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)





Breakfast tacos, SXSW, pumptracks & BMX

19 03 2015

If you’ve read my previous post, Austin Texas picture show, you know that I love visiting Austin, Texas.

So when the opportunity came up to tag along with my girlfriend’s trip to the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, I had to jump on it.

texas wall

Granted, I knew it would be busier this time around with the conference/festival in full swing, but I had every intention of making the most of it.

sxsw crowdFrankly, I was just looking forward to some good breakfast tacos and a break from this frigid winter we’ve been having.

I love tacosFirst item on the agenda was to set up a session at the Walnut Creek pumptrack with Austin local, Buddy Sardenga.

Buddy was kind enough to not only pick me up in his sweet van–with flames on the sides–but allow me to borrow the infamous Beelzebike 20666’er bike (if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and click the link…it’s so rad!)

Beelzebike walnut creekI probably should have taken more than this “behind bars” shot but I was having too much fun and we only had time for a quick session, so this will have to suffice. Rest assured, Buddy (and all the other super cool locals) were shredding Walnut Creek.

Next up was to visit some local Austin bike shops.

This, of course, meant a trip to Empire BMX.

I actually ended up at Empire twice during my time in Austin. They were always quick to help, knowledgeable and in-stock of whatever I was looking for.  Every town should be so lucky to have a shop like this…thankfully you can still get their great service online.

empire store front

After Empire, I made the trip out to Ozone Bike Dept.

While not a pure BMX shop per se, they did have a nice selection of Firemans Texas Cruzers in stock. The shop guys were super helpful and were quite open to helping me out with any custom options I might want to make, if I were to consider a Firemans build.

Ozone also probably has the best bike shop t-shirt that I have ever seen.

ozone bike dept tee

After that, it was off to Bicycle Farm.

I didn’t really know what to expect from this place beyond the fact that I had heard that they have a ramp in the backyard.

What I did get when I arrived, was a really cool bike shop experience! Walking in, along the side of the building, was a bunch of old and mid-school frames hanging up for sale. We’re talking an old Dyno, a Mosh frame and a bunch of other cool stuff. If you’re a BMXMuseum type…this will be right up your alley.

Turns out this shop carries both new and used bikes . The first thing that caught my eye was this Sunday build that the shop did up in a custom color.

custom sunday at bicycle farmThis thing was sooo nice!

And yes, the shop did have a ramp in the backyard.

bicycle farm rampIf you put two and two together at this point…yes, I took the Sunday out for a spin on the ramp! (Unfortunately, I was so worried that they might get me to stop, that I didn’t ask anybody to take a picture…which I probably should have…they seemed pretty chill.)

After some laps, I checked out some more cool stuff in the shop. We’re talking not only a 22″ Indust frame but a very nice looking 24″ Indust Cuatro frame! (If only my suitcase was bigger…)

All and all, a very unique shop and one that perfectly encapsulates the Austin vibe…super easy-going but serious about giving you a good experience.

Good times all around.

Tip of the hat Austin, for treating me so well.

Postscript:

I was also hoping to hit PCBMX in Pflugerville, which I have heard good things about, but ended up running out of time. Will have to check them out next time.





Sneak peek: Haro FST 24

11 03 2015

As part of their Vintage Series line of bikes, Haro is rebooting the iconic FST as a 24-inch model.

Tricked out with mag wheels and tanwall tires, this bike strikes all the right retro visual cues.

Haro 2015 Vintage Series FST 24 Inch Mag Bike Red

That being said, there doesn’t seem to be any details on geometry and specs at this point but word on the street is that these will hit shops and mail-order companies some time in June.

Personally, I’m hoping they can get Brian Blyther onboard to blast a couple airs, like on this old Freestylin’ cover, but this time on the 24.

Now that would be something.

blyther cover

 

 

 





Toronto X-Jam madness

9 03 2015

It’s a rite of spring in Toronto.

The first weekend of March, the Toronto International Bicycle Show is held.

Along with it, a rowdy BMX contest that never disappoints. From the rad riding to catching up with old friends, it’s a event not to be missed.

This year was no different.

Qualifying rounds on Saturday were crazy. Drew Bezanson had already set the pace with a run that began with him dropping in from the ceiling.

The Sunday finals were going to be nuts.

In between all that were all things that make the BMX community so great. Hanging with friends, reminiscing about past exploits, poking fun at one another.

On Sunday, I caught up with Joe Cicman of TwoFourFlat fame. He was taking care of business over at the Flat comp going down at the other end of the Bicycle show building. We had a good chat before he had to compete again and I had to run off to catch the park finals. (That’s me, Ed, on the left; Joe on the right.)

Ed and JoeBack at the Park Finals, things were heating up big time. Banger after banger trick…it was pretty crazy.

Then the final heat.

Drew B. shimmies up a pole and uses a makeshift pulley to get his bike up to the ceiling. He tiptoes across a ledge by the windows at the top of the building. The ledge does not look as if it is even as wide as his shoes.

Then the unthinkable happens. As Drew goes to set up, he loses his footing and falls straight to the ground…his fall barely softened by the bottom of a ramp’s transition.

Unbelievably, he springs to his feet. Like a scene from a Rocky movie or some old Evel Knievel footage, he looks to the judges and makes a hand gesture to the judges saying, “One more.”

He climbs up again…sets up and boom!

270 drop-in from pretty much the top of the building.

So good.

Keeps your eyes peeled for the rest of the contest footage, you will not be disappointed.





Shades of GHP

5 03 2015

While poking around the hipster haven, American Outfitters, recently (don’t judge me, I was whiling away time between appointments) I spotted this little gem.

A jersey by clothing brand, Stüssy.

Stussy jerseyAnd maybe it’s because I have been around BMX so long, but my internal dialogue when I saw this was…”That sure does remind me of something…wait a minute…those classic GHP jerseys!”

Have I told you I’m a BMX nerd?

It’s not so much the colors they use (they’re totally different), it’s the typeface/graphic on the front.

Check out this jersey for comparison sake.

GHP cropSame vibe, no?

Or check out this version, which I believe is the original iteration, back when Greg Hill first launched GHP.

GHP breaking the moldWhile I can’t say whether or not Stussy was influenced by GHP’s iconic jersey (my guess is “not”), it’s still pretty cool to see a jersey with this kind of old school look.

That being said, Stussy has participated in a number of cool, retro-inspired BMX collabs over the years.

Most notably (at least to the readers of this fair website) is the Stussy & W-Base How I Roll 26-inch cruiser.

I’m intrigued to see if this is the start of even more retro-inspired BMX creations from Stussy.

I’m going to keep on the lookout.





Stompin’ Stu Thomsen slays the trails

3 03 2015

Stu Thomsen cause a bit of a sensation recently when he returned to the race scene–in old school SE colors, no less–at a USA BMX national in Phoenix.

Stu took home the win in his cruiser class, showing that he still has the horsepower to whup his fellow racers.

But perhaps even cooler than his still awesome racing skills, is his versatility and ability to ride at a high level in so many different types of bike riding.

He was one of the first guys to get coverage riding skateparks in the early days of BMX….and he’s certainly no slouch on a road or mountain bike either.

That’s why I got a little stoked to see a picture surface, right after the Phoenix race, of Stu gettin’ trails-y at the Oakley pumptrack.

Stu Thomsen at the Oakley PumptrackWith so much of the BMX scene broken down into subgroups these days: trails riders, racers, street riders…it’s nice to see someone like Stu showing people the simple truth…it’s all just riding.

It’s a notion that seems to have been lost over the years…run whatcha brung and have a damn good time doing it.

(Photo credit: SE Bikes)








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