Christian Rigal Bike Check

Christian has been putting in work for years in all aspects: behind the wheel of his truck looking for spots, behind the camera for both Demolition’s epically great DVD Last Chance and now for his own project Markit Zero, and of course, on the bike in United’s summer project, Downtime, and in his latest edit

Name: Christian Rigal
Age: 22
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 165
Location: La Mesa, Ca
Sponsors:  United Bike Co, Demolition Parts, MARKIT, Nike, and Gatorade

Frame: 21.25″ United Nathan Williams Mothership
Fork: United Dinero
Bars: 8.6″ Demolition Suburban
Stem: Demolition Doyle
Grips: Duo Corey Bohan
Barends: Demolition plastic
Headset: Demolition
Seatpost: Demolition
Seat: Demolition D fat with a custom MARKIT patch
Cranks: Demolition revolts
Sprocket: 28t Demolition Merit spline drive
Chain: Cult half link
Front Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35″
Front Wheel: Demolition Phantom
Rear Tire: Demolition Momentum 2.35″
Rear Wheel: LHD 9t Demolition rolls
Pedals: Demolition PC
Hub Guard: Custom plastic BSD/Primo half guard
Pegs: Animal Butcher plastics


Anything cut/change/modified? 
Not really, I sewed a MARKIT patch onto my seat and I made my rear hub guard spin so it slides better.

What was your first real BMX bike?
[Laughs] That would be a two-tone Mosh complete. I couldn’t tell you the name of it. I think the bike I got after that was first one I actually learned tricks on though, that was a S&M dirt bike original.

Which parts do you go through the most?
Pegs, pedals, bars and bar ends.

Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
My bikes setup for a tall dude, I ride a 21.25″ frame, my wheels pushed back all the way and I ride a long top load stem with some spacers under it. Along with that, some big tires and not too much PSI, I usually run about 50-60.

What’s the oldest part on your bike?
[Laughs] Umm, my grips? Grips are the one thing I hate to change. Nothing feels better then a fresh new bike with old grips.

Was the black/red/a speckle of chrome color scheme planned out or happen on the fly?
That’s just random. I had an all red bike (frame/fork/bar) that I had been running forever, it was just time for a change and the flat black with the new wheels just worked out well.  I am usually pretty particular about my frame, fork and bars being the same color, though…

A couple of plastic pegs were broken when we shot this. How often are you going through covers?
Too often recently! [Laughs] I usually average about four-to-six sleeves a month. I do a lot of grinding though so it’s cool.

Also gotta point out that several parts of your bike are covered with wax. Approximately how much wax do you use on a weekly basis [laughs]?
[Laughs] A lot! If I’m riding street all week I’ll probably go through two bricks of wax. I spend a lot of time searching for new spots and setups so most of the time it’s just me waxing multiple ledges that haven’t been touched before.