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What I Ride – Boyd Hilder

Check out Boyd Hilder‘s prototype signature Volume Venture frame, featuring some unique curves—along with the rest of his Volume/Demolition top to bottom build. One thing is for sure, whether he’s chillin’ on a rooftop in LA, out in the streets, or slaying a park, Boyd’s ride looks sick!

Height: 6′ 3"
Weight: 83.5 kgs (184 lbs.)
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Sponsors: Volume, Demolition, Verve Footwear, Primary Threads, S1 Helmets, Lux BMX

Frame: Volume Venture 21.25"
Fork: Volume Anchor
Bars: Volume Captain, 9.5"
Stem: VLM top-load
Grips: VLM Team
Barends: Volume
Headset: Demolition (with the tallest cap)
Seatpost: Demolition Pivotal
Seat: Demolition Paradise, Pivotal
Pedals: Demolition Trooper, PC
Cranks: Demolition Rig, 170mm
Sprocket: Demolition Mugatu, 28T
Chain: Shadow Interlock
Front Tire: Demolition Hammerhead, 2.4"
Front Wheel: Demolition all-round—Ghost hub, PC guards both sides, Zero rim
Rear Tire: Demolition Hammerhead, 2.4"
Rear Wheel: Demolition new RotatoR LHD freecoaster sample hub, Shadow PC guard and steel Division drive side guard, Zero rim
Pegs: Volume DeMarcus (4)

Tell us more about your signature Venture frame… Are you currently riding a prototype?
Yep, I’m riding the second prototype frame with all the geometry just not the colourway and stickers. I recently got my prototype fork in the mail as well—not in the bike check—so be on the look out for them, too. The frame and forks are looking to drop Feb/March. I can’t wait to see them in the wild!

The bends on the seatstays and chainstays of your frame are interesting…
Yeah, that’s just something a bit different we went with for my signature frame. I'm pretty stoked on how it looks and feels. We’ve got a wishbone chainstay for strength and I think the bends just flow out of it nicely. I've been on one for about nine months now and I couldn’t be more stoked!

And what are the specs?
It has a 75.5 headtube, 13 slammed rear-end, 9" stand over and a 21.25" TT. It feels super poppy and responsive, but still has a bit of length on the top tube for the taller dudes.

What are some specifics of how you like to have your bike setup… PSI, bar position, chain tension, etc…
I'm anal about everything being solid and tight—nothing worse than flowing around a park and your bike is just sloppy and wobbling underneath you. I also like thinner grips, it feels like I have more control over the bike.

What are you must particular about? In general, what makes it your ride?
I just like to keep it looking fresh. I was always that kid cleaning my bike and repainting stuff because of scratches.

Do you typically build up a fresh new bike, or just swap out parts as they go?
I usually just swap out what’s needed, but I do like to keep on top of things and make sure things are reasonably new just for safety.

Are you willing to experiment and try out new stuff? Or do you prefer to stick to tired and true?
[Laughs] To an extent I’m down to try new stuff, but I’m not gonna ride something if it doesn’t feel right.

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