BMX Freestyler- First off I want to say major props for your spectacular innovative mixture of Flatland and Street. How did you become inspired to start mixing the two disciplines?
Tim Knoll- Thanks Mark! The video I grew up on was Dorkin’ 10. I view Mark Eaton’s riding as the root of inspiration. Later on I saw a few of the amazing Baco videos. But it wasn’t until years later that I actually started messing around with street. I found it really enjoyable. Rodney Mullen’s street skating has been a big inspiration in the more recent years.
BMX Freestyler-Doing a back flip is not an easy feat. Doing one on a bike takes great skill. Have you had any gymnastic training?
Tim Knoll- I was a competitive gymnast from ages 9 to 13. I’m glad I quit when I did.
BMX Freestyler-I have put together a ton of videos over the years. I have never seen one EXPLODE like yours has. How does it feel to know so many people are watching you and totally excited about how you are riding?
Tim Knoll- It is highly encouraging. I still can’t believe it. Everyone, thanks for the support!
BMX Freestyler-Ruben Castillo told me once “This ain’t segregation this is Freestyle folks”. You have completely embraced that statement and taking things to a whole other level. What other kinds of things do you have in the works?
Tim Knoll- Ruben Castillo is awesome! His section in GT’s “Dead Sailor” video is so good. I try new things pretty regularly. I pursue the few ideas that actually work. A new thing I just learned was a front wheel 720 hop off a curb – it made my month. I love doing G-turn stuff; it’s fun. Recently I’ve been trying a crackpacker/ledge foot-plant/acid drop combo. I have yet to pull it.
BMX Freestyler-When you released your video did you expect it to have such a huge impact on the entire BMX Community?
Tim Knoll- Not really at all. I’m super grateful for the response.
BMX Freestyler-I saw your message to Mark Eaton. Do you think it could be possible to do a new video with the both of you riding?
Tim Knoll- That would be a dream come true. I have always admired Mark.
BMX Freestyler- I have been seeing a lot of positive comments all over the Internet about you. What was the one that touched you the most?
Tim Knoll- There are too many to single out one. I appreciate everyone’s feedback. Again, thanks!
BMX Freestyler- I am sure there are some people wondering. If you enter a flatland contest would you ask for box’s and rails?
Tim Knoll- I think I’d have to. These days I don’t have enough banger flatland combos to hold up with the talent of all the competitive flat shredders out there.
BMX Freestyler- I always hear riders saying I wonder how we will be riding 10 years from now. I think you have just given us a glimpse of that. What do you think the progression will be in 10 years?
Tim Knoll- Thanks Mark! It’s really hard for me to make that 10 year prediction. I can’t guess the direction in which people will actually take riding. A lot of possibilities remain on a BMX bike. The invention of the web edit has given BMX the potential to progress at a higher rate than ever. New ideas or advancements on other tricks can be uploaded and exposed for free. It’s a catalyst for astounding progression.
BMX Freestyler- Thank you so much for you time Tim. Do you have any last words or shout outs?
Tim Knoll- Mark, thanks for this interview! Shout outs go to Micah Kranz, Chris Oestreich, Schreck, Rollie Flasch, Little Jon, Chris Farina, Mykel Larrin, Tippy, Wade Lajlar, Mike Kucak, Tony Schneidewind, Division BMX, GoPro, C4BMX, Ride Sports and my family.