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What I Ride – Dan Kruk

Enough about the bars already… Have you seen Dan Kruk‘s section in WeThePeople’s Foundation? Dan is the man and he absolutely shreds. Our boy had a big year, getting the bump to Pro for Madera and then WeThePeople, and then he got scooped by Dan’s Comp, too. Check out Dan’s current ride, decked out with signature colorways from Madera and WTP.

Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 165 lbs.
Location: Long Beach, CA
Sponsors: WeThePeople, Madera, Dans Comp, Cement Face, MPEG, 4 Seasons sk8park

Frame: WeThePeople Battleship, 21″, #Konfetti
Fork: WeThePeople Switch
Bars: WeThePeople Buck, 25.4mm
Stem: WeThePeople Hydra, 36mm rise
Grips: WeThePeople Hilt XL
Barends: WeThePeople Patrol, stainless steel
Headset: WeThePeople Compact
Seatpost: WeThePeople Pivotal
Seat: Madera Cruiser, Pivotal
Pedals: Eclat AK 
Cranks:
Profile Column 22mm, 165mm
Sprocket: Madera Signet Bash, Spline drive, 25-tooth #PartyPaint
Chain: Shadow Supreme
Front Tire: WeThePeople Stickin’, 2.4”
Front Wheel: Eclat Polar rim, Madera Pilot hub #PartyPaint, Madera C4 plastic guards.
Rear Tire: WeThePeople Stickin’, 2.4”
Rear Wheel: Eclat Polar rim, Profile ZCoaster, 9-T, Ti driver, #PartyPaint, Madera C4 plastic guard (non-drive), Profile Aegis aluminum (drive).
Pegs: WeThePeople Dill Pickle, plastic, 4.5″

Tell us a little about the stickers on your signature WeThePeople Battleship frame colorway, who did them and what was the influence behind the direction…
For the stickers on my Konfetti colorway I decided to go with a 90s theme. I was born in 1994 and I really liked all of the graphic design from back in that era. I wanted something that you could tell what the brand was from a long distance away and something that looked different from everything else. Eben Fischer is the mastermind behind the graphics. I gave him the idea and he just ran with it. Around the same time Madera hit me up to do the Party Paint and I thought it would be a cool idea to have both my colorways match!

While on the topic of the Madera colorway… As opposed to Madera’s parent company Profile, (which is known for their huge array of colors) Madera is typically less bold with colors. So it was a departure when they released your Party Paint colorway. What is the story behind it?
Well, I actually just randomly approached them with the idea to do a splatter color since I hadn’t seen any other companies doing it. When I was bumped up to the pro team last year they came to me and asked if I wanted to do a signature colorway with the splatter idea. I was really stoked on that and went through a ton of different splatter designs until we landed on the one we are using for Party Paint. It turned out great!

How long have you been running the WeThePeople Buck bars and Hydra stem with the oversized 25.4mm clamping area? And do you think your extreme bar position is a good indicator for the advantages of the bigger clamping area?
I have been running the Buck bars and Hydra stem for about a year now with no problems. My extreme bar angle really puts the STS clamping system of the stem to the test. Since running the oversized bar/stem combo my low rider bars haven’t slipped or broken on me at all!

Word on the street is that you’re getting signature WeThePeople bars? Can you give us some details?
Yes, thanks to WTP I will be getting my first signature part in the form of bars! I can’t give out all the specs right now, just know that they will be available in 22.2mm size as well as the new stronger 25.4mm clamping area. The devil will be in the details, and they will be positioned a little further north than Chicago once they drop… #Stallisbars

You’re presently running the Profile 22mm cranks, but I hear that Madera is about to come out with some as well, want to talk about that a bit…
As you know, over the years spindles have become thicker and arms have become shorter. For 2017 Madera is introducing some super dialed 22mm cranks that will be sure to never snap off your bike and will come in a short size.

The last bike check we did with you was a little over a year ago, and at the time you had just made the switch from metal pegs and cassette to plastic/coaster. I think you had them on for about a week at that point. It’s been like 58 weeks now, so what’s the verdict?
The results are in: turns out coaster and plastic pegs make everything way easier, but since everything is easier, I tend to try things that are way more challenging. Maybe that’s a good thing, or maybe I’m loosing my mind, I mean… How can I even ride bars as far forward as I do?

While on the freecoaster topic, isn’t Madera about to come out with one as well?
Yes the wait is over. Madera is in the sample stages of a new coaster with the same proven internals as the [Profile] ZCoaster. The Gulf-coaster will be a more affordable American made hub with a simple looking shell that you can trust. As always, you can always upgrade the internals just as you can a Profile hub with endless axle and driver options.

You turned Pro for Madera and WTP, and then capped the year off by getting added to the Dan’s Comp team—which is stacked with some of the heaviest names in BMX. How does it feel to be part of that epic squad?
It’s actually pretty crazy to consider dudes like Nathan, Dak, Shane Weston and more are my “team mates”. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid and I couldn’t be anymore stoked. I’m really excited to see what’s to come while I’m apart of it and be on the look out for my welcome edit to drop soon!