Name: Travis Collier
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 160 lbs.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sponsors: Macneil, Lotek, Tenpack Distribution, Flatware (flow)
Frame: Macneil Collier
Bars: Macneil XLT
Stem: Macneil Cell Sample
Grips: Macneil Houndstooth
Barends: Ten Pack
Seat: Macneil Collier
Cranks: Macneil Conjoined
Sprocket: Macneil Primary, 28T
Chain: Don’t know.
Brakes: Dia-Tech Hombre
Cable: Ten Pack
Brake Lever: Dia-Tech Tech 77
Front Tire: Odyssey Frequency G
Front Wheel: Macneil Dubs
Rear Tire: Odyssey Frequency G Tan wall
Rear Wheel: Macneil Dubs
Pedals: Macneil Plastic Sample
Pegs: Macneil Fashionably Light
Grip tape added to street pegs. Other than that, it’s all straight out of the box.
Which parts do you go through the most?
Probably grips, but even when it’s time to replace them, I don’t. I think it frustrates people.
Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
Light, simple, and slim. Easy to toss around. Going brakeless does cross my mind just to complete that feel. Sometimes you get on a bike and you can just feel that it wants to go fast and do shit!
What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
Probably forks. I’m personally not into zero forks or full offset. It’s the mid offset (16mm) that is the perfect feel for me. You can ride anything from dirt to flat on those and it’s all good.
Do you normally build a new bike from scratch, or just replace parts as needed?
For the past couple years it’s been from scratch. It feels better to start fresh.
Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Haha yes! My brother’s friend broke his leg so he was laid up for the summer and wanted to get rid of his BMX. This thing ran like a heap of shit, but was half decent. He wanted $20 for it so he could order pizza.
Being a graphic designer by trade, what’s it like getting to do product design like for your signature seat?
I’m psyched to be so involved with companies on that level. One of the greatest aspects of being a designer is getting to see your stuff being used/worn by so many rad people. There are some downfalls though, like when products don’t turn how you anticipated; but overall it’s amazing.
You’ve always run a very traditional double triangle frame and a setup that is a lot like street and park bikes, elaborate on this for us…
I always grew up riding with street rides or dudes who rode everything so I never liked to feel limited. I find it way more fun to ride a bike that can do whatever you want it to do.
How are the prototype pedals and stem you are running working out for you?
Stoked to be trying out some of the new gear. I have a history of shattering plastic pedals, but these stand up to everything. The shit is nice. Darcy knows how to make ’em.