Episode 65: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Todd Carter

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What’s everybody, with a spring in all our steps. It’s time to get back to two exclusives a week, flatland lifer, Todd Carter stepped up for episode 65 to deliver a super smooth switch foot ankledeath type ride in to guillotine into spinning lard yard, finishing the line with a two footed backyard pivot out at his home riding spot.
As Todd warms up for the AFA Dream run contest shortly coming up, he’s looking smoother than ever, and I’m loving the progression he’s been showing lately on his social media.
Who would have thought Mr nice guy, Todd Carter would be that guy to break the rules of a FM exclusive.
Thanks for contributing Todd, whose got episode 66? Dropping Sunday….

Episode 64: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Gabriel Alves Gomes

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I love surprises at Flatmattersonline HQ, when it comes to exclusives. A new face to me, Gabriel Alves Gomes comes through with a banger for episode 64!
From the smooth execution on the hand scuff backyard to the no-handed gliding lard yard/gerator/dick trick (whatever you care to call it), and sealing the deal with a steep brakeless smith decade. The exit is so important in flatland, and can really finish off a nice line, and turn into a great line.
The brakeless smith when executed properly is a real riders trick, separating the men from the boys, and Gabriel out of Brazil certainly stomped his authority on this clip. Super stoked!

Thanks Gabriel for contributing, look forward to seeing more from the Brazilian shredder.
Episode 65 will drop on Wednesday, hold tight!

Episode 63: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Joe Cicman

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It’s Sunday 6pm GMT, and time for episode 63 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives. This week we have a feature with Joe Cicman, this Joe’s third FM exclusive. Right now he has the record for the most exclusives since I started these back up in January 2020.
Forgive the pun, but “Fact or Freestyle” is this the world’s longest no-handed steam?
Fanks Joe for contributing, whose got the next clip?

Episode 62: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with TJ Perry

The Flatmattersonline exclusives are back and flowing, every Sunday at 6pm GMT is what I am aiming. The exclusives started back with a boom last week when the Women’s UCI World Champion, Irina Sadovnik came through with an amazing x-handed hang 5 to x-handed whiplash out for episode 61!

Can we get to 100 episodes I asked?

TJ Perry hit me up shortly after 61 dropped with an awesome fire hydrant step crackpacker to two footed front yard to crack 360 flapjack clip for episode 62! Great to see TJ back after a 5 year hiatus, he’s gone from riding the roughest parking lot to becoming a real estate agent and owning his own property with his own personal garage spot now making tyres last for months!

It’s great to see TJ back into riding, TJ just celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday, go show TJ some love for this awesome front wheel line. Thanks for contributing TJ, whose got episode 63?
Get in contact and send in your clip. let’s keep this going!

Episode 61: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Irina Sadovnik

It’s been a minute since we have dropped a Flatmattersonline Exclusive, so much so that a few heads asked is it still going?!!!
The answer to that is of course yes, this belongs to you. If you have a clip, send it in. I was also in the middle of running the 2020 Flatmattersonline awards, and there is only so much time in the day to get stuff done.

We kick start the FM exclusives back up in 2021, with a few firsts for the site:

1. Obviously this is the first exclusive of the year.
2. This is the first female rider featured on the exclusive.
3. I announce a new category to the 2021 Flatmattersonline Year end awards.

Without further a due, it is time to introduce Irina Sadovnik the UCI 2019 World Champion , who stepped up to the task of throwing down the first video of the 2021. Irina reached out “Hey Effraim, I wish to put some light onto the women flatland riders out there”. I was of course down, she said was buzzing with excitement and when you watch the clip you will why.
With all of Irina’s well documented knee injuries, she is a massive inspiration for me and I am sure you at home. This line is a tough one, and the emotion she shows got me stoked.

To document share and progress, this is Flatland right here!

Thanks Irina, for stepping up. Whose got the next clip?

Can we get to 100 exclusives by the end of the year?

Photo credit: @stefan.csaky

The Winners of the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards Are….

It’s time to announce the winners of the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards, 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Flatland as a community rallied together to make the best of these difficult, testing times.
We saw riders focus more on edits rather than contest placings, as a result perhaps the rate of progression was a lot greater than previously would be, those that wanted to compete took part in numerous online contests, and in between all that the FM exclusives made to 60 episodes in 2020.
What the future holds is unclear currently, the vaccines are getting out there, and we hope to know more by spring time which really isn’t that far away.
Let’s try, and remain positive and make the best of every situation.

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Without further a due, let’s get into the show!

Effraim Catlow / Flatmattersonline.

The 2020 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards Nominations Are……..

It’s time as promised to announce the 2020 Flatmattersonline Year end awards nominations,
I felt there was a lot to say about the awards and the year, which a lot of the time doesn’t get covered under the previous text announcement format.

So, I attempted to make a makeshift studio feel in my front room during lockdown 3.0, and present the nominations, and share my feelings on the year as well as the reader choices.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.

Winners announced: Sunday 24th January.

* If you don’t want to watch the whole show, you can skip through parts using the timestamps.

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 FM Title Screen
00:07 Effraim introduces the FM Year end award nominee show
00:56 Reader Choice Rider of the Year
04:59 Reader Choice Edit of the Year
8:07 Reader Choice Most Progressive Rider
11:38 Reader Choice Contest Run of the Year
15:12 Reader Choice Breakthrough Rider of the Year
19:33 Effraim introduces the Editorial Awards
20:50 Editorial Choice Rider of the Year
27:33 Editorial Choice Edit of the Year
31:06 Editorial Choice Most Progressive Rider
35:55 Editorial Choice Outstanding Contribution
39:37 Editorial Choice Line of the Year / Flatmattersonline Exclusive of the Year
46:06 Effraim Outro

Thanks for watching and listening!

Flatmattersonline / Effraim Catlow.

FLAT ONLY COGCAST: Episode 2 / The Return of Sequence with Aaron Frost!

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Flat Only COGcast, my guest for the second episode is Aaron Frost from Sequence. The return of Sequence is a breath of fresh air to the flatland community, and I sit down with the man himself, and talk about the history of the brand, re-re-releasing classic sequence product, the new Anvil system on his peg design + you get the scoop on the new team for 2021 and a whole lot more.

Check the Timestamps for what’s discussed, I have to say this one of the best interviews I have done. Really enjoyed catching up with Aaron and talking all things Sequence. This show is not to be missed!!!

Enjoy the show!

0:00 Welcome to FLAT ONLY cogcast episode 2!

00:19 Introducing Aaron Frost to the show.

2:52 History of the Sequence brand.

3:49 Concept behind Sequence name.

6:06 How long did the brand run the first time round?

7:59 Shintaro Misawa added to the Sequence team.

10:42 Who was on the original Sequence team?

15:45 Recognising annoyingly good riders.

17:46 How long did Sequence lay dormant, what was your thinking starting back up?

19:04 Making a mistake getting Sequence made in Taiwan.

20:56 When did you start Sequence up again?

21:57 Starting a manufacturing company.

24:29 Making Sequence product in house.

25:32 Re-releasing classic Sequence product?

26:24 The Hook stem and the engineering behind it.

31:03 Is the weight on product a concern for you as a rider and engineer?

32:35 The Anvil peg system and size of pegs?

34:37 Why is the internal sleeve starting inside the peg more than usual?

36:28 Working with Titanium.

38:34 Having the facilty to take more then stems and pegs.

39:57 Working towards complete bikes.

40:52 Who is on the Sequence team for 2021?

48:25 Discussing how insane the Real Jeep Games were?

51:53 North American flatland scene.

53:07 Where can you get Sequence product from?

54:51 Aaron’s personal riding progression and injuries.

57:02 How does Aaron feel about Flat Only Brands?

1:07:21 How can people contact you?

Time to vote: The Flatmattersonline 2020 Year End Awards!

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year where we celebrate another amazing year of flatland, and honour the winners with a medal in each category.
I am sure you can agree. It’s been a strange year, no one could predict the Covid 19 pandemic would turn our world upside down? Are contest results albeit online as important with how you vote this year? What really matters to you? The video parts? What riders are doing for others, the list goes on.

You have plenty of time to vote, work your way through the year and see who’s contributing throughout the year, or who’s had that banger part that inspired your own personal riding. Everyone has different opinions, which is one of the many things that makes flatland so special.
Without further a due, it’s time to start researching and digging back through the year at what’s gone on throughout this crazy year.

Who is going to win the awards this year, it’s definitely going to be interesting…

Editorial Vote:
Rider of the Year
Edit of the Year
Most Progressive Rider
Outstanding Contribution
Line of The Year (based off the FM exclusives only)

Reader Choice:
Rider of the Year
Edit of the Year
Most Progressive Rider
Contest Run of Year
Breakthrough Rider of the Year

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Episode 60: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Robert Victoria

As we go into a Tier 4 lockdown here in the UK (well most parts) it’s a good time to get back to the Flatmattersonline Exclusives! And Robert Victoria Kindly came through with the 60th episode. This is Robert’s second FM exclusive, and in this video Robert experiments with his new camera, really liked the old to the new twist with the sliding freak squeak whiplash to hitch line. Thanks Robert for coming through and getting the exclusives flowing again, who’s got the next clip?