Rider-owned and operated, Animal Bikes is famous not only for its high quality bike parts and outerwear, but also for its influence on New York City’s street riding culture. Founded in 2000, and headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, Animal has grown to such an extent that it has become one of the most sought-after brands in the entire BMX market.
Animal’s range of hard goods includes a limited edition, top-of-the-line frame, the Vinnie Sammon signature ‘SKVR DUB’, with graphics by Jack Dub and Jay Dyer. Made in USA by FBM, it features an integrated headtube with external downtube gusset, externally machined Mid BB shell, tapered chainstays with wishbone style junction for strength, tapered seatstays with removable U-brake mounts, custom Tunnel seatstay brace, extra wide rear end for tyre clearance and 5mm thick heat-treated dropouts.
Animal also offers an extensive list of parts including bars, cranks, grips, hubs, pedals, pegs, rims, seats and posts, sprockets, stems and tyres. Animal’s range of BMX apparel and streetwear fashion includes T-shirts, jeans, shorts, hats and hoodies.
The line-up of riders representing the brand is stacked full of legends, as well as new blood – as well as Sammon, riders include Chase Dehart, Mike Hoder, Jeff Kocsis, Ben Lewis, Jared Washington and Tyrone WIlliams. There is also an Animal international team, featuring among many others Bengo from the UK, Federico ‘Kiko’ Blasco from Argentina and Nobuhiro ‘Pegy’ Masuda from Japan.