Ready for FLATARK 2014 – YOHEI UCHINO -

New backwheel switch from Ucchie. He seems to be ready for the flatark contest taking place in Kobe Japan on 24. October 2014.

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Aresbikes 2015 complete bikes

Yesterday, Aresbikes released the 2015 complete bike specs and colors in this youtube video. There will be a new 12″ BMX with training wheels in the Aresbikes product line called “WIT”.

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Battle in the Rockies HIROYA MORIZAKI

Hiroya Morizaki’s entry for the Battle in the Rockies contest. This video contest is the chance for 2 international riders to win a flight to the Battle in the Rockies contest in Colorado Springs Co, USA, November 15-16. No sound, no editing and not longer than 1 minute are the rules. Hit the flatmatters link for more details about this contest.

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Quentin Pelorson D.I.Y. edit #01 – Welcome to the team!

Quentin Pelorson is a young and skilled rider from France and he just made it into the “brakeless” and Aresbikes team. Watch his welcome + D.I.Y. edit, that he filmed during his holidays. We are very happy to have him as a team member.

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ARES – 15

Short documentary about Aresbikes from FlatWebTv. York Uno and Katsu Sera are talking about the the Japanese flatland scene and the history of the Ashura frame which Aresbikes redesigned this year for its 15th anniversary.

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hybition edit

Hybition eyewear edit by shindetic with Yoshihiro Shinde and Hiroki Uchiyama.

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Aresbikes gyro brake cable

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C3 JAM OSAKA 2014

The kids in Japan are going crazy on their bikes.

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Didier Genet – Swiss flatlander!

Didier Genet is one of the most talented flatland riders in Switzerland. He is a relaxed guy who surprises me with new tricks every time we ride together. A few weeks ago we sat down together, drank a cup of tea and I asked him a few questions. Here is the interview with Didier Genet – Swiss flatlander!

Pour les francophones voici l’interview en Français!

Didier Genet - Swiss flatlander

Let’s start with your age, years of riding, current job and hometown?
I am 27 years old, started riding flatland 8 years ago and I currently live in Granges-Marnand, a small village in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. I install alarm systems for a living.

Why did you start riding flatland BMX?
The first time I got in touch with flatland BMX was in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2005 when I saw Chiquet, Juemlin and Oli Müller riding at a contest. After having seen them, I felt like trying it myself. I bought an old BMX of a friend, but first just used it to cruise to my local skate spot. When they stole my skateboard, I started to pay more attention to my BMX and to ride more frequently.

What was your first contest?
The first contest I participated in was in Lausanne in 2006. It was a small contest happening during a car tuning event.

Since when do you ride in pro class at flatland contests?
The first time, it was 2 years ago at the Vibrations Urban contest in Pessac (France). I finished on the 3rd place, which for me was a pretty good start in pro class that motivated me to keep on pushing my riding.

How frequent do you ride? Do you have a lot of time after work?
I ride about 3 days a week, but sometimes more, sometimes less depending on my workload and motivation. Wintertime is harder to ride, I have no indoor spot and Swiss winters are tough. I ride a lot more during summer and for about 2-4 hours per session.

Tell us more about the Swiss flatland scene.
There are very few riders in Switzerland, I guess around 10 riders who ride flatland more seriously. Most of the time I ride alone, this helps me to focus 100% on my riding. If I don’t want to ride alone, I go to Lausanne where I ride with Gionibek. Sometimes there are also some new riders around. And every year there is a great contest in Solothurn that takes during the Bike Days, the biggest bicycle event nationwide that attracts the “cream” of the international flatland riders.

What riders influenced you?
Mostly Martti Kuoppa and Viki Gomez because of the originality and difficulty of their tricks. I used to ride with Oli Müller in my beginnings; he has a lot of flow in his riding, which influenced me as well.

Which riders inspire you at the moment?
I like Ucchie’s style, because of the immense energy in his riding, the variety of his fast pedal tricks and not to mention his new bike flip. Along the same line, I love Jean-William Prevost’s riding. I got much respect for Viki Gomez, because of his kickflips and his ability to improvise during a contest run.

How would you describe your riding?
I focus on learning technical tricks while keeping a maximum of flow. Learning new tricks incessantly and combine them in a new combo is my big motivation in this sport. Originality is very important to me, even if it is very hard nowadays to invent completely new tricks.

Didier Genet - Xfoot halfpacker

How do you keep your motivation up?
I really love this discipline because of the freedom it gives me. Inventing new movements, creating new combos, falling and standing up again – the success just depends on yourself. And the feeling when you succeed to pull a new trick is just fantastic. Of course, going to the contest is also very motivating because it allows you to meet new riders and watch the latest moves.

Please tell us more about your latest video project “SHINE”?
I felt it was time to make a more professional edit than usual, which should also be kind of a hold of my current riding skills. For this project I wanted to work with Steven from progressive pictures. I was sure that he was going to make a great job as he himself has been riding flatland for years. We met 4-5 times in order to capture the right flow in the movements and to get the perfect shots. I think we did a good job.

What are your sponsors?
Adrian from brakeless distribution is my sponsor for all the bike parts (Aresbikes). Real Gentlemen, a new streetwear brand supports me with clothes. But I would like to get additional sponsors in order to be able to travel to more contests.

Didier Genet - Swiss flatlander!

Do you have any specific details / parts that are important on your bike?
My bike has to be very light, easy to handle, stable and perfectly adjusted. I use the Aresbikes plastic spanish BB which avoids rotation of the crank like a Swiss cuckoo, this also helps a lot for a good functioning of the freecoaster. I regularly check the tension of my spokes and adjust them if necessary. The Aresbikes Uma pegs are perfect for pivotal tricks thanks to their rounded caps.

What are your goals in BMX?
To keep progressing and to explore new ways to do tricks. Make good results in contest because it always boosts the motivation. I would like to travel more, particularly to Japan, because I think this is the place where things happens in flatland.

Thanks
Thanks to brakeless for the hardware support and the interview, Real Gentlemen, Steven Blatter (progressive pictures) and all the people that motivate me and that I meet at the contests or somewhere else.

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Didier Genet – Swiss flatlander!

Didier Genet est un des riders les plus talentueux du flatland en Suisse. Il me surprend avec de nouveaux tricks chaque fois que nous roulons ensemble. Il y a quelques semaines nous nous sommes assis ensemble, avons bu un thé et je lui ai posé quelques questions. Voici l’interview de Didier Genet – Swiss flatlander!

Didier Genet - Swiss flatlander

Age, ans de riding, nationalité, profession?
J’ai 27 ans, je fais du bmx flat depuis 8 ans et j’habite à Granges-Marnand, un petit village en Suisse romande. Je travaille dans les systèmes d’alarme.

Pourquoi tu as commencé le flat?
J’ai vu un contest à Lausanne en 2005 avec Chiquet, Jumelin, Oli Müller….ça m’a donné l’envie de rouler. Après, j’ai acheté un ancien BMX d’un ami et j’ai commencé à l’utiliser pour aller sur mon spot de skate. Jusqu’au jour où l’on a volé mon skate. Là, j’ai commencé à faire du flat plus sérieusement et à rouler plus souvent.

Quel a été ton premier contest?
Mon premier contest, c’était à Lausanne en 2006 je crois. C’était un petit contest organisé dans un salon du tuning.

Depuis quand tu participe dans la catégorie pro?
La première fois, c’était il y a 2 ans au VU à Pessac. J’ai fini 3ème, un bon début en catégorie pro, ça m’a donné de la motivation.

Tu roule combien des jours/heurs en semaine?
Je roule plus ou moins 3 jours par semaine, c’est variable et ça dépend de ma motivation et du travail. Je roule beaucoup plus en été, 2 à 4 heures par session suivant la forme.

Comment est la scène en Suisse.?
En Suisse, il y a très peu de riders en flat, je pense qu’on est environ une dizaine à rouler sérieusement. Je roule la plupart du temps seul, ce qui m’aide pour la concentration. Je bouge assez souvent à Lausanne où je roule avec Gionibek et parfois avec quelques nouveaux riders. Et puis, il y a chaque année un très bon contest à Soleure, lors des Bikedays, qui attirent la crème des riders internationaux.

Quels sont les riders qui t’ont influencé?
Surtout Martti Kuoppa et Viki Gomez pour leur originalité et la difficulté de leurs tricks. Mais aussi Oli Müller avec qui j’ai beaucoup roulé à mes débuts. J’apprécie la fluidité de son riding.

Quels sont les riders que tu préféres actuellement?
J’aime beaucoup le style d’Ucchie pour son énergie, ses différents tricks sur les pédales très rapide et son flip! Un peu dans le même registre, j’adore le riding de Jean-William Prevost. J’ai beaucoup de respect pour les kickflips de Viki Gomez et sa capacité à improviser en contest.

Comment décris-tu ton riding?
J’essaie d’apprendre de plus en plus de tricks techniques tout en gardant un maximum de fluidité. Mon moteur dans le bmx est d’apprendre sans cesse des tricks nouveaux et d’essayer de les placer dans des enchainements. J’essaie d’être original au maximum même si c’est difficile de trouver des tricks réellement inédits.

Didier Genet - Xfoot halfpacker

Comment trouves-tu ta motivation?
J’adore cette discipline car elle me permet d’avoir une certaine liberté. On peut inventer des figures, créer ces enchainement, tomber, se relever, mais la réussite ne dépend que de nous. La sensation que l’on a quand on rentre un nouveau trick est toujours géniale.
Bouger sur des contest est également très stimulant car on voit des nouvelles têtes et les derniers tricks des potes.

Parle nous un peu de ta dernière vidéo “SHINE”?
J’ai voulu faire un édit un peu plus professionnel que d’habitude et aussi faire une sorte de bilan de mon niveau actuel. Je voulais le faire avec Steven de progressive pictures. C’est un pote et je savais qu’il allait faire du bon job et il connait le flat pour en avoir fait de nombreuses années. On s’est vu 4-5 fois afin d’avoir des runs le plus fluide possible et aussi pour que les prises de vues soient impeccables. Je crois qu’on a fait du bon job!

As-tu des sponsors?
Adrian de Brakeless me soutient pour les pièces Aresbikes et aussi Real Gentleman qui est une nouvelle marque de streetwear. J’aimerais en trouver d’autres afin de voyager plus sur des contests.

Didier Genet - Swiss flatlander!

Quels sont les détails important sur ton bike?
Mon bike doit être léger, maniable, solide et parfaitement réglé. J’ai mis des roulements plastique (Aresbikes plastic Spanish BB) afin que mon pédalier arrête de bouger comme un coucou suisse ce qui aide pour le bon fonctionnement du freeco. Je contrôle régulièrement la tensions des rayons et règle les roues si besoin. Les pegs que j’ai actuellement sont très bien pour les différents pivots grâce aux embouts arrondis.

Quels sont tes buts dans le BMX?
De toujours continuer à progresser, explorer de nouvelles voies. Faire de bons résultats en contest car ça donne toujours un coup de fouet pour la motivation. J’aimerais aussi voyager plus et notamment au japon, car je pense que c’est là-bas que tout ce passe pour le flatland.

Remerciements
Merci à Brakeless pour l’interview et le soutien pour les pièces, Real Gentleman, Steven Blatter, et tout les gens qui me motivent et que je croise sur les contests ou ailleurs.

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