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Photography: Fat Tony.
August 2nd and 10 years of the Voodoo Jam is fast approaching, what better time to catch up with MC Scott O’Brien to talk to history, personal highlights, judging, formats, after parties and all things that make the roof blow off at the Generations Hall!
10 years of Voodoo Jam is coming up, firstly congratulations on this milestone.Anyone who organised a contest knows the amount of work it takes. I know you are looking to raise the bar with your events, what are your plans for blowing the roof off Generation Halls in 2014?
We will let the riders blow that roof off this year as we always do. I will do my best to create the atmosphere for the riders to go off. New DJ for the finals, he’s got an amazing reputation and we will also have a few new things to restructure the way I run the contest. Most of all the after party will be a great time. Pretty excited about the Baco premier on Friday night and the pre jam will be amazing. Possibly going to add a pre pre jam on Thursday as well. Working out some details for that now.
I know it takes a hell of a lot of work behind the scenes to make an event the size of Voodoo jam happen, who is helping you Scott? What sponsors have stepped up this year?
Terry Adams as always is my partner in this. Hector Garcia helping out with the website. Mike Meza designed our shirt. Matt St Gelais is doing the sticker design.
Flatark is our newest sponsor. Ucchie had hooked this sponsorship up and its amazing that he helped to support Voodoo jam like this. Red Bull, FlatlandFuel, Freegun, Dans Comp, Purple Monkey, Monolithic, Reklamation Bikes, Atl Clothing, G-Shock, Neue Creative, Bike Project, Tiger Balm, Canes, Sequence Fab, Deco, The Terradome, TDA, and St Martin.
More than any other event I can think of, you embrace the culture of where you are from with the vibe of the event. Do you feel thats an important part of contest organisation?
I do, its always important for people to experience culture at any event. I’m a New Orleans guy, just grew up with so much culture and feeling for life living here. I love to have the riders experience that.
A lot of contests can be about riding too much and we miss out on important life experiences. To understand culture and live life thats the best thing, no matter what place you get at Voodoo Jam you still have fun with your experience. It’s a positive great vibe and I love that.
For my experience and outlook on Flatland its always been about culture. I’ve always enjoyed meeting riders, checking out their styles and how it comes out in their riding. I’m literally watching who and what kind of person you are when I watch you ride. It’s kinda crazy the way I look at flatland. I can tell you so much about a person 10 min after I watch them ride hahaha.
You helped bring the 3 man final battle to flatland at the Voodoo Jam. What format are you rolling with this year?
As of now we gonna go with the original Voodoo Jam format from 2004 with the 3 man battle at the end. Riders seem to enjoy having a traditional run rather than head to head battles. The 3 man battle at the end is the best of both worlds I guess. I am considering a few other options like the progression session we are doing in Cologne. I am going to see how that goes before I make a decision.
I always stay in touch with riders and see what they like. I want to be progressive and always work in a proper direction for flatland.
For all of those who want to be involved but can’t make the trip to New Orleans, will there be a live feed this year?
Yes we will. Bobby Carter will be taking care of that once again with Diversion Media. It was a big hit last year. We are going to make some adjustments and hopefully make it even better this year.
Over the ten years, if you had to pick your top 5 memories, what would what they be?
WOW, Um so many I will try to recall one from each year.
2004 – 3 man battle with Alex, Justin and Terry. French guys came Alex and Raph.
2006 – Dickie Sanders progression. Tyler Gilliard winning AM. Mickey G proposal to his now wife Nicole. York Uno and Hiro came to open the door for the Japan riders.
2007 – Matthias just killed it! He arrived!
2008 – Ucchie’s win and his riding was just next level that year. Swamp tour with the japanese riders.
2009 – The Matthias vs Ucchie battle was insane!
2012 – Dom killed it. Terry and Wilhelm made the podium that was dope.
2013 – The Tsutomu vs Hiro battle was just crazy stuff. The look on Tsutomu’s face when he won, priceless! Every year the after party has been amazing, great times with awesome people!
Who is judging Voodoo, and what are the judges looking for this year?
As of now its for sure Chad Degroot, Todd Carter and Claude Hickman. I have a lot of confidence in these guys and their experience. We can put the contest in their hands and trust them to make the right call.
As to what they will be looking for I will of course rely on their professionalism and experiences in Flatland to make the proper calls. We will reward riders for taking risks and originality, while sticking to the normal things that make up judging a contest. I do however communicate with the riders through email before the contest to let them know what to expect. It’s not a simple process thats why we always do our best in choosing judges that we can depend on with their experiences and knowledge of tricks.
There’s a young kids class this year right Scott?, I know yourself & Alex Jumelin have been doing a lot of work with kids & the development of grassroots flatland in the schools in NOLA. Can you tell us something more about it, & what this might bring to Voodoo 10?
Actually thats all Alex, I was just honoured he asked me to be a guest at his school. But that motivated me to start a Novice class. No age restrictions just an entry level class. I’m hoping younger riders are in this. If theres enough of them that show up we will have a break down with maybe a youth group.
I’m very concerned with the state of flatland and the age of the average rider. I really want to move some focus towards youth groups and getting younger riders involved.
Terry, Alex and I are discussing ways to make things happen.
Voodoo Jam is a bit limited and maybe not the best platform for this. It’s certainly great to expose them to flatland, but then they will need a platform for progression and ways to be with a group of kids to push each other. I love what York Uno is doing in Japan, and it didn’t happen over night. He worked at it for years. I’m thinking I may move into this direction, maybe flatland youth schools a few times a year. Alex and Terry can be instructors. I’m not totally sure but its going on in my head right now and I will have to sort it all out! Grow Flatland!
Where can be people find out more information on the event?
FB – Flatland Voodoo Jam
Twitter – @thevoodoojam.com
Insta – Voodoojam
Any final shoutouts Scott?
It’s impossible for me to thank all the people through these 10 years.
All the riders that have ever come to Voodoo Jam, thank you guys its your contest and I’m so stoked you do your best to get here. You know who you are!
Mickey Gaidos, Hector Garcia, Pat Schoolen, Texas Flatlanders, Fat Tony, Japanese Flatlanders, Erik Otto, Matthias Dandois, Brian Mattle, Green G, Hiroshi 430. Sorry if I forgot your name you know I love you haha.
Generations Hall for the venue and helping us make flatland history.
Every company that has ever sponsored Voodoo Jam at some point thanks so much for your support.
Red Bull and everything you have done to help create and stand behind us is amazing. I love this company and all that it has done for BMX.
Alex Jumelin and his belief in me as an MC. His drive for flatland and being an artist on his bike is amazing.
My wonderful family and their love for Voodoo Jam is one of the driving factors for many years. Kristi, Mia, Brooke and Cam. Mom and Dad!
Terry Adams my partner in this whole deal, its impossible without him. He is the man that deals with sponsorships and gathering funds to run this event. This guy does so much for Flatland in many ways and not many people know that. Love this guy!
Thank you Scott! That was great to catch up! August 2nd, Generation Hall, New Orelans! Get there if you can!
Photos: Maxime Cassagne.
Over the past two years Sietse Van Berkel has become one of my favourite riders to watch! Energetic flow and just that lil’ something extra I can’t quite put my finger on, at a push maybe its the way he appears to float around the bike.
Running FM and watching so many edits on a daily basis, when I see riders like Sietse come through the ranks and standout. It is a great feeling, I was curious as a result to know more about Sietse. It has been a while since a full FM interview, so why not squash that! Here is the Sietse Van Berkel Flatmatters Interview + Amazing Edit! Watch it right below!
Sietse let’s kick this off with some background information about yourself. How old are you, how long have you been riding, and where exactly are you from? many might not know…
Hi Effraim! 25 years old, started riding BMX since the age of 15, since the age of 16 flatland specific. Originally from a small village named Nieuwendijk, in the south of Holland. A few years ago I moved to Utrecht, an old beautiful city in the centre of Holland.
How did you get into flatland? I’d imagine in Holland, the Flatground was highly influential for you and your scene?
YES! Back in the days, I was in a local skate crew (total of 2 skateboarders and me…) There was no skatepark in our village, so we build our own wooden skateramp. However, my BMX destroyed the ramp, so I couldn’t ride it for a long time. After seeing some flatland video’s on the internet, I knew I wanted to ride a bike like that. I got my first flatland BMX for my 16th birthday; a WeThePeople pony. Hooked on riding since then!
Braun Flatground 2005 was the first contest I visited as a spectator. I was so overwhelmed seeing real life flatland for the first time ever in my life, deeply impressed by all the riders / styles / tricks! The vibe of the finals was amazing; Viki Gomez vs. York Uno and Scott O’ Brien on the mic. Epic!
Around that time there was a pretty big scene in Holland, good riders (Bram, Sytse Winkel, James Alberto) a lot of jams with a lot of people, Renato van Bloemenhuis with FlatTV flatland video magazine. Good times!!
It seems to me that you have really found your way in riding, have you always rode brakeless?
For now I like the idea to have a bike that is as simple as possible. I did make the classic mistake to take of my back brake right after I got my first flatland BMX, I thought it was ‘oldskool’ of not cool to have a back brake. After a few months I took off my front brake, because I could do all the tricks I learned brakeless, and tricks I wanted to learn also were rolling tricks.
A few weeks ago I was curious about some brake tricks, so I put on a front brake again. But it didn’t felt good / natural for me at all, and I got some new ideas for other brakeless tricks. After two hours I took the brake off. So yes, I think I have found my way in riding brakeless. We will see what future brings.
More recently I have been asking interviewees to produce an edit to showcase their riding, whats your concept for your edit?
Well, not really a concept, just riding from the last 2 months. The video I made is a selection of mobile phone clips, some new, some older, different styles and different weather conditions. I try to be original, as well you can see tricks which I think there just cool or fun to do. Some of the clips are pulled first try on cam. I think it’s time to buy a good camera.
How’s the Dutch scene going? Many new riders/faces?
The Dutch scene used to be much bigger. The scene nowadays is based on a small group of dedicated riders. At the moment there are in a few cities small groups of riders, like Groningen, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Eindhoven. There not really many new faces. I hope there a lot more riders in smaller villages who just ride by themselves.
Do you ride on your own, or have a crew to ride with?
99% of the time I ride on my own, which I like. Sometimes I go to another city to ride with other people.
What are your plans this year, contest wise, travelling etc?
I like to go with other riders to jams or contests, because a road trip is always fun! At the end of may I go to Berlin to chill at the 55DSL jam in Mellowpark. In July I go to BMX Cologne, every year good party! After BMX Cologne I’m going to chill with my girlfriend somewhere in Europe for some weeks. Hopefully we will cross some jams.
After summer I hope to go to FlatArk or Toronto, but depends on the money and holiday time…
In June (weekend of 28th – 29th, same weekend as Barcelona Xtreme) I’m organising a jam as part of Fusion Jam, a funsport-festival in Tilburg, Holland. This is part of Festival Mundial, a really big music festival. Got some camping arranged for the riders, a good floor, for some good chilling and riding together! If you want to come, please contact me!
As part of the new generation of pros coming through, how do you feel the internet has effected your riding, is it a daily motivation for you?
Yes. Internet is an easy way to showcase my own riding. In September 2012 I dropped a small video online of a daily session. I got some goodfeedback about my riding, which motivated me to showcase my riding more.
Sometimes it is a good motivation to watch other riders video’s. Just so nice to see so many good riders from all over the world!!
You have a really unique style, really light footed, almost like Chase Gouin would say “floatland” is this something you worked on, or natural style?
Haha, thanks! I used to work on riding smooth. A friend of me said, when I showed her a link on video, that I got the same movement in normal life, without the bike. So I also I think it’s natural style evolving.
Whats your view of contests? Do you train for them, or are you much more concerned with progression?
I don’t really have priority to train hard for contests. It stops progression for me. Everybody knows the feeling of pulling a new trick, it’s such a good feeling! This feeling is the main motivation for me to ride. But it’s always fun to go to a contest and meet all the riders. That’s a good motivation too for me, I for other riders as well. Contests and demo’s seems a good way to show people what BMX is, so I think it’s a good aspect of riding.
When I know I go to a contest I check in some days before the contest, which tricks I have dialled. So I know on which hopefully kind of unique tricks I have a chance to pull in my run.
Most of the contest floors feel difficult for me to ride, because I’m used to a grippy asphalt floor instead of a slippery wooden or concrete floor. Sometimes I’m lucky when the contest floor is also grippy, like at the ABC flatland contest. I felt way more confident so I was able to pull some links in the contest.
I think it’s just a good thing to see company’s sponsor riders who are just cool or nice riders with own styles, not only contest machines. It’s stimulates young guns to do their own thing riding wise!
How do you think flatland has changed since you began riding?
Really difficult question. Don’t know the changes has been positive or negative.
I feel like I started riding during the beginning of ‘newschool’ period. I’ve seen trends, some contra-trends, and so on, and I still feel like a rookie in BMX-world. How people deal with internet has definitely a big influence on all the trends.
What sticks in my mind is the steamroller-based period as a trend (a trick I still use a lot), now you see people go more and more for diverse tricks and unique styles. It’s way more fun to see people doing their own thing. I think it’s a good ‘trend’ again. We all just have to follow our ownpath.
For myself, flatland hasn’t change much. It’s still my sport and creative outlet from my daily activity, which I like to do a lot.
What is your vision for the future with regard to your personal riding?
I hope I can ride as long as possible with fun. It’s so good to see older guys still being a teenager while riding, no matter the level of riding. I hope I will never get ‘old’ in a bitter way. In another way, I hope I can still continue to progress. This is for me the main motivation to ride BMX. Maybe when I’m older progression won’t be my main motivation to ride, I don’t know.
I got some short term goals riding wise. I hope to learn some techniques I haven’t mastered yet and evolve my own style and tricks more and more.
On a personal note: do you just ride, or do you hold down a job, college, university or something like that?
I have a job for 3,5 days a week. The rest of the week I ride my bike, and try ride some BMX shows with the ActBMX team.
My job is counsellor in a middle school, try to help teenagers with social-emotional problems. I work as well in a innovate school program in Holland, based on personal education and giving kids the chance to evolve their own talents. I’ve got enough time to totally focus on my job, go for it with fun and passion, and also have enough time to ride, have a social life and doing other stuff I like
I noticed on your Facebook that you kill bikes, what are you riding now and how is that bike holding up?
Haha, I try my best to keep the bike safe when I bail.
I only want to change a part when it’s broken, try to care a bit about the environment.
The hardware on my bike is holding up pretty good so far. I want strong parts, which will not break after some months of riding. I think it’s also important to support the small amount of companies that support flatland.
My personal ride now is as followed:
Frame: Junglerider indamix 19.5 frame from Navid.
Bar: Tempered, don’t know which one, swapped it with Sytse Winkel.
Barends: St. Martin
Gripstops: Modified St. Martin barend and Autum barend.
Stem:Flatware with homemade knee protection.
Fork: Flatware 0 degrees.
Front rim: Sun, pinned 48h.
Front hub:Proper 48 holes, no broken spokes since 2 years!
Rear rim: Sun, pinned 36h.
Freecoaster: KHE geisha first version, 36h.
Front tires: Odyssey frequency 1.75 .
Rear tire: Suelo 1.75.
Crank: KHE erlkoenig, modified to fit a 20t sprocket.
Sprocket: St. Martin
Front pegs:Suelo, old version, with skateboard griptape. Grippy when it´s wet, good enough for pivoting.
Rear pegs: KHE jessup and Sequence plastic.
Seat: MacNeil Travis Collier, modified the back for easier grab.
Seatpost: Primo long one.
Grips: Proper, but I want to go back to Odi Longnecks. Does someone knows a something to make sure the grips won’t slip? *Editors note: You could try Tennis grip.
With that talk of bike breaking, I know just got a JR frame. I guess if you could talk to a manufacturer what would your advise be into frame design to last?
Haha, I did a social study. Really don’t know much about the technical aspects of BMX-manufacturing. Although, I would like to help a company out and try how long their BMX parts will last my riding
Something we don’t discuss is surfaces whilst riding, whats your preferred surface to ride flatland Sietse?
With A LOT of grip. My homespots are always made of asphalt. I don’t like it when a floor is slippery, and I get the feeling I don’t have control.
We talked about your style evolving a lil’ bit, what riders are inspiring you?
Every rider with own style or tricks!
I really enjoy when I see a photo or video of a rider where you rarely see a thing from.
You’re doing a fantastic job give those riders attention on flatmatters with interviews of Naoki Watanabe, Shuichi Osada, Eiji Kataoka, Peter Olsen, Sebastian Grubinger. Felt the same with all the Ground Tactics entries and older DVD’s. So good to see so many difference.
On big contests like BMX Masters / worlds / cologne I like to watch qualification of riders I rarely see, even if they don’t pull full links. I just need to travel more and visit more places and riders.
Thanks Sietse, dope to hear that! What kind of music are you into?
Depends on my mood or daytime.
For now mostly classic music for waking up, soul / funk / punk in mycar, to see live; every kind of music.
Love to go to music festivals sometimes.
For riding everything: from singer-songwriter (Jose Gonzales, Emil Landman) beats (L’Orange, Perquisite), easy D’nB (High Contrast), band (The Mars Volta, The Bronx, Buena Vista Social Club, Jamiroquai, Happy Camper). Besides that I like to ride without music. Just silence.
You do a lot of shows Sietse right? Tell me something about this?
Together with Bram Verhallen I have a show agency named ActBMX. This used to be the company from Bram and Sytse Winkel. Sometimes they asked me to ride a show with them. In the last years they almost quit riding, so I continued ActBMX. We still ride shows together. Bram even started riding again, and Navid Saleki is also involved. It’s for us fun to do, and good to catch up again!
I like to perform with or without the bike. From time to time I do a project with friend in a theme band (nineties party or zeroes heroes party) where I sing, and I play the bass guitar with friends in a band.
It’s most fun to do BMX shows of demo’s for kids. They are always impressed, and it’s an good and for my easy way to bring a good message to them.
Any final words to wrap up this interview Sietse, it has been great catching up with you and learning more about you and your story.
You’re welcome! Thank you so much Effraim for this opportunity. Thanks to photographers Maxime Cassagne, and Omar Lammers for the great pics. Thank you reader / rider for taking the time to read this interview, (or just scroll down and only read this sentence)! Ride on!
Go watch that edit again….
Head over to the brakeless blog for a nice interview with Swiss flatlander, Didier Genet!
Intro/Interview: Johann Chan.
Marked Photos: Maxime Cassagne /Unmarked Photos: Johann Chan.
We first met the brothers Yannick and Jean-Michel Chauvel at King of Concrete. Two brothers from France who have for many years, repeatedly treked across the channel to shred the contest.
They occasionally mentioned an event which they organised in Noireau, France, and if their event matched their riding devotion, we knew it would be worth checking out.
So when Keelan Phillips and James White asked me if I wanted to jump in their car, and visit the comp, I had to take it.
On arrival we were pleased to see an organized and genuine home grown style of contest. A high level of riding, a healthy class of young shredders, a nice undercover riding venue, a decent floor space, above the norm catering, good tunes and a most importantly – a good overall atmosphere. One where arriving riders, come and shake the hand of every rider before even stepping on their bike.
We caught up with Jean-Michel Chauvel on some of the workings behind Astolabe.
You manage to keep the costs low for all the riders and spectators, Is it difficult to finance the contest?
We do a few shows to make money. There is competitor registration which is ascending with categories. Also young riders parent’s make some cake’s we sell, there is also the barbecue.
How is there such a healthy scene of great young riders?
We have a formal club here for the young riders. We can use a gymasium 2 hours a week which keeps a connection between riders.
My brother and I give advice to young riders. It’s not like foot ball training…. we want each rider to have their own free style. We just push them and give them advice or answer their questions.
then for the young riders parents it’s not too much underground and then they not afraid.
So this is the 4th Astrolabe contest?
Yes it was the Astrolabe 4…. but we also organised 3 contests between 86 & 88 with French riders. At that time our father was the president of the club.
Where does the name come from?
Astrolabe is the name of Amiral Dumont d’Urville’s ship. A great sailor who discovered the Adelie earth in the Antarctic continent.
Who organises the contest?
My brother is in charge of relations with riders and local authorities, my sister is in charge of catering, and I’m in charge of the floor.
You both still compete at the contest, is it difficult to ride and organise the comp at the same time?
We can both do the contest and supervise the event, because every thing is well prepared and we have help from parents of the young riders.
This year we had 2 DJs. An old friend from riding “DJ Larco” and my son Charlie Mess who did his first public mix.
Any final Thanks?
Thanks to my wife local shop “tant qu’il y aura des hommes” DC Shoes France, and Freegun France for presents to the am categories.
Photos: Johann Chan & Vlad Shcherbakov.
Last weekend as we said “Hello Springtime” here in the UK. I was invited up to Spin London 2014 to MC some flatland shows by Jason Forde & Johann Chan, an event previously I didn’t know much about, and perhaps you don’t either. So I caught up with Johann Chan to ask him a few questions about Spin London 2014, a fun weekend with potential for the future! Read on!
What exactly is Spin London all about Johann?
Spin LDN is a bike show/event held in East London. It has lots going on: guest speakers, cycling films, photography exhibitions, a variety of activities and stands from some nice home grown brands. It’s an interesting place and a great place to showcase flat.
How did you get a flatland gig at Spin?
Last year I exhibited some photos, helped out with one of the talks, and me and Jason Forde rode in a few demos which went down really well with the crowds. When speaking to Alex Daw about Spin this year, he was cool enough invite us back.
Was it an important thing to bring flatland to a different crowd?
Spin is located at the Truman brewery, off London’s popular Brick Lane, It’s a great place to get flatland out there, getting it seen in a good location, with great surroundings.
I love riding by myself at my spot, but riding in front of people is exciting too. Flatland doesn’t need be an insular sport, after all it can be done anywhere with a good floor. I can be too complacent with riding in a certain way in the same place, and changing that can sometimes have positive effects. Plus I feel flat deserves to be seen. The Spin guys run a cool laid back event so it’s nice reconnecting flatland with the outside world on our own terms to a certain degree.
It seems with the Royal Festival Hall event & now Spin, there is a bit momentum going with your shows. You link up with Jason over at 1WM, you guys running a show team?
Jason Forde runs One wheel Motion, and he’s been getting some quality gigs, Jays pretty cool with sharing the love, so involves lots of riders, without the battle format which goes down well Recently we’ve had the opportunity to ride at the royal Festival Hall, the Design Museum and the V&A.
Our friend Alice Marsh deserves some props as well as she’s been instrumental in triggering some of these opportunities.
Besides the flatland shows what else were you involved in at Spin?
We were given a stand space in exchange for the demos, so we exhibited the Swift cruiser, Bizhouse products which we’re importing, t-shirts etc.
We set about promoting One Wheel motion, we had my computer and monitor (which looked like it’d fallen out of an office window from the 1980s) playing 1WM and other flatland videos.
Any plans after holding two show events of putting on a contest?
I’d definitely like to- I’ve always wanted to put a contest on again, I’ve been looking for an ideal London floor for years. From the Battle Vibes contest last year, you can see that there’s certainly a rider interest for it. Jams are fine but even a small amount of structure & a sound system make a huge amount of difference to an event.
How did you feel this years event went?
Last year, I showed up put some photos up, did a Q&A, rode my bike and drank beers- it was a massive doss in comparison.
This year, setting up the stand, display bikes and demos had so many logistics : liaising for the floor, looking after the stand, building and selling the product to cover peoples’ expenses. It turned it into something different.
So a lot more work this year with a sacrifice to the riding & when the main reason you enjoy BMX is for the riding, and then you have so many organisational tasks, that the riding suffers, you ask yourself, is it worth it? Having said that, it’s really exciting seeing something come together, super good to see everyone, and great to hear people talking and buzzing after the event.
Seeing all the boys, Jay perform for the crowd, and people getting stoked on flat is priceless. I’d definitely recommend trying to set up a flat demo/jam within a decent show or event.
Lots of people helped out, Jason Forde my partner in crime, Phil Dolan for the stylish VW camper transportation. Laura Matless for helping out with the stand. The riders Steve Green, Bence Pozsonyi, Norbert Bukki, TGM Maz, Amos Burke, Vlad Shcherbakov for pics.
James White / ‘The Black Drape’ showed some amazing drape hanging skills by taking the initiative and hanging our banners and black drape in a fashion that would make a spirit level jealous. And of course your good self MCE / The Big E, props to you for taking on the Mic, and also mucking in with the floor sweeping & coking the floor.
Cheers Johann! A fun weekend! Thanks to both Johann and Jason for inviting me up to London! Looking forward to seeing where this event heads in the future!
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Danny Sirkin over at QuestBMX hit me up with some exciting news yesterday, ladies and gentlemen check out the new Quest BMX Podium frame, I sent Danny a few questions about the frame, so read on and check out the first photos of the frame, dialled!
Making a flatland frame with a platform is a brave move in the small saturated market that is flatland. Firstly, why did you choose the platform and who designed the frame?
Danny-Quest products have always been about function and performance. I don’t feel like the market is saturated with flat frames, although I do feel like there might be too many shortened double-diamond street frames. There are tons of riders who actually want a flatland-looking frame and there just hasn’t been much available in ages. t designed the frame myself with plenty of input from many fellow riders. I wanted the Podium to be as technology-forward as possible. Let’s think of it as ‘Flatland Forward.”
The Podium frame is more than just a flat frame with a platform. The platform is incredibly tiny and out of the way. It’s almost impossible to notice when riding it actually. I have seen a big trend of decade-type tricks happening again which is what initially prompted the idea, but honestly, it just builds a stiffer and stronger frame. The platform boxes in the rear end and keeps it from flexing laterally. The increased stiffness is instantly noticeable.
Here are some key features:
SuperTherm double-butted top and down tubes
Really sweet tapered seat and chain stays with bullet caps
14mm dropouts with integrated chain tensioners
Mid bottom bracket
Down tube gusset for added clearance
Curved bridges on seat and chainstays
Compact 4” platform length
No integrated seat post clamp – nothing to break and an aftermarket clamp holds tighter
Removable gyro tabs and cable hanger
Thread-in removable brake mounts – the finest available
Awesome Stardust-Black Powdercoat
MADE IN USA!
What is the geometry of the frame Danny?
Top tube length – 19”
Chainstay length – 13” slammed
BB Height – 11.8”
Standover height – 7.5”
Seat tube angle – 71 degrees
Head tube angle – 74.5 degrees
Weight before powder coat – 4.6lbs.
Where are you getting the frames made?
Dylan Worsley at WE Bicycles is making them. Dylan is awesome to work with and he’s a legend. It’s an honor to work with him on this project.
Entering the frame market is a big move, plans to expand Quest further? And when can we expect the frame to go into production?
Quest is making products as the needs arise. If we feel we can make something better or if we can make something that fills a void, then we will. Every Quest product is different and unique. Our pegs, for example, are made from 6061 aluminum instead of 7075 because research has shown that it lasts longer and doesn’t crack because it’s not as brittle. Also, our knurling has more depth than other pegs which gives increased control and stability but without being too grippy. Side note – we have improved our US peg sourcing and are happy to announce that the new retail of Guru and MetaGuruStix are now $49.99/pair!
I have to ask Danny, will this frame contain Gurunium?
Of course! Every Quest product is Gurunium-infused. Gurunium is the key element in our relentless pursuit of perfection.
Who is riding for Quest in 2014?
The 2014 Quest team consists of JF Boulianne, Todd Carter, Joe Cicman, Bryan Huffman, Danny Sirkin, Mannie Nogueira, Colin Carter, and Camden Carter.
Any last words?
Yes, I’d like to thank Todd Carter for giving this frame such an awesome name! The Podium. Thanks to Dylan Worsley for being a dream to work with! Lastly, thank you to Brandon Halleen who is the man behind the super-clean graphics. We are really excited about this frame!
Thanks for the exclusive Danny! That is awesome the frame will be made by a flatland legend, Dylan Worsley! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for the Podium frame to drop!
Photos: Mateus Beckmann.
Last year there was something wonderfully pure about Mateus Beckmann sharing his progression with the flatland world. It turns out his amazing progression led to 34 videos. Mateus deservedly grabbed the Editorials Choice for Rider of the Year and Most Progressive Rider of the Year by a landslide! Mateus stepped up once again to bring us a new “Must Watch” video with his new tricks to go with this interview! Enjoy!
Firstly, congratulations Mateus you got my vote for Rider of the Year as well as readers vote the progressive rider of the year! From my perspective, producing 34 progressive videos throughout the year, with contributions every month made you the clear winner, you are motivating riders worldwide consistently all year! What an amazing year for you, how do you feel firstly about winning the awards?
Thanks Effraim. Win the award-winning ‘Rider of the Year’ and ‘progressive rider of the year’ is truly incredible. I am very, very happy for that. At first I really did not expect something like that, when I saw my name next to the names of my idols in Flatland I really was very happy. Is strange win of riders that you get inspired… Thanks Effraim and all!
34 videos in one year is incredible, such amazing progression last year, do you film every time you ride?
I had no idea I had made 34 videos in 1 year!
No, I only filming when i have a lot of new tricks, or sometimes when I’m very close to hitting a difficult trick.
I saw your flawless run during the Overground series last year, and I see the World Circuit will come to Brazil this year, will you be competing in this contest and other contests this year? What is your mindset towards contest riding?
Yes, I made a good run in Overground Series of simplest tricks.
Yes, I’ll try to go in all competitions in Brazil this year.
My mindset for the next riding contests is to make original tricks, some of my tricks( variations whips and decades) and some long combos too, I know I can actually do good tricks in competitions.
You have been doing a lot of decade/whopper variations recently, what I call one hit tricks, super hard! How do you see your riding progressing, are you just out there learning whatever comes along?
Decades / Whoppers variations are really my favorite tricks, are tricks that have not yet been very explored, there are still many variations of whoppers to create.
I like a trick, so I try to do this trick, maybe so my progress. ALWAYS TRY TO LEARN THE TRICKS THAT YOU LIKE
What are your plans for 2014?
Participate in all competitions in Brazil, participate in contests outside Brazil if I get sponsors.. Keep riding and progressing.
Your videos have inspired every flatlander at some point last year. I see that you ride at a skatepark, are you inspired by other types of BMX and other sports, such as skateboarding and so on?
What really inspires me is just in BMX Flatland and BMX Street. I like riding BMX Street with my friends, it’s great fun.
More recently your edits (i.e 2014), I noticed you are riding without a chain, why is that?
Yes, problems with my Freecoaster.
For the Master Bikes have only frames (SAMPA), forks, and bars. Freecoasters are too fragile to tricks jumps/whoppers.
Any final thanks/shoutouts Mateus?
Effraim Thanks for the interview.
Thank you Family & Friends.
Thanks Master Bikes,SAMPA BMX, Marcos Paulo de Jesus (Pig), Ederson Ferreira, Casa dos consertos.
Photos: Autum Bicycles.
Yesterday we dropped the first of our award interviews with Thomas Noyer who won the editorial vote edit of the year and breakthrough rider of the year! Today is the turn of Brand of the Year, which you the readers voted for Autum Bicycles. I caught up with Matti Rose to talk about the background of the brand, winning the award, organising the flatland contest at the worlds, and generally giving a lot back to flatland. Read on!
Lets begin, Autum voted Brand of the year! Congratulations guys, for the record who is running things at Autum? How many people do you have working for you?
First of all thanks a lot for voting us brand of the year – thats a good feedback for all the hard work we put into it! AUTUM is based in Berlin and Thomas Hirsch and me are running things mostly on our own. We are both involved around 20 years in BMX and especially Flatland. Besides that we got some help of a few freelancers who now and then help us with graphic stuff, filming, fotos, website shizzle and of course taxesss…
Of all the brands out there in flatland, you tie everything together really well with website branding, style, quality edits, and so on. What were your personal highlights in 2013?
Thanks for the props Effraim – keeping everything smooth & connected is one of our main goals for the brand. There are a few personal highlights, but one highlight was and is the development of the brand in general with a dope product portfolio, nice edits, new riders and good feedback from the scene for our last years work (which means also getting the Flatmatters brand of the year award was a highlight)! We are trying to push BMX with the help of a good team and try to realize products which fit the standards of modern BMX Flatland & Street riding and it looks like the riders like it! Besides that another highlight to me was seeing our FLAT/STREET products copied by Wethepeople – no hard feelings Harry ; )
And above all that you stepped up and took charge of the flatland organisation of the Worlds Championships in Koln, Germany. Is there any news on the Worlds this year?
Yes, with deepBMX we are trying to push BMX Flatland in general with doing shows, workshops and also contest organizations like we use to do at the Worlds. Until now we have no news. But next week we will have a meeting in Cologne with the main organizer and I guess after that we will have some news concerning the worlds/masters. I hope we get to continue the good work with establishing Flatland on the contest…
I know you can’t give to much away, but will there be new Autum products in 2014?
Yes, there will be new AUTUM products in 2014 ; )
If riders want to get hold of Autum product where can they get your product from?
In general you can find your nearest dealer through our dealers list on our website:
Any final thank yous?
First of all a BIG thank you to our customers,dealers and distributors who believe in our good products!
Thanks to the whole team – you guys rule!
Hope to roll,spin and switch with you guys more this year…
Jäzzo for top notch consulting and EVERYTHING.
All the helping hands who push our brand and Club Mate for keeping me awake!
Thanks for your time Matti! Congratulations once again!