this may be called being 'triggered'?) with anyone who had a different opinion to you. But what would I know?

And no, I likely wouldn't say it to MJs face, but I'd like to think that in the unlikely eventually that he were to read this odd little thread, that he had a sense of humour and have the ability to laugh at himself. Why so serious?
  • 2 0
 @RobHesse: fwiw I also think Matt Jones is awesome...
  • 1 0
 I'm sure there will be some 'behind the scenes'/'making of' for this video!
  • 1 0
 @tdog123: and a sixer of Busch
  • 2 2
 Why would you even compare vlogs that are released at least twice a week to banger edit like this that's taken a massive effort? Oh nvm cause of internet points in pinbike ofc.
  • 1 0
 meanwhile - i still can't believe it's not butter!
  • 2 0
 Lol.
I bet Kris got inspired from working with Matt over the years though.
www.redbull.com/us-en/episodes/design-and-conquer-matt-jones-s1-e2
  • 86 0
 Such a rad video, thanks for using a good song and not leaking every big clip on IG beforehand.
  • 83 0
 This guy and Semenuk should be friends...
  • 14 53
flag norbert-sendtressangle (Apr 15, 2021 at 1:28) (Below Threshold)
 because they have the same job?
  • 31 1
 @norbert-sendtressangle: Because they're both one of the few people that can create edits at this level. Also Semenuk is a huge BMX fan and likes every post by Kriss on Insta
  • 10 55
flag norbert-sendtressangle (Apr 15, 2021 at 1:46) (Below Threshold)
 @SupraKZ: They probably have met multiple times and already get on as professionals, contemporaries and counterparts I am sure. That world is so small. The idea that people should be "friends" based on their jobs is obviously pretty silly though.
  • 89 1
 @norbert-sendtressangle: ok Buzz Killington
  • 49 1
 @norbert-sendtressangle: i bet you're fun at parties
  • 44 1
 @mi-bike: @ipreferdirt: you are right I am terrible fun at parties, when I get invited, which I don't.
  • 8 3
 @norbert-sendtressangle: It might be because they both ride bikes and make great edits with very impressive riding that we would all like to see, or it could be that they both love My Little Pony?
I've not fully investigated the second option yet, but feel free to do so if you have the time - I'd start with whether either rider has ever seen a My Little Pony and see what you turn up from there...
  • 7 21
flag norbert-sendtressangle (Apr 15, 2021 at 6:52) (Below Threshold)
 @slimboyjim: Tell me more about how to make friends. It seems like you are an expert.
  • 5 0
 They could be friends or enemies for all I care.... we all win if they push each other and pump out amazing content like this vid.
  • 3 0
 Are we talking Matthew Perry and Matt Leblanc kinda Friends? Wink

Probably don’t know each other given they both wear RedBull helmetsWink
  • 1 0
 @ipreferdirt & @mi-bike: His friends call him Norby
  • 76 0
 That was insane. Credit to the builders of wood and dirt they looked absolutely mm perfect. Incredible edit. The drop off the roof would kill a mere mortal never mind what followed
  • 2 0
 I agree. It’s a shame they have to tear all that stuff down.
  • 12 0
 Increbidle what you can achive on 37 spoonfulls of sugar.
  • 77 0
 I like the ducks
  • 19 0
 I like turtles
  • 4 0
 @bdub5696: I think you mean "toiltols"
  • 40 1
 Silversun Pickups on a bike edit! Hell yes. Crazy riding and production right there Salute
  • 12 1
 Definitely a good song choice.
  • 4 0
 My favourite track ever!
  • 8 0
 for us mid school bmxers, its a nod to a past edit from I believe an old Props video section? at least I hope that is its influence, beside it being a rad song.
  • 2 0
 @ProperPushIrons: Three Seed is mine Cool
  • 35 0
 I love the way how bmx riders see mtb riding, such a different aproach.
  • 24 1
 "This is so easy" bmxers on mtb.
  • 9 0
 I want to see Sean Burns on a MTB. Sadly prob not in the cards. That dude was on a whole other level
  • 6 0
 In a previous job I used to teach GCSE (UK high school exams) mtb PE modules and if a kid turned up who regularly rode bmx, they'd leave with a perfect 100% grade everytime - their level of bike control totally surpassed what you'd expect of a experienced mtb'r
  • 10 0
 @lucaj: EXACTLY...which is why every kid needs a sick freestyle BMX. Cheap tough and perfect for skill building. but instead how many times do you see parents putting kids on huge wheel'd MTB's that don't fit AT ALL and then wondering why they aren't sending. The BMX crowd figured this out ages ago.
  • 4 0
 @Svinyard: some winters I don’t even ride mtb anymore. I just session indoor skateparks on my bmx and I’m a better rider than I would be if I’d spent it riding mountain bikes when I eventually come back to big bikes.
  • 26 0
 omg, what wizardry did I just watch. Always love seeing Kriss Kyle videos but this just knocked it out of the park. Talk about raising the bar for your first proper mountain bike video. If you didn't see those tricks being landed you would swear they were not possible. Come on Remmy... Get Kriss on a ride too.
  • 27 0
 4:19 a wild Danny appeared
  • 2 0
 Apparently he was doing the riding in some of the aerial 'b roll' scenes, because Kris had broken a rib...
  • 1 0
 That’s not true at all @ChiefSilverback:
  • 24 0
 Only 1:39 in and thinking "Shit log grinds and footplant flips are a thing now", must learn to wheelie.
  • 9 0
 NEVER forget Atiken! First dude I remember pulling off the backflip footplant. Can't remember if it's Fit Life or what but it was for sure mid 2000s. Given Semenuk's style, guarantee, he's a huge Atiken fan.
  • 25 2
 Most MTB Freeride pros are watching that and thinking "best not ask for a raise this year..."
  • 23 1
 Absolute must watch!
Why did I not ride BMX when I was yound and indestructible?
  • 37 0
 to be yound and ingestructible
  • 20 0
 @browner: to be round & indigestible
  • 18 0
 He just dropped this out of nowhere. Insanity.
  • 16 0
 Whoa. Incredible riding and I think the drone operator deserves a round of applause himself.
  • 11 0
 I think being credited "Drone Lord" is well justified!
  • 10 0
 Kriss Kyle quote: "It was really difficult taking tricks I could land easily on a BMX only to then do them over 100 times on the trail bike."

I take a cue from this video for a general consideration on this kind of video: with a slopstyle bike theoretically it would have been less difficult?

Slopestyle mtbs are used almost only in sopestyle contests, in which, being competitions, one can't avoid to use the most performing bike for the purpose. If I remember correctly Semeneuk often uses the slopesyle mtb in the videos, but many other pro riders in other videos often use trail or enduro bikes.

In this kind of video the pros often use a trail or enduro mtb instead of a more appropriate slopestyle mtb. Is it just a question of marketing, to make folks (unconsciously) believe that the trail bike they will buy is quite agile to be trickable?

In a parallel universe, DH pro riders, shoot videos going through difficult downhill passages with a bmx to make folks believe that "it can also work well in downhill".
  • 7 0
 I think he has some sort of specialized sponsorship, and its his job to sell bikes, in this case, a stumpy evo. Specialized doesn't want to market a bike they don't even make right now. I think semunk has reached the point where it doesn't matter what he does, he will be accepted.
  • 3 1
 @iridedj: I totally agree with your interpretation, that's what I think too (my post was a little rhetorical). The slopestyle is a market niche, specialized does not have much interest in promoting the p-slope (www.specialized.com/us/en/p-slope/p/115499).

Mine was just a small reflection..mtb freestyle is a strange sport in which, outside of competitions, you have to promote equipment of 'other sports'.

In my opinion it all originates from a basic misunderstanding that was never completely understood: in fact slopestyle is not 'a mtb sub discipline' but for me should be considered more a freestyle bmx sub discipline (bmx freestyle for mountain big and raw courses). Same race format as freestyle bmx (tricks, style, how do you go big in jumps, ecc), single speed, simple and sturdy bikes, the only differents are (little) suspensions and 26 wheels instead of 20 for going more big.

Obviously (and comprehensibly) being the slopestyle bikes produced by the mtb manufacturers they rightly want to promote their mtb (enduro, trail, etc.) that sell the most ..
  • 12 0
 Great hearing a vid with good music and great riding. Love me some silversun pickups!
  • 11 0
 Gotta say the 1st bit of the video really gave me a Jordie Lunn vibe, especially with the drop in off the roof to the tree. Great video and riding. Rip J.L
  • 11 0
 The most dangerous trick in this edit: dropping-in from the roof onto a wood ramp covered in wet leaves.
  • 10 0
 3 inches from the edge. Near death experience in the first clip will keep me hooked in but the rest held its own too.
  • 11 0
 Bmx riders make the best MTB riders.
  • 9 0
 BMXers - better at MTB than MTBers
  • 3 0
 reminds me of Taylor Leighs? section from What next. My first Fave MTB vid section after getting back on an MTB from years of BMX. I was blown away from his way of using the woods like a street session. All the modern freeride nibblers like this, 50:01 an Matt jones just take me back to that section.
  • 6 0
 out here jumpin around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree
  • 6 0
 nonchalant savagery
  • 4 0
 These creeks must come straight from the muc off plant. Rides through them with a dirty bike and SPLASH! Shiny and clean :o
  • 5 0
 Spesh Stumpjumper for sale. Only ridden two weeks....
  • 1 0
 im sure its been said, but damn.... one of the best videos ive seen in a long time. the tricks are very creative. the music (i dont even like Silversun pickups that much) works great. the camerawork is phenomenal. the editing is smooth and clear. and the drone footage.... holy shit. incredible. everyone else who hires a drone to film: take some notes. this is how you do it. hes not buzzing all over the place showing off his drone skills. hes showcasing the rider, not showing off how many turns his drone can do in the space of 3 seconds. well done
  • 1 0
 Great edit. Trail design and riding was perfect combo. Bike check on that beast please. Spez need to sell that version of that stumpy, i'll buy it even though i struggle even doing bunny hop.
  • 2 0
 I have been hoping for a video like this ever since I heard Kriss Kyle got into mountain biking. I also hope he did some slap packing himself.
  • 3 1
 I think we just watched the next evolution of the sport. Slope style courses will incorporate loops and pedal grinds. This was truly amazing
  • 4 0
 This is basically my commute in a nutshell.
  • 2 0
 Wow! That was crazy but not at all surprised, definitely one of the most creative and talented on 2 wheels. Amazing build, riding and camera work!
  • 2 0
 You should named the builders behind that... they deserve as much credits as the rider for pulling some unique features like that.
  • 2 0
 Don't realise how mental the features are till you see them being built. Some man!
  • 3 0
 The behind the scenes is such a good addition - looked like such a laugh to work on the project. Would love to see Danny hit some of the features as well.
  • 3 0
 @cy74: What was with Danny being in the credits? In the same kit yet? consulting, guinea pigging?
  • 2 0
 @pourquois-pas: You can see them riding together quiet often so I would asume that they are Friends
  • 3 0
 Aren't all MTB courses custom?
  • 1 0
 Then I see the making off and I got deceived realizing he just doesn´t do all this stuff in his backyard prior breakfast... What and ideal world!
  • 3 1
 If Matt jones and Semenuk videos had a baby. It was a gift that just kept giving!
  • 4 0
 Kriss Style
  • 2 0
 Now I know why there is a lumber shortage and prices are so high! Sick vid though, awesome riding and shooting.
  • 1 0
 Hats off to everyone involved in this. top notch creativity, riding, building, filming and production. High quality all around.
  • 3 0
 So he's like today's version of Bearclaw
  • 1 0
 Nailed it.
  • 1 0
 I really liked the section here he built dirt up the tree trunks and used them as spines, that was pretty unique and awesome.
  • 1 0
 Meanwhile
In
Florida Mtb riders, (what’d they do again?)
welp
Back to you bob
And Kriss Kyle shreds balls again ,at bla bla bla bike park
  • 1 0
 @timbud: its actually not, a person, place, thing, idea, has to be the subject of a joke in order for it to be funny. a joke without a subject is not possible
  • 1 0
 "Not seen a backflip footplant, on a tree, in mountainbiking". There's always a first. Awesome course and edit.
  • 1 0
 In five years from now we will see an edit of Kriss Kyle throwing tailwhips on a FMX bike... :-P
  • 1 0
 I find edits like this super inspiring despite the fact that it in no way resembles the type of riding I am capable of.
  • 2 0
 It gave me brain cramps just watching. Amazing. I need to reboot now.
  • 2 0
 Video games look so real now a days!
  • 2 0
 Every time BMX and MTB have unprotected sex, the babies are beautiful.
  • 2 0
 This is a video game that I would play!
  • 2 0
 That was so cool, and what a lovely location!
  • 2 0
 That first drop was wild!
  • 1 0
 That’s funny, that bmx bike looks like a mountain bike. But no human be in can ride an mtb like that.
  • 1 0
 Kriss: "wow, this thing can break, lets have some fun".
Me: "One of best videos I have seen."
  • 1 0
 the house was cool, the music was excellent, the tricks were awesome, but the ducks were adorable.
  • 1 0
 the bike riding's cool, but we really need a drone video of all that sick building!
  • 2 0
 Bonkers.
  • 2 1
 Such a sick FRESH FRESH outta tha box riding style ! ! ! We so needed it
  • 1 0
 wow, completely awesome and inspirational...
  • 1 0
 This thing is a jewel ! :-o
  • 1 0
 That shocks must be stiff like a rock!
  • 1 0
 Look that little earth on Mcaskill´s helmet... didn´t you try out!?
  • 1 0
 Just when I'd thought I had seen it all. BMXers always bring style.
  • 1 0
 The riding got me so pumped, the build doc after was even better. Props!!
  • 1 0
 WOW, I saw him climbing on the roof and I was like, this is gonna be good.
  • 2 0
 were those 29" wheels?
  • 1 0
 I actually felt a bit dizzy at times watching that...amazeballs....
  • 1 0
 I could do the 2:08 stunt!
  • 1 0
 That's some line rider shit
  • 3 2
 Glad to see someone else riding like Matt Jones
  • 2 0
 Tune
  • 1 0
 Alternate video title: How to turn white shoes into brown shoes.
  • 1 0
 I have been waiting years to see someone ride a bike to that song
  • 1 0
 I loved this video. It was amazing. Wow.
  • 1 0
 Wow ,unreal imagination and skillz!!!
  • 1 0
 call me a fan. I loved it.
  • 1 0
 Everything about this video was completely out of the park....kudos!
  • 1 0
 Respect
  • 1 0
 Just WOW
  • 1 0
 Whoa
  • 2 2
 SOMEBODY GIVE THIS MAN A RAISE!!!!
Where are his sponsors??
  • 3 0
 He has the only sponsor that matters (to his pocket book)
  • 1 0
 Woah!
  • 1 0
 more of this plz
  • 1 0
 Psycho!!!!
  • 1 0
 Dayumm
  • 1 0
 What an absolute legend!
  • 1 0
 Silversun had me hooked
  • 1 0
 Bar. Raised.
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