Ryan Taylor grew up in Walsall in the West Midlands, but quickly got all kinds of notoriety in the United States – living half the year in Greenville, North Carolina, he laid down some banger videos in Dave Mirra’s warehouse which showed him effortlessly mixing up big transfers with technical moves. By the age of 17, he had already established himself as a one of the UK’s top Park riders.
Until recently, he was a member of the team at Hyper, but he departed from the company in February 2014, saying that he didn’t feel ‘comfortable’ working with a large corporate brand. Still sponsored by Triple 8 helmets, as he has been since 2011, he is now also involved with Rocker BMX, makers of mini BMXs, including the ‘Tiny Taylor’ with 28/12 gearing.
Ryan has also put his name to ‘The Industry BMX Crispy’, a budget-priced lightweight German-made 20-inch bike in ‘Triple Blue’, sold by Stomp Racing. The bike has a high specification, including internal affix gyro, KHE tyres, top loader stem, three-piece Samox cranks, and tapered forks, and was designed by Ryan himself.
Ryan has appeared in a number of banging edits for the now-defunct Amity Bike Co., including 2010’s ‘Ain’t Playing’. In competitions, his best results came in 2010, when he finished sixth in the Super Ramp finals at the BMX Worlds, and second in the Spine mini contest at Nokia FISE.