I'll kick it off with this lil beauty:
actually all of his guys Vimeo Vids Rock!
... Over to you STW people.
ROAM does it for me - specifically the Whistler section, really captures what MTB is about
Earthed 3 for me.
There was one posted a we while back showing guys ona very narrow path looks fab.
Cant remeber what it was called.
A collection of fatties
Follow me, 3 minute gaps and 3focus
Just some of the camera angles and general filming are pretty cool and amazing riding/ scenery/locations make them my favourites.
Liked roam, I think I preferred seasons personally. There's something inspiring about seeing people who can ride a bike far more skilfully than I'll ever manage.
The sweary northerners vids are good for showing normal folk riding tricky stuff. I prefer the demonstration of riding ability aspect to the provocation aspect, intended or not.
I think Rupert likes them best of all
I just watched Vast again, and I reckon it takes the title for me. The riding's not the most jawdropping, not compared to your Collectives etc but it has a sense of humour, a great soundtrack, a good variety of interesting riding, and a better eye for the backdrop and situation than any others I can think of. Yep, pretty fab. And dirt cheap on itunes.
Can't go too wrong with Seasons though.
I'm with Northwind. I LOVED Vast when I saw it at the same screening as Lifecycles. Lifecycles was beautifully made but didn't make me want to ride my bike in the same way as Vast. I like the fact that although I know I'll never ride as well as them, the riding seems a little closer to achievable than a lot of the other videos.
Sprung 5 and yes a video
The Sprung vids were great. Got me into 'proper' mountain biking. Hilarious to watch now of course, some of that darth vader body armour... Chainspotting was also watched to death.
On the interweb it's this one as, for me, it totally encapsulates how much fun MTB is:
Dirt for me.
GlitterGary beat me to it. This is the best MTBing video ever made.
+100 for Dirt- JMC was a biking god! God rest his soul
Such a feel good film, it always makes me want to go ride my bike.
Also +1 for ROAM and the Collective.
Might i add Cassette
While its not an MTB film it is small wheelers at their very jaw dropping best. Bloody good soundtrack too....
There's two types of MTB movie for me: those that amaze and those that inspire. I'll never tire of seeing Mackaskill perform that front flip to flat off that bothy in Skye, nor of the big air movies; the kind of stuff that astounds me. As a couple of people said above, Vast is a good one to inspire since it combines the feel of a big movie with top riders, but in settings that are mostly realistic targets for the average rider. Ditto for Dirt.
I think Chris Askrigg manages to amaze and inspire better than anyone. There's no way I'll ever have 1% of his talent, but he makes me want to get on my bike more than anyone. A Hill in Spain is brilliant
My absolute very favourite at the moment is Danny Hart's World Champs winning run from Champery though. It sends shivers through me
As a full film then Seasons is probably the most complete. Earthed 4 is a cracking watch too.
Short videos then I'd agree with stilltortoise re Danny Hart although the Sweary Northerners never fail to raise a smile.
Some nice riding on a hardtail round whistler, definately putting a trip there on the bucket list!
I also remember a video i saw ages ago of some guys attempting dh on kids balance bikes, probably the funniest mtb vid i've seen, but I can't find it now
Clorophilia and Life Cycles. As mentioned elsewhere, Life Cycles is a bit pretentious but it is well edited and beautifully shot.
Klunkerz is the all time greatest. The most inspiring video I've seen yet. It goes way beyond just being a history documentary.
The last sequence of Follow Me in NZ for me. Never fails to make me want to ride my bike.
The way bobby sees it.
Joe Barnes one is great.. love the use of a bit of Pat Benatar!
That hardtail bloke in Whistler - is he really small or are his bars really wiiiiide?
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