- Bike Checks
ESAD (Eat Shit and Die) 20.75" 75º 13.65" 11.75" 5 pound minimum, straight tubing, solid dropouts, wishbone chain stay, black powder coat. Optional: 990s welded on the chainstay (no thread ons), raw clear coat.
Straight cable is better than a gyro + Y cable. Dual cable gyro is better than a straight cable.
It's a tossup between Sergio Layos and Ruben Alcantara.
Profile makes a 140mm crank arm, and you can get sprockets down to around 16t... but they're meant for flatland. 16t will have you pedalling like a motherfucker and still moving in slow motion.
You don't want carbon fibre on a freestyle bike. For parts, most parts made today are at least decent and if you stick to top shelf brands it's hard to go wrong. Odyssey/G-Sport/Sunday, Fly, S&M/Fit, Profile, Tree, etc. There's more, but that list ... more »
Odsy JCPC. Designed for pedal grinders. Whether you like it or not is up to you.
How big are you going? ie, are you planning on being pegless? Or do you plan on grinding everything in sight? Do you plan on hopping up and off manual pads? Or do you plan on throwing yourself off rooftops and down ten sets?
Weight doesn't matter.
The ATF has a more modern short back end with a lower BB... kind of like the Sunday Funday. Should be a fun setup that will work well on street. The dropouts are long enough that you can slide the back wheel back if you want the feel of a longer chain ... more »
I think he's just wanted to build a custom, not get custom built parts. That makes more sense. Me personally, if I was to go S&M I'd go with an ATF, Pitchforks, and an 8x28 set of bars.
1) Standard geos are standard because they're proven to work, so start with what's popular and go from there. 2) If you don't know exactly what you want there's no point in paying for a custom frame. 3) If you're going to get a custom frame in a standard ... more »
If I ride at work I mostly just practice flatland type stuff... either that, or people start asking me to jump bigger and/or stupider things until I eventually crash and everyone laughs at me.
Any frame with a rear end is good for manuals.
When I grew up all we had in the area were race style BMX bikes, so we adapted the little bit of freestyle we'd see on TV to what we had available... which was single top tube bikes with no platforms or other other outcroppings. Although I do appreciate ... more »
I can bunnyhop, pull 180s, and manual for a few feet. What should I be working on to be a better street/park rider? I don't really force anything. I just work on something for a bit and let things progress naturally. As a racer you'll have some advantages ... more »
I know. He's been doing that as long as I've known him.
Both bike shops carry some generic brand now and I have to pump them up at least once a week. I'll pay the extra for a Fly tube knowing that I'll go a month or so before I need to pump them up again (provided glass doesn't do them in first).
I use them. I bought them because I wanted to check them out, but I keep using them because they hold air for a really long time. IRC tubes are also really good, but I can't get them locally anymore.