I’m good friends with James McGraw, and even I was surprised that number one he left London Bikes, and number 2 that he managed to keep this custom ride build quiet off social media until it was done. After a quick chat with James, I was pretty curious about all the details of his new ride and figured you at home might be as well.
Like everyone else on social media I saw your new bike post. No more London bikes and a custom bike build, what’s the story?
I feel very blessed that for the past 30 years I have not really had to pay for a bike. I have had a lot of sponsors over the years and London Bikes has been one of the best. For me the change is not any kind of bad blood or issues its simply time I do something 100% my way. With a sponsor you get some input but ultimately there are trademarks of a brand that you deal with. Ultimately I just no longer am willing to compromise my riding just to get a free frame. My new bike is built around how I ride and the style of tricks I want to do. My next birthday will my 50th and with age come ailments that hinder my riding. For years I was a front wheel prominent rider, however I developed really bad back issues due to the leaning and body position of front wheel tricks. At one point I considered quitting do the the constant pain. Instead I found back wheel to be therapeutic in the sense that I ride in a more vertical position which relived the pain I developed from leaning over on front wheel. With that said Will from London has made a very good bike that he designed for what fits his riding, for me it is way to short and I feel limited to back wheel. I took a look at all the bikes I have rode over the years and really thought about what geometry worked best for front wheel and back wheel. I realized the last time I rode front wheel I was riding a longer frame which in theory allowed me to stand more upright during the tricks. I also looked at seat post angle which directly affects the position of your seat location. With the old seats you could move your seat forward or backwards on the seat rails to compensate position but the new seats you can only change the angle of the seat. So seat post angle is a very critical point of reference depending on your height and the style of tricks you wish to do. Also we made sure to build the bike around the forks I ride to insure that the rolling head tube angle is exactly as I desired. Different forks can manipulate the rolling head tube angle of the bike depending on the length of the forks. Bottom line is after months of really thinking about these factors I realized that I could build a bike based on my body size and ailments that would allow me to ride both wheels again. Simply put at my age I don’t know how long I will be able to keep riding at this level, so I built this new frame in a effort maximize my potential as a rider and remove any limits I may have due to a production frame that has a more generalized geometry as opposed to a very rider specific frame.
Hands up if you were expecting Dub’s announcement a few days back to be a fire new edit?! Dub is always full of surprises, and raises the stakes right here with the launch of a flatland grip that you can customise, read on for all the specs and photos with an example of the different options available.
IGI Sentinel BMX FLATLAND Grips, Ballends and Thumbrings AVAILABLE NOW!
Sentinel Grips are available in Black with Black Barends & in Brown with White Barends. Sentinel Ballends are available in White or Black. Sentinel Thumbrings in Black or Brown.
– Length : 180mm
– Material : Kraton Rubber
– Barend material : Nylon
– Hex 4mm setscrew wedge system barend.
– Weight : 196 gr. including thumbrings and barends.
💸Grips : US14.99$ – CAD19.99$
Ballends : US8.49$ – CAD10.99$
Thumbrings : US6.49$ -CAD8.49$
ORDER THROUGH DM OR BY EMAIL INFO@IGIBMX.COM.📥 THEY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON EBAY LATER TODAY.
I’ve known about this news for a while, but the official word just broke online from Mat Hoffman himself:
“These are almost in production. Kevin (Jones) rode and went through the prototype and made his corrections. We are being very meticulous to make Kevin stoked and keep it up to his standard. No ETA date yet, but I will post here as soon as I know. Also you’ll notice the tubing is a thinner OD. This was a request form Kevin to make it lighter. Here’s a mock up from the first prototype of what the decals will be too… thanks -Mat”.
Exciting news, whose tempted with this? I know I am…
Today Rob Alton’s Sport Zone contest is going down over in Hungary, and OG Marton just dropped a timely promo for his new M 18 handlebar for his company, OG Bike Co. Who better to do the promo than young buck in the Hungarian flatland scene, Fülöp Vidákovich! This guy kills the front, back wheel and even throws some radiative too! If you interested in the OG bars you can contact OG Marton at: email@example.com or contact http://www.fourpegsbmx.com
Riders like James McGraw and Pete Brandt swear by the Odyssey Clutch free coaster, the teamover at Odyssey HQ just fired out this promo for the new and improved v2 hub. Although there is no flatland, theres still a lot of tech moves that cross over, take a peak. Info on the hub and improvement towards the end.
Far East Cycles hub inventor Ashao gets together with Jean William Prévost to take the hub apart and put it back together as they give some tips on how to use it and assemble/disassemble it correctly. Enjoy!
Yuki Itoh just dropped some exciting product news, he just got a well deserved “N Code” signature bar with Far East Cycles. Nice to see something a little different than the usual 2 piece bar design. Specs can be seen below.
Are brakes coming back? There have been some interesting developments happening in BMX recently. Bizhouse’s Shawn White hit me up late last night with this Brooklyn Mod concept which was developed along with Carlos Coste. The idea is to do away with welds on your AD lugs, so you buy forks, drill the holes yourself and boom your done. Time will tell if this works and if you trust yourself with a drill. Let’s discuss this one in the comments section.
Besides the amazing edits recently from Akira Okamura and today from Sebastian Grubinger. It is really good to see riders reviewing products, really enjoyed this in-depth review of the IGI BMX Peg by Kevin Meyer and Joris Bretagnolles, good work with english subtitles.