Frame: Eastern prototype Grim Reaper 20.75”
Fork: Odyssey F25
Bars: Odyssey Double Space bar
Stem: Odyssey Elementary v3
Grips: Odyssey signature Adam Banton
Barends: Odyssey Parends
Brakes: Odyssey EVO II
Levers: Odyssey Mono medium (front), Odyssey M2 (rear)
Detangler: Odyssey GTX
Clamp: Eastern true-integration into the frame.
Seatpost: Odyssey Convertible
Seat: Odyssey Principle
Pedals: Odyssey JCPC
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolts 175 mm
Sprocket: Odyssey MDS 25-tooth
Chain: Odyssey Bluebird
Front tire: Odyssey Aaron Ross k-lyte 2.21”
Front wheel: Odyssey v2 hub, Odyssey spokes, G-Sport nipples, 7KA rim
Rear tire: Odyssey Aaron Ross k-lyte 2.21”
Rear wheel: Odyssey Antigram hub wit 9-tooth driver, Odyssey spokes, G-Sport nipples, 7KA rim.
Pegs: Left side – prototype G-Sport Plegs V2, right rear – Odyssey Rifle aluminum.
Why do you choose to run two pegs in the back and one in the front? It started with rocket icepick and 2×4 ice pick grind variations. Then I started doing oppo feebles to 360s again. I’m finding more ideas to add the fourth one on. Although, I do like having that front right peg gone for backward Derek rollers/dusters for extra clearance.
Also, why is the right rear peg metal and the rest plastic?
No other reason than Odyssey only had two of the G-Sport prototype Plegs to give me [laughs].
It seems like your bike setup has gone unchanged for just about as long as I’ve known you. Is that about right? Other than swapping out a few components, do you ever try out some more drastic changes to your bike?
In 2007 I had a brakeless bike for about a month. I loved it for some things, and some I didn’t. It was amazing to experience how taking brakes off can change your entire feel of riding—I’m glad I did that—and never count out that I would do it again for good. And I have also taken off the fronties here and there, as well. I even filmed a web video part (Ray’s Odd Couple video contest 2010), I guess they weren’t off long enough because nobody ever notices or remembers [laughs]. It’s a love hate relationship with front brakes. Thinking in a new school way for new grinds or tricks using front brakes is something I think about often, my turn bar feeble grind variations are an example of this. Canadian jams/or nosepicks are just super fun, too. So yes, I have tried every setup really, and a full kit is what I still have the most fun on—and that’s what matters to me.
What are you most particular about?
Too many things, setting my bars, frame geometry, wheel bearings, chain tension, but mostly brakes—if they don’t work the way I want, I’ll take ‘em off again.
How often do you work on your bike? And what needs tuning most often? Not often enough, actually. I always forget something is bugging me on my bike until I ride it again, and I put up with it for a while if it’s not too bad. If I ride mostly street for a while, I seem to work on it more. I break spokes often for some reason, which leads to truing my wheels.
With your two brakes and Gyro in mind, how much of pain is it when traveling and having to build your bike? Do you ever get even a tad jealous when the brakeless guys are done and drinking coffee while you’re still dialing your bike in?
[Laughs] Yes. Having less means a quicker setup. But honestly, I have it down to a science. So it’s not too bad. Plus, my coffee buddies always bring me back a cup.