Frame: Volume Bermuda V2 21″
Fork: Volume Hatchet
Bars: Volume Barista
Stem: Volume Team Stem
Grips: Volume Team
Seatpost: Demolition Tripod
Seat: Voume “Finer Things” Tripod
Pedals: Demolition Trooper PC
Cranks: Demolition Rig 165mm
Sprocket: Demolition Mugatu Spline Drive Cromo
Front Tire: Demolition Machete 2.35"
Front Wheel: Demolition Zero inbound laced to Demolition Ghost Hub
Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35"
Rear Wheel: Demolition Zero laced to Demolition Rotator Freecoaster
Pegs: Demolition Bipolar
Describe this bike for us... What are some preferences for your bike set up--tires (width/pressure), bars (width, height, forward/back)...?
I guess at this point I feel like I have my bike setup pretty dialed. It's set up pretty big, I like my bars leaned a little more forward to give some extra space. I always lace my front wheels with the spoke heads facing out because it grinds the best, and never catches on my spokes. I run shorter cranks for extra space for by back foot against the peg, and I feel that it actually helps me for manuals. I run wide tires because I like to romp over stuff, and probably run them a little softer than most, around 50 PSI.
What makes it your ride?
It literally has my name on it [laughs]. I was lucky enough to have some input on the design of the fork, frame, and bars so it feels pretty fine tuned to my riding style. I’m also a fan of blue and I feel like I have a fairly unique color combo going on at the moment.
Are there any specifics to your bike setup that are dictated to how or what you ride?
Maybe when I was younger I used to do that, but now I am pretty set in my ways of how I set my bike up. Strictly functional with no gimmicks, just look at my goofy X-up grinds with 29″ wide bars for proof!
On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
If I am building up a new setup that I am stoked on it's definitely a 10, but if I am replacing broken spokes or fixing a flat it's a flat zero.
Setup or part wise, what was the last major game changer for you?
It's been a few years since I made the switch, but I will actually say changing over to a top-load stem was a game changer. Adding that extra couple of inches really boosted my hops a little bit and I think all around improved my riding style. It just feels better being a little more upright.
How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one? Do you switch out parts as they go? Or just build a whole fresh kit?
It can vary, it might be a year or just a few months depending on what new products Volume and Demolition have coming out. I usually replace about half my bike at a time, that’s just they way it all works out.
What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Wear items aside I try to replace stuff like forks, bars, and stem at regular intervals because you could really get hurt if those things fail. Parts seem to last a long time these days, but it's not worth the gamble of running the same forks for two years.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
Nothing in particular, I just like to make sure it's all running smooth. I am pretty anal about my wheels being nice and true, and if something is loose it will drive my crazy.
Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I usually stick with my tried and true setup, but every once in a while I try something new, although it usually goes right back. Maybe once a year I decide to put brakes on and they come off just as fast.