Must Watch: Road Bike Freestyle

Jun 3, 2014 at 5:27
by Karl Burkat  


Brumotti was inspired by British trials rider Martyn Ashton’s 2012 Road Bike Party film and its recent 2013 sequel, Road Bike Party 2. Brumotti has been riding trials on road bikes since 2013 and, besides capturing the spectacle on film, he also showcases his skills to the public at road bike freestyle shows.

“Martyn was one of my inspirations and I was a huge fan of everything he did on Road Bike Party,” says Brumotti. “My new film is my dedication to Martyn’s work.”

”I’ve known Vittorio for many years,” says Martyn Ashton of Brumotti, “He brought his energy and style to the competition scene and his passion for riding is legendary in the trials world. He has always wanted to inspire people through his riding and this video is certainly going to do that.”


133 Comments

  • + 128
 So let me get this straight, I use a road bike for trials an all mountain bike for downhill and my downhill bike for beer runs? Great vid the guy is a beast
  • + 19
 its a complete copy of road bike party 1 and 2 but just as amazing and impressive, really something different and fun to watch, no to mention the skill involved is unreal.
  • + 23
 Road Bike Slopestyle would be pretty dang sick!
  • + 11
 ^Sort of been done by montgomery
  • + 9
 in turn road bike party is a copy of several other videos from like 2007... so who really cares, cool video
  • + 3
 ...just missing the unicycle! Glad to see the outtakes...makes you realize these superheros have to try too.
  • + 3
 The only thing I'd say is that they credited road party so they acknowlegded their work so I guess the haven't just stolen the concept and claimed it their own
  • + 12
 road bike rampage
  • + 4
 He's not trying to copy, it says right in the description it's a tribute video.
  • + 1
 yeah and in my opinion it was a lot better than either road bike party
  • + 94
 "For sale: road bike's wheel set, lightly used"
  • + 3
 hahaha nice
  • + 16
 Actually roadies measure distance they were used. This one probably has only like 50km, so they have just bed in! Best buy for sure!
  • + 21
 "Never raced"
  • + 11
 "only the usual wear and tear...."
  • + 46
 Have been riding for ten years, this vid just is a testament that all you need is skill and that practise makes perfect. All other new bike innovations are just to satisfy our consumer needs. If you geniously love riding you 'll ride anything anywhere and feel good about it.
  • + 8
 ... or to make the ride more fun. Technically you can do a lot on a road bike and technically you're right but it's the furthest thing from enjoyable, haha. There's a reason why Danny said it was insanely tough and he's one of the best trails riders in the world. This dude in the video, props to him. Riding on that tiedown was one of the most impressive things I've ever seen and he made hopping over the tennis net look way too simple.
  • + 24
 Say hello to the new danny macaskill AKA jesus
  • + 5
 Just because you can...doesn't mean you should...
  • + 5
 Jeebus.
  • + 23
 That cliff side rail ride was so ballsy! Eek
  • + 5
 The bridge I thought was intense
  • + 20
 This video makes me want a Skoda Yeti.
  • + 9
 This video will make you want it even more then: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kEJ-pHkWA
  • + 0
 dang! i totally watched that video. that's an insane SUV. they should bring that to north america, haha.
  • + 12
 This is without a doubt one of the coolest and most fun videos I've ever seen on Pinkbike. I actually want to go buy a road bike and get hurt trying to ride it like this guy. Great filming, really creative, music works, and the riding is some of the most interesting stuff I've seen in any discipline from any rider. Awesome. Smile
  • + 9
 Is this whole trials on a road bike now a "thing"? If so, brilliant! Props to Martyn for starting the revolution and inspiring people to look beyond the accepted.
  • + 3
 Very good by why?
I like the Italian H&S as well. If Martyn Ashton had said I want to ride on a diggers tracks as its moving and then be chased by another one as I rolled backwards down a hill on my front wheel, British H&S officers would have had a meltdown. In Italy - all good. Bravo!
  • + 6
 A Brumoz! Compliementi, essere su Pinkbike è di certo più importante che essere su Italia1 Wink
  • + 2
 100% Quote! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 2
 Concordo, però devo dire che l'idea di lavorare per striscia e mostrare gli sprechi e le schifezze italiane andandoci a far trial con la bici la trovo carina!
  • + 2
 io l'ho visto dal vivo... E' un grande e sa quando scherzare e quando essere serio e professionale, grande orgoglio italiano, ma purtroppo poco valorizzato
  • + 2
 Haaaw the first part is recorded at the white marble caves in Carrara... where Quantum of Solace was also recorded (I was there the last saturday). Love that place... for bigGGG wheels www.flickr.com/photos/rebel_82nd/14145896898
  • + 2
 Amazing video. But was it just me or should someone explain to the boys at GCN how to properly film in slow motion? Maybe its just my computer, but the slow motion looked very stuttery. GCN makes good vids, but I doubt they've had much experience with slow motion effects - not much call for that when road biking.
  • + 0
 I think it was your computer!
  • + 2
 Looked a bit jittery to me too.
  • + 0
 Needs more Robin Kitchin
  • + 3
 "Abbombazza"....like he said on italian tv's shows!
Now he's an italian tv face and he shows the abandoned mega-structures here in Italy... riding the bike inside them...
  • + 2
 Abbombazza!!! He's a true Italian trial-bike hero...
  • + 1
 Striscia la Notizia? ;-)
  • + 2
 Yess Pippo!!! XD
  • + 4
 All wankers who cry that their equipment is too week to go bigger and faster should see this video Wink
  • + 1
 Amen
  • + 1
 Recon Brumotti had basically said to the road bike party boys that what they did was great, but he can also do it... Kind of like a slap on their face with a glove and challenging then to a trials duel Smile . The tennis court net jump and the right rope rides on particular would be a challenge.

Good on him, will be great to see some friendly rivalry!
  • + 1
 Bringin' the gnar. I'd rather see it on a 24" or 26" though. Martyn did this, it was a neat & amazing experiment. Leave it that way & get back to the real business. Shit like Epecuén. All trials is good trials & all trials is good stuff but I want more of it the right way.
  • + 2
 Wow thats sick. Not quite as good as bike party or bike party 2. I kinda felt like it was almost copied. I know the inspiration was there but its all been done before.
  • + 5
 Those crazy hipsters!
  • + 3
 Its great to see stuff like this from others apart from Akrigg, Ashton and MacAskill. Fantastic riding!
  • + 1
 Come again? What was the theory? It is always about the best tool for the job. I use a downhill bike for everything, becuase I feel like.
  • + 2
 Defiantly not a Martyn Ashton’s but still got some awesome locations and ideas. Plus nice facial hair...........
  • + 2
 Throw those wheels on your 29er and drop some weight. Any one know what wheelset he is riding?
  • + 3
 anyone else notice it looks like he is wearing rock climbing shoes?
  • + 2
 They're scrambling shoes. Big difference! Scrambles have tread like a regular shoe and slightly harder rubber and more firm walls. Climbers are basically a leather sock with some super soft rubber on the sole with no padding whatsoever. Would be unbareable to ride with.
  • + 2
 I noticed that too. I don't know what a scrambling shoe is, but I do know that's not an approach shoe which I think is what you're thinking of. It actually might be a rock shoe, maybe something designed for crack climbing that isn't so painfully tight.
  • + 1
 Pretty much! Scrambles are more like a runner though whereas the approach is more akin to a hiking shoe/boot
  • + 3
 Dear Brumotti this video makes all of us proud to be Italian. THANKS
  • + 3
 I love that he is rockin' the water bottle!
  • + 3
 This is literally ridiculous
  • + 1
 This guy is a bike "saint" haha !!!! An who said road bikes weren't cool lol, probly only this guy could make the look cool........awesome
  • + 1
 Grande!!!!! great job and fantastic riding; in the first part on video is Toscany region; i was going for a 3 days trip AM and its very interesting place!!!!
  • + 3
 This guy is awesome...who said Jesus was dead???
  • + 3
 Basically road bike party
  • - 8
flag jissse (Jun 3, 2014 at 5:53) (Below Threshold)
 True, lots of skills but even if it's an hommage it's a bit disappointing to see so much tricks from other videos. There was some good ideas though, hopefully he'll do more original stuff next time !
  • + 2
 I hope this takes off, then we might get road bikes at joyride.... that would be interesting!
  • + 3
 how did he get down from the bridge? I would have loved to see that one!
  • + 2
 1:20 nice throwback from jib Razz
  • + 1
 I was wondering if that location was the same one off JIB!
  • + 1
 While riding up on top the bridge I wanted to see him ride down the bridge support to the road. Great video!
  • + 2
 wonder if he posted his ride on strava?,
  • + 2
 So good, the stupid music didn't even bother me.
  • + 1
 Amazing guy. He could achieve so much more if he were aware of trial/street bikes existence Big Grin
  • + 1
 Pah! If Brumotti, McAskill and others start doing that on Penny Farthing... Well that is worth the video!
  • + 1
 Not a hipster, not new Danny, Brumotti has been around years - anyone seen jib???
  • + 2
 I would have been pissed if he was wearing lycra.
  • + 1
 good job they showed him falling off at the end, so you know hes actually a human
  • + 2
 5 days ago I thought that Peter Sagan was cool...
  • + 1
 I remember seeing him doing bunny hop onto a 1.2m platform on road bike on someone's FB video
  • + 3
 Broken. Broken. Broken.
  • + 1
 More riding videos should start with driving - don't know why, but it's just better...
  • + 2
 it must be enduro specific!!!
  • + 2
 Anyone else notice he's sponsored by Hot Wheels? haha
  • + 1
 One Question? If the guy ride a trial bike are more good? or dont can ride?
  • + 2
 [consuela] no no roadbike on trails...no
  • + 2
 SKKKKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLSSSS! Loving this!
  • + 1
 amazing...now i wanna see him go head to head with danny macaskill...the ultimate trials vid!!
  • + 1
 Seriously out of control. Wtf man. I'm speechless. Balls made if something besides steel. Wow
  • - 2
 I can't stand these videos.

Trials riders can do their magic on anything, so that they're doing it on a roadbike is different, but not much more than that. An example is the fixie crowd. They can do neat and impressive things, but that doesn't make it cool. It's like doing a bunch of technical flip-trick stuff on a penny skateboard. You might be able to, but why would you? Like, bomb the hill or do major slides!

A cool road bike video would include mega lean angles and major speed in an urban environment, where that speed would get you some foot-out/foot-up sliding and some air, like the famous pic of that road rider boosting air going over that bridge.

I'm not going to argue with you guys. I've NOT said these riders aren't talented, I've only said I can't stand these videos. I know I'm not the only one.
  • + 1
 This guy is big wheels swingin'...
  • + 1
 only worthy use of a road bike...
  • + 1
 can some one do a bike check?
  • + 1
 All of a sudden velcro shoes became a whole lot more appealing...
  • + 1
 Was he riding in approach shoes?
  • + 1
 But...did anyone else notice that he was sponsored by Hotwheels?
  • + 1
 how do these guys not get punctures?!
  • + 1
 hmm.. now i need to find a road bike vid on northshore trails.. :I
  • + 1
 How many wheels were crasht for this video ?
  • + 1
 Just when you start believing you have good bike skills......
  • + 1
 this proves their is Still hope for road bikers.
  • + 1
 Good commercial for wheel manufacturer Smile
  • + 1
 so good and it was a blast to watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go rodie go
  • + 1
 what the f! hipster for the win!
  • + 1
 About to head to courier job and do some damage to my wheels!
  • + 1
 Impressive skills, but this video looks and sounds pretty kitschy.
  • + 1
 Well done, can't wait for next one!
  • + 2
 Dave Grohl?
  • + 1
 Dave grohl meets martyn Ashton meets Danny macaskill...
  • + 1
 He's like Jesus on roadie!
  • + 1
 His beard weights more than the bike.
  • + 1
 I'm not prompting anyone but next step is fixed gear trial.....
  • + 1
 WHY CANT I FAVE THIS? FECK
  • + 1
 This is properly mindblowing!
  • + 1
 F**k this, I don't want to live anymore. I feel like such a looser now.
  • + 1
 This was incredible!!!! Love seeing crazy stuff like this Smile
  • + 1
 the gods most be mad!!!
  • + 1
 Holy moly donut shop
  • + 1
 Holy f*ck that is $ICK
  • + 1
 yeah boi
  • + 1
 3:10 .. DAMN!
  • + 3
 He must making a clanking noise when he walks, dang.
  • + 1
 MADNESS
  • + 1
 Mad skills
  • + 1
 Is this REAL life?
  • + 2
 Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.

Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see,
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
Because I'm easy come, easy go,
Little high, little low,
Anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to meeeeeeeeeeee........
  • + 0
 omg,truly big balls
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