Redline reboots the PL-24 as a 26″

17 04 2015

Redline has let the cat out of the bag…they’re rebooting the iconic PL-24  as a 26″ cruiser. In their words, with a “modern take on the classic.”

Do you think that “modern take” extends to the geometry? We’ll have to see.

If you’re in Monterey for the Sea Otter Classic this weekend, get yourself a sneak peek at the Redline booth where it will be on display. (And if you do happen to be there…be a pal and get some more deets and photos for us, OK?)

Here’s a pic of the PL-26 that Redline has been sharing on social media.

Redline PL-26 sneak peek

And here’s a look at the original Redline PL-24, taken from the pages of the legendary BMX Action magazine.

Those levers, tho.

Zoot scootin’ indeed.

Update:

New photo that Redline has been circulating.

Redline PL-26 update





Win from lane 8, double the prize money

15 04 2015

While most BMX racing rule changes are met (at least by me) with expressions of frustration…or at best, a barely suppressed yawn…the new UCI “Double Dice” rule is something that has made me sit up and take notice.

UCI BMX and Elite Trax, are adding a new spin to the Pro payout for the 2015 Supercross series:

Doubling the prize money for anybody  winning from lane 8!

This has the potential to do some really interesting things to Pro main events. Race strategy/training is definitely going be thrown for a loop. For starters, we’re going to see a heck of a lot more high-low passes in the first turn!

supercross gate

Granted, this has little effect on the cruiser classes for now but I’m curious to see if this kind of incentive filters down to other races and categories.

In any event, Pro BMX racing just got a whole lot more interesting this year.

 





Sneak Peek: CCH 26-inch cruiser frame

8 04 2015

Now even further evidence that 26″ cruisers are having their moment in the sun.

CCH Bicycles put out the word yesterday (which you might have seen on the CR Facebook page) that they’re doing a small run of 26″ race cruisers.

CCH is already well known for their 24″ cruisers. This is the first time they are offering a cruiser in the 26″ wheel size.

CCH 26inch cruiser frameHere’s how the specs break down:

Head Angle: 73 degrees
Seat Angle: 71 degrees
Top Tube: 22.5″
Bottom Bracket: 12″
Rear Seat Stay: 16″ (center to center)
Head tube: integrated
Fabricated in Southern California out of 6061 aluminum, they are backed by a lifetime guarantee (when the frame is registered on the CCH website).
CCH 26inch cruiser frame back
A cool-looking frame, life-time warranty and made in the USA…that’s pretty hard to beat.
Watch for these to become available in the next three weeks. Until then, hit up the CCH folks for all the particulars.




Creson’s custom cruiser catches coverage

6 04 2015

Creson Dude and his custom FBM cruiser got some love recently over at the FBM page in a post titled, “Do you even loiter bro?“.

Nice to see FBM shining the spotlight on someone shredding their/his custom 24″ bike.

It would be awesome to see more of this.*

creson dude FBM custom cruiser

*In keeping with the title, I should have written, “It would be awesome to ‘C’ more of this”…but even I have some limits.

(Pic: FBM)





Fairdale Taj Cruiser in classic chrome

30 03 2015

Way back in September, while poking around the displays at Interbike, it became clear that 26-inch cruisers were having a moment.

More and more companies were adding 26-inch cruisers to their lineups and it was pretty cool to see more big wheel BMX bikes getting some time in the sun.

One of the cooler 26″ cruisers on display was the Fairdale Taj Cruiser.

Built tough but maintaining a retro vibe in its appearance, it has always been a real eye-turner.

If you remember that post (or check it out here), you’ll remember we got the “inside scoop” that Fairdale had plans to offer it chrome.

Well, it looks like Fairdale is doing just that.

Upping the ante again, in the classic, old school looks department.

Yes, my friends…it looks like a classic chrome version of the Taj Cruiser is in the offing!

Fairdale Taj ChromeSo nice!

Word on the street is that these will be arriving in the next couple weeks.

Don’t sleep on these though, I have a feeling these are gonna go quick.





24″ Chase Hawk tires: the tease continues

27 03 2015

Well, it looks like the cheeky folks at Odyssey are continuing to send out little teasers regarding the widely-anticipated 24″ Chase Hawk tire.

Here’s a pic that came out via Snapchat.

24 inch Chase Hawk tires snapchat

However, there is a little more to this particular teaser…

Apparently, there is the potential that the Chase Hawk tires may (underscore “may”) come in colors too!

24 inch Chase Hawk tires snapchat colors

I think my anticipation has gotten kicked up a couple of notches.

I’m gonna keep my eyes peeled for these.





A closer look at the Colony Eclipse 24

25 03 2015

We got a peek at it last month but now we have the chance to take a closer look.

As promised, the Eclipse 24 features full cro-mo frame, fork, cranks and bars. Everything is sealed and the wheels are double-walled.

Cruiser-Eclipse-Side

According to Colony, they based this cruiser off their Premise complete bike, just scaled everything up (which is reminiscent of how Sunday developed the Model-C…taking features from their popular 20s and scaling them up).

Cruiser-eclipse-Angle

Before we get into all the nitty-gritty details, here are a few notables that stood out for me: the Eclipse features a 22″ top tube (yeah!) and a relatively steep head angle (at 75.2 degrees).

Cruiser-eclipse-Wheel

Another interesting spec (if the parts list is correct…) is the use of 170mm cranks…perhaps to make bar-spin tricks easier?

Here’s the complete parts/spec breakdown:

Frame: Colony Eclipse Full CroMo, 22.0″ Top Tube, 14.5″ rear, 75.2 Head tube angle, 71 Seat tube angle.
 (Extra-wide tire clearance)
Stand over Height: 10″
Forks: Colony Full CroMo, tapered legs with one-piece CNC steer tube.
Brakes: Alloy 990-style
Lever: Alloy
Cable: Linear Slick (rear)
Headset: Integrated
Stem: Colony Forged Top Load Alloy
Bars: Colony Full CroMo, 7.75″  x 28″
Grips: Colony Much Room
Sprocket: Colony Endeavour Alloy
Cranks: Colony CroMo Tubular 8 tapered spline, 19mm spindle 
170mm
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid 19mm
Pedals: Colony Fantastic Plastic
Rims: Double Wall 6000 Series Alloy 36h
Front & Rear Tire: Innova 24×2.125”
Front Hub: Colony Alloy Female Axle, Full sealed bearing
Rear Hub: Colony Alloy Cassette, 14mm axle, Full sealed bearing
Seat/Seatpost: Colony Have Fun Fat Seat/Post Combo
Weight: just under 25 pounds

Cruiser-Eclipse-FrontIt’s looks like a pretty solid complete to me.

What do you think?

 

(All pics from Colony BMX)








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