Do you remember the day that you were offered to come up with your own frame at Crupi Bikes? Federico Villegas: Yes, around May 2019 I was looking for improvement areas. I always focused more on my body than my bike, but then I realized there were some things to be done that could make my bike fit better to my riding. I suggested to Greg that I needed something extra on my frame design and he said yes right away.
Did you already know exactly what you wanted at that point? Federico Villegas: I had some ideas but I had to study a lot on frame geometry to come up with a frame that works the best. I also knew we had room to improve in components, for with myself and Crupi are very excited to add the new disc brake mount, along with the Quad disc brake hub on the rear and the 20mm quad hub in the front, plus some nice Ikon carbon rims.
Name: Paddy Sharrock Sponsors: Factory Tangent/Rift Mechanic: Most of the time myself but at races like world cups it would be our team mechanic from British Cyling.
How hard is it for you to change from one BMX brand to another. Do you get used to new bikes easily? Paddy Sharrock: Personally I don't mind it, sometimes it can be difficult when your new bike/frame may be a different length or have different head or seat angles. However, it's also a little exciting trying new things that could work better for you.
What is the geometry and length of your frame. Do you know without looking it up? Paddy Sharrock: The only thing I have looked at when getting new bikes is top tube length. So currently I'm running a 22” top tube, I don't really worry about much else.
Name: Annabella Hammonds Sponsors: Supercross BMX, Speedline Parts, Fly Racing, HT Components, Tioga & Ame Grips Mechanic: My dad! But I am always learning to work on my own bike.
How long have you been riding for Supercross BMX now? Annabella Hammonds: This is my 6th year on the Factory Supercross team. I was “picked up” at Grands when I was 9!
How do you like the feel and look of your bike? Annabella Hammonds: I love it, I’ve been riding a carbon bike for about 5 years. This new one is my absolute favorite in the looks department, it’s so pretty!
What is the geometry and length of your frame? Annabella Hammonds: I have just moved from an Expert XXL (21”TT/14”Chainstay) to this bike which is a Pro XL(21.25”TT/15.2”Chainstay). I had been on the Expert XXL for a few years, and it was time to move up in size. First thing I noticed is that I don’t feel like I am way over the front end, which is nice. The longer Chainstay area is taking some practice, but my manuals and jumping is feeling a lot better.
Name: Mayet Romain from France Sponsors: SPAD BMX➖PRIDE RACING➖BERINGER BICYCLE➖RENNEN➖HT➖ODI➖TIOGA
Do you get excited every year when you get to build up a new bike before the start of the season? Romain Mayet: I do. Every year is special, I use to build two racing bikes for the season.
Do you get to choose the parts for your SPAD bike? Romain Mayet: Yes I do. My sponsors help me a lot. I’m riding for: - PRIDE RACING ( fork, stem, handlebar, wheels, seatpost etc) - BERINGER BICYCLE (cranks) - HT, RENNEN, ODI, TIOGA (pedals, chainring,grips, tyre)
Whilst away in Barcelona just before the lockdown the United crew were forced to take some days off the bikes, making for the perfect opportunity to sit down and get some bike checks. The second in their series comes from Miki Feck with his Incarnate V2 frame colorway and signature United stem and pegs.
Name: Axelle ETIENNE Sponsors: Thrill bmx, Armée de champions, Lead racewear, In’oya, Eona, HT components, Bike’n co, Tangent products, Lempdes Bmx Auvergne, Le coq sportif, Fist hand wear, 100% Mechanic: Myself ?
How is the Thrill frame treating you so far? Axelle Etienne: I love this bike. It’s light and stable and I feel really comfortable on it. I ride on this bike since few month and I can’t wait to do more races with it!
Grey frame, all black parts and golden hubs. Any reason for the colour of the hubs? Axelle Etienne: I like gold haha. I like to have some different colors on my bike.
What is the geometry and length of your frame? Axelle Etienne: It’s a pro XXXL
Do you like Aluminium frames? Axelle Etienne: Yes I tried a Carbon frame a few years ago but my favorite is definitely the Aluminium’s one!