​Jamie Bestwick - the best vert rider in the history of BMX - recently announced that he is no longer riding for DK. To the surprise of many, Jamie resurfaced on a Standard that, at first glance, looks to be made for the trails. We caught up with Jamie to get the inside scoop on his new bike and relationship with Standard.

Frame: Standard Trail Boss with custom geometry. 21.25" top tube, 14" backend, 11.25" BB.

Frame Info: Standard used special Platinum OX tubing to strengthen up the frame and the downtube is actually from an STA.

Fork: Demolition Rob Wise

Bars: Mystery Meat. I haven't got a clue who makes these bars. I had them in the garage and threw them on.

Grips: Merritt Cross Check

Stem: Profile Acoustic

Brake: Demolition Vulcan

Lever: Odyssey Trigger

Gyro: Odyssey

Headset: Merritt

Cranks: Profile Column 175

Bottom Bracket: Animal

Sprocket: Profile Imperial 28t

Chain: KMC

Pedals: Animal Steven Hamilton

Seat: Merritt SL1

Seatpost: Deco

Front Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35

Front Rim: Sun Big Baller 36 spoke

Front Hub: Profile Mini

Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.25

Rear Rim: Sun Big Baller 48 spoke

Rear Hub: Profile Mini LSD 9t

Hub Guard: Chuck Norris Titanium

Pegs: Tree

I know you called this your “bucket list bike.” Elaborate on that…

It’s just one of those must-own bikes. Ever since Jay Allen rode into Derby Storm on his TRLS250, I knew one day I would have to own one. They always had this aire of superior quality about them.

How different is this bike from the DK you were riding?

It’s a lot different than my DK. We changed so many angles in order to suit my height and how it would ride on the ramp. I spoke with Rick about how we could incorporate certain dimensions into the frame, but not lose the aesthetic of the Trail Boss. This is not your normal Trail Boss. It has some serious upgrades. What Rick did with this frame is a testament to his custom quality builds and I am very honored he built it for me.

What is your relationship with Standard? Are you riding for them now?

When my DK deal finished last summer, I continued riding for them for a while because they had always been so great to me. We had some great years together and a lot of success with Bill, Trevor, and the rest of the team. The transition away from them really gave me the opportunity to think about what I wanted to do. I knew I didn’t want to start doing the rounds to see if I could get a new ride. As far as anyone knew, I still rode for DK, but I wanted something special. Something different. Then my pal Jay Allen shot me a text telling me to ride a Standard. So, to answer the question, I am not riding for Standard, but it’s a great honor to have the opportunity to ride one.

Any significance to the color scheme?

Yeah. The colors came from a motocross boot that Alpinestars had sitting in their product showroom. The colors popped up again when I was looking at some design work for the coffee shop. I was originally going to do another red, but I am a big neon yellow fan and Rick went custom on the decals too, which make the bike really pop.

What product on this beast are you most excited about?

The entire bike gets me excited. The rigidity of the frame is unreal. Profile’s parts are rock solid - especially their new cranks. Knowing that Flip at Albe’s stole the seat from another customer. That feeling like anybody that rides BMX gets when you look at your new bike and say to yourself, “Man, that’s my bike.” Stoked!

How does it feel on the vert ramp?

Fast. First ride, I had to let air pressure out of the tires. I was riding as I usually would, but found myself brushing the roof of the Cloud 9 vert ramp. I don’t have to push as much on this bike and, given the extra length and new angles, I no longer nose wheelie on the flat of the vert ramp when pushing it.

Be honest - is this your favorite bike you’ve ever owned?

I have owned many great bikes over the years and they have all been the best bike I have ever owned. That’s why I love BMX. Nothing will ever beat my first bike and the feeling of freedom that came with it. But, this one is pretty special because it’s like I have come full circle from the time I told my friend in Derby that I loved his bike to now looking and my new bike and being happy that I have my own.

Anything you’d like to add?

I would like to thank Rick Moliterno at Standard for making me this incredible custom machine. Matt Coplon at Profile for the custom parts they got me set up with. Mark Flip from Albe’s for my stolen seat. Jason Allen for being a badass. Mike Brennan at Merritt. Jorge Jovel at Black Sheep Media for the photos. Last but not least, BMX!

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