Here’s the ride that Kink’s latest Pro, Calvin Kosovich, built up just before he headed back to Australia for a few months. Calvin’s all black build features Kink parts top to bottom and is set up extra long and high for his tall stature, with four plastic slide sticks and a freecoaster.
Frame: Kink Mudrunner, 21’
Fork: Kink CST
Bars: Kink Rex
Stem: Kink High Rise
Grips: Kink x ODI Samurai
Barends: Kink plastic
Headset: Kink Intergraded
Clamp: Kink Master
Seatpost: Kink Stealth, 180mm
Seat: Kink Hide
Pedals: Kink Senec
Cranks: Kink Pillar, 170mm
Sprocket: Kink Beldam, 28-T
Chain: Cult half-link
Front Tire: Kink Wright, 2.4″
Front Wheel: Kink Brawler rim, Kink Boulevard hub, Kink Boulevard Guard
Rear Tire: Kink Wright, 2.4″
Rear Wheel: Kink Brawler rim, Kink Eastcoaster hub, 9-T driver, Kink Universal Drive Guard, Kink Universal Freecoaster Guard
Pegs: Kink Drift, plastic, 4.4″, (4)
Describe this bike for us… What makes it your ride?
I like my tires at about 55psi, bars forward in the acquired position, tight chain, squeak free and well greased parts, flangeless grips, seat height has to be just right— not too low or not too high—and I like everything black with a simple sticker placement.
I noticed you aren’t utilizing the integrated chain-tensioners. Why not?
Mainly because of quick and easy tube replacement, when you’re trying to get a move and the tire goes flat you want it to be changed without hassle to continue on with the trick. My wheel locks in and doesn’t move or slip so there’s no need for the chain tensioners in my case.
What are you most particular about on your bike?
A longer back end—being a taller dude, it’s hard to stick drops without looping off the backend. Running the 13.75” with my wheel at the end of the drop out helps me feel stable when jumping and going fast.
When was the last time you built up a completely new bike?
Literally, the bike pictured had not been ridden [prior to shooting the photos]. But the bike before this one was right after my Vans part in June 2016.
What was the last thing you made to your bike that made a big difference?
Putting on the Kink Rex bars, just a higher rise and a bigger bar. They’ve given me a lot of control and pop. The freecoaster is still new to me, in a way—I haven’t really capitalized on it at all in my video parts, but I’m working on it.