There’s nothing you can put in front of Kevin Peraza that he won’t completely shred—and his bike setup reflects that. Kevin’s riding an updated version of his signature Mongoose La Familia frame, along with a rear brake, Gyro, two metal pegs, and the recent addition of a freecoaster.

Height: 5′ 11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Location: Tucson, AZ
Sponsors: Mongoose, Monster Energy, Vans, Ethika, Demolition

What I Ride - Kevin Peraza

Frame: Mongoose La Familia [Kevin Peraza signature]
Fork: Demolition Fox
Bars: S&M Credence, (cut to 27.5")
Stem: Demolition Stylus, (frontload)
Grips: Demolition Axe, (no flanges)
Barends: ODI
Headset: Demolition
Clamp: Integrated
Seatpost: Demolition Tripod
Seat: Volume Broc Raiford Nautical V1
Pedals: Demolition Trooper, plastic
Cranks: Demolition Rig
Sprocket: Demolition Mugatu, 25-T, spline
Chain: Shadow
Front Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35"
Front Wheel: Demolition Zero rim laced to a Bulimia V2 hub with one hubguard
Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35"
Rear Wheel: Demolition Zero Rim laced to a LHD Rotator freecoaster
Pegs: Cult Metal pegs (2)
Brakes: Demolition
Lever: Odyssey Mono Lever (small)
Detangler: Odyssey Gyro

Tell us the story about your lucky bars that you're currently running…
The weekend of X Games I over-tightened my stem wrong and landed dead flat in practice and caused my bars to move and the knurling got on the bars got stripped out. Being one of the biggest events of the year I didn't want to risk it, so my Mongoose TM, Leigh Ramsdell, went to Empire the night before my dirt final and found some S&M bars that where nearly similar to what I was running—thank you Leigh. They cut them for me there and I woke up for an early practice to try out the new setup and I sent it. It felt like a new bike, but I felt comfortable and ready to go. I ended up walking away that day with my first medal, that being Gold. It was definitely a blessing and something I won't forget. Even with new bars, I guess it's all in the head…

When designing your signature frame, what were some specifics you wanted to include?
I was keeping it pretty basic with specs and sizes I liked, so other people could enjoy it as well. But I made sure to change up the headtube steepness. I love doing nose manuals and I added some juice to the headtube for an easier nose manual. I guess it all depends on the rider, but if it helps me I'm sure it would help others. Other then that… thick dropouts, short back end, 20.75" top tube… I'm definitely pumped on it.

Bar position, PSI, tire width, chain slack/tightness, etc… Describe your bike for us… What makes it your ride?
I run my bars even with my forks—gives it a traditional feel. I've always ran front load stems and my bars are still a decently small size. It's what has always felt comfortable for me. I recently switched to LHD as well. Plastic, worn out pedals feel the best for good movement. My chain is pretty loose, but cranks are kind of tight. I love a good old warn out set of grips, too. My bike is a little beat up, but feels prime at the moment.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
I'm super-picky when my bars move. So those need to be spot-on all the time. I love a good set of worn out metal pegs too.

Part or setup wise, what was the last big change you made? A game changer even…
I've had everything on my bike for a while, but I recently just got a new frame because I got a steeper head tube that I'm trying out. I also got it in this sick trans red. I usually always run a cassette, but have been playing around with the coaster, too.