Danny rides the ridges

I know how quickly these videos go viral….. Danny MacAskill

Danny MacAskill has gone back to his roots for his latest video, The Ridge, riding a mountain bike on the Cuillin Ridge on his home island, Skye.

Knife-edged and treacherous, the Cuillin Ridge is a famously hard series of mountains. The full traverse “should not be your first ambition in the Cuillin unless you are a highly competent mountaineer,” says skyeguides.co.uk. Perfectly sensible place to ride a mountain bike then.

Growing up on Skye, says MacAskill, he always wondered if he could ride his mountain bike up on the ridge. In this video, he finds out.

It’s great to see MacAskill bringing his skills to some old school wild mountain biking. This is the type of riding I fell in love with back in the mountain bike boom of the 1980s, though I did a lot more walking and falling off than MacAskill.

Danny with the boys bash barcelona

Taking a team of riders to a city overflowing with unique spots to ride is usually a safe bet to produce a new video – however, things are never that easy!

With Ali Clarkson and Sean Watson both on the injured list and Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw needing to leave the trip early, the pressure was on. Fortunately, between showers, slams and sangria all of the riders managed to make their mark on the streets of Barcelona and this video is the result.

For more information on the Arcade, Fourplay and Skye Team bikes featured, check out InspiredBicycles.com.

13 Cent Killer – Christian Bland & The Revelators
Mexican Dogs – Cold War Kids
Keep Me – The Black Keys

thursday is film day – a few of my favs this hour …

Road Bike Party 2 is here! Martyn Ashton, Danny MacAskill and Chris Akrigg take you on a new journey with a new bike in RBP 2.
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RBP2 has incredible stunts and amazing tricks all completed on a £15,000 Colnago C59 Disc. It can only be done in Road Bike Party 2! Lycra-clad trials legend Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party was a YouTube sensation, so a sequel HAD to be made, bigger and better than before! Martyn was in the middle of filming when his life was transformed by an accident during a trials display which has left him paralysed from the waist down. Courage, determination and great friends have helped Martyn to complete his vision for Road Bike Party 2.

Kelly Slater wins 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters and is now a 7-time Pipeline master.
Aerial shot of his winning wave during the contest, located in Hawaii, Oahu.
Shot with the Gopro Hero3+ and DJI Phantom Quadcopter.
Full video coming soon!



Danny new film

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Two years in the making, street trials rider Danny MacAskill releases his brand new riding film. Whilst previous projects have focused on locations and journeys, MacAskill’s Imaginate sees Danny take a completely different approach to riding. Enter Danny’s mind and enjoy.


The Streets of San Fransisco – Danny MacAskill



this week Danny MacAskill takes it to San Francisco to do some high stakes street riding. Get a brew on, sit back and relax…


Danny MacAskill returns to Edinburgh

Part ad / part profile … fully nice guy.

Profile of street trials rider Danny Macaskill. Using his new Lezyne Engineering tools, Danny Macaskill re-visits his old job, in the workshop of MacDonalds Cycles in Edinburgh Scotland and chats over his rise to success and how life has changed.

Featuring some new street trials content filmed exclusively for Lezyne by Cut Media’s Stu Thomson in the streets of Edinburgh. Danny also takes a mountain bike ride high on to Dumyat in Trossachs hills in Central Scotland and talks over his love for mountain biking.

Carbon Road Bikes are so weak and fragile Blah di Blah di Blah

I don’t have a carbon bike but this is one of the criticisms that i have heard rolled out …. well have a gander at this.

If you’re one of those people whose reflex action when you see Peter Sagan or Robbie McEwen pull a wheelie on a road bike is to issue a terse ‘tsk,’ you may wish to look away now. You certainly won’t want to press ‘play’ on the video above.

If you’re still here, that’s great – hit the ‘play’ button and sit back and watch a couple of Neil Pryde frames being put through some Danny MacAskill-style moves with the help of assorted bleachers, berms, steps and picnic tables.

There’s limited info on the background to the video – at the end it says that stunts were performed by Rick “The Clutch” Roth and Tony “The Sack” Roth, and Neil Pryde gets a namecheck, as do Shimano, Enve and Tune “for making products that hold up.”

The video appears to have been put together by Tucson, Arizona-based Fair Wheel Bikes – we can’t find anything on their blog about it right now, but perhaps that’s because we got distracted by posts showcasing some great custom builds…

We’re not sure we’ll be incorporating this kind of routine into our bike tests, but road.cc tech ed Nick will be casting his eye over the video later to see if he can ID who supplied precisely which parts… the Dura Ace wheels on one of the bikes being a given, of course.

UPDATE: In fact, what happened was we received a very thorough response from Fair Wheel’s Jason Woznick which you can read after video.

The story from Fair Wheel Bikes in Tucson, Arizona

Naturally, having seen the video, we had to ask some questions and Jason Woznick from Fair Wheel Bikes in Tucson, Arizona came back overnight with his answers:


road.cc: Did you break anything? – Well, we had to ask

As far as things that got broken, the list was pretty small, one flat tire, one chipped fork (from the crash at the end) and a couple of slightly bent teeth on a chainring.


road.cc: It looked like the guys were riding different set ups so did you have different builds for different types of stunt?

There weren’t really planned differences in setup, both bikes were just  typical road bikes.  We didn’t build these bikes specifically for this video; these bikes were already built and being ridden. The black one is my daily rider and the blue one is Richard our web editor’s daily rider.  When we decided to finally shoot the video we wanted to use our regular bikes.  It’s not uncommon for those bikes to drop a ledge, or a flight of stairs on a typical ride or commute so we really didn’t have any concerns about durability or setup.  The only changes that were made for the video were that the tires were swapped to 28c commuter tires and the pedals were switched to platforms.


road.cc: Oh, and did you have any reasons for choosing particular components to use on the bikes?

The reason we chose the particular components for each bike was that those are what we like to ride.


road.cc: Finally having done this video do you think there’s more that can be done in terms of road bike stunts?

There are definitely a ton more things that can and should be done.  When we started planning the shoot we expected to have more time but logistics just didn’t allow it.  We ended up having only 2 mornings to shoot which limited not only our time but also our locations.  We had a ton of stuff which we wanted to do but just never found the time.  Half of this video was Tony and Rick just trying to get used to being on bikes they’d never been on before.  We had plans to do more at the dirt jumps as well as an indoor bmx/skate park, we wanted to hit some of the trails as well.  There were lots of things that we planned on coming back to once everyone was warmed up, but then time would be up and we wouldn’t get back.


road.cc: Finally, finally, are there any particular things that road bikes actually work well for?

(Tongue in cheek) It would have to be road racing. They definitely do that better than they do trials and dirt jumping.  Though the only real issue with them was toe overlap.

What I find most interesting about this whole thing was that this version of the video was never suppose to make it’s way out to the public.  This was just a sketch put together here in the shop.  We have a much better editor who was working on the actual planned release version.  Over the weekend somehow an earlier copy of this sketch got leaked.  We tried to reel it back in but every time we got a site to agree to pull it down, it would pop up somewhere else.  Once it went over 20,000 views we finally realized we’d not be able to stop it so instead we released this sketch which was at least a more completed version.

I think that’s a little sad as I know the other version will be better.  We shot on 2 days with 3 cameras, this sketch was compiled with only half of the recorded footage so just to start it was already limited from the other version.  Not to mention the other version is being put together by an experienced editor.  We still may release the other version when it’s done as a directors cut or something like that.  We’ll also be putting lots of other footage and out takes on our face book page.  We shot a total of about 2 hours of footage on each camera each day so we have lots of stuff that didn’t get included.


The Bike Specs

Bike 1 – the black one, belongs to Jason

Neil Pryde Alize
Dura ace Di2 shifters derailleurs.
Enve rims on Tune Mig 70 Mag 170 hubs with CxRay spokes, 20/24
Enve compact bar
Enve stem
Tune Concord saddle
EE brakes
Prototype EE cranks. (compact 34/50) 172.5mm
Lizard skin tape
Conti top contact tires 28c
Vittoria Latex tubes
Dura Ace 11-28 cassette

Price somewhere around $11,500. This one with it’s normal tires is well below the UCI limit of 6.8kg.
Bike 2 – the blue one

Neil Pryde Alize
Dura Ace 7900 group (shifters, derailleurs, cranks, brakes, cassette (11-28), chain.)
Dura Ace C50 wheels
Conti top contact tires 28c
Vittoria latex tubes
Lizard skin tape
Specialized Toupe saddle
Pro PLT bar and stem

Price about $8500

Videos of the year

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A decent selection from the fellas at the estimable “Science of Sport blog, some of which you’ll have seen already, but they’re all worth watching again.

New Danny Macaskill Video on ‘our’ train site

We found this coming back from a shoot a few months back so nice to see it used in alternative setting with fantastic Danny …

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Industrial Revolutions is the amazing new film from street trials riding star Danny Macaskill. Filmed and edited for Channel 4 ‘s documentary Concrete Circus.

Industrial Revolutions sees Danny take his incredible bike skills into an industrial train yard and some derelict buildings.’ Filmed in the beautiful Scottish countryside Danny Macaskill’s latest film was directed by Stu Thomson (Cut Media/MTBcut) for Channel 4’s documentary Concrete Circus.


Music is ‘The Wolves’ by Ben Howard courtesy of Universal Island Records

Danny MacAskill in Cape Town – showing the city how to ride


As a result of three video votings, we love to present the complete video. Enjoy the video and see Cape Town with the eyes of a street trials pro rider. For Danny, the city is one enormous playground.

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The best Bike video so far – Danny MacAskill

Just my opinion but I am numbed when i see this – every trick seems impossible.

Way Back Home

Danny MacAskill’s latest riding clip Way Back Home, is Danny’s journey from Edinburgh back to his home town of Dunvegan in the Isle of Skye. The clip was filmed and directed by Dave Sowerby, a long time friend of Danny’s.

The music used in Danny MacAskill’s Way Back Home video is by Loch Lomond and The Jezabels.

Track 1: Wax and Wire by Loch Lomond

Track 2: A Little Piece by The Jezabels

You could argue that Danny MacAskill has most seven-year-olds’ dream job: he spends much of the day messing about doing tricks on his bike. Plus he gets paid for it.

Until a couple of years ago, the 25-year-old Scot worked, very happily, in an Edinburgh bike shop. Then a video shot by his flatmate showing MacAskill performing a series of gravity- (and sense-) defying cycle stunts on the city’s streets – most notably, a head-high leap before pedalling nonchalantly along a set of spiked-fence railings – was uploaded to YouTube. It has now been viewed almost 24m times, thanks in part to enthusiastic tweeting from Lance Armstrong. MacAskill has acquired a flotilla of sponsors and a globe-trotting job showing off his skills at public displays, on television and – occasionally – for advertisements. And despite the dare-devil nature of his stunts, he’s had remarkably few injuries, although he has broken his collarbone three times.

With a new film to promote showing the effort involved in planning his stunts – MacAskill’s work is always beautifully shot, with a far gentler pace than you would normally expect for a video of bike tricks – I have been summoned to the concrete walkways of London’s South Bank to meet MacAskill and, his PR people breathlessly promise, “learn a few of his tricks”. This is a daunting prospect. I come armed with not just a helmet but industrial-strength elbow and knee pads, borrowed from a mountain-biking colleague.

MacAskill, who has honed his stunts for several hours a day over many years, gamely tries his best. I briefly scoot about on his low-slung stunt machine – made specially for him a couple of years ago after he snapped “between 30 and 40 frames” learning his trade – performing the sort of beginner’s bunny hop he was doing as a kid. In contrast, he leaps effortlessly over the urban infrastructure, landing casually on a front wheel, or bouncing gracefully along a flight of steps. It’s much like a bike-borne version of the urban running- and-leaping sport parkour.

The paradox is that all this was learned in a rural idyll, the village of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where MacAskill was raised by a pair of seemingly indulgent parents. He returns to the Hebrides regularly, riding between friends’ houses on the island on a mountain bike. Even then, he says, he can’t resist the occasional trick: “A big skid is my favourite. It always looks cool, particularly if you end it with a good finger point.”