Name: Nathan Sykes
Age: 24
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 180 lbs.
Location: Wildomar, CA
Sponsors: Colony, Dans Comp, Ride 100 Percent, Locals Only

What I Ride - Nathan Sykes

Photos: Zielinski

Frame: Colony Tradition 21″
Fork: Colony Guardian
Bars: Colony Roaster
Stem: Colony Squareback
Grips: ODI Longnecks
Barends: ODI
Headset: Colony
Clamp: Integrated
Seatpost: Colony Pivotal
Seat: Colony Locals Only (Signature)
Pedals: Colony Fantastic Plastic
Cranks: Colony 22’s Cranks
Sprocket: Odyssey C-512 Sprocket (31-tooth)
Chain: Shadow Conspiracy V2 Chain
Front Tire: Maxxis Grifter 2.3"
Front Wheel: Colony Contour Rim with Wasp Hub
Rear Tire: Maxxis Grifter 2.3"
Rear Wheel: Colony Contour Rim with Wasp 9-tooth cassette.

Describe this bike for us… What are some preferences for your bike set up?
This new Colony Tradition frame has been a breath of fresh air! All standard geometry and 13.9" rear end when slammed. Having a longer back end makes riding bowls and trails so much more comfortable. It’s nice knowing that when I pull back for an air that my bike is going to be there. As for bars, 29″ is always perfect for me, and 2.3" tires with 80-90 psi. Bars I have been slowly pushing more forward. I’m starting to like how that feels.

And what makes it your ride?
No pegs, no brakes and fast rolling tires! And right now it’s just this frame! I can’t say enough good things about the Tradition frame. So solid and strong!

Tell us about your brand Locals Only…
Locals Only Brand is my clothing brand that I have had for a few years now. I’m a one man show and do everything from sewing, printing, packaging, photography, social networking, web and everything in between. It’s something I love to do and I’m able to be creative and produce products that I'm excited about. That’s the whole thing for me—just being able to have a line that represents a lifestyle that any and everyone can be apart of. Because no matter where you are from or where you live you are a Local!

You got picked up Dans Comp recently. How does it feel to be part of such a stacked team?
It’s pretty crazy riding for Dans! When I was a kid I remember always getting Dans Catalogs and circling the bike parts that I wanted to get for Christmas. Or building a dream bike and seeing how much it would cost. And now to be able to be a part of this crazy amazing group of riders and representing such a solid company in BMX is pretty surreal! Scott Towne has been my go to man and has helped me along the way. Getting my Locals Only Brand clothing in their catalog and online has been such a steppingstone for the brand and I. All good things so far and I'm excited for what the future with them has in store.

You went on a trip up North to Vancouver for Colony recently. It's incredible up there this time of year. Tell us a little about that trip…
I have so many great things to say about Vancouver. The weather was amazing this time of year and all the riders we came in contact with were so cool. Every park we rode I just wanted to make it my new local! I miss how nice NW concrete is. Great quarters and hips and so many lines that you can just flow around for hours. Definitely can not wait to make another trip back.


Technically this photo is a few months old, but Nathan’s bike was pretty much the same then, and besides, nothing beats a good sunset photo, right?

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
Eight out ten. I don’t mind working on my bike at all. I love truing a wheel and making it straight and smooth again. The only thing that frustrates me is flat tires. Especially when it happens over and over again.

Setup or part wise, what was the last major game changer for you?
Like I have already mentioned before, but the Colony “Tradition” frame! Also I just started riding the Roaster bars when I built this bike up and they have been a good change—a strong, thick bar.

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 try to ride a bike as long as I can. If I can get a year or more out of it then that’s always great! I’m hard on stuff so when I know that I have been riding hard for awhile I’ll switch up bars, forks and cranks. Make sure the major parts are always taken care of.

What parts do you change out the most often?
I would have to say bars. I broke some bars when I was a kid and cut my arm open really good and after that crash it always made me think about making sure I have fresh bars. If I didn’t ride trails like I do, then I would probably not care as much, but after riding bigger sets over and over I know that can’t be good on parts.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
There are a few things that always need to be right to make my bike feel right. Bar position and tire pressure. When those are right I always feel my best.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I'm always open to something new. I mean, you never know if it will make your bike feel better which in return could relate to me riding better! [laughs] You never know! I can always use all the help I can get. And for me it’s always about strong. Colony makes strong parts and that keeps me safe on my bike.