Name: Matthias Dandois-Delaigue
Location: Paris, France
Sponsors: Red Bull, Eastpak, Vans, Koxx (ABadThing), Pull-In Underwear, Stereo Panda.
Frame: Prototype ABadThing Slim Fit II, 19.5tt
Bars: Twenty French Kiss
Stem: Odyssey Elementary
Grips: Tennis Overgrip
Barends: Animal Aluminium
Cranks: Profile Ti
Sprocket: Koxx Resurrection
Chain: KMC Halflink
Front Tire: Odyssey FrequencyG Plyte, 1.75″
Front Wheel: Koxx TryAll
Rear Tire: Odyssey FrequencyG Plyte, 1.75″
Rear Wheel: KHE Geisha Lite
Pedals: Odyssey Plastic
Chain Tensioner: Koxx Snails
Modifications/Other/Extras: I cut a half-inch off each side of my bars and I customize my seat by cutting the front and the rear end.
Which parts do you go through the most?
Grips. I ride a slick spot, so I barely go through tires.
I want it to look like a BMX, not a silly “scooter bike”.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel… I like my bike to be long (for a flatland bike) because I ride a bit of street, too. I like it light because I’m tall and that would kill my back to have a heavy bike. And I want it to look like a BMX, not a silly “scooter bike”.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike? I really like the “simple” look of my frame, and also the fact that I have ridden it for eight months and it still isn’t broken. Tricks are getting more dangerous, so you need to trust your bike…
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike? Of course! What a day it was! I got it for Christmas and it was a Haro with blue stickers. Heavy as fuck! Haha!
Why do you run a traditional style handlebar and long-reach stem compared to most flatland-specific setups? I ride a street bar because I can trust them. I broke all the flatland bars I’ve ridden and it doesn’t feel good when it happens while landing a whip or a decade. I ride a long stem because I’m really tall, and my frame is still a lil’ bit short. I actually designed a new prototype for ABadThing that is going to be a 20.5″ top tube. I can’t wait!
Why do you cut the nose off the front of your seat and have you tried to get ABadThing to make seats with the nose already chopped?
Haha, I get so tired of this question. Usually I would say, “It’s to make people ask questions…” But here is the real version. Exclusive shit! Haha. I cut the nose off my seat so it makes a bigger space between the seat and the handlebar. It’s useful when you want to land a tailwhip on both pedals or do some boomerang stuff. We can’t really have our own seat mold because that’s really expensive! The flatand market is not big enough to make the mold bankable. I like the way it is actually! It looks trashy. Yeaaahhhhh! Rock and roll, you know! Haha.
Why do you run your front spokes straight-laced? Haha, no particular reason… I needed a new front wheel so I asked Koxx to send me a new one and they sent this one over. It works perfect. I’m definitely not the kind of guy who cares about the “random parts” that are on my bike. Give me a good frame, fork, and bar, and I don’t care about the rest of the bike.
What’s with the tape around your headset spacers? Haha, actually I travel a lot and I have to take my bike apart every once in a while. When it comes to the headset I just tape it to the frame so I don’t loose any small parts in it… That’s just a habit, you know. I have OCD.
I’ve never seen someone with grips like yours…please explain those wild looking things.
Haha, yes I have really sweaty hands and no matter what grip I put on, my hand would slip, and it drives me crazy. That’s why I put tennis overgrip tape over the regular grip so my hand doesn’t slip. It looks ugly, but it works…