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Go Back to the Birth of Freestyle Mountain Biking with ‘The Moment’

It's hard to imagine in today's era of freestyle mountain biking and seemingly limitless progression, but at one point, the concept of freestyle mountain biking was highly controversial. And the new film The Moment–out todayprofiles those early rebels who openly defied the mountain biking culture at the time and helped birth a new sport.

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With mountain biking by and large headed in the direction of racing, groups of renegade daredevils in the backwoods of British Columbia were experimenting with a groundbreaking concept: Actually riding the natural features of a mountain, downhill, with some amount of style. 

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Those early B.C. crews were anchored by freestyle legends like Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and Brett Tippe, pioneers of the movement who used their bodies as currency in advancing the sport. 

On bikes hardly recognizable by the high-tech standards of modern times, the early freestyle riders endured wild crashes, countless physical traumas and were at times ostracized for their devotion to the burgeoning sport.

On bikes that look like carrier bikes compared to the technological marvels of today, freestyle mountain biking was born from the devotion of its first wave. The Moment photo.

It wasn't always pretty–the tolls of advancing the sport ultimately claimed the life of Dave Swetland–but the early pioneers ultimately are responsible for the level of riding we enjoy today. Buy The Moment today to learn more about the early days of freestyle.

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Specialized Just Dropped the Best Marketing Video Ever Made
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Specialized Just Dropped the Best Marketing Video Ever Made

Specialized Just Dropped the Best Marketing Video Ever Made

Specialized’s marketing department deserves an Oscar for this one. Do you follow anything about mountain biking on the internet? Then you’ll love this, and yes, it’s all in the details. Not really sure what my favorite part of this guy is, but there’s everything from “looks like a session,” “never go full enduro,” to a questionable new EDM soundtrack courtesy of the world’s best-looking mountain bike DJ. We also get to take a peek into Specialized’s design process. No, really, we do. Oh

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No Surprise, Calvin Huth Drops Another Clean Edit
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No Surprise, Calvin Huth Drops Another Clean Edit

No Surprise, Calvin Huth Drops Another Clean Edit

Does Calvin Huth actually sleep? We're beginning to ponder that question here at the TGR office because the guy turned yet another edit this month. As usual, each of his films has their own distinct flair. This time it's back to Huth's backyard we go—Vancouver Island. The enchanting foggy rainforest is quickly overshadowed by Alex Volokhov's grit on a bike. Not only does he float high through the air, but the guy picks himself from a burly fall.  Taking a second to shake off the crash, he

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Kilian Bron Continues to Rip  Anything But Dirt
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Kilian Bron Continues to Rip Anything But Dirt

Kilian Bron Continues to Rip Anything But Dirt

We’re convinced at this point that Kilian Bron doesn’t actually ever mountain bike on dirt. The other day he dropped a video of him cruising down the world’s tallest sand dune, now he’s bombing through pow at La Clusaz. Watch as the skiers pause in disbelief as Bron cruises by. Bron definitely seems a bit crazy, but we're fine with that so long as he keeps injecting his outlandish ingenuity and creativity into the sport. Now, the real question is: What’s will Kilian ride