Chad Kerley. Undisputed boss (make that BOW$$) of the super tech street line. The way Chad links up grinds, bars, whips, manuals and nosemanuals is pretty insane – and often quite unlikely, but he makes it happen. There’s a lot of control there. Perhaps it’s his racing background (see the intro to his section in Markit Zero) that explains his bike control, perhaps he just thinks differently, perhaps he’s a wizard. Whatever it is, he does it all on this – The Haro CK – his signature frame from Haro.
Haro’s history in BMX is long and rich. Undisputed pioneers of a lot of what we call Freestyle BMX, it was founder Bob Haro who moved across from racing into this new BMX movement in the late 1970s. 1981 saw Haro design the first freestyle-specific frame and fork, the Haro Freestyler, and the rest is history. These days, Haro remains a household name and supports a relatively small but absolutely savage team including Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley, Jason Watts and Tyler Fernengel.
The CK frame comes in two colours and two sizes. Black or white, 20.75" or 21". Simple. It’s a brakeless-specific frame, so don’t expect any removable mounts or gyro tabs. It features Haro’s signature hourglass shaped heat treated headtube and bottom bracket shell, which look sweet – the hourglass is a classy design touch that makes their frames instantly recognisable. You can see that the seat tube is externally machined and those double gussets up front are stamped with the CK initials – another cool little touch.
“The Haro CK has one of the widest rear ends we’ve ever seen (yeah baby.)"
Other bits to note are the investment cast dropouts and the width of the chainstays. This is one of the widest rear ends we’ve ever seen (yeah baby), so you can expect to have plenty of room for fat tyres in this frame, even when slammed. The chainstays are 13" at the centre, which means you are going to have a lot of kick back there. Quick spins, easy to get into manuals, very high responsiveness in general.
Now let’s talk about the graphics. They are certainly a little different to most frames… I mean, who else can you think of with signature cartoon artwork of themselves on the seat tube? Chad is a superstar, so we’ll allow it. Regardless, I have to say that the gold Haro logo on white does look pretty swish...