Under the influence of Mike Aitken
Following the nomination of Mike Aitken's section in "Anthem 2" as Video Part of the Year, we reflect on the influential riding of the Utah style god.
Since Aitken's early days on Mosh, he has been known for his stylish approach to the moto whip. Aitken possesses the rare ability to make a simple jump look better than most.
Mike Aitken and his signature Fit Bike Co. Series 3 frame. Aitken and signature parts go hand in hand, including frames, tires, seats, stems, shoes, pants and currently, four signature series frames from Fit.
Wallride to Cancan
During a Fit Bike Co. trip in 2008, Aitken visited NYC and destroyed the Brooklyn Banks with signature Aitken style. This is a simple wallride to cancan, with the added Aitken height and pop.
Because he's from the Salt Lake scene, Aitken sometimes has to acknowledge his abilities to ride "weird" obstacles, including this crane at the Brooklyn Banks. Aitken jumped on and off this tire with cat-like reflexes.
Aitken at the Mullally Skatepark in Bronx, N.Y. in 2008. It's safe to say that Aitken is solely responsible for the re-emergence of the seatgrab nac nac.
Although Aitken is often associated with height and style, he is able to effortlessly cover the more technical side of street, trail and park riding. And it's no surprise that he makes the tech side look good.
The Aitken Invert
Another Aitken classic: the 360 one-footed invert. That's all that needs to be said.
White Banks, Calif.
Yes, there are a lot of cancan photos in this gallery, but Aitken makes them look amazing and we're not about to argue with that.
The Aitken Invert
One-footed invert 360 at the Owls Head Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Contest Side
At the Salt Lake stop of the Dew Tour in 2008, Aitken took first place on home turf by combining his signature style with combinations and height. He beat the best riders in the competitive dirt world without doing any flips or tailwhips.
Whip at Posh
n the Fall of 2008, Aitken crashed in Pa. and was hospitalized for six weeks. After emerging from a coma, Aitken miraculously walked out of the hospital and has continued to recover. This photo was shot the day before his unfortunate accident.
Following Aitken's head injury in late 2008, he returned to riding, and despite a lengthy recovery process, has managed to return to what he does best: awe-inspiring height and tweaked style.
A true legend reflects. Thanks for the inspiration Mike.