The only thing worse than the “enduro fad” is people complaining about the “enduro fad.” This is the least funny video I’ve ever seen.
For the first 10 seconds I thought “oh, that’s kind of funny, what a novel concept,” until I realized they were going to reproduce the entire printer scene from Office Space shot for shot. Freaking shot for shot, people. Just for reference, that scene drags on a little long in the actual movie. If Mike Judge has trouble holding my attention for that minute and a half, odds are pretty low these two meatheads from Snowboardbroville, Canada aren’t going to do any better with their homage.
Here’s a visual representation of their attempt to recreate the masterpiece:
Lots of similarities, but some important differences.
As a public service to the three-person braintrust responsible for “Dummies 2,” I’ll break it down for you. This:
Juxtaposed with this:
If Michael Bolton was young, athletic, living in a fulfilling low-stress outdoor lifestyle town in a beautiful part of the world and wearing Timberland’s with a Pantera t-shirt while participating in an aggressive, adrenaline-filled Gen-Y sport, it maybe wouldn’t work the same way. Just a hunch. That, and if you’re going to categorically dismiss a whole segment of racing like Enduro, you’re going to have to do a little better than two bros filming Meathead-Matching-Muscle-T day at your local bike park. I’ll grant you that the big flip was pretty impressive, though.
I almost got the same helmet that lead alpha bro is wearing this year.
So now that I know these guys won’t like me, here are some other thoughts in the general nitpicking category:
Nice lens flare Nick. Classy and original.
Stop killing the side of lips. Every single lip and roller on Aline and Dirt Merchant has two feet on each side destroyed by bros trying to imitate their local BC internet video hero who was trying to imitate James Stewart scrubbing. It’s not a scrub, you suck.
This is fine-tuning, but for lead-bro-guy-who’s-skinnier, you’re driving with your inside shoulder in turns, which is turning your upper body and your hips to the outside and weighting your inside foot. That’s going to cause you to understeer and slide in turns.
It’s subtle, but you really want to drive through the turn with your outside shoulder.
Follow-me-bigger-bro-guy-who-clearly-lifts, you’re exiting turns pretty far in the backseat. See how little weight you have on the front wheel on the exit of this turn? It’s true that you generally want to spring out of turns on the back wheel, but this isn’t one of those “if some is good, more is better” sort of things. Try to keep some weight on the front wheel at all times. It increase balance and control.
This backseat riding also shows up in your jumping. You’re landing pretty late and rear wheel down on jumps, and while I’d normally attribute this pattern to overjumping big stuff for video to look cool, you seem to be doing it on small jumps as well.
Like turns, you can get more pump out of landings by touching down with both wheels at the top of the landing. Again, being slightly in the backseat here is good for pump, but like Barry White said, “too much of a good thing can be bad for you.”
Oh, and one more this. This:
Looks really bad when you crop it like this: