Bike Check: Chase Hawk

Chase Hawk‘s bike is exactly what you’d probably expect the smooth style cat to ride. Peep the bike of one of the greatest all-around riders on the planet…

Photo: John Povah

Name: Chase Hawk
Age: 27
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 140 lbs.
Location: Austin, Texas
Sponsors: Cult, Empire, Etnies, Fox, Oakley, Odyssey, Pro-Tec, Rockstar Energy

Photo: John Povah

Frame: Cult Hawk V2
Fork: Odyssey R32
Bars: Cult Hawk
Stem: Odyssey Tom Dugan (but I’m currently waiting for a new sample of my stem to come in)
Grips: Cult Faith
Barends: Odyssey Parends
Headset: Odyssey
Clamp: Integrated
Seatpost: Odyssey Tripod
Seat: Odyssey Hawk Tripod
Pedals: Cult plastic
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolts 180mm
Sprocket: Odyssey C-512 (30-tooth)
Chain: Odyssey
Front Tire: Odyssey Hawk
Front Wheel: Odyssey Aerospace with Odyssey hub 36
Rear Tire: Odyssey Hawk
Rear Wheel: Odyssey Aerospace with Odyssey Antigram hub 36
Pegs: none at the moment [Cult pictured during bike shoot]
Hub guard: Odyssey

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
Unfortunately, I’d have to say it’s around a 3 [laughs]. Luckily, I have the best bike shop in the world to take care of me in that department—thanks Empire!!!

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 rode my last bike for 15 months so it all just really depends. I usually change out pedals every few weeks just to keep ’em grippy, but other than that I’ve been trying to see how long I can ride the parts that I have.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
Probably my bars—if they aren’t cut down exactly the way I want then my bike feels completely messed up.

Overall, how do you like your bike to feel– chain tension, crank tightness, grips—thick, thin, new, or worn-out, tire pressure, et cetera?
Everything tight with at least 80psi—that’s how I like it.

Are you concerned with how much your bike weighs? How much does this bike weigh?
Nah, I’ve never been concerned with weight, but with the way companies are making stuff nowadays just about everything is pretty light. If I had to take a guess, my bike probably weighs about 24 pounds.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I would like to say that I’d like to experiment with different setups, but I feel like the tried and true will always be the way for me [laughs]. I love getting on people’s bikes with freecoasters, though—they’re a lot of fun to mess with.

You went really wide and smooth for your signature Odyssey tires, what did you have in mind with that design?
My goal from the beginning was to make a style tire that Odyssey had never done before and also still be an overall tire that is good for any type of surface and I think we achieved exactly that. I really have to give a huge thank you to Taj [Mihelich], though, because he had a lot of influence in the way it was designed.

I noticed the bends in your seat stays match the chain stay bends to help accommodate fatter tires—that’s a nice touch. Is that a new feature?
It’s a new feature, but it’s not why I chose to design it that way. I more or less just wanted to take it back to the more traditional wishbone like some of the old Standard trail/race frames from back in the day.