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?

FLAT ONLY COGcast EPISODE 1: 12 YEARS OF FLATMATTERSONLINE

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12 Years into running Flatmattersonline on Friday 27th November 2020, it was time for something new for the site.
After various conversations with my co-host Pete Brandt during our lockdown here in the UK, the “Flat Only” COGcast is born, the title “Flat ONLY” seemed to be the most fitting, and described the direction we both feel strongly about, Pete suggested changing “POD” to “COG” to keep inline with that flatland feel.

On the evening of our 12th anniversary, I got together via zoom with Pete Brandt, Bobby Carter, Jody Temple and man of the moment, Peter Olsen to talk about all things 12 years of Flatmattersonline, Wheelie bikes as a trend, lack of flatland frames currently available, the latest video parts, reemergence of flatland only brands, back injuries and much much more. It was a great conversation, check the timestamps below for a quick reference of what is discussed when.

Grab a cuppa FM style and enjoy the first episode….

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Intro to the FLAT ONLY cogcast, introducing Pete Brandt, and our guests Bobby Carter and Jody Temple!

5:38 12 years of FM, at what point did you guys start checking FM?

12:04 Questions for Effraim about running Flatmatters?

29:13 COVID has affected everyone’s riding. The pros and cons.

41:15: View on the over saturated market of old school frames

43:00 And not much choice in modern day flat frames….

53:57 Peter Olsen joins the show.

55:18 The reemergence of FLAT ONLY brands.

1:05:18 Back injuries and the importance of stretching…

1:11:50 Flatmattersonline year end awards coming up! So many amazing edits lately including Pete Olsen’s Ritual part….

1:26:59 Are wheelie bikes going to be the future or a passing trend?

1:39:45 Outro

Editorial: Flatmattersonline is 12 Years Strong!

Text: Effraim.
Photos: Effraim, Bart de Jong.

Good morning everyone!

Friday 27th November marks a special day, today I celebrate twelve years of running the Flatmattersonline website!
In 2008 I said to myself after plenty of conversations and prompting from Sam Foakes on our trip to Japan (see yesterdays TBT) “let’s make a place where Flatlander’s can “document their riding, share it and naturally progress!”.”

The meaning of FM…

The name “flatmatters” originally had two meanings, the obvious, flat is important, the second, discussing topics flatland related, this became more meaningful when Mark Noble at Ride UK asked to start a flatmatters page in his magazine.
My parents competition, King of Concrete helped indirectly come up with the name, when other contests across the globe were dripping flatland. Flatland very much mattered at King of Concrete, there was a big contest floor to ride, prize money etc. I helped design a Flatland Matters tee to giveaway to everyone who rode the contest back in 2000 era, great times!

The original concept of starting Flatmattersonline pretty much runs true 12 years on. I wanted an independent place for Flatlander’s to be able to look at fresh content everyday, and help inspire their session that day. I thought if I am looking for something else on the net, than perhaps other people are too.
Interestingly enough, when I started FM back in 2008, video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo were pretty fresh so not a lot of people were using them, and I was relying heavily on original content which eleven years on is something I am going back to and am more inspired by. So between October/November 2008 was spent writing articles to et ready for the 27th November launch.
From the initial generic blogspot days, to a full website FM that has seen many changes over the past 12 years. I really do have to pinch myself when I think about how many posts, and also how much time I must have spent putting content together for you the viewer at home.

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Episode 58: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Claude Hickman

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What’s up everyone? Claude Hickman surprised me today with a fresh clip for episode 58 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives. Keeping the momentum going as we approach 60 episodes!

This is Claude’s second FM exclusive, and this is episodes features another double darkside line, this time from hitch to rear wheel backpacker, I believe they call it a fudge packer in the states (correct me if I am wrong) to peg wheelie lard yard into ice cream darkside to halfpacker. Super smooth style from CH, this comes from years of riding, skills to pay the bills.
Claude on that note has just launched his own “Flatland” clothing brand, hit him up on instagram for the tees, sweatshirt, hoodies and all that good stuff.

Thanks Claude for contributing, whose got episode 59?

Episode 57: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Jean-Michel Chauvel

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We are back, episode 57 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives. It is pretty fitting today I am wearing a King of Concrete tee, ep.57 features Jean-Michel Chauvel from Guilliaume Le Conquerant over in Normandie, France just across the water from me here in Southsea, UK. Jean-Michel is a big supporter of the King of Concrete contest, and competed this year in the eFise, MOC, and AFA online contests, and I love this guys riding.

He has a unique flow to how he puts the tricks together, I would call these “pieces” of tricks put together in one clip with his unique pirouette style, that’s figure skating like. This is what flatland is all about, get out there and get creative. Jean-Michel is in his 50’s and showing no signs of slowing down, stoked he stepped up for episode 57.

Merci Jean-Michel for stepping up!!!

We have definitely slowed down as we approach 60 episodes, if you have a clip send it in. Don’t be shy, instructions on how-to take part are after Jean-Michel’s clip….

Whose got episode 58?

Episode 56: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Lalo Jimenez

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Flipping the script for episode 56, and why not? There are no posting schedule rules with Flatmattersonline exclusives…

Lalo Jimenez comes through a rad bar spinning g-roll type of deal for 56, and also the news that there is a world-wide online flatland jam going on tomorrow, hence the exclusive dropping tonight. I fired this one out right after a long day at work, link below to the jam!
Thanks Lalo for contributing whose got episode 57??

https://www.facebook.com/groups/723002564499809/?ref=share

Episode 55: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with James White

The godfather of UK flatland, James White comes through with Episode 55 after a slight interlude after Bruno Zebu’s amazing 54th edition!
James delivers a brand new move, he calls the “slide aid”. I used to do sliders a long time ago, in my teens and never dreamt of linking a slider with a boomerang. Whiteski being the true freestyler he is, delivers the goods and surprises us all the process.
Like Nice and Smooth once rapped, “this is how we take the old to the new”….

Thanks James for contributing, whose got episode 56?

Episode 54: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Bruno Zebu

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We are back with episode 54 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives.
Today we have an absolute treat from one of my favourite riders, Bruno Zebu from Brazil. This cat has so much style on the some of the hardest switches, and he comes through with this insane halfhiker turbine pivot to opposite xft halfpacker and flows into a ridiculous line. These clips are getting absolutely insane as someone commented recently.

Thank you Bruno for contributing, who’s got episode 55?

Episode 53: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Trevor Meyer

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Welcome back, today we have a real treat for you!
Trevor Meyer during the 90’s was the most prolific contest rider on the globe, and Trevor is still going strong as you will see in this 53rd episode of the Flatmattersonline exclusives!
Freshly baptised this week, Trevor comes through with an awesome bar spin ice cream line pivot into pumping inside switch-b, smooth as glass! Trevor in my opinion, is one of the best to ever touch a 20 inch freestyle BMX bike, his tricktionary is as deep as anyones in the game, so stoked he came through with an FM exclusive.
Thanks Trevor for contributing!

Whose got episode 54?

Episode 52: Flatmattersonline Exclusive with Tyler Gilliard

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What’s up everyone? It’s been a busy week, juggling riding, work, judging e-fise and so on. But, we are back to it today! US flatland shredder, Tyler Gilliard came through with an amazing crackpacker whip line from episode 52 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives filmed at his workplace/dojo in Florida.
Tyler has such a fast style, great to watch, and delivers a banger for us all…

Thanks Tyler for contributing, who’s got episode 53?