Video: Fancy a Cuppa Tea? Mercedes Does MTB in India

Jun 1, 2018 at 12:27
by Vinay Menon  

Wandering through the south Indian tea plantations of Valparai in Tamil Nadu, India, we dug out some prime dirt in the forest, all while being watched by wild elephants and bison!

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Digging lines before dawn!

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Hauling the bike through the tea plantations and thinking of the supreme chai to be had.

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Church with a view.

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Picking leaves.

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Packing leaves.

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
The table is set for tasting!

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Making new friends along the way.

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Finding this rock descent in the middle of the forest was rewarding. Before the elephants could join in on the fun, I dropped in!

 RUSHES - Tea and Tyres by TheVibe and Mercedes India Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine Psynyde Bikes Haul Apparel India Loose Riders India Sharptune
Wagon for the week, the Mercedes GLC.

Big shout out to TheVibe and Mercedes India for creating the Rushes series!


20 Comments

  • + 18
 While I can appreciate and respect that Mercedes is bringing sponsorship and $ to MTB, this is the most weird car/bike promo ad I have ever seen. Who is their right mind came up with the story line of this?

Here is the pitch - "Picture a MTB rider cruising down hillsides of tea doing random jumps while thinking of a small, bright red Mercedes while elephants watch him.. kt will be the coolest ever" NOT

"The road to happiness in not always paved... " lol
  • + 4
 open bob and vagene!
  • + 1
 I really felt awkward while watching this. To the point that I am now considering tossing my mercedes off a cliff in an act of catharsis. It's an old shitty mercedes, but still. Only way it could have been worse than that is if the guy was riding an eMtb...
  • + 3
 1.3 billion Indians with a growing middle class and aspirations of western-style lifestyles and recreation, it’s probably a pretty slick campaign and I wouldn’t assume that this article is Mercedes’ target media outlet for India or for this campaign. Props to Vinay and Mercedes I say.
  • + 1
 @w-e-w: Cheers! Hi5 bro! With limited resources and a handful of dedicated riders, India's downhill/freeride scene is growing by the day! Hope the future is bright!
  • + 7
 Having to use a trunk bike rack on your new Mecedes. Because no one can afford hitch mount !
  • + 1
 I skipped a lot of the intro, so I might be wrong about this, but here is the storyline as I understand it: Some a*shole shows up in his mercedes and rips by a bunch of women working in the field. There's weird porno music playing but they never actually do it.
  • + 5
 I though it was Mercedes Gonzales comeback
  • + 3
 Fuck yeah, Vinay! Big time buddy!
Great filming, riding, and scenery. Your voice has gotten... sultrier, too! Razz
  • + 1
 Cheers bro!
Plans on visiting India anytime soon? Smile
  • + 2
 @menon: Man, I wish. One day I'll make it there, and we'll get out for a rip!
  • + 5
 Cheesus Christ!
  • + 3
 MUST. TRY. TO. IMPRESS. MOUNTAINBIKERS.
  • + 2
 Get a subaru and save yourself $50k
  • + 1
 A GLC like this one is about 10k more than a forester with leather which isn’t even bad if you’re into that kinda thing
  • + 2
 Please do try
  • + 1
 Mercedes Benz GLA and Polygon DH9
  • + 1
 Music is above riding
  • + 1
 Show bobs
  • + 0
 what is that?!

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