Name: James Foster
Location: Formerly Redlands, CA; now Greenville, NC
Sponsors: KHE Bikes, Underground Products, Staff Mail Order, Nike6.0
Frame: KHE Triple Threat. It’s my signature frame. The name is in honor of one of my late friends… 74.75 ht, 20.5″ tt, 13.5-14.00″ back end. Removable cable hangers and brake mounts. 4.7 lbs.
Fork: Odyssey Race
Bars: KHE Cirrus bars, 8″ rise, 10 degree back sweep, 3 degree upsweep.
Barends: Odyssey Plastic
Detangler: Odyssey GTX-R
Clamp: Integrated into the frame.
Seatpost: MacNeil Pivotal
Seat: MacNeil Pivotal
Cranks: Fly right now, changing to KHE
Cable: Double cables.
Brake Lever: Odyssey Monolever, small
Front Tire: KHE Dirt
Front Wheel: Primo, changing to KHE Astral flangless hub.
Rear Tire: KHE Street
Rear Wheel: Profile race hub with Ti bolts, laced to Odyssey Super 7k
Pedals: Wellgo MG-52
Modifications/Other/Extras: Cut the bars, always cut the flanges off my grips.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
Light as hell, with tall bars and short back end. It makes things fun.
In this day and age where many seats are slammed, why is your so high?
I’ve always ridden it that way. It’s comfortable to me, and I just like it like that. I like doing double trucks, and I can’t do them if the seat is low. Plus, I can sit down and pedal without my knees hitting me in the face.
You have a signature frame from KHE…how much input did you have on it?
Pretty much 100%. I wanted something with a slightly steeper headtube, but not 75 degrees so I went with 74.75 and it’s perfect to me. I basically told them the geometry and they built a super light and strong frame around it. I’ve had the same prototype all year, and have not had a single problem.
Your bike ain’t lookin’ so clean right now…is it typically this ratty looking?
Haha, I guess, I don’t know. I don’t ever clean it or anything. I just make sure it runs perfect all the time. I’m not too concerned with looks. Like I said I’ve had the same bike all year and nothing has broken so I haven’t needed to get a new one. Usually my bike only ever looks good when it’s new. However, I might get creative with some spray paint soon.
Why do you run thread in bolts in the rear hub?
They’re titanium bolts that thread into an aluminum axle. They’re super light and the less weight in the back end, the better. My new front hub has an all aluminum axle so it will be crazy light too.
You just moved to “Pro Town”, Greenville, North Carolina; how do you think the move will affect your riding?
I think it will help me a lot. I basically moved there because I know I’ll ride all the time, it’s inexpensive to live, and I get to hang out with rad people all the time. And I don’t have to deal with traffic all the time… When I’m home in Redlands, I barely ride because I hate dealing with traffic and everything is so far away. And California is so expensive to live, traffic sucks, everything is far away etc… I’ll miss everyone in California, but Greenville just seems better. I’ll save money, get to ride all the time, and not have to deal with driving super far anymore to ride anymore. Plus all the rad people out there.