People are quick to forget just how deep DK’s roots run in BMX. Not only have they been making high end frames and parts since 1979, they have also sponsored and currently sponsor some of the greatest racers, dirt jumpers, street riders, park riders, flatlanders and vert riders of all time. Names like Colin Winkleman, Robbie Morales, Neal Wood, Chris Doyle and Todd Walkowiak have graced the team in the past, while riders like Jamie Bestwick, Drew Bezanson, Marc Willers, Barry Nobles, Brett Banasiewicz and Caroline Buchanan help drive the brand forward today. The products these team members rely on are designed with one idea in mind; Keep things simple and stick with what works. Proven designs and progressive riding prevail as a result, but when the Team V2 frame came out, we couldn’t help but wonder, would this simple looking frame be enough in such a progressive age of riding?
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Like many we made the mistake of taking the DK Team V2 frame at face value. The frame is typical at a glance with a classic triple triangle design, integrated headtube and removable brake hardware, but this is where the obvious takes a spin for the unseen. The full chromoly frame is post weld heat treated for added strength and nearly every tube has been modified to reduce weight and optimize performance. The top, down and seat tubes are all butted and to eliminate external clutter, the downtube is also fit with an internal lattice web gusset. The seat tube, as well as seat and chain stays have all been tapered to save weight and streamline the frames lines and the 14mm micro dropouts that take up the rear are machined on the back side to save even more weight, without compromising surface area for the peg or axle bolt to bite on. DK opted to go with a Spanish bottom bracket shell to fit the frames slender lines and a 75-degree headtube angle paired with a 13.75” centered chainstay length suggest a well rounded riding nature. That noted, we built the frame up and hit the road to get loose.
WHAT WE LIKED
The Team V2 has a little something for every rider, which is made very clear in its broad usage by the factory team. From the vert ramp to streets, we cant say that we have ridden a frame that so flawlessly walks the line between so many different types of riding without compromising the classic BMX frame appearance. When building the bike we found plenty of room for our 2.25” tires throughout the entire dropout. We also found a perfect one-link spread of adjustment in the dropouts throughout a variety of common gear ratios, meaning you can take advantage of the entire dropout to suit your riding style, regardless of how much gearing you feel the need to push. Visually we dig the classic TK” standover height and thanks to the tapered stays and seat tube the bike takes on a subtle but clean looking taper everyone seemed to admire. Roomy top tube options allowed us to find a frame that really fit and blast airs on quarters and dirt jumps with plenty of room to drop knees for inverts or lean into for turndowns and lookbacks. And since sometimes we like to hit the streets and get tech, we were really psyched to find the 75-degree headtube angle paired with an 11.5” bottom bracket height. Though not the steepest HT, or the lowest BB, when paired the frame handled quickly but didn’t compromise stability thanks to the lower then average bottom bracket center. More companies seem to leaning towards lower bottom brackets and while we have seen some as low as 11.3”, the 11.5” on the V2 seems to be the sweet spot for all around riding and we are now addicted and cant ride our 11.7” without it feeling weird. While we are far from vert riders like Jamie Bestwick, we do dig big transition and will session the ten-foot quarters at our local park and Woodward West all day long. With a manageable rear end (ours was set to about 13.7”) and the low bottom bracket height we felt glued to the ramp when pushing through transition, yet unrestricted in the air to move around the bike and get stylish. And who would guess a bike could go from that to hop whips into transition so seamlessly. We ran our bike with and without brakes to test both set ups and had no problem with either thanks to simple cable routing and flush removal points, truly the best of both worlds. This is one frame that really lives up to the claims and can handle it all.
WHAT WE DIDN’T
The V2 has a little something for everyone and is an extremely versatile frame. This versatility does have the small drawback of being less pointed for riders with a very specific riding styles, but if you ride a little bit of everything, or better yet, a whole lot of everything, then it really doesn’t get any better then this. We would love to see a few more color options as well, but with a can of spray paint, you can turn a black or white frame into any color you want, so there is still potential to shine in this subdued era. One other thing we do want to cautiously mention, so as not to spark a bottom bracket war again, is that the Team V2 does come with a Spanish BB. Just to clear the air, we have no problem with Spanish bottom brackets, we have never broken one and the installation is just as simple as the Mid BB. We only mention this because the Mid has become the dominating standard in BMX and as a result Spanish bottom bracket kits are nearly impossible to find at local shops and are almost exclusively a special order item from your favorite online vendor. That said, just be sure to order a bottom bracket when you order your frame, or put in the order early through your local shop so when you show up to pick up your frame, you have everything necessary to build the bike and get riding. Trust us, nothing is more painful then ground shipping when you have a 90% complete bike at home waiting.
If you are a rider who likes to get a taste of all things BMX when you ride, then the Team V2 should take priority seating on your wish list. We feel the biggest fault to the V2 is its lack luster appearance. The price and look seem run-of-the mill but the V2 is anything but. The matte back and white color options disguise the trick tubing, which then shields our eyes from the frames unique internal gussets, while the $329 price tag, roughly $50 less then many other frames with the same or even less features may lead you to believe that it is something less then top of the line. So if you haven’t yet, we encourage you to take a closer look at the Team frame and if at all possible take one for a ride, you wont be disappointed. Our only regret is that we didn’t try one out sooner. A great frame at a great price.
HEAD TUBE: 75 degrees
SEAT TUBE: 71 degrees
TOP TUBE: 20.5”, 20.75” (tested) or 21”
WEIGHT: 4lbs 7oz
• Reasonable price for high end
• Removable brake hardware
• Great all-around geometry
• Basic color options
• Spanish BB (extra cost if swapping from Mid)