have been knocking out flatland dvds for a long time now, and
respect is due for keeping going and giving prolonged exposure
to the Canadian flat scene.
Vibe 9 should be available by now ( in Europe itīs always a bit
later available than in the United States), but hereīs what you
can witness if you check out 7 and 8 (Rabbit style).
D is one of the major guys behind Vibe, and so it comes as no
surprise that youīll get to see a lot of what Jeff is doing on
these vids. Jeff seems to have a magic head of hair as he seems
to effortlessly seam from a full buzz to a full on cro-mag mop
between links.. but seriously his riding as ever rocks, and I
know a few people who get these dvds for his riding alone.
standouts for me in 7 were the inclusion of a Knightrider theme tune
(aw yes), a little bit of Raphael, which is always nice, and, sorry
all you new guys, the retro section on 7 years of flat contests at the
Toronto Bike Show. Thereīs something about big shorts, 6 piece bars
and back wheel links on platformed standards/basics. Maybe itīs Nostalgia
for being in my early 20s again, or maybe itīs good to look back at
an age where there was so much variety, progress and a bit less bitching
(maybe because there were no internet forums...). Whatever, but Andrew
Faris, Chase, Jason Brown, Dan Rigby and the rest, of course not forgetting
Steve Roy were rad back then and all that riding would easily stand
up in todays turbined spaghetti-framed world. Never mind my snipes,
itīs just worth checking out.
7 and 8 both expose a lot of Canadian talent. In fact the first
time I watched it it was kind of like watching a videolog of
half the people on pedalbmx, so itīs good to see the talent
is out there and progressing - good riding from Marsan, Poirier
and Cameron and more.
8 has some excellent footage of Terry Adams and the rest of
the South Rider Crew.. and I donīt think we need say any more
about him. Also covered are some contests you may never have
heard of, never mind been to - Alehandroīs Lord of Balance in
Greece and the Roi du Quebec series get the coverage they deserve.
If I were
to pick fault, I would mention the editing, itīs a bit strange. In some
parts there are unnecessary effects (whiteout of the screen, watery
sparkles) which make it hard to watch, and make sections unnecessarily
long.. I think I like my videos clean and snappy, Baco 5 Iīd say is
the perfect example. Vibe seems to maybe go for length over quality
in parts, and from what they have could make a banging 25 minute video,
and stick the rest of the links on as extras - some riders have longish
sections of essentially similar tricks, which I think would get the
fastforward button going on a second watch. Thatīs one manīs opinion,
and youīre as entitled to disagree with it as much as I am entitled
to have it. Anyway check them out and see what you think for yourself.