Name: Kelly Bolton
Height: 6′ 4″
Location: Hollywood, CA
Sponsors: DC Shoes, Eastern Bikes, Bell Helmets, Staff BMX
Frame: Eastern Vaquero
Fork: Demolition Doyle
Bars: Eastern Eighties
Stem: Primo Neyer
Grips: ODI Longneck
Cranks: Eastern Nomad
Sprocket: Some old SNAFU…
Front Tire: Eastern Curb Monkey
Front Wheel: Nitrous Complete
Rear Tire: Eastern
Rear Wheel: Nitrous Rim with Eastern Bi-rectional hub
Pedals: Odyssey JCPC
Hub Guard: Eastern Pop-N-Lock
Pegs: Eastern Prototype
Modifications/Other/Extras: Cut seat post, extra spacers under stem, left hand drive cassette.
Which parts do you go through the most?
I go through tires and wheels most. I’m pretty heavy, so on big drops or when I 450 a dirt jump I’ll blow a wheel up. Tires go out just ’cause I’m brakeless and I skid.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
I like my bike bigger to fit me better. My stem is high and my bars are big. My frame is a 21.25″ with a 74.5° head tube angle. I like my bike to not be so twitchy and feel more fluid.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
The bar height, for sure. It’s not easy being so tall sometimes. Bars are way easier to throw when they are closer to your hands. If I’m hunched over to reach down to the bars it feels like I have to try too hard. I’ve been messing with stem and bar height recently and found a good match finally.
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
I do…I had an old PK Ripper that rattled and every part was loose when I was real young. I learned one-footers and one-handers on it. When I got older I had a Mongoose, then a DK SOB! Colin was my hero.
Didn’t you say you had a lot of input on this particular frame?
Eastern wanted to make a heavier duty frame, and who better to test it out than a heavier dude like me. The first frame they sent had a mustache cross brace on the chainstay…So good! They said it was too thin and wouldn’t do it. I was bummed, but still put some R and D in, and we came out with what u see now.
I know you’ve been known to go back and forth between a freecoaster and cassette hub in the past…have you messed around with a freecoaster at all recently?
Freecosters just haven’t reached the reliability that can keep up with the average street rider. I’ve put multiple freecosters to the test, and none of them lasted more than three weeks. Maybe once they improve I’ll try it again, but for now I’ll pop my chain off.
After spending a year or so living in Greenville, North Carolina, what brings you back to Socal?
Greenville was awesome with a lot of cool ass dudes that helped me out on and off my bike. Just wanted to get a new feel for riding and a new scene. I spent two months in Socal over the summer, and it was callin’. Business needed to be done, so I’m back in the boo with my amazing girlfriend. I want to thank Josh Perry, Brandon Christie, Ryan Guettler, and anyone else who made G’ville so good. Thanks guys.