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  • Wild West vs Wales – Video Head To Head
  • stwhannah
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    Two new video releases from this week – which gets your adrenaline pumping, your feet carrying you to the shed, your braking fingers twitching? Wild W …

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    desperatebicycle
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    Van Steenbergen is quite ridiculous. Love the early parts of the vid, where you can really see how fast he is. But yeah, ridiculous.

    thegeneralist
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    Is it a trick question?
    The first video showed someone doing amazing stuff that I could never dream of. The second video was just sone blokes riding in a forest. I’m guessing they were doing it infinitely faster and slicker than I could, but didn’t really have much of an impact.

    lister
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    Is it a trick question?
    The first video might as well have been on the moon. Top skills and great to watch but utterly off the achievable scale for 99% of people.
    The second video showed the dirty fun reality of Welsh/British riding and made me want to go straight off to the woods.

    Horses for courses eh?

    hexhamstu
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    I’m guessing they were doing it infinitely faster and slicker than I could, but didn’t really have much of an impact.

    Ride there all the time, they’ve ridden it infinitely faster and as you say, made it look easy.

    steamtb
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    Possibly going against the tide of opinion, but I much preferred the second video. Great riding on the kinds of trails I love and it just makes me want to get my bike out! 🙂

    DickBarton
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    I stopped watching the jump one as it did nothing for me…it is so far removed from my riding that it is of no interest – I find the same with Danny’s videos as well although those have a bit of a story to them so end up watching them all. Impressed with their skill, but it isn’t enough to make me watch.

    The Welsh one was more like my riding (although far faster and also much more air!) and seemed more watchable as it is mates riding and chatting.

    Seriously impressive abilities but the actual riding a bike ones are far more interesting and entertaining…the scenery tends to produce the WOW! factor whereas the jump videos seem to be the actual jumps they are doing that gives the WOW! but after the first one the rest get boring.

    Looks like it is time for my afternoon nap as reading that back I’m sounding seriously grumpy with the world – hadn’t realised I was!!!

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    jump videos

    pretty sure there was only about 3 actual jumps in it.

    malv173
    Full Member

    Both great in their own right, but TVS wins it for me. That foot-plant front-flip off the drop is totally bonkers!

    Lovely bit of riding from Mike and Cai, though.

    Jordan
    Full Member

    Both brilliant for different reasons but the Welsh one looks more fun and inspires me more!

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Maybe just me but I love that the TVS vid leaves in slightly iffy landings etc- so many of these vids are so clinical and perfect, you can lose a bit of the reality of how crazy they are. Like, Brandon Semenuk’s riding is mindblowing but his vids are just that little bit too inhumanly perfect for me.

    But I prefered the Welsh vid, and not by a little bit. It’s more… relevant I guess, relatable, it’s “riding only better” not elevated off to some insane unachievable level. Like, for me to have learned to ride like TVS, he’d have had to have killed my family when I was a child, and then I’d been been adopted by shaolin bike monks and trained from infancy to defeat him. But the Welsh one? That’s beyond me, to ride like that, but I could get close just by trying really really hard to git gud, practicing and training properly, etc. I won’t obviously, I’m old and lazy and I enjoy not practicing and training and just riding my bike pretty well. But, you know, in theory I probably could.

    (probably the same reason my favourite bike film ever isn’t Seasons, or NWD, or any of that- it’s Vast)

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