Oh boy, this whet’d the appetite somewhat, combine Heresy’s Sebastian Grubinger & Matthieu Bonnecuelle and a couple of moves I have never seen before, that apparently leftovers! And you wonder what’s coming?? I’ve already hit the rewind several times on Matthieu’s slow carving whiplash line at 00:17, Sebsastian’s xft backwards fakie one handed foot jam whiplash stall at 00:34 is such a nice idea! And if I had to pick a favourite line of the edit it would have to be Matthieu’s front yard foot jam stall no handed one footed going backwards and forwards at 1:10, this is an awesome edit that I have hit the rewind several times! Enjoy!
Starting a big week off with a banger from Lee Musselwhite, who has been working on his consistency all year which has helped him get to the level of being able to string together some of his hardest signature moves into one heavy line. From the opening spider glide into black widow switch, this is real combination of what flatland is all about: hard work to get the consistency, and the artistic/creative side!
We start the month of October with an amazing edit!!!
It feels like I have given out the Must Watch tag a lot recently, it’s already been quite a week for progressive edits and today Joe Cicman’s new Curriculum Vitae 2016 certainly lives up to the hype he’s thrown at it! Curriculum Vitae 2016 documents Joe’s progressive journey as he has pushed his riding month to month working on new ideas for the Master of Creativity confine contest.
The edit really builds from June, and the format quickly going month to month really makes this easy on the eye! Joe has really pushed the Jaffa Whip concept to new levels and the banger what Joe is calling the “Terradoom” at 2:17: a no handed crackpacker no handed jump to no handed backyard is absolutely bonkers and ballsy to say the least! I will stick my neck out and say that is one of the moves of the year so far! This left me wanting more, as all great edits do. Thank you Joe you just pushed flatland up a few notches!
Autumn is here and it is the season for Must Watch edits! Today we get a real treat from Sebastian Grubinger filmed by Sevisual at the Messe riding spot in Vienna. Over the past year or so, Sebastian has been focussing a lot on back wheel riding, and the backwards two footed walkaround backyard variations variations in his latest edit are absolutely ridiculous. From the opening line at 00:45 this edit hits hard, hit play and enjoy this amazing level of modern day flatland riding!
There is definitely something in water lately with regard to Must watch edits and clips, and today the world woke up to an absolute treat from Brandon Derbowka! You absolutely have to watch this amazing no handed whiplash to no handed hitchhiker no handed whiplash, Brandon did it again! Flatland magic right here!
From the opening half cab whopper to pedalling wheelie manual 180 half cab whopper line you know this is going to be a serious edit! I’m sure a say a very similar thing every time I write about Mateus Beckmann’s riding, but this guy is at the top of sport in terms of the flat/street crossover, for example check the opposite tooth hanger at 1:17, followed by half cab truck at 1:26 not to mention the downwhip on flat to opposite smith on ledge at 1:30.
From the 2:34 the flatland side of things starts to get heavy, love the hitchhiker two footed steam hop to backwards karl fork wheelie hop to forwards hitch, simple idea, but so hard to do!
3:30 – 180 backwards manual decade out.
Hitting the rewind on this move, half cab straight backwards whopper to backwards peg manual foot jam decade out at 5:19 followed by the xft half cab half whopper 180 to xft inside steam line is amazing!
I’m in the middle of UK Champs mode, but this is worth sitting down and taking this one in! Will certainly be interesting to see where this talented kid from Brazil takes his riding in the future! It’s been another good week for edits, phew!
Beautiful new edit out of one of the most stylish riders on the planet, Autum’s Charles Paty! At 8:41 it really is worth grabbing a cuppa and watching Charles do his thing, the search for spots, riding in water, and the edit had me gripped to this for the whole duration. Very much striking a similar vibe to the Heresy crew. From the 3:00 mark it’s intense!
Some of my favourite lines:
– The body english on the backwards spinning pedal mega spin at 2:28 is something else!
– Double stem boomerang with the back wheel off the floor at 3:35!
– Hang five jump pedal nose g turn at 4:20 and the following clip with whiplash into that line and held longer too.
I could go on, hit play and let me know what you liked in this edit. Hitting the rewind right now.
Everything about this new Yuki Itoh – Welcome to the Far east Cycles team edit is on point. Yuki is one of the most underrated riders on the japanese scene in my opinion so it’s great to see FEC showed him some love.
Riding wise, the riding and the intricate switches are pretty much all groundbreaking. Here are some of my personal highlights:
– The opposite turbine steam boat ride in flip flip to yammer style backwards spinning xft steam step on fork back to steam turbine to xft fork spinning steam to opposite xft steam flip steam opposite side step into spinning cliff at 1:06! Are you following all that? Yuki’s style is so nimble around the bike, amazing!
– At 2:11 the turbine teakettle to spinning xft crack pivot spinning hang ten pivot opposite one footed spinning crack step over backwards facing one footed spinning ck jump to halfpacker pivot xft backwards spinning xft stream pivot steam to x handed spinning half hiker! Mind blown!
– The last line at 3:03! I will leave that one to you!
Props to Takuya Higa also for the camerawork, this edit makes me want to ride so bad! Job done! Respect Yuki, liquid flatland at it’s finest!!
There’s a lot to admire about Matthias Dandois’ riding, I’m personally always amazed at his work ethic, constantly away from home and still progressing and dialled as ever! That’s not easy, this new Haro Bikes edit where he teamed up with Christian Rigal in Paris and San Diego and blends the line between flatland and street further.
We all know Matthias as a dialled contest rider, take a look at Matthias throw legit flat/ street lines down, this is very much a different Must Watch than what I would normally give. This edit really gave me a feel of how natural Matthias’ riding has become.
Some of the highlights for me:
– The triple backwards manual g-turn line at 1:11!
– Half cab half whopper xft inside steam line at 2:47!
– The carved backwards manual line followed by the half cab 5 manual line at 3:52 onwards.
– The ending half cab ago over rail and stairs at 4:29 is balls out, especially I hate to say it but for a flatlander!
Hit play to watch one of the most diverse riders on the planet, do his thing!
Following the Kuoppa Gomez Bikes interview yesterday, it only makes sense to dedicate this weeks Throwback to Martti Kuoppa and Viki Gomez. Let’s go back two years to the release of the FM award winning, Bombarderos!