It has been a little while since we’ve caught up with Mutiny‘s very own Jeff Wescott to find out what he has been up to lately. We figured with his signature 2016 Comb frame and bars being out, it would be a good time to take a closer look at his current setup to see just what he’s running! So, we have a fresh new Bike Check, along with a bunch of other questions to find out what’s new with the Phoenix, Arizona transplant! Ready? Let’s do this!
Name: Jeff Wescott
Location: Northwest Phoenix, Arizona.
Years riding: 15+
Frame: Mutiny COMB 21.25TT
Bars: Mutiny COMB
Fork: Mutiny Wand V2
Stem: Mutiny XL Lifted Top Load
Grips: DUO Matrinez
Pedals: BSD Safari
Cranks: Mutiny Cinch 165mm
Sprocket: Mutiny Pentra 28 tooth
Chain: BSD 1991 Halflink
Seat / Seat Post: Mutiny Stitch Mid / Mutiny Tripod
Front Wheel: BSD Street PRO hub / Sun Big Baller rim
Front Tire: BSD Donnasqueek 2.4
Rear Wheel: BSD Street PRO 9t Cassette / Sun Big Baler rim
Rear Tire: BSD Donnasqueek 2.4
Pegs: BSD Crack Pipes (Steel)
Hub Guards: BSD Jersey Barrier
Modifications: None really. Cut the chain to size, greased the bearings and bolts, then laced it up! Everything fits together perfectly first time! I absolutely love it!
What’s the newest part on your bike?
The newest part is the Mutiny V2 forks. They have been amazing so far! The Investment Cast dropouts are supposed to be way stronger, and seem to be the way of all current forks and frames. In the short period that I’ve been running them, I have put them to use and they are holding up very nicely!
What about the oldest? Does it have any sentimental value or is it just something that hasn’t called it quits yet?
Definitely the rims. I have laced numerous hubs to the same rims for more than 4 years now. It’s always been crazy to me how well they have held up! I don’t know if I would say it’s sentimental, however, I do appreciate the quality design and the homie Jon Wells for the hook up on the Sun Rims way back when.
What would you say your favorite part of your bike is?
Without a doubt, the COMB bar. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be riding a handlebar that I designed, but it did really turn out perfect. Comfortable and reasonable. For being decently tall bar, the aesthetic look and feel turned out really nice. We have honestly received nothing but positive feedback from them, which is huge.
How often do you build up a new bike? What do you usually switch out the most other than pedals and grips?
I build up a new bike as needed, or when a new product comes out and needs testing. I’m always interested to see how much a setup can take, especially with signature product like the frame and bars. I want the product to not only look good, but to stand the test of time as well. That kind of goes for the rest of my setup too… As weird as it sounds, I like to take care of my bike. I appreciate my bike running as good as it possibly can. I’m not the guy you see doing sprocket grinds and whatnot. I like to get creative, but I also like to be realistic and keep in mind that if I’m out pedaling around or on a trip, I am not trying to pedal/butcher grind my pedals to death if I have no backups.
Living in Phoenix, and right next to the green belt which is miles and miles of paved bike paths, I tend to run though my fair share of tread on tires. My bike is not only a fun and healthy release, but a very reliable mode of transportation. Just don’t go off the paved routes if your making moves, for every native plant/tree in Phoenix has a natural preservation method of growing spikes/thorns/nails, and any or all of them will give you punctures instantly.
Your signature Comb line from Mutiny Bikes has been available for a while now. Did you make any changes to your signature Comb line for 2016 at all?
As far as the dimensions and angles go, not really to be honest. For the bars, I truly feel that they turned out perfect. I considered shortening the TT on the frame slightly, but ultimately, I really do like the dimensions of the frame the way it is. The feedback I have received from people who ride it has been purely positive. I am well under 6 feet tall and I ride the middle size (21.25), but the way the rest of the frame compensates for the TT length rides amazingly comfortable, yet responsive. I really like how there is an option for both taller and shorter riders as well. So long story short, other than changing a few aspects of the frame to keep current, the dimensions have remained the same.
How are things going with Mutiny? Do you have any trips or cool projects in the works with Gaz and the rest of the crew you can tell us about?
It is the best. I absolutely love to be part of a collective such as Mutiny, where the people involved are actually caring and conscious. Soon, I will be working on a new project for the brand, which I am really excited for! I believe we will be doing a team week at Woodward a in a few months as well. Super stoked to get some travels and good times in with the crew!
How about the other sponsors? Anything cooking you can tell us about?
RAWr Superfoods is always progressing, they just recently dropped their third product, Wild Harvested Antarctic Krill Oil, to go along with their Wild Raw Unfiltered Organic Honey and their original Organic plant based Superfood supplement. Some of the best brain food that you can put in your body! I love seeing a company as small as RAWr grow to what it is today, and continue to get bigger and better. Big ups to the Motta’s!!!
It’s been a little while since we’ve seen some footage of you pop up online. Do you have any new edits or anything we can expect to see any time soon?
As I said earlier, I do have a project that I’m working on with Mutiny. But as far as a release date goes, there realistically isn’t one. I work a lot and have a schedule of after school programs through the Wheels In Motion Foundation that I’m currently fulfilling. As soon as I can find a break in the business, well get a go on that project. Until then, 12:35.
I know you are always on the move. Where all have you been as of late? Any trips you want to make happen this winter that might be happening?
I go through my travel stages I suppose. As of late though, I have been kind of planted in Phoenix. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the opportunity to travel and especially if you haven’t many obligations for bills/debt. But when you are paying rent for a place you aren’t sleeping in, reality sets in a bit quicker. At this point in my life, I really appreciate being in a position where I can have a little space of serenity to collect my thoughts. That being said, if someone hits me with an idea for a trip or project, I usually try to make it happen!
Photo: Tony Malouf
It sounds like you have been working as well. Where are you working these days? How are you liking that?
I have been. I work part time at a local bar in my area. It’s pretty chill for the most part, and they are pretty cool with the fact that I still pursue riding BMX professionally so they allow me to travel as needed. I also am in the middle of instructing two separate after school programs through a local non-profit, the Wheels In Motion Foundation. I teach at risk children bicycle safety as well as BMX freestyle. It’s something that I take a lot of pride in, and the children really gain so much from the program. It’s such an awesome gratifying feeling leaving “work” and feeling like you made a positive difference in someones life. We are also in the process of working on an article for DIG on the Wheels In Motion Foundation and what it’s all about, which I am really excited about. Keep an eye out for that!
What have you been getting into when you aren’t riding or working? Any new hobbies or anything that have been keeping you busy?
Nothing too crazy as of late. I just moved out of the TGF house into a new place, so I’ve been trying to stay on track and keep focused on more of a positive balanced and reasonable lifestyle. I have been getting back into the health kick heavily, which is really important to me. Mainly just trying to live a simpler and less stressful life in general, in hopes that If I keep on making forward steps, things will fall in to place as they should.
How can people keep up with you these days?
My instagram is @jeffwescott, that’s probably the social medium I keep most updated. I also use Facebook.
Photo: Derek Riggs
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
Thanks to my awesome family being on my side and for raising me right. Thanks to all of my friends who have my back through all the good and bad times. Thanks to my girl Cait, for sticking by my side. Huge thanks to Mutiny Bikes, RAWr Superfoods, Vans Shoes, The Gully Factory and anyone else who supports me and my passion for riding BMX bikes, I really do appreciate everything you all do for me!! Thanks to those who have made a positive influence in my life, I love you all!
Anything else you want to say?
“With light and LOVE, may we live FOREVER!”