Maybe I’m too old or maybe I’m just worn out from putting on the local premiere’s of the TGR, Kranked and The Collective films over the years. Or, maybe I’m just getting more refined tastes? I tend to think it’s the latter. Luckily, the new Life Cycles bike film from renowned action sports photographer, Derek Frankowski, accomplished filmmaker, Ryan Gibb, and superstar writer, Mitchell Scott, has managed to quickly capture my attention.

The trailer immediately draws you in as the visuals are simply stunning. Morphed scenes with multiple layers and focal points are highlighted by astounding lighting and amazing mountain bike action. I’m looking forward to this one, but until then… here’s the trailer.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. Saw the Premier here in San Francisco last night. Unfortunately my obsession with biking leaves me able only to say things like “best bike film ever” “beautiful” and “i just came my pants” but seriously, the best comment the movie could have possibly gotten came from my brother who hasn’t ridden a bike in ten years: he simply said “wow man, I get it now…”

    It was simply incredible. Many said there wasn’t enough actual riding footage, but when you can almost smell their 661 pads, you know they did a great job!

    Thanks for a great film Frankowski!

    • I have to disagree. I posted a comment on MTBR and will share my feelings here as well.

      So… the “official” trailer was awesome. I got caught up in it. Probably hyped myself up too much for it. After watching it during my lunch break at work. I was a tad disappointed. I think what the trailer got right the film didn’t. I do really appreciate that this film is pushing limits and don’t regret spending my money and supporting the filmmakers.

      If you took each section out on their own – they’d stand on their own. Don’t get me wrong the filmography is great. But for 47 minutes the slow motion to regular motion ratio was too much on the slow side. Biking is about flow – but not so much slow.

      I think the use of the narration to tie the whole film together was a tad on the weak side. It seemed a bit forced. On the trailer, however, it was just right.

      The night scene at the end, while beautiful, didn’t seem to make sense in the story of the film. Maybe I just didn’t get it. I’m not sure if I should have had to work hard to “get” this film. It’s about a bike right?

      Overall I feel there was a struggle between telling a story and including the beautiful shots and compromise won.

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