Ben Lewis is at the top of the technical street game and his bike is set up accordingly. According to Ben, he likes a bike that is on the verge of going out of control and in turn, is extremely responsive once getting used to the quickness. I’m pretty sure the UK native is about to build up a fresh bike now that he’s out in Long Beach this week, but I’m always a lot more excited looking at a bike after it’s been ridden and put through hell–they always have way more character in that light. Benny’s bike sure has a lot of character about it, from the cool red, black, and chrome color scheme to the BMXFU sticker on the down tube. Check out what Benny has to say about his setup and check a full gallery of photos of his bike below.
Frame: Fit Benny L, 20.5″
Fork: Fit Shiv II
Stem: Fit Benny L
Handlebars: Fit Mac
Grips: Animal Edwin
Tires: Animal Tom White Walls, 2.20″
Rear Wheel: Animal
Cranks: Fit Indent, 165mm
Pedals: Animal Hamilton
Chain: Shadow Interlock
Sprocket: Fit Down Low
Seat: Animal Nigel
Post: Animal Pivotal
Pegs: Animal Butcher
I noticed you have no grip on your left pedal. Is it always like that, or just wear and tear?
I’ve been riding my bike for a while, but the first day I get pedals, I automatically just grind the grip off on a curb–I don’t like grip on my pedals. Especially with crank arm grinds, you get a nice groove that your crank arms just slip into. I don’t like the idea that you have to find a side with grip or a side without grip or whatever. It’s easier that way.
You’ve got a signature frame and stem through Fit. What was in your head when you went ahead and designed them?
I just like to have a bike that’s real responsive. I like a bike that’s on the verge of being out of control, if you know what I mean…it takes a bit to get used to, but when you get the hang of it, it does exactly what you want it to do and where you want it to go. Just real loopy, real good for spinning…real responsive. That’s the best way I can put it. The stem’s real short; it makes everything real quick.
Has that been influenced by the English street scene, is that how a lot of people have their bikes set up out there?
It’s always been my preference. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a small lad. Back in the day, we didn’t have 18 inch bikes so I’d have to get custom frames, and I’d cut my dropouts as far as they go and I’d dent my tube to get the tire to go in. I’ve always liked the extremes of where you can take a bike. So when I got to design my frame and stem, I wanted to take it where I wanted it to go. I ran a flatland stem that had a real short reach, so I wanted to make my stem that way, and then the same with the bike. I wanted the shortest backend I could possibly get and real responsive, steep headtube angle.
How long have you been on the plastic peg train and what are your thoughts on them?
I’ve been on plastic pegs for about two years. I’ll never go back unless they stop making them. I love them, they open up so many opportunities to grind and it’s good for spots because it’s a lot quieter and you get less hassle. They destroy less property; skaters give you less shit…just everything…aluminum rails…you might need a bit more wax on some spots, but I don’t see that as a bad thing.
Are there any other modifications you do to your bikes, or things you’re particular about?
I like to have my seat as low as possible, that’s about the only thing. I like to have everything out of the way…I keep my bike low and wide.