Here’s a rad one we spotted over on Flat Matters featuring James White laying down some amazing flatland riding! This video was filmed over the course of the past 6 months, and it’s safe to say James went all out for this one with so many crazy combos. If you want to see something awesome, check out this flatland edit! We’re always so blown away by what it takes to make these tricks happen. There is so much balance and bike control in this!
Get a look at James White’s Fit Benny L setup with a bunch of custom mods…
It’s a pretty much endless world of possibilities when it comes to customizing your bike. Whether it’s doing a custom color combo or making some tweaks to parts, running different combinations of parts, etc… It’s rare to find two custom bikes that are identical. Flat Matters caught up with James White to take a closer look at his current Fit Benny L setup that he’s been riding on. This is a mix of parts, with a few mods and a bunch of custom paint. Hell, you can even find the Beastie Boys “License To Ill” record label on his sprocket (so good). There are a lot of details, all of which you can check out over on Flat Matters. This might be a flatland bike, but it looks like it would hold up just fine riding street, too.
When Effraim over at Flat Matters gets excited and hits us with a link to a flatland BMX video, we know we’re going to see something good. James White uploaded this raw video clip of him pulling some very unreal tricks… So much balance, coordination and more goes into pulling this stuff like that bike flip hop! Hit play and get stoked.
S&M‘s James White was over in Koln, Germany this past weekend for the BMX Worlds flatland contest. Check out a few clips Stew Johnson collected of James throwing together some dialed links. Flatland goodness!
Filmed & Edited By: Stew Johnson
Music: “Straight to Hell” – The Clash
““New bike, new sponsor, James Smith and few hour slot of dry weather! it was on! Yeah right!! I conveniently forgot to account for British December wind whistling through my spokes! Was forced into feeling up the cold floor hard more times than ever! Loved it!”
The truth of Flatland is far from the polished contest runs or neat video parts from your favorite riders, both of these have hours turned into years of solitude, failed progression and cruel consistency.
When I heard James was getting hooked up by S&M I thought a filming session was in order. Living at opposite ends of London we had to make the session count.
Although we were lucky to pin down a dry day, the high hopes of filming a list of bangers was dashed by wind, a flat tire and the unpredictable “having off an day” syndrome.
After fighting against elements and a change of location to a usually desolate car park full of debt hungry shoppers we bowed out to defeat. We parted ways with maybe scraping the whole edit idea and maybe booking a flight February chasing the sun.
After a busy year and cold winter I was keen to see the outcome of the rare past time of capturing moving images. In a tongue and cheek way I over laid the old voice of Johnny Cash to find it work well with the footage.
The result is what I can only describe as a honest view of riding and the journey those that choose roll upon.
Filmed and edited in 12hours, I am aware the song has been used many times. I have fallen into a habit of finding balance and comfort of finishing videos of late in black in white, but to me serves as a tool to keep the attention on the subject rather than over processed colour correction. I am proud to have stripped my editing of fake film flashes and keep it raw and simple.
JOHNNY CASH – HURT
Canon 5Dmk3 // Canon 7D // 50mm 1.2F // 24-70mm 2.8F // 8-15mm 4F // CS6 PP”