Flatland bikes have seen some different shapes over the years, are you happy with the simple double diamond design that is popular these days?
Thomas Göring: Yes I like this diamond frames because it’s the lightest and strongest way to produce a frame. All the tricks changed a lot therefore the diamond style makes real sense. On the other side the frames in the past were more interesting like the Premium Lagger for example and it split this time (around 1996?) the normal jumping frames to the Flatland frames.
KHE makes some very light complete flatland bikes. What flatland complete bikes do you have available and how much do they weigh?
Thomas Göring: The lightest is the ParisII right now with 8.9kg + the Equilibrium with 9.6kg & the Tantra with 10.4kg.
Why do you think not more BMX companies make flatland specific bikes?
Thomas Göring: Flatland is comparable to Street, Dirt… It's not the biggest market which maybe makes it for other companies not so interesting. Companies have to invest a lot of time to innovate new products and you have to be up date with your stuff all the time. There are many small Flatland companies who are doing a really great job because they are much more into this special sport than some bigger ones are. Flatland has always been important for Khe and it’s also a big part of Khe, therefore we will focus on Flatland as good as we can. For me it’s important to talk to the riders and try to make parts that are really made for the riders.
Do you talk to your riders a lot about bike and parts design?
Thomas Göring: Yes I do. Bram Verhallen is always helping me a lot with new parts, Chris Böhm is writing me nearly each day, Markus Reich worked at Khe for half a year, Jesse Puente always gives me crazy ideas that we try to produce, Guiom helped a lot to make our new Saddle-post combo happen, Mark Peterson gave the idea for the SwissMiss… & all other riders always give me input what they like or don’t like and we try to make it better. The hardest part for me is to make the ideas with our makers to real products what is mostly not so easy. Sometimes projects can take a long time but I try to never give up even if a maker says that it's not possible to make this part.
What flatland riders have (had) a signature frame with KHE?
Thomas Göring: Jesse Puente, Justin Miller, Wolfgang Sauter, Daniel Furhmann & Bram Verhallen with their limited frames.
Any specific flatland parts or bikes coming out for 2009?
Thomas Goering: We modified the ParisII to the ParisIII, the TT will be 18.2” and the bike will come with a Titanium crank & real light wheels with our new 1.8-1.6-1.8 butted DT-Swiss spokes we specially produced. Hopefully we will be close on the 8kg. We're coming out with a complete Justin Miller complete bike line, the Alchemy Pegs with Griptape just weight 80g / piece, the new RIP II will come out soon, we're working on a Chris Böhm bar, Bush BB bearings from AFFIX, the MAC1.5 will come out as a super light version, we work on a seat-post combo like we did for Street with the Loyal saddle, and we will offer a new light weight backwheel…
Thanks to: Bart @ Fatbmx that he made a Flatland special! Thanks to all our Flatland riders and friends who always help us.