Mike Gray‘s all black (with a hint of green on the wheels) Haro SD frame with Demolition parts is a large drop, freecoastin’, bar fliggin’, tailwhpping machine.

Name: Michael Daryl Gray
Height: 5′ 7"
Weight: 157 lbs.
Location: From Toronto, Canada living in San Diego, California.
Sponsors: Haro BMX, Demolition Parts, Vans, Sensus Grips

What I Ride - Mike Gray

Frame: Haro Dennis Enarson Signature SDV2 frame 20.8″ top tube
Fork: Haro Dennis Enarson Signature SD Forks
Bars: Premium CK Bars 8.75″ rise 27.5″ wide
Stem: Demolition Aaron Smith Signature Stem 50mm
Grips: Sensus Swayze grips
Barends: Odyssey Par Ends
Headset: Demolition V2
Seatpost: Demolition Tripod
Seat: Demolition Mike Hucker signature red floral Tripod
Pedals: Demolition Trooper plastic
Cranks: Demolition Dennis Enarson signature rig line 170mm
Sprocket: Demolition Mugatu Sprocket 28-tooth
Chain: Odyssey
Front Tire: Demolition prototype green Momentum 2.35"
Front Wheel: Demolition Ghost Hub in chrome splatter interlaced to Demolition Zero Rim in chrome splatter. Henry at East County hooked up the interlace so I don’t need front hub guards.
Rear Tire: Demolition prototype green Momentum 2.35"
Rear Wheel: Demolition Rotator Freecoaster laced to Demolition Zero Rim in chrome splatter. Primo Drive side Hub Guard, BSD non-drive side guard.
Pegs: Cult

What makes this your ride…
I like to ride my tires around 55-65 PSI, and 2.35" wide. My bars are 27.5" wide, 8.75" tall, slightly Chicago. Although I’m not too picky about parts, every part on my bike is pretty much exactly what I want to be riding. It’s pretty much my dream bike and I am lucky enough to be able to ride it everyday I can.

Why the inner-laced spokes on your front wheel as opposed to guards?
I first noticed it on Christian Rigal’s front wheel. Once he explained how it worked I was hyped on it. Clean and flush on the outside. I Hit up Henry at East County BMX and he hooked me up with the lace.

Is a mostly black bike a preference or just your current ride
It has been a preference since I started riding for Haro. I have really been feeling a mostly black bike for almost two years now. Mostly have just been trying different tire colors. With that being said lately I have been interested in trying new color ways and plan on trying something new in the near future.

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
10—when I am working on my bike at East County BMX Shop because I will never have a shortage of a part or tool or helping hand if needed. Anywhere besides the bike shop I would say I like working on my bike 5 out of 10. It’s productive and not usually the most difficult work, but sometimes I just don’t have the patience and would rather be actually riding!

I noticed the extra amount of care you take when packing up your bike to travel. Is keeping your bike looking nice important to you?
Yes, definitely. Now when I travel I wrap my bike in bubble wrap to avoid dings or paint chips. I used to always fly without wrapping it up in bubble wrap and I would always unpack my bike and find something damaged. Whether it’s just a little scratch or a big dent it takes a few extra minutes to wrap it and the results for me are always worth it.

Setup or part wise, what was the last major game changer for you? And why?
Upsizing my bars from 8.5" to 8.75." Unreal difference. Made every trick and pop I do easier. Plastic pegs AND hub guards of course were a game changer. 170mm cranks were a nice change, helped a tad with tailwhips and pinching.

How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one?
Usually ride my frame for between five months to a year—usually as long as I can. Typically until I have done a few things that really put stress on my bike—drops to flat mostly—then I usually get that feeling that I know its time to change out the frame—or if I put a big dent in it. With that being said I have full faith in my frame for as long as I have ever had to ride one for. I have never had any problems with my Haro frames.

Do you switch out parts as they go? Or just build a whole fresh kit?
I’m not sure if I have ever built a whole bike from scratch. I usually just switch out parts as they go.

What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Tires for sure. Just from wearing them down.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
The spot my bars are in—slightly Chicago—height included. And where my back wheel is sitting in the frame. I like my manuals to feel the same every time when I move my back wheel around in the dropouts.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I try to keep the mentality that trying new things—although may be tough sometimes to process—is mentally healthy and usually a good lesson in some way whether right or wrong. I am very open to experimenting with certain parts. Others (parts) I am a little more stuck in my ways about. I try my best to keep an open mind to word of mouth of what parts and geometry help for certain tricks and stay up to date with the progression of parts.