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12/16/2014 9:14 PM

Who "started" it ? Mainstream guys not OG's . I know Dennis rode a Federal and his footage blew up but I don't remember what happened then suddenly they're everywhere. Was it him ? Maybe Bruno Hoffmann slowly got people into it?

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12/16/2014 9:16 PM

It was me i started on a coaster back in 2010 /thread

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12/16/2014 9:18 PM

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It was me i started on a coaster back in 2010 /thread

I wanted a coaster for about 3/4 of a year before they blew up but couldn't afford one , then I was a trendwhore for getting one when they came out

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12/16/2014 9:18 PM

But realistically people always wanted to ride coasters, i think there is even an interview where Dugan said he would but he couldn't commit to it. Its always been a thing and now that coasters are becoming much much better than a few years back, they can finally take the stresses of today's riding. So its really cool to see this happening, i predicted this in like 2011 when i was riding a coaster.

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12/16/2014 9:35 PM

I would honestly mess around with one, but I don't feel like spending the time to get used to them. The slack sometimes throws me completely off.

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12/16/2014 10:00 PM

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12/16/2014 10:04 PM

Who knows. I remember I first started riding only the KHE & Poverty coasters were on Danscomp. I remember the Stolen coaster & Alienation ones being on there too but not till later. Besides flatlanders, I can't think of many OG freecoaster riders besides Seth Kimbrough, Ian Schwartz, Bruce Crisman & Karl Poynter.

That being said is why I think the coaster trend began to blow up, and I'll explain shortly. Not many companies were still making freecoasters (Primo, Odyssey, and I'm sure more all had old freecoasters but were no longer making them, besides the Odyssey but idk when that stopped) so they weren't that widely known, especially given the number of people you would see in videos riding one. It was rare.

I know Seth Kimbrough was supposed to get a signature coaster through Shadow years ago before they made one, so what I think happened is when he approached Shadow asking for one, and rumors surfaced that they would be making one, other team members on other companies, hypothetically let's say Demolition for instance, were like "Hey Demolition, I heard Seth might be getting a coaster through Shadow soon.. Could you make one for us to ride too? I don't really like how the KHE ones look, oh and maybe tweak a few things to make them more to our liking like slack adjustment, etc?" and Demolition was like sure! and rumors then started that they were releasing one, and other companies were like "Shit, we better hop on this coaster thing too so we're not left behind!" so they started making their own too, and to advertise this, they had their heavy hitters ride them to test them and more importantly, show off to their fans "Hey, your favorite rider rides a coaster & look what he can do! Maybe you should get one too!"

So more & more people converted to riding coasters because their sponsor was testing them & wanted to market them better. And of course, other people just wanted to try them out and see if they liked it or how many new tricks it would open up to them, effectively buying into the marketing scheme of "Hey, that freecoaster rider can half cab huuuge stuff! maybe if I got one, I could too!"





Again, this is just speculation & just what I think. That basically no one really started it, but the influx of companies testing new coasters with specs/looks that their riders liked, then putting said riders on the coasters to market them is what started it.





Side note: I remember my friend who rode a freecoaster like 10 years ago was like "I remember I rode a coaster like a decade ago & loved it, but everyone else just talked shit on how gay they were.. Now they're the new cassette apparently" haha

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12/16/2014 11:42 PM

Bruno for sure helped put on the trend I think, a couple years ago he was the main up and comer everyone was soo hyped on so when he made the switch it became obvious

Then to me(this one's personal but maybe it caught everyone else's eye too) biz's section in demolitions last chance made me wwant to try it

Also maybe AK was a big help helthe freecaoster explosion, hes too smooth the freecoaster just goes with him you know you need one to try and be like him

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12/17/2014 3:02 AM

People that ride chainless do it better just saying

chain less > freecoco's

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12/17/2014 5:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/17/2014 5:28 AM

for a guy that got a coaster a few months ago it was begin, AK, bruno, crumlish, poytner,raiford, and maybe a little bit of churchill but i think i got mine before him

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12/17/2014 5:50 AM

OneGuyIlluminatiEye wrote:

People that ride chainless do it better just saying

chain less > freecoco's

yeah but the only problem with that, is you can't pedal without a chain...

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12/17/2014 6:35 AM

I came back to this thread to mention AK as roqfan already mentioned. I really think AK's style evolved to incorporate his coaster more and more since he put one on sometime after let em talk. by the time talk is cheap was out, everybody already knew he was a beast on it. not saying he deserves a ton of credit for the trend, I just think he is a good example of somebody who evolved before our eyes and really made the coaster look appealing.

also, as somebody previously mentioned, Crumlish. for a while I think he didn't get much credit for being relevant due to his style but for me personally, I loved his style and it made me obsess over fakies. I even bought a coaster in 2012 but I couldn't commit. obviously Crumlish has blown up in the last year or so which may or may not be related to the coaster explosion. anyway, that's just my two cents.

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12/17/2014 7:30 AM

I'm going to say AK, Kerley, Bruno and possibly Garrett made them really popular, guys like Crumlish killed it on them for a few years but their riding pretty much got ignored until the big name guys hopped on them

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12/17/2014 8:32 AM

Kelly fricken Bolten

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12/17/2014 9:03 AM

For me it was waay back with rob ridge.

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12/17/2014 11:38 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/17/2014 11:40 AM

Bruce Crisman, Ian Schwartz, and Karl Poynter are the top 3 that come to mind.
Also Liam Fahy-Hampton but for being chainless.

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12/17/2014 1:11 PM

I'm guessing Ian Swartz was one of the original dudes running a coaster that really had an influence on the trend and then more recently guys on the OSS team most likely infected the ill minds of children with their coaster riding.

Guess I can't say anything though because my coaster is wrapped in wrapping paper waiting to be opened on Christmas day.

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12/17/2014 2:51 PM

LorenzoGallegos wrote:

Bruce Crisman, Ian Schwartz, and Karl Poynter are the top 3 that come to mind.
Also Liam Fahy-Hampton but for being chainless.

I was gonna comment Bruce Crisman, definitely one of the best in my eyes. I even have his signature coaster hub from years ago. My first hub was actually a coaster( started riding flat) then switched to a cassette. Its nice to see the development with a more solid engagement plus proper duel hubguards. No more of stretching a frame or hoping whatever guard you had would work.

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12/17/2014 3:22 PM

Oil slick: trend
Freecoaster: potentially useful riding improvement

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12/17/2014 4:06 PM

I think it was AK getting his signature Cult coaster actually , I believe that's what started the whole mainstream coaster trends . I even made a thread about him getting his own hub.

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12/17/2014 8:59 PM

GorillaKing37 wrote:

Oil slick: trend
Freecoaster: potentially useful riding improvement

This.

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12/17/2014 9:11 PM

GorillaKing37 wrote:

Oil slick: trend
Freecoaster: potentially useful riding improvement

isnowyaznV2 wrote:

This.

Oilslick gets you babes though , ask Harry Main

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12/18/2014 8:03 AM

i had a coaster for a few months in 2011 and could never get use to it and sold the hub. When i purchased another one earlier this year to try and feel it out i was hooked. alot of it had to do with i now have alot more bike control and my riding had developed more int o a street style. im hooked, sold my cassette and haven't looked back.

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12/18/2014 8:09 AM

Brayden_Buckingham wrote:

I think it was AK getting his signature Cult coaster actually , I believe that's what started the whole mainstream coaster trends . I even made a thread about him getting his own hub.

True, it does seems as when Cult dropped their coaster more people got in on it.

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12/18/2014 10:38 AM

GorillaKing37 wrote:

Oil slick: trend
Freecoaster: potentially useful riding improvement

isnowyaznV2 wrote:

This.

Brayden_Buckingham wrote:

Oilslick gets you babes though , ask Harry Main

I've shown girls at my school photos of Harry Main and they just think he's hot, his bike wasn't in the photo or anything.

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12/18/2014 11:34 AM

Ian Schwartz, Bruce Crisman, Seth Kimbrough were a HUGE push into Coasters. Then more dudes got into em.

Lots of riders have been running coasters for years. I got my first one in like 2005. Odyssey Reloader.

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12/18/2014 1:02 PM

That's kind of weird a dude showing girls a picture of a another dude at school

Why has no one named their freecoaster the roller coaster yet

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12/18/2014 3:46 PM

sundaybmxRR wrote:

Who knows. I remember I first started riding only the KHE & Poverty coasters were on Danscomp. I remember the Stolen coaster & Alienation ones being on there too but not till later. Besides flatlanders, I can't think of many OG freecoaster riders besides Seth Kimbrough, Ian Schwartz, Bruce Crisman & Karl Poynter.

That being said is why I think the coaster trend began to blow up, and I'll explain shortly. Not many companies were still making freecoasters (Primo, Odyssey, and I'm sure more all had old freecoasters but were no longer making them, besides the Odyssey but idk when that stopped) so they weren't that widely known, especially given the number of people you would see in videos riding one. It was rare.

I know Seth Kimbrough was supposed to get a signature coaster through Shadow years ago before they made one, so what I think happened is when he approached Shadow asking for one, and rumors surfaced that they would be making one, other team members on other companies, hypothetically let's say Demolition for instance, were like "Hey Demolition, I heard Seth might be getting a coaster through Shadow soon.. Could you make one for us to ride too? I don't really like how the KHE ones look, oh and maybe tweak a few things to make them more to our liking like slack adjustment, etc?" and Demolition was like sure! and rumors then started that they were releasing one, and other companies were like "Shit, we better hop on this coaster thing too so we're not left behind!" so they started making their own too, and to advertise this, they had their heavy hitters ride them to test them and more importantly, show off to their fans "Hey, your favorite rider rides a coaster & look what he can do! Maybe you should get one too!"

So more & more people converted to riding coasters because their sponsor was testing them & wanted to market them better. And of course, other people just wanted to try them out and see if they liked it or how many new tricks it would open up to them, effectively buying into the marketing scheme of "Hey, that freecoaster rider can half cab huuuge stuff! maybe if I got one, I could too!"





Again, this is just speculation & just what I think. That basically no one really started it, but the influx of companies testing new coasters with specs/looks that their riders liked, then putting said riders on the coasters to market them is what started it.





Side note: I remember my friend who rode a freecoaster like 10 years ago was like "I remember I rode a coaster like a decade ago & loved it, but everyone else just talked shit on how gay they were.. Now they're the new cassette apparently" haha

Karl Poynter was the Signature Coaster guy for Shadow, however sources state that it was an Odyssey Reloader in a new shell. Sources that worked at Eastern and talked to him personally from what I hear.

Seth may have been working on it, but Karl's was apparently not true at the time, and then shortly after the Ezra popped out when he was off Shadow.

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12/18/2014 3:51 PM

dave lawrence wrote:

Karl Poynter was the Signature Coaster guy for Shadow, however sources state that it was an Odyssey Reloader in a new shell. Sources that worked at Eastern and talked to him personally from what I hear.

Seth may have been working on it, but Karl's was apparently not true at the time, and then shortly after the Ezra popped out when he was off Shadow.

Thank you so much for reminding me Karl was the guy I was thinking of. As I was typing that I could have sworn Seth was the one who left Shadow but I knew he didn't so I had him confused with Karl and just couldn't remember that haha.

But even still, that's how I think freecoasters came more widespread. I do remember the Odyssey Reloader in a new shell though now that you mention it.

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12/18/2014 3:57 PM

sundaybmxRR wrote:

Thank you so much for reminding me Karl was the guy I was thinking of. As I was typing that I could have sworn Seth was the one who left Shadow but I knew he didn't so I had him confused with Karl and just couldn't remember that haha.

But even still, that's how I think freecoasters came more widespread. I do remember the Odyssey Reloader in a new shell though now that you mention it.

I bet it woulda been sweet, the shadow one. Karl always modded his Reloader. Those things realistically are super nice. If you mod the springs and put a thrust bearing for backpedals in it, it is really good and pretty smooth even! Harder to work on than a KHE but nicer when it is together.

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