Name: Russell Barone
Height: 5′ 8″
Location: New York
Sponsors: Cult, Fox, Long Island Bike Shop
Frame: Cult, 20.5″ Death Row
Fork: Odyssey race, ’bout to throw on the new Cult forks.
Bars: Cult Death Row
Stem: Prototype Rasta Mind Control stem, available in top load also.
Grips: Cult Faith
Barends: None, gotta keep it light, ha.
Seat: Prototype Cult
Cranks: Profile, 175mm
Sprocket: Prototype rasta sprocket.
Front Tire: Odyssey Aitken
Front Wheel: Primo
Rear Tire: Odyssey Aitken
Rear Wheel: Primo
Pegs: Animal MK3
Cut the bars 3/4″. Some stickers, that's ’bout it.
Which parts do you go through the most?
I went through a back peg on the last Cult trip doing this grind and it wore all the way through, so pegs and tires.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
I like it to feel solid with no noise and everything dialed in. Thanks to Long Island Bike Shop, they keep it running good.
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
The bars. I use to like small bars, but now I got these Cult bars and they feel so good, especially with the Cult faith grip or Dehart’s Cult grip. Go get that.
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Yeah, a redline. It was pretty cool. I started racing on that thing and went to the track with a hockey helmet on. Haha, they prolly clowned me, but it’s all good.
Why don’t you run bar ends? Don’t you know that shit is dangerous?
Yeah, yeah, I’m ’bout to stop by the Cult warehouse today and get some.
Knowing that Cult has two different frames that both have the same geometry, which one do you ride, and why did you pick that one?
Well, I got the Death Row ’cause that's just what we had at the time, but If I had to pick, I would get the Bad Boy ’cause I gotta show my love for the East Coast, ya know.
Big thanks to Robbie Morales for everything he does for Cult and Fox. Jim Anfuso, Amy Cappa, Joy, Scrap, Mindy at Fox, you guys are awesome. Kenny Hirsch and Dean at Long Island Bike Shop, my girl Lauren, I be home soon, ha, and my family for all the support. Go get that new Cult video "Let ‘Em Talk," out now. Peace and love.