My most memorable bikes have always been dirt jumpers. I’ve never been very confident riding trails, aka dirt jumping, but the sensation of flowing through even a small set is something that quickly gets me frothing. There’s a feeling I just can’t replicate anywhere else on a bike.

This style of bike has always interested me most as well, thanks to its simplicity, durability and lack of necessary ‘extras’ to make it tick. I loved my last PBJ and to be honest, didn’t want to get rid of it. But after my mountain bike grew in size, the change back to my old PBJ was uncomfortable.

So when I heard my friends at Transition had made their largest PBJ—my previous dirt jump bike—bigger again, I bit the bullet and ordered a frame. I’d also always wanted a raw steel DJ/BMX frame and one of the two options for 2021 was a raw finish. Unfortunately, the supply chain issues brought on by the global pandemic changed that, as well as a few other parts.

It was heaps of fun to work on a personal project again. It had me revisit wheel building and many other skills I don’t often use with regular mountain bikes anymore. So to round the project off, I pushed on with a photoshoot with hopes of the results being worthy of my portfolio.

And here we are. I’m psyched with the results and I learnt some new skills while continuing to push old ones during this shoot. Enjoy the selection.

Transition PBJ shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ micro-drivetrain and Maxxis DTH 2.3 rear tire shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ DPS Bikes Dynasty rear hub shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ TRP Slate brakes with NSBillet IS brake adapter shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork on Transition PBJ bike shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork on Transition PBJ bike shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork compression dialshot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork air spring top cap shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack.
DPS Bikes Dynasty front hub with 20mm axle shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Front of the Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork on Transition PBJ bike shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Chromag Wax grips and Deity Black Label 38mm rise handlebar shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ head tube shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
North Shore Billet Overlord stem on Transition PBJ shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
TRP Slate brake lever shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
ANVL Tilt V3 pedal shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Tree Bike Co. Slim Pivotal BMX seat shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ frame details shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Marzocchi Bomber DJ decal detail shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Maxxis Ikon 2.35-inch tire tread detail shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack
Transition PBJ bike in copper/black with red Marzocchi Bomber DJ shot by A.J. Barlas at the Squamish Casino pumptrack