We caught up with JJ Palmere to have him explain his new signature Fiend frame that just officially became available as of this Monday. Check it out and be sure to hit the Fiend site for any other info on their products…
Top Tube: 20.5", 20.75", 21", 21.25"
Head Tube: 75-degrees
Seat Tube: 71-degree
Bottom Bracket Height: 11.5″
Chainstay Length: 13.5" slammed.
Stand over height: 8.5" on 20.5"/20.75" and 9" stand over on 21"/21.25"
Other features: Full 4130 True Temper Chromoly tubing construction. gusseted head tube/down tube junction, tapered seat stays, heat-treated Mid BB shell and Integrated headset head tube (drilled for detangler tabs), removable cable stop and seat stay brake mounts, integrated post clamp and minimal 5mm thick dropouts with 14mm slots.
Includes: brake mounts, cable stop and detangler tabs.
Weight: 4lbs 10 oz. (20.75″)
Is your frame color influenced by the healthy juices you drink every morning?
JJ Palmere: Not so much the juice I drink every morning; that's usually a dark green color but it's influence is mainly from the all-powerful fruit, the avocado! I love avocado for its taste and nutritional benefits. Use it for many things in my diet.
Other color options?
Just avocado green and black.
How long has the process been from when the decision was made to give you a frame until it finally coming out?
It's been fun and interesting learning about frames and what's goes into them. Before, I thought I knew somewhat about how frames were made and all, but you really don't get it until you gotta design one.
What makes this frame yours other than having your name on it?
Well, other then the common top tube lengths it comes with a 13.5 rear end because I wanted something a lil’ smaller to make spin tricks easier. 75-degree head tube. 71-degree seat tube. 11.5" BB height which makes the frame have a more stable balance point for manuals and other tricks. 9" stand over. All tapered seat/chain stays. Comes in a brakeless option since I don't ride brakes I wanted no holes drilled for tabs for a cleaner look. Oval down tube half where it meets BB for dent protection along with seat/chain stays. It's also got bell shaped curves on the head tube and BB to represent the Liberty Bell, along with the Philadelphia Phanatic graphics. Since I grew up riding Philly it's home to me an always will be. I love Philly, so when coming to making this frame I wanted it to represent that and my lifestyle.
How many versions did you go through before finding what you were happy with?
Just one. The second one we made had all the changes I wanted to make from the first one…
Has the process of designing a sig frame different than what you thought it was like?
Yeah def. There's so much more you have to think about. It's really awesome being able to create a frame that fits you.
Do you have any other signature products in the works?
I have a new seat in the works, a signature plastic peg coming soon that I am hyped on and a Primo plastic pedal.
Outside of your frame, I heard you guys are working on a six month Fiend video project?
Yeah. I don't really know too much about this one other than just filming for six months. It's been something that Ennis and Garrett kinda came up with.