Gomez: My best friend,the guy who I start to ride with,te
guy who have been motivating me for so long is an architect.So,
same as we talk about new tricks,we also talk about how to make
new better parts for flatland.
Why is the frame called "Psychonnecta" ?
Gomez: First of all you need to be a psycho to understand
this concept...but I ll try to explain: All about progression,
changes, evolution, revolution, vision, control, uncontrol,
positive, negative...etc... all of those concepts make your
mind be in another level that we call psycho; The "conecta"
means connexion,linking,union in spanish. Then the final meaning
is the connexion of your psycho part of your mind with the tricks
and so on with the bike.
Which new parts can we expect in 2005 and when ?
Gomez: I could say from now: sprocket, 2 piece bar
,2 stems, seat clamp, new brake system, and pegs. I cannot tell
for sure when cause it take some time for any innovation in
How important are team riders and the name "Kuoppa"
"Gomez" Bikes for the company ?
Kuoppa: I would say that this kind of things are bringing
the credibility for the company. We also want to improve flatland
in general to the public and wnat to get more people start riding
flatland, then you need to remember that we are not able to
do it alone. There needs to be people who run different kind
of businesses. Also that kind of people might not understand
much of flatland, but they do understand when I show my contest
results and mr.Gomez shows his contest results. Just one idea.
Then we also think that we can be motivation for the younger
kids out there, they need role models to stay motivated. We
are a provement that with riding you can get through your life
if you really put your self into it. Neither one of us went
to schools for the future, basically everything is under one
card, no turning back. If everythig fails, then me and Viki
Why joined Alex Jumelin the KGB team ? As far as I know he rode
for Ares and they had some trouble ... maybe you can tell me
a bit more about the background.
Kuoppa: I should not talk anything which is not my
business so that is why I have no comments what happened with
Alex and his ex-sponsor. We already talked about him joining
us in future last year and the future came a lot faster than
we planned. So now Alex is with us and he fits the team really
good. I like his atitude and how he thinks about flatland in
general. He also has good ideas how to improve flatland. He
is stylish motherfucker! He has the experience doing a lot of
contests and shows so there was no doubt when we did the agreement
Is low weight only a trend or the future of flatland parts ?
Gomez: Less weigth means just more union between your
body and the bike. The weigth is what is making a difference
between your body and the bike. So what we want is fell "ONE"
when we ride.
What´s your opinion concerning titanium parts ?
Kuoppa: I hate titanium and everything that comes with
it. Heh. Just eat bit more beef and you´re able to handle
your bike better. Just kidding...
You said in another interview ( about a year ago ) that you
are planning a flat contest ( or contest series ). Do you still
want to do it ? Any news about it ?
Kuoppa: Yes. I ran flatstyles in Helsinki last summer
which went out better than I thought. Viki will run "Madrid
session" in few months in Madrid. So those small events
are where we have to start to bring us some credibility as far
as organizing events goes. So at the moment we don´t have
any big plans for big events, just jam sessions. We have enough
of work to get KGB up and running smooth and on top of it we
need to stay on a certain level with flatland. But in future
the story should be different.
Martti. Thanks Viki.