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The Top 10 Trails Web Edits Of 2015

I had no idea how much you guys liked this top 10 trails web edits thing until emails started pouring in over the last couple weeks asking if I was going to be doing it this year! Truth be told, I’ve been nibbling away at it since the beginning of the month but all the traveling that I’ve also been doing slowed things down a bit. It’s always a pretty tough job putting this list together, but this year was the toughest yet. After going back through 2015’s videos I ended up with a “short list” of a few dozen videos that needed to be whittled down to just ten. After a lot of back and forth and enough inner dialog to probably be deemed legally insane, here is the list of my ten favorite trails web edits to come out in 2015. As usual, feel free to let me know in the comments whether you agree, disagree, or think I left something out!
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10. Shawn Real – DIG Low Profile

Straight up, the only reason that Shawn’s Low Profile from DIG isn’t in the top five is because of all of the ramp footage that’s mixed in. That said, my jaw not only hit the ground the first time I watched this, but every single time after. There are literally too many WTF moments in here to list. From the first case to the last 450, you’re entertained the whole way through!


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9. The Don’s Jam

Throw a jam at a set of trails that had people from all over the world talking about them, add in some of the Northwest’s heaviest hitters, and set it all to a Judas Priest soundtrack. If that’s not a recipe for a kick ass trails edit, I don’t know what is. I had so many people asking me about these trails after this edit dropped!


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8. Villa Road – The Woodyard Summer 2015

2015 saw a new clothing/lifestyle brand emerge by the name of Villa Road. Headed up by some of the same guys responsible for the Woodyard Trails, it was to be expected that the trails would be an integral part of the brand’s media presence. This Villa Road branded edit from summer sessions at Woodyard set the bar pretty damn high as to what we can expect to see from them moving forward.


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7. Dig – Catty & Posh Halls Of Weenies Jam

With both Catty and Posh now throwing jams, the Lehigh Valley is absolutely the place to be around Halloween! Dolecki did a fantastic job with this DIG edit of capturing not just the weekend’s events, but also the fun times and good vibes that surround them. I’m sure he also managed to put in more laps than anyone else while doing so!


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6. Dan Closser – Solstice 2014

I have to revisit one of my original descriptions here. “Legendary trails and a dude who has reached a legend status of equal proportions.” That really sums up Dan Closser’s Solstice edit! Seeing him effortlessly flow through the place almost makes you forget how god damn big those jumps actually are.


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5. Laguna

This one won me over with its production value. The filming and the sound quality were absolutely amazing, and the trails and Daniel Fleury’s riding were right on par with them. The thing about Laguna is that it isn’t a place that you see a whole lot of. It almost kind of has a mysterious aura around it. This edit not only does a great job of showcasing both the trails and Daniels riding, but also conveying that vibe of mystery.


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4. United TRU Frame Promo

United could have thrown together some riding clips and a few product shots and called it a day with this promo for their TRU frame. Instead the frame took a backseat and this promo for it became more of a look into what drives us trail riders/builders to do what we do. They really would have been hard pressed to have found a more perfect person for this than Tyson Jones-Peni. His passion for building trails is just as strong and powerful as the way he rides them, and that really comes through in here.


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3. Large

There’s not a single trail rider out there who doesn’t get excited when they see footage from New Zealand’s PMP trails, and in my opinion this is the best footage to come out of there yet. No energy drink funded production here, this edit is just the purest representation of the trails and the crew who builds and rides them.


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2. Snakewoods Last Call

I really don’t think there’s a trail crew out there who has more fun than the dudes at Snakewoods… or at least that’s what their edits lead me to believe. A year of solid edits coming from Snakewoods cumulated with this one from what may have unfortunately been their last jam. James Fox did an excellent job of capturing every last bit of the fun that was had that day. If I had one negative thing to say about it, it would be that when you watch this you end hating the fact that you weren’t there.


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1. Deluxe – East Coast Trails Trip

Well that brings us to number one on my list, Ty Stuyvesant’s video from Deluxe’s East Coast Trails Trip. Deluxe has had a long history of producing amazing trails content, and I’m glad to see that has seamlessly carried on through the change of ownership. It would honestly be really hard to take a crew of guys like the ones Deluxe has on their team on a road trip to the land of trails that is the Northeast of the United States and not come back with something amazing! The way Ty put it all together is what really makes this something special. It leans more towards being a documentary than just an edit, and I think that broadens its appeal beyond just us trail riders. A person who has never ridden trails or even BMX could watch this and appreciate not just the riding, but also the sense of comradery that comes along with what we do.

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Shoveldick Halloween 2015

The annual Halloween festivities that take place at Shoveldick headquarters always crack me up and make me regret not making it out there to partake!

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Re-Up: Deluxe – Southern California Trails Trip 2015

Deluxe’s Southern California Trip edit most definitely deserves a bump back up to the top!

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Deluxe Is Back!

It’s been nearly a year since it was announced that Deluxe was under new ownership. Since taking over the helm, Roth Desko, Justin Desko, and Kris Bennett have been steadily chugging away at not just reviving the brand, but also reforming it into their vision of what it should be. It’s been a long road filled with a few manufacturing ball ups but Deluxe once again has product ready to go. They’ve brought back some you’re already familiar with, updated others, and also created new ones; all of which are available right now through Deluxe’s brand new website! Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the parts in their new lineup, but for now hit the jump button and check out some photos of Deluxe’s clean looking 2015 product offering.

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Deluxe – Southern California Trails Trip 2015

Before I dive into this any further I have to bring up that Roth shot and edited this with his iPhone. This is definitely not the result I was expecting when he first told me about the video a few weeks back. All I can say is that it’s fucking nuts what something you carry around in your pocket is capable of producing!

Now that that’s out of the way, lets talk about this edit. Over the winter some members of the Deluxe crew did what we all wish we could do when it’s freezing outside; they made their way out to the warmth of Southern California for trails trip. I can pretty much guarantee that after watching this you’ll want to start planning on doing the same thing this coming winter. I sure as hell know I am!

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Kris Bennett Now Owns Deluxe!

The cat is finally out of the bag! Kris Bennett along with Justin and Roth Desko are the new owners of Deluxe. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where they take the company. Check out what Mark Noble had to say about Deluxe’s new chapter below.

“I’ve got some big news regarding Deluxe today, which we can finally announce: as some of you in the industry may already know, I have a relatively new job at CSG UK as their BMX category manager, which is a big deal and is going extremely well – working with great people, on great brands, with plenty of varied challenges to do there. However it’s impossible to work on CSG BMX and work on Deluxe at the same time, to really give Deluxe the attention and love it deserves. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, after three months working on a plan and talking to various people and options, I have found safe hands for Deluxe – people who want to develop the products, work with all the existing team riders, help evolve the company, and really invest quality time and care into it.
Three American riders are going to be taking Deluxe to the next level – and namely they are: Justin Desko and Roth Desko, and Kris Bennett. Justin rides with Jeremy Ball all the time and has ridden a Deluxe frame for years, Roth resides in CA and rides there, and of course Kris Bennett should really need no introduction. They’re also sound businessmen and so from that aspect, they’re keen to make Deluxe a real success.
Deluxe is truly in safe hands, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped get us to this point – the team riders past and present, the designers, the graphic designers, photographers, artists and videographers, the manufacturers of our parts and frames, the distributors worldwide, the bike shops out there, and anyone who has bought a Deluxe product and ridden it.
The brand new era for Deluxe starts now, with Justin Desko, Roth Desko, and Kris Bennett taking the reigns.
–Mark Noble”