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Scopin’ the slick new Squareback

14 10 2018

Sure, the new Redline RL-275  we checked out last week is pretty cool…but, truth be told, the retro-fabulous cruiser that a lot of people were eagerly anticipating  was this one: the Redline SQB-26.

Clearly evoking the style cues from it’s earlier heyday, Redline brings the Squareback (of old) back to the future as a 26-incher with an aluminum frame, cro-mo forks and the classic double head tube gussets.

Rounding out the look, Redline busts out some vintage graphics, iconic v-bars and tanwall Vee Speedster tires for all the old school fools.

Of course, the classic Redline Flight Cranks are part of the package as well.

Did mention it sports Bear Trap-style pedals too?

Yep, nice touch there.

Geometry Breakdown:

  • Top Tube:  23″
  • Head Angle: 71˚
  • Seat Angle: 73˚
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12″
  • Chain Stay: 17″
  • Stand Over: 27.75″

Color options are black and the oh-so-classic white (pictured above).

These are dropping next month so, if the SQB-26 tickles your fancy, hitting up your favorite Redline dealer now is probably a good idea.

 

(Pictures: Redline)

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Redline returns with some retro

9 10 2018

That retro feeling is strong my friends.

As mentioned in the previous post about Schwinn’s foray into the retro cruiser scene (is that the right word?), all the legacy BMX brands seem to be getting in on that sweet retro action.

The brand with arguably the biggest legacy in BMX, Redline is apparently no different.

Introducing the the RL-275.


Redline’s approach is a bit different though.

Taking some cues from SE, with bikes like the FAT Ripper , and DMR, with bikes like the Wrath,…Redline is blurring the lines a bit between MTB and MTB.

According to Redline:

This BMX bike for adults looks like a classic BMX cruiser, until you take a gander at the Tektro mechanical disc brakes and those ultra fat  3-inch wide tires mounted on 27.5 Plus size rims.

The old school BMX graphics and handlebars, along with the MTB-ish spec is definitely an interesting combo.

Here’s a breakdown of the key features:

  • Aluminum frame and full chromoly fork
  • Classic Flight cranks (chrome finish with retro decals)
  • Aluminum rims with V Speedster 27.5×3.0 inch tires (gumwall)
  • Retro Double Bend handlebar
  • Monster Fat Padded Pivotal Seat
  • Monster ultra low profile pedals

In terms of Geo, you’re looking at the following:

  • Top Tube: 23″.2
  • Head Angle: 71˚
  • Seat Angle: 73˚
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12″
  • Chain Stay: 17.9″
  • Stand Over: 28.9″

The RL-275 looks equally suited for cruising the streets or hitting some sweet jumps (or at least some curb cuts on the way to the corner store).

Actually, with those disc brakes…you could really get your endo game on lock…and really, who doesn’t love to bust out a good endo once and a while?

 

(Pics: Redline)





Schwinn sizing up the retro scene

6 10 2018

We have commented on the retro trend a number of times over the past few years…and this trend is  showing no signs of abating.

Legacy BMX brands, one after the other, are seeing what a cash cow that retro bikes can be.

As one industry insider put it to me a while back, “we’re pulling at the heartstrings to open the purse strings”.

Schwinn is latest brand to get on this bandwagon.

For more on this, check out the pictures of the 24″ Schwinn SX-1000 that started floating around the interwebs this past week. They’ve garnered a lot of attention.

Word on the street is that model isn’t available in North America at the moment but it’s a current option in one of the other countries Schwinn serves.

It certainly hits all the right notes for a retro cruiser: frame gusset, laidback seatpost, caliper brakes and tanwall tires.

Fingers crossed, we’ll see this bike make it’s way to our shores some time soon.





Slick silver for WTP’s race-inspired cruiser

14 09 2018

Last year, WTP flipped the switch a bit with their 24″ Atlas: going from a trails-y 24 to a what we called a “race ready” version.

For 2019, WTP continues that philosophy with a bike that takes more of its cues from the track than the woods.

Color-wise, the Atlas gets an update with a silver colorway frameset complemented by blue anno components. Nice.

The race-y accoutrements that you expect on a track-worthy bike are also there: v-brakes, large(ish) front sprocket and race tires.

The bike also sports the race geometry that was introduced last year:

  • Head Tube Angle: 74°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 72.25°
  • Top Tube Length:  21.75”
  • Chain Stay Length: 15”
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12.25”
  • Stand Over Height: 9.5”

All in all, a pretty sweet ride for someone looking for a full cro-mo complete that you can take to the track.

The only con (if you’re a “weight-weenie”) is this rig clocks in at a bit over 27 pounds. If you’re schooling fools in the hyper-competitive older cruiser classes at Nationals you might want to look at some areas to drop some weight on this bike.

If you’re just having fun at the pump track or hitting a local here and there…I’d say the added durability of the cro-mo frame and durable (vs. super light) components would be another one for the plus column.

Hop on over to the WTP site for more details and your local dealer for a test drive.





Jim C continues to kick out the jams

27 08 2018

When Jim Cielencki jumped back into the pool (so to speak) earlier this summer in regards to riding we were cautiously optimistic that we would see more of Jim back on the bike

We even joked what the over/under would be on new riding pics and video…but it seems like the old adage of “once a rider, always a rider” is holding true.

The proof?

Jim dropped some serious heat on his Instagram this past weekend…with a bunch of awesome riding pics and clips from WNY Jam.

From Jeff Harrington-style footplants:

To moto whips:

To spinning 3s:

To handplanting street spines.

Jim brought it.

Awesome to see the OG back at it again!

 





Converting the 22″ Spade to a 24″ cruiser

23 08 2018

We’ve featured a number of Buddy Sardenga’s bikes and riding shots over the years…but this latest hybrid build is definitely one of the most interesting.

Buddy’s been riding a Stolen Spade 22 for a while and last week he had the brilliant/crazy idea one morning to see what would happen if he put some of the parts off his old 24″ S&M ATF onto the Spade frame.

Almost like doing the opposite of the conversion/mod from a couple years back when a rider converted a 24″ Sunday Wave-C to a 22″ rider.

The result? A 24″ that rides very similar to the classic 24″ Liquid Feedback.

As you can see, the rear axle is way out but still at about 14.6″.

The head tube is now more mellow, probably at 73-ish degrees and the bottom bracket at 13.25″.

According to Buddy, the new converted Spade is super roomy and “manuals crazy good”.

Pretty cool.

Buddy hadn’t been out to the trails yet on it (at least since the last time we chatted) but this looks like it would be hella fun there too.





First look: S&M 29″ Pounding Beer forks

9 08 2018

As surprising as it is to see a 29″ fork from S&M Bikes, this is legit!

Apparently despite the popularity of 29″ cruisers from SE Bikes, 29″ replacement forks are hard to come by.

Sensing a market opportunity, the guys at S&M stepped in (stepped up?) to answer the call. Sporting  similar styling and a name that’s reminiscent (or at least rhymes) with the iconic “Landing Gear” this is now available for order from Planet BMX.

Dubbed the “Pounding Beer” fork, it’s a bit tongue in cheek…but would you expect anything less from S&M?

Available in white, black or chrome-plated.