This is how you learn to backflip using only
the tools you have access to. Whether it’s a snow mound, a mulch pile,
or a lake, there’s always the chance you’re gonna snap yourself in half. Back in my day, we gave props for this kind
of resourcefulness and courage. Going full send was the only path to progression
and glory. Many have risked their lives to land the coveted
backflip, one of the most committing maneuvers you can pull on a bike. To all who have tried, whether you succeeded
or not, I salute you. But these days, there are safer, more progressive
ways to learn flips, including facilities like these. Welcome to the Highland Training Center, an
indoor wooden park featuring a foam pit and padded box known as a resi jump. I’m here today with my buddy Phil, to accomplish
one goal: roll away from a backflip. Phil pulled his first backflip at 13 years
old, at a facility very much like this one. The Highland Training Center is part of Highland
Mountain Bike Park, in New Hampshire. I visited Highland last year and found that
most of the features there were above my paygrade. The place is full of huge drops, doubles,
slopestyle jumps, and tricky wooden features. Today I’m getting vengeance on all the stuff
I chickened out on last year. Progression always feels good, but I didn’t
drive all the way to highland just to send some drops. Back at the HTC, we warmed up in the foam
pit. Even last year, I attempted some backflips
and got hang of the rotation. But according to Phil, there’s more to it. Landing tires down on one particular ramp
is fine and dandy, but adapting to multiple scenarios is a different story. Flipping into this foam pit is now muscle
memory, but that won’t help me when I try the real thing. This resi box has a shorter approach, which
is harder to get speed for. In preparation, I’m trying flips at different
approach speeds, heights, and distances. Lest you think foam pits provide free progression,
take it from me: they don’t. In fact, foam pits are tiring to session,
difficult to climb out of, and harder on your bike than you would think. They also provide a false sense of security. This foam pit is a powerful tool, but I’m
anxious to move on. It’s time to attempt a flip on the resi
box. A resi box is like a real jump, except it
gives a bit when you land on it. The surface is also slippery so that you don’t
get scraped up when tumbling across it. The problem with this resi box, is that the
approach isn’t that great for a full suspension mountain bike. Were I on a hardtail or bmx, I’d have an
easier time pumping the roll-in. On my mountain bike, I need to take a few
cranks to get up enough speed. Not a very impressive bail, but I did seem
cognizant of the fact that I wouldn’t complete the rotation. Knowing that my instincts are intact, actually
gives me more confidence to try again. This time, I’ll try pulling the bike towards
me to speed up the rotation. And with that, I rolled away from my first
backflip. I really wanted to catch the landing perfectly,
but needed more practice to get the distance. This session ended when I started to push
my luck. I landed on the resi without consequence,
but the bike slid directly into my funny bone. Since then, I’ve lost a lot of sensation
in my right hand. I’ll be seeing a doctor next week to hopefully
get it sorted out. This winter I hope to find a good jump to
practice on, so that flips can become something I do casually. Bike park season is nearing its end, so that
should give me a chance to heal up and focus on other kinds of mountain biking. Thanks for sharing this special moment with
me, and do check out the link below to pay your respects to those who learned to flip
with limited resources. Also, subscribe to Skills with Phil to learn
all the ins and outs of the backflip. He’ll be posting a tutorial on his channel
in the coming weeks. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

Learning to backflip my MTB
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100 thoughts on “Learning to backflip my MTB

  • May 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Its 3am and I’m watching Jesus teaching how to backflip on a bike

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  • May 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    Hey Seth 👋 Get an X-ray from your doctor for the funny bone then got to a chiropractor and have them crack it you have a pinched ulnar nerve I guaruntee it

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  • May 20, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    I was so scared for you man lol

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  • May 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    i gEt iIiIiIiTttTT

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  • May 23, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    Me and my friend Andrew were the kids watching u send free bird

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  • May 23, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    I’ve live near there

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  • May 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Well done Seth. Seriously impressive stuff. Takes guts to try that, I can appreciate it as a 35yr old bike rider (roady). Would love to give it a try some day. Fantastic facility over there!

    Keep up the great content!

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    I'm so visiting highland!!!!
    P.S the stuff you chickened out on was so cool

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    too much impact of the rear wheel

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  • May 30, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    Impressive would be to learn it on the hard trail.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Did Phil have make-up on!?! Nice!

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  • June 5, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    Just saying a front flip is harder

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  • June 6, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    RIP-Rear rim and tire

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  • June 7, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    I bet I could copy that guitar part easily

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  • June 9, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Hi seth's i wonder if you would do anohter give away. I try to enter every giveaway i see with bikes. Because my bike isnt that good its a cheap Scott. In denmark they replaced the stock parts with cheaper part. My bike is holding me back my friends have like Steven's my dream bike is a trek xcaliber 7 im trying to save up i am gonna use all of my birhtday money and Christmas money

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  • June 10, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    Phil is literally dr. disrespect!

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  • June 13, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    This kinda hurts me 6000 dollar bike

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  • June 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Backflips are the ultimate way to test of bike durability

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  • June 17, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    I really would like to mountainbike like this but iam broke af and im afraid of every single scratch

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  • June 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    0:40 the kid is better than a lot of mtb bikers

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  • June 18, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Drew

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    Lmao nothing sucks worse then crashing and not getting hurt by the ground but then your bike comes and takes you out 😂😭😂😭

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  • June 20, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    New Hanpshire, nice!! Super close and definitely gonna be checking this place out!!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Nice respect

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  • June 21, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    Your a legend

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  • June 22, 2019 at 8:58 am
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    Awesome dude!!

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  • June 22, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    1:34
    He looks like Lemmy from Motorhead , but younger

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  • June 27, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    I wonder if I could bring my scooter here… 🤔

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  • July 1, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    that dude looks like he has makeup on hahahahah

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    You okay

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  • July 2, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    That funny bone isn't very funny lol , you got balls good vid keep it up

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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    I did it mommy

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  • July 3, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    like a boss

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  • July 3, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    4:08 Phil spawned into the server.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    Seth is my name lmao

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    So no one saw that kid doing it

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    Nice to see other old people trying not to grow up. I'm just getting into freestyle snowboarding at 55.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Seth I love u channel also what is the most hard trick u think

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  • July 10, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    4:08

    Phil: To the rescue

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  • July 11, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    in this video phil looks like a woman

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  • July 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    I'd rather stab my eyes out with a dull fork.

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  • July 14, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    No joke that at 2:10 is me

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    Ummmmm thats a bmx not a mtb in some clips

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  • July 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    I wanna skate that training center.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    “I’m now going to try pulling the bike towards me” y wouldn’t h do tha in first place

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  • July 18, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    I live in New Hampshire

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  • July 18, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    The good thing about the foam pit is you learn to land level even. though you dont know how to land and keep going its better than not making the full rotation and land upside down and breaking your collar bone. So even if you dont know how to keep rolling from the backflip and always fall over it's better than trying your first time not having the rotations down and landing upside down

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  • July 19, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    That kid who did the backflip at the start is a god. He is insane for his age. He is probably 50x better than me! And I’m 14!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    You chickened out on those jumps?
    Us stunt drivers stake MUCH bigger jumps

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  • July 20, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    That looks so much fun I can only ride a bike park within 30 miles
    And you get to go across the country

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  • July 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    He just dives in the foam pit

    U good

    Seth: yea I’m good I just almost broke my ankle

    Crashes again

    U good

    Seth:yep almost broke my fingers and elbow

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  • July 22, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    Just because I'm interested does anybody know that has someone done a double backflip on a mtb?

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  • July 23, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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    Which Woodward? East or West?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    Dude..i think learning this stuff is best for young folks..i'm 40 and no way in hell i'd start trying to learn this stuff now but this was interesting.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    That little kid who did one was so cute.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    i didit mommy!!!!!!!

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  • July 26, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    4:51 try disabeling the suspension

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:11 am
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    Seth: Ye im good I just wrecked my ankle
    My brain: 🤔

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    congrats!!!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    Phill looks like the bad guy from open season

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    Great vid, you're a braver man than me, won't catch me trying a back flip any time soon!

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  • August 5, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    I thought you are pro

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  • August 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    That’s sick your looking good pal phils skills are awesome

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  • August 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Do a bike giveaway and give it to me

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Now try frontflip !

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  • August 11, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    Somebody kill that thing on his face!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    You know when you hit your funny bone your actually hitting your ulnar nerve which runs along the outer side of your elbow and damage to that can cause loss of sensation in your forearm and hand

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    Vid earned a sub from me. Respect From UK

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    Ill just stick to trails. lol.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    That kid is so cute

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    I broke my nose and cracked 3 teeth trying a backflip

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    u are the beast seth

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  • August 19, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    Y no elbow pads

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  • August 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    Nice job bro i would be so scared

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    Good job man props

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    2:32 anyone know that song? Would really like to know

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    Don't worry Seth, Jesus will help you

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  • August 26, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    im going to hiland on my speshized hardtail on the 25th of septerber

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  • August 26, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Great job!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Nice bail and landing tho to bad the bike hit you.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    Well done dude!

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    Elbow and knee pads

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  • August 31, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    It’s not a rezi jump it’s a rezi

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  • September 1, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Why didn’t you lock the back suspension

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    I was just at highland

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  • September 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    Awesome video, I bet you'll get it perfect next time

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    bro are your gloves bulgarian?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    Did that guy seriously just allow himself to be filmed with that beard?

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  • September 8, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Nope leave that crazy ** to you Seth. I am self employed and need to get jobs done for my customers So I can get paid.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    Cheezus Chrize! You're beating the hell out of that bike. And…no pads?

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  • September 10, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    I learned how to back flip in the jankeist way with a homemade jump made out of cinderblocks and a peice of plywood and a ditch

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  • September 12, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    i wouldnt even have the balls to do this xD

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    Hey .. what s your bike name?

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  • September 15, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    God job man

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    4:07 I love how Phil is so concerned.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    I live in Hampshire

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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    screams in agony AHHHHHHHHH
    Nah im good juat rekt my ankle

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