michel plonka - mtb street

Video: Michel Plonka Park Edit

Over the last winter, Michel Plonka rode his local indoor skatepark in order to test his The Rise Partymaster away from the cold canadian winter. Despite suffering from a few injuries slowing down the filming process, Michel Plonka still managed to stack some dope clips. Hit play for a mix of grinds, tech tricks and high speed stunts!
May 18, 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

Michel Plonka Dobermann Bikes edit

Video of Michel riding at le Taz and Ray's MTB during last winter, came out pretty nice. Filmed by Louis Lhomel, Vincent Allard and Dillon Lloyd.
May 11, 2012

Photo: Michel Plonka

Richard Desaulniers Jr shot this nice picture of Michel riding a wall at Taz, came out pretty sick!
April 26, 2012

Photo: Michel Plonka

PhotoG Julien Grimard still has some flicks we shot last year and just released this wallride of Plonka downtown Montreal. Summer is here!
April 20, 2012

Photo: Michel Plonka

Julien Grimard just published a photo from a street ride last year, Michel throwing the bars in a pretty sketchy bank to drop setup in Montreal. Good to see this, just another reminder that summer is just around the corner and it's going to be awesome!
March 24, 2012

Michel Plonka Gopro runs

Michel Plonka Gopro runs on pinkbike.comVideo of Michel riding at Le Taz with a gopro fixed to his back dropout, came out pretty fun for a shot video.
March 17, 2012

Jordane Dubois & Michel Plonka quick Taz edit


Jordane and Michel rode Taz afterhours and found a Gopro laying around, so here is the result of their filming session before the battery ran out.
March 04, 2012

Bikecheck: Michel Plonka

Michel has a bikecheck up on Pinkbike, Click Here to check it out.
February 10, 2012

UT 26: The Rise X Made Of Stills

For the latest Unexpected Thursday episode, we had the chance to ride inside a studio. As promised two days ago, here are pictures and a video of the time we spent there. Everyone had a blast, big thanks to Julien Grimard and everyone at Made Of Stills for making this possible. Hit the READ MORE link below to see more photos and Unexpected Thursday 26 !
For the last one or two months, Julien kept talking about how sick it would be to go ride the studio where he works. He kept telling us that there is a super steep vertwall that they use for photoshoots, and how nice it would be to snap pictures and film there since its all white and clean. We were into the idea since the start, but never really thought about it that much. Until one day, he told us that the studio was moving to a new location shortly, so it was soon time to act. We talked about it for a bit, and one night we headed there with the bikes and all the shooting gear.

So here we are, on the third floor of a big old building in Montreal, chillin' inside a studio. We wanted to shoot some casual pictures before we started to ride the said vertwall because it was just such a nice opportunity that we might never get again, so we rode the flatground for a bit:

Stéphane Bélanger - Tabletop


Michel Plonka - Oppo Barspin

Louis Lhomel - Toboggan

Then, it was time to attack the prefectly white vertwall. We setted up everything and started to ride it. It was super steep, so it took a bit of time to get used to it, but it was sure worth the effort!

Louis Lhomel

Michel Plonka

Stéphane Bélanger

Here goes the video. Filmed and Edited by Louis Lhomel:


Everyone had fun there, and this wonderful piece of art occured

Big thanks to the guys at Made Of Stills for letting us do this and Julien Grimard for being awesome.
December 08, 2011