Martin Söderström lives in Uppsala, Sweden, and is one of the most diverse mountain bike athletes today.
Back in 2007, Martin won the Nordic Championship in slopestyle. Shortly after earning the title, a YouTube video was released of him which impressed the whole bike scene.
His international breakthrough came in 2008 when, throughout a series of dirt- and slopestyle contests in Europe, he proved to belong among the world's best riders. He placed 4th at the Nissan White Style contest, which was his first international competition ever, then 2nd at the Vienna Air King, to be followed by the win of the Nissan Qashqai Challenge stop in Munich.
Since his impressive start, Martin Söderström’s great career hasn’t stopped: In 2012, he ranked 2nd in the FMB World Tour. This success is due to an amazing season where he made his way to the podium with 1st places at Switzerland’s Rocket Air and Rain or Shine Jam. Equally noteworthy is his win at Freestyle.ch, his 2nd place at 26Trix and at Crankworx Whistler’s Red Bull Joyride.
Martin is truly an all-round talent, famous for his double tailwhips, 360-whips and truck drivers, all together with his own unique style. He also cut a good figure at different disciplines. For example, at Crankworx Les2Alpes, he convinced the judges and spectators as well in the slopestyle as in the Speed & Style contest. Martin is also the ‘king of bunny hops’: at Sea Otter 2012, he showed that a 48-inch bunny hop is no big deal for him.
Follow Martin on his next trips; stay tuned at his news section and check out the calendar for competition dates.
|Born||4th March, 1990|
|Favorite Trick||360 combos|
|2012 1st Freestyle.ch in Zurich, Switzerland|
|2012 1st Rain or Shine Jam in Monterey, USA|
|2012 2nd FMB WT 2012 overall|
|2012 2nd FISE in Montpellier, France|
|2012 2nd 26Trix in Leogang, Austria|
|2012 2nd Red Bull Joyride in Whistler, Canada|
|2012 2nd Colorado Freeride Festival in Winter Park|
|2012 3rd Crankworx Les 2 Alpes in Les 2 Alpes, France|
|2012 3rd Claymore Challenge in Highland Mountain, USA|
|2011 1st Slopestyle iXS Dirt Masters in Winterberg, Germany|
|2011 2nd Red Bull District Ride 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany|
Mountain Bike Chronicles : Nine Knights - Episode 11December 19, 2012
Looking threw some old picturesSeptember 12, 2012
Looking threw some old pictures and its definitely been some ups and downs throughout the biking career but the good memories are the ones that stick and I got plenty of them! That's why I will go back out there and risk my life for many more years to come! Damn I can be deep! #beenonehellofaride
Winterberg berglineMay 25, 2012
Well Winterberg bergline didnt really go as planned this year or actually it was a dissaster!!! Felt supersick the whole weekend and wasnt riding good so ended with a13th place in the quali and no spot in the final... First international contest in my pro career that I didnt go to the final and hopefully the last!!! New chance this weekend in Leogang 26 trix coming up!!!
Starting to get colder in SwedenOctober 27, 2011
Starting to get colder in Sweden so dont really feel like riding my jumpbike, so today I took my Epic for a spin. XC is actually so much more fun then you think, it´s like riding a never ending Downhill run. But now I am muddy and tired!
Just got home from GreeceOctober 27, 2011
Just got home from Greece, tomorrow off to Copenhagen for SensationWhite then next weekend it´s a visit at the Specialized hq on the schedule then San Francisco and AT Showdown. Who said off season is chill?
Nine knightsAugust 29, 2011
Nine knights is over for this year. It ended up yesterday with prize cermony and a biiig party! Thanks to everyone that made it possible was such a good time! I ended up winning 2 out of 4 categories, Best trick with a Barspin to tailwhip in the big air line and best style throughout the week. Stoooooked on the prizes won new wheels for my car from Dotz!!! Going to Vienna today then flying home on Monday then straight to Eurobike!
So im leaving whistlerJuly 26, 2011
So im leaving whistler tomorrow and going to Colorado. Super bummed I couldnt´t ride the comp here. But I will remove the stiches tomorrow and hopefully be good to go for Colorado! Had a great time here anyway and have to say thanks to all my friends for the crazy show in the qualies and finals, happy everyone survived!!!!!
Woah crazy weeek in ÅreJuly 14, 2011
Woah crazy weeek in Åre, great parties,sweet photo challenge, epic downhill riding! My knee was still kind of out so was just chilling on the mountain with my Demo good times! I was sure I wanted to ride the SX on Crankworx, so I built it today and it looks sick! Photos is coming tomorrow. But now when I saw the course I am quite sure that I would ride it better with my Hardtail, might bring both and see how it feels!
StockholmJune 23, 2011
Stockholm-Finland-Chicago-San Jose-Woodward West-Twisted knee-Sooo bummed!-Ontario-Saltlake city-Boston-London-Stockholm in 3 days for sure new personal record in flight hours. So twisted my knee quite bad in woodward managed to miss the foampit with one legg and it took me out. Well just to look forward hopefully I am back for Whistler.........
26 Trix is over for this yearJune 21, 2011
26 Trix is over for this year! Was a whole lot of fun course was way better this year then before maybe the woodchip landing on the last jump wasnt really necessary but whatevaaaaah! The party delivered as always and the 26 trix party still is the best riders party! Finals kind of got rained out so the qualifying results was counting as finals. So ended up on 5th place not to stooked on that but was a great weekend cheeeers everyone!
Had some good runsApril 18, 2011
Had some good runs but wasn´t enough to beat Pilgrim, finished 2nd in the finals so pretty happy!
So was a weekend of 2nd places still way better then 4th=) Now I have a few weeks off to ride and chill will probably build a few new bikes so will post everything when they are done!
For you who missed the live broadcast: http://freecaster.tv/bmx/1014890
Many competitionsApril 11, 2011
Many competitions in a row in the Germany/Austria/Swiss aeria so Me, Sam and Linus decided to stay at Nikis place to ride and chill some in between the competitions. Here´s one Random day in our life! Pilgrim productions
In Thun SwitzerlandApril 8, 2011
In Thun Switzerland for the 2nd stop in the world tour. Today was practise and Best-Trick actually managed to win it with a Tripple tailwhip. Stooked that I pulled it clean now! Hopefully I can have it in my run in the finals tomorrow!
So lets see how it goes stay tuned!
Check out the First Tour TV episodeApril 8, 2011
Check out the First Tour TV episode. They are going to be at all the biggest events in the world tour and will keep you informed about the current top 10, clips from all events and pretty much just everything you need to know about it! They have a special guest in this episode so you should check it out!
The only thing I can say is that he is tall and Swedish!
Vienna air king 2011 is doneApril 4, 2011
Vienna air king 2011 is done, was good times for sure! Nice weather, awesome crowd and a fun course. My performance was allright, kind of messed up the important runs but atleast ended up on 4th spot, so definitely not happy but not super bummed is the resume=P Sam won it............AGAIN=) Congratz bro! The riding level was very high so hope the live webcast was fun to watch! Tomorrow I have to do some more interview work in Munich but will fly back to Vienna in the evening and ride at Nikkis place all week and to the next stop in the World tour: Rocket air style in Switzerland!
back in Vienna for the 4th timeApril 4, 2011
So back in Vienna for the 4th time, always good to be here. On friday I watched the prequalifying guys shred the course, lot´s of good kids coming up with is sick to see! I had to do lots of intervjus stuff so now that´s done and I can focus on the riding. Today (Saturday) it was the qualifying I ended up 3rd which I am pretty happy with, John Alm Högman also qualifyed so both Swedes in the finals which is sick! Gregg Watts took the first spot and Pilgrim the second. After an awesome best trick session with tripplewhips, Double downside(T-mac) and stuff Andreu Lacondeguy Alier walked away with the best trick with a Doubble backflip on the first jump! Party tonight then really looking forward for the finals tomorrow!
Next upMarch 29, 2011
Next up and first up in the FMBA tour is Vienna Air King, been kind of lucky in the past and been 1st or 2nd in the 3 starts I have done there. So the selfconfidence should be pretty good, but the riders list looks stronger then ever! Wellwel everything can happen on the new designed course in Vienna. Qualifying on saturday and Finals on Sunday wich is gonna be live on the Internet! Dont miss it! Link to that is comming soon!
Just got backMarch 16, 2011
Just got back from an amazing weekend in Vienna. Masters of Dirt is the shit! Thanks to everyone that made the weekend possible! 8000 people in the crowd on both shows not bad! Finally I stuck the triple whip I have been having on my mind for a while on the super kicker jump. Check this video out from both of the shows!
Awesome to seeFebruary 15, 2011
Awesome to see the involvement and thoughts of my bike brand switch now I finally got the time to answer
First of all fun to see that so many people wrote and were comitted about my bikebrand switch. Off course many people dont like the switch we are humans we dont like changes. Sorry for being very passive on that subject, it´s been a sensitive one for me aswell with 5 years on the same brand, and a good cooperation with Ns for sure. As many of you said specialized is a bigger brand that could lead to more money and more exposure. But to be honest I have reached a point in biking where I dont care about money and exposure I just want to do what I love. And that is riding loads on a bike that I love.
I have to be honest with you, when I started talking to Specialized I wasn´t to sure about the P3 either I mean what do a big company like that know about geometri and stuff and why listen to me? But I must say I was totally wrong the frame works great, some said that my crash on whitestyle was the new bikes fault and I really wish I could blame the bike but I cant it was only me braking to much for the last jump. And notice that it wasn´t the frame I broke on whitestyle, actually I was mistaken and thought my fork bent, but it was only the chain.
Well back to topic, One of my goals in mountainbiking is to make the perfect bike, and guess what Specialized have given me the opportunity to do that. You might say that I could have done that before, but it is not the whole truth, first of all I have realized that why not make my frames in aluminium? Feels stiffer and are lighter, 2 things I want for my dreamframe. The second thing I didn´t even think of before is that Specialized allready have engineer that have been working to get the best and lightest road/ XC bikes for many years, they have so many good ideas how to make my frame the best without reducing the stiffness.
I have to end this up with saying that I am honored that such a respected and big brand is listening to a 20 year old Swede how to make their bikes even better. And when I told you before that Specialized have given me the opportunity to make my dream bike, I wasn´t lying I heard a small bird whisper in my ear that we might see an signature bike/frame out on the market in not to long.
Wow hope I didn´t say to much now, getting an angry letter tomorrow that I have destroyed their marketing plan, well f.....ck it have to keep my friends and fans posted;D
Away from my keyboard and many things going onJanuary 24, 2011
Sorry that I’ve been afk on my homepage latelly, there has been a whole lot going on. I landed on my face in the foampit and tweaked my neck pretty good so haven’t been riding for 2 weeks. Perfect timing before whitestyle, but it will probably work out good at least it’s on snow so I will feel like home. I went to Egypt to rest my neck for 1 week which was sweet to get some sun!
You know what I got a new bike sponsor!!! After 5 years on Ns-bikes it was time to move on to a bigger brand. We separated as friends and are happy for the successful years and everything we have given each other. Hopefully you will still see me riding Ns products and the lovely signature grips of mine=)I am honoured to be a part of the Specialized family, it has always been a brand and a team I have looked up to. It feels sweet to be on a aluminium bike again so can’t wait for the season to start!
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