Life Cycles
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Life Cycles

2010, Sports  -   38 Comments
Ratings: 8.24/10 from 29 users.

Life CyclesLife Cycles tells a spectacular story of the bike, from its creation to its eventual demise.

A visually stunning journey, with thought provoking narration, Life Cycles uses 4k Ultra HD to document the many stories surrounding the mountain bike and its culture.

Ride along into breath taking natural settings, as we battle the elements, showcase the progression of riding, take a road trip, fix the bike, and show the destruction and eventual creation of trails.

Semenuk, Hopkins, Schwartz, McIntosh, McCaul Agassiz, Hunter and Vanderham guide you through this wonderful story. Life Cycles is a celebration of the bicycle, and is sure to entertain anyone who has ever ridden one.

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Laurel Wood
4 years ago

I watched this again after 5 years of owing it, & I had tears, the BEAUTY of the story , every shot is worth slowly reviewing. Thank you. ? any new material to view????

5 years ago

Probably one of the best films I have ever seen. The riders and the directing!!!!!

Stoked Bear Films
5 years ago

Everything about this film is spectacular. The Cinematography, soundtrack, editing, narration, riding, locations, and anything and everything in between is absolutely superb. Even those not associated with the mountain bike lifestyle can appreciate this film. And, no, it is not just a huge Shimano film. Since riders like Agassiz and Semenuk ride SRAM gear and anyone else on a Rock Shox fork also gets supported by SRAM, aka, Shimanos rivals

7 years ago

Love this film. I've always been disappointed with mountain biking films, sure the riders do great tricks and the bikes are cool but there's little emphasis on the beauty of mtn. biking. This film does that and does it well. It's artistic shot and the script touches on many of the reasons I love this sport. You can see how many hours were put into creating this masterpiece, even the soundtrack is exceptional. I really hope to see more work from this crew in the future.

10 years ago

Wow, what a fantastic piece of art. I am glad someone paid to sponsor that film for everyone to see. That was a unique perspective.

11 years ago

ALL THAT MATTERS, it's a FANTASTIC journey and beatifully shot, wonderful footage, WOW, great sounds, music, song, and boy U GUYS make riding WOW beyond, words. GREAT JOB putting this together for US to see, THANKS.

11 years ago

This was shown in the Dublin Film Festival last year, which surely makes it slightly more than an advertisement. I think people get confused with the glossiness of action sports scenes, it's hard to get away from products when the products themselves are what facilitate the shots! It wouldn't be much of a bike film without the bikes!

charlie patrick Martin
11 years ago

well ya shimano is all through this and yes you could call it an elaborate commercial. If it wasn't Shimano it would have been someone else, but without them this film probably wouldn't have happened, some times you need a big sponsor do these things and generally they will have a certain say in matters and want to show their product. If you ask me it is a fantastic film showing how far the bicycle has come and some of the amazing places you can ride. Anyone who can't appreciate that and has to find something to poke a hole in, should get a life. I have watched this film many times and to be honest i don't give a dame that it's got Shimano everywhere because I'm watching the people, the scenery, the trails. So there is a difference between a commercial and a sponsored project. A commercial generally has stats, testimonials, prices, I don't see any in this film.

But call it what you want because most people don't give a crap and probably thank Shimano for a brilliant film.

PS, I do not work or have any reason to promote Shimano, I just appreciate the hard work ,blood, sweat and tears that went into it. Thanks guys.

Yangos Moraitis
11 years ago

Thats a very well made documentary!
I suggest it to all even if you have nothing to do with bikes.

Fantastic scenes, all of them with hd cmbines with great music.

11 years ago

Amazing sport photography! Fantastic bike riding! A lot of time went into making this video and it is greatly appreciated. This takes sport video documentary to a whole new level of expertise!

11 years ago

Read the title and thought this would be boring, then came back another time and gave it a second chance. Glad I did. Just goes to show, you can't judge a doc by it's cover :)

11 years ago

These guys deserve an Academy Award for the production of this movie. It is the most stunning footage I have seen since Avatar.

11 years ago

I'da been diggin those trails out with my teeth all the way :P

11 years ago

I use to live with two guys that did some editing, or "creative assistance" for this. I remember they worked on some of the time lapses for months. I can't believe I never took the time to watch it until now.

11 years ago


11 years ago

Georgeous cinematography, thrilling maneovres, a poignant narrative. Reminder of our blunted instincts as a refresher course.

11 years ago

You guys are funny, endearing geekyness :)

11 years ago

i was watching through and began noticing the painstaking beautiful video rendering and editing.. how do you time lapse shift then pan while someone is moving through the scene in real time? very clever! and the detail visuals is incredible! were these all recorded in a resolution greater than 1080p to get the final results?

11 years ago

WOW!! Awe inspiring doc! Wish there were more like it on here...

11 years ago

Wow, that was beautiful :)

11 years ago

Great doc, great music, cranked up my powered subwoofers. Love cycling, have many bikes, have friends that are good at cycle gymnastics, myself more into road bikes.

11 years ago

Thank you Vlatko for this!
I'm a dedicated cyclist (crossed canada last year) and this is truly a gift for me!

11 years ago

this is shot with a red one in 4k res, 4x that of 1080.

11 years ago

Truly amazing HD camera work!

11 years ago

Epic riding, awesome camera work, and bangin' tunes! You may want to keep a barf bag to hand though, for when the commentary gets a bit too much. ;)

11 years ago

Truly phenomenal...

11 years ago

I love 1080p. Absolutely stunning. And you might want to crank up your 5.1 speakers too. Great music.

11 years ago

Amazing shots, it's truly a graphic achievement, and I wish I knew more about the technics employed... even made me think about buuying a bike ;)