In the dawn of the still undefined world of fixed freestyle, Ed “Wonka” Laforte is single-handedly demonstrating what can be done on two wheels. Young and hungry, Wonka didn’t waste any time waiting for a bike company to meet the needs that riders like himself were demanding. Instead, at age 19 he and a couple friends started Grime Bikes and developed the first ever 26” fixed frame. Now 21, Wonka is not only traveling the world over on his bike but also opened the Grime Bikes Store in Manhattan’s Lower East Side just this past year. No stopping this kid. Don’t sleep.
Chrome x Red Bull Ride and Style 2013
May 17, 2013
By now, you've most likely read all the great write ups about Red Bull Ride and Style 2013, seen the Wheel Talk recap video collab with #CFTY (Can't Fool The Youth) and Omar Sebai, and trolled the thousands of photos that have surfaced from friends, homies, and bike teams. Most of which, has been captured and displayed in the absolute best way it could. We've been replaying Wheel Talk's vid over and over. Continue reading
Wonka and Cardiel ride to our Chico Factory
June 25, 2011
Too stoked to wait, Familia member Ed Wonka joined John Cardiel to scope out his new collab bags with us at our Chico CA, factory. Cards has a keen sense to detail and loves to be involved with the fabrication of his projects... Our factory is also next door to the Sierra Nevada Brewery, which ain't so bad. Continue reading
The Man Behind the Madness: Ed “Wonka” LaForte
March 20, 2011
There is only so much we can say about Ed “Wonka” LaForte that hasn’t already has proven. This kid is a beast, but not just a beast in regards to his recent and current history plus expansion of Fixed Freestyle but as a beast in the game of life.