FLATtv DVD Volume Six Spring/Summer 05
To start: This is a five star Flatland DVD!
Why: If you ride flatland this DVD is a must have, if you like the European scene and music this FLATtv will be in your player for months!
What's in it: FLATLAND of course!
Who made it: Renato aka Ninja Inc Productions from Hellmond NL
Features: Summer Sessions, Ninja Spin 2005, Eberswalde Scene, Worlds Prague, Raphael Chiquet, BMX Masters KÃ¶ln, Daniel Fuhrmann and the Famous Dreamsession.
At FATBMX we received another issue of Props Video Magazine. We gotta give props to the PROPS crew for bringing out issues for so long. The bonus issue that came along with issue 57 is from the summer of 1996 and has a bunch of stuff including the '96 X-Games and Kris Bennett and Neil Wood interviews. If you did not have those on DVD yet, you do now when you purchase the latest Props production. It's amazing to see how far the development in production has come and watching issue 57 compared to issue 14 is a big difference.
Word on the streets was that John Parker was going to do a magazine. When we ran into John in Barcelona he had the first issue with him. Sophisticated rider is about the RIDER which means it has different sports in it as well. The Premiere Issue has interviews with Jamie Bestwick, a Joe Kid On A Stingray premiere report, an article about the current state of Flatland, a "Welcome to the Circus" article about living on the road and also a report about the Bangkok X-Games Cup. That's the BMX stuff that you get for your money (well, I believe the first issue is free). Next to that, you also get an interview with FMX Cowboy Kenny Bartram, skateboarder Chris Livingston and Andy MacDonald. The magazine has the overall picture of the "extreme athlete" in mind which isn't a bad thing but the question remains if people are willing to fork out a couple of bucks quarterly to buy such a magazine. With John Parker footing the bill for issue one (there are practically no advertisers) let's hope he can get some of his connections in gear to start supporting the magazine.
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!!
Animal and MacNeil are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between the two companies. The agreement allows Animal to use Mac Neil’s patented Pivotal seat technology on Animal bike seats. â€œIt’s been a our goal to work with other companies and to get more of them to use our Pivotal design.â€? Said Jay Miron of MacNeil. â€œ I’ve been a huge fan of Animal since the beginning. So I’m really excited that they are the first to go with the pivotal design.â€? Miron added.
A long time ago at our local fair, it was possible to win BMX stickers. BMX was a hype at the time but it was strange to be able to win BMX stickers at the local kermis. Focused on BMX, I needed to win those stickers. I forgot what I had to do to get them but it was probably shooting some chalk pipes. Anyway, one of the stickers I won had the text: "Step On It" next to RL or Mike Buff doing a one-hand-one-footer. I think I still have it, somewhere.......
This has got nothing to do with the Orchid Footwear DVD other than the title of it: "Step On It"
With a super crew of riders such as Van Homan, Shawn Arata, Dustin Gunther, Wiz, Berringer, Martinez, Jay Miron, Max Vincent, Robin Fenlon, Adamski and Kevin Porter it is hard to fail a video. Most of the crew went on a 3 week trip to the North-West and flimed the complete thing. It has a bit of a RoadFools feel to it with the riders being on the road, riding new spots and having fun. The actual video is only 25 minutes long but it's full of amazing stuff. Loads of parks, pools and street in this DVD so if that is your cup of tea, this is for you.
What the hell, Eddie Fiola makes the cover of the summer issue of Cream with a picture from 1984, taken by James Cassimus at Upland. That photo tells a 1000 stories and later on in the magazine you can read the full on interview with Eddie himself. Cream is 50% in French and 50% in English so the non-French readers need no worry. The Cream posse obviously went to the USA but the French scene was not forgotten. Where Mike Ardelean sports the Edito page, Stephane Renaud gets the Contents page. News, who's that Frog fucking Duval in the ass? Hiroya Morizaki gets interviewed for all the flatland riders out there. Lille gets visited. Braun Ninja Spin gets reviewed before going into the Super**** UK tour (French only). Pessac de Nantes follows and then it's a report about the 2005 IBMXFF World's in Prague. Calvin Tan is a flatland rider from Signapore. Learn more about him on page 62-63. Sean Lai, same thing. Page 64-65 for him and a Ground Force 0.2 report on page 66. Back to the homeland (France this time).
Road Fools 14 crew includes * Robin Fenlon * Ian Schwartz * Chase Hawk * Brian Foster * Lino Gonzalez * * Cory Martinez * Brian Tunney * Tobias Wicke * Morgan Wade * Chase DeHart * * Danny Hickerson * Aron Ross * Dustin Guenther * Chris Doyle * Van Homan *
The crew of Roadfools 14 started off riding Brian Foster's local park in New Jersey. BF lives 12 miles from the park and shows he's got the lines down including big 180-s over the concrete spine. Tobias Wicke does all kind of new liptricks (to the Americans that is) on the quarterpipe. New on the crew are two announcers who talk one video segment into the other. Leigh Ramsdell and Steve Crandall set up for a street session in NYC next. After letting the Sept.-11 drama sink in, it's off to the 3 feet high cobble stone bank for a shesh. As long as you have talent on board, it is possible to fill a whole section at a little spot like this. Edwin Delarosa makes a guest appearance in the Big Apple and Chris Doyle did a huge 180 over a street. T-Nez is soaking up a lot of the street coverage at this point and so is Chase Hawk.
The Ruff Draft DVD is full of those "BIO riders" that appear on one page with a little interview in the BMX magazines. From Larry Alvarado to Jackson Ratima these are all very talented riders that actually deserve full back-up from a company but since they're too far away from "the scene" they seem to get unnoticed. Steve Croteau and Davy Watson belong to this list too. They're riding new spots that could easily end up on a full page in Dig or RIDE. The filming of Ruff Draft is super and adds a couple of new angles to the whole video. Mike Hoder and Justin Simpson each have good sections. The graphics in Ruff Draft are great and at least you get to know who's riding after every rider gets presented with some type of "introduction". The DVD is a strong street film with new locations be it pools, rails, stairs and banks. It has got some hidden sections and bonus features including game of BIKE between Dossantos and Gonzalez. Chad Shackelford did a good job with Ruff Draft.
In its first year of being in business Twenty BMX has already received a new look. The October issue sports a new logo but the big pages remain. The Pump section has all the latest news and it feels like [twenty]bmx comes out quick as it has got the Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports tour round 2 info already. Tom Haugen explains how much money the BMX pros make at the moment in an article on page 16. The MacNeil cassette hub gets explained and if you are looking into buying a new seatpost, you only have to turn to page 22 as there are ten of them explained. Mosh went to Australia and made a report for [twenty] with loads of pics. Mike (Noord-)Brabant is a fast 17 year old BMX racer that will possibly end up in the top pro ranks in a few years from now. He knows how to jump too. Mike got a big 6-page interview. Vic Murphy and crew went to Mexico for a fun little trip and Papiro shot the pics. 5 BMX racers get asked what their career highs and lows are, it makes for some interesting reading. "Bad to the Bone" Covert bicycles? No thanks.