Strip away the custom graphics & ignore the spec sheet of most frames out there, and would you visually be able to tell the riding style of the pro whose name is tied to whatever bike it is you’re looking at? Probably not. That’s not necessarily a knock on the person who welded the bike together, nor is it a dig on the rider who designed it – that’s just where we’re at with BMX technology; the differences in most frames are so subtle, you won’t know the difference until sometime tells you (or if you ride it, duh). That said, there are still frame features that, when pointed out, can easily indicate how badass of a rider a bike belongs to, and WeThePeople’s Dillon Lloyd signature Buck frame has a bunch of those, so keep reading and get educated!
I’ll be completely honest- I am not super knowledgeable when it comes to Dillon Lloyd. Sure, I’ve seen the name pop up, and I watched a few edits to research this piece, but outside of that, don’t know a whole hell of a lot. However, I do know WTP, and I know a thing or two about frame design, so upon first glance of the Buck frame, I could quickly tell that this thing was made to take some abuse. WTP’s material of choice for it’s frames tends to be 4130 seamless Japanese chromoly, so it was no shock to see that at the top of the spec sheet. Looking at the geometry, the angles match up with the footage I checked out, as the frame has a steeper 75.5 degree headtube, crooked-grind friendly 11.8″ high bottom bracket, and a quick but stable 13.35″-13.5″ rear end length, which will allow for great pop but isn’t too short to pencil you off the back of your bike if you don’t hop at the right moment. The rear end is also capped off with clean, plastic peg friendly dropouts that are designed to seamlessly merge into the rear stays. Remember that visual cue I mentioned just a few dozen words ago? Take a look at the front of the bike; yes, the Buck has dual gussets, but it’s also got a longer than normal head tube. This serves a few purposes, the first being that it allows you to run fewer spacers, yet still have that front end height that you’re looking for. The second reason for this design is that it strengthens the front end of the bike significantly, both by allowing less heat concentration during the welding process and by spreading out the force of impact due to the spacing of the tubing. Because the top tube is technically higher off the ground than your average frame, it makes sense that the standover height is bumped up to 9.125″, because if you still wanted an 8.5″ standover, your bike would look just a little more like a Blackeye Killorado than the average BMX you pass on the streets, and no one wants that anymore, do they?
WeThePeople’s Dillon Lloyd Buck signature frame is available now at all WeThePeople dealers and mailorders. For 2017, the Buck is available in matte black, trans honey gold, and brushed raw (my personal favorite). Take your pick of 20.5″, 20.75″ and 21″ top tubes, and no matter which one you choose, expect to pay $329.99 for it. The 5.3lb Buck frame also comes with a lifetime warranty, so if you’re not convinced that the Buck can handle what you can dish out, maybe you should stick to the Killorado. For more on WTP’s full product line, check out wethepeoplebmx.de and be sure to follow WTP and Dillon on Instagram @wethepeoplebmx and @dilllloyd respectively.