trials and errors
Trials has never interested me, to be honest, but it surely seems to be classifiable as “hardcore” if no one wants to do it. Maybe the hybrid / new discipline of “urban assault” or MTB street has replaced trials. Street for BMX Freestyle replaced vert and flatland. Evolution or devolution? You could argue either way.
Trials, to me, is the mastery of a BMX skill set of about six maneuvers circa 1983. As such, Trials has always looked dated to me. Which is not to say that rad things don’t get done (Ryan Leech, for example), but that from a BMXer perspective, simple things are being done in a big way.
Trials probably takes a lot of practice. MTB street and jumping does not. Again, the parallel with flatland. Flatland is honestly too hard to be fun. Indeed, the riders seem to need to appropriate a discourse of “art” to justify their pursuit (i.e.; suffering for your art). BMX street / park is so much easier, and the rewards come quicker. I saw a 15 year old kid last night almost pull a 360-tailwhip, one week after he learned a tailwhip, which was two weeks after starting to even try tailwhips. Ridiculous.
BMX, as a culture of progression and a sport, is strong. As an industry, it has been down for about three years. This means that a 15 year old that can do 360-whips has very little chance of getting sponsored. There are simply not enough sponsorship positions right now, so the 2000 kids in North America who are better than some sponsored pros will probably not get hooked up.
Some think that the industry has stabilized at this lower level, and that it will remain consistent / constant. The peak during 2000 – 2002 was simply a case of fad / overhype.
Of course, nobody should care about the industry. If it really is all about the riding and participation, no one should even be reading this.
By the way, I sold all three of my BMX bikes since the last posting. As my new one won’t go together until mid November, my only bike is my 24” bmtbx.
Hey, that’s a nice new label. But redundant. One B, perhaps. No mountain (MT) for me. That leaves B and X. I’m over the X side of culture, so that leaves B. Bicycle. Hmmm.