BIKE CHECK: Tom Russell - Mutiny Death Grip - Ride UK BMX

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BIKE CHECK: Tom Russell

Photos by Adam Lievesley

Tom Russell has been popping up left, right and centre on our social media feeds of late. What we know about him is this: he’s from the midlands, he’s hooked up by Mutiny Bikes, he loves a good quarter pipe roast and absolutely BANGS a turndown, table air and many other tricks when given the chance.

Tom Russell’s riding looks top top notch, especially when captured by the lenses of our man Adam Lievesley. See below for some more proof of that and check out his sweet fresh Mutiny steed, too.

Q&A with Tom Russell

– How’s the bike feeling? How long have you been on this one?

“The bike is feeling amazing, definitely the best bike I’ve ever owned! Been on this one about 3 weeks and I can’t get enough! Everything is so dialled to how I ride.”

– How do you personally like it set up?

“110 psi, big sprocket and wide bars.”

– Any changes to the steed recently?

“This time I stepped up to a 21.3 from running 21 for as long as I can remember and this just feels right, still easy to throw tailwhips around but stable enough for bowls, boxes and trails, perfect size.”

– Whats the best thing about it?

“Sprocket and cranks for sure, never had a set of cranks that actually feel bullet proof but these do! And they’re tailwhip friendly. Gotta love a 33t t1 sprocket as well, haha”.

– Any special mods?

“Nothing special just dialled as can be! Forks cut for no spacers which is about as special as it gets.”

– What have you been doing on it since you built it? Where has it taken you?

“Riding as much as I can! It’s taken me down south to Brighton and Hastings! Such a sick weekend with all the dudes. Not enjoying the sunburn though!”

– What have you got planned next?

“Finish a Mutiny edit, NASS in July, Malaga in September and just generally more bikes and laughs.”

– Any final words?

“Special thanks to Gav at Mode BMX in Derby, Gaz at Mutiny, Zeyad at Archetype, Plow at Asylum, all the dudes at Seventies, Adam for being the best photographer! And anyone that’s involved with any good sessions along the way!”

“The frame now has a BB height of 11.45″, which is lower than before. The bars are plain gauge tubing which makes them strong AF and also a little cheaper, 9.25″ rise, 30″ wide, 11º back 3 up, on these sample bars the cross bar is 15mm lower than production for anyone wondering, frame, bars and seat out in September, cranks out at a later date…”

Bike spec:

Frame: Sample 21.3 Dylan Lewis sig deathgrip frame
Bars: Sample Dylan Lewis sig deathgrip bars
Grips: Flybikes Devon Smillie grips
Forks: Mutiny wand forks
Seat: Sample Mutiny seat
Tyres: Tall Order Wallride
Wheels: Profile elites laced to Federal Stance XL Rims
Pedals: Federal plastics
Chain: Shadow



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