Saturday, July 27, 2013

um... seal, tho: kareem says farewell to leader bikes

Farewell Leader from Killa Kareem on Vimeo.
a very long time ago i recall when i first saw kareem pop up. around 2009ish or so, the guy was running a 725 with a 650 front, tall seatpost and mini bmx bars. i dont think we would have tall bars without this guy. we also wouldn't have southern safari, big money hustlaz, death pedal and death pedal II, the omnipresent leader mordecai as well as the 729 TRK... dude, i don't think steel leaders would be around if not for this guy. he has decided to part ways with leader, a company supporting the guy for almost half a decade.

"Riding for Leader bikes over the last 4 (almost 5) years has been an incredible journey. Starting out on the team as their first freestyle rider, I saw the sport go from "tricking" on aluminum track frames with 650/700c wheel setups to shredding on fully fledged 26" street machines. Throughout it all, Leader has always supported me in my endeavors. They've sent me to so many events and contests, sponsored every one of my bike films, helped me out when I opened a bike shop, and even aided me in my engineering career when they asked me to design their first 26" fixed gear freestyle bike. I can't begin to say how grateful I am for all of these amazing opportunities!

Over the last year or so however, I've watched the company grow tremendously and move it's focus from FGFS back to road and track bikes. As such, I feel like it is time for me to move on. Breakups are always hard but I hope we can stay friends, baby! I'll never forget the good times we had together!
-Kareem Shehab

you can go suck a fuck if you didn't start singing to this song.


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