DeMarcus is one of those riders who has been popping up in edits for a while absolutely crushing at all times. I didn’t really know much about him other than that. He’s one of those riders that I always wondered when somebody would pick him up with a sponsor deal. I knew eventually it would happen, I just didn’t know when.
That all changed the other week when it was announced that DeMarcus had joined the Freed Bikes team. It’s the opportunity he’s been needing and I think it’ll lead him in some good places.
I figured with the new sponsor and everything that he would be building himself up a fresh new setup. We caught up with him to take a look at this fresh build and to find out a little bit more about the guy since I know we’ll be seeing plenty more of him in the future. Take a look!
Name: DeMarcus Paul
Location: From Albany, GA. Reside in San Diego, CA
Years riding: 11
Frame: FREEDOM FRAME
Bars: FREEDOM BARS
Fork: FIEND FORKS
Stem: FIT STEM
Grips: CHULA LK GRIPS
Cranks: DEMOLITION Revolt
Pedals: ODYSSEY TWISTED
Sprocket: MADERA SPLINE DRIVE
Chain: SHADOW CHAIN
Seat / post / clamp: Fiend Seat / Kink Post
Rear Wheel / Tire: ODYSSEY ANTI-Gram Wheel / ODYSSEY AITKEN
Front Wheel / Tire: ODYSSEY Wheel/ Primo Hub
Pegs: Cool Story BMX Pegs
Hub guards: Primo Hub Guards in the front
What’s the newest part on your bike?
Frame and Bars
What’s the oldest?
What do you usually go through the fastest?
Grips, pedals, tires and bar ends.
Do you have to have your bike setup a certain way to make it feel right or can you work with whatever?
I prefer my seat to be raised at least three inches and I like my bars high. If not, I feel that I can adjust to a different setup.
Does your setup change much? More pegs, less pegs, brakes, or anything like that?
Over my years of riding I would always switch it up a little bit. Lately I’ve been running three pegs no brakes.
What would you say your favorite part on your bike is right now?
So it was announced the other day that you have been added to the Freed Bikes team. How did that opportunity come about?
I’ve always been a fan of Freed. I was presented with the opportunity a few months ago. We kept in touch and we finally made it happen.
What do you have in the works with them so far? Any trips, signature parts or anything you’re looking forward to?
We are actually going on a team trip to Woodward West next month. I’m looking forward to traveling more and having a great time.
Do you have any other sponsor news you can tell us about?
I’m just pumped on all my sponsors. I’m thankful for everything that they do for me.
So over the past year or so, I’ve been seeing you pop up in a handful of edits and every time you end up killing it. Can we expect some more footage of you to surface soon?
Noo, I’m washed up! Haha, Yeah I’ve been working on a few things that should surface soon.
San Diego is definitely a hot spot for BMX. Who have you been getting most of your riding time in with these days?
SD is a hot spot for BMX. I don’t have a particular group of guys that I prefer to ride with so I ride with everyone.
Where have you been spending a lot of time riding lately? Any spots you have been real stoked on lately?
San Diego parks and street has been my savior, haha. I’m super thankful to be in an awesome place doing what I love with amazing people.
What are your travel plans looking like for the summer? Anywhere you hope you can get to at some point?
I’m really looking forward to going to Woodward next month I’ve never been. I would love to travel to just about anywhere out of the country.
What have you been getting into when you aren’t riding these days? Anything else you’re really good at?
I’ve just been working on finishing some projects. Some other things I enjoy doing when I’m not riding are reading, playing basketball, spending time with my girlfriend’s kids and my family when I get to see them.
I feel like not a lot of people know much about you. Care to share 3 words that you feel describe you well?
Humble, motivated and thankful
What’s one thing you could use more of and one thing you could use less of?
Mo’ Money and less problems
What’s the last song you heard, movie you watched and website you visited?
Song: Erick Arc Elliiott “The Hills”
Movie: Squash It.
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
First I would like to thank Kurt at The Union for giving me this opportunity. Freed Bikes, Hazed Brand, Huligan clothing, Cool Story BMX for keeping me fresh and rolling. I would like to thank my mom and family for supporting me. I love you guys more than you know. Thanks to Cassidy for being there for me through tough times. I love you. Thanks to Brandon David for inking me up and being so motivated and passionate. Thanks Matt Barton, Justin Hodges, Jay Thomas, Billy Ketchum, Christopher Lilly, Brett Clarke and Romina Carrillo for helping me and keeping motivated. You guys are amazing. I would like to thank My SD friends for helping me; Jesse Garcia, Tara Hacke, Jose Romero, Doeby, Albert, Miles, Eric, Johann, Tammy, Adam, Grim Crew, Garrett, JJ and Ty. Shout out to SMTN BMX, Ga. shredders, Ca. shredders and Tunechi Ruh!!! If I left out anyone please forgive me. Most of all I would like to thank the great man above. Without him none of this would be possible.
Anything else you want to say?
“Your purpose is your purpose. Nobody can take that from you”