CONOR MANNWEILER: KALTIK KEEPS EVOLVING
Conor Mannweiler is a man of persistence. After all, he has been putting out products, from t-shirts to frames and wheels, under his brand Kaltik for 16 years now, a lot longer than more than a few other rollerblading companies that came up, saw their star shine and went out. When I met him at this year’s Winterclash, he was always focused on getting stuff done, so we exchanged only a few words during the three day madness. But, looking at his friends that held the Kaltik tradeshow stand, I got the impression he’s really the man in charge. And he’s a man of vision. His Kaltik flat frames might not have been the first flat-specific frames that hit the market, but they came at a time when there was a significant market gap and Kaltik’s frames introduced a lot of kids that started skating in the 2000s, after UFS was already the single available frame system on the market, to flat skating. Soon enough, every other frame brand followed suite and today, we’ve got a lot more stylish bladers, actually skating up to spots, thanks to flat frames. Conor has supported the global blading scene, sponsoring skaters from almost every continent except the Antartic and Kaltik has a renowned and impressive pro team. So, it was time for a little chat with the man. And instead of talking about history, we’re jumping right in medias res, the new large wheel freestyle frames, another Kaltik innovation.
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