Merritt‘s connect over in Russia through Raen Shop, Ilya Berestetskiy, recently spent some time out in Barcelona, Spain soaking up the sunshine and street spots. Here’s a fresh new edit filled with clips he stacked during his stay. As always, Ilya comes through with plenty of grinds, big barspin combos and more. This is a real solid watch from start to finish, so get on that play button and enjoy!
Here’s some news that shouldn’t be a complete surprise to you! Merritt have given Billy Perry the very well deserved bump on up to their Pro Team! It was announced a few months back that Billy had joined the Volume Bikes Pro Team, so we had a feeling that it wouldn’t take long for Merritt to make it happen as well. Above is the Instagram Billy posted to drop the news. You better believe that means we’ll be seeing more of Billy well into the future and probably a few more signature products.
Actually, did you get a look at Billy’s signature Voyager frame from Volume yet?
Here’s a little sneak peek action for you. Merritt posted up this photo giving us a look at some of their new Tiffany Blue parts that will be available the summer. This color will be available on their tires, grips and pedals, so you’ll be able to give some rad accent color to your bike if you chose to do the whole kit. We’ll keep you posted when these parts become available!
We were curious what it might look like on a bike, so we decided to try and match it on the BMX Color App and this is what it turned out looking like.
Here’s a fresh one from Merritt‘s connect in Hong Kong, Sam Lee for your viewing pleasure. Sam has been busy going to work on spots around the city stacking clips for this one since the start of they year and he ended up with some real solid clips. This video has a real chill vibe to it and that song will most definitely get stuck in your head and you’ll catch yourself whistling it at some point in your day.
“Our Hong kong homie Sam Lee spent some times to riding at Hong kong and Shanghai. Here’s his latest edit for 2017. If you checked his past videos, you will find that his style is quietly changing. We are so happy for his change, also hope can see his more clips in 2017.
Don’t forget follow him on instagram → @samlcl
Music: Robert $tone- chill bill”
Let’s take a look at all of the different BMX Multi-Tool options out there…
The other day Brant Moore put together a video giving you a look at the different BMX Multi-Tool options there are available to riders these days. The Multi-Tool originally started when DK Bicycles released their Random Wrench, at fit all the key tools you needed to work on a BMX bike into a compact, small tube with a few different attachments. Since then brands like The Shadow Conspiracy, Eclat, Animal Bikes, Odyssey, Merritt and Tall Order have come up with their own Multi-Tools that use some what of the same concept, but some what different designs. After checking out Brant’s video above we decided to take a look at these different options so you could easily see all the different BMX Multi-Tool options and compare them. Let’s get into this.
BMX Multi-Tool Guide
The Shadow Conspiracy – Multi-Tool
Let’s start out with The Shadow Conspiracy’s Multi-Tool. This tool was designed after the DK Random Wrench, but includes a few items not found on that tool to give it a few more options.
This Multi-Tool has an Investment Cast, forged and CNC machined steel construction that includes these tools.
– Chain Breaker
– 17mm Deep Socket
– Pedal Wrench
– 10mm wrench
– Spoke wrench
– Tire levers
– 8mm, 6mm, 5mm, 1/4″ and 7/32″ Hexs
– Hammer (built into the frame)
– Bottle opener (important)
The Shadow Conspiracy’s Multi-Tool fits all of the parts inside the tube with a magnetic cap to keep the small pieces in place.
Available in black, copper and chrome colors with a $59.99 price tag and a weight of 33.6 oz.
All the parts the Multi-Tool has inside.
A detailed look at the cap that holds all of the small parts in place.
Odyssey Travel Tool
The newest tool that is hitting BMX shops and mail-orders in March of 2017 is the Travel Tool from Odyssey. This tool is more simplistic than the Shadow Conspiracy, DK Bicycles and Eclat tools, but still has all the key pieces.
The Travel Tool includes:
– 15mm and 17mm Pedal Wrenches
– 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm allen keys
– 17mm Deep Socket with a full-length arm for extra leverage.
This one also features a lighter weight body and you could basically call it a Swiss Army Knife for BMX.
The Travel Tool will be available in Black with an affordable $29.99 price tag that is a perk for sure.
Really like the clean, simplistic look for the Travel Tool.
DK Bicycles – Random Wrench V3
Let’s take a look at the tool that started it all… Well, the 3rd version of the tool that started it all. The DK Random Wrench V3. This version was designed to be slimmer than its predecessors, but still pack all the tools needed.
You can find these tools inside the Random Wrench V3:
– 6mm, 8mm and 10mm wrenches
– 5mm and 6mm allen sockets
– 15mm pedal wrench
– 3/8″ socket driver
– 3/8″ extension
– 15mm and 17mm deep well sockets
– Tire lever
– Universal spoke wrench
All of the parts fit cleanly inside the tube, giving it a clean look.
The Random Wrench V3 comes in black, chrome and gold with a price tag of $39.99, which is not bad at all. Just as a note, most places only carry the black version these days.
Vocal BMX – V-Tool
Similar to some of the other BMX Multi-Tool options, Vocal BMX offer their own tool that does have it’s own unique twist on it. The tool has a similar tube design with the socket attachment, spanner and hex head fittings. However, this tool also comes with an optional extension that you can also purchase…
The main part of the V-Tool features…
– Pedal spanner 15mm with extra 6mm 8mm 10mm hex or added extras.
– tire lever built into the top next to the pedal spanner.
– 17mm socket and extension bar to fit inside pegs.
– 8mm allen key
– 6mm allen key
– 5mm allen key
– 3 size spoke key built into the cap
The V-Tool Extension adds a few more tool options, additional storage space and can be connected to the original tool.
– Tube for storage
– Top Cap with chain tool connection, comes out the tube and attaches to the cap
– Bottom caps to connect to our main V tool (supplied separately)
– HD 1 1/8 single speed chain tool with pin guide.
– 10mm spanner with tire lever
The Vocal V-Tool is another solid option for a tool that has it all. The design is a little different and not quite as compact when it’s connected to the extension, but it does get the job done for offering everytihng.
The Vocal V-Tool comes in Black only with a price tag of £29.99 (on sale at the time of writing this) with the extension being an additional £23.99. It’s not the most affordable option, but has more than the less expensive basic options.
Tall Order – Pocket Socket
Another one of the new options that are available, plus the most simplistic would be Tall Order’s new Pocket Socket that eliminates pretty much everything and only has the very minimal for tools you would use regularly.
The Pocket Socket features:
– 6mm and 8mm allen keys
– 17mm socket
– Knurling on the handle for grip
The Pocket socket comes in black and chrome, weighs in at a very light 4 oz., is 210mm in length so it does indeed fit in your pocket and has a price tag of $17.99.
This is a great option for people that don’t want to carry around a big tool, but obviously it only has a few of the tools you may end up needing during a session.
Merritt – Trifecta Tool
Another very simple tool that cuts things back to the minimal neccesities would be the Merritt Trifecta Tool. This tool, similar to the Pocket Socket above is a small, compact tool that folds out with a few configurations to dial your bike in with.
The Trifecta Tool includes:
– 17mm socket
– 6mm and 8mm allen keys
– Velcro strap to attach it to your bike if you want.
The Trifecta tool has 3 of the key tools that you would use to dial your bike in with. Obviously that leaves out a lot of features some of the other tools offer, but it’s small, compact and lightweight (7.4 oz.) which is a perk. The Trifecta Tool is available in black only with a price tag of $34.99 through BMX shops and mail-orders that carry Merritt.
Animal Bikes – Kotulak Tool
Another tool that was based off the Random Wrench would be the Animal Bikes Kotulak Tool. This tool, similar to DK and Shadow’s tool is designed to pack everything you need into one tool with plenty of features to make sure you can keep rolling. This one comes with a unique shape and it also offers that swivel head which is a perk when it comes to cranking your wheel down.
The Kotulak Tool includes:
– 15mm Crows Foot Pedal Wrench
– 3/8″ Swiveling Socket Driver
– 3/8″ to 1/2″ Extension
– 17mm Deep Well Socket with 1/2″ Drive
– Allen Socket with 7/32″, 1/4″, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm allen bits
– Chain Breaker
– Spoke Wrench
– Hammer (Threaded End Cap)
Like the others, everything fits inside the tube to keep everything secured tightly into place. This is another great option for somebody that wants everything packed into one.
The Kotulak Tool comes in black only with a price tag of $54.99.
Eclat – E-Tool
Last but not least, the E-Tool from Eclat. Once again, were’ looking a tool that utilizes a tube design, but this one works a little different than the others and has a super clean design. Those German’s always have a unique approach to things, and we’re definitely a fan of the look they gave for this one.
The E-Tool Includes:
– 8mm and 10mm wrench
– 15mm pedal wrench
– Spoke wrench
– 10mm and 19mm U-Brake wrench
– 3mm, 4mm, 5mm,6mm and 8mm hex bits
– 17mm socket
The E-Tool measures in at 188mm long with a 30mm diameter, weighs in at 19.10 oz. and comes in black only. Everything packs neatly into it’s proper place for a compact storage. This one does come with a $64.99 price tag, which is higher than the rest so that’s a downfall.
Looking at each tool, they all offer the same tools essentially, with some offering more like chain breakers and tire levers and others taking the minimalist approach with only focusing on the main tools you will use more frequently. Things to consider with this are what tools do you absolutely NEED (I mean, you need all of them at some point) during a session or a trip, if you want something that slips into your pocket or something that might be a little bulkier but have more options, price and colors. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to have the right tools for the job. Make sure you check out our BMX TOOL GUIDE for a full list of tools that you could use as well.
That wraps things up with this BMX Multi-Tool Guide. We hope this helped you compare the different BMX Multi-Tool options available, so you can figure out which one you prefer to have. Everything you see here can be picked up through BMX shops and mail-orders worldwide.
Have you used any of these tools? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Merritt coming through with a fresh batch of clips from a plaza session that Oscar Ruiz and Montana Ricky stacked when they caught some warm weather out east. This video has a pretty chill and laid back vibe, but there’s definitely some gems worth seeing in this. That clip of Ricky powerbombing his head on the slide is wild, haha. Check it.
“Oscar and Ricky hit a local Plaza a little while back and banged out a quick edit with Scotty. The warm weather is finally back. be on the look out for a lot more from these guys.”
It’s not everyday that a new rider pops up and you instantly know that you need to keep an eye out for them. Over the course of the past year, we have started seeing Casey Starling popping up more and more and he definitely caught our attention right away. Since then, we’ve crossed paths with Casey twice and had the chance to watch him ride in person, and it’s safe to say he lived up to our expectations. After seeing him throw down some heavy moves during the Kink Rust Belt Tour, we knew it was time to hit him up to find out a little bit more about him! Turns out we didn’t even know his actual name! Let’s get into this!
Name: Kayin Starling, AKA Casey Starling
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Years riding: 3
What was it that got you into riding BMX? Anything stand out that really made you want to get on a bike?
Umm… No, not really. I actually used to ride scooters and my motivation at the time was that if I could flair a scooter, I could definitely do it on a bike, haha.
You almost seem to have come out of nowhere after popping up here and there in a few edits prior to your welcome to Kink video. Where were you hiding all this time?
Haha, I wouldn’t really say I was hiding. I haven’t really been on a bike long enough to really get out there I guess. You could say but I’ve mainly just been riding the local parks around my town that’s really it.
We heard a rumor that you were actually sponsored for scooter riding before BMX, can you confirm or deny that one?
Hahaha, yeah, maybe a year after I officially stopped riding scooters, I ended up sponsored by this company called Alpha Omega or more commonly know as AO.
That’s funny how things like that go. We’ve seen a bunch of riders transition from scooters to bikes, or throw scooters into the mix. Would you say scooters helped you out on a bike or vice versa?
Yes, it definitely did. It helped me learn how to flair my bike like I mentioned before for example. It is literally the same thing, just on something bigger.
Obviously things with BMX have been taking off for you these days. You were added to the Kink team a little while back. How did that opportunity all come about?
I was in New York city one night for an Animal jam and I did a flair out of this statue thing. Afterward, Tyrone Williams had hit me up asking for info to give to some friends. The next day I got a call from Rochester, New York where Kink is based out of, haha.
You have had the chance to travel with the guys already between the Rust Belt Tour and everything. How has that been for you? Did it kind of trip you out being on a trip with a guy like Chris Doyle? Has it kind of changed your perspective on riding and everything at all?
The Rust Belt Tour was so sick, especially getting the chance to ride with some of my favorite pro riders such as Doyle and Tony Hamlin. I was definitely a little nervous before going on the trip. It really hasn’t changed my perspective too much. I still look at riding just the same as the day I started. It is just something I do to get away from the everyday bullshit.
Fresh off the Rust Belt Tour, what do you have cooking with Kink that you can tell us about? Any trips, videos or projects in the works for 2017 at all?
I’m honestly not sure as far as trips go, but I’m currently working on what is supposed to be my official welcome to Kink edit. I’ve been working on that for about a year now and it should be coming out pretty soon!
You’re also doing it for Merritt these days as well. Any sort of back story to how that opportunity all came about?
I’ve actually been officially rocking with Merritt for a while now. It has been about a year and a half now, actually. I’ve actually known Montana Ricky almost since I started riding and working at Extremz Bike Shop, so I had lot of contact with Ricky and he’s basically watched me grow to where I am today, so that’s how that opportunity happened.
Any trips, videos or projects in the works with Merritt? It seems like those guys always stay busy these days.
Merritt definitely has been pretty busy lately. After I finish up my Kink video I plan to start working on a Merritt edit as well.
What about Ethik, Dead Krow Army and your other sponsors?
Nothing big at the moment really.
So, I’ve had the chance to watch you ride at 5050 Skatepark in New York and 4Seasons in Milwaukee, and so far I’ve gathered that you’re into both park and street riding. What are your favorite parts about both styles of riding?
Street riding is definitely my favorite. Just the idea that what we’re riding wasn’t intended to be ridden and, in a sense, turning nothing into something. My favorite thing about park riding would be that the possibilities are endless. The amount of tricks you could do and learn at the skatepark is like the training grounds where you go and dial everything in before you take them to street.
If you could only ride skateparks or street spots for a year. Which would you pick if you had to? Any reason for one over the other?
Damn that’s a hard one! If I hands down had to choose I’d say street spots only because I have been basically riding the same skateparks everyday for three years, so I’m kind of over going to skateparks at the moment.
What was the first legit trick you learned and was really stoked on?
I don’t even remember my very first trick, but I do remember my very first hop whip back when I was goofy footed. My friend Isac looks at me and goes “if Stevie Churchill can do it why can’t you?” and I turned around and did it first try! I was so stoked that I just started screaming and freaking out, haha.
How did you end up learning fakie front flips and how are you so good at those? I’ve seen you do that trick a few times and you almost make it look easy.
Haha, well, the story about fakie fronties and how I started trying them is kind of funny. One day I went to the Incline Club after I had just put my freecoaster on. During the session, I basically just decided to send it and see what happens and ended up pulling it. After that day I would just randomly try them and see what happened. It’s literally all trial and error with that trick. It’s not really hard, it’s just very intimidating.
Everyone has that one trick they just cannot do. What’s one trick that you haven’t been able to figure out that always kicks your ass?
Without a doubt it would be have to be switch whips. I’ve landed switch whips multiple times, I’ve even done switch downside whip to fakie, but that trick always kicks my ass! They’re so hard to get consistent and clean.
It seems like you can always spot a rider that came out of the East Coast. Do you feel like growing up in New Jersey had a lot of influence on your style of riding?
Yeah, it definitely has had a big influence from growing up riding with all the LFS dudes and watching them do gnarly ass rails to some tech cuddy storm door shit. It just gave me a different appreciation for the East Coast style of riding where it’s not all about the tricks you do, but more about the spot. Like say if you did a wallride on a fence, to somebody else it would just be another wallride. East Coast guys also look at the spot itself and be like “oh, he had to come do the wallride and pull out over the ledge and back into the bank” or “if he pulls out too much he’s crushing his ribs on a rail.” So, yeah it definitely influenced my style of riding a lot and the way I look at spots.
Who are some of the riders that you were really into when you first got started riding BMX?
Garrett Reynolds, Tony Hamlin and Chris Doyle were my favorite riders when I was coming up. It’s pretty funny because the first bmx video I ever watched that got me stoked on bmx and made me go out and ride was the Kink “Squash It” video, and now I’m riding for them.
What about these days? Who are the guys that really motivate you to push yourself?
Right now I’m really hyped on Simone Barraco, he just has the sickest style and everything is so unique in his riding. It’s really dope. I’ve also been really hyped on Dakota Roche. I’ve been watching his Talk Is Cheap section like every day now because it’s just so damn good!
Are you much of a contest guy? I feel like you would have crushed the Simple Session course this year. Any chance we’ll see you making the trip next year?
Nah, I’m not a contest guy at all. I just like riding my bike. I feel there’s no need to compete against someone when I’m just trying to have fun, but I would love to go to Simple Session just for the experience! It seems like one hell of a time. As of right now I don’t see any chance of me going to Simple Session next year, but it would be fun.
Actually, speaking of traveling. Where are a few places you really want to get to at some point to ride that you haven’t had the chance to go to yet?
I 100% without a doubt want to go to Barcelona one day. That place seems like a paradise with spots every where. I also want to go to California really bad. That would be sick.
Let’s say you got a fat budget to take any 5 riders to any place in the world to film an edit. Who do you bring, where do you go and why?
I’d would bring Dennis Enarson, Garrett Reynolds, Dylan Stark, Tony Hamlin and Simone Barraco to China. For one, China is absolutely insane with all the crazy architecture. I can’t even imagine what the spots would be like. Also, I would bring these five dude because they’re my favorite riders and who wouldn’t want to see their favorite riders do some fucked up shit?
What are you usually getting into when you aren’t riding? Any hobbies, jobs, school or anything like that keeping you busy?
No actually I’m a very boring person all I do is ride and when I’m not riding I am either sleep hanging out with my girlfriend or at work, haha.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Anything in particular you hope to accomplish?
I hopefully look to be living in my own place just chilling and riding my bike. That’s literally it.
How can people keep up with you these days?
Yeah, my Instagram is @caseycased my Facebook account is Casey Starling.
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
Yeah, shout to my mom and my girlfriend, Rachael, for supporting me through everything. I also want to give a shout out and huge thanks to Shannon Sheri, Jay Graz, Witty and Kyle. These guys are my family and they have helped and supported me through so much, so thank you guys!
Anything else you want to say?
Yeah, just for the record my real name is Kayin I got the nickname Casey in like 5th grade and ever since then it just stuck. Also, to any kid just getting into BMX, don’t worry about going pro or getting sponsored, just ride your bike and have fun with your friends because at the end of the day that’s what BMX is really about!
… Oh, and to anyone wondering… Yes, I used to be goofy footed I used to ride left foot forward. I switched my feet and that’s why I do my flairs switch footed. I learned them that way first!
Here’s a look at Montana Ricky’s brand new Cult setup!
It looks like Montana Ricky is no longer riding for Freed Bikes and is currently rolling on a brand new Cult setup decked out with parts from Merritt and Cult. Hit play to get a look at the bike being built up, then get the full run through of all the parts that he’s rolling around on. This is one dialed BMX bike! Check it all out!
“I got my new Bike Cult sent me and I decided to do a bike check and a rundown on everything. I’d like to thank Cult and Merritt for helping me out and getting me a whole new set up and bike to ride. For more check them out at
Filmed and edited by Scott Mcmenamin”