Kyle Evans | The Olympic Bike

February 2017

Kyle Evans Fifteen Interview -Stephen Brooks Films

We have been chasing Kyle Evans for a while now but between his wrist surgery, BMX Talk interviews (it’s a good one, go read it) and filming with Maxxis, he was hard to get hold of or at least to pin him down, but ‘all good things …‘ as the saying goes.

Eventually 🙂 , Kyle filled us in on how his injury recovery is going, his 2017 race plans and the stunning custom ENV Graphics / Pure BMX he took to the Rio Olympics …


15: What are your plans for 2017 season? Where will we see you and your Pure get on the gate?

Evans: For now I am all about getting fit and healthy. Plan ‘A’ is to be back and ready to go for the first two World Cup races. As long as that all goes well then the plan is to race as much as possible throughout the year.

The past few seasons I have been fast enough to go and be very competitive at the Elite level but I feel my lack of racing and experience has be my largest limiting factor, so now it’s time to change things around and try some new things within my training and racing environment with the plan of being successful in Tokyo 2020.

So you will see me on the WC circuit, USA BMX SX rounds alongside a few standard USA BMX rounds (maybe), European series and even some UK nationals. I always like racing in France so if I can fit any in then even a race here or there in the French Cup.

 

15: How is the post surgery recovery going? What’s the ETA of you back on a bike at full steam?

Evans: Recovery is going really well. The medical team at British Cycling and I are happy with where I am at right now. It’s still along way off being back on the bike but I am hoping to be ready for the first UCI World Cups.

But again, we are all on the same page, this needs time to heal and we are not going to rush the healing process. If we rush it I could be back to square one and having pain in the wrists every time I climb on the bike. Sometimes you need to think long term and general health later on in life is quite important, therefore if I am not ready by then that’s fine and we will set our goals and eyes to be back on the scene later in the year.

BIKE CHECK:

Frame: Pure XXXL

Forks: Answer Daggers

Bars: Renthal

Stem: Phaze ‘211’ 

Grips: Renthal Kevlar

Headset: FSA

Seat: Phaze

Post: Phaze

Seat Clamp: Phaze QR


Cranks: Redline Flight 177.5mm

Sprocket: Renthal    Gearing: Many choices thanks to Renthal

Bottom Bracket: Redline

Pedals: Shimano XTR

Brakes: Shamino DXR

Hubs: Chris King

Rims: Alienation

Tyres: Maxxis Torch  | 1.95″ 120psi

Plate: Mac by ENV Graphics #211

BIKE CHECK:

Frame: Pure XXXL

Forks: Answer Daggers

Bars: Renthal

Stem: Phaze ‘211’ 

Grips: Renthal Kevlar

Headset: FSA

Seat: Phaze

Post: Phaze

Seat Clamp: Phaze QR

Cranks: Redline Flight 177.5mm

Sprocket: Renthal    Gearing: Many choices thanks to Renthal

Bottom Bracket: Redline

Pedals: Shimano XTR

Brakes: Shamino DXR

Hubs: Chris King

Rims: Alienation

Tyres: Maxxis Torch  | 1.95″ 120psi

Plate: Mac by ENV Graphics #211

 

Kyle Evans Olympic Pure - Kyle Evans

15: Did you have much input into how the bike looked or did you have faith that what ENV Graphics and Pure put together would be as good as it turned out?

Evans: I had full control of the project. I am lucky enough to have a group of great sponsors behind me that are pretty chilled to let me do as I please really. I think we all had our own ideas with how we wanted the bike … some ideas where similar, others were not. In the end, I went over to ENV to sit down with the computer whiz Ant and to put ‘pen to paper’ while sitting on a facetime call with Rich at Pure Bicycles to make sure he was happy with what I wanted and to also add in any other ideas or finishing touches. After a few painful hours we had a proof and went with it.

Kyle Evans Rio Olympics - Kyle Evans - unknown photographer
Kyle Evans - Paul Makepeace Photography

15: Is there anything on your bike that’s not available to the rest of us?

Evans: Ermmmmm, there’s certainly a few pieces on the bikes which ain’t available to everybody but again without taking them apart or getting up and close to them you wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference unless I pointed them out. That’s why I love all my sponsors/support team around me. They have always gone out of their way just to try and help me with my performance on and off the bike.

Kyle Evans - Maxxis Tyres
Kyle Evans Olympic Pure - ENV Graphics
Kyle Evans - unknown photographer