The classic 2004 mountain bike film The Collective has landed on YouTube in its entirety. Reminisce if you were there first time around. Look and learn if you weren’t.
It’s easy to smirk and deride aspects of this video. Namely the baggy ‘fashion’, the quaint 4:3 aspect ratio, the now-crazy-looking dink burly bikes with smaller wheels and skinny-looking tyres and the rather po-faced tone of the flick… but The Collective still stands as a great bit of filmmaking from people who took pride in their work.
A 42 minute slow-paced, almost meandering video wouldn’t see the light of day in this current age of social edits and smash-and-grab bangerz.
If you want another taste of the early noughties then pop over to The Collective’s webpage that doesn’t appear to have changed in more than a decade. Check out the perma-rotation background muzak and Flash that you can’t turn off(!)
EchoBoom Sports by The Orchard: “The Collective is a film that portrays freeride progression while exploring the thoughts and personalities of the riders leading that progression. A collective approach to producing the film has created something that fully reflects the depth of the sport and those who are pushing its boundaries.”