The BSD ALVX frame is quite possibly the ultimate modern, super responsive street frame on the market right now. As Alex Donnachie’s signature frame, it has been proven by its massive popularity over the last few years. The success of this frame, in combination with his level of riding, has helped make Alex D something of an icon.
BSD is a Scottish BMX brand with one hell of a team. Their momentum can be traced along with the success of the riders who they sponsor – just look at Kriss Kyle, Alex D, Reed Stark, David Grant and Dan Paley. Some of these guys are almost brands in their own right. BSD has kept the fire lit with great products and arguably some of the best video content of any brand, thanks to the efforts of Dave Sowerby.
Aside from Transmission, BSD’s feature length team video, the promo video for this frame (below) is a fine example of the kind of polished, highly considered video work Sowerby produces. Pair that strong brand image with a reputation for high quality parts, and you have a genuinely strong BMX company.
“Very short, very steep, very responsive... It’s the perfect tool for technical street riding."
It’s easy to see why the BSD ALVX frame has been so popular. It’s crazy short. The back end is 12.5" when slammed. Seriously, 12.5". Insane, right? Alex said that when designing this frame, he just wanted a normal frame except for it to have the shortest back end possible. Well, it’s got that! But it also has a super steep 75.5 degree head tube angle – the BSD ALVX is super responsive all round then. With this frame, any bike will be kicky and whippy, no matter how you choose to set it up.
"Currently I love the digi camo colour way the frame is in just now, stoked on how it turned out. It’s a crazy feeling whenever I see anyone with my frame, I’m so thankful to anyone that has ever bought one." –Alex Donnachie
In that case, Alex is thankful to a lot of people. We see a huge number of these frames out on the streets (and in the parks, too.)
BSD named the frame after the Sony VX series of camcorders. Why? Because Alex has made a number of rather good videos under his Nearly brand and, for a long time, the VX was his camera of choice. Hence the glitchy tape graphics.
“The VX is dead but the ALVX moves closer to the future one pixel at a time." –BSD
The ALVX comes with built in chain tensioners, has enough space for 2.4" tyres, features double gussets up front, is purely brakeless and has nicely curved ends on the chainstays and seatstays to help with peg clearance.