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.
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
Frame: Skavenger Bridge 21”
Bars: Animal Big 4
Grips: Animal Ed
Bar ends: None
Stem: Animal MR Topload
Forks: Animal Barrett
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
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
Chris boosts a brick transition most would deem unridable.
Words by Chris Carter, photos by Chris Marshall.