ASK THE BMXPerts: UPGRADE CRAZY ON A BLEND 2
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Q: Hey I’m Will, the one that asked about a 09 Mirraco Blend 2? Guess what? Some jerk jacked my bike, but now, I am planning to buy another one (the same model) and I have some questions. I am 5’5” and I am an intermediate rider. I enjoy riding street and park (mostly street) and it comes with Maxxis Grifter tires. What tire do you think I should get? What do you think about Premium Resist/Refuse? I also want to be able to run a gyro so should I trim my steer tube? Should I get Odyssey PC pedals or Eclat PCs? Should I get the Premium 9 stem? I like to go off of stairs. What kind of grips should I get? I like thin super soft grips. Thanks. P.S. Your magazine rocks!! My friend and I fight for the newest issue.

A:

If you are going to change everything on your bike, why not just build a custom ride? The Blend 2 is a sweet bike, again, good choice there. Now, if you are going to do some upgrades, allow us to poke our way through your list. The Maxxis Grifter tires are some of our favorite tires right now, both lightweight and durable, so why mess with what works? With the money you saved there, you can now afford a lock, congratulations. When it comes to pedals, PCs are PCs, what changes is the shape and concave, so find one that you like and go with it. Neither brand shatters, so take your pick and ride. If you plan to run a detangler or go back and forth from brakes to brakeless, then why not leave your steer tube length as is and rather then go with a front mounting stem, get a top mounting stem that you can flip to adjust your ride height if desired. AND FINALLY, since we appear to be reviewing the entire aftermarket here, soft and thin don’t go very well hand and hand. Look at the best stair jumpers on the planet and you will find Animal grips or ODI Longnecks nearly every time, so get on the wagon.


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