Let’s kick this week off with a fresh load of dialed photos. This time around we’ve got a bunch of park, street and trails photos from photographer, Eric Silver, from Delaware. We don’t really see a ton of footage or photos from that area but based on this gallery, they’ve got a real strong scene in the area and some real talented riders. We’ve got 21 shots for you to get a look at, so hit the link below to take it all in!
I’ve heard about people doing barspin tailwhips, and I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever seen somebody do one until now. Check out Charlie Gumley throwing down a perfect “Twix Air”. I’m definitely mind blown by this.
Filmed and edited by Greg Phillips
I’m not really sure where time has been going lately, but it’s been flying. Another week has passed and it’s already time for a new Video Recap. I went through the 170 or so posts from the past week in the Daily Section and picked out some of the best videos for you guys to check out. This week we’ve got 16 videos featuring Ruben Alcantara, Matt Roe, Jason Enns, Ryan “Biz” Jordan, Tammy McCarley, Corey Bohan, Steven Hamilton, Stefan Lantschner, Rob DiQuattro, Paul Ryan, Anthony Napolitan, Lahsaan Kobza, Scotty Cranmer, Arnaud Wolff, Nick Bullen, Chase DeHart and more for you to check out. So let’s get into it!
Anyone who checks this site on the regular knows from time to time I can sound like a broken record. If I got a dollar for every time I said something along the lines of complete BMX bikes these days are amazing, I’d probably be able to quit my real job and update The Union from a private island. Even though I say it all the time, I do honestly mean it. When I started riding about 12 years ago, bikes were on a whole different planet. Frames were made from tensile steel with massive drop outs, extra tubes just because and there was undoubtably some crazy geometry going on. Bikes came with one piece cranks standard, wheels bent in half when you couldn’t muscle the 40 pound bike past 90 degrees on a 180 and it wasn’t uncommon to see ball bearings blowing out of every part of the bike, even ones that didn’t have bearings.
BMX is still young in comparison to pretty much every other actual sport and with time. Mistakes will be made and learned from and technology will advance. Over those years, there’s been one brand that I’ve watched evolve their complete bikes range from some of those bikes I’ve described before to some of the most dialed bikes I’ve seen in the entire world. That brand would be Wethepeople.
This past September they debuted their 2013 complete bikes range at Interbike and I was honestly stuck drooling over the whole range. I couldn’t stop looking at all of the details the bikes had just thinking about how stoked I’d be to ride one of these bikes completely stock.
Then, the other day they dropped a video that showcased two of their higher end completes, The 2013 Trust and Reason, being pulled straight out of the box and handed over to two riders who were able to hop on them and do whatever they wanted with them. It got me thinking it would be cool to take a closer look at those bikes to see just why they’re special. Luckily, Paul Robinson over at Wethepeople was nice enough to hook it up with some photos they shot during the filming of the video (which can be found after the jump) and a couple photos of the bikes so I don’t completely bore you.
Let’s take a closer look…
Every year I get so stoked when this video drops. Paul Calvière goes through the year and collects the wildest riding from the year and puts it together into one banger edit recapping the entire years riding. The footage in this is a HUGE reminder of just how insane BMX progressed this year. I advise all of you to hit the play button.
What are some of the tricks that didn’t make it into this that you wish would have? Let’s hear it in the comments!
Here’s a wild clip that Eric Bahlman caught of Andy Leeland doing a double barspin crank arm grind. Yeah, you read that right. Hit the play button to see it. So wild.
How did nobody in the background not see this happen?