Building a BMX team is completely different than building a team in the traditional sports sense. Stick & ball sports feature rosters of players that fill a specific need/purpose, and many positions require unique pieces of equipment that cater to that players job. With a BMX “team”, what you’re trying to accomplish as a brand is completely up to you – some brands pick out diverse rosters of riders with all sorts of riding styles, while others focus on bringing together a group of riders whose personalties, aesthetics, choice of vices, etcetera etcetera are on the same wavelength. Because BMX is subjective, a “team” is whatever you want to make it, but in the end, even riders with completely different styles might prefer to ride the same setup – as a brand, this is great, because you can choose to produce products endorsed by single members of the team, or items that everyone on the team can stand behind. With Volume’s new Voyager frame, team members from opposite coasts Josh Clemens and Billy Perry get their names on a single frame that caters to their seperate riding styles, but with colorways representing the vastly different coasts on which they reside.
To me, the Volume Voyager is a bit of an oxymoron; from a literal tech standpoint, the Voyager is a no-frills frame at a great price, but it’s geometry is meant for riders specifically looking for quicker responsiveness to aid in tech moves. While regular readers of KYR might remember that I am struggling to keep up with modern moves, in watching the promo vid above that accompanied the Voyager frames release, it’s very clear that both Billy & Josh have the tech shit figured out just fine. The full 4130 Voyager frame is built with a super quick 12.75″ slammed rear end, which I probably couldn’t hop without looping out & spraining a lower limb, but those guys clearly take full advantage of its nimbleness. The 9.25″ standover height gives the frame a stout look while also adding just a touch of stiffness, while the 11.7″ bottom bracket height stabilizes manuals and keeps your chain clean during crooked grinds & other weird moves incorporating the cranks/BB. Up front, the Voyagers front end is supported by dual gussetts, and comandeered by a 75.25 degree head tube, which I’m sure is a huge aid when working on those backwards hang 5 combos. If you need brakes, they can be added via the removable seatstay mounts, and you won’t need a seat clamp, as that comes free with the 71 degree seat tube. Savings!
The Volume Voyager team frame is available now from Volume themselves and from all Volume dealers. The Voyager is available in two sizes (20.5″, 21″), and the two colorways reflect the coasts of each riders – Josh’s frame featuring a “Northwest Camo” leafy colorway, while Billy’s frame is available in “Glacier Blue”, which is oddly reminiscient of blue vinyl pool liners & waterslides… coincidence??? Whichever flavor you choose, each can be obtained for only $299.99, and it looks like there are matching bar/forks as well, so grab yours now & get that new Summer bike build going. For more on the Volume team & their entire product lineup, take a minute to check out VolumeBikes.com, and follow everyone on Instagram at @volumebikes, @billyperry631 and @joshclemens.