After a few years with Specialized, Daniel Dhers has left the brand and requisitioned master-machinist Mike Laird to bring his new custom frame to life. Daniel is really, really, really excited about his new frame. It’s cool to see a rider with Daniel’s resume be this stoked on a new product. The dimensions are pretty far from the norm and it’s pretty eye-opening to see how much thought goes into Daniel’s riding. We caught up with him to learn more about leaving Specialized and his new creation.

So, no more Specialized?
After three great years, they are done with their BMX program once again. It gradually slowed down last year and the time came to move on.

What made you go with a Lairdframe instead of getting a frame that was already on the market?

When Mike made his first frame, I was still in Greenville and liked what he did. I know that Mike is a perfectionist, so I knew he was going to make a reliable product. After seeing all of the frames he’s made and how happy everyone has been, I figured I could either go with an already-existing company or try something totally different with a quick turn around. I called him and we talked about all of the possibilities, including a custom bridge.

Tell us about the specs of your custom frame…
It’s pretty crazy but, with years of riding, this is what suits me best -
Headtube - 76 Degrees
Seattube - 71 Degrees
Top Tube - 20.25”
Chainstay - 12.5”
Bottom Bracket - 11.75”
Standover - 7”

It seems pretty low. What made you come up with these dimensions?
The bottom bracket height is 11.75”, which is a little higher off the ground from my previous frame. The standover is 7” because it’s easier to swing your legs around the frame with can cans and tailwhips. By making that tube smaller, we also minimized the amount of material, helping to make it lighter as well.

Who did the color?
Mike Laird did. It was his first time doing dual colors and it came out awesome!

Have you gotten to ride it yet? If so, what do you think of it?
I put it together as soon as I got it! I don’t think I have ever ridden something that felt this sturdy and light. It’s seriously great!

Did you build up a whole new bike?
Pretty much. I wanted to try out a bunch of different parts and sizes throughout the whole bike. I still used a couple of old parts that I don’t think I’ll ever change, though.

What's the weight of the frame?
3.6lbs! The lightest frame I’ve ever ridden and Laird has ever made.

What's the weight of the whole thing?
19lbs! Haha. That’s including a gyro and pegs!

Anything else you'd like to add?

Getting a frame from Mike Laird is a great opportunity for a rider that wants a different geometry or simply wants something personalized. The craftsmanship on my frame is amazing and Mike’s customer services great. Take a look and decide for yourself - www.lairdframe.com

Frame: Lairdframe
Forks:
Demolition Elite
Headset:
Not sure
Bars:
Tree Sequoia
Stem:
Madera Mast
Grips:
ODI Longneck Super Soft
Brake Lever:
Odyssey Trigger
Top Cable:
SST
Gyro:
Odyssey GTX-R
Lower Cable:
Odyssey
Brakes:
Fly Manual
Seat:
Shadow Combo
Sprocket:
Tree 28 Tooth
Cranks:
Profile 165mm w/ Titanium Spindle and Bolts
Pedals:
Generic
Chain:
KMC Kool Lite
Tires:
KHE Owes Me Money Tires
Rear Hub:
Profile Mini 36H
Rear Rim:
Alienation Runaway
Front Hub:
Kink Viridian II 36H
Front Rim:
Alienation Deviant
Spokes:
Titanium
Pegs:
Tree Trick Sticks

And, it doesn't have much to do with his new bike, but watch Daniel's final footage on his old Specialized -

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