Bikecheck: Alexandre Paradis' Partymaster

Bikecheck: Alexandre Paradis' Partymaster

If you’ve been following our crew long enough, there is no doubt that you remember Parapa from a whole lot of our Unexpected Thursday videos. In the last couple years, he took some time off the freestyle bike but his skills never left him. In fact, he’s the type of dude that will borrow some random bike on the way out the bar just to see if he still got them bunnyhop tailwhips on lock, and land it first try. As of last year, he’s been slowly riding the freestyle bike more and he decided to kick off 2019 with a brand new Partymaster. Words can’t express how stoked we are to see him shredding with the crew again, and we can’t wait to see how he puts his new whip to use! Peep all the details about his new setup below along with some words from the Jackhammer himself.

Specs

Frame: The Rise Partymaster with Custom Color
Fork: Rockshox Pike DJ 100mm
Handlebars: Chromag
Stem: NS bike Chemical
Grips: Odyssey
Barends: Plastic Par Ends
Headset: Cane Creek
Seat Post: BSD Blitzed
Seat: BSD Jonesin’
Pedals: NS Aerials
Cranks: BSD Substance
Chain: KMC
Sprocket: Unknown 23T
Tires: Maxxis DTH
Rims: NS Bikes Enigma
Hubs: Ns Bikes Rotary
Modifications: “Solar Rain Black Chrome Translucid” Custom Paint

“For the last couple of years now, I’ve been riding mostly my downhill bike. I’ve kind of lost confidence in my riding since I wasn’t really riding that much and had a couple injuries in a short amount of time. I had the idea of building a partymaster since it came out and after riding it for the last three months, the only thing I regret is not getting it sooner. Confidence came back quickly and I even started trying new tricks. The bike simply feels perfect whether I’m riding park or dirt jumps. I’m so stoked on this build and can’t wait to shred more sessions with the boys!”

– Alexandre Paradis

June 12, 2019
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Cody Gessel - No Mercy Winter

Anything from Cody Gessel is worth watching and this is no exception. From Dirt Jumping to Street and Park riding, Cody covers it all in his latest video filmed in Spain and in the USA. High Speed and Big Airs is what it's all about!

January 30, 2017
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Bikecheck: Matt Macduff's Partymaster

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Damn it feels good to see this! Matt Macduff just started riding again, and be assured that he jumped back in the game the same way he left; like a BOSS! No need to take you through Matt's Loop Insanity from last year again, he's a brand new man for 2017 and he recently got the OK from his doctors to hop back on the bike!

All decked out with Industry Nine wheels, Fox Forks and Azonic Components, this Partymaster is without a doubt the sharpest bike Matt's ever owned! Peep through the pictures and parts list below, and make sure to leave a comment if you're as stoked as we are to see Matt back on his bike! Welcome back homie!

Specs

"This bike is very special to me. After my crash last march I never thought I'd be able to ride again... For me this bike resembles all the hard work I've put in. All the struggle, doubt and fear I've overcome to get to this point in my life.

I'm so thankful to have my main outlet back again and I couldn't be happier with my ride. It's just the way I want it but somehow better... It's the bike I wish I had my whole life! " -Matt Macduff

Frame: The Rise Partymaster
Fork: Fox 831 36 110mm
Handlebars: Azonic Flow 2" 750
Stem: Azonic Riot stem
Grips: Sensus swayze slip on
Seatpost: Azonic Pin it Post
Seat: Chromag
Pedals: Azonic World Force
Cranks: DK Social
Sprocket: Kink Astro
Tires: Geax Booze Light
Wheels: Industry Nine Torch Enduro

January 18, 2017
Video: The Land Of Freedom

Video: The Land Of Freedom

Watch the crew hit the road for one legendary roadtrip on the American East Coast. With only 7 days to ahead of them, the boys left Montreal and headed straight to FDR Skatepark, were lucky enough to ride Ryan Nyquist's The Unit, visited the Industry 9 Headquarters the best spots North Carolina has to offer, and then booked it back to Canada just in time for the Oktobikerfest in Trois-Rivières. With so many legendary spots in the mix, no need to say everyone was more than stoked! We want to take a minute to thank everyone at Industry 9. especially Joe Haley for being the best host one could ask for and driving us around North Carolina, you're the best dude! Shoutout to photography masterchef Julien Grimard for snapping the stills below aswell!

Curious about what bikes we're riding? Check out the Team's Bikechecks!

January 05, 2017
Video: Pawel Stachak Summer 2016

Video: Pawel Stachak Summer 2016

Polish rider Pawel Stachak is back with another solid video. Just like his Autumm Banger video from last year, Pawel absolutely kills it in his new video. A lot of banger in this one, and the last trick is serious business!
November 15, 2016
Nick Clarke's African Adventure - Final Part

Nick Clarke's African Adventure - Final Part

Earlier this spring, Nick Clarke spent a few months in South Africa riding bikes, filming his Welcome to The Rise video and helping out Matt Macduff with his Loop of Doop Project. As he signed up for this trip, little did he know that he was on board for the craziest journey of his life. His adventure was so inspiring that he had to put it down in words to share it with the world. Check out the Third Part below, and in case you missed them, check out Part 1, Part 2 Part 3.

Words by Nick Clarke
Photos by Thomas Sandell, Eric Palmer, Julien Grimard

After a wild night at the after party we got a call from local surfing legend Captain Kai about doing a new zip line tour through the mountains an hour outside of town. I’ve never done a zipline before and was waiting for a place like this to do it! My thoughts were always that if I were to go on a tour, it would have to be in the mountains, high up, and fast and that’s just what the Cape Canopy Tour had to offer. I needed no excuse to go out into the mountains, and everyone seemed in on the idea so we all packed into the rental van and headed up the N2. Flying along at high speeds suspended a couple hundred feet above canyons and waterfalls below us was incredible! The epic views all around didn’t hurt either. Huge thanks to App-venture, Kai, and Cape Canopy Tours for helping create one of the highlights of this trip! The winter was moving in and we were battling between windy days and heavy rain. A few days after the second crash, a massive low pressure storm moved in flooding the trails as well as parts of the city. On the drive to the trails, the mountain roads were lined with fallen branches and up rooted trees. We knew there would be a lot of work ahead when we arrived. It seemed that this video wasn’t going to happen. We were fighting a never ending battle, but I wasn’t going to let it beat me! This was a way to prove my self worth to the country of South Africa and gain some shovel time. It was time to earn the time I had on the jumps. The crew wasn’t ready to end the riding season just yet either! With rain forecasted in the following week, we managed to rebuild the whole line in two days and proceeded to shred! The new layer made things run much slower but we could ride which meant the video would be back on track! Many close trains, trails braii’s, and good times were shared with the crew! Just a few days ago we thought it could have been over, and now we were well on our way to making a banger edit. With days running out we began talking about ideas to make things more interesting! Due to poor wind conditions one day, we missed a full day of shooting so we thought about a full moon night run with lights! Thanks to Gini we got the lights and we got to work! Harley was the first to do the honour’s throwing no handers in the dark, windy, and rainy night skys. It was a gnarly idea to ride in this weather, but once I knew it worked and how much fun it looked, I wanted to drop in and play around as well! Crim got his drone and Eric got set up with some flashes and the outcome blew us all away! All that was left was the intro…What could we do to make an intro that hasn’t been done before but also captures something native to Africa? I was given the nickname Captain Pugwash by Ryan from an old pirate cartoon he grew up watching as a kid on the trip, so I wanted to do something that blended in with the pirate theme. I sourced up a local pirate ship tour in the waterfront and lined up for the boys and I to do a free tour fully dressed up for us to shoot as promotion towards the tour. The plank was to sneak on while they were settings up for a kid’s birthday party, walk the plan out at sea, and do an introduction to everyone featured in the video. Unfortunately, things fell through last second so we had to scramble to find a new intro idea in a short time period. I was still into the idea of shark diving, but never got to dive, so I called up my friend Captain Kai and made a plan with the Two Oceans Aquarium to do a dive with their ragged toothed sharks! This is something the aquarium does regularly with the public, so I felt confident about challenging a deep fear swimming with one of the oceans greatest predators. I only had a few days left to enjoy with my new found friends in the beautiful city of Cape Town, so that night we went to the aces of spades! I was rocking chops in honour of Lemmy from Motorhead passing away, so this bar was right up my alley. After a few tequila shots with Ryan, he turns to me with a dare. “You should wear my monster green mankini in the tank.” I didn’t think anything of it and the time of what it may look like, I had my intro and it had to happen! The next morning I got the shock of a lifetime when this green skimpy swimsuit hit me in face. The fight wasn’t over however. This trip had some bad luck behind it from the moment the Night Harvest was over so I cracked a joke saying, “knowing my luck, there’s going to be a kid’s field trip going through the aquarium while I dive in that thing”. Sure enough, a few days later after a scuba lesson with my dive instructor Iian Robertson at a local military base I was ready for my dive. We come back to the aquarium, go over the shots with Crim and Mr.shin, and get ready. As I’m walking through the aquarium towards the dive spot, in walks a school field trip. It was too good to be true hahah! The day before the dive I ended up taking another pretty nasty slam that re-opened the cut on my hand once again. I was a little bit worried about the fact that I would be swimming with sharks with an open wound, and that if I said anything about it that the dive may be canceled, so I jumped in before I though about it too much. I had my instructor and another diver in the tank with me in case things went south so I wasn’t as nervous about what I had just signed up for. The only communication was hand signals, once you were in the tank you better remember what you were just taught. Before the dive I was told not to make any sudden movements because it will spook the sharks and things could get complicated, so I stayed to the bottom and watched as giant sea turtles, sting rays, and other fish swam beside me, as well as the sharks. At one point the biggest of the 4 sharks was right above me, and the other diver looked at me and made an ass slap gesture. I gave thumbs up to be sure I was a good idea, and went for it. I guess I did it a bit too fast because it spooked the big guy which proceeded to swim in circles quite quickly around the tank for a couple minutes! All that was running through my head was, I’ve got an open wound and I have now pissed this thing off, what have I done. On the other side of the glass stood a group of grandmothers who came with their kids for their trip. Unfortunately, they got a little bit more then they bargained for with my naked ass in the tank. Disgruntled and upset, they were making some pretty remarks disgusted about how pale and naked I was. They paid to see sharks, not a naked young Canadian pirate giving rock and roll signs. Everyone was giving me the thumbs up sign which signals time to go up, but I mistook it for them saying good job dude and stayed under a bit longer not knowing what I have caused outside the tank. The grannies weren’t stoked but I was! I climbed out fully satisfied at what I had just done, and to top it off, was given a certificate stating my achievement diving without a cage with sharks, as well as a photo with Maryke and Iian from the aquarium. These sharks have now since been released back into the wild to do repairs on the tank.

Without the help of friends and the locals in Cape Town, this trip wouldn’t have been the same! I owe so many thanks to everyone for the opportunities, the memories, and good times that happened here. A big shout out to Eric Palmer and Thomas Sandell for all their hard work and dedication towards this project, to Johnty and the Human family for allowing me to come and ride, dig, and hangout at the jumps almost daily, to Justin Novela and the trails crew for showing me everything I needed to experience and ride, Maryke Musson, Iain Robertson and everyone at the Two Oceans Aquarium for one of the coolest experiences of my life, to Tyler Murphy from Sins of Style Tattoo Shop for a unique tattoo that tells the story of my trip, and most importantly, a very special thank you to goes out to Brenda, Ryan, and Matt Franklin at the Lavender house B&B for welcoming me into their home and giving me a safe place to rest my head, not to mention going out of their way to make sure I had the best time possible! Thanks for all the good times everyone! See you next year for even crazier adventures! Rock and Roll!

-Tricky Nicky

In case you missed them, make sure to check out Part 1, Part 2 Part 3.

August 12, 2016
Drew Bezanson to compete in Slopestyle MTB

Drew Bezanson to compete in Slopestyle MTB

Canadian BMX Rider Drew Bezanson is known for his ability to ride some of the biggest ramps anyone ever touched on a BMX bike in a calculated and fearless way. Drew just announced that as of 2016, he will also be competing in Slopestyle MTB contests. After watching his Uncontainable video from last year, there is no doubt that Bezanson has what it takes to adapt to Slopestyle courses. So far, BMX legend Ryan Nyquist already announced that he would compete in both BMX and MTB events during the 2016 season. Will they have what it takes to fight for the podium steps against Rheeder and Semenuk? Here's a few words about his decision to compete in Slopestyle MTB: What made you decide to seriously consider competing in slopestyle MTB? What really made me want to compete in Slopestyle MTB was the courses. Every Slopestyle course was exactly what I love riding on my BMX; big dirt jumps, flat drops and step on step off features. Then Crankworx sent me a tweet last summer when Uncontainable dropped saying I should compete at Red Bull Joyride next summer – I wasn't sure if they were kidding or not, but I’m going to take it seriously! Let's talk about Uncontainable. That was a quest to go even bigger and defy the limits of conventional BMX parks… did you foresee slopestyle as the next step during that project? No, never did I have mountain biking in mind while doing Uncontainable. That was just something I wanted to do for myself, I just wanted to ride bigger versions of what I love to ride on my BMX and push my ability. So what is your ultimate goal taking on the world of Slopestyle? My ultimate goal is to come in and be competitive while having fun. I just want to take full advantage of the opportunity I have before me. Any predictions? Do you think you’ll do well in the contests, or have any advantage over the competition with your BMX background? Yeah, I think I’ll be able to do pretty well with my background in motocross and BMX. I think from racing motocross, it will help me be a bit more comfortable on the courses and larger bikes. But from the BMX side, I think it will help me in the way I look at the courses and the ideas that come from having ridden BMX my entire life. What do you think will be your biggest challenges entering the sport? What will you need to adapt to? I’ll need to get more comfortable with the different types of course, features beforehand. They are a bit different, and there aren’t too many places you can go and ride a full slope course. How long have you been paying attention to slopestyle MTB? Are there any athletes that inspire you? I’ve always watched MTB growing up. I had a lot of friends that rode, but I really started paying attention to slopestyle in the last four or five years. Once I got to know some of the riders like Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Brayden Barrett-Hay and a few others, it was fun to follow them and root for them and watch where they take this sport. So is this the next major step in your career? Do you feel like you have outgrown BMX altogether? I will never be able to outgrow BMX, that’s impossible. It’s my number one passion. My love for bike riding is just growing that much more and I’ve realised that I enjoy riding every style of bike. How are you planning to prepare for your first contest, and what does the qualifying process look like? My preparation leading into my first contest will just be a lot of seat time on the bigger bike. Figuring out which tricks transfer over easily from BMX and work well with the bigger bike will be my main focus. I’ll definitely try and do a few trips to ride similar course setups to the ones that will be on the contest circuit to try and get my feet wet. drewbezansonmtb This week, Drew will visit Crankworx Rotorua on a recon mission to get better acclimatised with the contest scene and competition. But in order to earn a spot in the start gate and compete with the best slopestyle athletes in the world, he will need to prove he can hang just like any other rider climbing the ranks on the FMB World Tour. In order to qualify, his first stop will be the Swatch Rocket Air from April 29-30, which is a wild card event for the Crankworx Les Gets contest later in June. A win at Crankworx Les Gets could qualify Drew directly for Crankworx Whistler and Red Bull Joyride. Otherwise, he will have another chance at the Colorado Freeride Festival from July 28-31, which is a direct wild card event for Red Bull Joyride. Words via Red Bull
March 10, 2016
Michel Plonka - The Rise Partymaster

Bikecheck: Michel Plonka's Partymaster

Over the last few years, Michel Plonka pretty much kept the exact same setup on all his bikes. Aside from changing frame sponsors a few times, it seemed that he would keep his parts for as long as possible. One time, his stem bolts happened to strip as he was putting his bike together on a trip in Austria. Luckily, a friend had some old BMX stem laying around and 10 euros later, his bike was good to go. Nobody could tell what brand it was, it didn`t look particularly good, but he still bought it and rode it for the next 5 years. He's just that type of person that finds a working formula, and sticks to it.

About a year ago, he made the switch to suspension forks after riding a rigid for almost 10 years. Here are some words about his recent changes and his current setup.

"I got to a point where riding was getting boring, you know? I pretty much rode the same bike for so long and I felt like I needed some change in order to make it fun again. I figured I would either put on some brakes and start messing with the brake tricks, or put on a suspension fork and see how that goes. I also noticed I was starting to enjoy riding fast and I was riding more jumps, so I figured the suspension fork could be a good choice as it gives you a better headtube angle for that kind of riding. There's also something way too fun about going fast without brakes, so I decided to try the suspension fork and it's been great so far.

Right now, I'm riding a The Rise Partymaster frame that I've been testing for a while, and I`m stoked! I mean, we designed this frame with the boys to make it exactly as we wanted, and I couldn't be happier with how it came out. I ride a LHD hub to do grinds and stalls, but it's getting old and It's pretty much impossible to find nowadays so hopefully mine will still last for a while. Ive also had people telling me I was retarded for riding dirt jumps with those slick tires, but honestly they've been doing great! "

Check out some more pictures of Michel's setup and all the specs below. If you would like more information about a particular part, simply click on it and you will be taken to an online store that sells it. Feel free to Follow @plonka on Instagram to stay up to date with what he's up to.

Specs

Frame: The Rise Partymaster
Fork: Rockshox Argyle RCT Solo Air
Handlebars: NS District
Stem: Éclat Boxer
Grips: Animal Edwin
Bar ends: Odyssey Par Ends
Headset: Octane One Warp
Seatpost: Pivotal
Seat: Fiend Morrow Pivotal
Pedals: Wellgo b109 Plastic
Cranks: Éclat Tibia
Sprocket: Mutant 25T
Chain: KMC S10 Stainless
Tires: Resist Nomad
Front Rim: NS Fundamental 36H
From Hub: NS Rotary 20mm
Rear Rim: Some Old Mavic
Rear Hub: Chosen LHD 9T

Modifications:
Custom Wedge Seatpost System
Fork dropped to 80mm and added 2 bottomless tokens
Fork Disc Mounts grinded off
Few parts painted black

March 08, 2016