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Interview: Ashley Charles & Relic BMX

Call me jaded, but having lived through the mid to late 2000s era of every schmo who had ever swung a leg over a twenty inch starting a BMX company, I generally don’t get too excited when I hear about a new brand being launched. There have been a few exceptions though, and hearing that UK legend Ashley Charles was starting his own brand was one of them. It’s been a little over a year and a half since Ash launched Relic BMX, and in that time their line has slowly and thoughtfully grown to include two stems, a sprocket,…

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Interview: Derrick Girard and the Quad Saw Sprocket

Derrick Girard…. Man, myth, legend…. Those of you who know the name will be excited to read where he’s been and what he’s been up to, and those of you that don’t have probably drooled over his custom machined/engraved sprockets that adorn the steads of some the biggest names in BMX without even knowing the name or the history of the man behind them. He exploded onto the scene and inspired many (myself included) with his skillfully loose and wild beast man style, rode for FBM with the wildest bunch of dudes, had a signature frame called the Deployer and…

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Interview: Kye Forte on 22″ Bikes and His New Signature United KF22 Complete

The 22″ wheel, a lot of us had passed judgment before even seeing one, let alone riding one! I myself know that as soon as I heard of this new stead making a name for itself in our little sport, I had visions of 40 year old men having a midlife crisis riding around the woods on cruiser like machines doing hip hangers and turn bars, but after actually seeing one and riding one, I can personally vouch for their awesomeness. Below is a little Q&A I did with Kye Forte, the man behind United’s new 22″ K22 complete which…

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The Twelve Pack: Anthony Napolitan

Name: Anthony Napolitan Age: 28, going on 29 in a month. Local Trails: Wetlands Hook Ups: I’m riding for Torque Apparel, Maxxis Tires, SOL Republic, POC Helmets, Ethika, and Profile Racing. My Maxxis and POC relationship is going on 10 years, and Profile is 10+. Just getting right into it, what happened with Red Bull? To be honest I can’t even give you guys a good answer because Red Bull still hasn’t been clear with me about why our agreement ended. Back in September I arranged a meeting with them because my 3 year deal was up in 2015. So I…

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Interview: Merritt’s Mike Brennan & Sean Curran

In the almost ten years that I’ve known Mike Brennan I’ve seen him go from a relatively unknown rider from New Jersey who landed tailwhips with one foot on the top tube (sorry Mike I had to!) to being a full on BMX pro. Sponsors, traveling, video parts, the whole nine yards. Over that time Mike has continued to grow as both a rider and a person and has added a wife and kids into that mix as well. He’s also put in some considerable work on the business side of the BMX industry, first with Animal Bikes and now…

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Trails Certified: Kink’s Mudrunner Frame

Kink is a company that commands a lot of respect. Over the course of almost two decades it has grown from a small company producing axles and pegs into one of the biggest companies in bmx. Over the years they have put out a slew of legendary products such as the El Guapo pegs, the Freebird frame, the Jim Cielencki signature frame, and the list goes on and on. These days they produce a full line of bikes, frames, parts, and even clothing, and every year the line gets more and more dialed. A lot of thought goes into the…

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Interview: Prettyshady Joe

I’m not sure when or even how I first came across Prettyshady. What I do know is that once I did it became the site that I religiously checked every time I got on the computer. At the time it seemed like every other BMX site was solely concerned with videos of the latest grind or ones showing that someone had been able to kick their bike around another time. Prettyshady was different and posted videos that I wanted to see. While trails had all but fallen off of the radar of other sites, Prettyshady was often updated with videos…

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Interview: Scott Draper

Scott is a G when it comes to trails, if you have been around for the last 10 years then i’m sure you have crossed paths with Scott at some point. I haven’t had the chance to ride with him in the last few years, so we decided to do a little bit of catching up. Draper is currently hurt posted up in Austin, have a read what he’s been doing.

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The Twelve Pack: Blaine Mazzetti

Name: Blaine Mazzetti Age: 25 Local Trails: My backyard setup and Shawn Shimkets yard (North County San Diego) Hook Ups: None, other than my wife’s family for letting us use their land for the trails and run up their water bill outrageously high every month. 1. Who would you want to have digging with you if you had to start a new set of trails? Obviously my local crew: Shawn Shimkets, Braden Banfer, and Adam Watkins, these guys all bust ass and move some dirt! If I had to start fresh with a new spot and crew, well I’d have…

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The Twelve Pack: Ron White

Name: Ron White Age: 30 Local Trails: Whatever spot that’s down to let me stop by. Life is crazy busy. Hook Ups: Train Hard Clothing 1. What were the first trails you ever went to? We always had jumps and some knuckleheads in the next town over had what they thought were trails. It wasn’t until I met The Heathens and went to their original spot deemed Helltrack.

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