Bike Check: Alex Valentino

I’ve always been a fan of Alex Valentino. His riding has that great mix of power and smoothness, and more recently, his work behind the lens with The Diggest and Mariejade has been nothing but superb. So, I was psyched to get the chance to chill with him in Arizona for a couple days while him, Nathan, Christian, Fernando Laczko, Ian Morris, and filmer Peter Adam while they stacked clips for the new United DVD project. Unfortunately the airline decided to lose Alex’s bike for two of the three days I was there, but we did manage to shoot a couple of flicks and squeak out a bike check…

Name:  Alexandre Valentino
Age: 27
Height: 1m80
Weight: 70kg
Location: Montpellier, France
Sponsors: United Bike Co, Vans, MarieJade.

Frame: United Dinero 21
Fork:  United Dinero
Bars: United Mothership XL
Stem: United Valentino Stem
Grips: Vans
Barends: Vans
Headset: Fsa Impact
Seatpost: United Squad
Seat: BlackSheep
Cranks: United Nashcrank
Sprocket: United Metro 25t
Chain: Shadow Conspiracy
Front Tire: United Direct 2.3
Front Wheel: Éclat
Rear Tire: United Direct 2.3
Rear Wheel: KHE Freecoaster, Éclat
Pedals: United Valentino Nylon Prototype
Hub Guard: United
Pegs: United Slim Pegs

Hey Alex, how you been?
Felling really good. Happy to be a part of a big United project for the second time, and the body is not bad.

We shot this in Arizona on a United filming trip; how’s your section coming along?
I feel really good about my section, I’m happy of everything I did for this DVD so far, the vibes is awesome and everybody wants to show their best on trips.

You’ve been in the States more than a couple times…what’s your favorite city out here?
This is maybe a little bit cliché, but I think my favorite city out here is New York…this city is so rich of mixity.

Besides the airlines losing your bike for a couple days, how did Arizona treat you?
Arizona is a really great place to go on trip; not a single day of rain, warm and sunny, and the locals are awesome. You just have to remember one thing: don’t pee in the street.

We did a feature on your signature pedal a little while back, but are you hyped on how they turned out? Any more color options coming out?
Sure, they look awesome and I like the shape a lot. They’re coming in black and forest camo, two colors I actually wearing all the time so it feels right.

Any other signature products coming out?
I still have my name on the Dinero frame and my signature stem coming in more colors (oil slick and Rasta).

What’s the deal with that GT top cap?
[Laughs] Yeah, the story is really simple. My sister is in elite womens in BMX racing and rode for GT (now for Haro), and at this time I needed a top cap and she gave me one.

Did you modify any parts or do anything special?
Actually, no. Didn’t even cut my bar. But, my front hub guards don’t fit this my fork so I cut them a little bit.

What part (or angle of a part/frame/etc.) are you most particular about one your bike?
None, I think my bike is pretty Classic.

What else is really specific to you when it comes to bike setup?
Some people think my bar is too far forward, my back wheel’s too far back, and my seat is really low…I come from the trails, so I like to ride a tall bike.

If ya got ‘em, this is where the thanks go…
I would like to thanks United to Support me for almost ten years and making me actually feel a part of the company.