Throwback

FGFS | A brief history

Although Fixed Freestyle is a newer sport, so much has happened within 7 years (7 years already??) that a novel could be written on an in depth history. I’ve become aware that many newer people in the scene haven’t quite been caught up on how we got to where we are today, and there isn’t exactly any place you can just simply research the history of FGFS. So, without further ado, I present a brief history of the scene/sport, or basically, the most historical edits and DVDs. WRAHW Inspired.

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Throwback | Five Tricks With Wizard

Marwin “Wizard” Ou was a force to be reckoned with in the early Long Beach FGFS scene (2008-2011). Unfortunately, his involvement with fixed gear is now minimal; this was just about the last edit he put out. His technicality on flat ground was unmatched, as shown in this edit. Or, as it used to be called, “Wizardry”.

FGFS Porn | Iconic & Awesome Builds Throughout the Years.

Well 2013 is almost over, and I’ve been doing some digging through old and new pictures, and came up with a solid list (In my opinion) of really beautiful Fixed Gear Freestyle builds from the past to now, in no particular order whatsoever. Let us know which builds were left out and what you think should be on here!

Lets start with Tyler Johnson’s builds.

The Leader Shadow was one of the sickest and priciest builds in 2010-11. Tyler’s specifically was real sick with the white paint drip on the seat tube. Eero’s always looked wild with fat tires too.

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His first SKYLMT SL-1 with the first run of the SKYLMT bars was also a super clean build. His first 26′ build, and his legendary Skylmt Welcome part was filmed on it.

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His other build was also gorgeous.

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The almost murdered out Hold Fast build was also super sick.

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The Gorilla Kilroy is one that needs to be featured in here for obvious reasons. One of the first true FGFS bikes, and it looked rad.

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An appropriate follow-up would be the Grime Yo-Mang, the first 26′ specific FGFS frame. RIP Grime.

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Gus’ Skylmt is also a sick build with Red + Chrome featuring the prototype ALTAR Burial Bars, coming soon.

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Oscar’s 14 Bike Co proto 29er was no joke, and looked like it could handle anything. Too bad that one never came out.

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His BB17 Serpent was a game changer also, with it’s holographic print on the frame, fork, and bars. Unfortunately there weren’t any real good pictures of just the bike, but it just had to be on here. Here’s the bike check with it.

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While were on the topic of Serpents, Funny’s build is one of my favorite builds I’ve ever laid eyes on.

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Kareem’s Signature Leader Pharaoh was an iconic build for sure. Cheetah print errthang.

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Speaking of Seattle residents, Jacob Ruff’s old BB17 was a looker also.

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Anyone notice that almost every Destroy Bike that gets built looks amazing? (Pictured: Joshua Nieves, Devin Tolman, and Nelson Bell’s)

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The 29er is no exception.

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Slum’s old thrashed P-Fix was a fan favorite.

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Tom Lamarche’s Charge Scissor V2 looked burly as hell. There weren’t really any pictures of it that I could find.

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His USA Color Scheme P-Fix was a historical build. It was his debut on 26’s and damn did it look good

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Phil’s Charmer V2 builds constantly changed colors and he always managed to make them look sweet.

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Here’s a random one I found on the FGFS Forum. No clue what it is but it looked pretty sick.

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Antonyo’s builds were always some of my favorite.

His Proto Milwaukee always looked so sick in my opinion.

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His gold Unknown build was also baller as fuck. Haha.

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His current Unknown proto is also very sick as well.

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Packy’s All-City Airwolf is too clean.

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Mike Schmitt’s old Ghost was a sick one too.

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Matt Spencer‘s builds have always been my favorite for sure. He always knows how to make em’ look good.

He was the first to run hefty 29er tires on his first Mordecai back in 2010, and it looked sick as fuck.

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Then for MWM2, he decided to do a blood red color scheme, which is still one of the most unique builds to date.

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He later got on Volume, and built up the sickest thrasher. Chrome and tan wall tires look very clean in my opinion.

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The slime green Thrasher build was another unique one. No real pictures of that one that I could find though.

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When Mr. 700c switch to 26, he built up such a clean SKYLMT.

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Don Dela Cruz’s Unknown 24/7 was definitely a clean 29er build.

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Sam Hanson’s old Hold Fast 29er was also very sick.

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Christian Ustarroz had a custom frame built up by Nem Pro and it looked very good. The raw Grime Medicine Man bars complimented the frame very well.

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Congo originally built up his old LDG Hammer with the white/blue color way. There weren’t any pictures of it, but he put a throwback paint job on his new Unknown prototype. With the USA Destroy bars, it looked even sicker.

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When Corey switched to 26′ for almost literally a minute, his All-City Airwolf was a real sick build.

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To round it off, Joe Mckeag’s Unknown 24/7 Prototype is my favorite build of all time. purple, tanwall tires, and chrome parts is toooooooooo clean!

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Well that, in my opinion, were some of my favorite builds (That I could find online at least) throughout mostly recent years. Maybe this provoked some future build ideas for some people, Christmas is coming up so why not help support FGFS companies right?! Hope you guys enjoyed the read, and please excuse me for the lack of photo credits for every picture, hope you guys don’t mind too much.

Lookback: Johnathan Ball in LA.

Figured this video would be appropriate on a throwback thursday. Can’t believe this is almost a year and a half old. Funny story about that last clip actually, the 360 was during the day, and the 180 bar was at night. At that time, that was the biggest 180 bar I’ve ever done, but I had to do it twice. I landed the 180 bar during the day, then reviewing the footage later that day, I deleted the clip on accident. Then the whole crew mobbed to the spot to get it again. After 180ing the stairs twice without throwing the bars, security came and kicked us out, and on that third try as we were getting kicked out, I threw the bars and landed it. Talk about luck.