Monthly Archives: June 2013
Matt Macduff (Official Fan Page) has been so busy lately that there was no better time to finally do an interview with him. His buddies from The Rise have asked our Octane One team rider about a lot of essential and interesting things. A true inspiration! Matt has been popping so much lately that there was no better time to finally do an interview with him. I've known Matt for about 5 years now, and no need to say he's one of the best people to have around. Not only do I have a lot of respect for his riding, but especially for his attitude towards life in general. He is the most motivated, open-minded and optimistic person I know and I am extremely happy to see him succeed in what he loves because he absolutely deserves it. Hit the Read More link to find out more about his roots in biking, his accident, dyslexia, his thoughts on the sport and much more. A true inspiration! Name: Matt Macduff D.O.B: April 11th, 1991 Hometown: Claremont, Ontario Current Location: Barcelona, Spain Years riding: About 7 Sponsors: Octane One, The Rise, Fox Suspensions, Ns Bikes, GoPro & The Mountain. Q: Let’s start this with the typical questions. How did you get into biking? A: I used to skate way back in the day, then my mom sent me out west to go visit my uncle, I guess thats when everything changed. He lived on the Island and there wasn't too many spots to skate, so I started going with my uncle on All mountain rides, and I guess thats where it started. I Fell in love right away and almost instantly found myself biking in the driveway instead of skating. When I got home I decided that I needed a bike, so I saved up all my money for a year and on my 15th Birthday I bought my first bike. One of the best days of my life. Q: Who did you look up to as a kid that just got into riding and why?(I bet this will have to do with NWD) A: At first I looked up to my uncle Rob, he was a destroyer and always kept things fun. Haha to tell you the truth it took me a while to discover NWD, At first a good friend of mine gave me a bootlegged copy of Cranked 5 (if you haven't seen it check it out) and thats when I first discovered 'Super T' and 'The Claw'. Later I discovered Cam Mccaul, Aaron Chase, Jeff L, Dangerous Dan, all theses guys where my heroes, many of wich still are to this day. Q: Since you were riding 24’’ wheels back in the day, what made you switch to 26’’ wheels? A: I think for me it was my size, when I was young I wasn't so big and I found it really tough to throw my bike around. Also at the time I saw a lot of street guys riding 24s and even Darren Berrecloth had a 24 in the back so it was pretty cool. Then as I got older and bigger I started to feel almost cramped on my bike, a switch went off in my head and next set of wheels I got where 26s. A lot of people hate on 24s but I'm still a supporter. I mean, hows a 14 year old supposed to hop 360 a 30 pound 26 inch mountain bike… Q: What motivates you to ride your bike everyday? A: I'm really not sure man, there's just so many little things and I guess when I add them all up, thats what makes me wanna get out and shred. I Mean right now when I look at each day and I try to make it the best I can, that just doesn't seem possible without my bike. To find out more about Matt's roots in biking, his accident, dyslexia, his thoughts on the sport and much more hit this link and head over to The-Rise.com
Matt Macduff (Official Fan Page), Pavel Alekhin "Vishneviy" and Walter Mayerhofer hit the streets of Barcelona and bring another great production from The Rise. The Rise Barcelona Invierno from Walter Mayerhofer on Vimeo.
This was just a matter of days untill we see Matt Macduff riding with his crew from The Rise back in Canada. Here is one of their new edits which Matt, Louis Lhomel and Michel Plonka made at the random abandoned parking lot. When you're out there looking for street spots, sometimes the simpliest things happen to be awesome. http://www.the-rise.com/ http://www.facebook.com/therisemtb http://instagram.com/therisedotcom http://store.the-rise.com http://www.pinkbike.com/u/the-rise/ We've been passing in front of this adandoned parking lot almost everyday without even thinking about it, but we finally decided to go check it out. A bunch of stacked up benches and rough asphalt didn't look to appealing at first but ended up being so much fun. Riders are Louis Lhomel, Matt Macduff and Michel Plonka. Song: Killer Mike - Butane
One of our Octane One Customers from Poland has recently bought and tested one of our new Rocket seats which in 2014 will also be available in trail specific version. Here is his short review that he decided to share with us. Due to the recent destruction of my OEM Silverado I was forced to get myself a new saddle, what was even worse I was on a budget. Always trying to find the best match between price, comfort and lightweight I've began my search on the web. To be honest, after spending 45 minutes on reading reviews, articles and browsing through the online stores I was getting really bored. Each time I've found something interesting it was too expensive or totally not my style. Not satisfied with my search results I decided to leave it for winter time and ride my old Fyzik. Few days later only by chance I met my old bike friend who told me about the new 2013 Octane One saddles. Not being a big fan of dirt/street companies I was really impressed by the Octane product range prepared for 2013. There were few all mountain parts and quite big color range. AM/FR saddles weren't revolutionary at all but they had very good price and spec. There were 3 colours to choose from so I decided to stick with a black one. I wasn't quite sure if the saddle is comfortable but bought it anyway because the price was reasonable and I was on a budget. My choice was Rocket model, FR/Enduro saddle. First impressions were good: great price 44.90€, nice weight (237g) and fine finish. Rails are made from the CrN/Ti alloy material which is quite light and very strong, the inner padding is so called „honey comb” foam which I found a bit hard. Outer padding is made from waterproof PU Leather so nothing out of the ordinary. After a month of riding I can honestly say that my choice was good. Rocket is a semi comfort saddle with nice features like CrN/Ti rails and good weight. It holds a good price and endured harsh snowy weather and wet conditions. I was impressed by the lack of disturbing noises from saddle after being covered in mud and snow. It hold grip during some longer descents but proved to be a bit too short for long distance uphills. There was also a very small feature I’ve discovered while cleaning my bike: Bolts in the plastic PU leather holders beneath the saddle are hex not classic cross. I haven’t found a practical use for that yet but it is nice. The last thing is the Rocket's nose. I found it useful while carrying my bike when I was too much of a pussy to ride it and also on chair lifts when it saved my saddle from being damaged by the lifts rails. After my time on Rocket my conclusions are as follow: Advantages: Good Price Good weight 237g Nice finish 3 colors to choose from Quite comfortable Lack of annoying noises from beneath Thick and tough outer padding which will endure a lot Hex bolts instead of classic cross ones Disadvantages: It could be a little longer for Enduro use Some users may find it a bit too hard Not all people like „nose” equipped saddles
Here is the bikecheck of our new LamaCycles Distribution / Octane One grassroots rider - Marky Roy. Frame: Octane One Void Fork: Rock Shox Argyle Stem: Octane One Bar: Octane One Chemical Grips: NS Bikes Pilgrim Brake: Avid Elixir 1 Crank: Octane One 3pcs Sprocket: Salt Chain: KMC 410 Pedals: Octane One Nylon Wheels: Octane One Tires: Kenda Small Block 8
Our Octane One team at the Adidas Ride the Sky was represented by Paweł Turno, Kuba Grudziński and returning Marek Łebek. The guys have been working really hard in last couple of weeks to have their best tricks dialled in. The riders they were to compete against and the level of the tricks were really high even if the event in Katowice has been classified as the bronze FMB World Tour competition. Paweł Turno finished 16th followed by young Kuba Grudziński (20th) for whom this was one of the first big events. Marek Łebek had to retire after a crash earlier in the qualies. Here are the official results:
Marky Roy goes big for a 16 year old! 540's, backflips and 360's down huge stair sets! Welcome to the LamaCycles Distribution / Octane One family kid! SPRING 2013 - MARKY ROY Last year we met up with young & talented shredder, Marky Roy, at the 2012 Adrenaline Bike Festival at Sugarloaf Mountain in New Brunswick. John Cowan organized and amateur slopestyle event to give a chance to up & comers like Marky, to prove themselves on a smaller scale slopestyle course. Well we were soon amazed by this backflipping and boosting 15 year old going higher than most with style completely shredding the course with a humongous smile on his face :) Having the sketchiest bike out there did not even seem to bother him at all and after talking with him, it made it obvious that he was a super nice and humble kid. Earlier this year, I got an email from Marky asking if he could be, by any means, part of the LamaCycles crew. It was an obvious choice to help him out this year as he is progressing at an exponential rate! His latest video clearly demonstrates his abilities and the fact that he can just go plain nuts! Just below is his 2013 Octane One Void bike check. We look foward to see again Marky at this year's Sugarloaf Adrenaline Bike Festival! Follow him on his official Facebook fan page to see how fast his progression is! More at Pinkbike.com
Our Octane One team rider - Paweł Turno going big with a nice backflip no hander during adidas Ride The Sky. Photo by SUSKI Photography RIDE to BLOOD
Paweł Turno has been working really hard to make his Turbopark in Bestwina, Poland a really cool place to ride and practice new tricks. Apparently the work is done and approved by Pavel Alekhin Vishneviy ;)
Our young Octane One team rider from Poland - Kuba Grudziński is on his way to one of his first major FMB World Tour events - Adidas Ride the Sky in Katowice, Poland. The bike is prepared the tricks are dialled and the bags are packed. Good luck Kuba!