DeathPack BMX, custom BMX frame fabricators based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, are offering a conversion service to transform pretty much any BMX frame (OK, maybe not carbon) into a full suspension BMX. Cool, right? Let’s take a look at how it works.
DeathPack Full Suspension BMX Conversion
A full suspension BMX? Are you reading that correctly, or has lockdown finally got to you? Well, the concept isn’t as new (or crazy) as you might think. Fingers Crossed BMX led by Ruben Alcantara have dabbled in BMX rear-wheel travel before now.
Ruben, along with Garrett Byrnes, Mike Bennett, and Ari Cruz, produced a single-pivot full suspension BMX with the main pivot concentric to the BB. The lack of chain growth provided by the design was key in allowing for the single-speed setup you’ll be familiar with. Not only that, their prototype also ran hydraulic disc brakes and some very fat tires.
So what’s the deal with DeathPack BMX? These guys are offering to give your BMX its own rear wheel suspension for £400. While we still seem to be a long way off seeing production full suspension BMX bikes, this is the closest you’ll get to getting your hands on one.
In order to be eligible for the conversion, your BMX frame must fulfill the following requirements:
- A solid frame with no cracks, dents, twists or bends
- Suggested 21”+ top tube frame, ideally mid BB and 1 1/8th” head tube
The work completed carries a warranty of 1 year, but only if any damage that occurs is related to the conversion itself.
Your £400 gets you conversion of your supplied frame to accept a full suspension set-up with the addition of a new bottom bracket, pivot bearings, spacers and an NDS seat stay disk brake mount. The shock itself is not supplied (nor is a suspension fork). DeathPack BMX will powder coat the frame for you after the process is complete at additional cost.
We’re waiting to hear back from DeathPack BMX on details including shock requirements, actual length of the rear wheel travel and more… stay tuned folks!
How long does it take?
The DeathPack BMX website currently quotes a two-week lead time on conversions.