During a trip to New York City for the GT Bicycles 2017 BMX product launch, we caught up with GT Bicycle’s pro team rider Albert Mercado to take a closer look at his current Globetrotter setup that he’s running decked out with parts from The Shadow Conspiracy! This originally appeared as a Facebook Live video, so that’s why the quality is a little rough around the edges, but you can get a good look at this dialed BMX bike!
What are you doing on July 16th? If you’re near New York City, you should make your way to 5050 Skatepark in Staten Island for the GT Bicycles jam that Brian Kachinsky, Jason Phelan, Dan Conway, Albert Mercado and Jeff Ludgwig will be throwing. They will also have all the brand new 2017 completes to check out and prizes and giveaways. After that, everyone is heading over to the Tender Trap for a little after party as well! We will be there for this one, so get stoked. It’s going to be a good time. We hope to see you there!
Here’s some news we weren’t expecting to see this morning. If you were wondering what Dan Conway, Albert Mercado and Jeff With Glasses Ludwig were up to when there were some surprising news about them parting ways with sponsors over the past few weeks, it looks like we now have the answer. They are all now on the GT Bicycles freestyle team! Below is the full scoop! It looks like GT have been making some awesome moves.
“GT Bicycles today announced the addition of three members to its BMX Freestyle program for 2016, Dan Conway, Albert Mercado and Jeff “With Glasses” Ludwig. All are strong additions to round out a crew that includes Brian Kachinsky. “Collectively, we have done enough grinds to circle the globe a few times,” said Brian Kachinsky, GT Freestyle BMX Pro. “This is a dope crew, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. Each of these guys has their own unique riding style. Everyone has a good sense of humor and great attitude toward the sport of BMX.”
Dan Conway, a Philadelphia area powerhouse, has stamped his name on some of the heaviest street set-ups across the US. His work ethic, coupled with a positive attitude, gives Conway the grit needed to conquer unique street spots and hang with the GT crew. Conway’s positivity and heavy tricks will excite and rally the team to push themselves as hard as they can.
Alberto Mercado has earned his place among the legendary tradition of San Diego shredders with his style, power and finesse. Mercado brings an easy approach to riding, consistently putting out video parts that are both progressive and fun to watch. His hunger for projects that exercise his creative abilities makes him a welcome addition to the GT BMX Freestyle team.
GT rounds out the BMX Freestyle team with Jeff “With Glasses” Ludwig, the reigning East Coast Crooked Grind Champion. Hailing from Spotswood, New Jersey, the holy land of street riding, Ludwig has left his mark on the industry in a short period time by showcasing his style in impactful video parts. Ludwig’s respect for BMX aligns perfectly with the laidback, but hardworking GT freestyle vibe.
“I’m stoked to have a complete team with Brian, Dan, Al and Jeff,” said Ben Ward, GT BMX Freestyle Product and Team Manager. “We’ve been friends for a long time, and I can’t wait to get out on the road with them as part of the GT crew. It’s bound to lead to some BMX magic.”
For more information on GT, its pro riders and the bikes they ride, visit gtbicycles.com.”
Well… Here’s an announcement we don’t think anyone saw coming. Albert Mercado has decided to step away from the Kink Pro team on Instagram. Below is his statement about the decision. We’re not sure if he has a new sponsor lined up or if it was just time to pursue some new opportunities outside of BMX. We are sure we’ll still see fresh Albert footage in the future regardless.
“After almost a decade of riding for @kinkbikes the time has come for us to part ways. It’s been an amazing time riding, traveling, and hanging out with people that have become some of my lifelong friends. Unforgettable memories and friendships that can’t be rattled by life’s struggles is what I’m most grateful for. Shout out to everyone at Kink that made these years of good times possible. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my time on Kink. It’s been real. On that note, It’s time to move forward and see what the world has in store for me! Thanks again Kink for everything! Ph: @bakosphoto #bmx #bmxiswhatyoumakeit thanks for all the love everyone.”
Kink have uploaded the second mix section from their “Intervention” BMX video for your viewing pleasure! This section features Albert Mercado, Calvin Kosovich, Jack Acosta and Aaron Smith putting in work in San Diego, Costa Rica, Australia, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts and you better believe these guys crushed it. Hit play and take it all in! After you watch this section, you can watch the full video by hitting this link → Kink “Intervention” – Full Video
Did you miss the live stream the other day? Well, you’re in luck because Kink Bike Co. have hooked it up with their entire “Intervention” full-length BMX video featuring Darryl Tocco, Sean Sexton, Chris Doyle, Tony Hamlin, Chad Osburn, Dan Coller, Albert Mercado, Connor Lodes, Calvin Kosovich, Jay Roe, Jacob Cable, Travis Hughes and many, many more!
“This is Kink BMX – Intervention. A culmination of riding from the entire Kink BMX team filmed over the last part of 2015. Filmed by Darryl Tocco, Dan Coller, and Calvin Kosovich in the Southwest USA, California, East Coast USA, Costa Rica, Barcelona, and Latvia. This was an effort to not only get the whole team together, and showcase Kink for 2016…but to also take some time to have fun, shed light on the intricacies of your favorite Kink riders, continue traveling, put a bangin’ soundtrack together, and hope that this project gets you motivated to ride each day you click play!
On top of that….We broke our own guidelines to the video…and present you a full scale, real deal, Dan Coller Video Part. Filmed over the course of 2015 and during the filming for Intervention….there’s not many words that can sum up just how crazy this riding is. It is something you need to witness in video…and hopefully catch a session with Dan in person, to truly appreciate and respect. Dan is pushing burly, fast street riding…at a scary pace.”
Edited by Darryl Tocco”
It it time for a new BMX Frame? Have you given the Kink Titan frame in Albert Mercado‘s new signature Translucent Copper colorway a look yet? This frame is made from 100% Seamless 4130 Sanko chromoly tubing with a 75-degree head tube angle, 71-degree seat tube angle, 11.75″ bottom bracket height, 8.5″ stand over height and a 13.25″ (slammed) chain stay length. This frame features an integrated head tube with a CNC engraved Kink logo, gussets on the top and down tubes, Internally and Externally machined Spanish bottom bracket, integrated seat post clamp, wide chain stays with rounded bridges for 2.40″ tire clearance, Investment Cast drop outs with integrated chain tensioners and removable brake mounts using the Easy Brake System.
The Titan frame in Translucent copper is available in 20.5″, 20.75″ and 21″ top tube lengths with other color options of chrome, raw, flat black and Black ED and a weight of 4 lbs. 12 oz. (20.5″) through all BMX shops and mail-orders that carry Kink Bike Co. worldwide now.
Check out more photos below…