Bike check -- Rob Darden's Fiend setup
Rob Darden at The Unit -- Greenville, N.C.
Circa 2014, Rob Darden maintains a healthy schedule of weight training and riding at the infamous Unit Skatepark in Greenville, N.C. Even without the support of a bike sponsor, Darden remains one of the most respected names on the circuit today, and this is his latest setup.
Darden's setup is built around a Fiend Ty Morrow signature frame, and Fiend Embryo forks. Fiend founder Garrett Reynolds remains a loyal supporter of Darden's riding.
Darden's front end steering setup consists of United Corey Martinez signature bars, a Cult front load Mind Control Stem, an Odyssey Gyro complete with Dragonfly top cable, Dia-Compe Tech 77 lever with the end filed down, and ODI grips.
Fiend Embryo forks, Alienation front wheel, KHE Mac2 Dirt tire and two front pegs round out the front end of Darden's setup.
Alienation Deviant rim
Alienation's Deviant rim is a double wall aero rim made from 6061-T-6 aluminum with a single hollow chamber for less weight and a rounded profile for a clean look.
Several years ago, Darden rode for Guerra BMX, and received support from Guerra's sister brand Ezra. And when a part works, well, it doesn't make much sense to change it. Darden continues to ride Ezra's 175mm cranks.
Darden rides Primo's Stance PC pedals.
Darden's brake of choice is Odyssey's EVO2 setup.
View from the top
This is Darden's view: Cult Mind Control stem, and the ever-present Dragonfly double-routed top Gyro cable, which are a rarity these days.
Darden's seat of choice is a Primo Pivotal.
Darden has been on the Alienation Rush freecoaster for quite some time now, and his style continues to evolve with the new approach to fakie rolling.
Darden at work
Turndown at the trails (left), and a 360 toboggan to fakie at The Unit in Greenville, N.C.