This bike has it all. The MASH STEEL FRAME has quickly become my favorite build and is the closest thing I’ve had to owning a trick track setup in a really long time. It parts the sea between all my bikes and is literally the perfect middle ground between being a fast track bike and a freestyle build that can handle it all, but most importantly… it can bar spin. I can already feel a resurgence of people looking for setups that have the clearance to kick flip. The MASH steel frame + a little longer fork can do just that. Word on the street is that MASH just got ahold of a few Volume Forks from different generations if you’re looking to upgrade. ‘ll put together a video bike check that goes into greater detail soon, but for now enjoy these studio photos and parts breakdown.
First off I’ll start by saying how good it feels being back in California. A place where the sun and weather are on your side. The Mexican food tastes fucking awesome and you can step outside in a t-shirt. All things I took for granted. Until now that is. I’ve been loading up on burritos and soaking up the sunshine now that both those things are readily available.
Last weekend I drove down to Norwalk to meet up w/ the boys. JBALL and Deacon Wong managed to get me in a car to actually drive to a spot. 9 Freeways later and there I was. Standing in a parking lot with Deacon waiting 2 hour for JBALL to arrive. Haha. Somebody get this mans a watch. It’s a good thing Deacon brought with him every toy imaginable: scooter, mini fixie, skateboard, etc. Actually that’s not that much, but in my mind he might as well have brought a pogo stick. All that being said, I’m glad he did because it really helped pass the time.
After sessioning some school for what felt like forever, we rode out in search of spots in neighborhood. First up was this rail that JBALL hopped with ease. (see photo for details) Then we went to this out ledge that was pretty rounded and made it difficult to grind. Stay on your grind. A young @CHASEFGFS came out and showed us what he’s made of. I snapped this sequence of him and wish I shot more because the kid is amazing. Once everyone had their fill, we made our way to the top of this parking garage where we ended the day. (Or at least I did, I think they went and rode a skatepark afterwards) On the drive home Slam Dunk Ernie talked about how much fun we had and some of the aireal clips we shot of Marco Marquez. We’ll have to do it again soon. Until next time fam.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, MASHSF finds a way to one up themselves. Presenting the first Aluminum Frame produced entirely by them. It looks good seeing that big logo. The frame set comes with a full carbon fork that they had custom molded for super tight clearance. This is by and far my favorite graphic color way they’ve released. There’s something about those grays that get me every time. Not to mention I’m a sucker for the whole film esthetic of theirs. Check out a full parts rundown and a handful of other images below.
We’re always looking for a new roof to ride on and lucky for us Portland’s downtown is packed full of empty parking garages. All of which have an elevator that takes you straight to the top. Ideal for most hang out situations, we highly recommend you check your local listings and find a parking structure near you. Just because it’s built for cars doesn’t mean we can’t have our fun.
If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Filmed on 05.20.2017 this is a video that almost slipped through the cracks. We just never got around to chopping it together. Until last night that is. There will be an even longer SF track bike video with more riders coming out in the next month. So keep your eyes peeled for that and until then enjoy this. Shout out to MASHSF for always giving us a place to hang and for constantly throwing gas on the fire.
There aren’t a lot of riders out there running brakes on their FGFS build, but Gus Molina is one of them. It’s the addition of this variable that gives his style and trick selection such a unique flavor. He’s always stretching the imagination and perception of what’s possible on these bikes. Gus is one of those riders that you have to keep your eye on and start filming before he says anything. He’s always pulling the most ridiculous combos the moment we roll up to a new spot. Anyways, scroll down and check out a handful of photos of his MASTER BIKE CO Hightek frameset as well as a complete parts breakdown.
FRAME:Master Hightek HANDLEBAR: Rare pair of altar burial bars FORK:Master Chopstick STEM: Fit High Top stem GRIPS: Merritt Cross check grips HEADSET: Merritt BRAKE STUFF: Odyssey lever and cable Fly Bikes brakes SADDLE: Tree Bike Co. Fat ergo seat CRANKS: Eclat Maverick cranks 170mm BB: Cult mid PEDALS: Elcat Seeker STRAPS: Burro Mudflaps SPROCKET: Madera Bash sprocket GEAR RATIO: 25/9 CHAIN: Shadow Supreme chain FRONT TIRE: Cult vans tire 2.3 REAR TIRE: Bombtrack 2.3 FRONT WHEEL / HUB: G-Sport hub laced to mtx33 36hh REAR WHEEL / HUB: Rinng hub laced to Ruff Beer Can rims 36h PEGS: Eclat Venom 4.8
420 is a special time of year in San Francisco. It’s celebrated as a national Holiday in The City. We celebrated in our own way by meeting up at the Island (as usual) and riding around until the 420 Alley Cat that they held the day before Mission Crit. Check out that video HERE. Chris “Thrasher” is outta control with those triangle stands downhill. Enough to make your palms sweat just watching the man. Andy sparks stays in the mix and Keo Kid is way too good with those back pedals. It was great having a bunch of people from outta town here for the big crit in The City. Mission Crit is going to be on 420 this year (2019) so mark your calendar and we’ll see you there.
Slam Dunk Ernie has a bike of his own, and this is it. Shortly after breaking my collar bone, MASHSF came out with their front rack / bag combo. Immediately knew I’d have to scoop one up for Big Ern. He loves it btw. Anyways here’s what my Affinity LoPro setup currently looks like. It’s really starting to feel dialed in. Everything from the gray Musguards to the gray/white water bottle setup. I really enjoy riding this bike and even more so when Ernie is on it. Check out a full parts breakdown below.
FRAME:Affinity Cycles LoPro Front Rack:MASHSF Front Rack Bag:MASHSF X Inside Line Equipment HANDLEBAR:Chromag Bikes OSX FUBAR (One Off Colorway) FENDERS:Musguard BOTTLE:MASH FORK: All City STEM: Chromag GRIPS: ODI Longnecks HEADSET: FSA SADDLE: Broken CRANKS: Sram Omniums 165mm BB: Sram GXP PEDALS: Shadow Conspiracy STRAPS: YNOT CHAINRING: 48T Stock Sram COG: 16T GEAR RATIO: 48/16 CHAIN: Izumi FRONT TIRE: 32c Continental Gator Skin REAR TIRE: 32c Continental Gator Skin FRONT WHEEL: Found road bike wheel REAR WHEEL: The first fixed gear wheel I ever bought
We had a lot of fun shooting “Complete the Circle” when Tadashi Nakamura was in Portland. He’s become a really close friend over the years and this is now the second time he’s traveled from Japan to ride bikes with us in the States. Those of you who have ridden FGFS already know how difficult it can be and Tadashi has clearly been doing this for a while. He had an easy time hopping on every handrail we came across. Portland has some great alleyways and often times we’ll take the road less traveled just to mix things up a bit. Check out more photos below and watch the “Tadashi VIDEO” if you haven’t already. Until next time.
Take it or leaf it. Last winter we made a video of everybody’s favorite Maltipoo in the snow and this year we decided to shoot another little jammer as the seasons were changing. You can’t play in yellow snow, but you sure can play in yellow leaves. Fall is a special time in Portland and we really wanted to film something of Ernie playing in a sea of leaves while we could. The trees are bare now, but this video will help us remember what things looked like on a windy day at “The Rose Gardens” in Peninsula Park.