FlowForm ramps are pleased to announce our new partnership with Cam McCaul. The goal of getting Cam on board is to utilize his pro rider expertise. The development of his signature ramps helps us reach our ultimate goal of having a whole line up of rider-inspired products. Cam’s research and building techniques will help us get there. The signature ramps will be part of a full line up of specialty ramps that we offer. We asked Cam a few questions about the ramp and his take on public jump parks:What factors went into designing your own signature ramp?
The most important part of designing a ramp is making sure you know what the application of the ramp will be. There’s no one magic ramp dimension for all gap sizes or setup speeds, so with Flowform we first decide what we want to do with the ramp and then work backwards from there. When Flowform said I could design a signature ramp, I thought it would be really cool to come up with something that’s perfect to practice tricks at about an 18 foot gap. From there, its all about choosing a height, radius, bottom length, and ending angle that will be smooth on entry but give the right pop and trajectory at the end to make tricks feel effortless. I think we have something really fun in the works! We’ll be will be offering different sized jumps, based on your dimensions. What will this do to help kids learning to ride?
Riding jumps that flow properly for the speed you have is the biggest factor in keeping things safe and being able to progress quickly. I’m stoked to be able to share what I’ve learned from years of riding and building all kinds of different features. It will be fun to see how much the learning curve can be shortened when kids ride stuff that flows right.
The ramp consists of a structural steel frameWhat’s your take on the growing presence of publicly funded bike parks in communities?
I was lucky enough to grow up in a town where the environment was supportive of kids building dirt jumps in an empty lot. The “post office jumps” started out as a full DIY type of thing, but the park has survived for 15 years because the community recognized the positive impact it was having on kids in the area. The idea that more communities are about to experience the same thing is so exciting. When I go ride the post office jumps these days, I’m riding alongside people I grew up with, people who moved to town because of the park, and kids who are 10 years younger than me, but 1,000 times better than I was at their age. Its now truly an all ages attraction, and if that formula can be duplicated elsewhere it will bring nothing but good things.
"The post office shaped a lot of our future and that’s why we’re all still out doing the same type of thing we did back then." - Cam McCaulWhat are the advantages of rider-inspired features in public bike parks?
I think the best part is that it will enable kids to start riding quality obstacles at a younger age instead of having to wait until they are big enough to handle a shovel and experienced enough to know what to do with it. Everyone who rides the park will be able to focus on the riding rather than the building... You know, the fun stuff.
Cam McCaul Signature Ramps are just one addition to many new FlowForm trail features for 2014. These include a new legging system, easier installation, progressive bends, precast grom lips, log ride kits, the new double bubble step-up series, and much more! Stay tuned for a more detailed update on FlowForm’s future projects. 2014 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for us and you can expect to see Cam’s Signature Ramp debut at Sea Otter.
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