With GT making some big switches in recent times, we decided to catch up with the new guys who now make up the team and check out what bikes they’re running, along with a quick Q&A. First up, Albert Mercado. Albert runs a dialled set-up with a ton of Shadow Conspiracy parts built around one of Brian Kachinsky‘s new signature frames, the Globetrotter.
“I’m still buzzing from the week on the east coast – it was such an amazing time”
Name: Albert Mercado
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Sponsors: GT Bicycle, The Shadow Conspiracy, Woodman Co.
FRAME: GT Brian Kachinsky signature Globetrotter – 20.75″
FORK: Shadow Inceptiv V2
BARS: Shadow Local 9’
STEM: Shadow Mark Burnett Signature Odin Stem
GRIPS: Shadow Lahsaan Kobza Signature Chula Grips
HEADSET: Shadow Stacked
SEATPOST: Shadow Pivotal
SEAT: My signature Shadow V2 Penumbra Seat
PEDALS: Shadow Ravager
CRANKS: Shadow Trey Jones signature Killer Cranks
SPROCKET: Shadow Align
CHAIN: Shadow Supreme
FRONT TYRE: Shadow Strada Nuova
REAR TYRE: Shadow Strada Nuova
FRONT WHEEL: Shadow Corvus complete
REAR WHEEL: Shadow Corvus complete
PEGS: Shadow Scott Ditchburn Signature S.O.D pegs
How’s that new GT BK frame working out, how does it differ from your previous one?
The New BK frame is riding so awesome! I am really hyped on it.
What custom mods have you made to your bike?
Everything is made so well these days I really don’t have to do anything except cut my bars. I cut them to about 27.5.
What’s the newest part on your bike?
The frame. Just built it up!
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
Oldest part currently goes to my chain. The Shadow Supreme chain straight up lasts.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
Not often. I get into the habit of liking what my bike looks like all beat up and I just kind of run the set-up until I absolutely have to change something.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
I’m awful at it! I let everything get really bad before I work in it.
What else is new – what are you planning next?
Just back home in SD. I’m still buzzing from the week on the east coast – it was such an amazing time. I’m going to Quito, Ecuador in a few days, after that I’ll be heading to Spain, and Italy. Psyched to be traveling – you’ll see some videos and photos real soon! Cheers guys!