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Chris Akrigg - Crossroads

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I appreciate Chris' skill, power and stamina, but I found that really boring. Nothing really wowed me. And these riding the "wrong" bike for the job videos have been done to death and need to rest.

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I'll be honest, I've literally just sold my CX bike (about 2hrs ago) and this makes me want another with some bigger volume tyres to get out on some proper trails with! 

EDIT: Would actually love to see him ride another comp nowadays just to see how he approached stuff and what he would ride. I remember Ali doing one at Matlock when he'd just got his Hex and it was almost mind blowing seeing him attack the same sections people were pogo-ing about on. 

In fact I'd love a seated class at a comp (probably similar to the retro comp they had at the Biketrial Academy a few weeks ago). 

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Yeah everyone's doing wrong-bike-for-the-job vids... but he was so smooth going up those steps (@1:30), and up those rocky sections. My HR would be into the red doing attempting that.

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3 hours ago, Mikee said:

I appreciate Chris' skill, power and stamina, but I found that really boring. Nothing really wowed me. And these riding the "wrong" bike for the job videos have been done to death and need to rest.

I have to say I agree. Really wasn’t sure about that barrel role! I much prefer him to be on his enduro bike if doing this kind of stuff. I’d have to question if this was driven by mongoose trying to show his versatile and capable these bikes are whether he wanted to do this style of riding on this style of bike. I think the music didn’t help for me either - not my kind of thing.

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Just don't get all this negative hating bandwagon. Try watching regular CX racing and skillz against what Akrigg puts out using the same tool.

 

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12 hours ago, Matt24. said:

Really wasn’t sure about that barrel role!

Yea, for someone with such a recognisable style, it was tough/cringe to watch him do that Danny'esque roll. It was all dialled stuff in there but, going up stairs....came across as a filler clip.

There's something about a road bike, with sus forks, and a bag for your lip stick, that makes me think, that bikes rank.

Get back on the Radical Chris. That's what's cool!!

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TF: “People should just have fun on their bikes.”

CA: has fun on a bike

TF: “No, not that sort of fun.”

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Besides, bike trials started with people doing something different on the wrong sort of bike...

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I'm all for Chris or whoever, doing what they want to do on a bike and to have fun. But that doesn't make their video content enjoyable and immune to criticism.

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I enjoyed that, I like that he adds in the filler clips that are quite clearly aimed to appeal to non trials eyes. The stairs clip for example you see things like this posted up on GCN from events and nowhere near as dialled. 

I also liked the camera work as it's very hard to click play to Chris riding the glen in yet another video but the quirky camera work made up for that. 

The barrel roll, was that meant to be some kind of humourous clip just because we're now seeing lots of other riders doing these in videos? 

 

 

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I like this video and there are at least two or three lines which I am not sure if I can do them even on my trials bike (with flow and no extra hops).

He made riding gravel fun to watch.

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I liked what he did with his feet placement on the last step of that stair climb. :rolleyes:

Also liked that on the stoppie, he popped off without doing a further endo off the end.

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Not so sure about that barrel roll... Love watching him ride whatever he is riding, first long endo to drop off was so smoooooth... 

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