Bike Check: Tom Reynolds' Specialized P-3

Oct 21, 2020
by Nick Bentley  

Fresh after taking 2nd at DMR DirtWars UK Round 4 at Redhill Extreme we caught up with seasoned UK slopestyle rider Tom Reynolds to take a look at his custom Specialized P.3.

This isn't an off the shelf Specialized P.3. Tom has hand-picked components from his sponsors to fit both him and his riding style. At the heart of the build is the aluminum Specialized frame with built-in chain tensioners that keep the side of the frame clean and free from anything that Tom can catch his foot on when he throws his signature double tailwhips.

Interestingly Tom uses the 'mold to your hand' grips from Imprint grips. We asked him if he really feels the difference between these and a standard grip. Tom's response was an emphatic yes as he went on to point out when you're choosing gloves it's not one size fits all so why should your grips be? The fact he can mold them to his hand makes them a much comfier fit and allows him to have a better grip on the bars. As he went on to point out "It's like shoes, you don't just wear flip flops all the time you wear shoes that are fitted to your feet so grips should be the same." It's an interesting point with everyone obsessing over every detail of their bikes but do you ever really fit your bike to you?

Tom Reynolds // Hope Tech, MucOff, CrankBrothers, OLFI Cameras, Imprint Grips, Suunto Watches, Dakine, Salice UK, Frimley Bike Hub
Instagram: @tom_ren

The aluminum frame of the Specialized P.3 keeps the weight down on this build along with all aluminum components from Crankbrothers and Hope.

Tom wins the smallest gap between rear tire and saddle award with his saddle slammed as far as it will go.
Specialized P.3
Frame: Specialized P.3
Shock: N/A
Fork: RockShox Pike DJ 100mm
Wheels: Hope Tech Enduro 26"
Tires: Specialized Renegade 26"
Drivetrain: Single-speed Hope
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 X2
Cockpit: Hope Stem, Crankbrothers 20mm rise handlebars. Imprint custom molded grips
Size: N/A

bigquotesIt's like shoes, you don't just wear flip flops all the time, you wear shoes that are fitted to your feet so grips should be the same. Tom Reynolds

The classic design of the Hope X2 caliper only matched by its reliability.

No innertube or tire to stop the pedals spinning on Tom's bike. No gyro either, just plenty of Hope brake hose wrapped around the stem - an old school but effective option.

Crankbrothers Stamp pedals are the pedals of choice for Tom along with a hope narrow-wide chainring keeping the chain in place.

Tom's Pro Imprint grips are molded to his hand to provide the best grip possible. It's an interesting concept that makes a lot of sense with everyone's grip being totally different why are all our grips the same size?

Hope Enduro 26" wheelset with Hope pro4 hubs a reliable set up


  • 32 1
 I think these bike checks would be better with the bike weight listed. That's all.
  • 23 0
 But what's the pressure in the rear shock? And how sensitive does he like the front brake? The people want to know!!
  • 7 0
 Shock Pressure: ∞
Front Brake Sensitivity: 0

  • 3 5
 @steflund: just between u and me, I think @Lloydmeister was having sarcasms
  • 3 0
 I'm sure I made some kind of mistake, but I backed Imprint grips back in their Kickstarter days and have never tried worst grips than them. Even after remolding them several times and riding with them for weeks to get used to them, I never hurt so much in my hands as using them.
  • 1 0
 same for me, they felt like hard plastic
  • 5 0
 Tom probably doesn't notice as most times, his hands aren't even touching the bars!
  • 2 0
 The fact that it works on a DJ bike doesn't mean it also works on a XC or Enduro bike, where your laps are longer than 1 minute before you get off your bike and walk back to the start. That said, I've never tried them so I have no idea how well they work.
  • 7 0
 I've never heard of these before. The idea could have merit for normal riding, but for dirt jumping and doing tricks that involve taking your hands off the bars... I don't think so. When you grab your bars in the air your hands almost never land in exactly the right spot. It seems like a mounded grip would feel terrible if you shifted your hand a half inch left or right.
  • 4 0
 @kcy4130: maybe it helps you shift your hands back to the right position when you grab the bars again!?
  • 6 0
 No mention of crank not being a hope offering
  • 2 0
 I have plenty of grip options, thank you. I just want bike shoes that fit comfortably. I can always slice and dice my grips down if I need too... or dip then in Tool Grip a few thousand times?

Great color bike, though. And I immediately switch out the brakes on whatever bike I just bought with Hopes whenever I get a new one.
  • 2 0
 I wear flip flops all the time ... thats a confusing statement. Guess thats why I'm ok with my "one size fits all" ODI Elites :-)
  • 3 0
 "you don't just wear flip flops all the time"

ever been to Australia mate? What are shoes......
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 I am super picky about the grips on my All Mountain bike, but for my DJ bike the only priority is that they match my bike...
  • 3 1
 Actually the sickest and nicest guy around
  • 2 0
 Frimley? Think you mean Swinley!
  • 2 0
 Such a nice bike, love the colour too
  • 4 1
 Saddle too high.
  • 2 1
 Big up Tommy R the biggest G in the bizzzzz!
  • 1 0
 Widest bars of the day award winner.
  • 1 0
 nice, whats that shade of blue called?
  • 1 0
 Interesting seat choice for a dj. Must be going for weight
  • 1 0
 Presta front and schrader rear? Madness.
  • 1 0
 bautiful looking bike

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