Name: Karl Q. Poynter
Age: 23 Height: 5′ 11″ Weight: 154 lbs
Location: Noblesville, IN
Sponsors: Eastern Bikes, EZRA BMX, Hardcore Sportz
Frame: Eastern Grim Reaper, 21″
Fork: Eastern Hawkeye
Bars: Eastern Karl Poynter signature
Stem: EZRA Gauntlet front-load
Grips: Duo Homan
Barends: Eastern nylon
Seatpost: Nitrous Pivotal
Seat: EZRA Native Pivotal
Cranks: EZRA Geist
Sprocket: EZRA Equis, 28t
Chain: Nitrous half-link
Front Tire: Eastern Fuquay Flyer, 2.30″
Front Wheel: EZRA Opus
Rear Tire: Eastern Fuquay Flyer, 2.30″
Rear Wheel: Prototype EZRA Karl Poynter signature freecoaster with 9t driver and an Eastern Diode rim
Pedals: EZRA Flats Plus Hub Guard: Rear Eastern Chain Tensioner: Built in. Pegs: EZRA Grind
Modifications/Other/Extras: I’m proud to say that the variety of parts my sponsors produce allow me to not have to make any modifications to anything.
Which parts do you go through the most?
Grips, front tires, and pedals.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
For many years now I’ve been riding basically the same style of setup with four pegs, a freecoaster, somewhat wide bars, and no brakes. I like to have my bike feeling comfortable and keep it solid with zero noise. All I ever want to hear are my tires rolling on the ground.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
To be honest I’m very particular about a lot of things with my ride. The built-in chain tensioners on my frame, which majority of the Eastern frames feature, is very important to me. Having the built in-chain tensioners keep my chain tight, no matter what. I never have to worry about experiencing trouble aligning my wheel or the rattling of a chain.
You’ve been working on a signature freecoaster hub for a while now, and have even switched sponsors in the middle of its development…Is it still in the works? Give us the latest update on it.
My signature free-coaster will definitely still be happening and I couldn’t be more excited. It will be an all-new design with some really cool features produced by my parts sponsor EZRA BMX. The progress has been great, and we expect to have it available by late 2011. EZRA and I have been working overtime on it to say the least. You can be on the lookout for further details on www.ezrabmx.com, my fan page www.facebook.com/karlpoynterfanpage, or by following me on twitter, @KarlQPoynter.
Your bikes always look real clean and fresh. How important to you is it that your bike have a good overall look?
Thanks! I definitely take pride in having a nice looking bike. I enjoy being creative with the design, layout of colors, stickers, etc. The look is very important to me, which is why I spend a good amount of time designing each bike I put together.
Do you normally build up a new bike from the ground up? Or just replace old parts as needed?
It depends really. I usually replace things like grips, tires, and pedals when needed. I do like to change it up quite a bit. I mostly build up a bike from the ground up whenever I start to get burnt out on whatever color I’m riding at the time.