Chat with Nate Adams
On Thursday, FMX rider Nate "The Destroyer" Adams will speak to us from Rome, Italy, where he's competing in the final stop of the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters tour this weekend. Adams, who won last year's overall title, is currently ranked second in the tour standings, just five points behind Norway's Andrew Villa.
Adams bounced back from a season full of injuries in 2008 to dominate the scene in 2009, coming in second in last year's final stop of the X-Fighters tour in London, England. This is the first time the X-Fighters tour has traveled to Rome.
Send your questions now and join Adams Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
Ryan Leyba (2:57 PM)
Hey everyone, Nate Adams will be here very shortly so we can begin this chat. Thanks for sending in your great questions.
Cody (Atlanta, GA)
Nate my man!! You got any new tricks up your sleeve for Rome? That one-handed flip you pulled at X-Games was nasty dude! Good Luck!
Nate Adams (3:02 PM)
Thanks, my nickname in teeball was nasty nate. I have a couple new tricks. Nothing totally new, just some variations on the one handed flip and some right side up tricks as well.
If a major label offered you a record deal, would you quite FMX?
Nate Adams (3:03 PM)
That never even actually crossed my mind, but I'd say i'd probably just have to do both. I'll take that as a compliment.
Michael (New Zealand)
hey Nate, was just wondering why you don't run super flip levers on your bike? also what would you like to do when you stop competing in Freestyle at a professional level? cheers
Nate Adams (3:05 PM)
I don't run superflip levers because they make my front end feel heavy and they make my handlbars feel crowded. I already learned all my tricks without levers, and I just like being the guy without superflip levers. I've been thinking about what I want to do when I quite competing, but I don't know. I might travel for a year and run Deft. I may even move to NYC, you never know!
Werner (New York)
Do you think we are ever gonna see you in for best trick again? As we well know the level of the sport is reaching such a high level.
Nate Adams (3:08 PM)
It was actually a real bummer, they needed a fill in for this year's best trick and I was an hour away so I couldn't compete. I wanted to do my one-handed flip. I hope I get on the list next year.
Do you plan on expanding Deft beyond gloves???
Nate Adams (3:09 PM)
Yeah, we do. We just can't really say at this moment, but we're definitely going to expand beyond gloves.
Hi Nate,i'm french fan(you've give me your jersey at xgames 15)and i go to the rbx Roma,so see you il Italia!
Nate Adams (3:10 PM)
What's up man! I'll see you there!
Werner (New York)
Yo nate, have you ever tried a Dirt-to-Dirt 360? Is it even possible?Because thats something no one has ever seen so far..
Nate Adams (3:12 PM)
No, I haven't done a dirt to dirt 360, but I built a dirt lip and threw it into my foam pit to make sure it can be done. But since I've been going contest to contest, I haven't found a dirt lip I'm 100% confident to throw it on.
Deva Gordon (Hilo, Hawaii)
How do you, mentally, prepare yourself for a freestyle motocross run?
Nate Adams (3:14 PM)
After practice and getting my lines down, I'll just map out a few lines through the course and memorize 12-15 tricks, depending how many you can get in on a course.
Do you think the 4 stroke will be a good thing for freestyle or not ? For my part, when I look at Twitch's riding this years, I dont think he feal confortable on it as he use to be on his 2 stroke.
Nate Adams (3:15 PM)
I think for some things it's really good, but the two strokes aren't really getting fazed out of FMX quite yet. Obviously both bikes are good, but the 2 strokes have all the kinks worked out for FMX. The 4 strokes will just take more time to dial in for freestyle.
Witch contest format you like the most : Best of two runs, Best 2 of 3, Head to Head ?
Nate Adams (3:17 PM)
They all have their positives and negatives. With head to head, you know what you have to do and who you have to beat, but you have to ride a lot of runs and there are more chances to mess up. I think the best of two and three runs are a bit stale to watch on TV. When you go head to head, I could go against Villa tomorrow night in the first round, which should be the final and someone will get beat early on and that's a bummer.
what rapper do you want to rap with?
Nate Adams (3:18 PM)
Slug, Talib, Mos Def, Thes One and People Under of the Stairs. Actually anyone to rap with would be sweet because I'm always doing it alone.
Sandy Adams (Glendale, AZ)
Hi Son! Will you be coming to Arizona for a visit after you return from Italy? Your nephew Seth (5 years old) says that he is ready to learn the backflip!
Nate Adams (3:20 PM)
Tell Seth I'll see him soon, I'll come over the beginning of the week. I love you guys!
sant741 (Mexico City)
what model of your DEFT gloves is your favorite one?
Nate Adams (3:21 PM)
I like the blue and white EZ Robot, it's my favorite of our 2011 line. Check it!
Ricky Mac (SlC, "UT)
Wat brand a "pre mix" do you run
Nate Adams (3:22 PM)
Werner (New York)
And.. arent you thinking about some new flip tricks like the shoalin flip and other flip combos ?
Nate Adams (3:23 PM)
Probably not a shaolin flip because I don't use flip levers, but I'd like to learn a double grab flip or a look back hart attack flip.
I'm just wondering why i never saw you do a Kiss of Death?
Nate Adams (3:24 PM)
Um, you know, I don't really know why. Every time I did a kiss of death, they didn't really look that great. I never really had too much fun doing them and never took them too serious. Sorry man.
Kai Robertson (stanthorpe australia queensland )
How do you get your bike to other places all the time.
Nate Adams (3:26 PM)
If it's in the country, I'll drive it or my mechanic will drive it in the motorhome. If it's outside of the country, I'll crate a bike and ship it, but most the time it's in the contract, the promoter provides a new bike for me.
Nate Adams (3:28 PM)
Thanks to everyone for chatting tonight. Thanks to everyone supporting DEFT Family. I didn't realize so many people noticed I didn't use flip levers. Thanks again and stay up. Peace!!!
Ryan Leyba (3:29 PM)
Alright everyone, thanks for tuning into Nate's chat. He had to catch some z's so he can crush it on Saturday night. Be sure to keep it locked on ESPN.com/Action for all the latest from Red Bull X-Fighters Rome.