Ruben Alcantara Bike Check

Name: Ruben Alcantara
Age: 36
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 165lbs
Location: Malaga, Spain
Sponsors: Etnies, Fox, Terrible One, Fly Bikes

All photos by Jeff Zielinski.

Frame: My Signature T-1, 21.15″
Fork: Fly Agua
Bars: My Signature T-1
Stem: Fly Front Load
Grips: My Signature Fly
Barends: Fly
Headset: Fly
Seatpost / Seat: Fly Uno
Cranks: Fly
Sprocket: T-1
Chain: Fly 9 Prototype
Brakes: Fly
Cable: Fly
Brake Lever: Fly
Front Tire: My Signature Fly
Front Wheel: Fly
Rear Tire: My Signature Fly, 2.0″
Rear Wheel: Fly
Pedals: My Signature Fly Graphite

Which parts do you go through the most?
Pedals and tires.

Describe your bike setup and how you like your bike to feel…
Just nice to me…the head tube angle is a bit more mellow than others.

What part are you most particular about or do you feel makes the biggest difference on your bike?
The ones you feel directly like bars, grips, pedals, and tires…

Do you remember your first “real” BMX bike?
Yeah! Heavy with fake suspension.

Your metal pedals from Fly are very popular, and now they offer a plastic version of the pedal. How do those compare to each other, and why are you currently running plastics?
They are graphite and they feel great…I thought that I would not use them, and now they are the ones I always use. They takes vibrations out so it is nice to me.

You were out with extended injuries for a long time and as of the beginning of this year you seemed to be getting back on it. Where are you at with injuries and riding right now?
Yeah, I had a rough two years…I finaly found the problem with my back that was bad for the last seven years, then when it was fixed I started to ride fine again and I blew up and broke my elbow really bad. It took a full year to recover. I was very worried, but it’s almost 100% again. I just can’t ride hard street yet…I hope soon! So now I’m loving riding more than ever! I hope all keeps well…