Designing a signature frame can be a tedious process. Team riders might think they know exactly what they want in a bike, or precisely which tweaks to make on their current rig, but until those changes are made and prototypes are built & ridden, making sure each angle is exactly where it should be, the assembly line stays stagnant. So many of today's top brands have their frames produced overseas, but because the testing process can take such a long time & require multiple revisions, many brands find domestic manufacturers to dial in prototypes; communication is easier, production time is generally faster, and shipping is cheaper and quicker. Once the final specifications are settled, the blueprints are usually sent to Taiwan, but in the case of Kevin Peraza’s signature Mongoose frame, the results were so perfect that they made a whole batch in the good ol' USA. Viva La Familia!

Mongoose has a storied history in the BMX world, sponsoring a plethora of some of the most famous riders in BMX history, and it looks like they've got another legend in the making with Arizona's Kevin Peraza. From the X-Games to your local ditch, Kevin has made big waves over the last few years, so it's no shock to see a bike released with his name all over it. Kevin's riding style is adaptable to anything you put in front of him, so Kevin built his La Familia with angles that fit on almost any form of terrain out there. Featuring full 4130 True Temper OX Platinum chromoly tubing, the La Familia tips the scales at a paltry 4 pounds, with a strength-to-weight ratio that should hold up to just about anyone that steps over its top tube. Some might fear the frame as being too light, but I can guarantee that most riders picking this frame up won't be pulling moves have as big as Kevin, so there's definitely nothing to worry about there. The 75 degree head tube aids in front wheel stunts, but isn't too steep to sketch you out at high speeds. The 20.5" top tube might be too short for some riders, but this is Kevin's frame after all, and by definition, a signature product is meant to meet the demands of the name attached to it. One thing just about every rider can be happy with, however, is the 13.5" rear end; short enough for rapid spins yet long enough to easily find a balance point, and capped off by 14mm heat-treated and laser-cut dropouts.

The Mongoose La Familia frame is a limited edition, built by Iowa's own Standard Bykes. Mongoose fans have been clamoring for a USA-made frame for years, so expect the limited run of only 25 gloss black models to move fast, and the only place you can find them is in Mongoose’s webstore. Pick yours up now for just $379.99 – it's no budget model, but I'm sure Kevin will tell you it's worth every penny.

Head Tube Angle: 75°
Seat Tube Angle: 71°
Top Tube Length: 20.5"
Head Tube Length: 117mm
Chainstay Length: 13.5"
Bottom Bracket Height: 11.65″
Headset: Integrated
Seat Clamp: Integrated
Brake Mounts: Removable
Colors: Gloss Black