JJ Palmere is a fiend for avocados and great street setups. Here’s the bike he rides to the farmer’s market and through the streets of Philly (or Long Beach, as of lately).
Frame: 21" Fiend Palmere
Fork: Fiend prototype
Bars: Fiend 9"
Stem: Fiend Morrow
Grips: ODI Stay Strong
Barends: ODI plastics
Seat: Fiend Palmere V2
Pedals: Primo Palmere
Sprocket: Primo Neyer
Chain: Cult half-link
Front Tire: Cult Dehart
Front Wheel: Primo rim with Primo N4LF hub
Rear Tire: Primo Vmonster V2
Rear Wheel: Primo rim with Primo Freemix freecoaster
Pegs: Primo plastics
Hubguard: Primo plastic
How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one?
I usually just ride most parts until they are done. If not it’s because I need to test a new product.
What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Pegs most often because they are plastic and 90% of what I do is grind [laughs]. Then pedals because they are plastic, too, and with crankarm grinds and just everyday usage they ware pretty quick. Then grips after that.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
I like my wheels to be straight. I always tighten my spokes to have solid wheels. I don’t like it when my wheels feel unstable and soft. Other then that I like my chain semi-loose because it helps it feel smooth rather then a tight chain that sounds like it's so tight it might break. I keep my cranks tight though to help with them from spinning when I take my feet off the pedals.
For someone with so many grind combos I'm surprised you don't run four pegs…
Believe me I have tried and as much as I would love to I can’t get over my back-foot hitting my peg. I tend to get tangled up more with four pegs. I've tried smaller cranks and I don’t like the way it feels it effected my hop an manuals so to me it wasn’t worth it just for a few tricks. I might try again in the future.
Tell us about your signature plastic pegs you're working on…
Right now it’s in the designing stage. It’s going to come in 4" and 4.5" length. Nothing too crazy. It's going be a chromoly inner and plastic outer sleeve.