I left Florida feeling…rejuvenated. I spent a week sleeping on a couch and rarely got more than five hours of sleep, but witnessing Trey and Colt’s version of riding revived a very fundamental idea of what BMX is supposed to be for me. Freestyle BMX, for all its abstractness, is the only way to describe it. Doing things because you want to, forgetting the masses, and above all, having fun. Darryl Tocco and I spent a week straight with Trey and Colt and by the end, we were bigger fans of Trey and absolute fan boys of Colt Fake… ­­­


by Ryan Fudger

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The Front Flip

Over the course of the week, Trey would make lots of outlandish suggestions for Colt. At one point he suggested that he jump off a freeway bridge into water. Colt thought it was a good idea. After discussing how to get the ramp onto the freeway and other logistical nightmares, Trey had a far better idea. This stair gap into water that Colt had done a few years back. It was perfect and although he had his reservations about roof clearance, Colt ended the conversation willing to go back flip it. On the last day, about four hours before our flight home, we headed to the gap and set up the ramp while the building was in full workday. With The Ramp on the lowest setting, it was pretty certain that Colt would hit the roof if he tried to flip it. The solution? Front flip. Has Colt ever done a front flip? Nope. Zero fucks given, Colt sent it and got spooked that his front wheel was going to hit the roof (actually possible) and rocketed himself back first into the water. With the wind knocked out of him, he swam to the shore and poured a Monster on his head for good measure. Absolutely amazing.

Freestyle

“I feel like a lot of people are caught up with what’s classified as cool or up-to-date. A lot of people throw out the term ‘wack’ a lot. When Colt and I were growing up, Colt especially, he’s never wondered what other people were going to think or if people were going to think it’s cool. We only do it because we both love it, you know? I think freestyle is just that. A lot of people claim ‘Yeah, it’s BMX Freestyle’ but really they’re the most classified ones—it has to be this and it has to be that. Even the guys that are against plastic pegs are the ones saying that it has to be metal pegs and it has to be on a concrete ledge. Screw it. Colt has brakes and three pegs on his bike…that’s like the weirdest combination possible [laughs]. I don’t even know why he has a third peg on and I don’t think he does either. I love riding with Colt because he’s just pure freestyle; I don’t think he even tries to not look at the rules. He just does what he does and it just ends up being his way. And especially with The Ramp…we’re already breaking the imaginary rules of BMX, so who cares? I’ve even had the urge now to bring a ramp to a spot. It’s been like, ‘Dude, if we had The Ramp, we could do this.” Now it’s like, ‘Who cares? I’m gonna start bringing a kicker around now [laughs].’” —Trey Jones

To Excited

The first spot on the first day. After a few warm ups on this wedge-to-wedge setup, Trey asked if we were ready. I asked what the plan was and Trey smiled and looked at Colt. Nothing…silence. “You gotta tell ’em...” Still not getting an answer, Trey laughs and explains (with a wide-eyed smile) that they’re gonna train it and Colt is gonna send a 360-to-feeble. They head out, loop in the middle of the busy road and Trey goes first, not doing the toboggan he was supposed to and Colt, right behind him, lofts a massive 360 that goes out way past the ledge, turns into more of a 480, and body-bags into what was thankfully grass. Colt wrecked his back wheel and his shoulder a bit, but bounced back and fired out the almost as wild turndown-to-feeble before the cops came to boot us out. Later in the car, Colt simply stated, “Yeah, that’s an example of what happens when I get too excited.”

All Hail Colt

As I already stated, I became a huge fan of Colt by the end of the week. He holds down a daily job, he owns a house, he takes care of his kid, and he handles business on the bike. The way he carries himself with a sort of blissful smirk on his face is infectious. At some point I began to wonder if Colt has it all figured out or just doesn’t care if he ever does. It’s possible that they’re the exact same thing. Either way, Colt is a flat out fucking awesome human being, but I’ll let Trey explain further: “Colt has a full time job and a kid, so he doesn’t really have time to go out and really focus on riding. This project really let him fully focus on getting something that was bad ass, even though a lot of it was just spur of the moment. We’d have one idea but end up being like, ‘Oh hey, we could do this’ and it ended up being even crazier. Any content you see of Colt was put out by him…or by one of us. His sponsor isn’t flying him out to California to film a promo for a frame. He’s literally doing it all on his own 100%. He finally got the opportunity to work with someone, like professionals, and he completely blew me out of the water as far getting clips. People just don’t understand his level of riding because he’s never had the opportunity to ever fully showcase how good he is. People always experience him in small doses, like my run at Texas Toast. He really wanted to ride, but it was all filled up so I was like, ‘dude, just go in my run.’ The fact that he just winged it and did three things that he wanted to do… He killed it and made that impression on people where they’re like, ‘Oh my god, this dude is crazy.’ But, I feel like he’s gone his whole life like that—it’s been that one video or that one clip and then it goes it away. Hopefully this project shows how high of a level he rides at on a normal basis, because he wasn’t like ‘Alright, I’m gonna go in.’ That’s just the way he operates. His normal level of riding is so crazy that he doesn’t think anything of it. When in reality it’s, ‘No dude, you’re out of your mind.’ That’s what makes it so great…it’s so natural. It’s not forced. And he always pushes it to the next level. Like when he did the grind on that rail into the pallets! I was like, “Alright, you’re gonna double peg it?” And he said, “Anyone could double peg it...I’m going to feeble it.” And he did it in the rain…why would you do that [laughs]?

Dream Team

That first day feeling never ended. The excitement Trey and Colt left the house with was never not present, and as they rode The Ramp more and more, their confidence in it built, and the ideas flowed. We’d have days where the session was deemed over only to get two more clips on the way to get dinner. They figured out that the ramp could stand up vertically. Trey bolted it to a wall. Jabe [Trey’s brother] realized that we could move the ramp, so in one full swoop, Trey ended up taking off from the ramp, doing a curved wallride, and Colt pushed The Ramp for Trey to land on. Days into messing around with this thing, new ideas were still coming at a faster pace. On the last day, Colt was down for another week. Trey solidifies it: “This was probably the most fun filming project I’ve ever done in my entire life. Just because there was literally no pressure at all and it was probably the most productive project I’ve ever done. It’s pretty crazy how that goes hand in hand…if you try to get clips you end up not getting clips. As soon as you don’t try, it just happens. Especially having both of us there because we could bounce ideas off each other. I’m pretty sure half the things that Colt filmed were my idea and the same way for me… %95 of the clips came from us just finding stuff. It was like, ‘oh, look here’s a mailbox, we can put The Ramp up and make it a spot.’ The Ramp made something that was a completely normal object into a spot. I think getting to experiment was the most fun part of the whole thing… Especially having Colt there to bounce ideas off of, you know? It resulted in a lot of different ways we could use the ramp…”