Sneak Peek: select 2016 SE Bikes

2 07 2015

Todd Lyons (of SE Bikes) is slowly lifting the veil on the 2016 lineup of SE cruisers.

For the last week or so, he’s been showing bits and pieces of some of the bikes. But just a couple days ago he showed what at least two of the cruisers in the lineup would look like.

First up, the 24″ So Cal Flyer. Sporting an old school look, it features a retro stem, Flyer seat, and a classic SE Racing padset. Some gold graphics round out the retro vibe on this one.

SE So Cal Flyer 2016

Next up, the 26” Quadangle Looptail.

If you’re old school, this will definitely be your cup of tea. It features the unique double downtube frame that the Quadangle made famous so many years ago, along with a looptail rear end.  The black, gold, and chrome colorway (and checkered pads!) make this look like it came out of a time machine from early days of BMX.

SE 26in Quadangle 2016

Lyons has been dropping hints of the new lineup on the regular, so stay tuned for more updates. I’ll be sharing them on the Facebook page whenever they pop up. From the hints he’s been sharing so far, I think we’re in store for a lot more cool stuff.





Nikos Garyfallos shreds BluEnigma Bowl

30 06 2015

With Greece in the headlines so much over the last few days (for economic reasons), it was cool to receive a message from Nikos Garyfallos recently with some good news…specifically, some awesome riding facilities in Greece.

And not only that…Nikos included some great shots of himself shredding those spots on his custom cruiser.

Nikos Garyfallos cr

Nikos is a mechanical engineer by trade and also a long-time bike rider.

The place he’s riding at is the BluEnigma Hotel in the village of Apikia, on the island of Andros.

Nikos Garyfallos BW

Back in 2010, he set out to rejuvenate the family business (the hotel) and while doing so, added in elements of his own personality…namely, unique riding structures for BMX, MTB and Skateboarding.

(People staying at BluEnigma have full access to both the Enigma Bowl and Gratitude Trails.)

According to Nikos, the riding facilities have been set up be very flow-y with endless lines. Both look super dialed!

Definitely  a place I’d like to check out if/when I ever get out to that part of the world!





Sneak Peek: 2016 Volume Hessian

23 06 2015

Volume Bikes just released a sneak peek of the 2016 version of their 26″ Hessian Complete.

Available in Trans Red or Matte Raw, it’s an interesting blend of high and low…Chromoly Down tube frame, Odyssey components, and a mix of sealed and unsealed parts.

Certainly not a hard-core shredder like some of the other iterations of their previous 26″ models.

However, if you’re looking for a simple neighborhood cruiser for launching off curbs (and the like) this might just be the ticket.

Volume Bikes 2016 Hessian 26 red

FRAME & FORK:
Frame: Chromoly DT (22″ TT, 15.75″ CS)
Fork: 1pc Chromoly Steerer
Bars: Hi-Ten Steel  (6.75″ rise & 27″ wide)

COMPONENTS:
Stem: Volume Staple V2 Top Load
Headset: Genesis Sealed Integrated
Seat/Post: VLM Fat Pivotal
Seat Clamp: Alloy Single Bolt
Brakes: Odyssey Springfield
Brake Cable: Odyssey Quik-Slic
Grips: Volume Flanged VLM Team

DRIVE TRAIN:
Cranks: Genesis Octagon 3-pc Tubular Chromoly 175mm
Chain ring: 25t
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid 19mm
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted

WHEELS:
Rims: Genesis 36h
Front Hub: Genesis Unsealed 3/8″
Rear Hub: Genesis Turbine Sealed 14 mm Cassette
Driver: Sealed 10t
Front/Rear Tire: Resist Nomad 26″ x 2.25″





Bun buzzer: Bob Osborn approved

19 06 2015

I suspect if you’re under 35, you’re probably not going to get the Bob Osborn reference in the title.

Which makes me sad a little, as Bob Osborn was the driving force behind BMX Action magazine (R.I.P), the publication that set the gold standard for all BMX magazines that would follow in it’s wake.

Anyway, there’s a certain style of photo, and a certain style of riding, that just scream of that era.

The classic bun buzzer jump is just one example of this.

And once again, Scott Towne, and his Instagram account, come through with some good stuff.

In this case, it’s a shot of Sean Newton boosting a nice bun buzzer on a 24.

Pure old school style…something dear old Bob would certainly approve of, and want to immortalize in the pages of the mighty BMXA.

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Colony Eclipse 24: customized

12 06 2015

The Colony Eclipse 24 has had my attention ever since Colony dropped a sneak peek of it earlier this year.

Once I got a chance to get a closer look at the specs, my interest was piqued further. This was a nice looking bike…and one of the better equipped completes on the market!

That being said, every rider likes to customize their bike a bit, no matter how good it comes stock, to make it “their own”.

Will C. did just that, customizing his Colony Eclipse 24 to make it just the way he wanted, with no compromises.

The end result looks pretty sweet!

will24-02Here’s the spec list:

Frame: 2016 Colony Eclipse
Fork: S&M Pitchfork 24
Stem: Colony Squareback
Bars: Colony Cromo
Grips: Colony Much Room
Sprocket: BSD Superlite 3D 28t
Cranks: Salt Plus Groove 175mm
Pedals: Snafu Anorexic
Hubs: Colony Sealed 9t
Chain: Shadow Conspiracy Interlock Supreme
Rims: Odyssey Hazard Lite
Tires: Innova
Seat: Unknown “…but super comfy and [Will’s] had it for over a decade”
will24-03

According to Will, the bike “rides great – super smooth and solid” and still “under 25 lbs” with the mods.

 Will still has plans to switch out the bars (…and if I could be so bold with a suggestion…a pair of tanwall Stolen Joint tires or DMR Supermotos would really put this one over for the top for me…)

All in all, not too shabby.

Looking forward to seeing more 24″ Colony bikes under riders’ feet in the future.





Scott Towne rollin’ on a Stolen

9 06 2015

Just spotted this over on Instagram.

All-around renaissance man, Scott Towne is now rolling on a custom 24″ Stolen Gold.

Scott is well-known for his daily shred sessions, his work in the BMX industry and his stints in a variety of BMX publications.

The pics went up last night on his Instagram page and his Tumblr, fUNBRO, and I have to say his new rig looks pretty sweet.

Big rig. @stolenbikeco

A photo posted by Scott Towne (@scotttowne) on

Looking forward to seeing the big bike being incorporated into his daily shred sessions.

You bet we've got something personal against you. #stillhurt session 1257 #rideeveryday #jealousagain

A photo posted by Scott Towne (@scotttowne) on





Vintage Profile Cruiser gets a makeover

4 06 2015

I’ve been drooling over this bike ever since I laid eyes on it.

Restored and built by artist Lix North, this 82/83 Profile cruiser is powder coated in glossy, sea foam green with custom decals. The color choice was inspired by Fender’s iconic seafoam green electric guitars.

While definitely not a color that old school Profile frames were available in, it still tugs the nostalgia chord all the same — given its wide use in cars, guitars and ton of other stuff back in the day. (E.g., GM’s use of the color on the 1956 Buick.)

This unique color color choice is then combined with other awesome throwback items: a GT drop-nose seat (with custom leather cover), pitbull brake, mag wheels and tanwall tires (yes!!).

So good.

For more on Lix North and her custom BMX creations, check out her website Lix BMX.

You will not be disappointed!








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