Video: Royal Fest 2018's Insane First Hits

Jul 2, 2018 at 1:41
by Pinkbike Staff  

When the riders arrived earlier last week their jaws hit the floor seeing the mountains Nico had sculpted. After checking the course top to bottom the excitement quickly grew and the guys were ready to test the course and make friends with the big beasts at the bottom.

Photo credit: Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer

Royal Fest 2018. Photo credit Eric Palmer



57 Comments

  • + 46
 Limits found.
  • + 9
 Maybe Fox should reuse some old Marzochi "not for downhill/extreme riding" sticker.
  • + 0
 @chyu: That shock saved his balls
  • + 31
 Nico is trying to kill his friends haha
  • + 27
 Next year: Hold My Beer Fest.
  • + 14
 It was a fox air can . . . .
  • + 12
 FACKN HELL!!! CRAZY SHIT!!! So they barely make these jumps on a MX and they go with the DH Bike? This is nuts!
  • + 12
 There were 2 different courses for MX & MTB
  • + 2
 @ericpalmer: yeah sure but he did the big shark fin where he crashed. thats what i meant
  • + 0
 @ericpalmer: No dude... that jump was the massive hip the MX guys weren't making. That's the craziest sh!t I've ever seen.
  • + 1
 ... and no throttle trim available for corrections in-air on a bike ... these guys are snipers.
  • + 1
 @Zany2410: Who's "he"? The MX shark fin was not the one on the MTB line...
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog: I think you're confused... there was an 11 hit MX line at the top of the hill that was completely separate from the MTB line, no one tried the MTB line shark fin on an MX bike.
  • + 12
 No way... Can it get more dangerous? I'm starting to believe that Rampage might be a safer place to ride than this course.
  • + 7
 which is worse — potentially rag dolling down a canyon after something goes wrong on your line at rampage or casing an 80 ft gap at royal fest? i’d say both have sizeable consequences. props to the guys who love the send
  • + 1
 @ride-801: or worse...when they send the 80ft gap 120ft...most brutal slap i've seen was from fest series.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR2BCOBrTrc

Glad to see Remy back on a bike for sure.
  • + 7
 That was sick, I can only imagine what it's like to watch this live!! How come Pastrana and his boys have never had a fest invite, I rekon carnage would be the only outcome!
  • + 9
 Is that a fox air can?
  • + 13
 Not anymore! Holy shit!
  • + 5
 @nug12182: I thought I was looking at some ghetto duct tape experiment that had gone wrong. Watched the video, yeah that's not really a shock any more....
  • + 0
 yah, Float X2 9.5x3 inch.
  • + 4
 its honestly impressive nothing else blew up on the bike, thats a huge impact
  • + 1
 @pingryj: ...nothing blew up on the BIKE??? How the hell did his legs not blow up?!
  • + 5
 @nuttypoolog: I'd say the shock played a part in that, sure it blew up, but on a f*cking huge case and the rider walked away. I'm pretty impressed tbh.
I'd rather buy a new shock than new legs.
  • + 5
 I don't think they would be riding these jumps if Nico didn't build them ????
  • + 4
 Welcome to the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests.
  • + 3
 Are those Fox Roost Guards decent for chest/back protection?
  • + 3
 I bought a 2018 proframe roost guard from fc-moto.de and it came with a proper rated back protector insert. Very comfy, solid fit and good back coverage.
  • + 1
 @9M119M1: ah sweet. looked them up and doesnt seem to have any ratings/certifications for it. maybe looking in the wrong places!
  • + 1
 @thompsy01: yeah I took a gamble on it since I didnt find any photos or descriptions for ratings either. maybe it changes for EU market or model year
  • + 2
 I remember my first insane hit. I now have two children and a mortgage. Just say no kids.
  • + 2
 Last photo says it all. Massive!!
  • + 1
 Nico is king! Thanks for all the hard work! Balls to the walls can only imagine seeing those jumps.
  • + 2
 I cannot wait for this edit.
  • + 2
 Rip air can, you’ll be missed
  • + 1
 Life lesson: If you have balls, use them
  • + 1
 My palms are sweating just from watching this.
  • + 1
 "In the next Fest episode watch Nico killing his friends."
  • + 1
 Those jumps are insane Eek
  • + 1
 Nico you mad man... insane lines these dudes are hiting on dh bikes
  • + 1
 If they could make a fest fmb event ????????????????????????
  • + 1
 Dude, Damon is a fucking animal
  • + 1
 gonna need a lot of lawyers for those cases
  • + 2
 No lawyer is gonna handle that kind of case.. Those guys don't even respect the law of gravity!
  • + 1
 I'm impressed,...and that stepup...mega!
  • + 1
 No way can they clear the step up on DH bikes
  • + 5
 It was built for moto
  • + 3
 @ericpalmer: okay I wasn't listening to the audio as at work makes sense
  • + 1
 ... picking my jaw up off the ground!
  • + 1
 Legit mental.
  • + 1
 Damon’s bike holy shit
  • + 0
 LAWYER
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