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Recent years have seen a wave of BMXers picking up mountain bikes. I’ll leave the discussion of how mountain bikes finally got cool for another day and a more qualified pundit, but there are few who have jumped more wholeheartedly into this transition than Christian Rigal. A pro BMX rider-turned-filmer-turned-mountain biker, Christian has fused all three of those pursuits into a style of riding and a trail of video parts that are instantly recognizable as Rigal. (We’re still fairly new here, but here’s a good one from this year.)
Christian is a man of many talents, but with a fleet of Scott’s dressed up in full knobbies and dirt features of his own creation dotting his local hills, these days riding mountain bikes sits high on that list. Yet you don’t live and breathe a culture like BMX for decades and then simply leave it behind. Nor should one want to… A good artist can mix paints and meld genres, in order to create something that transcends one simple box or another.
And so, ‘Crossover’ was born. On an oak-blanketed and usually lush corner of San Diego County, Christian and the master Shire builders pulled something special out of the soft ground. From huge, big-bike-only sends to tight and technical street-style bits of bike dancing, the crew mixed 19th century foundations with a 21st century vision. And from it all, they made something that just might be timeless.
“What started as a blank canvas on a friend’s property quickly turned into a BMX inspired MTB zone. Using an old Church foundation from 1876 as our centerpiece, we went to work for 9 days on the tools and machines to make this crossover dream build a reality. Five Ten let me run wild with this and I can’t thank them enough for trusting me and my vision for this project. Opportunities like this are rare and I am stoked to have had the chance to bring some of these crazy ideas to life, and hoping it inspire others to look at things differently and do the same!” – Christian Rigal