Name: Josh Betley
Height: 5′ 9″
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsors: Felt Bikes, Osiris Shoes, & Forks
Frame: Felt Battlesnake, 20.75″
Fork: & Forks 23mm
Bars: Felt Bigger Wheelie Bar, 8.75″ rise
Stem: Felt CNC
Grips: ODI Longnecks
Barends: The plastic ones that came with the grips.
Headset: Felt PC
Seatpost: Macneil OG Pivitol
Seat: Felt Sample
Cranks: Felt Bossless Ballparks, 170mm
Sprocket: Felt Chromosapien, 25t Spline Drive
Chain: KMC 510
Front Tire: Duo
Front Wheel: Eclat hub, Eclat spokes, and Alex Supra Chrome Dome rim.
Rear Tire: Duo
Rear Wheel: Eclat hub, Eclat spokes, Alex Supra Chrome Dome rim.
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC
Hub Guard: Eclat Bell
Pegs: Odyssey J-Peg Lighter, all the way around.
Nothing really. Super straight forward.
Which parts do you go through the most?
The usual, tires, pedals, grips. The only weird one is handlebars. I love handlebar grinds.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
I think just clean, smooth, and simple. No brakes, and four pegs. I like a seat with a lil’ bit of meat on it.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
Tires can really do a lot. The weight and grippy-ness can really change the feel of the whole bike.
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Yes, it was a Haro Nyquist Backtrail X2. It was cobalt blue and awesome. I found out recently that my buddy Kyle Carlson had the exact same first bike. Shout out to Nyquist.
How’d you come up with the name “Battlesnake” for your signature frame from Felt?
Back when I lived in Phoenix we used to go to a very infamous bar called the Palo Verde. Everybody that comes through town has been there and has had an unforgettable night. So one night at Palo I was having a wonderful conversion with a hammered drunk Indian fellow. He was telling me some story that I can’t remember much about, but due to his drunkenness he was trying to say something about rattlesnakes, but he mumbled out “battlesnake.” When I heard it, I was like “Damn, that is such an awesome word.” That dude eventually ended up grabbing Sam Buros’ girlfriend’s butt and we had this crazy stand off with him out front. The following weeks we really took the word Battlesnake out of hand. It would be like, “Hey man, that chick is hot…I want to Battlesnake her.”, or “That’s a crazy rail, I’m going to Battlesnake it.” So when it came time to name my frame, it was too easy.
What specifically were you looking for when you started to design your frame?
I really wanted to get the back end right. I’ve always noticed that the chainstays sat lower than the axle slot on the dropout, so in turn you grind the shit out of your chainstays and get chain slop. So we tapered the tubing and lined it up straight…problem solved. Other than that, I wanted to shave down 1mm off the bottom of the headtube to make it flush with the bearing when you run a fork with an integrated race. Most importantly, it needed the most bitchin’ graphics. So we got Nick Simon to draw them up, and I gotta say, I couldn’t be happier.