That’s right, we just released an all new color for the signature Jason Enns Cerberus frame. Very limited edition “pool shark splatter” (gloss black base with small yellow and cyan splatters) Cerberus frame with only 30 made. First come first serve…
Jason’s career has been through the ups and downs of the bmx industry and has held steady of staying on one team (16 years on Volume!) throughout his career, and he’s had 5 pro model frames with us with the Destroyer, Death Wish, Ends, Destroyer Reissue and now the Cerberus. He’s seen every trend, fad, pro riders, bad riders, fame, fortune, and then some with his extensive career. Jason’s riding has evolved into pool riding recently and has already been doing things that haven’t been done before in gnarly pools that some dare to drop into. Check out his latest interview below to read his thoughts on trends, his frame, stories and more.
What would you call or how would you describe your new Cerberus color to people?
That’s a good question, haha. It has a cosmic feel to it, so let’s just go with that.
With your riding progressing into more concrete and pool riding, what advantages do you think your frame has for that type of riding? (i.e. longer chainstay, steeper head tube, chain tensioner?)
The chain tensioners have been a favorite feature since day one. It makes life so easy if you run four pegs. You can get your wheel postion and chain tension dialed in then tighten everything down with nothing moving at all. That tiny bit of extra length in the rear, depending on where you run your wheel can make a huge difference if you’re riding tight tannis. It gives you just a little more stability from looping out.
When we first designed your frame, it was one of the few on the market that had a steep head tube over 75º, what made you go that route?
I just really liked the way it felt and the quick handling up front, plus it gives you just that tiny bit more length up front and gets the bars out of your lap.
You’ve seen a lot of weird products throughout your bmx career, what weird or funny gimmick do you see next for bmx?
I don’t really see it as a gimmick, but I could really see the bash-guard, like Rooftop’s new frame catching on. It definitely makes more sense now than when they started showing up in the late 80’s. It’s only gonna take seeing a few cool slides or tricks with it before people are gonna want to try it out. I could see it taking off and opening the door to a whole new style of riding.
What are your thoughts on the more modern frames these days? (super short CS, steep HT, long top tubes, and taller standovers)
It just seems that the companies keep pushing the limit on any trend or something that’s hot just to be different till it just gets ridiculous. It all comes back around to what just works best in time.
“It’s been a great ride all the way but when Volume was new, and I just got on it was an amazing time for me.”
Being on Volume for 16 years (started in 1999 and Jason got on a year after), what would you say was one of the most memorable moments? Seeing all the ups and downs, I’m sure you have some great stories?
It’s been a great ride all the way, but when Volume was new and I just got on it was an amazing time for me. I had never been to California at that point, and everything was so new and exciting. When Bennett got on, those where awesome times. Just going on road trips with the 3 of us (Bennett, Castillo, and I), no phones, navigation or internet, just hanging out riding and winging it. Best of times!
You’re kinda on the old school bike tip right now too, what about that era of “old school” bmx do you like the most?
I think most riders will have a bit of nostalgic feeling for whatever era that they started getting into BMX. I just love looking at the bikes I used to drool over growing up. Just something about that time, all the bikes, parts, clothes, magazine ads looked so cool to me. So much personality. It’s fun to rip around on the old bikes and it really makes you appreciate how good bikes are now days, haha. It’s hard to believe all the gnarly stuff that went down back then on these bikes made of paper-mache.
What made you get into pool riding so much after having a heavy career in street for so long, and what do you think held you back from riding them earlier on?
It wasn’t any specific or even a conscious decision, just more of a natural progression I guess. It really starts to get addictive after you find and ride a couple good ones. I definitely have gone through a lot of different phases with my riding and just keeping doing what I’m having fun with at the time. I have always been into riding pools even back in Vancouver, but if you’re living anywhere but California they can be few and far between, so it wasn’t till I was living here that I started to hit a lot of them.
Back in the day, did you ever think you’d still be riding in your 40s? What did you think you’d be doing now back when you were younger?
I couldn’t even grasp being 40 back then, nevermind still thinking about riding at that age. I just love riding and what I get out of it and have always made it a priority and now here we are over 25 years later with no end in sight.
What riders did you look up to when you were coming up, and what up-and-coming riders are you impressed with today?
When I was coming up I was looking up to all the same dudes as everybody, Wilkerson, Blyther, Hoffman, DMC, Dominguez… all those dudes. Then a little later on I was super into Craig Gross, Dave Clymer, the Dirt Bros, and all the dudes pioneering street riding at the time.
As corny as it sounds I can’t believe the tricks Broc and Demarcus are doing these days. Just their insta vids alone are mind blowing. Their day to day riding level and progression rate is unbelievable. It’s an honor to ride, be teammates and friends with the guys that are pushing the next generation of the sport.
I know you’re working on a new edit with Mastroni, what can we expect to see?
Yeah, we should have it done by the end of the month. Definitely don’t expect a Demarcus or Broc level of a frame promo video, haha. It should just be a fun watch and it will be a good representation of my day to day riding.
What would you be doing if you knew that the world would end tomorrow?
Probably still trying to get this interview done so I could see all the photos we shot for this before everything is all over…