Name: Aaron Smith
Location: Currently sleeping in [Darryl Tocco, Jay Roe, and Ryan Fudger's] living room in Long Beach, California.
Sponsors: Kink Bikes, Demolition Parts, Osiris Shoes, Bad Timing, Rye Airfield and Eastern Boarder.
Frame: Kink Tocco V2 (20.5")
Fork: Demolition Concorde
Bars: Demolition Open Bar
Stem: Demolition Keystone
Grips: Demolition Missile
Barends: rubber Demolition Plugs
Seatpost: Kink Stump
Seat: Demolition Fat seat
Cranks: Demolition Revolt
Sprocket: Demolition Merit
Front Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35"
Front Wheel: Demolition Bulimia (complete)
Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.25"
Rear Wheel: Demolition Rogue (complete)
Pedals: Demolition Plastic
Hub Guard: Demolition
Pegs: Animal Butcher
I cut my bars down a half-inch on each side. Other than that its all stock.
Which parts do you go through the most?
Definitely grips and tires.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
Basically I like my bike to feel solid, although it rarely is. I have a short rear end and a Tall front end.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike? A nice bar with good feeling grips makes a big difference.
Do you remember your first "real" BMX bike?
I had a Mongoose Motivater mini that I grew up riding on. The first real frame I ever bought though was an S&M Next Generation Dirtbike. I saved up my lunch money all year to get it.
Do you normally build up a whole new bike from the ground up, or do you just replace parts as needed?
I usually just replace parts as I go. I love building up a whole new bike though; everything feels perfect!
Are you particular about how much PSI you run in your tires?
Yeah I run it pretty low, usually 60psi front and back.
Any prototype parts on your bike?
The Tocco V2 isnt out yet. It has a shorter rear end than the V1.
What's it like getting to run and test a bunch of prototype parts from Kink?
It's good and bad. Prototype stuff doesn't always work out how its supposed to, so having stuff break on trips, or anytime really, is pretty frustrating. On the plus side, you get to ride stuff nobody else has, so that's pretty cool.
How long you been running plastic pegs for? What's your take on plastic vs metal?
I just put plastics on two weeks ago. They are pretty amazing, but I have been breaking the sleeves on the butcher pegs pretty frequently. I was a firm believer in metal pegs till I was with biz and he told me "keeping it real gets you no where". It made me think, why limit yourself to certain things you can grind. With plastics you can grind anything from a crappy ledge to an aluminum rail, and everything in between. They are not for everyone though, but don't knock it till you try it.