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December 23, 2015

9 Days – Leif Valin

9 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary Leif Valin is a unique individual. He has the strongest hands in the world and will crush your kneecap like a twig. Leif has a great sense of humor – very dry, but very witty. He is also a very original and creative Flatlander. Leif is a good individual just trying to make it in life, being happy and riding his bike the best he can. – Leigh Ramsdell 2001 We think Leigh hit the nail on the head with that statement. Leif is and will be one of the most unique riders to ride for Hoffman Bikes. His passion for riding the brand and the product is next to none. His influence in Flatland can be seen in great videos like Wheelies, Balancing Act and Until Monkeys Fly, just to name a few. Leif’s contribution to Hoffman Bikes surpasses just riding for […]
December 22, 2015

10 Days – Evel Knievel

10 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary One of Mat’s inspirations growing up was Evel Knievel. We all can agree that Evel was a pioneer and paved the way for everyone in action sports. After meeting Evel Knievel in 1996, Mat and Evel became great friends. In 1997, Mat wanted to pay homage to this legend by producing one-of-a-kind limited edition Evel Knievel complete bikes and frame sets. In 1998, Hoffman Bikes introduced the first of 2 models. The first Evel Knievel complete bike and frameset was released in 1998. It featured a unique frame design with a decal set to match. Hoffman Bikes also paid tribute to Evel Knievel in the 1998 X Games by providing the 1998 team with special Evel Knievel inspired team jerseys and custom frames, painted white with Evel Knievel decals. In 1999, Hoffman Bikes released the 2nd edition Evel Knievel complete bike and frameset […]
December 21, 2015

11 Days – Joe “Butcher” Kowalski

11 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary The late 90’s ushered in a new breed of street rider. With product designs stronger, it allowed riders to progress street riding to a whole new level. In Bethlehem, PA, there were a small group of these riders and Joe “Butcher” Kowalski was one of them. Joe, like others in the Bethlehem, PA crew, did not just focus on street, but was also known to put time in at the trails. It did not matter what Joe touched, he destroyed it. Joe pushed street riding to and over the edge at times, being noted as one of the first to do variation grinds, like the barspin grinds and perfecting other street variations like crack flips in and out of grinds, mega drops, grinding on both sides. Joe was also one of the first to bring his street/trails knowledge to the competition arena, helping […]
December 20, 2015

12 Days – Bruce Crisman

12 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary In 2000, Bruce Crisman exploded on to the BMX scene. From the years 2000 to 2002, Bruce dominated the contest scene with multiple 1st place wins in the Crazy Freakin’ Bikers (CFB) Series and earned a Gold medal at the X Games. Late 2002, Seth Kimbrough talked to Mat about adding Bruce to our team. In early 2003, Hoffman Bikes welcomed Bruce Crisman to the team. Bruce’s riding kept progressing and innovating. Bruce was one of the earliest adopters to the brakeless crew. He pushed the limits and never stopped progressing, becoming one of the great influences who shaped BMX Street and Park riding with his unique style. Video is from 2004 Euro Trip DvD