Flashback Friday Video: Sprung 3 kicks it old school

In NORBA’s heyday, Sprung videos captured the rowdiness on the track and off


Back in the late-1990’s Alex Rankin and Milan Spasic’s series of mountain bike videos under the Sprung name captured the competitive mountain bike scene like no other. Sprung 3 from 1999 features some of the most famous mountain bikers of all-time, doing their thing both on and off the track. There are also liberal doses of Jackass-style shenanigans, although that show didn’t debut until 2000.

Sprung 2 DH

Downhiller April Lawyer goes OTB in Sprung 3, a 1990 video producer Alex Rankin has made available in full-length on YouTube.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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