Bike Test: wethepeople Thrillseeker

Words/Photo: James Ayres

Tested by: Aaron Johnson (Alliant)

Age: 17

Height: 6′

Weight: 180 lbs.

Number of years riding: 13

Complete bike price: $680

Finishes available: Black, raw

Weight: 32 lbs., 8 oz.

Head tube angle: 74.5 degrees

Seat tube angle: 70 degrees

Top tube length: 20″ or 21″

Chainstay length: 14.25″ to 15″

Wheelbase: 37.25″ (as tested)

Components:

Frame: Thrillseeker frame, 100% 4130 chromoly, butted top and down tubes, 6mm-thick dropouts

Forks: wethepeople, 1-1/8″ ahead, chromoly steerer tube, hi-tensile steel legs

Headset: TH-888, 1-1/8″ Ahead-set

Brakes: Dia-Tech Hombre w/Fiesta spring set front & rear

Brake lever: Dia-Compe Tech 77

Bars: Salt, two-piece, hi-tensile steel

Stem: wethepeople EXT

Grips: wethepeople

Seat: wethepeople

Seat post: Salt

Seat post clamp: Salt, single-bolt

Cranks: wethepeople three-piece, 175mm

Bottom bracket: sealed

Sprocket: wethepeople, 39-tooth

Pedals: Wellgo platforms w/chromoly axles

Rims: Alex Supra Alpha, 48-hole, alloy, black

Hubs: Salt: front: 48-hole sealed w/14mm axle, black; rear: KT flip-flop hub, sealed w/14mm axle, black

Freewheel: 14 tooth

Chain: KMC “Z” 1/8″

Tires: Primo Dirt-Monster, 1.95″

Extras: SST Oryg, steel pegs front and rear, black

 

How it rode

It’s the most solid bike I’ve ever ridden. Nothing moved on it until the bars and the forks bent; those were the only problems I had with it. The bike held together really nicely otherwise. If those things get fixed in the future, it will definitely be a perfect bike.

Likes

The frame’s geometry was really good; I liked the raw finish. It came with good parts, besides the bars and the forks. Good cranks, wheels–everything.

Dislikes

Besides the fact that I bent the bars and forks…I was hoping it would hold together and I’d be able to give it a 10, but since those two things bent, I can’t. I’d like to still, but…

Anything you had to repeatedly adjust?

No.

If it were your bike, what would you change?

The bars and the forks; the bars had a good bend, and they were comfortable–just weak.

What did you ride?

I was on the Warpt tour for two weeks, so I got to ride a lot of skateparks throughout California and Oregon. I rode Dave’s backyard playground, the best trails I’ve ever ridden in my life; and a lot of skateparks and street–Visalia, Talent, Ashland, Grant’s Pass, Oregon State…a lot of places.

Ed. note: wethepeople builds their complete bikes around their actual aftermarket frames, which is very impressive, but that means they have to cut corners somewhere. We were disappointed to find steel bars and forks on the Thrillseeker; most bikes in this price range come with full chromoly bars and forks. The guys at wethepeople decided that since the frame is the most expensive part of the bike, they wanted to make that top-quality.

RATING:

7

Pull Quote:

It came with good parts, besides the bars and the forks.

RESULTS BOX QUOTE:

This is a great all-around bike. If you want to bulletproof it, swap out the forks and bars for something a little beefier, like wethepeople’s aftermarkett stuff.

BUY IF:

You can afford to drop almost $700 on a bike, and have a little leftover for potential bar and fork upgrades.

SKIP IF:

You’re on a budget or you’ve just started riding.