Eurobike kicked off the 2006 Trade show marathon. The show seems to get bigger every year. It's hard to find good space for a booth and the brands who decided to display outdoors were lucky this year as it did not rain.
What was new? KHE had a fair bit of new product at their booth. From a 249,= Euro complete flatland bike to a new freecoaster hub, a super light tire in two sizes, a 10,25 KG complete bike, new Prism tires, a prototype stem and a chain that works with the super small 9T sprocket in the back. All KHE complete bikes are now assembled in Germany. Goldie (Butler) still has a signature model out.
Matti Roese from Germany has taken things in his own hands. Instead of talking about it, Matti makes it happen. With the help of some friends he has started organizing contests and started doing flatland shows and more. Time to check in with FELT's MR.What made you decide to start organizing Flatland contests?
Matti: Last year, by chance Jens Werner ( Manager of the Mellow Park in Berlin and the nicest person in Bizznizz) and me went to a meeting about the possibility to organize an event in the famous "Palast der Republik" (former DDR politician headquarter).
A lot went on this summer in Germany and Freedom is the magazine to give you all the German coverage. After the usual Inhalt, post, termine, videocom and news, it time for the articles. First one up is an article about flatland. The title: Is Flatland to be saved? Next article: The Fear Factor with Markus Wilke. Then we're getting into the contest scene reports starting with the Rebel Jam in Berlin with great photos. The Federal tour was in Germany and the report starts on page 32. Straight into the 2005 BMX Masters article and the Nokia Fise report. Up next it's the German Meisterschaft in Coburg. 2 pages of riding and two pages of partying. Nice one! The Backyard Digger tour gets explained on p.54/55 before moving into a Christoph Steen and Daniel Tinhoff BIO sort of thing. Melloshit and the Darmstaedter BMX contest fill the next few pages plus a report from a flatland contest in the Black Forest. Repo in the house: Recklinghausen jam and Dormagen jam. Learn how to Nosewheelie with Timo Mrukwia or do the Unlookdown with Jon Robinson. Your pick. Some product pages follow and then the Exit 65 page with another opinion on: Can Flatland Be Saved, written by Lowcash.
Carlo Griggs of Proper Bike Co. added Ramps to his playground
Knowing Carlo for over 20 years he still is the same person as he was back then. Building ramps in his backyard and never stops building, he should have become a carpenter as a profession.
If he is not busy enough with running his IMG Distribuiton company or working on new stuff for his bikecompany Proper he makes the locals and himself happy with another rampsection. After 3 months of work its finally done so now they can wait for half a year till winter is over and ride.....
Brighton hosts one of Europe’s most prestigious BMX competitions as Etnies Backyard Jam (EBYJ) turn the Brighton Centre into a BMX Mecca 21 â€“ 23 October 2005, ready with a 375 m2 street course, retail area, Snickers public mini ramp and more international stars than the Beckham’s garden party!
In its 12th year the Etnies Backyard Jam is coming back bigger and better. As the leading core event in the UK the riders list grows year on year and in 2005 it reads like the BMX hall of fame.
RIDE keeps on pumping them out. The October issue has a lot of stuff which includes:
26 Letters section
32 Up Front (News)
42 Pro Q&A with Brian Foster
44 Diversions (reviews of Music and videos)
46 SPOTS: Brooklyen Banks NYC
48 Then & Now: Taj Mihelich
52 PRODUCTS: gotta keep 'em happy
54 SETUPS: Garrett Byrnes's welded seatpost is no more
56 Buyer's guide: Pedals ready GO!
Watch this, they're counting 8 pages for the pull out poster
68 Product test: Primo/Mosh
110 Regional news: Aarle-Rixtel Rules
112 WorkBench: Mechanix gloves not allowed
Wait a minute, another pull out poster: 8 pages!!
Friday was going to be a CRAZY day for me. Not only did I have to cover BMX Dirt Prelims and Finals, but I also had the BMX Supercross and had to make sure a few guys got where they needed to be at certain times. Therefore something had to suffer and unfortunately it was BMX Supercross, I did get to catch the finals and have the results for you guys, but I can't really comment on much else that went on. I know the course was sick and many of the Freestyle riders wanted to get out there and ride it, but more about that later.
Ben Wallace wins penultimate round of the Braun cruZer Tour Spine at IFMA Bike Challenge in Cologne.Cologne / DÃ¼sseldorf, September 19th 2005 - The penultimate round of the Braun cruZer Tour Spine took place at the IFMA Bike Challenge at the IFMA bike trade show in KÃ¶ln on the 17th and 18th of September with about 30,000 spectators.
As well as the Pro tour round, an Amateur event was held to give the local young talent a chance to shineâ€¦.
In AM qualifying Axel Reichertz stoked all with what may have been his first public appearance since a photo sequence in a 1990 issue of Invert, and despite being too yellow or old to jump the spine he schooled everyone in what riding a mini with a front brake was all about. Unfortunately Alex chose not to show up for the final on Sunday, which allowed Axel Teschner to sneak in and grab first place with a solid run of tech tricks.
Just finished watching RF 4. Don't know what to type here right now. It was fun to go back in time but I'm usually not the one watching videos over and over again. RF 4 had McGoo and Chris Moeller on the Hank bus and it looked like they felt a bit uncomfortable being on the bus with riders being the "entertainers". The riding is great but a bit dated compared to now when we're 10 issues further down the road.
Since RF 4 and 5 came out on VHS tapes and not everyone has transferred all their VHS tapes to DVD's yet, this is a must have if you are a collector of the Roadfools videos. DVD's will stay where magnetic tapes will see the dustbin sooner or later.
Roadfools 4: Leland Thurman, Mike Tag, Cory Nastazio, Chris Moeller, McGoo, Chad Kagy, Van Homan, Dave Freimuth, Mike Escamilla, Kris Bennett and Brian Castillo visiting Ohio, Pennsylvania, NY, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachussets. Nice slideshow.
The Crown Flatland Contest Hamburg, Germany.
17 September 2005
1. Michael SteingrÃ¤ber
2. Alex Jumelin
3. Raphael Chiquet
4. Sebastian Pospischil
5. Matti RÃ¶se
6. Markus Reich
7. Wolfgang Sauter
8. Ali Barjesteh