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.


Steven Hamilton – OG – Bike Check

OG legend, Steven Hamilton, is still killing the game with his unique take on the streets. Check out his latest set up featuring a mix of old and new. (check that laid back post). Also, don’t miss his latest mix of clips on the Ride BMX site. See link below.

Grips: Animal Jeff Koscis
Bar Ends: Vintage Peregrine Pyott
Doughnuts: Retro checkered
Brake Lever: DiaComp Tech 77
Brake Cable: Animal braided
Brakes: Éclat
Brake Pads: Eagle Claw II red

Seat: Animal Kush
Seat Post: Custom Laid Back by Dominique
Seat Post Clamp: Mosh

Chain: Animal Mike Hoder special edition Gold
Sprocket: Animal 30t
Crank: Profile with DJ oversized arms
Pedals: Animal Hamilton metal sealed
Rear Wheel: Profile mini cassette 3/8″ 36 hole 11t driver with Sun
Big Baller rim
Front Wheel: Profile mini 36 with Sun Rhino Lite rim
Rear tire: Animal GLH 1.95

Front tire: Animal GLH 2.1″
Fork: S and M Pitchfork
Headset: Animal

Stem: Animal Inverse
Stem pad: Vintage Schwinn bmx with Misfits patch sewn on
Handlebars: S and M Slam

Check out his latest work right here.






Jeff Kocsis Bike Check

LJresizeHIGHCheck in for a night session with Animal Bikes lifer, Jeff Kocsis, and find out what parts he trusts to bring his signature steeze to the streets!  Catch some words from the man himself and pics of the whip below.

Hey everyone just wanna say in advance thanks for taking the time out and reading about my bike and why I ride what I do…..

My bike has been split perfectly into two of the most respectable hard working companies in BMX, Animal and United. They produce toughest and most durable parts that do not sacrifice style.

I ride the United Region frame 20.75. I was given the opportunity to create the decals and color way for this year. The whole project from start to finish was surreal for me. Along with that excitement, I have been testing out some of Animal’s newest and best parts to date. The 165mm Akimbo cranks feel unstoppable. Lightweight, but tough for the next generation. The infamous GLH tires are a constant and flawless even after 14 months of abuse. Last but not least my signature grip that will be available later this year. We worked hard to bring out one of the best new grips in the market. Hopefully everyone will love the soft simple grip as much as I do.

Jeff Kocsis

Parts list :

Frame: United Region Jeff 20.75 Black

Fork: United Supreme Black

Stem: Animal Top Load

Bars: United G-Slatts Black

Hubs: Animal Javelin

Rims: Animal RS Rims

Tires: Animal GLH 2.25

Cranks: Animal Akimbo’s 165mm

Pedals: Animal Hamilton Plastics

Sprocket: Animal M5 28t

Seat: United

Post: Animal

Photos by Chris Marshall.


Martin Ochoa Bike Check


Riding around NYC is the best to me. No matter what time it is, there will always be something open. There’s always places to shred. Bodegas are one of the most essential places for riding around, always open for if you’re in a need of a drink or snack it’s never a problem. Just like how I like my bike, simple and always working. For me, there’s nothing like riding a set of Animal parts on your bike. Always super solid, always reliable. I’ve had this setup for about 4 months now and it’s holding up amazing, no problems at all. If there’s anything I could change on my bike now would be the frame to a Skavenger.  – Martin Ochoa

Bike Specs:

Frame – Fly Shane Weston 20.6

Bars – Animal Empire State Bars (Colin Varanyak Signature) 9.5 / 30 inch

Stem – Animal Front Load

Rims – Animal

Front Hub – Animal Javelin

Rear Hub – Animal Javelin Cassette LHD

Tires – Animal GLH, 2.30

Pegs – Animal Lino OG pegs XL

Sprocket – Animal V2 22t

Chain – Animal Hoder Chain

Seat Post– Animal

Seat – Animal Cush

Photos by Chris Marshall