Grump Double Barrel Cruiser: 2X the fun?

25 10 2016

Maybe I’m showing my age…’cause right after coming across pictures of Grump Racing Cycles new Double Barrel Cruiser on the weekend…I immediately started humming that old “Double your pleasure” Doublemint Gum jingle.

Which is a little sad really, considering how cool this bike is…and how lame those commercials were.

grump-backLoving that double-top tube.

Seriously, when is the last time you’ve seen a double-top tube race cruiser?

grump-double-top-tubeNo word yet on specs or pricing (Grump is based out of Australia so keep that in mind)…but based on these pictures, I have feeling there’s gonna be a lot of folks interested in these.

grump-seat-stayIt’s gonna turn a lot of heads at the race track, that’s for sure!

A closer look at the Cult Devotion 26

14 10 2016

The Cult Devotion 26 caught our eye at Interbike last month.

It was a bit of a departure from the 24″ cruisers Cult had put out in the past.

At the time, we didn’t have too many details …besides learning that it was full cro-mo (frame, fork and handlebars) and that it was kitted out with the new 26″ Vans tires.


Since then we’ve found out more about the Cult Devotion 26.

Geometry-wise, the 26″ Devotion’s numbers stacks up as follows:

  • Head angle: 72 degrees
  • Seat angle 72 degrees
  • Top tube: 22″
  • Chain stay: 16″
  • Bottom Bracket: 12.2″

Wheel-wise, you’re looking at a single-wall front rim and a double-wall rear rim, both paired up with sealed hubs (female axle on the front).


And as mentioned above, the wheels are sporting the fab new 26″ Vans tires (which are 2.30 width).

All in all, a pretty cool 26er from the folks at Cult.

(If you’re in the market for the Vans tires though, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer…ETA is January 2017.)

Ice Ice Baby

5 10 2016

Pictures of Ice-Element‘s new cruiser made the rounds on social media earlier this week and it’s easy to see why.

Sporting an almost MTB Dirt Jumper-like appearance and kitted out with hydraulic disc brakes…this bike is a real headturner.


And even though I’m more of traditionalist when it comes to frames, this is setup is — at least to me — so over-the-top techie looking that I think I kind of dig it.

It seems like the sort of bike George Jetson might race on.

george-jetsonWhat do you think?

(You can check out all the frame specs here.)

Meeting up and catching up

30 09 2016

Beyond all the fancy bikes, accessories and industry news at Interbike, one of the best parts of the whole shindig is who you run into over the course of the show.

This year had some noteworthy interactions for sure.

Upon entering the conference floor, I paused at the Park Tool booth and heard a distinctive voice that had been ingrained in my subconscious from repeated viewings of BMX Plus! magazine’s video, Rad TV. It was none other than BMX photographer extraordinaire, John Ker.

I turned around and spotted him immediately…and the 14-year old version of myself suddenly popped into my head and started going crazy…I had to go talk to him.


I’m pretty sure I nerded out the whole conversation but he was extremely gracious and I was glad I got to meet the man behind so many iconic bmx images.

This boded well for the rest of the show.

Making my way through the show I came upon the SE booth.

And again, the 14-version of myself had returned to take over my brain. In the booth alongside SE’s Todd Lyons, were 80s mega-stars: Mike Buff and Stu Thomsen.


Holy Cow.

They were signing baseball card-style cards of themselves for anybody that would stop by.

I have to say I’m pretty stoked with this autographed card.


Then a little while later, with the Interbike floorplan map in my face, struggling to find out which way to go next, I ran into Joseph Gallacher.


Joseph is the impresario behind Mill Town Cycle (and heavily involved with the Milton BMX track back home) so it was cool to run into him and get a few minutes to chat…especially since both of us were unaware that we would both be in town for the event.

The next person I ran into was Adam Hendershot.

Adam’s a good friend that has recently moved out west, got himself married and started to race cruiser (he’s been busy).

He mentioned that he would be in town but I wasn’t expecting to see him until the next day.

Turns out he got in early and hit the show right away. Of  course, we end up bumping into each other…again while I was trying to figure out the Interbike floorplan.

We had good chat and then he was off to the SE booth.


(That’s him in the middle…note the super-stylish Chicken & Waffles Vans shoes.)

If you’ve been following Todd Lyon’s social media feeds, you’re probably already familiar with Adam’s back.


He reps SE and BMX hard!

Then toward the end of the show, I was checking my phone when I someone that I was hoping to run into, walking up to me…Travis Engel of Commonground Bikes.


I had seen that he was at the Outdoor Demo, but I wasn’t sure if he would be at the show.

He was (obviously).

If you saw the Something new, something dusty post, you can see the type of bike that Travis was already promoting well before S&M created their prototype.

We had a good chat and I’m stoked that we got a chance to meet up.

All in all, a good show in term of random meetups and pleasant surprises.

Fist bumps & high fives to y’all.


*As you may have noticed, not all of these photos were taken at Interbike…I think I got too caught up in the conversations to remember to snap pictures of everyone.



Collabs, Retros and 26″ Cruisers

29 09 2016

We’ve talked about collabs, Retros and 26″ Cruisers before…but at this year’s Interbike they really came to the fore.

In some cases, certain bikes had a more than one of these things going on at the same time.

Subrosa got on the “collab cab” earlier this year with their collaboration with Slayer.


They had a range of sizes on display in their booth, including a 26″ cruiser. Cool color way, graphics…the whole bit.


Apparently the Slayer-emblazoned seat is also going to be available as an aftermarket item too…kinda stoked on that.


They also had their own 26″ Subrosa Malum on display.


Haro continued their push into the retro market with with a number of updated classics (all 20s) from the 80s “golden era” of freestyle. Unfortunately, no cruisers…with the exception of the 24″ Downtown we featured in yesterday’s post.


SE, of course, is no stranger to the retro or collaboration game.

The STR-29 brings back the old school era Stu Thomsen STR frame, re-imagined as comfortable riding 29er.


Likewise, SE ups the collaboration game with another 29er in the form of the Public Enemy Big Ripper.


And the 26″ We The People Avenger…it’s so retro it has a threaded headset!


GT is also dipping their toes into these trends.

GT, with the help of industry icon Ben Ward, brought back the classic Pro Performer…this time as a 26″.


As we discussed in the previous post on the 26″ Pro Performer, this bad boy is tricked out with the iconic Power Series cranks, Mohawk hubs and other goodies.


The rep that I talked to was — as he should be — pretty stoked on it.

In our conversation, he also dropped a line that seems to perfectly encapsulate what seems to be pushing this drive back to the classics:

We’re pulling on the heartstrings to open the purse strings

No doubt about it.

It looks like all these trends have staying power.

We’ve been talking about 26″ cruisers moment in the sun for years now.

More and more companies are also seeing the market respond to the retro-oriented bikes and accessories.

And the collaboration game…that’s just adding a whole other layer to things.

With all these trends starting to intersect at this year’s show, it will be interesting to see how things continue to evolve in the year ahead.

Checking in on the 24s

28 09 2016

The 24s may not get the same love as the 20s in the BMX section of Interbike but there was still plenty to check out this year.

Stolen featured the chrome version of their Saint XLT. The geometry has been tweaked/improved this year so an already great bike has gotten even better.


We The People showcased another favorite, the 24″ Atlas. The added “Wow” factor of the candy apple red paint job for 2017 was in full effect.  Looking good.


Haro also got in the act with their entry-level Downtown 24. Those look-at-me green tires are hard to miss.


SE showcased the metallic red version of their lineup mainstay, the So Cal Flyer.


Free Agent featured two 24″ cruisers. The entry-level race cruiser, the Ambush 24.


And their more freestyle-y 24″ Ratio.


By the way, I would love to see the Ratio get a bit more of an update –beyond the cosmetic — in the future.  (Those bars are looking mighty short for one thing.)

Sadly Redline wasn’t at the show (I was hoping to check out the Asset 24 and the updated PL-26) and GT didn’t feature a 24.

But GT did have something else that was super cool to check out.

More on that later.

Cult joins the 26″ movement

27 09 2016

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

A 26″ cruiser from Cult!


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.


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.


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.


And some super cool whitewalls.


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).