All My Bikes 22: WTP Trustby Chris Piascik
ABOUT THE ART
In early 2009 it had been a while since I had a BMX bike, and I thought I was over it. I had been riding the Bruiser everywhere—it was fast and I could jump on and off whatever I wanted. That was all fine until the guys at Open had a random BMX bike hanging out in the shop. Ripping around the neighborhood and remembering what it was like to bunnyhop so high you hit yourself in the ass with the back tire quickly rekindled my desire for another BMX. It just so happened that my good friend Clarence had purchased a really nice We The People complete that he was not riding. I more or less hijacked the bike from him and put it to use—thanks Clarence!
The WTP took some getting used to. BMX bikes have drastically changed from the days when I was more seriously into riding. BMX bikes are MUCH lighter and way less overbuilt. The bikes I rode in the late 90′s easily weighed 35+lbs—the stock WTP complete was about 25lbs. That is a huge difference. Current setups involve no seatpost, sloping-compact geometry, very short back-ends, steep headtube angles, compact ratios and massive handlebars. Some of it I like, some of it is a bit too extreme for my old school BMX sensibilities.