Frame: Volume Signature Vessel 21.25"
Fork: Volume Signature Anchor
Bars: Volume Signature Captain
Stem: Odyssey Signature Raft
Grips: Volume VLM grip flangless
Barends: Odyssey Par Ends
Seatpost: Volume Tripod
Seat: Volume Signature Tripod
Pedals: Odyssey PC
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolt 175 mm
Sprocket: Odyssey LaGuardia 28-T
Chain: Odyssey BlueBird
Front Tire: Odyssey Dugan 2.40"
Front Wheel: Odyssey Quartet laced to Odyssey Seven KA
Rear Tire: Odyssey Dugan 2.30"
Rear Wheel: Demolition Freecoaster laced to Odyssey Seven KA Rim
Pegs: Gsport 4" plastics all around
Hub guard: Odyssey Quartet Metal (front), Demolition Metal (non-drive side), modified plastic (drive side)
I feel like half of your bike is comprised of signature parts, lets start with the frame, then fork, bars… From your perspective, what goes into the process of putting your name on three of the biggest parts on a BMX bike?
Honestly man, still to this very day it seems so damn unreal to have signature parts from such awesome companies. The guys at Volume/Odyssey have been great to work with on putting together my cluttered thoughts to create these products. Designing signature product, believe it or not, takes a lot longer then you’d imagine. From deciding on what to name it, to making sure you haven’t copied someone’s already existing frame, ideas go up and down up until the day the product is released to the public.
And what were some specific things you wanted, what makes them your "signature" parts?
Well ,as you can probably infer, the most specific thing I wanted to include in all my signature products was that they all had a nautical name. Beyond that I wanted everything to be designed to be a bit taller to accommodate my size.
What’s it feel like when you’re out riding and you run into a kid rocking some of your parts on their bike?
Seeing people rocking my stuff out in the wild is dope and always gives me a good feeling knowing someone wanted to ride something I helped design.
You literally just got that prototype Odyssey stem this morning. Give us some details please…
I've long awaited the arrival of this stem and am so incredibly hyped on it. It’s a bit different design than most top loads out there but exactly what I wanted in a stem. It has a bit larger stack height so you don’t have to run as many spacers and is even wider allowing more room to clamp down on the bars which means less slippage. This is the first sample of my RAFT stem so be on the look out for updates on its release.
Describe this bike for us… What are some preferences for your bike setup—tires (width/pressure), bars (width, height, forward/back), etc…?
I recently changed to a smaller tire in the back to help with crooked grinds and it has made wonders as well as raising my seat a little higher to help with switch bars. I tend to run my bars slightly forward due to my size as well as running a longer, 21.25" frame.
On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike? And why?
I score it at a 10 when I’m chilling and dialing my bike in to where it rides like a dream because that motivates me so much. But on the flip side, I score it at a 1 whenever I’m trying to ride or film something and I have to work on my bike. It seems to never really get fixed perfectly and usually gets my very frustrated.
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?
I’ve only built up a whole new bike once so far and ever since I’ve been switching out parts as they go. Having a totally new bike is awesome, but I’d rather keep running everything until it needs to be replaced so my bike always feels broken in and comfy.
What parts do you change out the most often and why?
I change out my grips and pegs sleeves the most because I ride and grind my life away all day everyday [laughs].
What are you most particular about on your bike?
I’m most particular about the way my bike sounds when it’s pedaled/ridden. If there’s any clanking or crunching coming from my bike I’m usually stressing about fixing it as soon as possible.
Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
It really depends on the part to be honest. If it’s something like a different seat design, taller/wider bars, or slightly different fork offset I’m totally down to give them a go. But when it comes down to things like chains, wheels, and cranks I tend to stick to the tried and true.