Frame: Stranger Ballast
Fork: Stranger Ballast
Bars: Stranger Haze
Stem: Merritt Inaugural
Grips: Stranger Quan
Seat: Merritt SL1
Pedals: Merritt P1
Cranks: Primo 2-pc Powerbite
Sprocket: Merritt Mighty
Front Tire: Cult 2.35"
Front Wheel: Primo N4FL/Stranger XXL Rim
Rear Tire: Cult 2.35"
Rear Wheel: Primo Freemix/Stranger XXL Rim
Pegs: Primo 4 1/2" Plastic
Hub guards: Primo
Congrats again on picked up by Merritt. How did that whole thing unfold, didn't Merritt's Brandon Begin put in a good word for you?
Supposedly Begin, Montana Ricky and Scott McMenamin had been buggin’ Mike Brennan to shoot me some gear and then out of the blue I got a call from Mike about the whole deal. Thanks guys!!!
You guys just wrapped the Stranger video No Hype, any chance of a Merritt edit in the works now?
I’m in the middle of a project right now that should be out with in a month or two. Once that’s done I plan to start filming for something Merritt related.
In more Merritt news, they're getting distributed through Tip Plus now. Are there more plans to evolve the brand and further their reach on west coast?
I think that Merritt being in TIP is great. Bike shops here on the west coast are a lot more open to carrying the product now that they don't have to pay freight from the east coast. The stuff has been flying out the door. If you're a shop on the west coast contact your sales rep at Tip Plus for all the Merritt goodies.
Describe this bike for us… What are some specifics?
Tires are usually at around 60psi, bars are uncut, frame is 20.75". The only particular things about my set up is that I ride a really tight chain and my bars a little far forward.
On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
I hate working on my bike, so 1. I do like dialing-in other people's bikes for some reason, though. I have to fix Stevie’s [Churchill] bike every time we ride.
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 test a lot of parts so I tend to swap parts out quite a bit.
What parts do you change out the most often?
Probably handlebars and pedals.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
I hate when my chain is loose.
Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I’m always open to try new products, but my bike somehow always feels the same [laughs