Tue, Nov 27 2001 12:00 am |
Jason Richardson’s been sporting the B-52 logo for awhile now, and just recently he started running a B1 frame. We didn’t know much about either company, so we had Jason fill us in. “I’m on the B1 extreme BMX frame; it’s the first year its been out. Basically it’s got Pro XL geometry. B1′s a company from the Netherlands and this is their high-end race frame,” Jason told us. B-52 is a component manufacturer from France that sponsors Jason for parts like bars, stems, wheels, seats, posts, the whole nine. They’ve got a full on B-52 team that runs overseas and B1′s their frame sponsor, just so you know how it all fits together. Here’s a little run down on the B1 frame’s specs:
Top tube: “21-1/4″?it’s actually measured in centimeters, but it works out to about 21-1/4″.
Bottom bracket height: 11-1/2″
Head tube angle: 73.5 degrees
Seat tube: 71-degrees
Chainstays: “I’m not sure; it’s in millimeters. But, I run the same length chain I’ve been running throughout my whole career, so we’re at about 15-1/4 to 15-1/2″. Everytime I take a chain off I put the new one next to the old and cut it in the same place.”
Anything special with the tubes?
Typically I’ve had Kastan build me bikes to my specs, but I pulled this B1 frame out of the box and it worked quite well. It’s not my ideal geometry, but I got on it and started winning, so I can’t complain.
Any personal modifications?
I cut the bars down to about 27-3/4″ from 28″.
Can kids get B1 and B-52 stuff next year?
They should be able to. B-52 was working on getting North American distribution. Hopefully South Park Cycles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will be carrying them.
For more info, check out www.be-one.com. The website’s not done yet, but hopefully soon it will be.
Jason Richardson’s B1
Forks: Answer Alumilite
Headset: Cane Creek Zero Stack
Stem: B-52 XL
Grips: ODI Ruffian lock-on
Brakes: Dia-Tech VC711
Brake Cable: Dia-Tech
Brake Lever: Dia-Tech DP9
Seat: B-52 w/regular chromo rails
Seat Post: “Sun Ringle, but B-52 will be coming out with a seat post”
Seat Clamp: “Comes available with the frame”
Cranks: Profile, 180mm
Sprocket: Profile Hurricane, 39-tooth
Pedals: “Shimano DX clipless for racing; B-52 platforms for everything else.”
Chain: Shimano IG, 3/32″
Wheelset: B-52 w/sealed hubs “Sometimes I have a Profile cassette hub in the rear if I want to run a 14.”
Tires: Haro Catapult: front: 20″ x 2.1″, rear: 20″ x 1.85″
Plate: Sonic Oval Pro w/ Sonic Platinum numbers
Jason’s Personal Gear:
“Answer’s got the full kit in the U.S. and the rest of the world; No Fear’s a good friend of ours, so the team will be running No Fear stuff in Europe only.”