They say all good things have to come to an end! And that is certainly regretfully the case here. For two years, riding for Junglerider and particularly the honour of being asked to ride for the company by one of my riding heroes, Martti Kuoppa is something I won’t forget in a hurry.
Over the last two years I have been testing my signature “E-frame” with plans for it to go into production, but there sadly hasn’t been enough interest in the frame. We needed to take minimum of 100 orders, nowadays I realise that flatland is a saturated market and that is a tough order to make.
Now I have got to the situation where I have cracked my first prototype which lasted 2 years, there are no more frames to ride, so rather than have no bike at all. It’s time to go get a new bike!
I just want to take this opportunity to thank Martti and Simon at Junglerider, for all they have done for me, and the very fact Martti believed in me in the first place. Going back and forth with Martti producing countless progression clips/edits in 2011, is something that will remain with me forever.
In keeping with the Junglerider/Flatmatters philosophy, hope you enjoy the farewell clip! More to come…
Yesterday we dropped Moya’s FM exclusive. Really technical riding, hope you all enjoyed that! Thanks to Moya for putting that together as he gets ready for the Voodoo Jam! Enjoy his top 5′s today, great list!
Photo credit: Paula Llorente.
Riders of all time:
Riders to ride with:
TooSmall BIkes Crew
Alejandro Encinas (EL NEUMA).
Spots to ride:
Plaza de Colón(Madrid)
Chiba Spot (Japan)
Meriken Park Kobe (Japan)
Yellow Fever Sleepwalkers
Contest runs you’ve had:
ToroLoco Flatland Expresions
FieldControl 2009 Battle Against Jeremy Brosset
Barcelona Extreme 2009
Peter Olsen S&M
Takuji Kasahara April 20 (mirror Effect)
Favourite things about madrid:
Friends and my girlfriend
Places to visit:
and more USA.
Photo credit: Jason Halayko
My old Nokia and my new X-Peria.
Many good memories riding and competing against contest machine Trevor Meyer back in the X Trials/X Games era, and of course TM is still out there killing it at the age of 41! One of the biggest bag of tricks I have ever seen to this day, the man is highly skilled and of course very talented. Trevor is on a busy schedule out in Portland doing flatland shows right now, so kept this short and sweet!
Riders of all time: Everyone has something to contribute to flatland.
Riders to ride with:Tom Haugen, Billy Gawrych, John Parker, Robert Castillo, Dale Kirvelay, Will Wolffe.
Spots to ride: My culdasac and whatever city I’m in.
Contest runs you’ve had: 7x continues years in the Hoffman Bicycle stunt series.
Web edits: Trevor Meyer Vimeo.com or You tube.
Places to visit:?
Contests:no longer compete, demos only. Proud of 3x X-Game golds.
Websites/blogs: Trevor Meyer Facebook.
Inspirations right now: New trick combos.
Reasons to leave your town/city: No riders.
Playlist: Changes daily!
Tricks to do daily: variety of front and back wheel combos.
Tricks you cant do, but wish you could (ideal wishlist): cross footed nose wheelie and many more.
Bike Brands: Odyssey, Tree, Orbea, Sickchild, All city Star.
Non bike brands: iD clothing.
Things that piss you off: Don’t ask I’m trying to stay positive!
Shintaro’s recent back wheel progression has been inspiring, very quickly Shintaro took his “jedi” front wheel skills to the back wheel and there’s no telling where this will go in future. A few of you like me were curious, if there was anything more than just hard work behind this progression. There’s a lot to take out of Shintaro’s insight during this interview. Read on.
Recently your back wheel progress has been well documented, and it is amazing, as I have been following your progression, it seemed like from your video descriptions you have some kind of basic theory behind this progression (you have basic tricks then you add to it), can you explain what you are doing and trying to do and how you go about it?
I learned how to make consistent from competition experience.. It is mostly hard.. I mean.. iteration practice, speed control, learn for each surface, bike setting etc..
No need take a long time for just learn trick on own spot and condition. A few hours, days, months.
I just doing only this process. That’s why looks quickly. But actually these are very barely flows actually.
The reason I ask about a theory is I noticed on your videos discussed numbers and the titles, there seemed to be some logical format for you to progress?
How to know the level of combo. I mean how-to I choose learning next steps. I learn from another riders riding.
(of course depend on each riders skills). I think not so hard level..
If I take move into a long link, that move is become basic move for me. If showing looks well.
So I am thinking like this. Only one or two hard switch (trick) in the each link.
It in case of a competition, I must learn without those part of hard move.
I have almost completed those.
Next.. I make some original move, this is hardest for anyone..
Then I arrange to some basic link later, I can see “only basic” and “only original” sometimes.
But with this style it is difficult to win in the competition.
Only basic.. judgement know that, only original.. judgement don’t know level..
So I mix these two tastes.
Sorry i talking about usually things..
I never thinking easy.. the move of the Mr.Steve (Editors note: Steve Mulder?)
Here in Malaysia I am riding only one surface. I have some experience about riding different types of floors, that’s why feeling which combo or bike setting I have to choose for next competitions.
But, anyway not nice conditions now..
Can’t be thinking about heat..haha
Interesting…So a new back wheel combo comes to mind, perhaps your latest one you learned wherever that is. What was the process you went through to learn it? Do you learn combos in stages?
About tricks. You may notice I only choose only clockwise now. This because coming the same “wall” if do practice same move in both side. I felt those in front tricks previously. And it is just my opinion.
Most many riding style is clockwise/forwards, people can image “how is feeling of riding” maybe.
That’s why I choose clockwise and back wheel, back wheel tricks also people can image easily..
And.. here (Malaysia) is not like Japan, here it is not so important “original” taste yet.
We still need skillful riders, people want see simple and easy,many trick variations by flatland.
I have to change for that too. I don’t know i can or not..
Because I am riding bmx for me basically.
One thing is for sure Shintaro, Theory or no Theory you progressed a lot during the past months on the back wheeel, how much are you riding per day out of curiosity?
You mean each day riding times? I am riding about 3 hours when i can riding. 5 or 6 days par week..
During my practise time I focus only one combo until I have made it.
But I am changing combo, if can’t make it within 3 days. Then must go back to there after few combos.
It’s debateable that you are now as good on the back wheel as you are on the front wheel that are you famous for?
I was really interested to backwheel tricks actually. I want to be master if I try seriously, but.. my I am not tall, very short! 164cm so it’s almost impossible to make some tricks previously.
Death Truck etc..
So that is reason I choose front wheel tricks a lot. Hard ride, good life.. I lost interest in backwheel tricks for a while, about 10 years to be exact..
Just impossible.. doing other things under recent conditions. The move to the back wheel naturally came.
I can’t long combo by surface and heat, even completed move also, feel so tire.
I just get frustrations if do previous front combos I have done. Because.. so feel hard..
Back wheel (new) trick is i don’t know “good or bad conditions about me”
You talk about heat, does riding in a hot climate in fact help your fitness?
My life is totally moved to Malaysia now, living in Mersing town, Johor state. It is very hot weather every day, I haven’t found a nice riding spot unfortunately. This makes it hard to do practice for being consistent. It is possible of course, but efficiency is bad under recently situations, so it is nice to try new tricks for me. I see it as a chance to change it.
So what’s next in terms of riding style Shintaro?
Of course I want to build new riding style. it is not sure yet, only back or front, both side??
Anyway just keeping ride hard. That is the answer for getting naturally your own style.
And.. i have confidence, I can do any trick if someone made already. Because we are not so different.
That’s why i haven’t yet found “my original trick”, still just copy. But copy is no good “word”..
I am respecting to each teachers when I learn from them.
Any plans to compete again on a worldwide scale?
I want attend a lot of international competitions again, but I can’t attend for a while or forever. My wife is delivering baby on this August. have to prepare a lot.
btw i following the backwheel progress program to baby 1.2.3..
so i spent all money to house and business for new life. it house include own riding space and guests room, I can arrange riders sessions later hopefully. when built.. will be open bicycle shop and home stay.
Malaysia also has international competition “FLAT dev” on end of year coming the next one. I will be attending there. Back to competition scene..
I have interesting to BMX products also. on the way with friend, we will produce Malaysian original brand in 2014. I am testing some sample for that already.
Thanks to great rider “Ucchie” we can learn trend move from his style a lot. Thanks to “COLONY” they made for me 17 inch TT frame in 2010. It makes possible the Death truck!!
Thanks for the chat Shintaro, so there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Sometimes in harder conditions, focussing on one particular style can be worthwhile and the rewards are there for all to see. Shintaro you are a true jedi!
Thanks chatting to me Mr.Effraim.
No problem, Shintaro that was fun catching up with you. Looking forward to more back wheel progression. For now check below in the related links for a reminder of his progression.
It’s been a while since I have dropped a bikecheck. To kick start the bikecheck articles back off I wanted to feature a rider using brakes, and right as I had that train of thought. The news of Russia’s new frame broke on his facebook page. Within about an hour we had a full bikecheck and photos to boot. Russia is uber tech, and uber dialled! Check out this ride, and also check the related links for some of his awesome riding edits!
Frame: Remind – Revive
Head Angle 75°
Seat Angle 70°
Chain Stays 318㎜
Fork: Motel Works – Ambassador fork Bars: Bouyancy – 4pc bar Brake lever: – Tech 77 Brake: Suelo Bar end: Remind – Re barend Grip: Odi – Longneck Stem: Colony – TLD stem Head set: Colony Seat: Colony
Seat post: Odyssey – Convertible Post Seat clamp: Animal Cranks: KHE – Erlkonig Crank V2.0 BB: Colony Pedal: Arestic – Plastic Pedal Sprocket: Remind – Re sprocket Chain: Odyssey – Bluebird chain Front rim: Proper Rear rim: Alex rim Front Rear Tire: Arestic – Aclass 1.90 Rear Hub: Nankai Pegs: 059 Brand – F-R peg R
As you may or not have noticed I have been stepping up the amount of exclusive content on Flatmatters over the winter months, particularly the interviews which I think have been quite in-depth. On the flip side of that, sometimes I am aware they can be heavy reading and thats not everyones cuppa tea so to speak. So with that train of thought, I was thinking let’s bring back the top 5′s feature, and who better to kick this off with than S&M’s Peter Olsen. Let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks!
Riders of all time:
3- Martti Kuoppa
5- Ruben Alcantara
Riders to ride with:
1-Rich Forne DIG
2-PALACE – TRES TRILL
3-Akira Okamura – Magic Fruits
4-Garrett Reeves / LOTEK
5-Dylan Reider – Gravis
Places to visit:
5-British Columbia, CAN
Inspirations right now:
1-More daylight hours
2-The sun’s warmth
Reasons to leave your town/city:
1-Long and dark winters
2-I’ve been here forever
3-I need a change of scenery
4-There is a world beyond this city
1-Shlohmo – Laid Out EP
2-Blue Hawaii – Blooming Summer
3-Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
4-Spectrals – Extended Play
5-King Tubby – Dub From the Roots
Tricks to do daily:
1-Whiplashes (any kind)
3-360 pivot tricks
Tricks you can’t do, but wish you could (ideal wishlist):
1-Cross footed whiplashes in front of the bars
2-Backward facing rolling walkovers
3-F-truck around the worlds
5-360 Bunnyhop Whips
Non bike brands:
POLAR skate co
Things that piss you off:
3-Made you Look
Non Riding Movies:
3-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3-My wicked old computer
4-My old Samsung phone
5-I don’t really like gadgets
Favourite no seat touch combos:
1-Xfooted whiplash 360 pivot to xfooted whip out
2-Xarm switchfoot whiplash to backward hang5 to x arm whip out
3-Xarm whiplash walkaround
4-Turbine Frontyard variations
5-Switch footed firehydrant 360 pivot behind the back to switch foot out
3-Excess scuffing or pumping
4-Intentionally dropping the back wheel down to the ground in the middle of front wheel combos
5-Changing carve directions in a combo (ie. going clockwise then switching it up and going counter wise in the same link)
*#4 & #5 are generally speaking, but there are exceptions as some dudes that can make both of those look sick
Something a ‘lil different for this weeks OSS! To celebrate one of flatlands early pioneers 50th birthday! Fred Penner had the great idea to interview, The Chairman, Martin Aparijo for a Flatmatters Old School Sundays Special. Fred also invited the flatland community to ask questions to the man, and this is the result! Thanks Fred and the flatland community, this came out awesome!
Fred Penner: Biggest crowd you have ever performed in front of and where do you see flatland in 10 years, 20 years? What is Martin Aparijo’s life all about these days?
The biggest crowd was between 30,000 and 70,000 at the Anaheim stadium and Bercy stadium in France.
Right now there is no limit to where flatland freestyle can go. Dream big people.
My life is busy, busy, busy. Many things to be revealed.
Tod Miller: What are you most proud of in your Freestyle career? Do you watch modern flatland, and what do you think about it?
Most proud of the ability to still ride at my age.
Of course I watch modern flatland and I think it’s awesome and amazing.
Darold Innes: Being a pioneer in the sport, how many tricks did he invent and who and or what were his influences in the early days? How many sponsors did he have, which were his faves? What was the money like in the early days?
I’ve invented many tricks. I love to see people do front wheel grabs and lawn mowers. and vertical flatland tricks. I always have loved the cherry picker and chicken hook switch.
Back in the day we had up to 8 to10 sponsors; our main factory sponsor and co-sponsors. We made good money for riding a bike.
Mark Dandridge: What is the one most single stand out moment in your years of riding?
When I helped GT complete the #1 position across the board in every category. All riders did their job. BMX, trials, and freestyle.
David Larocca: I would ask what was happening in his life when he stopped competing?
From the time I stopped competing I continued doing shows nationwide for Vans and Gale Webb and also did TV and commercials.
Hugo Marin: What nationality (ethnicity) is he? What trick took him the longest time to learn. What trick did he always wanted to learn but didn’t/couldn’t? Worst injuries?
My nationality: I’m a mutt. HUGE MIXTURE.
I always wanted to learn nose manuals.
Jeremy Jones: Ask the Chairman this: Would you ever consider showing up to a contest and compete in the Veteran Class?!? What is your favourite old school trick?
I’m not interested in competing again, but always open to opportunities.
Favourite old school trick? 180 to slider to backward wheelie to decade.
Patrice Appere: Among the foreign countries you’ve discovered while you’ve been doing shows “around the world”, what is your favourite?
Japan, France, and Mexico.
Todd Carter: There are already a number of great questions here, but here are a couple of others in case you need them. How did riding the Huntington Beach boardwalk influence your riding style? What was is like filming the opening and closing sequences in the iconic film Rad?
Huntington Beach to this day is still my favorite spot; so many great memories and great crowds.
The Movie Rad was just Rad. You had to be there to really understand. Too hard to put into words.
Jesse Puente: Do you still ride? Do you still Breakdance? Do you still have the hair tail? What’s the future of Flatland to you?
Still ride. No breaking. No long tail.
The future of flatland is Bright. Allow no limits!
Robert Castillo: Any do overs? What’s your greatest accomplishment as a flatlander? What did Gary Turner & Rich Long mean to you (founders of GT BMX)? How did you feel when you first got a magazine cover? Favourite old school rider? Any tricks you invented but never could learn? What’s the next chapter I’m your life gonna be?
No do overs. I lived it and enjoyed it. I would not change a thing.
Gary Turner and Rich Long changed my life and for that I’ll always be thankful.
I’ve had many covers and they all were special.
My favorite old school rider: Steve Bennett.
I never learned bar ride kick spin but it’s never too late.
Next chapter in life is to… I’ll get back to you on that but do what’s in your heart and do it with all you got. You only got one life.
Thanks Martin! Was great catching up with you! Happy 50th Birthday!!!
Words that come to mind when I think of Mateus Beckmann. It is rarer that a kid comes into the sport and already at such a young age is so talented on front, back wheel, kickflips, whoppers, and bringing originality.
It really is one of the best moments of making Flatmatters, seeing kids come through the ranks, and this kid, is the prime example of that. Did this kid grow up via the internet and his progression is a reflection of that?
Whatever the case, it is a fact that Mateus had more progressive videos last year than any other rider, it speaks volumes of the kid that he updated the flatmatters exclusive edit with two more tricks just before he deadline, always progressing!
As we went back and forth getting the video ready, Mateus sent me a 3 minute video, two days before the deadline, he added two new tricks to the list, and I have no doubt today he could have added more.
To me Flatland is not breakdancing on a bike, flatland is an open canvas to which every person expresses their interpretation of what flatland is, and it truly is a beautiful thing to watch Mateus progress almost in front of our eyes, he gives me the feeling of a young Martti Kuoppa. Let’s celebrate his amazing talent!
So tell me about yourself Mateus. I don’t know much about you, so explain all, how old are you? How long riding? Where are you from?
First, thanks for the interview Effraim! My name is Mateus Richard Beckmamn, I am 17 year old and I started ride in July 2009, I live in the city of Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
How did you get into flatland in Brazil?
I was doing dirt, street and flatland tricks but did not know what was bmx and had no idea about flatland existence, so I started searching bike stunts videos on the Internet and then I found Simon O’Brien’s video with his yellow bike and after that i Knew what was flatland and I fell in love with it …
How hard is it to get hold of new parts, frames, etc in Brazil?
We have a few Brazilian companies with some parts, but still not enough so we need to buy abroad, once the parts arrive in Brazil we have to pay a lot of tax. That makes flatland a very expensive sport for us.
What attracted you to riding?
What got my attention was the incredible moves you are able to do on a bike, particularly when I watched Simon O’Brien video on his yellow bike.
So your pretty young, only riding … years? What’s your outlook on flatland, your producing new edits almost twice a month? What’s motivating you?
I see flatland like a incredible thing, where you have the freedom to do what ever you want on your bike, every time I have some new idea I try to put it on practice and I record. What motivates me to riding is the love I felt by Flatland…
How is the flatland scene where you are in Brazil and in Brazil in general as a country?
In my town only have I, but has Tony and Vinicio who live in nearby towns and riding together sometimes. Brazil is very large, there are Flatlanders everywhere, many well known, for example, Balu, Lísias, Ederson, Bruno, Leo and Gilberto.
Do you ride a lot of contests, what’s your take on contest riding?
Unfortunately I live far from where the competitions of Flatland happen, i participated in only 4 events , but the contests are great because they always motivate us to riding more if I could, would be present at all Flatland events.
Are you sponsored by anyone?
I am sponsored by Master Bikes, which is a Brazilian brand of bikes that also sponsor Marcos de Jesus and Romulo War.
Do you plan to travel internationally?
Yes, indeed, but the international flights tickets are always very expensive so it’s hard, but i’m sure i will visit some countries soon if everything goes ok.
Who do you look up to riding wise?
My favorites are Simon O’Brien, Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez, Kevin Jones, Chase Gouin, Hiroya Morizaki, Bruno Zebu, Ederson Ferreira, Marcos de Jesus, Patrick Coelho, Sergio Leo Claro and Balu.
How much do you think the internet has played in your progression? I’m talking about daily motivation to see new videos, ideas, concepts, do you see that as a factor?
The internet is awesome for the practice of BMX, I got to know so many riders, your website has up dates and get all the information about what is going on and that helps me a lot to get my ideas, because i’m checking the blogs/sites daily.
That’s great to hear Mateus, stoked on that! We imagine the climate in Brazil to be always sunny, is it really like that all year round? Or are there rainy seasons?
Brazil is mostly sunny, but has some stations that have a bit more rain, but that did not has influence much, I consider a good climate for practicing Flatland.
Are at school still? How much do you get to ride?
I finished high school last year and now I’m doing a course on the afternoons, and because of the course I practice something like 3 hours a day.
What does your course in the afternoon involve? What do you see yourself doing in the future?
It’s just a course of Electrician to boost my curriculum. I also want to do a course in English language. I always imagine myself doing just Flatland … haha …. But that is a dream for few, so maybe next year I’ll join the Army and shave my hair … hahaha … But in most cases the future is unpredictable, I’ll keep practicing my passion, and see what happens…
Scarily enough your videos remind me of a young Matthias Dandois. Uncanny with the similarities in name, riding at looks like your front porch way? Is that riding spot at your home?
hahahaha… here in Brazil they also make this comparison with Matthias, some of them make jokes and call me Mateus Dandois hahahaha. Yes, the spot where i’m riding in my videos is my house porch, but I dont ride there all the time, just to make the videos, I have another spot on my local skate park where the space its bigger.
You made a video to go alongside the interview, tell me about the video, and what you have been working on, how long did you take filming this?
I wanted to record a new video, I started record the kickflip hitchhiker last month, then you said you wanted to do an interview with me. Together we talked about producing a video with new tricks to go along with the interview, took me about two weeks to record the other tricks, but I could have done in a week if my handlebars Odyssey model Chase had not broken.
From all the videos it seems like flatland truly is an open canvas for you, and you are just playing with your bike, whats your outlook on your progression?
It’s how I talk, what comes to my mind I always try to put into practice. At the end of 2011 I started doing my own tricks, and from there I managed to do a lot, I’m enjoying my style, I think it’s getting cool.
You’ve swapped around brakes, brakeless quite a lot recently which is healthy. Which do you prefer?
I really like to use brake, but I also love to ride brakeless. I do not have a favorite. If in a few years I appear walking with brake, do not be amazed!
What music are you into?
I listen to all kinds of music that is enjoyable and can combine with Flatland, but my preference is Hip Hop, although I almost never use in my videos.
Do you have bike modifications out of the ordinary on your bike?
No, my bike has no modifications unusual, I’m just always changing the seat height according to the tricks that I want to do.
For such a young age your style is well rounded already, front, back wheel, whopper stuff and so on, is that something you feel from watching riders like Simon O’Brien and Viki Gomez is subconscious with you? Seems natural?
I think it’s very good to have wide variation of tricks, Simon O’Brien and Viki Gomez have many, many tricks, they are among my riders favourite, and also because of style, this makes them big names in Flatland. They inspire me too! Today I have great variation of tricks, because I always try to do what I think it’s cool, and so I’m having fun!
From a young riders perspective, what is your advice for up and coming kids in flatland?
For some people in the beginning Flatland is the best thing that can happen, for others not so much. Be aware of how is the world of Flatland, because Flatland can be very lonely and stressful, but at the same time can become very fun. Flatland is not for people with weak mind.
With all the videos you produce, do you dial in combos, or just move onto the next trick, always learning, it looks like you are having so much fun progressing?
Although 90% of my videos are composed of short combos, I have many sessions with some of my tricks, but I do not like to be repetitive in my videos, so I do like that. Yes, the Flatland is one of my greatest amusement, for me there is no bad day to ride, I’m always motivated!
Thank you Mateus, for your time getting to know you, and producing the video for flatmatters in such a short period of time! Any final words?
Thanks to my family, my friends, sponsors, and all who give me support!!