Cult joins the 26″ movement

27 09 2016

Here’s something I didn’t expect to see at Interbike.

A 26″ cruiser from Cult!

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As you know, Cult has dabbled in the cruiser scene before: first, with The Simpsons/Cult Duffman Cruiser and then with the Cult Limited Edition Cruiser.

Both bikes were 24s.

So a 26″ was a real surprise from these guys…not to mention it’s full cro-mo construction, a departure from its alloy predecessors.

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The Cult Devotion 26 also comes with another surprise…a 26″ version of their ever popular Vans collab tire!

And does it ever look cool.

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While I was checking the bike out I also learned that additional colorways for the Vans tires are already in the works (for the aftermarket)…and they will be available in the next couple months.

We’re talking a red stripe.

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And some super cool whitewalls.

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I think these tires are going to be pretty popular.

No word yet on the specs of the cruiser but I expect they should be released any day now.

I believe both the cruiser and the tires should be available by November (the cruiser a little sooner).

Bonus info: Word on the street is that a version of these Vans tires might just end up on future SE model cruiser (but you didn’t hear that from me).





Something new, something dusty

26 09 2016

Well, here we are.

After a whirlwind trip to Vegas for Interbike, your intrepid reporter is back with highlights from the annual industry shindig.

You might think I had a list of things I wanted to check out ahead of the big show…and you would be right (I am somewhat professional)… this priority list got blown out of the water when I saw Chris Moeller post a picture of a new 24″ that S&M would be showcasing at the Bootleg Canyon outdoor demo and Interbike later in the week.

As I was in Austin during the outdoor demo, I was a little worried that I might not get to try out the new 24.

When I finally waded through the convention show floor and found the S&M/FitbikeCo booth, it was there…still covered in dust from Bootleg Canyon.

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Strongly reminiscent of what Commonground Bikes is doing, this 24″ features a slack 69 degree headtube, lower-than-typical bottom bracket and a disc brake.

According to Moeller,

A buddy of mine asked us for a 24″ that would ride similar to a 26″ DJ hard tail. He wasn’t into the steep HA and tall BB all BMX 24’s have. So we built an extra for us (and you) to ride

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Now, some companies are a little picky about you handling the displays at Interbike so I wasn’t sure if I should ask to try it out…but then I thought again…this is S&M…if anyone had a blatant disregard for the convention rules it would be them.

So asked.

And they said sure.

So I promptly pulled it out of the stand and took it for a spin at the back of the booth.

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I didn’t think I would like it…I typically prefer the steeper head angle and higher bottom brackets of new school 24s…but I kinda dug it.

Returning it to the stand, the rep (his name escapes me) said that they went a little too low on the bottom bracket on this prototype and if they do decide to go into production with this particular frame/style they would probably go a smidge higher.

Pretty interesting.

With S&M jumping on the bandwagon of this style of frame (that Commonground is currently championing) we could be…as I mentioned in the writeup of Sutty’s custom Invictus frame (set up in a similar manner)

on the cusp of a bona fide trend in cruisers with slacker head angles for the dirt-jumping crowd

It might seem a little presumptuous to say that now but with a couple of companies experimenting with/selling this style and a handful of customs  adapting this style…it certainly seems like something is in the air.

 

More Interbike coverage, all this week.

Keep it to this Bat channel.

 

 

 

 





Viva Las Vegas

21 09 2016

Bright light city gonna set my soul / Gonna set my soul on fire / Got a whole lot of bike companies all in one place….

It’s that time again kids, Interbike.

Days filled with this:

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And nights that (I hope) will be a bit like this:

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Unfortunately for some, a bit like this.

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It’s Vegas after all.

But as always, despite all the  shenanigans; people will be doing some business, having some fun and getting stoked on bicycles.

And that in the end is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

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Keep your eyes on the CR Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for highlights, teasers and other randomness.

The full recap goes down next week.





Deep in the heart of Texas

15 09 2016

If all goes to plan, this post should go live roughly at the same time I arrive in Austin, Texas.

As you may recall from my previous missives, Austin is one of my favorite places to visit.

I’m looking forward to breakfast tacos, BBQ and probably some bike-related fun too.

And if the stars align, maybe even a trip out to Walnut Creek.

Gonna be fun.

In the mean time, here’s a few random Austin images for you to peruse.

CMC‘s Liquid cruiser parked outside of Jackalope.

And Buddy busting out on the Beelzebike.

Given that everything’s bigger in Texas, this might also be a good opportunity to check out our new offshoot site, Big and Tall BMX.





Hometown Heroes

12 09 2016

The big USA BMX/BMX Canada show came to town this weekend in the form of the Maple Leaf Nationals, hosted by my home track, Milton BMX.

Weather threatened to derail the show earlier in the day on Saturday (due to some heavy rain) but thanks to some good tarping the night before and a hard-working volunteer crew the weekend went off with only a tiny rain delay.

My good friend Steve Di Monte was also there photographing the proceedings. Steve’s no slouch on the cruiser either, so he’s got a good eye for BMX Action (peep this pic of him breathing down my neck in race a few years back).

A lot of Milton locals were in the mix in the big wheel classes which it made it extra fun for the crowd.

So for your viewing pleasure I thought I would share some of the cruiser action that Steve captured from the weekend.

First up 41-45 cruiser.

Hometown hero Mike Galivan leading into the first turn. Mike and Race Inc.’s Dan Hurley had some good races this weekend which made this a fun moto to watch.

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Next up,  46-50 cruiser.

Paul “T-Bone” Schiavone told me between motos he had slimmed down a bit and it had really helped his racing. The proof was in the pudding because Paul was near the front today (that’s him in second in the Stay Strong colors). Nice work T-Bone.

Andy Caswell, another local fast cat, is in the mix too and sporting an ever-so-stylish Haro mouthguard. Extra style points for Andy.

46-50-cruiser-caswell-t-boneIn 36-40 cruiser, Julio Rodriguez and Ryan Haydar were battling every moto.

This one in particular was one for the ages.

Julio barely escapes going over the berm and threads the needle to continue the battle down the second straight.

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To cap things off,  local boy Gary Quill got the nod for the official event sticker.

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Granted, he’s not on a cruiser but it’s still a pretty cool honor for a swell guy I have the good fortune to ride with on a regular basis.

It also gave us plenty of ammunition to razz him with.

All in all, a good weekend of BMX.

Hats off to Milton BMX, BMX Canada and all the racers.





2017 WTP Atlas gets some Wow factor

5 09 2016

The 2017 We The People (WTP) Atlas is getting a little added “Wow factor” this model year with a new candy apple red paint job.

Topped off with chrome and polished parts from WTP and SaltPlus, this 24″ is a real looker.

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It’s a bit reminiscent, in colorway terms, of the 2011 Avenger.

Of course The Avenger,  as you might recall from last year’s Interbike coverage, has now morphed into a 26″ retro-style cruiser in the WTP lineup.

But I digress…

The Atlas, besides its eye-catching new candy apple colorway, hasn’t changed much in the geo/specs department since the previous model year.

But in the case of the Atlas, there isn’t much need to.

It sports a full cromo frame, fork and handlebar.

The specs are also on point:

  • Head tube: 74 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 72 degrees
  • Top tube length: 22″
  • Chain stay: 14.6″
  • BB height: 12.7″
  • Stand over height: 9.7″

The roomy 22″ top tube, high-but-not-too-high bb, and short-ish chain-stays suggest this might be just the ticket if you’re looking for a more trails-oriented 24 (the Kenda “Small Block 8” tires are also another hint in this direction).

It’s hard to go wrong with this bike…and with its eye-catching new colorway, it’s kinda hard to resist.

 

(Video: Rider Paul Thoelen. Filmed by Callum Earnshaw)





HB crew tries out the 24″ Quad Freestyle

2 09 2016

Huntington Beach (HB), California has been an iconic flatland spot since the glory days of Martin Aparijo and Woody Itson busting out cherrypickers for the magazines.

Today, that spirit still lives on.

Every Tuesday, a crew of old school flatlanders meet up to bust out some flatland moves.

Apparently an SE 24″ Quadangle Freestyle ended up there for one of these sessions and the crew ended up busting out some quality flatland on it.

Check it.