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If you follow Kriss Kyle’s Instagram account, you know he’s as likely to be on a BMX bike as a mountain bike. He has world-class skills on both, and it seems he’s always letting one influence the other. When he’s on his 20-inch, he tends to go huge, and when he’s on his mountain bike, he tends to defy the laws of physics, or at least bend them to his will. That’s the case in his Red Bull edit, “Out of Season” that released today. Mix a little Matt McDuff with some Ruben Alcantara, add some Brandon Semenuk and Mike Aitken, and you’ve got a great way to spend five minutes.
“It’s kind of crazy to think that I’ve gone from riding an MTB bike two years ago primarily to keep things fresh and fun, to now producing this amazing edit with Red Bull. It was really difficult taking tricks I could land easily on a BMX only to then do them over 100 times on the trail bike. It definitely felt like learning to ride all over again at some points.” – Kriss Kyle
“I wanted the edit to be a mountain bike version of Kaleidoscope, including some of the features that I designed for that video. When I visited the site with the trail builders they sketched out their vision and it was everything I dreamed of. From that point it was all about showing people the passion that I have for MTB and just being able to get back into something.”
“The approach I took to preparing my body for this edit was like nothing I’ve done before. I knew my body would probably take more of a battering as I navigated tougher tricks with a heavier bike in muddy conditions. I think it ended up helping me get back on the bike quicker when I broke my rib as I was in such good fitness. I didn’t actually realise I’d broken my rib when I did it, all of the adrenaline was going and in all honesty it could have been a lot worse as I managed to miss several tree stumps when I fell.” – Kyle