If you’re ever at a jam or contest or even just a session down the park, you want Scott Hamlin to be around – someone to have good banter with, someone who can fix any bike at any time and get it dialled right there on the spot (see NASS for example), someone with the right attitude and who cares greatly for BMX in general, and someone who can properly send it. Scott rules. He runs a bike shop, he rides everything, and he’s down for the long-haul. We’ve got a Q&A coming up with Scott here on BMX.COM, but in the meantime here’s his Bike Check.
Name: Scott Hamlin
Height: 5ft 10″
Years Riding: 15 ish?
Sponsors: Alienation BMX, Maverick Skateparks, Rampworld Cardiff, Riders Crew
FRAME: GT, Brian Kachinsky signature BK Model, 21″ toptube
FORK: Total BMX Ghetto Shed forks – “supporting the UK brand”
BARS: Total BMX Ghetto Shed bars – “cut down to about 26-27 inches”
STEM: Wethepeople Supreme front loading stem
GRIPS: GT Grips
BAR-ENDS: “Handcrafted from various birch woods supplied by crashes at different indoor skateparks!”
HEADSET: FSA the real deal.
SEATPOST: Alienation Billy Club – “In the foot-long size cut down, so I can actually pinch it. Hate these short posts these days y’know?”
SEAT: Vocal, Midsize “Supporting that weirdo Jack Clark with the Vocal BMX clark seat”
PEDALS: Crank Bros Stomp – “The best I have ever had, Crank Brothers Stomp Pedals.”
CRANKS: Vocal BMX , Valentine cranks – “175 with a titanium axle supplied by Rob Hill, so you know I looked after that boy!”
SPROCKET: The Set 28T sprocket – “Shout to James at Scoop BMX, he told me this would hold up and it’s going years, so strong.”
CHAIN: KMC KSL710
FRONT TYRE: Maxxis Grifter 2.10 – Tubeless
REAR TYRE: Maxxis Grifter 2.10 – Tubeless
FRONT WHEEL: “34R Roto hub laced with DT swiss spoked to – of course – an Alienation Felon rim, 3d machined for better last and boy does it!”
REAR WHEEL: “34R Roto hub in left hand drive, DT swiss spoked onto an Alienation Felon rim”
PEGS: Premium Product chadow pegs, steel (right hand side)
“My point of view is that riders need a bike that suits them for them, not what they want to be”
A FEW QUESTIONS THEN…
BMX.COM: What do you think of the new GT BK frame then?
SCOTT: I’ve been playing the frame changing game a lot in the past three years so I can speak with confidence about the differences between geometries and so on. I am really enjoying the BK frame because it gives a lot of adults the feel they are looking for without compromising on choice too much. By that I mean the taller standover makes holding and controlling manuals noticeably easier without having to lean too far off the back and burning a hole in your boxers. The midway 13.5″ chain stay means you are between a trails, vert bike – normally a 13.75/14″ chain stay – and a tight skatepark bike – 13.4″ or less – which suits me down to the ground for when I want to do contests and hit big gaps and when I am just sessioning down the local on a tech mission. I also love the gold colour and in-built chain tensioners.
What custom mods have you made to your bike?
Day one, I took a drill to the frame and added my own dual cable guide, I cut down my titanium axle and run virtually no spacers on my cranks for that clean look and optimised feel. I run my cables over the top of my bars because I always have, and I am now riding tubless!
What’s the newest part on your bike?
The newest part on my bike is actually my BK frame, I have spent a while trying to get the right bike for me. I think this will be on here for a long time.
What’s the oldest part on your bike?
Both my Odyssey M2 lever and my titanium crank axle.
Any part you just won’t change?
Yeah those, two because they are just solid products that work so well. Put them on and forget they are there, those parts are the best parts.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
Not very often, maybe like every two years… probably why many brands never had an issue picking me up, I look after my bikes being a bike mechanic myself and I have a set up that is made for my style of riding, not the style I want to have… this is what so many people have got wrong I feel. My point of view is that riders need a bike that suits them for them, not what they want to be. At the end of the day I want to be a tech rider but hey, I seem to excel at going big and scaring people, so why ride a tiny bike with four pegs, hub guards, gyro and two brakes? It just won’t last. Stay true to what you are and you will shine as an individual.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
Put it this way, people don’t ever see me fixing my bike at the skatepark…