Name: Jamie Bestwick
Location: State College, PA
Sponsors: Monster Energy, Levi’s, Etnies, Toyota, Alpinestars, DK Bikes
Frame: DK Cygnus, 21″
Fork: DK Alpha
Bars: Mankind, 8.25″ rise
Stem: DK Top Loader
Headset: Kane Creek
Cranks: DK 180
Sprocket: In photos; Tree. Currently; DK prototype.
Brake Lever: Odyssey
Detangler: SNAFU Mobeus
Front Tire: KHE
Front Wheel: DK Orbit
Rear Tire: KHE
Rear Wheel: DK Orbit
JBFC badge, zip ties, Jamie Bestwick Velcro strap (Albe’s), helium, stickers, tri flow, grip flanges.
Which parts do you go through the most?
Grips, but these United ones have lasted me a while.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
My bike is set up for my tall body. My front end is 75 degrees—I've always loved this angle…it makes the bike feel great, that's why I’ve run it for years. I don't like my bike too light, and it needs to roll fast. Also, I run my seat so high the fashion police have a warrant out for my arrest. I also run a brake lever that seems to annoy people by its appearance on my bike. Deal with it, Klinger.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
Bars are the biggest thing to get used to. I'm real picky about bars, so when I find a pair I like, I stick with them. I tried some 28s this summer. It was hard on vert for me, but great in park. Weird.
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Oh yes…a DP Freestyler. It was an awesome moment when my dad bought me that bike. I just felt incredible and was proud to ride it anywhere. It was my introduction to freestyle BMX.
You seem to have a different setup each contest season, is that intentional?
No, usually someone whose product I like discontinues that item and I have to search for its replacement. It's a pain, but that's BMX…it just keeps progressing.
Explain the blue piece of rubber between your sprocket and bottom bracket…
Ahh, that's so I don't put a lot of pressure on my bottom bracket bearing when I want my cranks to spin slower. The rubber stops the cranks from spinning freely. I've tried a couple things, but grip flanges are the best.
Why do you keep your seat crooked?
I like it that way because I like to move the bike around with my inside leg, sometimes in barspins I let the bars spin slower, but can control the bike with my leg and the seat. It’s just one of those things…