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?
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.
But WTP figures if you are going big off the dirt jumps, maybe you need big-powered brakes too!
“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.“
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Then it gets a full Éclat finishing kit…
Wave integrated headset, Sean Burns grips, Exile MTB-style alloy seatpost, Exile hollow chromoly rail saddle with Tyson limited edition graphics…
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 – Pricing & Availability
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.
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.