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BIKE CHECK: Jordan Aleppo

Vans Hijack

Words and photos by Scott Connor


Next up on the Vans Hijack is a Bike Check with the one and only Jordan Aleppo.

Larger than life – that’s a phrase that sums up Jordan quite well. He’s always a fun guy to hang out with and has the unique ability to crack anyone up with his seemingly endless amount of crazy stories. Just ask your girlfriend…

That said, Jordan is one hard working guy. Both on and off his bike. He works full time as an electrician and regularly works 12 hour days followed straight up with a riding session.

Jordan just built up a new whip courtesy of Seventies Distro, spec’d out with a choice selection of components from Federal and Primo.


 

 

– Jordan, you are a very busy man.  Talk us through your day to day life at the moment.

“Oh, mate… Anyone who’s ever worked within the building or engineering trade knows what it’s like. It’s getting up at like 5 or 6 everyday, grafting all day long, finishing late and then when I finally get home my mum usually has a load of work for me to do at home or at friends and family’s houses. Then other times, I have revision stuff for work too. If I have the chance I try to go riding, that’s if it’s not too late. But sometimes it’s just too dark or wet by that time. So, by that point, my only options left are to go to the bar, meet a girl or hopefully both. Then wake up and do it all again. Juggling full-time work and riding can be real tough.”

 

– What are you plans for travelling this summer? I hear that you have something big planned?

“Yeah like I was saying before, I’m totally over not being able to ride my bike. I’ve decided to knock it all in and focus solely on riding my bike for the next couple of years. I’ve been planning and saving up for a pretty mental trip/project for quite a while now. It’s been tough to plan with work, exams and riding. I tried to get a few people involved but all that’s done is delay it even more, ha-ha. It’s definitely happening though! I’m keeping quiet with it for the time being, but all being well I should get started in the next few months.”

 

– Your new setup is pretty far-out! Did you want to go with something totally different to your previous raw build?

“Yeah, it’s a bit bright init!? I’d been testing out a pair of prototype Federal tyres in this really sick orange colour and the frame is a prototype of the new Bruno Hoffmann. The colour scheme was a bit of an accident but I’m hyped on it now.”

 

– How’s the new signature Bruno V2 frame feeling? What’s been changed over the previous version?

“ Unfortunately, I haven’t had much of a chance to ride it yet, I’ve only had it for a few days and my ankle is a little fucked. But from the few sessions I’ve rode it feels amazing so far. The frame has changed quite a lot from the V1. It has a higher stand over and it’s now completely brakeless. The back-end is now investment cast and the dropouts feature chain tensioners. I really dig the chain tensioners. Having plastic hub guards and plastic pegs caused my back wheel move a lot, but with the chain tensioners it keeps your wheel in line, chain tight and stops the wheel moving at all. It’s a simple but very useful feature.”

 

– How do your like your feel and what way do you set it up? Anything out of the ordinary or any little customisations?

“Nah, nothing out of the ordinary, really. I do tighten my cranks up so they don’t spin much. I like my bike to feel too big for me and I run everything really tight, nothing loose or sloppy feeling and no annoying rattling.”


 

Frame: Federal Bruno V2 21″
Bars: Federal Drop 10″
Stem: Federal Hate
Fork: Federal Liquid V2
Grips: Stay Strong ODI grips
Front Wheel: Federal Stance XL on Primo N4 Flangeless
Rear Wheel: Federal Stance XL on Primo Freemix
Front Tyre: Federal response 2.35″
Rear Tyre: Federal response 2.35″
Cranks: Federal Vice
Pedals: Primo JJ
Sprocket: Federal BBS
Seat: Primo Tripod with Primo post
Pegs: Primo Binary 4.5″ Plastic

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