Elevated Engineering: Miles Mathia Edit May 30, 2010

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It’s been a while since we last saw some stuff from Miles Mathia, the kid in Florida who’s riding for Villin Cycles. Elevated Engineering has a great write-up on the new Villin freestyle frame and an edit showcasing Miles’ riding. Check the whole scoop out here!

Elevated Engineering: Miles Mathia

  • A.

    great edit
    it looks like he needs a bigger frame, though.. look at his knees when he sits down, lol

    so many close calls with cars too

  • WOAH! I was just wandering about this dude a few days ago! Sick!

  • hopper

    That bike looks hella fun to ride.

  • isti

    it seems to me they were looking for a 26″ bmx kind of look and bike handling – and they pretty much got it right, I think.

  • A.: the frame is supposed to be a bit small, easier to throw around and trick on.. only one close call with a car and that was totally my fault too.. shouldnt of told him to go (too many beers before going out filming).

    isti: yeah thats exactly what they were trying to do. perfect for a smaller rider and hella fun

    john: thanks for posting the vid and showing support!

    many many more edits to come.. this was only three days of filming

  • hors

    Two weeks later and a switch to 26″?

  • Good question,
    A little short though. He’s probably heard that one before. Just messin with you man.
    Well although it seems like a small detail hors dose have a good point and I have quite a bit to say about it so here it goes.

    I understand the whole “sticking with 700s argument”. Its allot like the disagreement that the inventor of the derailleur had with the original organizer of The Tour De France.
    The Tour started in 1903 or so, its organizer , a legal clerk by the name of Henri Desagrange, believed that his race was supposed to be a pure competition between men with as minimal interference from technology as possible. Old Hank believed that all the competitors should use fixed gear bikes through out the competition.
    Well, derailleur / freewheel dude comes along around 1919 or so and low and behold a competitor could now ascend and descend a mountain without relying on his team car to provide him with a wheel switch at the beginning and end of the big climbs. The Tour inventor wasn’t haven it though and as a result of him sticking with convention, the derailleur was not aloud into the Tour until 1937 (http://theradavist.com/old/2010/05/henri_desgranges_ban_on_derail.php). (I still think it would be bad ass to see the Tour done on Fixed Gears but C’est la vie)

    Fast forward a century. “Welcome to Thunder Dome” take two, kinda. This time, its 700c wheels allied with convention.
    As a designer builder and user it seems to me that harboring pre conceived notions of conventionality will only stifle creativity and innovation. Now days, embracing those notions keep dudes thinking tri spokes are still in, pegging your paints is the next big thing and 700 is always the only way to go.
    One of my favorite quotes goes like this “Aahhh, the adjustable wrench, the only tool ever designed for the amateur, only to be used by the professional” (Chandler Otis) Totally sweet quote. Apparently a real pro can use an adjustable wrench to fix just about any thing. I know I can, but Id still rather use the closed end of an open ended 15mm wrench to take my wheel off. Its just the rite tool for the job.

    I’m pretty big on the idea that there is a rite tool for every job. When the job is Rollin packages around town 700c is clearly the way to go. I put more miles on 700s than any other wheel size available, Lately, however, I have noticed a sort of, change in employment so to speak within the ranks of really talented riders.
    I still think that a good BMX frame for pure trickin, is the way to go but it’s just to inefficient for use as transportation. That is the important change I’m talking about. All my buddies that use BMX bikes usually throw em on the back of there car and drive to where they want to session. The new crop of gents trickin on fixies use there rides as transportation.
    With that in mind and with Miles help, I set out to Identify and solve the problems created when you need to mix business with pleasure. Here is the short list of issues we have addressed.
    -Bottom Bracket height
    -Front tire pedal clearance
    -Pinch flats
    -Significantly stronger Frame and Fork
    -The importance of keeping the HT angle at 75deg
    -And the ability to drastically adjust the riders seat height for either transportation or sessioning (note that most of the footage you will ever see on line is session footage with the seat slammed to its lowest limits giving the impression that the bike is too small. Not too much footage with the seat at its proper height)

    Changing the tire size to 26” was the most logical way to help minimize the pinch flat problem (fatter tires) and increase tire/pedal clearance while at the same time maintaining the 75deg HT angle. Reverse engendering, kinda, but it open up enormous possibilities for riders that don’t just want to push the envelope but destroy it all together.
    So I guess that’s what I’m goin for. Complete and Total Destruction and Im going to do it with among many other things 26” wheels.
    I hope this provides for good discussion.

    We will release all the specifics of the design changes this summer in Urban Velo when the frames will become available to the public. For now, Thanks in large part to Miles, we have designed a new bike that addresses all of these issues. We are calling it “The Box”
    Until then, Id like you to conceder that innovation within a solid creative context is the single most important consideration that any one can allow for weather it be applied to designing a new frame or just hangin out with friends atmo. Miles knows this, The cats at Elevated Engineering know this and so do the Jack Asses at Burro!!


  • hors

    Did i just get served?

  • Fraz

    Nice edit Miles, so so smooth. And nicely said Lex, eloquent and to the point.

  • Anthony

    Damn, with Miles riding like that and Lex keeping it that FUCKING real, I think we might have a jackpot on our hands.

  • Craig

    I like the look of the bike – I initially thought it was an SS mountain frame with a fixed drivetrain.