Josh Stead: Huge backflip crash on the world's biggest BMX jumps!

Feb 13, 2012 at 15:14
by Unit Clothing  

THIS VIDEO IS DEDICATED TO THE GREAT DANE SEARLS. RIDE IN PEACE.

Josh Stead is a madman! During the final iconic session at Dane Searls' Giants Of Dirt BMX jumps, Dane invitied Josh to ride the jumps and join him as only the 2nd BMX rider to ever attempt the last massive 60ft jump.

Josh followed in Dane's footsteps, and on only his 3rd run of the jumps attempted the incredible!


Lucky to escape serious injury, Josh's courage shows the world what is possible on a bike while helping cement Dane's legacy in BMX history. May Dane's dream and sacrifice on the bike live on through up and coming riders forever.

Executive Producer:
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Special Thanks:
Shane Allchorn, Digger, Nick Richardson, Nick Cooper, Steve Sommerfeld, Tim Wood, Jed Mildon, Josh Stead, Robbie Stewart, Pat O'Neill, Brad Taylor, Darren Pokoj, Max Duff, Caroline Buchanan, Junior & Luke Bridges. Also a big thanks to Matt Schubring and his personal sponsors SP Tools and Orrcon Steel for supporting the Giants Of Dirt Project.

Produce/Film/Edit:
Allan Hardy

Additional Filming:
Jack Birtles
Michael Jennings

Graphic Design:
Thomas Smith

Sound Design:
Keith White

Helicopter Pilot:
Scott Menzies
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64 Comments

  • + 47
 Long live Dane's legacy, and awesome stuff by Josh Stead! Salute
  • + 1
 This is sick with Josh flipping that last 60 foot Dane will live on!!!
  • + 7
 Pure insanity. I have so much respect for anyone with the nuts to try that. It just goes to show that riders like Dane and Josh will continue to bring biking up to the level that nobody thinks is possible.
  • + 0
 I'd like to see what josh can do on those jumps, Dane made it sound like that was his first go at the 50 and 60
  • + 3
 it was joshs first attempt at the 60 footer
  • + 0
 that was knarly!
  • + 1
 @Rooker that was his 3rd hit on the 60 footer, first backflip attempt
  • + 1
 @spin2live it was his first attempt at both the 50 and 60 footer
  • + 1
 @Rooker "Josh followed in Dane's footsteps, and on only his 3rd run of the jumps attempted the incredible!"
  • + 1
 I think they where trying to say he took 3 runs, first 2 he hit the hip and the booter jumps than on the third he hit the third and decided to flip the 4th
  • + 1
 yea it had big writing on the screen saying first attempt 50+60ft
  • + 19
 I still don't understand why they jump with bmx! 75 HA, 27inch handlebar, 20inch wheels = very unstable... They got balls of steel and monstruous skills!
  • + 6
 I'm sorry, I thought you just said that doing it on a 26" bike takes less balls? Razz
  • + 6
 Way more pop with a bmx and those jumps are super smooth and you can get a lot more speed on the bmx.
  • + 10
 Haha RobbyBriers. it takes big balls too, but I think it's harder with a bmx...

I agree liamjumper but with a 26inch it's more stable and it "forgives" when you do a small mistake.

It's for these reasons I got a huge admiration for BMXer like Dane...
  • + 5
 +1, although your nickname is weird :p
  • + 2
 Haha! I'm sure every forum I go I can take the same nickname. Razz
  • + 7
 you can actually get a higher top speed with 26"...larger diameter has higher top speed, smaller diameter has higher acceleration. that's why road bikes don't use 20" wheels
  • + 10
 it doesn't take any more balls on a 20... you will get just as fucked up on a 26
  • + 3
 More speed because les lugg from suspension.
  • + 2
 how about a 26'' with rigid fork ?
  • + 3
 more speed cause of no suspension? c'mon, do you see them pedaling into them? and the trannies on them are so long 100mm or whatever is going to sap squat. bigger wheels get to higher speeds and are more stable at those speeds..

/bored
  • + 2
 bigdan30, you actually get a lot more speed on a 20". On a 26 you have a lower psi, which slows you, as well as suspension which takes speed on your landings. 26 wheels go faster over bumps compared to a 20, same principle with a 29er compared to a 26 for xc. I find it much easier to hit a lot trails on a bmx than a mtb cause i dont have to focus on keeping my speed, it just comes. on a mtb, you have to be perfect to keep speed, and you still wont be as fast. I ride both. Have fun on both. There are just a few differences between them. I know i would do these on a bmx before a mtb tho any day. I know it sounds kind of opposite of what it seems it should but get a bmx on a pump trank and see how fast you go compared to a mtb!
  • + 3
 I ride 26" on jumps... who said anything about low pressure? Pillowy feeling tires and suspension suck ass on dirtjumps, the fact that you said that 26's are like that almost makes me doubt you ride a 26 for jumping.
  • + 2
 from having ridden both for a long time, bmx's are a lot easier to jump than mtb's, even on bg stuff I prefer them, having big wheels is a false sense of security, bmx's are more controllable and easier to clear jumps with
  • + 1
 I think its all down to what you are comfortable with. Bmx racing taught me invaluable technique when it comes to jumping a bike.
  • + 2
 Woooooohhhh! It was just a opinion based on my personnal experience! Don't take it for money! xD But I'll be never comfortable with a bmx... Razz
  • + 5
 'opinion' - sorry, youre not allowed one of these
  • + 0
 bmxerjosh1, you can definitely get more speed on a pump track because the radius of the features is much smaller, so a BMX wheel rolls up it easier than a MTB could. But with jumps like these, full pressure tires (K-Rads for example hold up to 80 PSI) would have the speed because the jumps are so big, the radius doesn't matter. It's simple physics - roll a large and small wheel down a hill and see who wins; large will every time.
  • + 1
 i run almost 100 psi tires and my forks stiff as shit on a smooth surface like djs the speed is about the same
  • + 9
 They should have a dane searls memorial compition in memory of him.
  • + 5
 the recent jam at Cam White's trails was in memory of Dane
  • + 7
 i would say they should have a memorial jam at Dane's jumps, but well, yeah... they're kinda big...
  • + 2
 I agree with MrCrispy, I hope those jumps stick around for some other crazy ass dudes to ride.
  • + 1
 knowing schuie (the fmx rider who owns the land) they will be around for a long time, also schuie has like 180ft moto jumps right near them plus frestyle compound etc. with a jam it would be hard to run because even the worlds very best would have trouble getting through them
  • + 1
 well it sounds like they are on the right property then, good to hear!
  • + 7
 Who was that in the Red Bull full face at the end? An FMX rider or possibly Lacondeguy (Unit clothing on, O'Neal helmet), I'd be interested to find out if anyone knows.
  • + 4
 it's lacondeguy
  • + 2
 I want to see Andreu jump those "jams" soooo bad....
  • + 3
 Andreu was there and did hit them up and trick them.. Footage will surface soon i'm sure!
  • + 8
 yea ya mutha fukah!
  • + 2
 Yooo chiiillll with that. We all know you some bad mofos down under. Props to him anyway for sending that one and keeping those trails going. Has to be ONE OF the biggest hucks in 20" history!!!! I think there alot of riders that would mess with those jumps but not me. I would be taking pics at that track.
  • + 5
 This may sound stupid, but what happened to Dane Searls?!?
  • + 4
 Its hard to follow the great DANE SEARLS I'm glade to see his good friend JOSH STEAD throwing it down!
  • + 3
 Awesome. Ride in Peace DANE!
  • + 1
 this is sick!! and im not suprised Unit uploaded it, they always have had the crazziest riders aroound, Shred.In.Peace dane Searls!
  • + 1
 man i hit some shit, but i wouldn't even attempt hitting that even just doing tables....that is taking shit to the next level. RESPECT
  • + 3
 now someone tell somethin about bmxers...
  • + 3
 So sick, Josh Stead kills it!
  • + 2
 I cannot believe he walked away from that. So huge!!!
  • + 1
 RIP Dane, you will be missed as will your style, steez, skills and insanity for the big jumps...ride on bro!!!!
  • + 3
 thats insane...
  • + 1
 Cam Macaul could have stomped that  haha jj mad respect for that guy that was so sick. !!!!!
  • + 1
 The bike world will morn the lose of this Great and Inspiring rider for a long time. Ride In Peace Dane!
  • + 1
 what a fucking legend haha.
  • + 1
 someone must follow Dane Searls.....R.I.P
  • + 1
 he is nuts!!! but a fucking legend LONG LIVE DANE SEARLS
  • + 1
 Those would be fun to ride brakeless
  • + 1
 What ???Ride in peace =D
  • + 1
 Gnarly case
  • + 1
 What a Warrior!

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