Bike Check: Curtis Manaton

With the 2012 season taking an early start this year, it means we can all get our shiny new bikes early, which is always fun. We caught up with Curtis Manaton for a look at his new Yess bike, these Yess frames are becoming more and more popular, especially in the U.K now that Ultimate Bike Shop are now bringing them in.

Frame: yess pro xl . Ive used a crupi frame for many years and loved every crupi frame i used . The only reason ive changed is because charlie phillips is now importing yess frames and asked me to try one and i really liked it and have decided to use it for the 2012 season.
Cranks: dxr
Chain: izumi track chain
Stem: profile angle load
Seat: new crupi plastic pivitol
Seat post: crupi
Seat clamp: crupi rhythm
Brake lever: dxr
Brake caliper: dxr
Hubs: chris king
Rims: crupi rhythm
Bottom bracket: chris king
Bars: joey bradford 7.5 inch (i will be using renthal bars for the up coming season
Grips: lizard skin peaty
Chain ring: renthal
Chain tensioners: crupi
Forks: supercross race forks
Headset: chris king
Tyres: tioga power block 1.75
Pedals: shimano spd.


Sponsors: ultimate pro bmx, fox supply me with all my kit and helmet,pads etc: and some casual clothing .renthal will also be supplying me with there bars and lightweight chain rings for this season so if you havnt seen there products go check them out!

Parts I go through most: brake pads and cable always need a good brake ! Grips : i like to use thin grips which means i wear through them pritty quick. Tyres : dont wear down too quick but i like to put some new ones on before a big race .

First race bike : my first bmx race bike was a chrome redline costing £150

Things I’m most particular about when setting up my bike: when i set up my bike i always have to have a good working brake. My chain has to be set at just the right tension not too tight not too loose and my wheel has to be as far forward in the drop outs as possible as i like my back end as short as i can get it.


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