- New Akrigg vid
I think the steep hillside bit is just on the outskirts of Skipton at the end of the Roman Road. The first climb at about 50s onwards is up Rocky Valley on Ilkley Moor.
Yeh, that’s Jenny Gill Woods. He seems to like it up there, it’s featured on two or three of his videos.
The ease with which he flies up that Rocky Valley climb is depressing!Posted 7 months agomilky1980Member
Do like his videos, always different to the mainstream stuff. Also like the way he leaves in the odd error like a rock strike or a rear wheel missing a rut, makes it much more believable. When is a big bike company gong to pick him up, seems strange he’s that good, well followed but on Mongoose.Posted 7 months agopedladMember
Love his videos – that bit at 1:40 with the manual off the rock at the end.
Noticed on this, some of his other videos that he seems to run his forks mega stiff. Taking big hits and not using anywhere near the full travel. I wonder if this is a trials thing – more pop ?Posted 7 months agodumbbotMember
+1 to a lot of the comments here, his videos are terrific. I’m also baffled by the Mongoose affiliation, has anyone actually seen one in a shop in the last 10years? I remember they were cool BMX’s that I lusted after, with mag wheels…they look like shite mountain bikes though.Posted 7 months agoads678Member
TBH I don’t really care what he’s riding it just surprises me that he continues to ride bikes that generally look crap and you can’t seem to buy in the uk. I’d have thought he could get himself s much nicer bike.
Fair play to him though, he must like them and as said above, it shows that a 5k carbon wonder bike really doesn’t matter…Posted 7 months ago
The video is not the most technical riding Chris has ever put in a video for sure but it’s progressive ind orignal later on making a lot of what he;s riding look easy. The 90 degree endo to pedal stall to kickflip hop onto the rock at 2min 55ish is genius and he makes it look like nothing. watch it again and actually get your head round what he does then think about even just remembering the pedal position and timing required. He then rides up a rocky chute that may not look anywhere near as steep on film but you just know if you saw it in real life you’d have no chance cleaning it in a oner given all day to try. Infact I doubt many could nail the power wheelie turn into it he does before even tackling the chute
I love every video Akrigg does because you can see from simple stuff like little the leaf kick outs he does rolling down a simple bit of trail near the beginning that the guy just loves riding.Posted 7 months ago
Lots of bobbing up and down in short burst that no one would maintain for long.
It’s how he rides, pure power but with finesse and accuracy. The guy’s been doing it so long he’s built to sustain exactly those repeated efforts. It’s fairly obvious from your comment you don’t. So probably wouldn’t maintain it for very long. No.
Take some advice from this guy on your stamina 😉Posted 7 months agokerleyMember
I remember they were cool BMX’s that I lusted after, with mag wheels
They weren’t even good BMXs. Even the Supergoose was a heavy old thing compared to decent BMX’s like Hutch, Robinson, Race Inc etc,.
However, I can’t see the problem with him riding for Mongoose, swap the bike for a Santa Cruz Chameleon and would he be doing anything different, no he wouldn’t.Posted 7 months agoSuperficialMember
The ‘problem’ with Akrigg is that he has a knack for making very difficult riding look easy because he’s so smooth over gnarly awkward terrain. Even from his pure trials days he’d be finding the most awkward natural lines which were technically very hard but never looked especially hard unless you really knew what you were watching. As a result he’d never have the mass appeal of someone like Danny Mac, for example.
I enjoyed that video. Very smooth riding and as above there are some very tech lines that no one on here could clean. But it wasn’t jaw-dropping in the way some videos are.
As for why Mongoose – I’ve seen a video where he says he’s very grateful for them for sticking with him after his accident when it was far from clear he would ever ride (well) again. So there’s that. And probably a decent enough paycheck for him? I wonder if Mongoose just use him to play to their US market? Paint the illusion of a global brand? I’ve always thought it was a weird association but it seems to have worked for both parties for a number of years. And the videos keep coming so who are we to complain?Posted 7 months ago
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