Bike Check: Pete Sawyer
Pete Sawyer has a list of amazing sponsors, an incredible riding style, and absolutely kills it. We caught up with him to get the rundown on his current setup which is packed full of signature parts.
Name: Pete Sawyer
Location: Currently South Wales
Sponsors: WeThePeople, Merritt, Vans, Kunstform?!, Who? Clothing
Frame: WTP Sterling 21.2
Forks: WTP Sterling
Bars: WTP Sterling
Stem: Merritt Inaugural Top Loader
Grips: Merritt Sawyer Grips
Cranks: Eclat Maverick
Sprocket: Merritt Mighty Sprocket
Pedals: Merritt Pedals
Seat: Eclat Seat and Post
Rear Wheel: Eclat Blind freecoaster, Eclat Polar rim
Rear Tyre: Eclat Control Grey Wall
Front Wheel: Eclat Dynamic hub, Eclat Polar rim
Front Tyre: Eclat Control Grey Wall
Pegs: Eclat Nathan Pegs
Hub Guards: Eclat Plastic, Primo Plastic
Chain: Eclat Diesel
Mods: I've cut my rear right side axle to pretty much nothing, cut my front ride side hub guard in half to do oppo pegless stuff better and took the flanges off my grips.
Pete, your bike is packed full of signature parts. Care to give us a quick rundown on what they are and what your thought process was when designing them?
I worked on the frame for just under a year. I've had so many frames over the time I've been riding that I know what kind of geometrical changes will occur with slight alterations to different angles so I think I made one, was pretty close, then changed one thing and it was Perfect. The grips were a tricky one, I just wanted a super soft mushroom style grip and came up with that.
You've been running a freecoaster for years and you are now fusing the Eclat coaster. How does it compare to previous coasters you have used?
Before the blind, My all-time favourite free coaster was the KHE Bruce Crisman hub, it was so nice and reliable. The Eclat one feels a lot stronger and although it still has a big gap its also very responsive, it doesn’t have that spongy feeling some coaster do when it engages.
You don't run three pegs, but you do have a strange setup on the right side of your forks. Care to explain what you have done?
Yeah basically when I got the new Dynamic front hub with the narrow flanges it gave me the idea to cut the hub guard in half till it was the same level as the fork drop out, I then got a washer the same size as the drop out and hub guard to make it a bit better. Kind of dumb, but whatever.
What is your favourite part about your bike?
The Whole thing, I cant choose!
Plastic or metal pegs?
Plastic - Better, smoother, faster grinds, and keeps the spot ride-able for longer.
Plastic or metal pedals?
Plastic - better, smoother, faster grinds.
What parts do you go through the most?
Pedals and pegs ironically.
We usually ask riders without signature parts what they would like, you have a whole load. If you could have one more, or make changes to any of your current crop, what would it be?
I love my bike at the moment, If I could choose something I would have to choose a complete bike, that way everyone can have the chance of riding my bike without having to build it separately.
Finally, any thanks?
Just a shout out to everyone that's helped me out over the years and giving me the opportunities to do what I've done. Chris Mcardle, Harry Schmid, Mike Brennan, Sean Curran, John Taylor, WeThePeople, Merritt, Vans, Who? Clothing, Kunstform?! and everyone I've had a good time riding with.