Shreddin' in the 90's

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  • 12-10-2012
    Dion
    Shreddin' in the 90's
    I love this. The hit everything from street, trials, jumps and trail.

  • 12-10-2012
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Hard to believe they were able to pull those tricks off without faggy suspension or baggy shorts!!! Wow! :lol: Fannypacks for teh win!!! :rolleyes:

    So who were those guys (obviously Spaniards), and where are they today?
  • 12-10-2012
    MTBerNick
    The super long manuals are impressive!
  • 12-10-2012
    lidarman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Hard to believe they were able to pull those tricks off without faggy suspension or baggy shorts!!! Wow! :lol: Fannypacks for teh win!!! :rolleyes:

    So who were those guys (obviously Spaniards), and where are they today?


    ...and can you believe they made that without a GoPro? This must be fakery! ;)

    Best vid in a while. So fresh and so dated at the same time.
  • 12-10-2012
    guilev
    This is awesome for so many reasons! Obviously the skills, but also the white cotton t-shirts with spandex shorts, the fanny pack, toe clips, etc. awesome!

    I think what amazed me about this video is that the guys climb a mountain and we don't even see them ripping down. The movie just ends showing how great of a climb that was! :thumbsup:

    Thanks for sharing!
  • 12-10-2012
    ferday
    Love how they rode seemingly 100km and pinned it the entire way

    Great vid dion, that ruled on multiple levels
  • 12-11-2012
    Snfoilhat
    So many stony-faced people. Seeing that riding makes me smile.
  • 12-11-2012
    Mylo_
    Awesome! :thumbsup:
  • 12-11-2012
    jrm
    yeah Pat Benatar
    Dug the nose wheelie 180
  • 12-11-2012
    53119
    cool post, Dion. almost makes me miss my '92 db apex!
  • 12-11-2012
    B-Mac
    Great vid!!!
  • 12-11-2012
    PSE
    top video! :thumbsup:
  • 12-11-2012
    Dion
    I wanted to post this because it seems everybody gets caught up in upgrading, wheel size, head angles, dropper posts, weight, etc. And then you watch something like this and realize that is IS possible you don't "need' all those crutches.

    I am equally as guilty of that, but I do ride my 1986 Rockhopper 90% of the time.

    The true point is to stop over analyzing your set-up and go out and shred. I have friends that spend more time nitpicking details of geometry angles and +/- millimeter differences in bar width - than just flowing.

    I think this video shows what MTB'ing can be when we don't limit ourselves to fit within riding categories i.e., "I'm a downhiller" or "I'm a XC rider". MTB'ing can be all in one, limited by only your creativity.

  • 12-11-2012
    Gasp4Air
    Orange frames. Have they always been popular?
  • 12-11-2012
    sxotty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lidarman View Post
    ...and can you believe they made that without a GoPro? This must be fakery! ;)

    Best vid in a while. So fresh and so dated at the same time.

    Yeah I know I was like dang I cant imagine filming this back then :) Seriously awesome though. I don't miss my first HT though.
  • 12-11-2012
    1 cog frog
    Nice!
    You should post that in the VRC, great stuff! Imagine, doing all that on a rigid 21 speed steel framed TREK with 2.0 tires no less! :thumbsup:
  • 12-11-2012
    Katz
    Canti-lever brakes, a booster, and two-finger braking. Good 'ol days...
  • 12-11-2012
    _Alberto_
    Two fawking OG's right there. That was an awesome video
  • 12-11-2012
    roke_mnt
    Full video
    I found the original video in spanish, full length including the descent...

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-uyA6vL3VJ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 12-11-2012
    Wildebeast
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Hard to believe they were able to pull those tricks off without faggy suspension or baggy shorts!!! Wow! :lol: Fannypacks for teh win!!! :rolleyes:

    So who were those guys (obviously Spaniards), and where are they today?

    They probably flew off a big cliff and died in the making of part 2. ;)


    I have really been wanting to improve my technical riding skills I am thinking I need to pull out the old rockhopper and put it back into action. Any better Ideas? Think this is a good idea? I'll be wearing the fanny and cotton tee of course when I do.:thumbsup:
  • 12-11-2012
    manpurse
    How could they possibly ride like that without tapered headtubes, 2x10 drivetrains, and narrower than 2.4" tires?!? Video must be fake.
  • 12-11-2012
    stremf
    Enjoyed that vid immensely. Thanks for posting.
  • 12-11-2012
    Dion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rossluzz View Post
    How could they possibly ride like that without tapered headtubes, 2x10 drivetrains, and narrower than 2.4" tires?!? Video must be fake.

    It is fake. You really need all that stuff to shred. Don't forget 1.5 clamp X 31" handlebars and through axles.
  • 12-12-2012
    Rumpfy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I am equally as guilty of that, but I do ride my 1986 Rockhopper 90% of the time.

    The true point is to stop over analyzing your set-up and go out and shred. I have friends that spend more time nitpicking details of geometry angles and +/- millimeter differences in bar width - than just flowing.

    I think this video shows what MTB'ing can be when we don't limit ourselves to fit within riding categories i.e., "I'm a downhiller" or "I'm a XC rider". MTB'ing can be all in one, limited by only your creativity.

    The average mountain biker was more skillful back then. :p Suspension/technology has really allowed people to get away with things you never could with a vintage ride.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 1 cog frog View Post
    You should post that in the VRC, great stuff! Imagine, doing all that on a rigid 21 speed steel framed TREK with 2.0 tires no less! :thumbsup:

    We loved it, we live it. :D
  • 12-12-2012
    dru
    Dion, watched that yesterday, and have to say that was awesome. Sure makes some B.S. out of all the crap people insist is necessary these days. The only thing those guys weren't hitting was huge drops, go figure! Thank you for digging it up!
  • 12-12-2012
    JoePAz
    Very cool. I love how they did all that on some old school gear. Of course it was modern gear given the time of the video. Still proves that skilled riders can do quite a lot with simple bikes.

    Interesting in that when they did take jumps it was rear wheel down to absorb the load.

    From a skill perspective it really makes me want to learn how to do trials.
  • 12-18-2012
    Howley
    Even older (not better)
    A few years ago for my 50th birthday an old super 8 movie of me and the guys in Sun Valley Idaho (1986) was converted to digital you tube:

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nO3B7jJaxb0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 12-18-2012
    Salespunk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Wildebeast View Post
    They probably flew off a big cliff and died in the making of part 2. ;)


    I have really been wanting to improve my technical riding skills I am thinking I need to pull out the old rockhopper and put it back into action. Any better Ideas? Think this is a good idea? I'll be wearing the fanny and cotton tee of course when I do.:thumbsup:

    This will get it done and more people should do it. BTW for big drops just watch any trials video and you will see how important suspension is to land a 10' drop. It is absolutely superfluous:thumbsup:
  • 12-19-2012
    TraxFactory
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    Nice find! Friction shifters! Narly Dude..
  • 12-19-2012
    Dion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    Interesting in that when they did take jumps it was rear wheel down to absorb the load.

    That's the way we used to jump our BMX bikes. We ran 100psi in our tires for flatland (ground tricks), but would also hit jumps and drops with that much PSI, so using that old "pedal-off" trials technique helped us land a lot.
  • 12-19-2012
    cerrogordo
    The narrator is speaking about the history of the bicycle.
  • 12-19-2012
    LostBoyScout
    The music is as varied as the riding. I miss those days of trials riding my XC bike (which was also my everything bike). I can't trials any of my bikes very well any more because the suspension eats it all up (just like everything else).

    New technology is good I believe but our dependence on it is far too great, yes.
  • 12-20-2012
    Sheepo5669
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Howley View Post
    A few years ago for my 50th birthday an old super 8 movie of me and the guys in Sun Valley Idaho (1986) was converted to digital you tube:

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nO3B7jJaxb0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    WOW! I have ridden up that very same mountain(if that is Baldy pictured). Very cool video, thanks for posting.

    Love sun valley! May have to move there and become a bike bum.:D
  • 12-20-2012
    Sheepo5669
    Here is mine! They definitely dont build them like they used to.
    70* HTA and a long wheelbase make for a sweet riding 26er :thumbsup:

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    My 85 Schwinn Cimarron. Hand brazed/lugged in chicago.

    Somewhat modernized with Mavic UST wheels, clipless pedals, XTR v brakes, and 660mm bar

    26 pounds! Which is featherlight for 1985 :)
  • 12-20-2012
    JoePAz
    Wow... what a stem!
  • 12-20-2012
    Sheepo5669
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    Wow... what a stem!

    150mms of vintageness
  • 12-20-2012
    TiGeo
    Yep..sick. Riding 1" rigid forks, top mount shifters, canti brakes, tubes, 3x7 drivetrains, bar end, and toe clips....we don't need to stinkin' innovations! This is when I started riding...love it! Just goes to show you don't need a 10" travel bike with a dropper post to get it done.
  • 12-20-2012
    Captain Cobb
    So this is where Danny Macaskil got his inspiration.
  • 12-20-2012
    BeanMan
    Great Video, I couldn't quite shake the notion that those boys on bikes with white shirts weren't somehow Mormon Missionaries:)
  • 12-22-2012
    M-Train
    Some of the thoughts I had while watching this were-
    -They looked completely normal (for mountain bikers) at that point in time.
    -I remember bringing an extra cotton t-shirt in my backpack so I could change into a dry one at the top of the climb
    -those guys are badasses
    -think how silly the pajama style, flat brimmed hats are gonna feel in 20 years when they see pictures of themselves, especially considering how ridiculous current fashion looks right now. I guess you could say that about people putting all that "product" in their hair to make it stand up as well.
    -I never have dreams where I'm flying, but sometimes I dream I can ride a wheelie and manual like them.

    Thanks for the cool video.
  • 12-24-2012
    Oni
    nice video
    Brought back a lot of found memories. Those guys are pretty skilled. Nice to see them doing all that on one bike. And the Scott bash guard bar! Vintage.

    Oni
  • 12-24-2012
    fastcatfear
    So what year did helmets come to be recognized as important? This is asked as a 38 year old having worn a cycling helmet for the first time three years ago.

    P
  • 12-25-2012
    JUNGLEKID5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Howley View Post
    A few years ago for my 50th birthday an old super 8 movie of me and the guys in Sun Valley Idaho (1986) was converted to digital you tube:

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nO3B7jJaxb0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    howley is that you trying to flip over your bars..
  • 12-25-2012
    dru
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fastcatfear View Post
    So what year did helmets come to be recognized as important? This is asked as a 38 year old having worn a cycling helmet for the first time three years ago.

    P

    It's never too late you know. I started wearing one when I got halfway serious about the sport when I was your age.

    Luck plays a role for good and bad.

    1, I have a healed skull fracture from a helmetless crash onto concrete at 7 years old. Parents thought it was just a concussion and didn't bother with the hospital.

    2, I know two guys who are f&*ked from a bicycle crash (dirt jumping) and MC road racing. Both were wearing helmets and both went into comas. When they came back they weren't the same guys anymore, and not for the better.

    Drew
  • 12-25-2012
    boostin
    That vid makes me want to get out and play on my bicycle more than most of the shred vids out these days!

    Cool find and yes throwing the rear down to cushion the landing is standard fair for sketchy BMX / DJ action.