Intro: Effraim. Interview: Effraim, Pete Brandt. Photo/Video credits: Steve Mulder, Chris Rye, Mark Eaton, Rob Dolecki.
It’s been a while since Episode 3 of Flat Snitches with Tim Treacy discussing the Backyard, so it’s time to get back to it, and take a little break from the regular FM exclusive clips (we return to the exclusive clips on Wednesday)…
Myself and Pete Brandt have been talking about switching over to video for Flat Snitches to document, and show visuals of the trick creations and provide some historical context also. Editors note: Steve is camera shy, so enjoy the video and the written interview…
For episode 4, we go back to the 90’s.
And a 360 bike flip move that begins in a peg wheelie, throw the bike 360 degrees and land in a switch-b, aka switch foot caboose!
The concept of the bike flip has become trendy as of the last few years, but the 360 version has not. Myself and Pete discuss a few heads that have stepped into the arena, but as we delved a bit deeper, it came to our attention the straight line version is untouched. Mad respect to Steve for this timeless creation!
We catch up with the man himself to discuss this amazing move, and dig into some of the background information on it. Enjoy the episode and interview, it’s time to learn more about this amazing creation and give props to one of the best riders to ever do this artform we call flatland….
Hey Steve, thanks for agreeing to do this Flat Snitches episode…. When and where did you come up with the 360 bike flip Steve?
I had the idea of doing some kind of bike flip by wanting to create something that mimicked a kick flip on a skateboard. I saw Dylan Worsley doing these 180 bike flips with his hand on the fork, on the Baco 6 video. That gave me the idea of a possible 360 with my hand on the bike. I went down to the basement at the time and started trying to see if I could get a 360 to work with my hand. Seemed like it could work and eventually I pulled the head tube version in 94 or 95 to cross foot scuff.
Did you see anyone do the 180 flip first?
Obviously Dylan Worsley and I’m pretty sure I saw Edgar do his 180 foot pivot bike flip first from the Wheelies Dorkin video, but not certain.
Did you go right to the 360, or learn the 180 first?
I pulled some 180’s head tube to get a feel for it. But the no hand 360 flip I went straight to it since I was already doing the 360 hand on head tube version for sometime.
How long did it take you to learn?
The pull came fairly quick considering, but I had been doing the holding the head tube version for some years prior and had the feel for the flip and landing. It took a lot time to get it dialed.
Indy represent, Steve chilling with the man behind the whopper, Bill Nitschke…
When did you first drop the 360 bike flip in a contest?
The first no handed 360 bike flip was dropped in my run during the 1999 X-Games (in San Francisco). Editors note: See the video footage above…
What variations on the 360 have you done?
Bars 180 and regular, Straight from pedals (front brake required to keep bars from moving), Forward rope version bars forward, 360 to caboose style scuff and full peg to peg to straight ride out.
First time it was featured on video?
I think the 99 X-Games recap in Props video magazine.
When was the last time you did one?
The last one I recorded on video was on my 46th birthday which was in 2017. I’d say I’ve done a handful between then and now. I’ve been mostly out of the game for the last few years, riding very little. I feel I could get one done within 20 or so tries.
The bike flip seems the latest trend, any versions of the bike flip you’re psyched on?
I always dig bike flips, cool to see people going that direction.
Do you have any ideas you are going to add to the flip?
I had some ideas for short combos and slight variations I’ve tried that I’ll probably never get to. I was working on full 360 to land cross glide for a bit and gaining ground but never went back to it.
Do you have it recorded the first time you pulled it?
No, I’ve always been really bad at recording stuff, so much stuff I’ve never recorded. In fact the first time it was recorded at all was the 99 X-games.
Do you get stoked when you see others do it?
I’ve never seen it done.
Is there an exact name for it or do you go by 360 bike flip?
The head tube version was called the hand job so it became a no handed hand job, it eventually just became no hand 360 bike flip.
Thanks for your time Steve, it has been awesome catching up. We hope you all enjoyed the video episode + interview with Steve Mulder. It is insane in my eyes that this trick has stayed untouched 21 years since he first dropped it at the X Games 99. Mad respect for Steve, one of the flatland greats in my opinion.