10 of the sickest whips in mountain biking
Sticks and stones may break our bones but these whipped frames excite us
There's something timeless about a clicked whip. It may not be as impressive as a flip or as fast as a scrub but it's probably the coolest thing you can do on a mountain bike - and always will be.
The introduction of the Whip Off World Championships at Crankworx, Whistler has pushed riders to go more sideways than ever creating a Golden Age of the Whip. Here are ten of the best whippers around:
The most iconic whip in mountain bike history? Probably. Not many people can win a World Championship by more than ten seconds and none of them have done it with as much style as this. While the rest of the field were spat out of the Champery woods like flavourless gum, Hart was composed, graceful and able to stamp his authority on one of the hardest tracks in the world.
Whip at: 2:17
If you want to know how to impress us with an edit use this as a prime example. Rapid riding, Motorhead in the background and a whip that dropped our jaws to kick it all off.
Whip at: 0:03
The Hoff Fest takes place in Kurt Sorge's backyard, Rettallack Lodge, so it's no wonder he was among the most stylish riders throwing down. This whole video is jam packed with whips we could have used but we picked Sorge's because he holds it for so long and lands it super clean.
Whip at: 3:20
The second Queenstown edit in the list but it couldn't be more different to the first. Whereas Brannigan was raw and ragged, Eliot Jackson shows off his buttery-smooth style as he flows round the Skyline Park - now we want to see him do it in his signature slippers.
Whip at: 2:20
Rampage winner, Whip Off Worlds winner, Fest Series lynchpin - there's not much Andreu Lacondeguy hasn't done in freeride mountain biking and it's his unique style that has got him to the top. He may prefer burliness and speed over fluidity and precision but if anything that makes him more exciting to watch. Here's he throws down at the 2015 Cruz Fest.
Whip at: 5:12
Logan Peat was given the opportunity to build the slopetyle course of his dreams and he came up with this. The jumps are big, floaty and lazy, in short, perfect for whips. It's hard to get the 'moto style' on a dirt jump bike but Peat clicks his into place and holds it long enough to keep the sponsors happy.
Whip at: 0:38
You don't become the unofficial King of Whistler without being able to throw out a tasty whip or two. Metailler is known for his crazy lines and near-impossible hucks, but it's his silky style that gets him included on this list.
When a social media campaign successfully secured Finn Iles a spot in Crankworx we were expecting the youngster to have a few runs down the track, get stoked on shredding with the world's top pros and then probably carry on with his normal life.
At the age of 14, Finn shocked us all by out-whipping all comers and propelling himself into the mountain biking spotlight. Just two years later he's winning World Cups - what a fairy tale!
Whip at: 3:40
Queenstown seems to attract more whippers than the Grand National and this third Skyline edit is no exception. The Surrey shredder may have had to go halfway around the world to show off his whipping prowess but he makes the trip worthwhile with an edit like this. The oringinal's pretty good too.
In terms of amplitude, this is definitely the biggest whip on show. Aggy's Reunion was the first ever FEST series event, and there still aren't many bigger jumps on the planet. This whip from Agassiz is the ender to the highlights reel and he goes stratospheric.
Whip at: 6:08