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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.

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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.

 

 

 





DK debuts 2019 Legend Retro Cruiser 26”

1 08 2018

For 2019, DK has opted for something new, something old-school-ish.

The Legend Retro Cruiser, a new addition to their lineup of completes,  sports 26″ wheels, throwback looptail stays and a chromoly main frame with a “show chrome” finish.

For an old school fan (like myself) it hits you with all the feels.

However, a closer look reveals that there’s plenty of new school tech as well to keep things rolling smooth and true.

The Legend Retro Cruiser parts package includes: double-wall rims, sealed bearings (throughout) and cro-mo 3-piece cranks.

Spec/geo wise, you’re looking at:

  • Head Angle: 72.5 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 72 degrees
  • Top Tube: 22.4″
  • Chain Stay: 16.5″

(For the complete breakdown, visit the (DK site)

A pretty cool package for around $449 (US). Hit up your local DK dealer for a test drive/wheelie.





Blue Monday: Fairdale reveals ’19 Taj color

16 07 2018

If you were on the Cruiser Revolution Facebook page over the weekend you might have already seen this.

Fairdale has revealed the 2019 colorway for the Taj Cruiser and it is looking nice! (This color is right up my alley.)

No word if anything has changed much from the previous year’s edition (geo and specs) but from a quick look above it seems like Fairdale is sticking with the tried and true.

Which is great because that means you can still pull off daring stunts like the one below without too much trouble.

Radical!

 

Pics: Fairdale





Once a rider, always a rider?

13 07 2018

I guess the old adage:

“You can take the boy out of BMX but you can’t take the BMX out of the boy”

applies in this case.

When Jim Cielencki popped back on the riding radar recently with some rad pool riding pics, we (along with the rest of the BMX world) got a little excited.

We wondered what the over/under was on some more Jim C riding pics was.

I, for one, had my fingers crossed. A couple days back, my suspicions/optimism was rewarded.

Jim shared a screen grab on his insta sessioning the Buffalo hubba.

(Peep the full video via this link.)

In the caption/writeup, mentions that the Sunday Model-C turns 10 this year. Time sure does fly (Cruiser Revolution turns 10 this year too!)

It’s crazy to think a decade has passed since the Model C was introduced. (For a trip down memory lane and a rad pic of a Jim C toothhanger on a rail, have a look at CR’s initial post about it in 2008.)

So much radness!

Jim closes of his post with the line, “I think some more riding is in order. ”

Yes sir, I definitely agree some more riding is in order.