Part Deux

Cost: £7.99


The build up to the release of Deluxe’s second DVD certainly didn’t go unnoticed. I was surprised by the amount of anticipation and Internet talk that surrounded this video. Why? Because it is about trails. Trails aren’t cool. It’s all about street these days. Why spend years building something when you can just go and nose manual a ledge by your house or learn tailwhips out a fly out? I’ll tell you why: because flowing through a set of jumps and boosting high in the middle of the woods beats getting snaked by scooters and being asked how much your bike cost followed by “can you do a backflip” any day. Unfortunately kids are lazy and impressionable, and ninety per cent of BMX content is not trails, so off to the park they go.

Part Deux will be predominantly bought by trails riders, but everyone who rides a bike should buy this. If you can watch this and not feel inspired afterwards to take a spade to the woods than there is something wrong with you.

The 37 minute movie has a blockbuster style intro with Mike Saavedra rolling to Blue Beach Trails with his dog in the Californian sun in slow motion. The trails, as with every spot in this video, are a work of art. We are then taken across the US, UK and France to Potoczny’s backyard, Villij, Hills and Mountains, Peyner, Pinard, Hoppy, La Source and Flaynak.

The riding is a perfect combination of flow, style and tricks. A criticism I had with Welcome to Deluxe (reviewed here) was that the riding could have been more exciting. This isn’t an issue here. Jeremy Ball ensures you won’t be deprived of 360 turndowns. In fact every rider here goes big and pushes it without making you feel like you’re at the circus. It all looks natural.

Criticisms? Yeah as you can tell I’m into this, but I can still nit pick. With the exception of Villij with Frog, I would have liked more close up fisheye and steady cam shots. I am unsure why Villij was shot in monochrome, as it doesn’t fit too well with the rest of the video which is vibrant with colour. A few sections, notably Hoppy and Flaynac, would have definitely benefited from a couple more camera angles. On the whole though, I felt that the music could have been more upbeat and I would have liked the riding clips to be louder since I enjoy the sound of hubs and a solid pump. Maybe some clips of banter/rider error/trails chat would added something too.

In the extras you’ll find ten quality edits, some of which have been previously released online. Each one is worth more than one watch and I was impressed with the music choice in every one of these edits.

Overall, whether you ride trails or not, I suggest you buy this. The criticisms are minor. Patrick Best did a good job in the editing suit. You even get a nice poster to decorate your home with. What more do you want? Part Trois, yes please.

Review date: July 2012