Cool stuff spotted in the catalogs

18 09 2014

Sometimes vendors have to make the tough call when it comes to what bikes and parts to display at Interbike.

Whether it’s logistics, space issues or something else, sometimes bikes and components that you were kinda hoping to see aren’t on display.

Here are some of the bikes that I wished were on display at Interbike, based on the catalogs that I saved from the show.

The first is the 2015 Stolen Saint XLT 24 Complete in Chrome. This thing looks sweet! (And the Matte Electric Red colorway is not too shabby either.)

2015 SAINT XLT Chrome

The next bike is also from Stolen. It’s the 2015 Zeke Complete 26″ in Matte Electric Green…this colorway will definitely turn some heads! (It’s also available in Matte Raw Silver.)

2015-ZEKE Electric Green

The next is the SE Quadangle Freestyle 24.  If you recall, we checked out a sneak peek of this bike back in June. I had my fingers crossed that I would be able to check it out in Vegas.  No such luck. Still digging this bike though…old school looks with new school geo…would love to try one of these bad boys out!

2015 SE QUADANGLE FREESTYLE 24Definitely some cool looking rides!

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Some new stuff from Sunday

17 09 2014

Sunday Bikes, no surprise, had the 2015 Model-C complete on display at Interbike.

But that was just the starting point of the 24″ goodness. The Sunday folks also had a couple of other things up their sleeves.

model c complete interbike

One of the new items is the Sunday Model C aftermarket frame.

model c frame interbike

This frame is a full cro-mo version of the frame on the complete, and will be offered at a more affordable pricepoint  than the Wave-C frame.  A blue frame was on display but I think black will also be available. (It looks like the top tube will be 22″.)

Another notable is the 24″ Sunday Octave fork.  The Sunday folks said this fork is a lighter and stronger (not to mention streamlined) version of their popular Sunday Morning 24.1 fork.  Looks pretty dialed.

sunday octave fork 2

Nice to see Sunday continuing to support the 24″ scene with new products.

 

Watch for more Interbike coverage in upcoming posts.

 





26 inch cruisers are having a moment

16 09 2014

Walking around the displays at Interbike, it’s hard not to think that 26″ freestyle cruisers are  having their moment in the sun right now.

With Subrosa deciding to add the 26″ Malum to their lineup this year.

subrosa malum interbike

To the Fairdale Taj with it’s retro design cues.

Fairdale Taj 2015 InterbikeInside scoop: Fairdale has plans in the works to offer a chrome version of the frame & fork later this year…and maybe a chrome version of the complete after that. (Hot damn!)

To Volume, who has been down with the 26″ for some time now…in this case, the Hessian.

Volume 2015But the 26″ that really caught my attention was the Stolen Zeke XLT.

Following the same nomenclature as their 24″ models, the Zeke XLT is a full cro-mo version of the tri-moly 26″ Zeke that turned heads at last year’s Interbike show.

Zeke XLT ttSporting a cool matte black with blue colorway, the display model was shown with disc brakes. While 990-style brakes come standard on the Zeke XLT, the display model was outfitted with the disc brakes to show that the bike was “disc ready” and could be switched over if so desired.

Zeke XLT side

Certainly some great options in the 26″ side of things.

I  wonder if the increasing popularity of 26″ bikes will prompt We The People to bring back the 26″ Champ cruiser…not that I would want their 24″ offering, the Atlas, to disappear.

More Interbike coverage to follow.





WTP debuts 2015 Atlas at Interbike

15 09 2014

This year’s Interbike show saw a much smaller BMX presence than in year’s past.

Notable no-shows for this year’s show included S&M, DK, GT and Redline. (DK opted to showcase its 2015 lineup in-house at DK HQ.)

With that being said, there was still plenty to check out at this year’s show.

A refreshing change this year was We the People (WTP) and their decision to locate their booth in the heart of the “BMX zone” of the show. Last year’s booth was located a fair distance from the other BMX vendors…I remember asking people for directions to the booth. Perhaps this is a reflection of their recent switch to a new distributor and more positive moves in the future.

Another good thing to see from WTP is their decision to keep the Atlas 24 in their lineup for 2015.

Retaining essentially the same “trails-y” geometry as the 2014 Atlas, it now sports a black and red ano colorway that looks great up close. It unfortunately loses the limited edition tanwall tires it sported in 2014, but it still looks like a  well-spec’d ride.

WTP 2015 Atlas 2015More Interbike coverage to follow, keep your eye out for more posts all this week.





Viva Las Vegas

9 09 2014

If all goes to plan,  I should be touching down in Las Vegas just as you read this just ahead of this year’s Interbike tradeshow.

Looking forward to seeing all the new stuff in store for 2015 (and catching up with some good peeps along the way).

Keep your eyes on the Facebook page and Twitter for updates during the show.

Full recap the following week.

las vegas





On the road again: Austin, Texas

5 09 2014

By the time you read this I should be touching down in Austin, Texas.

Looking forward to a little downtime before the big bicycle industry shindig called Interbike.

(If you’re an Austinite and you’re curious why some oddball is suddenly peppering you with questions about your cruiser…sorry, that’s probably me).

Next week, Interbike.

texas forever

 





Wheel talk: 24 and 29″ shred session

3 09 2014

You can get rad on any size bike, no matter what the wheel size.

Just check out this new clip of Cale Schindler and Peter “Pdog” Ulbrich shredding a skatepark on their 24 and 29″ cruisers.

Bad ass!

pete ulbrich & cale schindler








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