Devon Smillie‘s signature Flybikes Fuego frame is looking fresh in the matte grey colorway, coupled with the all black Flybikes components (including signature bars, grips, and seat) and a touch of white with the tires.
Frame: Flybikes, signature matte grey Fuego V3 (21" TT).
Fork: Flybikes Agua w/32mm offset.
Bars: Flybikes, signature Fuego, 9″ rise, cut down to 28″ wide.
Stem: Flybikes Roey top load.
Grips: Flybikes signature mushroom grips.
Seatpost: Flybikes Tripod.
Seat: Flybikes signature Tripod seat.
Pedals: Flybikes Ruben, plastic.
Cranks: Flybikes new redesigned Dolmen, 170mm.
Sprocket: Flybikes new designed Tractor XL.
Chain: Flybikes Tractor.
Front Tire: Flybikes Ruben, 2.35".
Front Wheel: Flybikes Pyramid rim laced to a female axle hub with plastic guards
Rear Tire: Flybikes Ruben, 2.35".
Rear Wheel: Flybikes Pyramid rim laced to a LSD coaster hub with plastic guards.
Pegs: 4.5″ plastic
Tell us about your frame… what are some specs and features that you wanted to make it your bike?
Well on this frame, I kept the 75.5° headtube, but shortened the rear end up a lot. It's now sitting at 13.35" slammed, and sitting a little bit taller than the old by .25″. The geometry is perfect for any style of riding, but feels best for technical kinds of street riding.
What about your bars? They're available in two sizes, right?
The bars have the same geometry with 11° backsweep and 3° upsweep. They have been coming in 9″ rise, but now come with a second option of 9.5″. I'm currently running the 9″ rise.
Describe this bike for us… What makes it your ride?
There are a few things that are a bit odd about my setup. I run a bit of a fatter tire so I can run a little bit lower air pressure. I never run over 40psi in either front or rear. I've just gotten so used to the balance point and how the rebound feels when hopping and landing. I run my bars pretty straight up, but I do have to cut them down a couple notches, down to 28″—perfect width for throwing bars. And last, I like to run my chain really loose, keeps the kickflip game goin'.
On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
11. My bike feels exactly how I want it to feel, it's so motivating knowing it's exactly how I want it. Fortunately, I don't have to work on it too often, other than packing it in and out of a bike bag [laughs]. Plus I grew up around a bike shop so it helps knowing my way around a bike.
Setup or part wise, what was the last thing you changed up that you're really hyped on?
I recently just switched to 170mm cranks. It's a bit different feeling at first, but once you get used to the feel, it's even more comfortable riding than before.
How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one? Do you switch out parts as they go? Or just build a whole fresh kit?
I like to try to run a setup for a while before changing anything, unless necessary. I probably change rear wheels more than anything, that's about it.
What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Other than trying to find a perfect freecoaster, I'd say I switch out grips and pedals the most. If you're riding a lot it's pretty common to go through those parts.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
Well, I'm obsessed with how my grips feel—so I couldn't run anything else. Maybe the only other thing would be seat height. I need to have it a bit higher so I can get my knees pinching it.
Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I'm not against trying new things, as long as it looks good. Who knows? Maybe that part could be used by every rider in the future… Look at freecoasters, whoever invented it had no clue that most riders would use it today. So happy to see where BMX is at now and to see where it is going!