Name: Kevin Aaron Peraza
Age: 19
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Sponsors: Monster, Mongoose, Vans, Ethika, Demolition, Fuse

Kevin Peraza Bike Check: Photos by Jeff Zielinski

Frame: Mongoose Fraction 20.5" TT
Fork: Demolition Elite
Bars: Fiend
Stem: Demolition
Grips: ODI Longneck
Barends: ODI
Headset: Demolition
Clamp: some old seat clamp
Seatpost: Demolition
Seat: Demolition Markit
Pedals: Demolition Trooper Plastics
Cranks: Demolition Revolts
Sprocket: Demoltion Merit Spline drive 25-tooth
Chain: Shadow Conspiracy
Front Tire: Demoliton Momentum 2.35"
Front Wheel: Demolition Ghost hub/Zero rim
Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.2"
Rear Wheel: Rogue hub/Zero rim
Pegs: Beat up, rusted, good sliding, worn-in, metal pegs
Hub guard: Primo rear, Demolition Phantom front
Brakes: Odyssey EVO 2
Lever: Odyssey
Detangler: Odyssey

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
I think like 8. I work on it all the time, as long as it's not rattling I'm happy. Sometimes I'll try to work on my brakes, but I’m no good, or true a wheel here and there.

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'll ride it until something needs to be changed. Most of the time I'll switch bars out when they have been through some beating, just to be safe. I'd like to build a fresh bike here and there, but some parts are just hard to get rid of.

What parts do you change out the most often?
I'll swap out my bars because I broke some back in the day and got stitches in my arm. They went through years of beating and eventually broke and now it's just a thing were I'll constantly swap them for new ones every little while.

No-hander out of Kevin’s favorite quarter at his local shred spot, Premises Park, in Tucson.

What are you most particular about on your bike… chain tension, grips—thick, thin, new, or worn-out, tire pressure, et cetera?
I like a lose chain, with tight cranks, some broken-in grips with flush bar ends and like 85 PSI tire pressure—I don't like them to fold on me when I'm pumping around. I have this old beat up left hand side brake lever that I put on the right. I like how flush it is on the back side when its' flipped over because I run it on the right.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
Yeah, why not? But I mainly stick to what I run all the time. I'll put on a third peg here and there, or take the brakes off.

Do you run your chain upside down on purpose, or was that by mistake?
That was a mistake [laughs], but I got lazy and I thought it looked sick so I left it. It doesn't affect anything at all so I left it.

Invert.