Cam McCaul Signs with FlowForm Ramps

Feb 17, 2014
by Mark Matthews  
Meeting

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!

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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
The ramp consists of a structural steel frame

What’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 McCaul

What 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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48 Comments

  • 141 3
 theres no ramp as good as the homemade one made out the shit you found around the shed
  • 43 1
 A piece of plywood and a couple logs from the firewood pile.
  • 14 74
flag a-m-c (Feb 17, 2014 at 18:00) (Below Threshold)
 I think a professionally crafted one is likely better than one made from shit from the woodpile, beside the shed.
  • 42 3
 Nothing beats a hay bale slightly covered in dirt
  • 16 1
 Picnic table and three 2 by 4s anyone?
  • 40 6
 Sand bags stacked rampage style... Damn that gets my dick hard!
  • 10 3
 dirt is where its at
  • 30 2
 Best jump I ever rode as a kid was made of an old door that got left outside and warped into a ramp shape. You just had to avoid the doorknob...
  • 3 0
 My friend's got a sheet of particle board on two pieces of firewood in his backyard.
  • 4 0
 I just use curbs. Those wooden cheese wedges are a little too intimidating for my liking...
  • 18 0
 all about that plastic xgames ramp life
  • 1 3
 I think you're talking about the stories and memories created from those ramps... But if I'm trying to push the boundaries like pro's such as Cam McCaul, I think I'm gonna go with his recommendation.
  • 2 1
 defeat the purpose of tmac's durtadurt.
  • 3 0
 pile of dirt.
  • 6 1
 Just get a kid to lean at the right angle, and that's a nice, portable ramp
  • 2 2
 ... now that would lead to a whole new opening!
  • 2 1
 It's even better when your tires are all muddy, and the kid is wearing white....don't call CPK on me please!
  • 1 0
 nocoolnamesleft, I don't want to be anywhere near you when there are sandbags around!
  • 1 1
 tires and pallets
  • 11 6
 I think all mountain bikers should have the experience of riding a poorly built ramp and eating some dirt so they can know first hand the value of well made features.

And I love Cam and I know he is probably stoked on this deal, but digging has always been a major part of dirt jumping, and he should be helping to keep that legacy alive. 'no dig no ride' is going to turn into 'no buy no ride.' :/
  • 28 0
 Very good point! However, these ramps will be mostly sold to public bike parks, where riders don't always have the freedom to dig or modify the ramps. We believe having dialed ramps like this in public parks will be a huge improvement!
  • 1 0
 Also not every jump is going to be a wooden flow form jump, probably at least 4/5 jumps in a park will be dirt
  • 1 3
 Yeah w/e gonzo. C-Mac has probably done more digging in one year than you ever will. I don't know who the f*ck FlowForm Ramps is, but I know they just got lucky. You got the best in the biz right there guys.
  • 10 3
 It's cool to see guys like Cam signing onto smaller companies instead of just the huge corporations.
  • 10 2
 moneys money and he gets to design ramps for himself.
  • 2 0
 Signing with a ramp company is a wise decision and I'm sure Tyler would sign with one too. Here's why.
1. Money. They do this for a living. They travel year round. Compete. Train. It costs money to do that and actually live. No sponsors... no mortgage.

2. It opens up the ability to set up combos hits that you can't really do with dirt and in places you might not have access to huge amounts of dirt. And/or are legally able to permanently alter the landscape. They can set these things up, do a shoot/video part. Bounce. No permanent damage. On trails. They can set them up and tear them down. It's not legal to dig up the trails around here.

3. Anyone that has paid attention to slopestyle and rampage should be aware that most of it is man made (metal/wood) not dirt these days. At least the take offs. So this allows him to get his hands on some things to practice with that he doesn't have to come out of pocket with. And it allows him to have certain things built specifically for him and specifically for events like Rampage.

4. If he wants to put together his own comp (like he has in the past at PO hits) he can use these because the Post Office has been threatened for years and it's only a matter of time before they're plowed and an apartment complex gets put on top or some crap. With a sponsor like this they can help him put together an event.

5. Why the hell not. Guys get sponsored by all kinds of crap that has nothing to do with nothing and no one give them crap.
  • 5 1
 Some say there is a lunatic barber anxiously wandering around and asking about Cam.
  • 2 1
 anyone care to explain the reference? ^ I'm intrigued.
  • 2 0
 His hair is generally of 'bro dude surfer style' length.
  • 1 0
 @mrgonzo in case of emergency: 911 !
  • 1 0
 I think its time for him to give what ever he knows to these little guys who already rip! My little girl thinks it was so awesome that he flip that sender and I know for a fact that most of us older guys would not even think of doing it.I'm a PALMER FAN and even him in his day would not have done that no matter how F'D up he was. CAM is the man along with the guys he rides with if these kids can use what is being built imagine what the next ten years will be like. SkateBoarding is a dam art form now from what they have been shown once its done some one at some point has to do it bigger an better .CAM has always been that guy and my hero for years now is D BEAR CLAW! BUT DANG THAT WAS JUST WAY OUT SIDE THE BOX!
  • 5 1
 Marky Math with some top notch journalism Smile
  • 3 1
 Thanks Reece Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Agreed. I always end up clicking on the links in my feed, posted by Mark Matthews.
  • 2 3
 Really curious to see who (consumers as individuals, not companies or parks) buys these. They are well made, but are they worth it? I'm sure they aren't cheap and shipping will be a lot. Looking forward to hearing from these guys at sea otter.
  • 3 1
 There is no better feeling than meticulously shaping your perfect dream lip and the sessionig with your buddies.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Pinkbike for posting this, I was wondering if it would get out in the open.
  • 3 0
 Tech deck ramps
  • 2 4
 This is a sponsorship that is just as important as any bike/component company out there. This should actually give Mccaul a pretty good advantage over at Rampage building and dialing in lines...
  • 1 0
 Isn't half the fun building what you ride?
  • 2 0
 Isn't it fun having more options? I guarantee you he's put in more work building than any of the ding dongs posting on this article.
  • 1 0
 Those special construction ramps probably cost more than my bike.
  • 1 0
 bleh bleh
  • 2 5
 Maybe if it was Tyler they were endorsing, I'd buy in... I mean, he is the real McCaul after all.
  • 1 2
 T mac wouldn't sign with these guys, he's all about that horrible natural stuff. I mean he actually likes sculpted dirt? Total Weirdo.
  • 3 0
 You do realize that Cam is the primary reason the Post Office jumps are what they are today? And the Polo Grounds for that matter. And a few other place that are invite only.

The dude has spent his time building. I was one of the guys that started building up the first 4 hits at the Post Office back in the mid 90's. That's all it was for year. Just a couple huge roll in hits and 1 double. Then this young grom came along and started expanding it. The dude is a key holder for reason. He and his boys transformed that from a simple dirt lot to a world respected set of dirt jumps. He knows what he's doing with a shovel. Hell... he built a series of them coming out of his garage back in the day. T-Mac has the benefit of growing up under Cam and those guys. He started younger and what Cam is talking about... being able to ride before you know how to build... that's why Tyler is what he is. He got to ride the hits Cam and his friends were building while they taught him how to do it himself. And now he and his generation are continuing the work.
  • 2 0
 The real McCaul? Haha. Read onemanarmy's comment...Cam's been there since the beginning and still on top of his game. Tyler and Cam both kill it!
  • 1 0
 Haha I know Cam's the man too, and he's obviously the older brother... I'm friends with a guy who used to be a GT rep, and since Ty rides for GT, he always used to jokingly say Ty was the "Real McCaul", ya know, like the "Real McCoy"? It's just a joke, they're both mint.

It's pretty hilarious that people neg propped me over that. Cam must be their hero, and they must not have much of a sense of humor.

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