The Art of Flight - 26 Whips, 26 Ways

Jun 16, 2016 at 3:24
by Simon Nieborak  
Of all the contests that define Crankworx, the whip-off deservedly claims a special place uniting athletes of all walks and disciplines. Swapping the high stakes and stressful arenas of slopestyle and downhill, the whip-off gives riders the opportunity to let off some steam and put a show on for the fans. The chilled 'jump jam' vibe and the high octane atmosphere of riders pushing the boundaries of how far they can whip out their bikes and get them back to terra firma is one that's not only simple to watch, but easy to get stoked on. With that in mind, lets take a look at 26 of the raddest whips from Crankworx, Les Gets, 2016...

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

Crankworx 2016 Les Gets France.

77 Comments

  • + 145
 I like the one with the whip.
  • + 3
 I actually prefer this one without a whip Wink A good surprise with that fall! Big Grin
  • + 42
 Awesome shots as always dude! Nice to see them done a little different, too! All that mud definitely adds to shots like this
  • + 39
 In these pics soderstrom is the nicest. In my opinion.
  • + 6
 Yeah he has this steeze nobody else got
  • + 1
 Yeah looks like he s posing with his bike on solid ground
  • + 29
 Elliot Jackson throws down some of the sickest moto style whips out there and the shot they got of him says it all!!!
  • + 6
 Second. Elliot has Bruce Lee level whips.
  • + 1
 Elliot's whip is absolutely filthy.
  • + 10
 So I'm trying to break these into different categories. You've got the outside foot towards the front wheel versus rear wheel (with a few in between at angles). You've got knees parallel versus twisted. Then you've got Elliot Jackson style with totally straight legs verses the more common bent knees. I tend to label moto style whips with outside foot towards the rear wheel, arms a little straighter, and knees parallel and not too bent for that extra extension of the bike away from the rider. I like to think the non-moto, pedal bike style is outside foot forward, knees twisted and bent, arms up and pulled in, bringing the bike in closer. My favorite moto style whip in these shots is actually GT rider Brook MacDonald, shot number 14. I just like the way his outside arm is straight out and locked, knees partly bent and parallel, good extension. My favorite pedal bike whip is #15 Lacondeguy and #20 (insert name here please).
  • + 9
 Woah... and it's Lemoine at 20. Mitch ropo has the most stylish looking whip for me from photos but Rdog has that smooth motion when he pulls it back in.
  • + 12
 Where are the enduro specific 27.5 whips?
  • + 7
 Right after the metric whip event.
  • + 8
 So I consulted my local grumpy dood - "NacNac's....are not whips. Furthermore.....if you land completely sideways, it's not a whip.... just a glorified kick out". He said in nearly the same breath..."No wonder BMXr's think we're goons" Too funny
  • + 9
 Nac nac .. Who's there Jermey McGrath
  • + 7
 Seems as though Elliot Jackson's flat/sideways° ratio is more than all of the others.
  • + 4
 Awesome to see this in this format so you can study all the differences. Love the whipoffs. Only wish that they had included the names of each rider as I can only recognize less than half of the riders by kit alone
  • + 4
 Soderstrom all day!!! moto whips are banging but... Soderstrom looks like he could be standing in the ground its inch perfect.
  • + 5
 Such a cool shots !! My new wallpaper xD
  • + 1
 oh shit, your right. I've got my wallpaper on a timed rotation. I'm going to grab all my favs and drop them in the same folder. Thanks!
  • + 3
 Some great shots. It's interesting how the same move can be pulled off in so many different ways. I do wish that PB would hire a proof reader though sometimes!
  • + 17
 thanks on behalf my photographic side. regarding writing, well, english is not my first language, but i always try my best. and do not blame pb, please as while you were reading this article, it still was not proof read. lastly, those guys were absolutely amazing! on of the best whip off session ever!
  • + 12
 @lunatyk: Ah I see- I thought it was the finished article! Not judging you bud- I can't even speak one language very well!
  • + 3
 @lunatyk: so its pre-production then?
  • + 6
 PB is an international website. Some people have to use translate. How do you think they feel?

Im not even gernan and read german mtb site news and development. I have to use translate on those, and i dont complain.

There are other sites that are more prone to english only users. However, they have no where near the international coverage of PB.
  • + 9
 Can we just get over the grammar and just enjoy the prurty pictchas! ;-)
  • + 4
 @XCMark: when i originally commented on this article the write up was totally different. I kind of wish whoever changed it had deleted my comment as it's made me look like a grammar nazi! I still stand by the bit where I said the photos were great!! :-)
  • + 4
 Nice whips and everything but HUGE THUMBS UP TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER,awesome shots!!!!
  • + 4
 Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips thanks!
  • + 2
 It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: were on a mission from god!
  • + 2
 @slowrider73: i know all about that stuff. i've been exploited all my life.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut:  Wasn't lies, it was just... bullshit.
  • + 2
 @slowrider73: so good.

it was on the tv like 3 hours ago..........

john candy r.i.p.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: all time classic mate! Been fun reminiscing!

RIP uncle buck!!
  • + 4
 oh it's not the snowboard movie..Wink
  • + 3
 Photo 18...bet he was just thinking,"ohh fuuuccckk please dont belly flop!"
  • + 2
 thanks to both the riders and the photographer for the sick new wallpapers! Smile
  • + 1
 #18 looks exactly like me when I whip. Kinda looks like me when I try any trick really...
  • + 3
 Harry F***in Leary
  • + 3
 If the old school didn't pave the way, they wouldn't be here today. "Leary lookback" = Todays whip.
  • + 2
 i'll see your harry leary and raise you a timmy judge.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: Kick out the Jams!
  • + 1
 @drumnbike: thats it, you got me so stoked.

i'm gonna go watch 'joe kid on stingray'

ever hit this up?...

oldschoolmags.com/bmx_action.html

its like a time machine back to the mothership.

BMX Action FTW
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: I hear there is a movie coming out called "Rad"
  • + 1
 @drumnbike: filmed in my hometown of calgary.
rad track in bowness park. booya!
low top vans and a feather.......

quicker than greased owl poop.
  • + 1
 11th guy from top is fake! It's just a guy who is pushing his bike! JK ofc :-D
  • + 3
 Whip it good.
  • + 2
 louis all day!. friggin backwards. unreal
  • + 2
 Soderstrom's whip is a thing of beauty
  • + 2
 Iteresting that a few of the riders are using their mallet clipless pedals
  • + 0
 no its not.
  • + 1
 @michaelhowie: please, explain why it would be beneficial to use clipless pedals in a whip-off...
  • + 3
 26 Winners. Good job!
  • + 2
 R-Dog! kid's got style for days!!!
  • + 2
 Lacondeguy was best in my opinion
  • + 1
 So what I did was DL all 26" photos and made a desktop slideshow!

@lunatyk Thank you!
  • + 1
 So nice the white background, sick †whip
  • + 1
 Léo Jaegle pic#1
Props !
  • + 1
 It looks like Söderström is just walking with his bike in the air!
  • + 1
 #11 looks like he is chillin on the ground...cool pic!!
  • + 1
 flats vs. clipped in continues in the style department.
  • + 1
 Neil Stewart was my favorite!
  • + 1
 i dunno its so messed up, yo
  • + 1
 impressive how many have crankbrothers pedals....
  • + 1
 Each one is a work of art. NICE!
  • + 1
 Get Rad!
  • + 1
 No Bike style ????
  • + 1
 Sam's was dirty
  • - 2
 Sorry, but I have more respect for a flat pedal whip over clips. Just sayin.
  • - 2
 slow news day
  • - 2
 'wait... a v10 with Crack brothers wheels ? dangerous
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