Words: Ben Pearson Photos: Robin Pearson
It’s your first run at these trails, and you don’t want to kook too hard in front of the locals. A couple of years have passed since getting heckled by @PJturns when you just about scraped through one of his more challenging lines, but you can do this. You roll round a gentle right-hand berm and cruise over the first mellow double. The bike you’ve borrowed from a familiar face feels a bit weird, but so far so good.
Next up is a downhill entry into a tight left hander, which you remember is followed by two steeper tables that the other riders looked awesome on just a minute ago. The speed is increasing alarmingly, so you go for the brakes to make sure you don’t blow the corner. A slight misjudgement and the front wheel locks momentarily on the dusty, slightly bumpy hardpack. You’re already imagining flying out of the top of the berm. Somehow the bike finds grip, digs into the corner, and you are into the takeoff. You pull up and the bike responds with an unexpected agility, feeling immediately responsive and flickable just like a ‘normal’ BMX. Still, that compromised corner means you will case the landing horribly.
“Somehow the bike finds grip, digs into the corner, and you are into the takeoff. You pull up and the bike responds with an unexpected agility, feeling immediately responsive and flickable just like a ‘normal’ BMX…”
Mysteriously you don’t case, but still there is no way you can get over the next jump clean after riding so scrappily. You pump through the bombhole and the takeoff hard, to give half a chance of not chainringing the next landing. However, you shouldn’t have worried. The bike flies off the lip, and the recalibrations happening in your head start to multiply. You’re going to overshoot, massively. The big tyres sail past the top of the landing, and you brace for the impact that will probably throw you off and directly into the nearest tree. It never comes. The landing is cushioned, almost gentle, and your wrists and ankles live to fight another day. Pulling out of the line (taking it a bit easier on the brakes this time) one thing becomes clear; this bike is totally on your side. Back to the top for the next run…
What we have here is a first impressions review of the Fingers Crossed full suspension BMX. Alongside BMX I ride (and occasionally race) downhill and enduro bikes, so was keen to see if Fingers Crossed could take some of the positive aspects from MTB and combine them with the elements of BMX that we know and love. If Ruben Alcantara handed you a Penny Farthing and told you it was the next best thing in BMX you’d probably be inclined to agree, but we’ll try to keep it as objective as possible.