Name: Tyrone Williams
Age: I’ll probably be 27 by the time this comes out.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Sponsors: Animal, Redline, Skavenger, Zoo York. Co Sponsor’s Sun Ringle, and Skull Candy.
All photos by Jeff Zielinski.
Frame: 2010 Redline Device G5.1 with a 21″ top tube.
Fork: I’ve been testing the new S&M Pitchfork since July of ’09. It’s been holding up well. Shout out to Sean McKinney.
Bars: They’re a prototype “HiRone” bar from Animal we’re workin’ on. These are 7.75″ high and 26″ wide, but the final one will come 27″ wide with the same up and back sweep as the Piff bar.
Stem: Animal Jump Off
Grips: Animal Edwin DeLaRosa
Barends: Animal plastic
Seatpost: Animal Pivotal
Seat: Wethepeople slim pivotal.
Pedals: Animal Plastic Hamilton
Cranks: Redline Device, 175mm.
Sprocket: Animal Sprocky Balboa, 26t
Chain: Shadow half link
Front Tire: Animal GLHR, 2.25″
Front Wheel: A prototype female Animal hub with removable hub guards, radial laced to Sun Big Baller rim, 36h.
Rear Tire: A prototype folding Animal Tom White Wall, 2.0″ in red.
Rear Wheel: KHE Reverse hub, 9t (RSD) laced radial on the non-drive side, and three-cross on the drive side to accept the torque when pedaling. Laced to a Sun Big Baller rim, 36h.
Hub Guard: FBM hub guard for the rear, Animal hub specific for the front.
Pegs: Animal MK3 light 3/8″ for the front and Animal MK3 light 14mm for the rear.
Nothing too crazy, I just don’t use the dust cover for the top of the headset, because when I used to work for Metro Bicycles my friend Ian Tsuji would do it. I think it’s because he was riding a Fly frame and when he tighten the headset, the top cap would rub on the frame. So since then I stopped using it ’cause the headset would spin smoothly no matter the frame set up. It’s also one less thing on your bike. I also have titanium bolts in my stem that I’ve had in every stem I changed for about six or seven years now. I cut the seatpost right under the bottom welds of where the top tube meets the seat stays once I’ve got my desired height for the seat. Oh, and I cut the flanges off my grips. But word on the streets is that there are flangeless Edwin grips in the works for everyone that doesn’t wanna do the work anymore, so be on the look out for those in the near future.
I run as much slack as possible on my freeocaster, too.
Radial lacing on the front wheel?
I’ve been running my wheels this way for about five or more years now. It’s been holding up ever since. Radial lacing also uses shorter spokes, which means less material on your bike and easier to build and replace spokes if you’re not familiar with doing so. Sometimes if I land sideways really hard, I might break a spoke or two, so you gotta smooth yourself out if you wanna run your wheels this way. In the end it all depends on how your riding style and what your preference is.
How much time at Dah Shop do you spend on your bike?
Surprisingly not that much…maybe once or twice a month. I’m usually so busy these days that I don’t have much time to mess with my bike. Usually if I fix it right the first time I don’t have to touch it for a while.
You’ve worked at a bike shop since you were 16, so you that would mean you’ve pretty much had a dialed bike since you started riding, would you say that’s about right?
Just about. I started trying ticks around the age of 13 or 14. I didn’t start working at a shop ’till about 16. That’s when I started learning the ins and outs of repairing bicycles. Ever since then I took what I learned and put it into consideration when repairing mine or someone else’s bicycle.
What is one thing about your personal bike set up that you’d never change, and why?
Well, I have two different setups; they’re both identical except one has a cassette hub and the other has a freecoaster. I really can’t say that I wouldn’t change anything because this is freestyle-free to do what you want. I’ve ridden pegless, two pegs, three pegs, Gyro, straight cable, front brakes, big bars, small bars…you get the idea. Fact is, freestyle riding was, is, and will always be evolving and moving in different directions. So just do what you want and have fun with it. Trends come and go.