Bike Check: Raul Ruiz

Name: Raul Ruiz
Age: 27
Height: 5′ 6”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Sponsors: WeThePeople, Dan’s Comp, Quintin

Frame: WeThePeople Scorpio 20.75”
Fork: WeThePeople Scorpio
Bars: WeThePeople Mad Max
Stem: Primo Neyer
Grips: Primo Simmons
Barends: Primo
Headset: Primo
Clamp: Integrated
Seatpost: Primo
Seat: WeThePeople
Pedals: Primo Stance PC
Cranks: Primo Powerbites 165mm
Sprocket: Primo 23-tooth
Chain: KMC
Front Tire: Salt 2.20”
Front Wheel: Primo n4 36-h
Rear Tire: Salt 2.20”
Rear Wheel: Primo cassette 36-h
Pegs: Primo Binary steel
Hub guard: United

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 build up a bike about twice a year. I dislike a bike that feels like crap, but I also don’t like a new bike until I break it in.

What parts do you change out the most often and why?
Grips, hubguards, pedals. I grind a bunch so hubguards are the first to get warped. And once I get a tear or hole in my grips they need to go ASAP.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
How my chain is runnin’—it needs to be tensioned the way I like it.