Tue, Sep 24 2013 1:35 pm |
The resurrection of Stranger has been a major discussion in the last couple weeks and one of the dudes that’s not only riding for the brand, but handling most of the video duties (including their dope new promo) is Miles Rogoish. Check out his brand new whip and find out a bit of background about how Stranger came about…
Frame: Stranger Nomad 20.75” Top Tube
Bars: Stranger Haze 8.8”
Stem: Stranger Native
Grips: ODI Longnecks for life
Barends: Primo Boy Plastics
Seatpost: Fiend hand me down [laughs]
Seat: Stranger Native
Cranks: Primo Hollow Bite 165mm
Chain: Cult Half Link
Front Tire: Cult Dehart 2.25”
Front Wheel: Primo N4Fl
Rear Tire: Primo V-Monster 2.10”
Rear Wheel: Primo Remix
Pedals: Primo Stance
Hub Guard: Primo DSG drive side both sides
Pegs: Primo Binary
Stranger was pretty hush-hush for a while, how long had you guys been working on stuff before the news dropped?
Aaron Brenner and Rich Hirsch came to me about the idea almost four to six months ago, roughly. I was always really into Stranger’s image in the past, and once I heard about Tip Plus solidifying the company’s existence I was ready to do whatever I could to help promoting for the new release of the Stranger Bikes.
Did you modify any parts or do anything special?
I used to have to a bit with other companies product, cut bars, forks, etc. The Stranger Haze bars come in perfect size without cutting, as well as the forks fitting the stem/frame with only one headset spacer, and a smooth top cap that sits flush for safe knees. Nowadays the only thing I have to do is cut my flanges off my grips and make sure I have a pair of 165mm cranks on to keep my feet from hitting the back pegs.
What’s it like riding for good friends like Rich Hirsch and Aaron Brenner?
I couldn’t ask for two better people to be working with! It’s kind of wild actually, Rich and I see eye to eye on almost every idea, song choice, or design of anything coming out of Stranger. I like his trippy sense of steeze [laughs]. As for Brenner, it’s equally as amazing working with Aaron since I have been riding friends with him ever since The Trip was filming back in NC in the early stages. I’m honored to have such good friends and smart management when it comes to working with both of them. Rich and Aaron have definitely both conquered goals and triumphs in the past few years and have no time to slow down now. Wake up for what’s to come out of those guys and everything else Tip Plus Distro has to offer the BMX industry. NO LIMIT!
What part (or angle of a part/frame/etc.) are you most particular about one your bike?
The stand over needs to be around 9”…I don’t ride that scooty shit. When I think of my bike I want it to have a complete feel; a bike that fills the corners instead of cutting them where you can…if that makes sense [laughs].
Product wise, I know Stranger is going all out with everything from parts to complete bikes. Do you have any signature products in the works?
Everyone on the team is working on ideas for samples now, and there is talk about everyone having a frame by Interbike 2014 if that is the direction the team wants to take it. Rich and Aaron give the team equal rights for ideas and signature product. Everything is talked about collectively and no one is left out.
You’ve been rolling solo for a good minute; are you psyched to be with a team that really appears to fit together super well?
Hell yes, the entire team is already a tight knit family, truthfully the bond between the riders and behind the scenes work that has been going into Stranger makes us more then a team. Don’t fuck with Stranger.
What else is really specific to you when it comes to bike setup?
Steez [laughs], it’s gotta match my style.
Anything else in the works? Behind the camera, in front of it, or otherwise?
Lots of video work planned on the side of riding for all the brands at Tip Plus, and a full length DVD is already in the works for next year.
If ya got ‘em, this is where the thanks go…
Ma, Pops, Maro and his lady Sarah, Kingston my nephew, 4130 house growing up and flipping my stem over for the first time. Vazquez, Big A, James DD, Darin Roth, Coble, Dravin, Wadlin, and the entire existence of the Tulsa BMX scene. Anyone who’s helped me along the way, shouted “Nice Door Meech’, or bummed me cig. The Trip family, The Stranger Squad, Deadline Fam, The Gazebo Boys, Clean Hands Tulsa, my dog, Swab, and so much more. I haven’t forgotten about you if I didn’t list! Last, but not least, my pulse that I am still kicking it with on the daily. Appreciate the Trip of Life, you only can enjoy it once…
TAGS: Bike Check, Miles Rogoish, Osiris, Stranger, The Trip