Bikecheck: Ben Desjardin’s Partymaster

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When time came for Ben Desjardins to put together a new Partymaster, he couldn’t decide wether he wanted to stick with the raw, or opt for black.. Well, how about both at once? For his new build, Ben got himself a Solar Rain Black Chrome Translucid custom color and it looks dope as hell! Despite seeing a whole lot of different Partymaster builds over the years, a formula that seems to be popular among most builds is the Pike DJ fork, which Ben also uses. I can already hear you bike mechanics out there pointing out that his cranks are installed backwards, and I can’t blame you because I did the same. Well, apparently there’s a reason for it. Find out why Ben did so below along with more photos and a full specs list of his new bike.

“I purposefully run my cranks backwards so that my pedal bodies sit farther back and makes my feet slip back instead of forward. No, the pedals never loosen. My Pike DJ has 2 bottomless tokens in it and is run at 200psi. Rebound full Turtle and zero compression. This seems to give the most consistent results wherever I ride. This is honestly the strongest feeling bike I have ever ridden. The Partymaster frame mixed with a Pike DJ is so solid and stiff that it gives you that extra confidence booster to go harder! Thanks to everyone at The Rise for keeping me rolling on this beautiful masterpiece! Hell Yeah boys!” -Ben Desjardins

Fork: Rockshox Pike DJ 100mm
Handlebar: NS District 29″
Stem: Fiend Morrow
Grips: ODI Longnecks
Headset: Cane Creek zs44 upper, WolfTooth EC44 lower
Seat: Alone Pivotal
Seat Post: Generic 27.2 pivotal
Pedals: Octane One Nylon
Cranks: Profile Racing Splinedrive 175mm
Bottom Bracket: Salt Plus Mid 19mm
Sprocket: MacNeil Spline Drive 25t
Chain: Gusset Slink Halflink
Front Hub: Salt Plus
Rear Hub: Demolition Rogue

Rims: NS Enigma (32H front, 36H rear)
Spokes: DT Champion Spokes
Tires: Maxxis DTH 2.15

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