Matt Beringer’s bike is as unique as his riding. At first glance you may not notice all of the little details, but upon closer inspection you’ll see plenty of mods and personal touches he’s worked into it. Take a look at his current ride—his S&M BTM…
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 197 pounds
Current Residence: Layton, Utah
Sponsors: S&M Bikes, Odyssey, Orchid Shoes, Skullcandy, Stray Kids
Frame: S&M BTM, 21.25” top tube
Fork: S&M Pitchfork XLT with brake mounts
Bars: S&M Beringer XLT
Stem: S&M Challenger
Grips: Odyssey Beringer
Bar ends: Homemade brass “Six shooters.”
Detangler: Odyssey GTX-S
Front brake lever: Odyssey Monolever, Medium
Rear brake lever: Odyssey M2, Medium
Brake cables: Odyssey Gyro (back), Nokon (front).
Front brakes: Odyssey Evo2
Rear brakes: Odyssey Evo 2
Seatpost: Simple Pivotal, long
Seat: Deco Fat
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolt, 175mm
Bottom bracket: Odyssey
Sprocket: Odyssey MDS, 28-tooth
Chain: Odyssey Bluebird
Front Tire: Odyssey Aitken Street Plyte, 2.25”
Front Rim/hub: GSport Rollcage/GSport Marmoset
Rear Tire: Odyssey Aitken Street Plyte, 2.1”
Rear Rim/hub: GSport Rollcage/GSport Ratchet
Spokes: Odyssey, GSport nipples
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted
Extras: “Cork road bike grip tape on my levers, homemade hub guards.”
I know you have plenty of modifications. Give me the rundown.
I have a lathe that my Dad gave me, so these are the things I used it for on my bike: front and rear hub guards, lines in hubs, bar ends, little thing in my M2 lever’s barrel adjuster—makes it rests against the handlebar so my rear lever can’t ever move down, my front brake barrel adjuster, my Gyro barrel adjusters—made ’em shorter for more Gyro travel and put Presta valve knurly nuts on ’em, my seatpost—square top is round now, my hubs and my sprocket—cut the guard down so it’s the same height as the chain and cut lines in the side, I also cut the flanges off my grips—not on the lathe.
How many functioning bikes do you currently have? How is this one different than the others?
I actually have four bikes right now that are all dialed in different ways. I have this bike, I have my heavy bike which is the first Beringer frame ever, first Beringer bars ever, mag on front, 48 freecoaster, four pegs, front brakes—everything heavy as possible and all old stuff from ’98 to ’01 era, pretty much. Forty-one pounds is fun. My other two bikes are ski bikes that I made all the stuff for—two setups that I made at the end of the snow season last year. Prototype stuff, they’re the ski bike versions of my light and heavy bikes.
What parts do you go through the fastest?
I guess pedals. I don’t favor a side and I like pedal grinding a lot. I’ve been riding the indoor park a bunch lately, so everything’s been going good for a while.
Do you like to keep your parts as long as possible or switch stuff out often and keep it fresh?
I go through phases with parts and setups, but I’ll usually run stuff for a long time.
Do you set your bike up any certain way for specific tricks?
Yeah, there are tricks that I need all this stuff for that I’ll never give up for trends.
How do you place your bars?
Same angle as head tube so I can do killer half-barspins.
You’ve been making those brass bar ends for a bit. What goes into those? How’d you come up with the bungee cord setup?
I usually make aluminum ones, but Cam wanted a run of brasses for his shop. I came up with them as a joke really—a joke that went too far because these are about the sixth version of how they go together. The first ones had a long rubber band that I got from Office Depot. This version has bungees from the rope room at this army surplus store and clip things from Hobby Lobby in the Boondoggle section. I’ve been coming up with different versions of bar ends since I was 16 so I could sell ’em to friends for some extra money.
There are a few things going on with your hubs. Tell me about them.
I had my wheels apart ’cause I just got chrome rims, so I put ’em in the lathe and cut those lines in them. I also cut the paint off the flanges and rounded them a little.
How do you like your grips—thick, thin, new, or worn-out with holes in them?
New or just a little bit worn.
What’s your seat height rule?
High enough for no-footed sit-down wheelies and pinch-seat barspins. I don’t really care what people can do with low seats these days, this is my ride.
Those valve caps are pretty sweet. Where’d you get them?
I got the cobra one in 2001 or so, and made the skull dice one around the same time.
How do you like your brakes to feel?
I’ve got them set up for one finger lately, but if my rims are dirty they need two.
What’s the secret to having good front brakes?
I think using that Nokon cable rules for ’em.
What tire pressure do you run?
90 psi to 100 psi.
Are those brake wraps from a Ferrari steering wheel or Lamborghini?
Lamborghini—only the highest class stuff or somethin’.
Are you concerned with bike weight? How much does this bike weigh?
Yeah, I don’t know how much it weighs, but it’s a lot lighter than it looks.
Do you build and do all the work on your bikes?
Yeah, I wouldn’t let anyone else work on my bike.
Any thanks you want to give to anyone?
S&M, Odyssey, my Dad for giving me the lathe and all the stuff in my shop, 5050 and the Wood Shop.