Bike Check: Brian Kachinsky’s GT Globetrotter

GT definitely made a power move when they added Brian Kachinsky to the team – and they wasted no time in working on signature products and bikes to fully stamp the redirection of GT. Brian now has a signature line of BK bikes along with the new Globetrotter frameset – all coming out for 2017. Complete bikes will be hitting GT dealers this Autumn, with frames sometime afterwards – and they’re awesome. We sat down with Brian at 50:50 Skatepark in Staten Island NYC to shoot his personal ride and check out the set-up.

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Name:  Brian Kachinsky
Age:  34
Height:  5’8”
Hometown:  Chicago, IL
Sponsors: GT bikes, Vans

“It’s solid, has great geometry and is great for all terrain even though I mostly ride street”

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FRAME:  GT Globetrotter (21” toptube)
FORK:  Odyssey R32
BARS:  GT 4pc
STEM:  GT Elevated
GRIPS:  GT
BAR-ENDS:  Odyssey
HEADSET:  Odyssey
SEATPOST:  Animal
SEAT:  GT BK signature
PEDALS:  GT plastic
CRANKS:  Odyssey Thunderbolt (170mm)
SPROCKET:  Odyssey Fang (25 tooth)
CHAIN:  Primo
FRONT TYRE:  GT Pool tire (20×2.3)
REAR TYRE:  GT Pool tire (20×2.3)
FRONT WHEEL:  Primo N4FL
REAR WHEEL:  Primo Freemix
PEGS:  Primo 4.5”

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“I’ve cut my bars down to about 27” wide and chopped a bit of my seatpost down – but other than that everything is pretty much as it comes out of the box”

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What’s it like having a new signature frame AND bikes on GT now?
It’s incredible. After joining the GT team last year we started talking about a frame and after working back and forth on some samples we now have one that’s perfect. It’s solid, has great geometry and is great for all terrain even though I mostly ride street. We named the frame the Globetrotter since I love to travel and explore new areas and new countries.
What input did you have in to your new Globetrotter frame?
I had a lot of input from the start. The geometry, the graphics, the strength additions and even the colors were chosen by myself with the help of Ben Ward (GT product manager). The graphics are inspired by my hometowns – Neenah, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois – as well, which makes it even more personal to me.
What about the completes – how closely did you work with Ben Ward on those bikes?
The completes started with a phone call from Ben saying, “what colors would you like to see?” From there we worked deeper on them and communicated back and forth about what we thought would be best. I love that he was able to spec it with quality parts and 4-piece bars! I’m confident that each bike is the best bang for your buck.
They’ve come out awesome; you must be psyched, right? What do you think of the bikes now you’ve seen the production versions?
I’m actually envious at the quality of these bikes for the price compared to what bikes used to cost back when I started riding. These bikes are ready to rock straight out of the box. We’ve had some great feedback online about them and I can’t wait to see someone rolling down the street on one. I couldn’t be more proud to have my name on them. Ben Ward did an amazing job with these from start to finish. It was a fun seeing them go from a drawing to the finished product.
Back to your own bike – what custom mods have you made to it?
I’ve cut my bars down to about 27” wide and chopped a bit of my seatpost down but other than that everything is pretty much as it comes out of the box. I usually have 8 pegs on me at all times – 4 plastic and 4 steel. I like steel pegs for certain things and like plastic for certain things – ‘Use the right tool for the right job.’
What’s the newest part on your bike?
The newest part on my bike is the pedals. I like to keep the pedals fresh since I do some pedal grinds from time to time and they get worn down. I’m sure my tubes are pretty new as well.
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
The oldest part on my bike is probably the seatpost. I’ve had that thing for two-three years.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
I usually put together a new set up once or twice a year. It’s rare, however, that I get a fully new complete bike. I usually like to change out the parts once they wear out or I’ve had them for a while.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialed?
I’m keep everything pretty dialed. On trips my bike takes a beating but usually when I get home I tune it up so it feels like new. I don’t like when my bike squeaks and rattles so I usually keep it in pretty good shape. I love when my bike feels solid and smooth.
What else is new – what are you planning next?
I just visited Woodward Camp out in Pennsylvania for a week and that was incredible. I also was recently on GT trips in New York and Europe. In the coming months I’m focusing on exploring for new spots and riding as much as possible. I’m also working on stacking some clips and photos for some upcoming projects as well. Summer is great so I want to take advantage while it’s here. My favorite season is autumn so I’m really looking forward to that in the months to come. I’m also doing a 10-day trip to Argentina in October for a Habitat for Humanity project. I’m looking forward to helping build a house for a family in need and also introducing the community to BMX down there. Fun stuff ahead!

“On trips my bike takes a beating, but usually when I get home I tune it up so it feels like new”