Pete Sawyer likes to keep things fresh and creative whether it comes to riding street lines, his own product design, or how he runs his bike. Always dialled, always running fast. Pete runs a full signature Wethepeople Sterling set-up finished with Merritt and Eclat parts – so look out for Sterling frame, matching forks, the new Sterling 4pc bars, along with signature Merritt Sawyer grips. Let’s get into details.
Name: Pete Sawyer
Sponsors: Merritt, Wethepeople, Vans, Who? Clothing
FRAME: 21.2″ Wethepeople Sterling Frame
FORK: Wethepeople Sterling
BARS: Wethepeople 4pc Sterling
STEM: Merritt top loader
GRIPS: Merritt Sawyer
BAR-ENDS: Merritt Insert
SEAT: Merritt slim
PEDALS: Merritt P1
CRANKS: Eclat Mavericks
CHAIN: Shadow v3
FRONT TYRE: Merritt FT1 2.25″
REAR TYRE: Merritt FT1 2.25″
FRONT WHEEL: Merritt
REAR WHEEL: Merritt Final Drive Coaster
What custom mods have you made to your bike?
I’ve angle grinded little bits off my dropouts so they don’t snag when I’m doing pegless grinds, other than that it’s straight out of the box.
What’s the newest part on your bike?
I just threw on a new Merritt Slim seat – I love slim seats ever since watching Ian Schwartz and Eddie Cleveland ride in the first Lotek video, and although I’m not going to go plastic like those guys did I still love the look.
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
Most probably my back wheel, that thing has lasted for so long. I’ve always had pretty good luck with freecoasters to be honest, a few have broken but what do you expect, I’ve been on them for over ten years now.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
Maybe I’ll build up a new bike twice a year, I used to go through them so quick but due to a lack of riding every day and a bike that’s built to last and put up with abuse there really isn’t that much need to change.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
I’m the best! A few people have said i have OCD but that’s not true, I just want my stuff kept smooth and tight. Everything is tighted up, the tyres are between 80psi and 100psi and there is never throttle grip. If I get caught in the rain my whole bike will get stripped down, dried left over night, then all re-greased and put back together, such a good feeling.
What else is new – what are you planning next?
WTP are currently in the process of filming a new DVD, so I’m doing that and hopefully heading out to America to do stuff with Merritt again soon… unfortunately though I have lost my passport, so before I do any of that I’ll have to buy a new one.
“A few people have said i have OCD but that’s not true, I just want my stuff kept smooth and tight”