Anthony Napolitan‘s dirt machine consists of a Colony Tradition frame and is built up with a mix of mostly Colony and Profile parts. Here’s a full break down of the classic Napolitan trick machine along with his personal bike set-up preferences and quirks. Keep a look at for Anthony Napolitan signature Colony parts on the horizon too.
Frame: Colony Tradition, 21″
Fork: Colony Guardian, 30mm offset
Bars: Colony Sweet Tooth, 8.8" rise 29″ wide
Stem: Profile Push, 48mm
Grips: ODI Stay Strong
Barends: ODI Plastic
Seatpost: Colony Pivotal
Seat: Colony Shield Pivotal
Pedals: Fly Ruben signature (metal 'til death)
Cranks: Profile Column, 175mm
Sprocket: Profile Galaxy spline drive 28-T
Chain: Shadow Half-link
Front Tire: Maxxis Grifter, 2.3", tan wall, foldable
Front Wheel: Colony Contour rim 36-H, Rainbow titanium spokes, alloy nipples, Profile Elite hub.
Rear Tire: Maxxis Grifter, 2.3", tan wall, foldable
Rear Wheel: Cinema 777 rim 36-H, double butted spokes, alloy nipples, Profile Elite hub, titanium driver.
Brakes: Colony Brethren
Lever: Colony Brethren
Detangler: Colony RX3
What's up with that little piece of rubber between your sprocket and bottom bracket?
I’ve been doing this as long as I can remember. It’s a piece of tire that I drill and cut out. I basically lay my BB bearing on a square piece of tire that I cut out of the center tread. Then I draw the outline of the bearing on with sharpie. After that I cut it out and then drill the center out to my crank spindle size of 22mm. Then I place it between the sprocket and BB of the frame. I do this for a few reasons. I don’t have to run my chain overly tight, I don’t have to over tighten my BB down and it keeps my cranks from spinning around when I’m kicking tailwhips and doing combos where my feet come off.
Describe your bike for us… What makes it your ride?
My bars are basically setup even with my forks. That’s a pretty basic way to make sure they are always staying in the right place. I’m pretty particular about keeping my chain not too tight and not too loose. If my chain hits my chain stay while I’m riding, it’s too loose and if I can feel my chain grinding when I pedal, it’s too tight. I get a little crazy with my brake setup. I use the dual cable method all the way down because I think the idea of direct pull without and conjoined cables feels the best. I go as far as having custom removable cable guides welded together so that it looks presentable. I also use v-brake noodles to tighten and stiffen the bend where the lower cable comes down from the Gyro and runs along the down tube. I don’t run too much tire pressure. I ride a lot of dirt, so I like a little cushion to drown out some of the imperfections. I think I keep it around 80PSI, which, probably seems like a lot to someone who rides mostly street. My Maxxis Grifters max out around 110psi.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
My brakes for sure! They have to feel perfect. If my brakes feel like crap it makes me want to throw my entire bike away. It makes me that mad [laughs]! I often redo my brakes. After a session I usually use an air compressor to blow all the dirt out of my springs. And then usually once a week I put tri-flow on everything brake related.
Setup/part wise, what was the last big change you made?
About a year ago I made a major change when I started riding for Colony. The last bike company I rode for was Hoffman. And I think I stopped riding for them in 2009/2010. For the last 6-7 years I ride pretty much rode all the same stuff. When I started riding for Colony that was really my chance to branch out and start riding all the amazing parts that they make! I will also say that I have my first signature part ever in BMX coming out with Colony in 2017! I’m really excited about that! I don’t think I can spoil what it is yet. But you’ll all know soon.