Category Archives: Bike Checks
Harry is a rad 6 year old grom from Brighton, south east England. We caught up with Harry and did a bike check, just as he was switching from a 12″ to a 16″ BMX. The modifications and upgrades to the 12″ Cult Juvi Harry has been riding are listed. The new Cult Juvi 16″ is stock for now!
Name: Harry Schofield
Height: 123cm / 48.5″
How long have you been riding BMX?: Riding bike no stabilisers: 2yrs 3months. BMX only for about 18 months, as we didn’t used to live close to skate park or BMX track. Learnt most of my skills riding the close we lived in!
Favourite type of riding? (Park, Trails, Street…) Love riding anything and everything as long as its got wheels!
For someone your age, just starting out in BMX, what tips would you have? Be confident, don’t worry what other people think or do, just ride and have fun. The more you ride the better you will get. Pads and helmet important.
12″ Bike: Cult Juvi 12″
Spokes: Spokes dt swiss cut down and threaded, originals kept breaking.
Tires: Specialized rhythm tires (stole them off balance bike).
Grips: Can’t find out! Fat and comfy.
Sprocket: Cult Member Sprocket
Pedals: Pedals Wellgo style that I stole off my race BMX bike
Special Mods: Run brake upside on left side and a normal brake instead of the small junior the bike came with to fit my large hands.
The Cult Juvi 12 inch has held up well, the frame is still not broken despite Harry’s insane riding – but lots of scratches. The original headset and bottom bracket have been replaced.
16″ Bike: Cult Juvi 16″
Riding style (park/street/trails etc.): BMX, pretty much everything even some flatland!! I think it is dumb to label yourself as one type of style & miss out on the other riding options. It’s fun to mix it up! Dennis McCoy is a good example, he can ride everything. I was told Dennis has won every category in bmx!
How old were you when you started riding? 4
Which size BMX did you start on? 12″ DK General Lee (aluminum) Jesse Klein from DK hooked it up and started it all. Then Quamen made me a 12″ chromoly frame with a longer top tube. A year later, Robbo made me a 12″ Cult Juvenile complete.
Do you have any advice for kids choosing a bike to start BMX? Having the right size bike is what helped me most to get where I am at today. Helping my dad at Epic, I hear so many parents say, “I want to get a bike my kid can grow into and make it last.” That’s crazy! Imagine a kid playing baseball with an adult bats & gloves? I guess they will grow into them…
If you were back starting out again at the same age would you do anything differently? No. Everything is good!
Why did you choose that frame? It is light weight because it’s made of aluminum. People tell me to ride a chromoly frame because it’s stronger & won’t break as often. I don’t understand why these people feel aluminum is bad or weak? Have you seen what Dylan Stark does on his mountain bike? It’s nuts!!! His mountain bike frame & 1pc handlebar is aluminum. My bmx race bike is aluminum & so are most racers bikes. I see adults bend & break chromloy frames all the time. I guess they should ride an adamantium frame. haha. I’m 12 years old & 85lbs, let me enjoy what I got!
Fork: 18″ Primo Strand with a 15mm offset. Makes the bike feel shorter and nose wheelie easier.
Bars / Size: S&M TV 7.75 rise
Stem: Cult Salvation 45mm (prototype)
Grips: Cult Vans
Bar ends: Odyssey Par End
Seatpost: Cult Tripod
Seat: Cult Butter Tripod
Cranks (and crank arm length): Primo Powerbite 135mm
Sprocket (and number of teeth): Primo JJ 25t
Chain: Shadow halflink
Front Tire: Fit FAF 18×2.1
Front Wheel: Primo N4FL laced to no name rim. (I think the rims came off of a stock complete bike that the customer wanted custom built wheels.)
Rear Tire: Fit FAF 18×2.1
Rear Wheel: Primo Free Mix 8 tooth driver, laced to no name rim.
Pedals: Merrit P1
Hub Guard: Primo
Pegs: Primo plastic
Any special mods? Frame rear tri has been shorten 2″ from stock for better bunny hop snap, Forks were shorten from 20″ to 18″. Cranks cut down and tapped to 135mm. Modifications were done by @lukeshutts at Shutts Fabrications in Long Beach, Ca.
Shoutouts or thanks? My sponsors @Cultcrew @Pr1mobmx @vansbmx66 @ethika @_epicbmx
Mom, Dad & my 2 sis, Robbo @fano562 @RichHirsch @calebquanbeck @vansjerry @v_salazar @ryanguettler @drewbezanson @krisfoxbmx @alfredomancuso @mikehucker @whoisdylan @treanor71 @ethancorriere @kaiquemachado @thedenimcox @devonsmillie @larry_edgar @lukeshutts @travisohrazda @barspinnerr @andy_garrcia @veeshermang @rickyshoots @philbrahh @adamtwentytwo @thecomeupbmx @ilovenaterichter @jeffzphoto @fyanrudger @ridebmx @vitalbmx . All these great people have helped taught me how to ride & gave me coverage!!
And of course, @bmxgroms for this opportunity for me & other groms the chance to shine!! Also all my Fans, thank you for your support!! Follow me on Instagram @maxvutang to see my progress : ]
Rimu’s riding was pretty much flawless, he was all over the course, going big with a gnarly bag of tricks. It was a good chance to meet Rimu, hang out and do a bike check.
Rimu is 14 and hasn’t been on a 20″ for too long. He is obviously as serious about his setup and bike sizing as he is about his riding; he is running a smaller 20″ frame with a 20″ top tube, smaller than average bars with a 7.75″ rise, shorter crank arms at 165mm and slightly less reach on his stem at 48mm offset. Rimu has personilized his ride too, with one black and one white pedal and a gnarly 666 airlines brass headset spacer.
Name: Rimu Nakamura
Height: 160 centimeters / 5′ 3″
Sponsors/Support: @subrosabrand @oakley @hangoutbmx @jykkbmx @k4lbmx @rampage_ridewear
Frame: Subrosa Pandora Frame
Frame Size: 20 Inch Top Tube
Fork: Subrosa Pandora Forks, 24mm Offset
Bars: Subrosa Pandora Bars 7.75″ Rise
Stem: Federal Love Stem 48mm Reach
Grips: Flybikes Devon Grips
Pedals: Flybikes Ruben Graphite
Cranks: Profile Titanium Axle 165mm
Sprocket: Proper Sline
Front Tire: F KHE MAC2 Dirt
Front Hub: Fly Bikes
Rear Tire: MAXXIS Grifter 2.10
Rear Hub: SALT Freecoaster
Pegs: Federal Plastic Pegs, Front x2, Rear x1
Name: Jensen Anders
Weight: Not much maybe 40 lbs
Favorite Type of Riding (Trails/Park/Street): Jensen loves to shred Daniel Dhers and Sk8 Cary bmx parks.
Do you have any advice for kids choosing a bike to start BMX? Do your research. Ask other kids you ride with what they like about there bike. Politely ask if you can ride their’s and others to see what feels good to you.
Favorite trick: Turn Down & Whip
Frame: Cult Juvenile Brakeless
Why Brakeless? – Jensen’s Dad explains: In the beginning I spent more time unwinding his handlebars then he got to ride. Also he wasn’t really able to pull it to make any difference in his speed. At this point he been with out them for a year. Due to the fact that most of the places we ride and his abilities I haven’t seen the need to put them back on. Lastly if he had them he would use them!!
Fork: Cult Juvi
Bars: Sand blasted and clear coated Cult Juvenile Bars
Stem: Cult Juvi
Grips: Cult X Vans
Seatpost: Stock Cult Juvi
Seat: Cult Juvi
Pedals: Xpedo Faceoff 13
Cranks: Cult Juvi
Sprocket and Number of Teeth: Eclat Vent. 27t
Chain: KMC Kool Knight
Front Tire: Cult Juvenile with 60 psi
Front Wheel: Sand blasted and clear coated Cult Juvenile
Rear Tire: Cult Juvenile with 60 psi
Rear Wheel: Sand blasted and clear coated Cult Juvenile
Pegs: Stolen nano
Any other special details or stories about your bike or parts? He rocks a one armed Yoda charm that dangles from his top tube. Custom yellow Cult sticker pack. Jensen also uses his nano pegs mostly for dropping in 9′ quarters. At 4 1/2 he is the youngest to ride and win a Trans Jam competition series event witch was held in Athens GA.