We hit up Kink's UK representative Ben Basford at the recent P5 jam for a quick rundown on his current Kink Issue setup.

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Name: Ben Basford
Location: Nottingham
Sponsors: Kink Bikes, Seventies, and Archetype BMX

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Frame: Kink Issue v3
Forks: Kink Foundation
Bars: Kink Grizzly
Headset: Kink
Stem: Kink Ben Hittle Toploader (perfect)
Grips:  Kink Samurai
Cranks: Kink Pillar
Sprocket: Kink
Pedals: Kink Senec
Seat: Kink Sexton
Post: Kink
Front Wheel: Kink Orion Rim on Kink Viridian Hub
Front Tire: Kink Lyra
Rear Wheel: Kink Orion Rim on Demolition Cassette
Rear Tire: Kink Vela
Pegs: Animal Butcher
Hub Guards: Demolition on the back

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Ben, you've been on Kink for a while now. How has it been to ride for such a popular brand?

Awesome, it feels so good being part of such a well rounded team that love BMX.  Like myself.

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Give us a quick rundown on what sort of setup Ben Basford rides.

Well, just your 'traditional' style BMX bike really. Long top tube (21"), none of this low scooter style bikes, reasonable height,  achunky seat so you can sit down, 27/28" wide bars, 2 pegs, no brakes, and no crazy colours. My bike is actually dialled in at the moment. Unlike usual.

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You're pretty artistic in the fact that you colour your left pedals in with crayon, why is that?

Hah! Well.. Thats because one side of my left pedal is bald from crank/pedal slides and one side is fine..

What do you prefer to ride?

I like to ride anything me.. From a curb.. To a skatepark.. Street, rail, trails, vert, flat ground...

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Plastic or metal pedals?

Well.. My shins have paid their dues to metal pedals for over 8 years.. Now I will happily pay to replace plastics every couple of months.

Plastic or metal pegs?

Ahh, I never thought I'd say this as I rode metal pegs for 9+ years and was reluctant to switch, but plastics are good fun! Steel is for the real men though... BOTH!

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If you could have any signature product what would it be?

Obviously a signature frame would be a dream for anyone, but I'd also like to design some bars or a seat.

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Where is Ben Basford headed in 2014?

I'd like to get out of this country at least few times this year on my bike. I definitely need to go to Malaga this year to ride Rubens park! It looks like a dream park with endless lines, and hopefully a trip to Barcelona with Kink later in the year.

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Finally, any thanks?

Thanks to Seventies distribution and to Kink Bikes for everything I have. I appreciate it all! Ze at Archetype. Also, thanks to all my friends I ride with for the good times and anyone who has ever helped me out along the way. And finally thanks to Niki Croft for making it all happen!

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