I announced on my youtube channel a week ago that in 2017 i’ll be racing for Crisp Bros Racing and Mac components!
“BMX in Australia during the 80’s was a defining moment for a sport still growing and evolving. Three Brisbane brothers Darren, Dean and Adam Crisp, established one of Australia’s most iconic names in BMX “Crisp Brothers Racing”. Dean being the figure head with a race career that cemented him as one of the countries top pros from the mid 80’s era. Crisp Bros Racing gave many Amercian brands tough competition producing everything, frame/forks, race gear, pads & plates. Darren and Dean began racing around 1977, Darren started on a Suzuki, Dean aged 11 remembering his first bike was a Maddison moving onto a Cooks Bros.
In the late 70’s Dean along with Darren joined the Sunshine BMX team based out of Brisbane. Started by Colin Spencer who designed and built his own frames, both out of Cro Moly and Aluminium. His frames were ahead of there time in weight and geometry. The team consisted of Mick Wiltshire, Darren Crisp, Dean Crisp, Michael Baker, Arron Spencer and Colin Spencer.
In 1980 Dean won his first Australian Title in the 15 boys class on his blue alloy Sunshine frame, which Dean still owns. Darren also raced in the open class and finished 4th. The titles were raced on points over 4 different race tracks, Windsor, Centenary in Queensland, Ryde Eastwood and Liverpool in NSW. Dean also winning the Qld State Titles that year as well.
Deans talents eventually noticed and in 1981 Dean was picked up by US brand BMX Products Inc “Mongoose BMX”. Dean rode for Mongoose till around 1984. During that time Dean was asked to Travel to American with Mick Wiltshire to race with the Mongoose US factory team, Knotts Berry Farm being one of the events raced. Around 1982 saw the first Crisp Number plate release whist Dean was riding for Mongoose. Clear plastic Lexan plates with a chequered pattern his later plates were loosey based the Knotts Berry Farm race plate from his first US trip.
Dean and Darren formed a small Crisp Bros race team in 1983 with a young Jack Weatenberg, Adam Crisp and Darren Anderson. Crisp Bros first jersey had a rising sun graphic in red and blue which cemented the teams factory colours, along race pants which were produced initially by local manufacturer Peddle Power. The brothers first frame was developed for Adam, called the AC Interceptor. In early 84 designs were underway for a Pro Frame and Fork loosely based on Deans winning alloy Sunshine frame. Bottom Bracket height and head tube angles were adjusted for better steering and gate starts and a lower standover height was also factored in. These frames were made by local Qld frame builder Graham Stevens.” – http://www.crispbrosracing.com/history
This was possible thanks to Cam Small and Mich Ram who I have worked with in my previous sponsorship.
Mac components was created by them in the last year and I am blessed to be apart of the first Mac team!
Mac Components is a new Australian company targeting the BMX scene with the launch of its first product the Mac ONE Number Plate designed and made in Australia. Quality BMX products can be made & priced competitively in Australia to compete with the larger percentage of off shore Asian made products which dominate todays BMX market.
With a number of products on the drawing board our Mac ‘ONE’ BMX specific number plate is the first to hit the shelves. Its functional sleek design with 4 large openings for those important fast first straight pulls. Our Mac Pro “ONE” Panel features a first for BMX plates, adjustable sliding bottom velcro tabs for the multitude of different handle bar widths on the market. The Mac ONE plate is available in 2 sizes Pro and Mini and in 4 cool colourways with each plate hand assembled. – http://www.mac-components.com/mac
and my first ride!
Make sure you get yourself on a Crisp BMX and Mac Race Plate!