Video: Another Dose of Mindblowing Riding From Chris Akrigg

May 24, 2019 at 8:37
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesTaking it off the beaten track, away from the masses to where I like to be, In The Rough.Chris Akrigg



165 Comments

  • + 151
 Chris Akrigg, literally The Rolling Stones to Danny Madskills Beatles..
  • + 11
 Or Hosoi to Hawk
  • + 21
 Location guy: Chris, what type of terrain are you wanting for the shoot?
Chris: Yes please.
  • + 3
 @ Uncled : Totally - ,and that would make Fabio Wibmer Led Zepplin.
  • + 8
 @neimbc: would do love to see an edit with the three of them doing a game of bike and a road trip around abandoned USSR architecture! Askrigg, McAskill, Wibmer, make it happen guys!
  • + 3
 Apparently Askrigg is a thing and autocorrect chose it over your actual name... Sorry Chris.
  • + 1
 @landscapeben: But Pat Smadge instead of Wibmer!
  • + 99
 The technical climbing was actually very interesting to watch and a skill set that isn't often showcased. Dude's bike handling skills are on another level!
  • + 7
 Excellent point! We have some similar terrain around here--I walk and push up it.
  • + 10
 Yeah, so hard to make that look fun.
  • + 6
 I think thats my favourite aspect of Chris' riding, He uses trials techniques/skills to go mountain biking.
  • + 1
 Oh yeah, I love his technical climbing more than any descending I've seen in any video. I love to see how people would refer to this video to point me at how you need a high saddle and a steep seat tube angle for technical climbing.
  • + 3
 Yeah, Chris Akrigg vs Ludo May on techy climbs would be an amazing video.
  • + 1
 And he is also super fast on these steep uphills ! Very impressive.
  • + 79
 That over the tree move at 2:43 was pretty neat...
  • + 21
 watched that a handful of times wow
  • + 11
 @mtbmaniatv: a proper wooah moment. A really understated move.
  • + 7
 Did he stand on the pedal and hopped up?
  • + 10
 Came here to say this. You can often pick out the hitable features in these types videos just before the riders actually hit them. This one... nope. Skills for days on that lad.
  • + 6
 That's a matt beringer original. The hurricane. I was stoked to see that.
  • + 4
 He's being doing that move for a long time, I remember seeing it on one of his brakeless trials video.
  • + 15
 Gwin should ask him about those cranks.
  • + 2
 How about that log hoppy wheelie 180 thing at 4:01...! daym!!!
  • + 67
 Love the climbing, straight getting it up super tech
  • + 46
 any guesses on his heart rate as he's climbing up that goat path? And we can finally say, "climbs like a goat".
  • + 32
 I was literally getting short of breath just watching it.
  • + 50
 @conv3rt: "can finally say, 'climbs like a goat'"

Yes. The term shall be reserved for accomplished trials riders who can also turn up to a famous road hillclimb sprint in jeans and use a dirt jump bike to beat people on dedicated, 12 lb hillclimb bikes ... which is a pretty short list of people.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NMyaXG17Wg
  • + 15
 @R-M-R: sweet jeezis. Roadies must have been properly pissed off!
  • + 9
 Hell yeah, I leaned forward way more than watching anybody rail berms..
  • + 2
 @arthom: this
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 @DGThree: Stays just under 50. Ice cold.
  • + 4
 @R-M-R: Just the GOAT doing goat things.
  • + 1
 @polarflux: hardly even felt it
  • + 1
 @R-M-R: a friend of mine has a 9-lb hill climb bike. Not good for much else though.
  • + 13
 @seraph: The bike or your friend? Wink
  • + 3
 @R-M-R: thanks for the reminder... this dude is a BEAST
  • + 6
 @audric: He gets so angry when the laws of physics hold him back that I think they're scared of him.
  • + 32
 Okay can we stop applying the term 'enduro' to anything that happens on a trail?
  • + 8
 Nobody:
Endurbros: can we stop using the word “trail” when we’re going full send?
  • + 2
 Imagining that this was all actually linked, I would LOVE to see that as an enduro segment. A super tech, trialsy enduro would be so much fun to watch.
  • + 1
 @MarcusBrody: isn't that basically what motorcycle 'enduro' is?
  • + 2
 It's bike riding, everything else is semantics and trying to sub-divide us.
  • + 28
 YES!!! Absolutley love these Chris Akrigg edits. So much energy! Makes me want to go fast UPHILL! You are a monster Chris!
  • + 8
 It's like A Hill in Spain part two! Instant classic!
  • + 23
 My heart exploded watching those climbs.
  • + 6
 maximum effort
  • + 8
 @longreach need to pace yourself, watch 10sec, then pause, then watch 10 more s.

If you watch the whole thing in one go you might hurt yourself Big Grin
  • + 2
 @drjonnywonderboy: upvoted for the Deadpool reference
  • + 17
 I'd like to see him and Kendall-Weed play a game of BIKE.
  • + 2
 That'd be epic!
  • + 5
 That would be amazing, could only see one winner though. Kendall-Weed is a full on Ninja but Akrigg is Yoda level
  • + 14
 This guy is better than everyone you know! That chunky climb at the end was damn impressive! Surprised someone bigger than Mongoose hasn't sponsored this guy.
  • + 15
 I am actually surprised Mongoose cannot make more out of their sponsorship of a guy like this. As a brand that has been around forever, if they started selling high-end spec'd bikes at a reasonable price they could be seen as a much more desirable brand... but if you take the time to go to their website you will not find something that looks like what Chris is riding. In any case, good on them for sponsoring his bad-ass riding.
  • + 2
 @grant725: That's kind of what they've done in BMX. They're Legion L100 is pretty much the best specced cheap bike out there.

I can't figure out what he's riding either though. Maybe a yet to be released version of the Teocali? The frame looks more like the Boot'r downhill bike than the current Teocali though.
  • + 10
 I get the impression that Chris is with Mongoose by choice rather than lack of other offers.
  • + 4
 @ChristophColombo: Seems like he can do whatever the hell he wants, maybe that's it.
  • + 3
 @ChristophColombo: probably right..guys with that kind of talent usually have several manufacturers tossing sponsorship offers at them. Wonder what the appeal of Mongoose is too him...maybe they just treat him like gold and send him wherever he wants on their dime....what a crappy life..lol
  • + 2
 @hyroller80: I think your right. Sponsorship is about the full package and Mongoose must give him the funds and flexibility that he needs, to do what he wants to do, in the way that he wants to do it. He's been with them a while so I imagine there is an element of loyalty on both sides.
  • + 1
 Chris seems like he knows what he wants and whats he is worth, he plays by his rules and schedules -as long as he can get to do the things he wants I am sure he is happy - seems a pretty loyal ambassador too, stick with the ones that support you, he may not meet the extreeme views of the likes of wibner, but very different attitudes at work there -
  • + 1
 @Karve: Spot on.
  • + 1
 I think he rides them by choice due to the range of bikes they have that keeps things fresh for him. He talks about it in his documentary which is worth a watch!
  • + 1
 Weird, isn't it? We all watch him ride his Mongoose, and carry on not buying Mongeese. I can understand that he may be happy, it's a bit hard to believe they are...
  • + 1
 @BigDummy: I dont think he actually gets paid by mongoose. I think it's the parent company that pays him. So even if he gives you the Stoke, and you go and buy a GT or whatever, they still get paid.
  • + 1
 @BigDummy:even weirder thing is that Mongoose in the UK for MTB is pretty much non-existent, and while Chris is loved, and seen, all over he really is so British ... I mean full on Yorkshire British .. lol - and it is odd for us in the UK I think, to see him riding Mongoose, it's always a hot topic whenever he releases a vid, simply because its juts not a known MTB brand over here.

In fact, i cant even find the frame he is riding on Mongoose site anyway ... defo not on UK as their is only 1 jump bike there, but USA only have varying levels of hardtails ... actually scrap that, I saw it, oh boy --
  • + 14
 Just ridiculously awesome and so fresh, great camera work too. BEAST WATTS
  • + 8
 Whenever I get to a super technical rocky section that I can't ride, I never think to myself "this is not possible" anymore. I always look at it and think "how would Chris ride up this?"
  • + 7
 Fuck Game of Thrones, this is the best 4.36 minutes of my life. That editing, music, and ofcourse raw skill...damn I wish I never skated and just started mtb'ing young.
  • + 3
 heck yes, just my thoughts. But hard to afford a big rig as a lad. Being skating outside were some great times too.
  • + 1
 @HannesBa: that's the beauty of football. All you need is a ball.
  • + 7
 If Chris and Jeff Kendall Weed ever made a video together, I think my head would explode!!
  • + 4
 The purity and apparent simplicity of Chris's videos are what blow me away, but, of course they are not simple at all, he is just that damn good. Big players like Wibner, with his viral big leaps and merch adverts, and Danny Mac, with his slick, Hollywood level productions are good, but give me a simple and pure Akrigg video and I know whats first on the watch list.
  • + 8
 BEASTMODE !!!
  • + 3
 As far as i'm concerned- there's Akrigg, and there's everyone else. Sometimes his his stuff really blows me away as much as, or even more, than Danny's. The fact that he's still loyal to mongoose just blows my mind. There's a guy who could get signed by any company at the drop of a hat, but he's content with riding for mongoose and doing his own edits. Respect!
  • + 4
 Totally Rad Dude. Chris is the king of making the nearly impossible look simple. I love this sort of riding, but cannot do 1% of this. Amazing!
  • + 2
 I used to have these skills (not to the same level though) back in the 90s. I stopped riding for 20 years and got back into mountain biking 3 years ago. I lost almost all my trials skill (and balls!). Seeing these sorts of video (especially Chris due to the similar riding style) reminds me and makes me sad. If I had kept riding for those 20 years things would have been so different......
  • + 6
 where are these old buildings? was it like a resort or something?
  • + 2
 Spain is my guess, based on his past filming locations.
  • + 15
 Second time through, I saw the word "CARACHO" at 1:35. Quick bit of Googling reveals that this building was a famous nightclub called Sala Caracho. It's located about 56 km north of Malaga, which is on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
  • + 6
 Yeah I was wondering when did Europe get hit with a zombie apocalypse? So many riding videos in ruins that look like they were fancy places in the 90's makes me thing something is amiss...
  • + 2
 @sngltrkmnd: I thought it looked like a Spanish club. Reminds me of clubs in Ibiza. Thanks for looking!
  • + 10
 @Sardine: It was an apocalypse born in 2008, but the zombies are called austerity.
  • + 2
 Since the bank crisis, a lot of half or fully built resorts in spain are abandoned
  • + 5
 It’s also just fun seeing a Mongoose with I9’s.
  • + 6
 @DGThree agreed. But if there were ever an ad for why you would want/need hubs with 690 points of engagement, this guy is a walking (riding) advertisement. (Of course, he could probably still manage it if he had 6 poe...)
  • + 6
 This never gets old
  • + 4
 I'd rather have 690 points of engagement and need them than not have 690 engagement points and not need them
  • + 5
 His videos are my favorite. So bad ass.
  • + 4
 Mind blowing bike control. His climbs are technical enough his seat is slammed going up!
  • + 1
 Akrigg was recently on Skngletracks podcast. He seemed like a super cool guy with an interesting approach to riding. Talked about how he would rather get creative on a bit of familiar trail than constantly visit exotic locations. He’s also putting out a video series about how he “digs” to set up his shots.
  • + 1
 This reminds me of A Hill In Spain, which is my all time favourite edit. Such explosive power on this one though! Super talented and obviously super hard working, commited rider! Keep it up, it makes people grab their bikes and go out!
  • + 4
 Bike check please Smile

I'd like to know what bike he's riding and stuff like rims, tyres, etc.
  • + 1
 Industry Nine wheels, SRAM, Fox suspension, Deity cockpit, umm what else?
  • + 2
 @indobiker: Hope brakes, Fabric saddle, Maxxis tires...
  • + 1
 Such an underrated guy and underrated bike company I rode mongoose for many years but couldn’t stand customer service when you called the phone options were garage door opener,garbage cans then mongoose bikes then the people had no clue in the bikes..mongoose could be a great company if someone bought them and took them in the right direction
  • + 3
 Yes Chris, still pumping out fresh edits. You never watch anything Chris does and think, meh! We salute you dude!
  • + 3
 Unreal riding! This is my first time watching Chris Akrigg, and will not be my last. You earned a fan with this one man!!
  • + 4
 Watched this right after friday fails to make it even more impressive.
  • + 2
 Someone needs to give this guy a big budget and let him get super creative. I bet it would be one of the best trial edits out there.
  • + 3
 I wanna see him with the Nugget again..would be awesome!
  • + 1
 First part of video through the wrecked buildings I hope you have your tetanus shot. Always great to watch Chris he is an animal.
  • + 3
 Don't think I will ever get tired of watching Chris Akrigg ride.
  • + 2
 I'm trying to find 5 consecutive seconds of stuff that I could ride... Having a hard time
  • + 2
 Another amazing vid, music, locations. Incredible skills combined with brute power. Very impressive!
  • + 1
 So cool. Takes me be back to lenosky vids from the 90s. Great to know we can still be amazed by riding that doesn’t involve huge gaps or sped.
  • + 2
 Everytime I read a post that Chris has a new vid. I always excited to watch it. Another solid vid Chris!
  • + 1
 I am gonna call work and tell them that I am gonna be one hour late so I can bike. Very inspiring flow and style. Thank you, Mr. Chris Akrigg.
  • + 2
 How does this guy ride through like six different ecological biomes in 4 minutes?! Amazing!
  • + 3
 That must be the most allrounded rider on the planet
  • + 1
 As impressive as the trials and climbing were, nobody mentioned his DH skills. I had no idea he could pin it on a rocky descent like that. RESPECT!
  • + 1
 He puts a lot of weight on the front end while riding DH. A lot which is the ticket
  • + 1
 are you new here? check out his other vids!
  • + 1
 Real question: has anyone ever actually seen one of these higher end Mongooses? I mostly ride alone or with the same people so I don't see different bikes all that often.
  • + 1
 I'm not sure what he's riding here. It actually looks more like the Boot'r DH bike than it does the current Teocali, but the top tube seems thinner and more curved, so I assume they didn't use the Boot'r as a base.

I've never seen one of the high end Mongoose bikes, but I did almost buy a Boot'r this year a park bike. It's reasonably specced for it's $2499 retail price but the price of my size kept going down, and down, and down. I was going to pull the trigger when it got under $1000, but right as it neared there, someone must have bought the one from the retailer that wanted it gone and it jumped up to it's more normal price between 2000-2500. I wish I'd pulled the trigger.
  • + 1
 He is riding the Teocali. I rode a Pinn'r for 5 years and it was actually a pretty fantastic bike! I bought it off Craigsist for $1,300 and it was only a year old. Top spec Fox suspension, Avid Codes, and SRAM X01 drivetrain. It hit all my local dh trails and Whistler 3 times before I sold it. My only complaint is that it was too small.
  • + 1
 @reximus42: Unless a new Teocali is coming out, the Teocali doesn't have a brace from the top tube to the seat tube and it's top tube is more kinked than the one in the video.
  • + 1
 I still own the Nugget and jump around from time to time, love it! See Chris shredding it:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ9Rgcmhdbg

And I built two Boot'R (2012) from the frame. Smile
  • + 3
 Riding up what would be really hard to ride down. Crazy power
  • + 2
 I feel like this is what mountain biking is supposed to look like. Normal people do the same thing but mini.
  • + 3
 Soundtrack inspire by Thor Wixom and Double Down lol
  • + 4
 Pure Gold! Thank you.
  • + 3
 Making uphill riding cool.
  • + 4
 Damn!
  • + 2
 My lungs would explode 30sec into this ride. Unreal!!!
  • + 3
 legit
  • + 1
 To do this on a light trail bike is one story. But on a big travel enduro style bike it's even more impressive.
  • + 1
 Meh I ride like this every time I go into work lol

Awesome riding! Great skills tup
  • + 2
 So many talented and obviously hard working mtb guys.
  • + 1
 Who thinks they need a dentist bike to make them ride better?


Just get a Mongoose!
  • + 1
 That's so crazy! How'd he do all that not wearing gloves? I'd definitely need gloves.
  • + 2
 I love watching Jesus shred on a bike
  • + 1
 Just when I thought I couldn't want a set of I9 wheels anymore............you go and do something like this.......
  • + 2
 No crank arms were harmed in this video.
  • + 2
 another sureshot banger from mr beastmode
  • + 2
 Invite Chris to a game of BIKE!!!
  • + 1
 They don’t want to loose that bad. lol
  • + 2
 i 've never seen somebody goes up like this like chris...
  • + 2
 After a hill in spain, an after in spain...
  • + 1
 Did they run this video in reverse? Looks like he was going uphill most of the time ...
  • + 2
 1:35 - 2:08 perfect for a COD map
  • + 2
 Akrigg is totally 100% underrated but just a beast!
  • + 1
 The power...just wow. Not bad at the other stuff too.
  • + 1
 hope he's got his tetanus shot
  • + 1
 Would love to see Chris join Jeff Lenosky in one of his Trail Boss edits!
  • + 1
 Akrigg VS Macaskill for a game of trailbike HORSE!!! I'd watch that..
  • + 1
 Mongoose? Mongoose is still around... I'm surprised
  • + 1
 This guy makes climbing cool!!
  • + 1
 Wasn't expecting anything nearly this good. Fantastic.
  • + 1
 All that without wearing any gloves!!!
  • + 1
 I too listen to on hold music while I ride my bike.
  • + 1
 Sick as usual! Can you imagine adding baby trailer to it.
  • + 1
 Are those carbon fiber socks?
  • + 1
 outta of this world riding!!
  • + 1
 I love Akrigg
  • + 1
 Chris, so hot right now!
  • + 1
 You the Man Chris Akrigg
  • + 1
 G.O.A.T.
  • - 1
 I could not live with myself if i had to put i9's and fox factory suspension on a mongoose.
  • + 1
 Lagu lama cuk
  • + 3
 But you can’t ride like Chris so you don’t need to worry.
  • + 1
 @fatduke: true, the man is insanely awesome.
  • + 1
 Was that Enduro...??
  • + 1
 Inspirational.
  • + 1
 Um, techno
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