Joe Smith: Going Fast In Slow Motion

Sep 27, 2010 at 15:11
by Mike Levy  
Kona has just uploaded a great video of their World Cup team rider Joe Smith tearing Whistler a new one on his 2011 Operator. The video includes some crazy slow motion footage of the bike working over the terrain, as well as Smith getting completely sideways on the senders.

Check out the video,
Kona's Joe Smith riding a lot faster than you... even in slow mo!

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There are a ton of videos on Pinkbike, but this one makes me want to pad up and get loose on the big bike. What does it do for you? Share your thoughts on the video and Joe's 2011 Operator below!


129 Comments

  • + 38
 soooo badass.
  • + 9
 Joe Smith is a champ
  • + 23
 only way that could have been better would be with some Rob Warner commentary at the start.
  • + 11
 ppl are probably gonna hate cuz hes riding a kona but this is sick
  • + 6
 what a sick video... mr smith, you are the man!
  • + 9
 The slow mo shot of his shadow is beyond sick, I was like HOly Hell! Great work on the film!
  • + 6
 makes me wanna get winter over with and get right back to whistler next summer
  • + 7
 Eek 2:22 .....damn that guy is fast!
  • + 2
 I think they showcased just about every awesome brand hahaBig Grin
  • + 4
 Wow, some of those whips - every part of the bike in a straight line at exact 90 degree to the trail floating sideways, so cool!
  • + 1
 I was there the week they shot that! Epic!!
  • + 1
 sick to see the footage after watching them film it.
  • + 1
 Yeah really is, came out great!
  • - 24
flag rffr (Sep 27, 2010 at 17:18) (Below Threshold)
 " ppl are probably gonna hate cuz hes riding a kona but this is sick"

so you have to be on some fancy ass bike to not get bashed now? LOL. Funny because a lot of the top bikes on the mkt right now are single pivot based. (not that has anything to do with his kona tho, just pointing out the hyprocracy of pb)
  • + 6
 Got Sick ?

However, I am faster than him when he is in SlowMo, but not by much.
Good luck next season Joe
  • + 1
 Who filmed this? And what was it shot on?
  • + 1
 Epic, thats all. One word describes it end of story. (lol, more than one word Razz )
  • + 2
 cool vid. loved the slow-mo and the soundtrack.
  • + 2
 scottsecco I saw them filming this in whistler. They had crazy amounts of equipment set up. They were shooting with two cameras at all times, had a computer hooked up doing I dont know what and a few other pieces of equipment. Filmed for two days to get all that.
  • + 1
 Wow, I was standing beside heckler's rock when they were filming that area and had no idea the vid would look that awesome. So damn cool.
  • + 1
 So f*king sick! Make it a POD already!
  • + 1
 WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOO I LOVE IT SOOO SICK!!
  • + 14
 fffreaking amazing riding/filming/EDITING/everything!!!!
hurray for Kona Smile
  • + 0
 "Shi-MAN-o Saint" you Brits crack me up
  • + 6
 Incredible filming and the slow mo is mind blowing. This video is one of the best I've seen, no doubt about that, but with all the slow motion being used now do any of you out there think that it is too much? I remember when helmet cams took off not too long ago and now that footage is everywhere... Can we never have too much slow motion?
  • + 4
 I think that video it is well done, a good mix between slow mo and him pinning it.
  • + 5
 When done right, Slow mo can be brilliant, but when done poorly it blows. This is brilliant!
  • + 3
 The slow mo also allows us to REALLY see whats happening, pretty awesome, especially when someone is moving at that speed!
  • + 0
 ^^ agreed but it is possible to get to much because it gives your eyes time to waver and you start thinking

hmmm that tree sure does looks nice

but thats only if they do too much

this is the perfect balance
  • + 1
 i would have take some extra slomo foutage...you know like the "water ballon in the face experiment" where you can see the tire rebond, the wheels/frame torsion etc

really good vid!
  • + 5
 I think it worked incredibly well to showcase the bike, which was the goal of this video. It may be excessive for the middle of a full length film, but it was very well suited to this application.
  • + 2
 I really dont think I could get tired of this kind of slow motion. There's slow motion and then there's beatiful slow motion, this being the later. I'd guess they were using something like 1000fps, probably a phantom hd
  • + 3
 slOmO os good as long as it is... good. Apart from Life Cycles mindscrewing insanity this is probably the best one out there. Sometimes it gets too cheesy though, and comes out grandiloquent like president speeches in catastrophical movies.

Fortunately there are Parkin Bros on DirtTV with their porn-like action only, total rippage with ridiculous punk music curing us as soon as we want to start writing poems about passion and freedom Smile
  • + 8
 if i were gonaa blow 7000 a dh bike it wouldnt be a kona
  • + 3
 love this vid.

overcranked shots look great Smile music edit was great, sexy VO great. sick rider and bike. watching the bike travel thru the suspension in slo-mo great.

5 stars!
  • + 4
 That is probably the best video I've seen in a long while. I'm lovin' all the slo-mo and bike compressing ALL the way at 2:50 is SO SICK!!!! Definitely VOD!
  • + 3
 Everytime I see a Whistler Video it makes me want to kill myself and hope that I come back reincarnated as a Canadian so Whistler can be close to me. That was prolly hands down the best video of Whist I have seen yet.
  • + 3
 was just there yesterday, 9th time up this season...yes it is that awesome.haha i just had to rub it in... But i got 5 flats and my buddy didnt get one! WTF....hmmmm i was riding a kona though.....
  • + 2
 lovely, awesome stuff makes me wish i was as fast to be sponsored so i could rip and ride all day everyday, gave me goosebumps
great ad for Kona and decent looking ride, but i'll still be Intense for life Smile
  • + 1
 Anyone else notice that in the final shot his Boxxers have like a 2 stage compression, it goes through about 170mm, stops then bottoms out. It looks so awesome seeing a fork working like that. Amazing video, Kona's are finally reclaiming their brand name to what it once was!
  • + 4
 I gotta admit, I really do enjoy watching people bottom out the big bikes in slow motion.
  • + 0
 Very cool rider and all that, but slo-mo is nothing new, and I don't know why people always trip balls over something that has been around for ages (myth Busters? High speed cameras that can catch bullets in flight?), just this time, it's been applied to DH biking.... ok neat, but it's nothing to go ape-shit crazy over...

Sorry, I know I will get neg. props and get flamed for this, but that's my view.

Still, cool vid, great rider, and I mean, I never said I could pull it off... just saying it's nothing new!
  • + 2
 i actually agree, although its good to see how the bikes react to terrain in detail, id rather watch full speed shredding any day!
  • + 4
 I gave you + props, just to be a nonconformist
  • + 4
 this edit was specifically filmed with the mind-set of showing the viewer the bike, how it looks, reacts to the rider and trail and to generally advertise the bike/ company. I don't disagree, slow-mo is definitely nothing new to holy-shit about. however, you do have to take the context and purpose of the footage into account when viewing vids like this Smile i'm sure if this were a general riding film there would be much more full speed shred-tasticness.
  • + 0
 well how many edits have you seen using a high speed camera and bike? i mean with your reasoning, we should all not be impressed by cable cams or heli shots... psht simpsons did it. nothing special.
  • + 1
 Actually we rarely get to see real high speed camera footage of bikes. Most footage is just slowed down and edited to make it work. If a hummingbird got caught in the seen it would most probably have clear wing strokes... hehe.
  • + 2
 Scott: I never said that it's not a good idea to do so, I was arguing the "holy shit" reaction by a lot of people. Very neat, but nothing to piss ourselves over lol

R-trailking-S: I would totally love to see any bird in that type of setting... would be amazing to have the rider coming off a lip, and have like a dove/pigeon fly right above him slow mo too... Now THAT would be something to holy shit over, at the chance coincidence Razz

Again, cool vid, but I am sticking to my "nothing to holy shit" over argument. (As Bedgebury put so awesomely!)
  • + 1
 eh well i wouldn't doubt if it was the first time for someone to see this so let em have their holy shit reactions... personally i did especially with the shifting shot and again, the last shot. its damned impressive and possibly ok for people to wet themselves over because this kind of production quality is rare... just look at how much "holy shit" reactions life cycles is getting.
  • + 1
 well slo-mo certainly isn't new, but I could watch downhill racing in slow motion all day - which is why I'm here and not watching TV
  • + 4
 be a very long day. lol
  • + 0
 poosticks and jizsplatt together at last.
  • + 1
 This... Is... AMAZING! :O

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! Smile

What's the song throughout? I want to bike to it too. Although I could do without the women's voice. Whilst it fits in here, it wouldn't on a trail.
  • + 1
 Its a sexy bike, but I find the Demo 8 too cheap in price compare to all other high end bikes. So if Im gonna buy a new high end bike I would go for a Demo 8, its world class and its cheap.
  • + 4
 gotta say ive never been a big kona fan, but this one looks alright.
  • + 1
 Cool video but nothing incredible about it.... there are other video used the lo mo thingy too and I think it looks better. Just my personal opinion.... still a nicely done though.
  • + 4
 That was the sickest F Big Grin Big Grin ING video i have ever seen!
  • + 2
 that was sick, i will definately be buying an Operator in the coming months. Props to Kona and Joe Smith
  • + 3
 I dont care if its an advertisement, that deserved VOD
  • + 2
 I liked seeing the tire deflection, makes me wonder what PSI he was running.
  • + 1
 Awesome editing. That video made me want to go out to Whistler and find out where exactly that rock with DETH painted on it is at [2:38].
  • + 2
 sick video!!! i find it funny how there is a close up of the chain feedback at 1:17
  • + 1
 This guy has absolutely phenomenal control of his bike. As you would expect from a world cup racer, really nice bike too. I like it alot!
  • + 1
 WOW, that was very well done. Best advertising I have seen in a while... and what amazing riding. Looks to me like Kona is more than just a beginner level bike.
  • + 3
 VOD VOD VOD VOD VOD VOD VOD VOD VOD VOD
  • + 3
 That is a fantastic advertisement.
  • + 3
 just like the KONA rentals at Whistler..sorta - hah!
  • + 0
 The slow motion got really annoying after a whie, it seemed like half was slow motion. Some of the shots were cool, but over all, I think they had a little too much.
  • + 2
 OMG soooooooooooo freakin fast
  • + 1
 Sick vid, like the bike. Just dont like the paint or decals, too cartooni, I know it souldnt matter.... but it does.
  • + 1
 some siiiiicccccckkkkkk riding, nicely complemented by some equally siiccckkkk video, nice!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Slow motion was used in good taste. I loved it, makes me wanna rip.
  • + 1
 same here man!! this vid makes me want to go out and RIP!! awsome riding,editing, and everything else!
  • + 2
 The new kona DH bike looks really coolz!!
  • + 2
 OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG
  • + 1
 Thats hella' impressive! Really really great footage, need to see more like this i believe!
  • + 2
 one of the best vids Big Grin worths to be vod
  • + 2
 Very good marketing Kona :Z
  • + 2
 One my favorite videos so far.
  • + 1
 agreed, great edit.
  • + 2
 the kona actually looks ok!
  • + 4
 i fail to see why people think konas are so bad anyway?!
  • - 5
flag GoAnDRiDe (Sep 27, 2010 at 19:06) (Below Threshold)
 because they are,and dont quote me on this "only entry level bikes",or that seems to be the complaint i see most of the time,deffinatly a mind changer this operator though
  • + 3
 I don't think its that they're actually bad bikes. Although I'm sure some will disagree there I'm sure.
But for me its more that they haven't really updated their design since they started using rebadged Turner Burners. :$
Could argue the same about Specialized, but they have pushed the fsr design way more than Kona have with the 4 bar.
  • + 2
 i agree as far as design goes they havent exactly pushed the boundaries but surely the fact that theres so many out there bought by people says something?! again i do kinda agree with the entry level statement but that depends entirely on the spec of the bike itself, i mean to be fair, if they were that bad famous/skilled riders wouldnt accept a sponsorship with them?! there are however better bikes out there for the money, hence why i sold my stab supreme and have ordered a mondraker. :-)
  • + 1
 lol,not that i really care but whyd i get neg propped i didnt even diss the bike,considering i like it?
  • + 0
 great shots. Nothing new from Kona it seems. They should win an award for not having to re-design anything for a decade.
  • + 1
 slo mo really makes 'sending it' look easy. nice vid.
  • + 0
 This new kona looks like a session 88 without the abp and full floater. According to this video it's very rippable
  • + 2
 Probably VOD tomorrow...
  • + 1
 awesome! i notice kona hav removed the dope arm!
  • + 2
 you mean the floating brake setup that they need to use because their design gives too much brake jack? good to see it's gone.
  • + 1
 thats the one! that was the only thing that bugged me about the '07 stab!
  • + 1
 probably not a tight chain
  • + 1
 sick riding. im liking the bike too
  • + 1
 Awesome video and an awesome rider! good effort all round!
  • + 1
 that is the sickest thing i`ve ever seen in my life
  • + 1
 OMG so SICK, make me want to ride my bike!!
  • + 1
 that bike would be waay better with a floating brake arm! braaap
  • + 1
 bad angles in the first few clips. makes me want a kona
  • + 2
 OMG wtf VOD PLS
  • + 2
 OMG SO SICK
  • + 1
 Soo sick... Saw them filming this.
  • + 1
 Cool enough to faint.......orz
  • + 1
 The first slow mo whip got me fired up to go kill it.
  • + 1
 Eff me - that made me want to run out and buy a Kona stat!
  • + 1
 Makes me want to go riding.......
  • + 1
 vod- this is so badass.
  • + 1
 awesome video.
  • + 1
 Nice work!
  • + 1
 my face just melted
  • + 1
 joke
  • + 0
 Those high speed camera shots are awesome!!!
  • + 1
 What a Boss
  • + 1
 vod tomorrow calling it
  • + 1
 Hells yeah! Ken
  • + 1
 thanks dude. smiley.
  • + 1
 wow !!!!!!!
  • + 1
 nice bike .....
  • + 1
 so sick
  • + 1
 my GOD
  • + 1
 last shot is sooo baller
  • + 1
 looking good joe
  • + 1
 45. close
  • + 0
 CANADIAN OPEN DH !! was up there when they were filming Razz
  • + 0
 me want
  • + 0
 thats one bad mofo
  • - 3
 Everything looks better in slow-mo.

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