Trials ace takes Wiggins’ bike for a spin + video

Martyn Ashton mesmerizes with his skills on a Pinarello Dogma 2

by Mat Brett   October 9, 2012  

martyn ashton road bike party

Martyn Ashton Road Bike Party is one of those videos you just have to see. It’s trials supremo Ashton going for a ride on a Pinarello Dogma 2 – the same type of bike used by Bradley Wiggins for his Tour de France win – and the skills on display are stunning.

Footage of a bloke riding over a bridge in Bristol might not sound too exciting but you have never seen it done in quite this way before. It’ll make your stomach go all funny.

The 5-minute vid, a promotion for WD-40, was filmed by Robin Kitchin in a variety of urban and coastal settings. Ashton also hits the skatepark, rides a wall of death at the fair, and backflips from the most unlikely of locations – a golf course bunker.

The best bit from our point of view is that he does the whole thing on the £10,000 carbon road bike. Take a look…

Oh, and if you're wondering how many sets of those Hope wheels Martyn broke doing the video, we asked him (well, Dave did), and here's what he said: "I can honetsly say that I didn't break a single thing. The bike is all good and I rode it on a normal road ride yesterday. I did have a spare set of wheels from Hope but they are still in their boxes. Had some great crashes though, the out-takes edit should be quite funny."

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Fantastic!
What wheels are those? I need some.

posted by gothrick [11 posts]
9th October 2012 - 17:53

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If I can get a credible quote that says he did that on one set of Hope Hoops I am going out and buying 2 Pairs right now.

posted by mattbibbings [103 posts]
9th October 2012 - 19:21

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Is it International Inappropriate Bike Choice Day or something? Road bikes for stunts, Boris bikes for LEJOG - what next? Using a unicycle to transport a sofa? Climbing the Angliru on a track bike? Riding a crabon bike in a match of cycle polo? Using a Raleigh Chopper for... any purpose whatsoever?

posted by handlebarcam [530 posts]
9th October 2012 - 19:29

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This is from his twitter feed when asked how many wheels he damaged

"@cyclingplus @liverpoolmerc No damages mate. Just one bike, still in perfect condition. Road it in a more traditional way for 1hr yesterday"
Retweeted by Cycling Plus Cool

posted by Johnty [4 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:08

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That was awesome Tongue great to see one of the Martyns ripping it up. Danny who? Smile
Always used wd40 for bike maintenance. Everyone has their own routine & techniques

posted by kitkat [220 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:22

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Absolutely superb, bet the out takes are even better !

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posted by antonio [985 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:32

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mattbibbings wrote:
If I can get a credible quote that says he did that on one set of Hope Hoops I am going out and buying 2 Pairs right now.

we'll ask him...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7468 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:38

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anyone who can do stoppies on road calipers is clearly a witch. BURN THE WITCH!!

fucking amazing

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:42

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Someone I know just bought one of these Pinarellos, dunno what she'll think about the video clip

I prefer GT85 to WD40 but there isn't much in it

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posted by OldRidgeback [2288 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:47

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russyparkin wrote:
anyone who can do stoppies on road calipers is clearly a witch. BURN THE WITCH!!

fucking amazing

Love this!

posted by mattbibbings [103 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:50

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So we asked him, and this is what he said:

Martyn wrote:
I can honetsly say that i didn't break a single thing. the bike is all good and I rode it on a normal road ride yesterday. I did have a spare set of wheels from hope but they are still in their boxes. Had some great crashes though, the out-takes edit should be quite funny Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7468 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:55

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What model are the wheels?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
9th October 2012 - 21:27

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Superb... Made me feel happy to be alive, a smile on my face and an amazed chuckle at many of the stunts... God like bike control... One skilled and cool guy!!! Tops! Thank you very much for showing us this.

posted by Markmod [15 posts]
9th October 2012 - 22:08

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Saw him riding THAT bike in Porthcawl about 2 weeks ago, struggled to get my head around doing trials on a road bike... Let alone a Dogma Thinking The wheels up close are well nice! #seriouslyjealous

Nice touch Drive!

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posted by dickydrink72 [40 posts]
9th October 2012 - 23:14

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personally always been a fan of hope stuff, and although have a set of their mtb hubs, have never had their hoops, yet.

after that video will definitely be looking at some. sod being a promo for WD40 should be a promo for hope (and pinarello)

i think the wheels are hope hoops pro3 rs-sp 3.0 (although happy to be corrected)

posted by fretters [30 posts]
9th October 2012 - 23:15

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oh, it's a WD40 ad? I'm not even joking! Tongue

but what he did can be likened to doing parkour in high heels, literally no words! Surprise

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posted by koko56 [334 posts]
10th October 2012 - 0:18

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I felt physically sick on the bridge shot... Je-sus he's got balls!

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posted by alotronic [286 posts]
10th October 2012 - 7:29

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Absolutely CLASSIC !

Cycling - not just a pastime or sport - free your soul on the open road.

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posted by timbola [210 posts]
10th October 2012 - 12:00

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That is no way to treat a Pina! Angry

Only joking - great skills or should that be skillz! Cool

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
10th October 2012 - 13:33

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Utterly bonkers. But the best bit for me was seeing a bicycle in Blenheim Palace. We are banned from there, even if we don't do stupid things on the bridge.

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [182 posts]
10th October 2012 - 14:03

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Showed my son, he said " You should learn to do that Dad"

What an awesome bid, he's got the skills!!!
Wish I had.

Currently going slower than I'd like...

posted by stealth [198 posts]
10th October 2012 - 18:23

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The wheels are our 5.0 Carbon Clinchers. They're all hand built in our factory in Barnoldswick. The only two things special about Martyn's wheels were the rim stickers and the green colour on the hubs. I must admit we expected him to damage a wheel, but they're still fine.

posted by Hopetech [1 posts]
10th October 2012 - 19:34

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Love the wall of death, and I thought velodromes were scarey.

posted by FMOAB [238 posts]
10th October 2012 - 20:40

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amazon22 wrote:
Excellent - that bit over the railway bridge was bonkers - did he do a H & S assessment first?

I cross that bridge (at ground level) every day. A fall either way could easily have been fatal. Kahunas!

posted by mbrads72 [132 posts]
10th October 2012 - 20:44

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Dunbar, Scotland

posted by mjcycling [13 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:25

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What tyres was he using - no flats?

http://road.cc/content/review/34795-hope-hoops-pro-3-rs-sp50-carbon-clin...

Heavy for a reason............

Dunbar, Scotland

posted by mjcycling [13 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:26

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Nice riding.

Not so impressed by the clip at the end showing - in true tragic tour podium girl style - that cycling is for men, and women are there to service the men. After the olympic successes in women's cycling, well done for dragging your gender back a few years ladies. Maybe one day you'll get your own bikes.

pinarello stunts = win
wd40 marketing = fail

posted by pmanc [137 posts]
11th October 2012 - 10:36

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Thats nothin i did better last night & THEN I FELL OUT OF BED an bumped my head Surprise

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posted by Baldy1alex [47 posts]
12th October 2012 - 10:57

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pmanc wrote:
Nice riding.

Not so impressed by the clip at the end showing - in true tragic tour podium girl style - that cycling is for men, and women are there to service the men. After the olympic successes in women's cycling, well done for dragging your gender back a few years ladies. Maybe one day you'll get your own bikes.

pinarello stunts = win
wd40 marketing = fail

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posted by Baldy1alex [47 posts]
12th October 2012 - 11:09

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Ashton=Legend, WD40=Problems!

Use oil for oiling, cleaner for cleaning and keep the WD40 for hinges and padlocks.

posted by antozzi48 [17 posts]
16th October 2012 - 18:55

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