The year in BMX technology, 2012

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Flatland geometry goes big

Photograph By Red Bull Content Pool

For years, flatland geometry focused on short top tubes, steep head tube angles and incredibly short chainstay lengths. In 2012, thanks to Matthias Dandois' influence, some flatland riders decided to experiment with longer, more traditionally constructed BMX frames. The result: flatland top tube and chainstay lengths have increased, and some, such as Dandois, are not even riding frames constructed for flatland. Look for 2013 to be the year of the 20-inch plus top tube flatland frame.