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Is chrome done?

15 03 2019

S&M Bikes owner Chris Moeller may have just sounded the death knell for chrome bmx bikes.

A staple of the bmx scene for decades, a chrome frame was de rigueur for BMX riders in the 80s and remained popular for many right up until the present day.

But with more stringent environmental regulations hitting many chrome shops it’s getting harder and harder to make the business case with continuing to offer chrome bike parts.

This is especially true in California where S&M Bikes is located.

Moeller dropped the bomb on his Instagram last night:

More bad news from the chrome shop. As of April 1 pricing is going up again, and it’s way up this time…50% increase on chrome frames. Get your American made chrome @sandmbmx and @fitbikeco parts ASAP because we’ll probably phase chrome out after March.

Granted, some companies that source from overseas may be able to make the numbers work for a little longer….but word on the street is that regulations are tightening up all over these days.

What does that mean then in the end?

Chrome parts are going to get rarer, what will be available will get more expensive….and if you have plans to get some chrome parts, you better jump on it like right now!

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When 29 inches is just not enough

5 03 2019

With so many companies jumping on the 29er bandwagon, it’s easy to see that the big wheel cruiser trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

But if you thought 29″ wheels were the top end of the cruiser world you may be in for a surprise.

Take a gander at the new Sixxer Cycles 36″ wheel bicycle.

That’s some big bicycle!

And check out this clip (from ORP BMX) showing a model wheeling out a Sixxer bicycle.

The model is in platform shows and the handlebars are near her chin!

This is some next level (next level height?) stuff.

Here’s another shot.

With all that being said, there’s not much more detail on these in terms of specs and geometry.

But….if you find a even a 29″ cruiser too cramped — if you’re that big and tall — this may be the bike for you.

Hit up ORP BMX for more details.





Don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that spin

19 02 2019

Sometimes your life is spinning out of control….other times you introduce your own spin to the proceedings.

Check out Zhenya Solovyov (kopli_reject) and Anton Klotskov (@tonyclaws) spinning some 3s on the big bikes.

And…for added street cred…a wayback playback street jibbery from Zhenya Solovyov (kopli_reject):

Nice work fellas….now I can’t stop thinking about going out and trying some 3s….or at least a squirrelly 180.





Thruster makes a comeback…sort of

15 02 2019

Just as the West Coast CABDA show brought some new cruisers for our perusal…the CABDA Midwest show has brought something new (or is it old?) for us to ponder and reflect on.

Case in point, the reappearance of an early BMX brand with a — some would say — iconic frame design.

If you haven’t been tipped off already, I’m talking about Thruster BMX.

But don’t get too excited.

If the early reviews on this new version of the brand are any indication, it looks like this brand’s “reinvention” leaves much to be desired.

Check out what Chris Moeller (of S&M) had to say:

Or industry veteran Scott Towne’s take on it:

A bit sad, considering what could have been…if this was made in to more of serious cruiser (vs. a dressed up beach cruiser).

Oh well, we’ll always have those old school memories…won’t we?





2020 Haro cruisers continue that retro vibe

25 01 2019

It appears where Interbike left off, CABDA has picked up.

In a Ride BMX coverage of the event, Haro’s John Buultjens dropped some teasers of some new additions to the 2020 lineup.

(Cruiser stuff starts at 9:09)

BMX Sloride:

A “signature” cruiser for Brian Blyther, Mike Dominguez and Xavier Mendez. (The BMX stands for Brian,Mike, Xavier).

It features an alloy frame with cro-mo forks and bars. 24, 26 and 29″ versions are planned.

 

Cab Dragon

A Steve Caballero collab with 27.5″ wheels and 8 speeds of cruising fury. You’ll be the envy of the beach with this one.

DMC cruiser

Dennis “DMC” McCoy also gets a cruiser in his honor. Twin top-tube alloy frame and a cro-mo fork.  24, 26 and 29″ versions are planned (although I think they’re tentative on the 29er).

 

Too be honest, I’m a bit surprised by the use of an alloy frame for a twin-top tube DMC frame.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction of buyers is to that detail.

Which we’ll find out soon enough…expect these cruisers to hit dealers this summer.





90s-era BMX shirts at Urban Outfitters

14 01 2019

Have 90s-era BMX t-shirts finally crossed the rubicon into hipster fashion?

Signs are pointing to yes.

Reports are coming out saying that Urban Outfitters stores are now stocking shirts from GT, Dyno, Mongoose and Schwinn.

I first spotted them on Brian Tunney’s Instagram:

Apparently they are put out by a company called ourlegendsauthentic.

Will they be hit with hipster millennials who were kids when these brands/logos were big?

Tough to say.

For myself, I used to sweat some of the earlier Dyno designs…the fish shoes, tragically hip shirt, etc.

 


If those designs start showing up…well, this aging Gen-Xer might be elbowing those hipster millennials out of the way for some new shirts.

 

(B&W pics: vintage-bmx-ads.blogspot.com)





Back In Black: 2019 Colony Eclipse 24

19 12 2018

Colony BMX just dropped the deets on their 2019 lineup and their 24″ freestyle machine, the Eclipse, is back in the lineup.

Departing from the somewhat flashy red colorway of 2018, 2019 sees Colony going back to their roots, so to speak, with a black colorway reminiscent of the look it sported when it debuted into the Colony lineup (in 2015).

Colony has stuck with the same geometry from previous years — why mess with a good thing,  right? — so no big surprises there.

What that means is a roomy 22″ top tube, a high new school bottom bracket height (13.75″) and a steeper-than-most head tube angle  (75.2 degrees). In other words, an extremely responsive ride that could be the right choice for a rider that is more park oriented (see full specs here).

I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that the frame, fork and bars are full cro-mo.

Other notables?

170mm cranks and somewhat skinny tires (for this day and age) which clock in at a 24 X1.95″ width.

All in all, a good looking complete from the boys at Colony.