How much does your bike weigh? Well, regardless of your answer, it’s still heavier than Ricky Veronick’s new creation. Ricky put in countless hours to bring his dream bike to life and the final result is this fully-custom titanium beast. Learn about it and let us know what you think…

First and foremost, what the hell is this thing?

This is the lightest bike ever created in freestyle BMX, as far as I know. I’ve dubbed it the LMG (light machine gun). I figured it was a nice name because of the low weight and all of the holes in it.

What does it officially weigh in at?

I’ve weighed it twice. First, the way I run it - with a Profile Z-Coaster, fat seat, and gyro, it came in at 14.49lbs. I weighed it again without brakes, with a light seat on, and a Profile Mini hub and it came in at 13.44lbs.

Here’s the big question… Why?

I get asked this question a lot and it confuses me. I’m into pushing limits, whether I am on my bike or building my bike. Ever since my first light bike, I wondered how light I could get it. This is the bike I’ve always wanted to build. I wanted to see for myself what tricks are possible with a bike like this. I don’t understand why people people want to make it harder on themselves to do tricks with heavy bikes. BMX is hard enough as it is.

Give me a rundown of the parts. What’s all custom?

A shorter list would be what’s not custom - haha. For starters, my frame, fork, bars, and cranks were custom made to my specifications out of titanium.

My titanium frame is the most custom piece of equipment on my bike. It has everything I’ve ever wanted in a frame - cutouts, closed dropouts, a built-in Pivotal post, internal cable routing, chain tensioners, the capability of working with the KHE Affix Gyro, and it actually has V-Brake mounts under the seatstay tubing - one of the crazier ideas I had.

The bars were modeled after the Coalition Holy Cross bars. The forks have closed dropouts and have less clearance for a skinnier tire. The seat was custom made by Native Bikes and actually has my name on it. I got the KHE gyro from Rob Armour and had to have it turned down on Jeremiah Smith’s lathe in order to fit correctly. Thanks to those guys for helping me out.

Many holes were drilled throughout the bike by my great friend and fellow lost boy here at Woodward, Zach Zeuschel. We drilled the brakes, lever, font and back rims, plastic seat, and even the tube spacer in my bottom bracket. I had my stem counterbored so the compression bolt sits flush, had my ti driver and axle anodized by Charles Chappell at Bluesix, and replaced every single bolt on the bike with blue titanium - even the set screws.

What exactly did it take to bring this bike into reality?

It took eight months, hundreds of e-mails to different companies trying to get parts that weren’t available or didn’t exist yet, hundreds of hours researching parts and metal properties, and hundreds of hours of work between paying for the bike and working on it. It also wouldn’t have been done without the help and support of Zach Zeuschel.

So you drilled a hole through a Profile hub?

I drilled two holes, actually - and they are massive! I got the idea from bob Meade and I wanted to match my front hub, which came with cutouts. It saved 1.2 ounces, which is a lot at this stage in the game. I talked to Matt Coplon at Profile about this. He told me it obviously voids the warranty, but was interested in how it worked. I told him it worked great still, but I wanted a blue one, so I ordered another.

Is this your everyday bike? I know you do a bunch of gnarly stuff… Do you trust it?

Yes, this is my everyday bike and, after casing the entire line of the rhythm room at Ray’s, I’d say I trust it. I was pretty confident before we built the bike, but once it was together, I lost all confidence. It felt like a piece of plastic weight-wise and it was more flexible than my last bike. Typically in life, light things are weak, so it was very scary and hard to trust it at first. But, since I built the bike two weeks ago, I’ve learned 360 quad whips and most of my tricks - especially cash rolls - are much easier now.

How light was your previous bike?

My last bike was 20.5lbs at its lightest. It was before I really tried to make my bike light. Part of the inspiration for this bike were all of the people calling me a weight weenie. It made me mad since I don’t consider that to be lightweight, so I I set out to show them what a real weight weenie was.

Have you always been super weight conscious?

When I first got into BMX, my bike was over 30lbs. It's funny to think that I've cut that down by over 50%. I was thirteen when I started riding. I could barely pick up my bike. When I rode my friend Vinny's V1 Eastern Grim Reaper, it began. By Christmas time, I had a V2 Grim Reaper and my bike was down to 22.5lbs. I took the brakes off at one point when I rode with Daniel Sandoval a lot at my local park and the bike got down to 20lbs. After that, I got hurt and didn't ride for a number of years. When I came back, I was an adult and didn't really care about weight anymore. It wasn't until last year when I rode Rob Armour's and Nick Yanetta's 18lbs bikes that I went crazy.

What advantages do you feel like a lighter bike give you?

I feel a lighter bike makes it easier to be consistent with tricks in 360s and flips because the bike doesn't effect you as much. Obviously, tailwhips get a lot faster as your bike gets lighter. Barspins have been more difficult for me so far and the bike takes a lot more finesse just to jump straight, air out, or even ride. I almost crashed the first time I tried to jump it.

How much money do you have tied up in this thing? I'm guessing about the price of a house...

Haha. Not quite the price of the house. Jamie Bestwick said it would cover a downpayment for one, however. I don't like to talk numbers but, my frame alone costs more than most bikes.

Any big misses or broken parts when it came to building this thing?

This bike was a big experiment really. A lot of parts were questionable when first building this. The first things that broke were the headset spacers. They were built for light racers and I'm pretty sure they crushed under the pressure of tightening down the stem.

I was experimenting with Carbon Fiber Nokon cables. They are meant for shifting, so the beads split in half the first time I pulled the brakes hard. I had the world's lightest MTB brakes and lever on it. They didn't break, but they didn't work very well and ended up swapping them out for something different. The original titanium forks I bought weren't the right thread for the Affix gyro, so I had to buy another set of those, which was a devastating blow to the bank account. Lastly, my headtube was supposed to be made to a specific specification, but it was made for a normal BMX headset and my $325 headset blew up. I’m still trying to sort that out with the builder. I haven't had any problems really, other than that!

Someone out there is going to try to create something lighter. What do you have to say to them?

If it's a company, I'd say send it to me! I'll test it for you! I know it can be done, I've seen 26" mountain bike tires that are lighter than our tires, among other parts. BMX is behind in terms of high-strength, low-weight parts. If it's a person like me, I'd say good luck! I would be stoked to see it get lighter, but I don't see a useable bike getting much lighter than this.

Be honest... Do women like you more now?

Well, they don't care about the bike too much, but they sure do like tailwhips and more tailwhips equals more babes.

Where can we see you put this thing to work?

I ride it at Camp Woodward, the greatest place on Earth, every day! I plan to ride as many contests as I can in 2016. You can also see some riding on my Instagram - @rickyveronick. If you're curious to see how it rides and how long it will last, you can check it out there!


If you have any questions or comments for Ricky, post 'em below. He'll be checking and responding periodically.


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