Bike Check: Bruno Hoffman

Age: 21
Height: 5’ 10”
Weight: 181 lbs.
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Sponsors: Federal Bikes, Vans, Red Bull, Cinema Wheels, Parano Garage, DUB, The Trip

Frame: Federal Bruno 21”
Fork: Federal Liquid Fork
Bars: Bruno Bars V2
Stem: Federal Love  Stem (Mark Love Signature Stem)
Grips: Federal Logo Grips
Barends: Plastic
Headset: Primo
Clamp: integrated
Seatpost: Federal Stump Post
Seat: Federal Lacey Seat
Pedals: Cult
Cranks: BSD
Sprocket: Federal Revolution Sprocket
Chain: Shadow
Front Tire: KHE
Front Wheel: Cinema VX Hub in a Cinema 777 Rim
Rear Tire: KHE
Rear Wheel: Federal V3 Coaster in Cinema 777 Rim
Pegs: 3 Federal Plastic Pegs, one Animal Butcher
Hub guard: Federal

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
I would say around six-seven. I like to dial in a new bike, but I’m not that much into straightening wheels, chain, or changing grips and tires.

How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one? Do you switch out parts as they go? Or just build a whole fresh kit?
I ride the frame for about five-six months, and then build up a fresh fork/bar/frame kit. I switch up parts from time to time, but mostly tires or grips. I ride both wheels for over a year now and they still go strong.

What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Definitely grips and tires. Sometimes also pedals, although I don’t really like pedals that are too grippy.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
Probably pedals for the same reason. It totally feels like a new bike if the pedals are too grippy and I’m stuck onto it. So maybe pedals and tires. I’m super happy with the bar/fork/stem combo, if my bike feels too low in the front I don’t like it either.

Overall, how do you like your bike to feel— chain tension, crank tightness, grips—thick, thin, new, or worn-out, tire pressure, et cetera?
As I said, I’m not the biggest mechanic, but I like my bike to be worn out a bit. My grips have to be thin and the chain tension not too high. My tire pressure is around 4.5 Bar (65 PSi). Other than that, everything has to be tightened up so my bike sounds like a ball when it falls down.

Are you concerned with how much your bike weighs? How much does this bike weigh?
No, not at all. And to be honest I never weighed it.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I’m down to experiment with parts for sure, but right now my bike feels as dialed as never before so why change it?

How long have you been on the freecoaster for? And what are your thoughts on it?
I’ve been on and off the coaster for about two-three years now, but I haven’t taken it off since summer last year, so around one year I’d say. I think it’s pretty cool. It opens a lot more possibilities since you can go in and out tricks faster. Also, you get a sudden revenge if you are trying to bitch crank [laughs]. Besides that, even when there is no spot around you can spend hours on the local parking lot.

Opposite ice while in Chile with the Vans team.