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BIKE CHECK – MATT REYES’ MASH STEEL FRAME (SMOKE)

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.

FRAME: MASHSF Steel Frame (Smoke)
HANDLEBAR: CHROMAG Bikes OSX
FORK: Volume Bikes – Fumanchu 420AC
STEM: Thompson Elite X4 100mm 0degree
GRIPS: VANS X CULT
HEADSET: Promax BMX
SADDLE: MASHSF X Selle Italia Flite Saddle
CRANKS: Sram Omniums 165mm
BB: Sram GXP
PEDALS: Shadow Conspiracy Metal Pedals
STRAPS: YNOT
CHAINRING: AARN 47T
COG: Generic 15T
GEAR RATIO: 47/15
CHAIN: Random Sram chain
FRONT TIRE: 40c Maxxis Re-Fuse
REAR TIRE: 40c Maxxis Re-Fuse
FRONT WHEEL: Leader / Alex collab Wheels + Hubs (36 hole / 4 Cross)
REAR WHEEL: Leader / Alex collab Wheels + Hubs (36 hole / 4 Cross)

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BIKE CHECK – MATT REYES’ MASH AC-1

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.

FRAME: MASHSF AC1
HANDLEBAR: MASHSF Riser Bar Alloy 31.8 X 780
FORK: MASHSF Custom Full Carbon fork
STEM: Thompson Elite X4 100mm -5degree
GRIPS: VANS X CULT
HEADSET: MASHSF
SADDLE: MASHSF X Selle Italia Flite Saddle
CRANKS: Sram Omniums 170mm
BB: Sram GXP
PEDALS: Shadow Conspiracy Ravenger Plastic Pedals
STRAPS: YNOT
CHAINRING: AARN 47T
COG: Phil Wood 15T
GEAR RATIO: 47/15
CHAIN: Izumi Super Toughness
FRONT TIRE: 28c Continental Super Sport
REAR TIRE: 28c Continental Super Sport
FRONT WHEEL: 28 Spoke MASHSF x Phil Wood Hubs + HPLUSSON Hydra Rims – Gray (Radial Lace)
REAR WHEEL: 28 Spoke MASHSF x Phil Wood Hubs + HPLUSSON Hydra Rims – Gray (2 Cross)

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BIKE CHECK – MATT REYES’ AFFINITY LOPRO 18% GREY

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

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BIKE CHECK – GAVIN REAR’S MUIRANDESSI BUILD

The homie Gavin Rear recently came by CHROME HQ to use the studio for a school project and while he was there I took a couple photos of his Muirandessi Track Build. The sparkle paint on this bike is definitely one of the best parts about it. We had to pull the lighting forward and shoot it pretty square to get the sparkle effect to pop. Everytime I see Gavin he’s on a different bike, each one as rad as the last. Shortly after we shot these photos he disassembled this bike and built up something different. We’ll have to wheel his new whip into the studio sometime and get his most current setup.

FRAME: Muirandessi Track
HANDLEBAR: FSA V-Drive
FORK: Muirandessi Columbus Max
STEM: Thomson X2 (120mm,-10)
GRIPS: Glow in the dark 👻
HEADSET: Chris King
SADDLE: Selle Italia SLR
CRANKS: Sugino 75
BB: Sugino 75
PEDALS: MKS Urban Platform
STRAPS: Exustar
CAGES: All-City Nylon
SPROCKET: 48t Omnium
GEAR RATIO: 48×17
CHAIN: KMC
FRONT TIRE: Continental 4-Season
REAR TIRE: Continental Gator hardshell
WHEELSET: Velocity A23, Phil Wood Low-flange Track Hub

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FIXED GEAR PORTLAND – SEASONS CHANGE PHOTOS

The photos to accompany the video. Here are a handful of shots Sam Allgood and I caught while filming our latest video “Seasons Change”. If you haven’t seen it already, just go ahead and click the link, or scroll down to the post. It’s been really great having Sam in town. He made the move out here from SLC a while back, and this felt like the first time we’ve really hung out since he’s been out here. I can already tell that we’ll be kicking it and trying to make a lot more videos together. Check out some of the videos Sam makes and hit that subscribe button fam. You know what’s good. Okay, that’s enough for now, scroll around and we’ll talk at you later.

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CRANKSGIVING 2018

The yearly Turkey Trot. Every year Bryan Dempler, Tobi Whaley and I go on our Thanksgiving day ride before we sit down and feast for the evening. We’ve hit the same route for the last 3 years running, and I don’t think we should ever change it. It’s starting to feel like a tradition at this point. There’s strength in repetition, and it’s a fun challenge to try and shoot it differently every time.

With rains the days before and morning leading up to our launch, things were still pretty wet. Especially once we hit the not so dusty trail on our decent back into town. Every couple of feet we had to push out tacky clay that had begun to accumulate in our wheels and tight clearance points. We were all getting tired of having to find a new stick strong enough for the job, but after hopping a couple fences, dodging a few cows and b-lining across some fields, we finally made it back to the main road. Check out photos from other years HERE and we’ll see you next time.

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BIKE CHECK – JIMMY WATCHA’S MASTER BIKE CO BUILD

Watcha Flaka Flame. Jimmy Watcha is one of those dudes that is years beyond everybody in his ability to ride FGFS. If this was a game of chess, he’d be 9 steps ahead. Which is probably why MASTER BIKE CO decided to give him a signature colorway of their Hightek frame with graphics designed by FGFS’ very own Gus Molina. Check out more photos below as well as a complete parts breakdown.

FRAME: Master Hightek. Trans Black
HANDLEBAR: Ruff 6.5”
FORK: Master Chopstick
STEM: Cult Salvation
GRIPS: S&M hoder
HEADSET: Merritt
SADDLE: Spike
CRANKS: Demolition Rig 24mm
BB: Demolition
PEDALS: BSD
STRAPS: Royal HC
SPROCKET: Fit Keyguard 25t
GEAR RATIO: 25×9
CHAIN: Shadow Supreme
FRONT TIRE: S&M Speedball 2.4
REAR TIRE: Stolen Joint 2.2
FRONT WHEEL / HUB: Mtx33/Rinng
REAR WHEEL / HUB: Mtx33/Rinng
PEGS: Turf/Rinng

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JAOA DANAIKRIT & DEVON LAWSON IN SAN FRANCISCO

In light of the recent release “Bring Something Back”, we figured we’d make a post of some of the photos from that day. It’s not often that Devon, Jaoa and I are all together these days, so we thought we’d make the most of it while the planets were aligned. We met up in the Pan Handle and made our way through downtown and into Hunter’s Point. It’s always fun seeing what areas you can get into without causing anybody any grief. The City is growing pretty rapidly and a lot of those places are disappearing, but luckily for us there’s still plenty of places left to explore.

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BIKE CHECK – ANDY SPARKS’ GALAXY FIGHTER FROM NEM PRO

The last time Andy Sparks was in town we shot some photos of his bike in the Chrome Industries Studio here in Portland. Andy’s bike is rad because not only did he play a part in designing it, but it’s a cross breed between a track bike and a FGFS build. He’s running 45c tires, a slammed saddle and a bb high enough to keep his pedals from ever scraping in a turn. Check out a complete parts rundown as well as a couple other photos below.

FRAME: Nemesis Project Cycles “Galaxy Fighter” designed by Andy Sparks
HANDLEBAR: YoWelli V2 with chrome coating
FORK: Leader Reaper V2
STEM: Vintage Sputnik
HEADSET: Animal 45×45
SADDLE: Torn up Resist Saddle
CRANKS: Profiles 165mm
BB: Primo
PEDALS: Odyssey Twisted
STRAPS: YNOT
CHAINRING: Treelite 39t
COG: Dura-Ace 17t
GEAR RATIO: 39×17
CHAIN: Cheap KMC going 7 years strong
FRONT TIRE: Resist Nomad 45c
REAR TIRE: Resist Nomad 45c
FRONT WHEEL: MTX33 laced to Rinng Hub
REAR WHEEL: MTX33 laced to Reaper Hub (RIP lol)

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