Name: David Bruce Grant
Weight: 155 lbs.
Location: Muncie, Indiana
Sponsors: BSD, Albe's, Sun Ringlè, Coalition, The Gully Factory, DUB, Operativ
Interview and photos: Jeff Zielinski
Frame: BSD Forever XL 21.5"
Fork: BSD Ghetto Fork
Bars: BSD Giraffe Bar
Stem: BSD Race v2
Headset: BSD Integrated
Seat: BSD Stamp
Cranks: Sputnic 165mm
Sprocket: BSD Superlite 28t
Chain: TSC Interlock
Brakes: Adidas Campus-Hi
Front Tire: Demolition Momentum 20.35"
Front Wheel: BSD Front Street laced to Sun Big Baller
Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 20.35"
Rear Wheel: BSD Back Street female laced to Big Baller
Pedals: Odyssey Trailmix
Hub Guard: BSD Jersey Barrier
Which parts do you go through the most?
Tubes and grips are a close second.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
Bars a touch forward, people tell me I have a lot of air in my tires, I like a real tight chain as well.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
Where my bars are, I'm also really particular about how thick my grips are.
Do you prefer your grips to be thicker or worn out and thin?
Definitely worn-in—the thinner the better. On big drops it feels good to be able to grip my bars as tight as I can and not feel something squishy—a little easier to hold on tight.
You just got on BSD, how does the new bike feel?
Great, the 21.5" is the longest tube top I've ridden so far and I don't think I can go back to riding a shorter bike now.
With a long frame, a stack of headset spacers, top load stem, and bars kind forward, you have the go-to tall guy setup. How does that setup affect your pop, manuals, and your back?
When I ran a shorter frame my bars would always smash into my thighs when I'd hop, so eventually I just started putting my bars a little farther forward, it helped with clearance as well as being able to push into front end tricks. With a longer frame it kind of solved that problem so I pulled my bars back just a touch. As far as manuals go, its given me a little broader of a balance point and that goes for icepick grinds, as well. I started having some back issues right before I got on BSD and ended up building this bike as soon as I got healthy enough to ride, so I'm still on the healing side of things, but it's feeling great so far, just a lot more comfortable to be on my bike all day.
Why do you prefer wide tires in the front and back?
It feels a little safer when I do tire rides on narrow stuff, also a lot smoother riding around in the streets and more cushion for my wrists—which is never a bad thing.
How's it going with BSD, do you guys have any plans in the works?
It's going great so far. I've only been on for a couple months and I've already been on a couple trips and there are more coming up as well. Everyone on the team was a good friend of mine before the switch, so I'm psyched. I have a signature frame in the works, as well. So I definitely can't complain!
In case you missed it, here’s David’s BSD edit that dropped the other day. And if you have seen it, then you already know it’s worth watching again.