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WHIPS – Nobuhiro “Pegy” Masuda

Catch a look at Horiegumi member, and our International team rider, Nobuhiro “Pegy” Masuda‘s whip! If you caught the recent #StreetsFinestSeries edit with Horiegumi, you know Pegy is a force in the streets of Japan. Check out what he’s riding below!

Frame: Alive “The Grad” Type Ⅱ 20.5″

Bars: Alive Survive 8.7″

Grips: Animal Jeff Kocsis

Stem: Animal Inverse

Headset: Animal

Fork: Alive Survive

Front Tire: Animal GLH 2.1″

Front Hub: Animal Javelin

Front Rim: Animal RS

Pegs: Animal LinOG 4.5

Seat: Animal OG Cush

Seat Post: Animal

Seat Clamp: Animal OG

Cranks: Animal Akimbo 160mm

Pedals: Animal Rat Traps

Sprocket: Animal V2 24T

Chain: Animal Mike Hoder

Rear Tire: Animal GLH 1.95″

Back Rim: Animal RS

Rear Hub: éclat CORTEX V2

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Johnny Raekes Bike Check

After Johnny Raekes’ last edit, “No Sleep Out East”, it’s safe to say he’s solidified himself as one of the top amateur riders in the game! Johnny is at the forefront of progression, pushing the crankflip into never before seen combos! We caught up with Johnny to see what he’s riding, and why! Check it out.

Frame: Fiend Colin 21

Forks: Animal 26mm offset

Bars: Animal Empire State 9.5

Stem: Animal Inverse

Headset: Fiend

Grips: Fiend

Front wheel: Fiend cab flangeless

Tires: Animal GLH 2.3

Seat post: Fiend

Seat: Fiend JJ tripod

Cranks: Fiend 160

Pedals: Mark Gralla Rat Trap Pedals

Sprocket: Fiend Colin 25t

Chain: Animal Hoder Chain

Back wheel: Fiend Cab coaster

Bottom bracket: Fiend

Pegs: Animal Benny L

What parts on your bike are you most psyched on right now and why?

I’d say I’m most hyped on the new Rat Trap pedals. They have a nice wide platform with a perfect amount of pins. They feel so good for things like tailwhips and crankflips. The wide platform makes it a lot easier to catch pedals and to spot your pedals when they come around.

How do the Rat Trap Pedals compare to Pedals you’ve run in the past?

The Rat Trap pedals have to be my favorite pedals I’ve ever had. Other pedals that I’ve tried in the past have had a really small platform, making it uncomfortable for my feet. I always wished I had a pedal with more pins as well, and the Rat Traps are exactly that. They have a great sized platform and a lot more pins than the average pedal. The corner pins are perfect, so often with other pedals if you land a little sideways or with your feet a little bit out of place you’ll slide right off. But with the corner pins your feet stay locked on, even when over rotating a 3 or catching a whip with your feet a bit out of place.

You recently switched over to GLH tires in the front and back, how have they been feeling?

Ya I’d always loved how the GLH tires looked and have always heard about how long lasting they are. So it was really exciting to throw them on, I haven’t ridden them for very long yet but I’ve been loving them so far.

You’re riding Colin Varanyak’s signature Empire State Bars, what are your favorite things about them?

I’ve been riding Colin’s Empire State bars for quite awhile now. I recently went up to the 9.5 rise which is the tallest I’ve ever ran and have been loving them. I’ve honestly never paid attention much to bar geometry but I’ve always loved the way these bars have felt and looked ever since I first got them.

What are some specifics of how you like your bike set up?

The thing I’m most picky about on my bike is how responsive it feels. The Varanyak frame really helps with just about everything I do, the short back end makes everything so much quicker and easier. My cranks and chain always have to be loose. It feels so good being able to do crankflips without ever worrying about if they will come around or not. That feeling is never really possible with a really tight chain or cranks. Short cranks, plastic pegs, and a top load stem are also essentials for my bike.

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Butcher Bike Check

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This is my new Hoffman Bikes Condor frame. It’s crazy how things go in cycles. Before I was ever a pro or sponsored or anything I rode a cracked condor frame that I got from my friend Bob. I loved that bike. Mat Hoffman and the crew came through to the Bethlehem Superdome (a house a bunch of pros lived in ie. Joe Rich,Taj, Luc-e, Mel Cody, Sandy Carson, and Dan Price.) for the first year of the X-Games to pick up Taj Mihelich on their way. I hung out and stayed there a lot and eventually moved in. Mel Cody and these guys said “Hey show Matt the Butcher and Bob video”  A video we made for fun of ourselves and joked it was a sponsor me tape that we never sent anywhere. The video had us riding everything, I rode Posh everyday back then and rode trails a lot. Mat was and still is a hero of mine, I would always try to do tricks he did on vert on dirt and my own stuff too. During the video I did a trick the toadstool which was a trick he invented and asked to rewind it. I couldn’t believe it I was so psyched. Then after he asked me if I wanted a new frame. I was like hells yea! Now all these years later I hit up Matt to see what was up with a purple condor frame how could I hook one, he said he thought he had one in his garage he could send me. I was so hyped! So now I got a Condor frame again and I love it. It feels great! Thanks Mat! – Butcher

Photos by: @chrismarshallphoto

Bike Specs:

Hoffman bikes condor 21″ tt.

Forks: Animal

Headset: Animal

Stem: Animal jump off lmt.

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Bars: Animal big four.

Grips: Animal Edwin.

Seat: Animal pivotal.

Post: Animal wedge.

BB: Animal.

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Cranks: Animal akimbo.

Pedals: Hamilton plastic.

Front hub: animal javelin.

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Rear hub: cult freecoaster.

Rims: Animal.

Tires: Animal glh 2.1. Front and rear

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Chris Carter Bike Check

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My bike is setup primarily to bump jump curbs, do grinds, ride on steep embankments, and pedal moderate distances comfortably. Several specific components allow these functions to be performed optimally.

The GLH tires grip the street well and never slide out like some other companies’ tires tend to. They last for months of everyday street riding, grinding, and sliding.  The tires must be pumped to at least 90 psi to ensure maximum bump jump/stair riding potential and prevent the occurrence of pinch flats. Any amount of pressure below 90 will prevent certain spots from being ridden. Basketball players don’t play with droopy basketballs because they don’t bounce properly. Why bike riders ride with such low psi is beyond me. Squishy tires don’t roll fast enough and cannot withstand abrupt transitions or high impact vertical bump jumps without the contact of the rim on the obstacle. The goal of riding for me is to let the spot do all the work for me. With high psi, anything can be ridden into causing a launch effect.

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Chris’s Skavenger frame laced front to back in Animal parts.

A moderately tough gear ratio and tall seat post is important when riding distances longer than a few blocks. I live in the suburbs in New Jersey and have to pedal for miles in order to get to urban areas that have high concentrations of banks, so I ride a 30 tooth Animal V3 sprocket up front and a 9 tooth driver in my Animal Javelin hub in the back. This gear ratio allows me to keep momentum when riding distances instead of having to do countless crank rotations without getting anywhere. With a raised seat I can do a good portion of my traveling sitting down to save energy for doing barspins while pinching it with my knees.

The parts that I use to grip the bike and the parts that the bike uses to grip surfaces are the ones I am the most particular about. The pegs must be LinOG 4.5” longs. They have proven to slide the best on unwaxed surfaces and last the longest. I have been riding Ed grips and metal Hamilton pedals for years and feel uncomfortable riding anything else. As far as tires go, Animal tires are designed for the streets, they grip better and last longer than any other tire I have tried.

Although my bike is set up for street riding, it has performed well on non-street surfaces the handful of times it has touched them. I rode about a mile through the woods the other day and was able to bump jump fallen trees just as well as parking blocks. – Chris Carter

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Frame: Skavenger Bridge 21”

Bars: Animal Big 4

Grips: Animal Ed

Bar ends: None

Stem: Animal MR Topload

Forks: Animal Barrett

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Chris trusts his Big 4 bars will never slip with a MR topload stem locking them in place.

Tires: Animal GLH 2.1

Hubs: Animal Javelin and Primo N4

HubGuards: Not sure

Rims: Animal RS and some old rim from Hippie Erick

Seat: Animal Cush

Seatpost: A long one

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A tall seat post, and a Cush seat make all the difference when pedaling long distances.

Seatpost Clamp: Animal

Cranks: Animal Akimbo

Sprocket: Animal V3

Chain: KMC Heavy

Pedals: Hamilton Metal

Pegs: LinOG 4.5” Long

Mods: Grinded the pegs down

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Chris boosts a brick transition most would deem unridable.

Words by Chris Carter, photos by Chris Marshall.

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Anthony DeRosa Bike Check

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Super stoked on building up this brand new bike. It is a Brooklyn Machine Works frame laced with complete Animal Bikes parts and it is one of the best set ups I have ever ridden. I am beyond happy how it came out. I feel this new set up fits my riding style perfectly, and that I will be able to put this machine through hell. Looking forward to seeing what new adventures that this new ride brings. – Anthony DeRosa

Frame: Brooklyn Machine Works – 20.75

Bars: Colin Varanyak Signature Empire State Bars

Grips: Edwin Grips Flangless

Bar Ends: Animal Black Aluminum Bar Ends

 

Forks: Animal Prototype

Stem: Black MR Front Load Stem

Headset: Black Animal Headset

Cranks: Akimbo Cranks – 170

Pedals: Black Hamilton Plastic Pedals

 

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Bottom Bracket: Animal Black 22mm

Pedals: Black Hamilton Plastic Pedals

Pegs: LinoOG Pegs 4.5

Seat: Animal Broadway Seat

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Sprocket: Black M5 Sprocket

Hubs: Javelin Front/Rear LHD Cassette Hubs

Tires: GLH 2.25 Tires

Rims: Black RS Rims

Pegs: LinoOG Pegs 4.5

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Anthony DeRosa laces a feeble to smith on a ledge as rough as it is tall.

Photos by Chris Marshall.