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DVD REVIEW: Still United

Words by John Wells
Photos by Peter Adam


Never one to suffer from fads or trends, United Bike Co. continues its steadfast commitment to keeping BMX real as fuck with a new full length DVD ’Still United’.

Still United is a behemoth of a video that will not be brushed to one side, even in the face of ever-depleting attention spans. The blood, sweat, and drive that went into making this video is potently visible. So, make sure your eyes and ears have their seat belts fastened, they’re in for a wild ride.

The opening part comes from the New Jersey Ninja, Jeff Kocsis. This part is a testament to his ‘spur of the moment’ riding, very few riders can match his instinctive and casual style. It is great to see him out of his East Coast habitat handling everything that comes his way with the uninhibited nature of some sort of gentleman musketeer.

Next up is Christian Rigal, and in contrast to Jeff’s, this part seems like a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. He had the production truck out with him at every spot with outwardly pre-calculated tricks, but it was worth it. Banger after banger, this part is an inspiration of masculinity and a total handrail massacre. Keep an eye out for his backwards roller coaster grind, it should be nominated for an Oscar.


Slattery’s Part is a welcome continuation from his Anthem II and Markit parts, with limitlessly ridiculous curved wallrides and tyre slides. He also scores Peter Adam’s favourite trick of the video with a tight curved wallride to 360 on some bizarre concrete mountain thing, which is just one of the many examples of Slattery making the impossible possible.

Corey Martinez suffered a knee blow-out and a broken collar bone during the filming process, but being Corey he has confounded reason once again and produced an absolute belter of a part. It is like an icepick ‘greatest hits’ with a few NBDs thrown in there to pickle your brain even further. He wins my favourite clip of the video – a nollie switch ice down that glass handle rail in central Paris.

After the intro slam that scored him the DVD cover photo, Valentino part was like a 4 minute eye massage. He always has the right trick for the right spot and has the enviable knack for making everything look effortless and understated. What more do you expect from the coolest guy in BMX?


Harry Mills-Wakley, Boiski and the 17-year-old Tom Deville were definite stand outs for me in the two rad mixed parts. Ian Morris gets in on the action too, with his Lyon-riverside bombdrop showing he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Nathan Williams gets the last part, and if it was the last part of BMX ever I’d still be happy. Is this the best video part I’ve ever seen? Probably. It opens with a litany of ear curdling horrific crashes that would make the most deprived masochist cry like a baby. This part is like the visual equivalent of jumping out of a plane, a definition of the word ‘gnarly’. Williams seems completely invulnerable to fear or intimidation and has the complimenting skills to make something exceptional. He literally makes a fool out of some of the world’s most legendary spots. Do yourself a favour and watch this DVD as soon as possible!



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