Following up the heavy-hitting Pro Part that Broc Raiford dropped last week he decided it was time to put his old vessel to rest and built-up a fresh bike. Besides being glossy black, this bike is a carbon copy of what Broc rode while filming his Pro Part. Here’s your chance to see everything Broc rides, including his signature Volume Vessel frame, Anchor fork, Captain bars, Odyssey Raft stem, signature Odyssey grips, and more…
Frame: Volume Vessel V2 21.25"
Fork: Volume Anchor
Bars: Volume Captain
Stem: Odyssey RAFT
Grips: Odyssey Broc Signature
Barends: Odyssey Par Ends
Headset: Odyssey Conical
Seatpost: Volume Tripod
Seat: Volume Nautical V2 Tripod
Pedals: Odyssey Grandstand
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolts 170mm
Sprocket: Odyssey LaGuardia 28T
Chain: Odyssey Blue Bird
Front Tire: Odyssey Ross V2 2.4″
Front Wheel: Odyssey Antigram hub laced to an Odyssey Hazard light rim with Antigram metal guards.
Rear Tire: Odyssey Ross V2 2.3″
Rear Wheel: Odyssey Clutch hub laced to Hazard light rim with Clutch non-drive side plastic guard and Daily Grind metal drive side guard.
Pegs: Odyssey Graduate
You just built up this entire bike after wrapping up your Pro Part. How does it feel to have to that project wrapped up and to be cruising on a fresh new ride?
It’s such an awesome and thankful feeling being able to cruise a fresh new bike after finishing up a filming project on a worn out and abused bike setup! Especially in this situation, due to how hard Zach and I had been going over the past couple weeks to finish up the Pro Part. Once we were officially done filming, it was definitely time to lay my old bike to rest!
I'm so used to seeing the splatter paint job with your frame and fork. What made you decide to change it up with glossy black?
I absolutely love the splatter color way, but I decided to go with the classy gloss black sample of my Vessel V2 frame until it’s release sometime near the end of this month. When that drops I’ll probably be changing to the new splatter color way that I am so excited for everyone to see! But to be honest, I just couldn’t keep my hands off the shiny gloss black frame! [laughs]
What are some preferences for your bike set up? What makes it your ride?
One of my biggest personal preferences is running a bigger tire in the front, followed by a smaller tire in the rear to help with crooks. I suck at them, so I need all the help I can get! [laughs] I don’t cut my bars down nor do I cut my forks to keep my bike as wide and tall as possible due to my size. I also like to run as many headset spacers I can fit under my stem with it still having a safe amount of clamp on my fork steer tube. I don’t like to run my seat that high because I’ve never pinched my seat on any certain tricks, so I run it just high enough to sit down and pedal, but low enough to be out of the way.
You're riding the V2 Vessel frame, what are some of the updates from the OG frame? And how do the changes feel when you're riding?
The V2 Vessel frame now has an ovalized down tube to be stronger against dents as well as giving the frame a subtle yet sleek new look. I’m also really hyped on the anchor logo braised onto the top tube gusset to match the one on the Anchor Forks. I didn’t change the geometry at all on the V2 frame because I have always been more than satisfied with how the frame felt! Overall I am ecstatic about the new version of the Vessel frame and can’t wait for everyone to see the new color ways we’ve got coming. Huge thanks to Brian Castillo at Volume for all the help and working with me to make my frame ideas a reality!
The last time we shot your bike you had literally just gotten your prototype Odyssey RAFT stem that day. That was over a year ago. What are thoughts on it now that you've been riding it for a while?
I first off have to thank the product designers at Odyssey for working with me and helping me design my portrayal of the perfect stem. They took my drawings and ideas and collaborated their knowledge to create the RAFT stem. I’ve had no problems with this stem because it's everything I could’ve asked for. Medium rise, tall stack height, wide clamping area, solid bolts—this stem kicks ass!
What are you most particular about on your bike?
Bar placement! Usually once a session I post my bike up against the wall and ponder if my bars moved or if I’m running them too far forward or far back. Lately, I’ve also been super particular about how tight my chain is. I take an extra five minutes tightening my back wheel to make sure it’s not as tight as a guitar string, but not loose like a cooked noodle. I’ve been dabbling with crankflips, too, so I’m sure that plays a role in my chain tension struggle.
Part or setup wise, what was the last big change you made? A game changer even…
I would have to say running a guarded sprocket really changed the game for me. Not only the fact that I have yet to break a chain running one, but since I wear bigger pants, the guard helps reduce the risk of getting my pant leg sucked into my sprocket. I tried a non-guarded sprocket for a little recently, too, and got melted on a few different occasions because my pant leg got eaten by my sprocket. Resulting in my permanent switch to a guarded sprocket and a new pair of pants! [Laughs]