Must Watch – Jean William Prevost / Puro Flat #2 Spring

PURO FLAT #2 : SPRING from IGI BMX on Vimeo.

Dub dropped the latest in his Puro Flat series this weekend, so I decided to hold fire for a change and digest this one properly before publishing on FM! Everyone already knows Jean William Prevost is one of the best riders in the world, what I like about what he is doing with the Pro Flat series is he’s giving something special to the artform side of flatland rather than keeping it private until it’s ready for a contest.

Dub rides with a unique energy and flow that is unrivalled across the board in competitive flatland, we touched on this in his podcast recently. Keeping his energy going with the speed he rides at and consistency throughout a 3 minute run requires a certain state of mind and fitness, and here in this video project he experiments with dead time between tricks that elevates that concept to another level.

Part of the year so far? Let’s discuss this one. In terms of contest riders, Dub is at the top of the tree in terms of progression, hard to argue against it after these first two Puro Flat edits, mind blown. Thank you Dub, I am sure we will come back to this in years to come!

Puro Flat #2 is everything I thought it would be and much more, filmed in Shenzhen, Beijing and Montreal, as with all Must Watch edits I like to talk about the highlights:

00:17: The g-roll pivot inside switch b undertaker out is beautiful in technique where he has condensed the dead time.

00:25: Spinning undertaker flip grabbing tyre spinning cream pivot out is sexy flatland at it’s finest. I am on 5th watch now, and still have the same reaction as the first time I watched it. YES!

00:32: Dub further pushes the concept that I highlighted at 00:17 and adds the spinning undertaker at the beginning of the line and ends with g-roll pivot inside switch b undertaker with no deadtime at all. Wow!

1:07: Carved Opposite Dump truck ride in pivot to pedal inside switch b pedal pivot to double turbine spinning forward death truck straightens out forward pedal death to casual walkover decade out. This line has been years in the making, so much depth to this.

2:59: Dub explores different concepts around the Rodeo, each line till the end is absolutely ridiculous, but the dead time taken out on the final line and the seamless switches is something else entirely.

Level up!

Throwback Thursdays with Chad Johnston

Later Next week once I get BMX Cologne and Urban Waves out the way. I will drop a big interview with the man behind Intrikat, Chad Johnston. It seems like as good a time as any to re up his amazing “Must Watch” pegless part.

Some of my personal highlights:

-Opening stem mccircle to scarlo tomahawk whip line at 00:04.

-Bar flip to pedal 5 in circle foot jam bar scoot line out at 00:20

– Mixing the old school and new school with a Quick bar spin pedal 5 to cowboy out at 00:40.

-Stem karl to double foot karl full bar flip out on bb/chainring at 1:25.

– The bar flip pedal 5 turbine back forward without scuffing is amazing at 3:53!

Must Watch – Rob Ridge / Still rides a Standard

Years and years of craft go into riding like Rob Ridge does, in my mind Rob continues the style of riding that made Rick Moliterno and Kurt Schmidt infamous on the BMX scene during the 90’s so it’s more than fitting that Rob rides a Standard. Besides the obviously very technical riding style Rob is blessed with, which began with years of flatland riding. What I admire the most is Rob never followed any trends at all. The man is as real as it gets, go watch this! Thank you Rob!

Must Watch – Dominik Nekolny / One Take

Must Watch edits are normally edits that have taken months to film, thousands of tries on a line and so on. But what about the other side of the spectrum, contest riding? Everyone knows Dominik Nekolny is a contest machine and here he drops hammer after hammer in a one take run to see how dialled he is. The man is on another level, I respect anyone who can throw a flawless run but this off the chat difficulty back to back, heavy breathing included. I got totally sucked into this, and you all need to watch this too. Anyone who has ever “trained” for a contest will know the level of professionalism, discipline, blood sweat and tears to get to this level! F*** yeah Dom, respect!

Must Watch – Alex Jumelin / Mastering the Art of BMX Flatland

This new edit appears to have gone under the radar, thanks to Jeff R for sending this one in. What I really liked about this new “Mastering the Art of BMX Flatland” is Alex Jumelin seems to focus on just a few tricks and what he can do with them. Really powerful, I would also like to add this year has already been so incredible for Must Watch edits and I feel like I am giving the honours out weekly right now but this deserves it! The highlights for me are below:

00:42: Sliding Scarlo squeak bars crossed bar flip front scuff to nose jump xft inside steam shove it opposite foot steam boomerang steam out.

1:04: Rollback one and half flail to xft inside steam line.

1:56: Long g-turn to backwards nannie jump down to xft inside steam line.

2:16: And the banger of the edit! 720 nose jump to inside xft steam!!, execution is incredible!

Go watch this one right now!

Must Watch – Denes Katona / The Rolling Stone

Denes Katona – The Rolling Stone from Denes Katona on Vimeo.

Last year Denes Katona released one of the best videos of the year, “The Rolling Stone” which quite rightly was nominated for edit of the year in the 2017 FM year end awards. Denes chose to sell the video by direct download online, and yesterday released the video on Vimeo.
Although many of you will have seen it I am sure there is many that haven’t, everyone needs to see this video that is a real labour of love. Years of craft have gone into Denes’ riding, and combined with Marton Szilaygi’s influence and editing skills you are onto a winner.

Quite literally everything Denes does is a highlight, jaw droppingly good I would say. But as always I like to highlight my favourites and I’ve selected a few diff styles to reflect what I was saying about this project being a labour of love.

1:05: Ankledeath style whiplashes both ways pedal 5 jump lash xft out!

1:48: One handed switch handed multiple whiplashes to hitch One handed switch handed multiple whiplashes the other side. Just mind boggling skill, I once said at the TGM that Denes is a rolling god. I stick by that to this day!

2:36: I’m thinking back to when I first downloaded the Rollibg Syone video. This line had me hitting the rewind, I just didn’t see it coming. X handed whiplash to hitch juggler to switch handed steam to halfpacker whip turbine backwards backpacker pivot opposite xft hitch out. The step from switch hand steam to halfpacker in this line is amazing!

4:53: One of my favourites from the whole project and again I didn’t see this coming. Multiple rocket squeaker bar flips to rocket 5 forward scuff multiple xft whiplashes to one handed smith out! So much skill and the surprise I loved!

14:24: I left a little gap and like I said everything Denes does is amazing. Still one of the standout lines after many watches at 14:24. Opposite xft multiple whiplashes rebate multiple xft whiplashes the other direction xft messiah switch handed one handed smith out!

Denes can do it all, 17 minutes of raw flatland. No trends, just pure lifer flatland skills. Go watch this, get motivated and go and ride. Top marks Denes!

Must Watch! Jean William Prevost / Puro Flat #1: Winter

PURO FLAT #1 : WINTER from IGI BMX on Vimeo.

When Jean William Prevost titles a video “Puro Flat”, I am already intrigued as I hit the play button. The title implied to me that this would feature lines that Dub does not do in contests, would it live up to the hype that I have just built up in my head from the title?

“The PURO FLAT 2018 Series is my intention to stay true to the artform that comes through Flatland before simplification for competitions and all other forms of it may it be shows or whichever…this is just me and the camera for the sake of the artform!!!”

My immediate thought without even reading Dub’s description wasn’t far enough, and of course you have seen the Must Watch title so you already know this is a belter!
When a rider such as Jean William Prevost is at the top of his game its a beautiful thing for him to share with us all what he is capable of away from the contest light.

And boy does he deliver, I am on my third watch already before I start highlighting what I love about this edit.

1:06: I am hitting the rewind on this one, short and so hard and never been done! flip to gliding gerator or lard yard whatever you care to call it two footed rolling undertaker out. The execution!!!

1:12: The development of the spinning inside switch undertaker now into a line is just ridiculous. Wait for the ride out, total bike mastery. This might be a contender for line of the year already??

3:11: Multiple antrider turbines direct to the spinning switch b spinning undertaker to backwards wheelie, and the part i loved the most. Showing the realness, just kicks off the wall. So raw and uncut, personally loved that he chose to show that.

3:22: The last two rodeo lines are just absolutely out of this world, ok this might be the line of the year also. What the hell!

Like I already said it’s an amazing thing to see riders at the top of their game share the behind the scenes stuff they are working on. Everyone needs to watch this! Top marks, and another contender for edit of the year and it’s only April! Let’s talk about this one in the comments section….

Must Watch – Chad Johnston / S&M “Hot Dogs” Section!

I don’t know if it’s just me or has the level gone up a notch or ten this year. It’s not normal that I give a video part section a Must watch. But it’s Chad Johnston, and in my eyes we don’t see enough Chad. Not only one of the most inspirational riders, but look what he has done for riders such as Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez, and countless others.

Chad hits it hard in the Long Beach underground in this S&M “Hot Dogs” Section, from the opening backwards elbow glide on the forks at 00:16 to double footed karl BB bar flip out I’m literally having the feeling of watching one of his intrikat videos for the first time.

00:27: pegless undertaker with a wild wheel stand lawnmower type ride out! This might be one of the moves of the year already! It’s april!!!

00:33: Bars regular bar twist to bars backwards nose ET nose to set up Scarlo squeak whips to double karl bar flip out! WTF!!!

00:53: Scarlo squeak to chick whip double footed karl to 360 BB flip out!

1:17: Seat stand megaspin to xft pedal megaspin step over one foot pedal manual pedal death to blender, bare in mind no pegs! Absolutely insane, and like a fine wine Chad just keeps getting better and better. Beyond stoked, contender for edit of the year? Let’s discuss this one in the comments, pure flatland at it’s best! Look out for an interview soon right here on FM!

Must Watch – Dane Beardsley / This and that

From the opening xft 180 bunny hop jump back to regular stance backwards manual across the Newport Beach riding spot I was glued to this one from Dane Beardsley. A rider I feel like is totally overlooked by the flatland scene, and a rider with a lot of depth in his riding. As always with “Must Watch” videos I like to highlight what stood out for me with some detail about what is going on also.

00:27: Bars backwards whiplash to forward karl/one handed karl in circles kick one handed backwards half hiker backwards karl freak squeak scuff whiplash to hitch whiplash out! Absolutely amazing, and I really like how Dane mixed some old tricks and made them new, such as the freak squeak, and having down a lot of one handed karl lines I know how difficult that one handed karl in circles to one handed karl backwards hitch is….

00:51: Half boomerang step same foot xft backwards fork wheelie to x-ft backwards hitch x-ft backwards half hiker fork wheelie shove it switch handed forkwhewlie to double backwards crackpacker walk around back jump forwards karl out to pedals. No one does this stuff, refreshing!

1:47: Multiple backwards x-handed whiplashes to regular backwards whiplashes, unreal bike control right here!

2:10: And the ender, half lash to multiple forward rope opposite side walk around to two footed backyard dropped down to opposite half lash out!

I get the real sense that Dane is literally playing on his bike, I have always been a fan of the quirky ride-ins and ride in’s he does, and the fact it really does look like he’s having fun. (no pun intended!). Top stuff!