Thieves Steal Ben Deakin's Custom Downhill Bike

Dec 13, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Ben Deakin has had two bikes stolen, including his custom Miami Vice themed Pivot Phoenix. The bikes were apparently stored at his parents' house and stolen by opportunist thieves who were initially targeting jewellery and electronics.


Ben is offering a reward for information that leads to their return. The custom-painted bike is a one of a kind so hopefully it will be too hot to handle on buy and sell websites.

bigquotesPlease share! My present downhill bike, the only one like this in the world, and my old downhill bike have been stolen! I’m absolutely gutted! Please spread far and wide. I’ll offer a reward to anyone who leads to their return!

I left them locked at my parents house and they have smashed their way into the house stealing my mum's jewellery that was left by my gran as well as rooting through the house stealing family sentimental pieces and electronics. I obviously want my bikes back but I do not want anyone to go through the pain my family are going through now! This was a professional opportunist gang that got lucky with my bikes!
Ben Deakin

If you have any information, reach out to Ben or the police.


68 Comments

  • 63 2
 Anyone else curious to where all of the Pro bikes that have been stolen end up?

Imagine if they were all sold to one private collector?!?!?!?!?!?!

J Leno's Garage?
  • 7 0
 Like the honda bike. Santa Cruz prototype bike disappeared while traveling to Fort Bill one year. I forget if it turned up.
  • 5 0
 @mtbmaniatv:

The Honda showed up on Ebay many years later...
  • 1 0
 @DutchmanPhotos: just the one right? any idea where it went lol
  • 9 0
 the Bro'sCloset?
  • 13 0
 Need to get Crockett and Tubs on the case!
  • 3 0
 @mtbmaniatv: The Honda Bike showed up on Ebay in germany. Back when i was there a buddy of mine was working at honda. They got the Police involved in that Case and recovered at least one of the two stolen frames. Its in Honda's Hands now.
The guy was selling it for super cheap money.....800€ roughly!
  • 1 0
 @DoctorWatson: wow thats interesting. No one bought it quickly and kept it haha. Also, are you saying there's still one out there or they melted it down?
  • 1 0
 They'll strip the parts off the frame and sell them individually as they are not traceable. The frame will go in the dumpster or in a lake/river.
  • 12 0
 @vikb: it's a carbon frame, it'll go to the ocean
  • 2 0
 like the collector in guardians of the galaxy? ; )
  • 1 0
 @kingrider2 Leno rides eBikes
  • 48 0
 They stole a one off custom bike from an ex-Royal Marine's Mum's house, and robbed his Mum at the same time. Good luck with that dickheads.
  • 2 0
 My thoughts too. Really hope he finds out who it was.
  • 23 1
 Isn't Deakin an ex-Royal Marine??? Love the guy to death but would hate to be the dudes who stole his bikes if he catches them.... #oioi #f*ckbikethieves
  • 1 0
 He was yes. Hopefully he finds out who they are before the police, so him and mates can pay them a visit.
  • 21 0
 Like the old Hells Angels saying goes; Bike thieves will be executed.-
  • 8 0
 I hope the police find the thieves before Deakin does, certainly not a guy I would want to mess with! I hope your family gets their belongings back and the scum who did this go down for it.
  • 8 0
 All that pink and neon attracts thieving douche bags. I know, I grew up in Las Vegas!
  • 5 0
 Oh boy.... I got 4K of camera equipment stolen in Vegas from my hotelroom in ‘04... Shady place that Vegas city..
  • 3 0
 Coming to the realization you've been robbed is one of the worst feelings. I came home from work this last October only to realize my brand new '19 Giant Trance Advanced had been swipped and yet to be found.
High dollar bike = locked at all times even inside.
  • 5 0
 How I feel when someone steals my bike -
m.youtube.com/watch?v=hPw4mijAhhE
  • 2 0
 Big up
  • 1 0
 I thought it was a merry band of wee dick heads that steal top end bikes for a much larger more organised group. Maybe get £100 or something and the "professionals" carve em up n sell on the bits or something. The frame will probably be burned.
  • 3 0
 Hey deaks hope you get your bikes back!,
But since is all over the net, will be a slim hope that thieve are that stupid to post it for sale?
  • 1 0
 One thing that might really help the community in general for 'keeping an eye out" - where did this happen? Sorry if I am just not in the know, but hadn't heard anything about this until this vid. If we knew what city/state/territory and community, it just might help nail these a$$holes....
  • 3 0
 that sucks so bad, i hope they catch them and let Ben use them for down range target practice.
  • 1 1
 Oh wow. The planet is so big too.......I was thinking, "there's 1.2 million people in my city"; so like even if someone took like our television, what the heck am I gonna do? It could be someone on the next block, I'd probably never find out. I guess you just have to trust people aren't going to steal things at the end of the day.
  • 1 0
 real big bummer, sorry ben. i'm assuming your family wasn't home during the robbery, and thank fuck for that. now those thieves better hope that the cops get to them before big ben does
  • 2 0
 Better get Rico and Sonny on the case.

Edit: Dammit, @dtax beat me to it. I even searched first. :-D
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure it just fell over the railing right after snapping that photo. My bike fell over in a pile of rocks while trying to take a pic of it once. It happens.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully you get it all back, really touched my heart, sorry for that man...
  • 2 0
 Hope Crockett and Tubbs get those loosers!
  • 1 0
 What town do you live in or adjoining towns? We cant really help if we don't know your regional location....
  • 1 0
 What's that saying? A good guy with an angle grinder is the same as a bad guy with a angle grinder.
  • 1 0
 Hope you get your ride back mate! By the way, that looks like Wakatipu in the background.
  • 1 0
 I'm still pissed off about my 1986 GT Pro World Tour getting stolen back in the day.
  • 2 0
 Bummer
  • 1 0
 it would be hard to sell that custom frame without getting raided.
  • 3 0
 They often spray paint the frame (doing a terrible job) which would be a real shame on over a custom paint job like this.

When you see some skid riding a bike with solid components and remark, "hey, that looks like a session" - it's because it *is* a session covered with half a can of Walmart flat black
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: this is basically it - a quick spray job and swap out a few parts (sell the good stuff as thats just generic) -
  • 2 0
 Shitheads!
  • 1 0
 Fucking deadbeats!!! Hope you get them back.
  • 1 0
 The paint scheme on that bike looks like Jordies Rampage bike from 2018
  • 2 1
 its not Miami vice Its Miami Bryce! if you know what am saying
  • 2 1
 I hate thieves that steal, i prefer ones that don't.
  • 1 0
 Dang sorry to hear about that Deaks...sob's.
  • 1 0
 Thieves need too get their bits kicked in . Hope you get your stuff back.
  • 1 0
 Wow people doing a lot of lifting lately, usually hit team bikes.
  • 1 0
 Freakin' the deakin on the weekend!
  • 2 0
 On the sauce losses...
  • 1 0
 f*ck THEM YES AND#LOOKSLIKEAPHOENIX
  • 1 0
 Is that a pivot pheonix?
  • 1 0
 No it's a Pivot Phoenix. No really. I hope they get these bastards. I would be beyond pissed off if this were me.
  • 1 0
 f*ck this shit #oioi
  • 1 1
 Sounds like Europe needs pitbulls
  • 2 0
 Pitbulls are terrible guard dogs. Not kidding. Shepherd or Retriever are guard dogs.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: ???????? come over and find out
  • 1 0
 OK sport.
  • 1 0
 Aliens?
  • 1 0
 DIE THIEVES!!!
  • 1 2
 Also, why do thieves always get blamed for stealing things?
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