Now FBM and I are going in different directions and we both are ready to accomplish new things. It has been one of the roughest months of the past few years because I have to move from a company that I have real friends, and not only Crandall, but Big Dave who makes the most kick ass bikes, John Lee who is the best person to talk too when calling up to the shop, John Paul who is just a funny guy, and Erbs who is a guy that has helped me out more then you can imagine. It’s been a good time the last 3 years and I would not change one thing. I want to say that I came into this all with dudes I saw while I was growing up and I am leaving with these guys as some of my best friends. I love all the dudes at FBM and my family and I thank all of those guys for everything the last 3 years, letting me have some of the best times, and I wish everyone at FBM the best of luck.
Have fun everyday!
I think it was the winter in 2005 while on a road trip through Texas. I was visiting with Tom and Tina from Empire, and their first video was about to be released. Tina had mentioned one of their riders might be a good person to consider helping out. I saw a preview of the video, and was in shock as this kid riding a blue PW Moto was doing shit I hadn't seen before, and to the upbeat tempo of some country music - "If you're going to play Texas, you got to have a fiddle in the band". His name was Aaron Ross, and he walked to the tune of a thrown bicycle with a loose hub guard.
Fast forward a few months and Aaron has gone from shop supported FBM flow guy, to a rising star rookie pro. Cranking out amazing video parts, with a line of Adam Roye inspired T-shirts and a pro model frame with outrageous graphics and color ways. The next couple of years ended up being a good time with Aaron growing as a professional rider, filming for various sponsors and road trips, traveling the world for various contests, and the like. This year all of the above culminated into a whirlwind of X-games podium finishes, breakthrough video parts, and a NORA win in Las Vegas.
With all of that, the offers started rolling in, to the point where FBM couldn't realistically provide Aaron the same things that another company could potentially provide. Our relationship was good, but it was obvious that more opportunity might exist by taking a different route. After a good talk, it was agreed that Aaron should explore these other offers, and see what's out there for him. As a sponsor, our goal was to support Aaron the best we could, and right now that includes letting go of an amazing rider, so he can do what's best for him. The results from our Sponsor/rider relationship proved successful, and a strong friendship remains, and I look forward to seeing what Aaron can accomplish in his next chapter.
Thanks Aaron, and good luck
- Crandall/ FBM Bikes.