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INTO THIN AIR

Harald Philipp & Martin Falkner explore the Ortler region with their bikes, riding some gnarly summits and steep slopes.

114 Comments

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 I read in a magazine "The word ""epic"" is defined as a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. In the mountain bike dictionary, the word steals ""the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures"" and adds ""while on a 30 - 50 mile mountain bike ride"". Epic rides were the reason mountain buikes were invented and still many may represent the strongestargument for thier existance.
Now, if you look at an epic simply in terms of mileage or time in the saddle, you are missing the point. sure, you could ride four 10 mile loops to accomplish an epic-length ride, but mileage alone does not make it epic. it is riding deep into the back country that truly defines an epic ride. riding to a location in one day that few hikers could make in two days is a reward that will last far longer than the memory of your tired legs or sunburned arms." And I think this video couldnt get anymore epic!...

Just a beautiful film thank you guys
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 Wow, thanks man
  • + 13
 hopefully one day i will get the chance to do some riding like that
  • + 17
 Honestly, I'm in awe. That's such a epic and beautiful story and video, Im going xc riding today and every time i get tiered I'll think to my self, wtf they climbed mountains so man up and push on! SICK VOD.
  • + 8
 I was on a flight over the alps this week on my way into Italy, certainly the most beautiful place in the world. I remember looking down thinking, "wish I could ride my bike down there". Sadly I cant, so this video will just have to do, and a good one at that
  • + 8
 This is the most beautiful film i have ever seen. So truly epic.
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 Beautifully shot!
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 Cali to Whistler road-trip, epic
  • + 1
 are these the same people who made coffee in a VOD a few months ago, when people were all upset about coffee in a video? awesome video for sure, too bad im working and cant get my stoke on!
  • + 1
 On of the best video on pinkbike, riding, scenery, feeling of adventure, amazing Big Grin
  • + 1
 This kind of videos are the ones that make you get on your bike and ride it for all the time that you want, if when i grow up, and im still being able to ride my bike (for sure i will be doing it!), I want to have that kind of life... just 4 more years, and I will do a radical change on my life, im no kidding, @infinitetrails. Thank you for share a part of your lifes in 8 minutes, you guys give me inspiration for not to sit on my butt this afternoon and get some EPIC riding!
@jermack360 thank you mean for your wikipedia answer! Smile
Happy trails bikes!
  • + 2
 i wish there was a video of the whole journey, however long it is i would watch it.
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 What is the second song?
  • + 33
 this is honestly one of the best production videos ive seen and fricking amazing scenery, love it
  • + 6
 very epic!!! I love the down hills.... smooth riding, very pretty
  • + 5
 I 3 MTB
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 i 3 it also
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 Ummmmm, i think I ♥ MTB is what you were aiming for?
  • + 9
 That is it for sure.
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 woooowwwww, not sure what happened there. it held down alt and pressed 3 on the num pad and it makes a heart. when i reloaded the page it came up with that...... ♥♥♥♥
  • + 2
 one of the best videos i've seen in a long, long, long time.
  • + 1
 whats the song?
  • + 11
 nice video, really captures the most important aspect of mountainbiking: the mountain. real mountainbiking, where it is the mix between all sorts of disciplines (downhill, XC, enduro, and trial). LOVE it
  • + 11
 If video of the year existed, I would vote for this edit, and I'd like to think that it would win
  • + 8
 Just the pure skill of these guys is amazing enough to make it VOD, the add the EPIC videography and scenery makes it the BEST VID OF PINKBIKE.
  • + 3
 I'll be honest I haven't even finished watching this yet but already I feel the need to say congratulations on this, I haven't any words to describe how good it is, but it really is breath taking, well done guys Smile
  • + 6
 This is the best video I have ever seen. Ever.
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 + 1 that statement
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 wow guys that was a great vid. its nice to see some trail riding (and some climbing haha) for a change. nice skills on the rocky technical stuff as well. to me this is what mountain biking is all about; just an adventure with your buddies riding amazing landscapes. that snow looks super fun as well! this vid is refreshing, and inspiring.
  • + 3
 amazing! But using a song that danny mac has had in his edits should be made illegal! Razz
  • + 1
 god damn that's insane, the fear isn't in the speed or any huge jumps, it's the sheer drop that's below if you make the slightest miscalculation, that's a feeling you'd never forget!
  • + 3
 That was probably the best thing I've ever seen on pinkbike. Amazing, absolutely perfect
  • + 4
 The best mtb video I have ever seen Smile
  • + 1
 Paused studying for an AP history test to watch this vod...probably shouldn't have because now I can't think of a good reason I need to study a textbook about the world rather than on my bike actually experiencing the world.
  • + 1
 everytime i watch this video it just makes me want to go ride! this is seriously one of my favorite videos, i love everything about it, music choice, trails riding everything its just awesome!
  • + 1
 makes me feel better about my DH race that im supposed to be doing now and instead lying in bed with my broken wrist :L great vid and deserves VOD soo much
  • + 1
 FoD? bummer. hope it heals soon.
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 yh, the fod mini, so annoyed & thanks mann Wink
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 haha gotta get that first air mattress decent!
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 this vid is the roots of biking ,dh, am or xc just being outside and riding at the end its all that counts ,great vid ,thx for this momment i had watching this.
  • + 1
 def epic, good riding in the thin air, four words for u guys "British Columbia Bike Race", hopefully see ya there, peace.....Krow
  • + 1
 they climb above 12,000 ft!! that video is beautiful! I like the parts that they take breaks, to enjoy the scenery AND a cup of fresh made coffee....
  • + 1
 That frigid looking stream crossing just made me shudder -- BRRRRRR! Kudos to the riders and camera man, you guys are surely MEN.
  • + 1
 Please tell me those two guys are fully sponsored by a major bike company. They deserve it, and that video would certainly help sell a bike. Just awesome!
  • + 2
 It's a grey foggy Sunday morning here...watching this has cheered me up no end..beautifully shot.
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 The alps are amazing 3
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 Not sure words can describe that!..........
  • + 3
 this is mountain biking
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 Man... This is such an amazing video! haha it was beautiful and f*cking AMAZING!!!! Great video... Thank u pinkbike Smile
  • + 1
 Wow that was incredibly good. We're so lucky to get such amazing videos for free on here Smile
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 This is superb..... what an adventure
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 VOD. Just VOD. You have to do this before you die. That's it.
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 Very nice edit you did here Smile
VOD!!
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 2:50, now thats what i call trust in your tyres! VOD definitely
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 and brakes. what would happen if they didnt work...
  • + 1
 Freel Peak 10,886 feet, Hiking the DH on a hikers only trail and bombin from the top of the tahoe basin. whos with me.?
  • + 1
 One of my faves.brings back the simple love of biking. man, machine and mountain.
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 This is the true meaning of Mountain Biking, in 8mins
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 fez-me fechar os olhos e encher os pulmoes; imaginar que estou a respirar o mesmo ar da montanha que voces.
Epico
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 the second song reminds me of Danny Macaskill (i might have spelt his name wrong)
  • + 2
 wow thats a proper adventure
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 Goosebumps so big my skin hurts... Want to ride now.
  • + 1
 why is this only vod now? i saw this like a week ago
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 this vas already vod
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 I hope going there a day.
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 Amazing video. How can it get any better?
  • + 1
 pleeeeease upload to vimeo!!
  • + 1
 this video gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
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 This is camera work and direction at its best .... FANTASTIC
  • + 1
 The sounds of children laughing makes my eyes bleed.
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 Esos cascos no sirven de mucho, si te caes te rompes la cara.
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 That looks like so much fun riding in the snow... I really wanna do that
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 VOD!
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 Sickest vid ever seen
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 incredible!! but only one thing.. the location is Bormio..not Bornio..Smile
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 i didnt wright that that by the way my sister was on my account
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 epic riding and epic terrain
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 whats the song at 5:00 min
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 Wax and Wire - Loch Lomond, its in the credits at the end of vid Wink
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 Video of the day? Video of the year!
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 very nice :o) VOD
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 This is sick, definitely got my vote for VOD!!!
  • + 1
 I love all these vids coming out of the Alps! Keep'm coming!
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 now that's proper mountain-bikingSmile
  • + 0
 'most boring VOD ever' oh well,it's just as we don't all think alike! to me this was just beautiful.
  • + 1
 Getting stoked shouldn`t be banned.. Because I just got. So much..
  • + 1
 one of the best videos i´ve seen on PB
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 amazing edit, quality, rider... this video is evry thing!!!!
  • + 1
 One of the best mountain biking videos I have ever seen, no doubt.
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 VOD! Amazing Smile very nice video and edit guys!
  • + 1
 Probably the best VOD iv seen on here! And riding is quality!
  • + 1
 VOD
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 Amazing endurance and visualy stunning ,so glad you filmed this 3700 meteres without a helicoptor. You guys deserve a nice cold beer and a hot tub sesh after that epic hike a bike.
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 cool
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 new breed of biking !!
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 awsomeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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 Daumen hoch!!!!
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 love it
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 amazing, VOD!
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 "I want my two dollars"
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 amazing! must be VOD Smile
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 WOW
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 completely amazing
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