QUOTE (reed @ Apr 8 2009, 06:21 AM)
I like X-ups, whips, and turndowns just like everyone else but what I think is cool is when a rider just has style.
What I mean by that is, everything about how they ride is smooth and looks good, from how they jump, manual, get a gate everything. Kind of a mastery of every skill.
Kris fox is one of those riders. Its so amazing the way he jumps and manuals, Most of the IPOT riders have that same style but Kris has it the most. That crazy bump jump, and pull manual to bump is fast, smooth and stylish. I saw Josh Meyers do a pull manual bump jump (some call it a tire tap manual) at high springs this weekend and it was amazing.
Steven Cisar has a crazy way of nosing in to jumps that looks pretty cool too. It kind of looks like what Nate is talking about with the yanking on the clips but he rides the same way on Flats and when Cisar does it.... it doesn't look sketchy at all. It just looks cool. In the On the gate films "ground Up" movie you get to see these guys showcase thier style and get a new appreciation for how much skill and talent they have.
+1. True style is where it is at. Ryan Whitesides has this kinda style. His nickname is Dr. Smooth, and for good reason. Check out go211 from Guthrie in the 28-35 x class. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif