Get used to seeing this name – Tariq Haouche is from Manchester, has been riding for only three years, but already is making some serious waves – even scoring a Monster Street Series Ring from Benny L this summer. Tariq knows what’s up and is already picking up sponsors – so we tracked him down between filming clips and travelling up and down the land for a first interview and Bike Check.
Photos by Tom/AlansBMX and Eckers
FRAME: GT Globetrotter Raw 20.75
FORK: Eclat Coda 26
BARS: Eclat Olive 9.3
STEM: Eclat Slattery 51mm
GRIPS: Eclat Bruno
BAR-ENDS: Eclat Bruno
HEADSET: Eclat Cargo
SEATPOST: Eclat Torch15 135mm
SEAT: Eclat Oz Pivotal Slim Padded BLD
PEDALS: Eclat AK Pedals
CRANKS: Eclat Spire 2pc 170mm
SPROCKET: Eclat Vent Guard 28t
CHAIN: Eclat 4Stroke Black
FRONT TYRE: Eclat Predator 2.3
REAR TYRE: Eclat Predator 2.3
FRONT WHEEL: Eclat Dynamic Hub laced to Eclat BondiXL all black
REAR WHEEL: Eclat Cortex RHD laced to Eclat BondiXL all black
PEGS: Animal Butcher
“I’m stoked on the fact that there’s a BMX scene returning to Manchester, it died the other year and seemingly people are starting to get their bikes back out, which is sick”
What custom mods have you made to your bike?
The only modification I make to my bike is removing the pins out of one side of the pedals for luc-e grinds, unluckys, and crank arms. And of course for less weight.
What’s the newest part on your bike?
I only just received my fresh GT x Éclat build the other week, so the whole bike is the same age.
What’s the oldest part, or part you won’t change?
I run all my parts until they die so we’ll see what lasts the longest!
How often do you put together a new set-up?
I’ve never built up a whole new set-up before, this is the first fully fresh bike I’ve had. I usually only change parts when they break or if there’s something else released that I’ve been waiting for.
How well do you look after your bike, or does someone else do it?
If anything needs doing I either sort it straight away or wait until the bike is unrideable and then fix it, haha!
What are you planning over the next few months?
I haven’t got any plans set in stone at the moment, although I should be heading out to Barca around February time, anything else I hear of happening I’ll be trying to get onto. I’ve been putting in work at the moment to get a Welcome video together and once that’s done I’ll probably be looking to get some more photos done as well or move onto the next project.
What’s the thing you’ve been most stoked on riding-wise in the last six months?
This is definitely way up on the list aha, stoked on getting hooked up with GT Bikes, Alans, and CSG. Also the fact that there’s a BMX scene returning to Manchester, it died the other year and seemingly people are starting to get their bikes back out, which is sick.
What’s your favourate thing to eat and drink when out riding?
There’s a small Mexican place next to a bank to wallride in Manchester called Pancho’s that do the best burritos you will find. One of them finishes off a good street session just perfectly.
Worst thing about riding?
It’s between the frustration of not pulling a trick you thought was going to be simple, and the pain in work the next day after bailing hard. Having cut and bruised palms doesn’t go down the best when you work as a mechanic, haha!
Best thing about riding?
Freedom to do absolutely whatever you want to do. Whether it be a gap out of a curb cut, hitting some huge wild setup that people wouldn’t think is doable, flat ground tricks, trails, park, and literally anything else you can imagine. It all comes down to what you want to do and if you can push yourself to do it, fighting different mind games telling you not to try it. That’s what makes BMX so individual and gives you your style. That’s what keeps it fun.
“It all comes down to what you want to do and if you can push yourself to do it, fighting different mind games telling you not to try it”