This sweet ride caught my attention during my last trip to Ray’s MTB in Cleveland.
The owner of the bike, Joshua “Lurch” Gittere, was tearing up the jumps on it so I chased him down to get the scoop.
Very much in the MTB or BMX? category, his custom-built bike seems to combine elements of both styles of riding to make something very distinctive.
Manufactured by Matt at Stout Bikes (you might remember the eye-catching Beelzebike was also made by Stout) this bike is big and strong.
Lurch had originally asked to have it built up for a 100mm suspension fork, which is how he rode it for a little bit.
Then he decided he wanted to see what it rode like when it was built up like a “true” bmx bike with rigid forks and big bars.
According to Lurch, the new setup,
“Feels amazing!! Rides soooo smooth and works for me…anything that keeps me riding is whats up in my book.”
Here’s the specs of the custom frame:
Head Angle: 69 deg.
Seat Angle: 74 deg.
Top Tube: 23.5″
Chain Stay: 15.25″ slammed
Finish: Black with silver flake
Fork: S&M Pitchfork XLT 26″
Handlebars: S&M Hoder Bars
Grips: DUO Corey Martinez
Bar Ends: Kind Ideal
Stem: Colony TLD Flatland Stem
Seat: United X Cinema Pivotal
Seat Post: Shadow Pivotal
Cranks: Profile Madera 180mm
Sprocket: Kink Sound Sprocket 28 T
Pedals: Deity Compound Pedals (plastic)
Headset: Kink Integrated
Front Rim: Sun Ringle MTX 33 36 Hole
Front Hub: Profile Elite
Rear Rim: Sun Ringle MTX33 36 Hole
Rear Hub: Halo DJD Singlespeed Cassette, 11 T
Spokes: DT Swiss
Tires: Geax Booze 26 x 2.3
Pegs: Sunday Pipe Pegs (not shown)
All in all, a pretty interesting mix of both BMX and MTB elements in this bike.
Lurch said he had dealt with some back problems in the past and this setup really made it easy for him to ride and be comfortable on his bike again. Who can argue with that?