Author: Northern Embassy

23 Nov Wildwood Cycles – Jesse Hildebrandt

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Most of us at some point or other have had the misfortune of discussing a BMX bike with someone who doesn’t ride. The typical “how does .25 of an inch make a difference?”. Whether it’s top tube, chain stays, head tube angle, stand over or other features, only dudes who actually ride BMX know that .25″ can make a huge difference on how your bike feels.

With every rider wanting their bike to feel a certain way, frame geometries have really changed over the years and vary much more today than ten years ago. With these changes, there’s been a growing demand for custom frames. Although it is a small group of riders who are willing to spend a bit more for exactly what they want, they are out there and take pride in riding a frame which is 100% the way they want it.

Jesse Hildebrandt is a Victoria, BC native who has been handcrafting beautiful bikes in his spare time for some time now. He has been running his own custom frame, the Day Moon, all summer. Jesse shreds so you know this thing is solid.

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The frame features:
STAND OVER: 9.4″
BB HEIGHT: 11.8″
REAR END: 13.4″
TOP TUBE: 20.75″
HEAD TUBE: 75*
SEAT TUBE: 71*

“Basically I based the geo off of angles I have always preferred, but decided to go with a taller stand over than anything readily available to the BMX market to be a bit unique. Honestly I almost didn’t even notice the height difference until I tried to hop it over some taller stuff but after getting used to it it feels amazing, it’s way more stable in the air and much more comfortable when sitting down. The frame weighs in at a hair over 4 pounds made of double butted supertherm tubing, with a mid BB, long taper head tube, curved seat and chain stay bridges, and bullet tipped 6mm drop outs”. Additional images can be seen here.
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Jesse has been working on Carl Arnett’s frame (above) for the past little while and it also looks amazing.
Check the Wildwood Cycles site here check back soon for the Wildwood promo edit Jesse is currently working on and hit him up if you are looking for a Day Moon or custom Canadian made frame.
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18 Nov SETUPS – Camilo Lapointe-Nascimento

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Current Setup?
My Camera is a sony a99 that I plug to a Sennheier MKE 400. For lenses I have a sigma 15mm fisheye, a sigma 50mm and a Rokinon 16mm wide angle. I use a glidecam hd-2000 for stabilization.After that I have my usual stuff that I always have in my bag and a Pentax k1000 for film pictures,

Who are your favorite riders to film with and what are a couple of projects you really enjoyed working on?
I’d have to say Etienne Charlebois and Joel Marchand. It’s always nice when you have a good relations between the filmer and the rider and with these to it was always a good time! I always have a good time filming. I get so stoked when the rider lands a trick! I enjoyed every project I worked on!

As a filmer who also shoots photos, do you ever have a tough time deciding what to shoot that day?
Not really… Usually I always decide if im shooting pictures or videos before paking my bag so I only stick with one or the other for the day.

With more and more riders wanting a photo and video footage of their tricks, do you ever wish you could do both at the same time? haha
Hell yeah man! It’s the worst when you have an idea for the filming and the picture at the same time and you can’t do both! haha

Any tips or advice you have for filmers getting into the game that you wish you knew when you were starting?
To really know how to set your camera (youtube is a good place to learn!) always shoot in raw format and always have fun!
And also get low and close! Use the fish at it’s full potential

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18 Nov Calgary Mixtape 2

“A collection of Riding, and B-roll filmed throughout 2014 in calgary.
Riders: Richard Gallant, Chay Nelson, Tristan, Jeremy Theoret, Ryan Summers, John Alden, Tadros Eyob, and myself.” Austin Odegnal

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12 Nov Taz Pro/Am contest – Saturday November 15, 2014

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This coming Saturday, Le Taz in Montreal is hosting their annual Pro/Am contest which is up there with the biggest/best contests in Canada every year. The park has recently seen some major changes and all the Montreal locals are raving about how sick it is. If you’re anywhere near Montreal make the trip.

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