Bike Check with Kevin Peraza

One of the most well-rounded, most capable riders on the scene is Kevin Peraza. Few riders can do what Kevin does on street, on ramps, in skateparks or on dirt – and even fewer can claim to be THIS good at all of it. Kevin can do it all… and he killed it at this year’s Battle of Hastings. We grabbed his bike during some downtime for this bike check and a quick Q&A with Kevin himself.

“BMX IS AWESOME. ENJOY IT.” – Kevin

Indian superman seatgrab over the hip at Battle of Hastings. Photo Mark Noble

FRAME: Mongoose La Familia – Top Tube 20.6″ / Seat Tube 9″ / Head Tube 75.5″ / Back end 13″
FORK: Demolition Fox Fork
BARS: Demolition Paradise bars – 8.75 rise – 27.5 width
STEM: Demolition Stylus Stem
GRIPS: Cult Sean Ricany
BAR-ENDS: who knows.. hahaha
HEADSET: Demolition
SEATPOST: Demolition Tripod
SEAT: Demolition Tripod MARKIT
PEDALS: Demolition Trooper Plastics
CRANKS: Demolition Riglines
SPROCKET: 25t Markit solid
CHAIN: Cult
FRONT TYRE: Demolition Hammerhead T 20×2.4
REAR TYRE: Demolition Hammerhead S 20×2.4
FRONT WHEEL: Demolition Bulimia V2
REAR WHEEL: LHD 9t Demolition Rotator
PEGS: 3 Demolition Plastics

“Bars are parallel with my forks, seat is about 4 fingers high… Chain is as loose as can be and I usually run about 50PSI in my tires. LOL!” – Kevin

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So this is a custom Mongoose frame right? How did you go about designing it, getting it built, who built it… what’s the deal?
Our frames are all custom Mongoose frames made to our preference.
I for example love a steep head tube. So I chose 75.5 on the angle, for nose manuals and tight turns. I also love a short back end so I had mine made with a 13″ flat back end. Mine also has a custom little bridge with my last name for extra details on my signature frame.
Is your signature frame, the Familia, still available – are you riding the new one?
Yes some are still available. I am currently running the new one. Trying out different sizes and angles.
What custom mods have you made to your bike?
I cut my bars from 29″ to 27.5″, but other then that I run everything pretty basic. Bars are parallel with my forks, seat is about 4 fingers high… Chain is as loose as can be and I usually run about 50PSI in my tires. LOL!
What’s the newest part on your bike?
Mmmmmm probably pedals. I do a lot of crank arms and pedal grinds on things so I always use them up quick, especially being plastic.
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
Most likely my cranks… I have had my Demolition Rig cranks for about three years now. Don’t think anyone will ever bend or break those.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
I try to run stuff until I cant run it any more, but I usually swap out bars every once in a while. Especially after a couple of heavy slams to the bars itself.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
Hahaha I can get it to work I guess. I can’t fully build wheels perfectly yet. But I can true them when needed. I’m pretty alright I guess…
What else is new – what are you planning next?
Been trying to stay healthy all year. Definitely waiting on our Arizona heat to die off a little to start working on videos. But yes, I have a couple of personal projects in the works. I have just been busy with contest and other trips.
Any shout-outs / thanks?
Always! I’m THANKFUL for every person and company that supports me in what I love to to do. I thank God for the blessings. My family, girlfriend, friends and sponsors for believing in me every day. Mongoose Bikes, Monster Energy, Vans Shoes, Demolition Parts, ethika, Bell Helmets, GForm, PremisesPark, CicliNoe bike shop. Anyone and everyone that has given me a push from the beginning. – BMX IS AWESOME. ENJOY IT.