Name: Clint Millar Age: 31 Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
When did you start Colony BMX? Clint: Well it’s been an idea of mine for quite some time now. But I guess it all started officially around the beginning of 2005. That’s when it started as a registered company.
Are you the sole owner or do you have business partners? Clint: No, I have Chris Harrison (owner of triplesix distributions) has my 50/50 partner. Chris is great with the business rules side & artwork & I take care of the product design & team side of things. I mean we both all do it together as a partnership should be.
What was the reason behind starting the parts company?
Clint: I just had a few ideas for products & I really thought Australia needed it’s own rider owned brand. I just wanted to create something where I can hope to give back to the scene that has given me so much over the years. I also have a huge interest in the industry side of BMX.
Is BMX getting big in Australia so the company can be profitable on Australian BMX sales, or do you need to have international distribution too? Clint: BMX in Australia is healthy for sure. We could just survive on sales within Australia & that was our aim to start with. But since word getting out about Colony we have had interest from all over the globe. So we will be having distributors in other countries. We are open to all inquiries from anyone out there wishing to support Colony.
How have you set up distribution for Colony? Clint: In Australia distribution will be handled by triplesix. Which makes perfect sense being that I work for them as well & Chris owns it. We (triplesix) are set up very well in Australia & would be one of the top BMX distribution houses in the country. Triplesix also cover New Zealand so Colony will be available there as well. We are in the very early stages of talking to countries like Germany & England. So any other companies that wish to do Colony please contact us.
What is your product range & where will it be manufactured? Clint: OK, for starters our product line will be rather small with the plan to expand all the time. The first range of products will be Ryan Guettler Signature 13 butted bars, street & park pegs (that we are applying for patents on the design. I am very excited about these pegs!), a seat clamp, bar ends, chain tensioners, brake cables, hollow stem bolts, a half link for your chain. As well as stickers, tees etc. There will also be a mid to high range complete bike that will be designed in conjunction with wethepeople. I am very stoked that wethepeople are down with Colony & we will be doing a few joint projects together. Also in the works are some Kenny Raggett Signature bars, a stem, a sprocket, grips & much more down the line. We also plan to do a Pete Radivo stubbie holder as well! (Australian term for single beer cooler?) I want to utilize my team in all product development & ideas. All or most products will be manufactured in Taiwan.
Did you find this an easy process to work out? Clint: Yes & no. I had my few initial ideas which took a few prototypes to get dialed & I am now happy with them. It’s been a steep learning curve but a very fun one at that. It’s the best feeling when you get your prototypes in your hands that were before that just ideas in your head & on paper.
Who helped you out a lot with the company so far? Clint: We had Harry at wethepeople help with contacts in Taiwan & I can’t thank him enough for his support. Without his help & support it would’ve been a lot harder that’s for sure. I must also thank Daniel Hunt who has been our technical drawing guru. I give Hunt the rough sketches I do & he dials them in on CAD or similar program. Hunt rules!
When can we expect the final products in the shops? Clint: At this stage it looks like we should have products in the stores here in Australia around June 2005. The complete bike won’t be available until September/ October 2005. If all goes to plan the parts should also be available at our distributors worldwide around the same times.
With riders like Guettler on the team do you feel like you're going to kick ass? Clint: Yeah I would like to think so. On the team so far I have ; Ryan Guettler, Pete Radivo & Kenny Raggett. I just want to grow Colony to the point where I can reward my small but select team of riders. I am honoured to have these guys a part of the journey that Colony will become. We will also have a flow team as well yet to be announced.
What wethepeople parts are you going to replace with Colony parts on your ride? Clint: Well I will be running the Guettler Bars, my park pegs, seatclamp, hollow stem bolts & bar ends.
You're still going to rock your wethepeople signature frame in Mustard, right? Clint: Oh yeah mate !! The Mustard is an awesome colour !! I hear Steve Woodward in the states is running one now too. I just never had a yellow bike before & thought why not?
Are you a better BMX sales man than selling drinks on a tour bus? Clint: You would hope so! I don’t think I even sold one on that bus ride? I know if Osato was my boss he would’ve fired me a long time ago! haha!
Thanks/props: Clint: Definitely want to thank Ryan Guettler, Pete Radivo & Kenny Raggett for believing in Colony. Chris Harrison for being my partner, Harry & Klaus at wethepeople for supporting me in everything that I do, Daniel Hunt for helping with the drawings & FATBMX for this interview !! I also wish to thank in advance all the riders here in Australia & abroad that have been so supportive of Colony & what it’s about. I just hope that we can live up to their expectations……. Yo yo !!
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