The Dan’s Comp Back-To-School Mini-Catalog is out now with a solid selection of the newest and most exciting products in BMX. Dan’s/Subrosa team rider Hoang Tran is on the cover, and his TOC interview is below. Check out the “New Arrivals” section at the site to see what’s new, and if you aren’t receiving catalogs currently, just place an order or sign up for one at the top left corner of the main site. WWW.danscomp.COM has what you need for BMX, back-to-school and everyday adventures.
Hoang, how are you? Where you at? I’m doing great! I’m currently sitting in my new place! Just moved in with some of my really good friends and girlfriend. Now, we have the ultimate environment to motivate each other to create art and shred at whatever we are involved in.
Welcome back to the cover of the Dan’s Comp catalog. This is not your first time–do you feel exploited? I don’t think getting the cover of a Dan’s Comp catalog could get old. It’s an honor every time. What went into this photo and what are you doing, exactly? This photo was taken during the filming for an edit to promote the Villicus line. Bobby Kanode had mentioned this spot and I was stoked to go there and ride it. I love a good street transition spot. This little ditch was a really fun spot, it had a wall ride at the top of this bank so you could roast a little wall ride to get the juices flowing, then you would rip down this bank straight into the transition before the rail. I jumped it a few times and ended up doing this 180 invert over it.
You’ve been on some big trips in the last year, some for some Subrosa, some just with your friends, and one especially big journey took you to Vietnam. Tell us about your travels and what role they play in your life. Traveling has been my teacher in life. I don’t think I could answer this question without filling this whole catalog. So, to make a long story short, traveling plays a huge role in who I am today.
How about the Subrosa Park Parties? Subrosa Park Parties are awesome to me because it’s not just us showing up and doing a demo while all the locals just sit there and watch. We wanna encourage them to shred. Of course, the more everyone gets stoked during the session, the more sick stuff gets pulled by everyone, Subrosa dudes and locals alike. We’ve had some epic sessions with locals!
You’re several versions into your signature Villicus frame and parts from Subrosa. What’s next? It’s still an unbelievable dream come true sometimes, but somehow the dream just keeps getting better. I’ve been really stoked on how all the versions have evolved, but I think this next one, you’ll remember for the rest of your life, at least I will…
How often do you ride a Subrosa Street Rail? I actually just got done shredding it with my roommates Tom and Ron. I ride it pretty much every time before a session. Its the perfect setup to get all warmed up.
San Diego has become a hotbed for BMX activity. Having lived there for several years now, how do you feel about the current state of SD? There’s a little good and bad. Skateparks are popping up everywhere, so there are a lot of places to go have a session. The only negative thing is a lot of street spots get sessioned pretty heavily, so they get too worn out and deteriorate or the owners put some kind of stoppers in place.
You’re big into motorcycles as well. What connection do you see between BMX and old motorcycles? Once an old motorcycle is simplified to only the parts needed to run, including the suspension, this now simplified motorcycle is the BMX bike of the motorcycle world. There’s nothing like the feeling of shredding a motorcycle to a spot and then shredding your BMX bike. Once your drop in on your bike, you are instantly ready to go fast and blast around.
Any big plans or trips for the rest of the year? Nothing out of the usual. Plans for a lot of trips involving camping, motorcycles, and BMX.
Shouts/outs/thanks/yous? Big thanks to everyone at Subrosa and Sparky’s. My parents and family, Claire, all my close friends and last but not least, Dan’s Competition!