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WTP Chaos Machine Brings Disc Brakes to Freestyle BMX Bikes

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WeThePeople are making waves in BMX with their new chromoly WTP Chaos Machine frame, making it the first-ever freestyle bike to get disc brakes. Or rather… a disc brake, since this is freestyle BMX so you only need a rear brake anyway. Save weight & complexity up front with foot jams, right?

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike

 

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The rim brake vs. disc brake debate raged for years first in MTB, then cyclocross, and still hasn’t entirely died down on the road with some retro grouches and old-school roadie holdouts. But while there are a few BMXers experimenting with next-gen bikes like these mini full-suspension sleds, or Olympic BMXers having even paired carbon, discs & gasp… a derailleur! there hasn’t really been any push to bring disc brakes to BMX on a real scale.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, disc rear hub

But WTP figures if you are going big off the dirt jumps, maybe you need big-powered brakes too!

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check at the dirt jumps

We worked with Aussie trail boss and BMX lifer Tyson Jones-Peni on an all-out trail and bowl roasting machine. The Chaos Machine Frame features long and stable geometry, combined with Wethepeople’s legendary frame building technology making it one of the meanest and toughest rigs in the game.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check

Tyson isn’t scared to go fast and hit the mainline with some serious speed so we equipped his signature steed with mounts for a disc brake (and a regular u-brake) making it the first frame of its kind and perfect for riders needing some upgraded stopping power. From the super long 14″+ chainstay to the unique detailing on the seat stay bridge and head tube, the Chaos Machine frame is one of the most “signature” frames we’ve ever made.”

Tech details

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni signature frame

The 20″ wheel WTP Chaos Machine is a burly BMX bike frame welded from seamless butted Japanese chromoly steel tubing. It features WTP’s signature extruded chainstays with extra thickness on their underside for extra strength & durability, a variable thickness bottom bracket shell, plus top & downtube gussets.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni signature frame details

It gets a 74mm mid-sized BMX BB, integrated headset cups, low-profile 6mm-thick CNC’ed track end dropouts with integrated chain tensioners, an alloy seatpost clamp, and clearance for up to a 2.4″ tire.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni signature frame, dropouts

The Chaos Machine can run either a traditional U-brake (with removable posts) or an IS-mount rear disc brake, compatible with rotors as small as 120mm or up to 160mm.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni signature frame, Black

WeThePeople sell the 2.4kg frame on its own. You’re not too likely to find a 20″ freestyle BMX fork with a front disc brake, so take advantage of all the breaking you can get when you land a big dirt jump line.

Tyson’s signature Chaos Machine Bike Check

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, complete

Tyson’s signature WeThePeople Chaos Machine was built up with a 32mm offset WTP Patrol fork, 9.15″ oversize clamp Buck Bar on a Logic Topload stem.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, Radio hydro brake lever

His bike gets a Radio Raceline hydraulic disc brake with a 140mm rotor, and killer Éclat carbon wheels with Carbonic rims laced to Exile front & Exile Disc rear hubs, and wrapped in 2.4″ front & 2.25″ rear Vapour tires.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, Radio Raceline hydraulic disc brake

Then it gets a full Éclat finishing kit…

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, frame

Wave integrated headset, Sean Burns grips, Exile MTB-style alloy seatpost, Exile hollow chromoly rail saddle with Tyson limited edition graphics…

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, Eclat cranks

175mm Spire tubular chromoly cranks with a 33T machined Exile chainring, a 4 Stroke hollow-plate half-link chain, and alloy prototype Surge XL flat pedals.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, prototype Eclat pedals

WTP Chaos Machine – Pricing & Availability

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni signature frame, Raw

The disc-brake-ready WTP Chaos Machine sells as a frame-only for A$680 in Aussie Dollarydoos from Tyson’s own Back Bone BMX shop in Canberra. WeThePeople developed the frame back in Germany though, so that compares to about 450€. It comes in either black or glossy clear over raw steel, and in three sizes with long & stable 21″, 21.35″, or 21.7″ toptubes.

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check, BackBoneBMX owner

Check your local WTP dealer to get a local price and find out how quickly they could build up a disc brake freestyle BMX for you to take off some sweet jumps.

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Jake Carlin
Jake Carlin
1 month ago

Its a dirt jumper not a freestyle bike. Disc rotor wouldnt last 10 seconds in a skate park or street riding. BMX race already adopted disc brakes a few years back. this is just nichey niche

Tyson
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake Carlin

I ride skateparks all the time; it’s been great.

Jake Carlin
Jake Carlin
1 month ago
Reply to  Tyson

OK sure, scooters and skateboards work well in skate parks too. I guess those dont run pegs either

Christopher Potts
Christopher Potts
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake Carlin

Hit ya peg bra

Don't delete my comments Bro!
Don't delete my comments Bro!
1 month ago

This has been done already. Rocket had a disc bike with a 3 speed derailleur no less in like 1998. Also having it on only the rear wheel is about as useless as it lets. A V-brake had no issues skidding a back wheel.

Milessio
Milessio
1 month ago

. . . so take advantage of all the breaking you can get when you land a big dirt jump line.

Hmm, that might work once, if at all, but is not normally considered a desired feature! 😉

Tyson
1 month ago
Reply to  Milessio

It is for me & that’s what I love to ride.

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