Ewan Burkinshaw spent a short stint at Head Office before he joined our Leeds store, but before he left he shared the story of this new Fly Lago with us.
After a bit of a hiatus from riding I decided that it was time to launch myself in the deep end, cross the Rubicon and other such metaphors that basically mean get another chuffin’ bike. I’ve been riding years but kind of stopped in Uni, when lack of funds meant I had to sell all my bikes. But I’m all degreed up now and working, for a bike company no less, so no more excuses, time for a new ride.
I started at the beginning, with the core of the bike, the frame. After MUCH deliberation I decided to go for a Fly Lago, green with 21 inch TT. I’m a bit anal when it comes to bikes, I want the geometry to be just so, and it has to look as good as it rides. For me, working on a bike is as much fun as riding it (that’s my mechanic back ground coming through) so I take my time picking parts. But, as soon as I saw the Lago I wanted it. It just looked so clean and smooth and different, then I looked at the geometry and features and my grin just got bigger and bigger. It has ’classic’ geometry, which means it’s a bike not a scooter like a lot of BMX’s these days. With a good stand over height (8.5 inch) 13.75 inch rear end, 71 degree seat tube and 75 degree head angle it is going to be responsive enough for street and stable enough for trails, which is what I ride. This is all kind of standard in a BMX though, it’s the little touches that make this frame standout for me. Here’s a wee list of some of its features:
- Investment cast dropouts and bridges. These are amazing. Investment casting in its most simple terms is where liquid metal is poured into a mould and left to set, but this process has been used for roughly 5000 years, so we have it pretty dialed by now. What this results in is complex shapes that are denser, stronger and lighter. Because of this the dropouts are all one piece of metal and join smooth onto the frame, so there are no points for stress to gather making a stronger connection.
- SBS brake system. This system uses a grub screw to hold the brake mount in, so it all can be removed in one piece. This is good because you don’t have to take your brake off the mount and you can just bonk it back on in moments without having to re-set your brakes up all over again.
- Removable integrated chain tensioners which work by pushing the wheel back from the inside rather than pulling it from the outside, which is better because, unlike chain tensioners of old, they actually work.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you how it rides because I haven’t got it built up yet. This is going to be a dream build so not just any parts will do, I’m going to take my time with this. Next on the list are forks, so keep your eyes peeled for a write up soon. Till then keep it sleazy, Ewan.