The Terrible One (aka ‘T1’) bicycle company was founded in 1998 by BMX professionals Joe Rich and Taj Mihelich. Based in Austin, Texas, it has developed into one of the most respected names in the industry, now offering a range of BMX frames and a line of clothing, plus parts such as handlebars, grips, stems and sprockets.
The original Terrible One team was Rich, Mihelich, Paul Buchanan and Robbie Morales, and together they produced the first two Terrible One frames – the ‘Barcode’ and the lighter ‘Progression’. The ‘Barcode’ is still on offer today, and signature versions have been produced for riders including Garrett Byrnes, Scott Malyon, Nate Wessel and Rich himself.
Spanish rider Ruben Alcantara joined the Terrible One team in 2004, and he soon had his own signature model, lighter than the ‘Barcode’ and with a different shape and a press-fit bottom bracket. For 2005, a new double-diamond frame was introduced for Byrnes, and in 2007 came the ‘5-a-day’, a lightweight street frame used by Danny Hickerson and Joel Moody.
The current range of frames features the ‘Barcode’, as well as signature models from Byrnes (the ‘SFA’), Alcantara and Hickerson, all made by long-running Californian BMX manufacturer S&M Bikes. Other riders on the Terrible One team include original team members Rich and Buchanan, plus Moody, Shawn ‘Elf’ Walters, Russell Brindley, Joseph Frans and Hanson Little.