Get your grimiest, nastiest grind clips ready, metal or plastic. Follow on Instagram @animalbikes, Butcher @butcher620g and use #DEFBOMgrinds to post your clips on Instagram. The winner will get an set of Butcher Pegs and an autographed print. Butcher himself will be the judge. Contest ends Aug 2nd.
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
Hoffman bikes condor 21″ tt.
Stem: Animal jump off lmt.
Bars: Animal big four.
Grips: Animal Edwin.
Seat: Animal pivotal.
Post: Animal wedge.
Cranks: Animal akimbo.
Pedals: Hamilton plastic.
Front hub: animal javelin.
Rear hub: cult freecoaster.
Tires: Animal glh 2.1. Front and rear
A compilation of classic Butcher material.
Animal History 101 – A decade ago the Butcher Peg took street riding to another level by allowing you to ride the unrideable. Butcher himself gives us the story behind how the Butcher Peg came to be.
I hear a lot of talk about, if it ain’t steel it ain’t real. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions and I say, ride what you like, have fun and be yourself.
Back in my early years of riding, I had a set of Bully Bikes pegs that were plastic and had metal inside. The peg threaded onto your axle. Old school shit, haha. When I had those pegs, I could grind wood benches and some rough stuff with them. I ended up breaking them off pretty quickly though. I would always think, damn if I could just have a better design that would last. You could grind everything.
Years later I talked to Ralph about this old idea I had to design a new peg with a plastic sleeve you could replace. I wanted to design pegs to open up new doors. Ralph was hyped and said, “Hells yeah lets make them and they can be the Butcher pegs.” I got right on it. I got to drawing up the design and started working with the product designer to start getting some samples made to test out.
We pretty much had the design on point right away and started testing. I tried a bunch of different sleeves with different thicknesses, densities and colors. Once we were happy with a final design, we went ahead and made one of the best pegs ever. I love these pegs because they have opened up so many tricks and set up possibilities. I’ve seen it in my riding and I’ve seen it in other people’s riding, too.
I hope to see it continue on with future generations. Don’t be held back. Ride what you want and have fun with it. Butcher pegs for all grinding needs.
Words by Butcher, Photos by Chris Marshall