Top Ten of 2010

31 12 2010

Here we are here again, on the eve of a new year.

It’s been a big year for 24″ bikes.

Let’s take a look at the top ten things that went down.

10.  24s got vertical. Ben Snowden hit the vert ramp on a borrowed cruiser and showed 24s are at home on any terrain.

9.  The world is still flat (for some). Kevin Jones turned more than a few heads by riding a 24″ at the York Jam.

8. BMX Plus! didn’t know if they loved us or hated us.  We didn’t care, we’d rather read Fastlane BMX mag anyway.

7. Kids are traveling in style these days. Front of the bike, back of the bike or in a custom sidehack, these kids are along for the ride.

Sidehacks are fun

6. Cruisers went brakeless.

5. Front brakes made a comeback.

4. Sunday came out with a front brake fork prototype….and a shaved head tube prototype frame…and a wave tube frame prototype.  This, on top of introducing TWO 24″ bikes in their lineup at Interbike.

Jim C with Wave-C protype at Ray's MTB (Scott Steinbrick pic)

3. Twin-top tubes made a comeback.

2. Liquid Bikes made a splash with the progressive Feedback frame.

1. It’s still all about the ride. Old school or new school, it’s all about getting out there and riding your bike.

Photo of the year? Trent B with a super-stylish bar endo.

Happy New Year everybody!


Holiday happenings

29 12 2010

Hope everyone had a good holiday with friends and family.

I must still be in holiday mode because, after poking around the internet, I realized there was a bunch of stuff going on in the 24″ world.

I thought things would be a bit quieter.

I guess BMX rests for no man.

So without further ado, let’s check out what’s going on.

First up, has posted the first installment of Project Model-C.  They’re traveling around letting people test drive the Sunday Model-C to give them a taste of how much fun riding can be on on 24″ BMX bike.

Looks like a lot of people are getting converted!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Second, Robert sent me a note a few days back about his new blog featuring two of my favorite things: pump tracks and gold anodized components!

Check out pumptrackfreedom to read about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of building (and running) a pumptrack.

Robert’s tricked out Model-C with gold Hazard Lites is a real beauty.

Third, with a huge chunk of the U.S. blanketed in the white stuff over Christmas, it only seemed appropriate that Tribute Bikes would post a picture of their retro-style/modern geometry frame in white on Christmas day.

Such a cool-looking frame.

Finally, no Christmas would be complete here at Cruiser Revolution HQ without receiving a bike-related gift. My girl came through in the clutch with this cool bike lane-inspired t-shirt.

Perhaps to commemorate the Cruiser Revolution article in the most recent edition of Fastlane magazine?


Thanks, doll.

Merry Christmas from Cruiser Revolution!

24 12 2010

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

Hope you get to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holidays.

And don’t forget to leave some milk and cookies for Santa…he’s working hard for y’all!


The dirt on the new 24″ S&M Dirt Bike

22 12 2010

The S&M Dirt Bike is growing up.

Last week we learned that S&M was in the prototype stage in the development of the new 24″ version of the classic Dirt Bike.

We now have more dirt on the new frame, thanks to Jay at S&M.

The thinking behind the new Dirt Bike is that it will be a 24″ street/freestyle/all-around frame with a bit of retro style to it (it might even be offered in Chrome).

The geometry is similar to the Fit CR24, with a slightly lower bottom bracket.

Two protoypes are out for testing right now, a black one and red one. Final colors have yet to be decided.

The specs

Keep in mind this a prototype, so there is still some testing and tweaking to be done, and none of these specs are set in stone.

That being said, here’s what the current specs that are on the frames being tested:

  • 21.75” TT
  • 9.75” standover height
  • 74.5 headtube angle
  • 71 seat angle
  • 14.85” chain stay length (slammed)
  • 12.5” BB height

Other features

(Again, these are still subject to change)

  • Dirt Bike dropouts
  • Capped chain & seat stays
  • Mid BB
  • Engraved head tube with removable gyro tabs
  • 1.375 TT straight gauge .035 Supertherm
  • 1.5” butted DT Supertherm
  • 2.25″ tire clearance
  • .75” seat stays
  • .625” seat stay bridge
  • .875” chain stays
  • .75” chain stay bridge
  • Welded brake mounts
  • Built-in seat clamp

Works with either standard drive train or micro-drive.

What do you think?

There’s no release date yet for this puppy, but considering all the buzz that it’s generating, I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be picking one of these frames up when they become available.

What about you?

Now that you have a better idea of the specs and features, what are your thoughts on this frame?

Festive red wheels for the holidays

21 12 2010

Just in time for the holidays, Odyssey has released its popular 24″ Hazard Lite complete wheels in hard anodized red.

Front wheels are laced to the Vandero 2 hub and rear wheels are laced to the V3 cassette.

It’s been a while since I’ve rocked the red anodized…but I’m digging the look of these wheels….if you are too, check your local shop or mailorder because they’re available now.

The P90BMX® workout is revolutionary

17 12 2010

The P90BMX workout program is a revolutionary system of  sweat-inducing, pedal-pumping exercises designed to transform your body from regular to Rad(!) in just 90 days.

You’ll receive a comprehensive nutrition plan, specially designed bike setup tips, a detailed track directory, a calendar to chart your progress, online peer support, and much more. Your personal trainers, Wayne and Nort, will keep you engaged every step of the way, and you won’t believe your results!

You’ll feel like you have thunder in your heart!

Just watch this testimonial!

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Nort & Wayne, posted with vodpod

Why is P90BMX so effective?

The secret behind the P90X workout system is an advanced training technique called “Confuse your neighbors”. They’ll wonder why you’re not riding a real bike and be confused by the shit-eating grin that you’ll begin sporting almost immediately.


Because you’re having more fun then they are!

This advanced training technique accelerates the results process by constantly introducing new moves and riding spots so your riding never plateaus, and you never get bored! Whether you want to drop 50 pounds, quit drinking, or just plain get rad, there’s an endless variety of ways to mix and match the riding sessions to keep you motivated the full 90 days and beyond!

Operators are standing by.*


*Not really.

(Any similarity to other “revolutionary” workout programs is purely incidental.)

Wanna test drive a Sunday Model-C?

14 12 2010

The guys over at PlusSizeBMX are filming a video series called Project Model-C.

It looks like a pretty cool concept.

The series is going to be made up of clips that show their experiences taking a Sunday Model-C around in their travels through New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio and a few other places. At every stop they’ll be inviting riders to try it out and get their feedback (and I expect some of their riding) on tape.

Looking forward to their first installment.

For now, check out their teaser.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Rapper’s delight

14 12 2010

Lotek shoes threw down a challenge to the BMX World recently to see who could write the best jam about Lotek shoes.

My bro, Glen Vanderheyden, rose to the occasion with a rhyme like no other and took first place in the first ever weekly rap challenge.

Check it:

prepare for attack and protect ya neck

cover each foot with a fresh Lotek
check out these fly kicks, they’re Rich made
lookin sharper than a muthaf**n switch blade
you want em baid, I mean bad, don’t correct me now
if you want em for free, I’ma show you how

all shapes and sizes, we’re lookin for prizes
BMXFU never wearin disguises
one surmises that they can join our clan
coz they say that ‘Lee Dennis is the man!’
understand, that we call the f**n shots
whether at home or at your local f**n spots

straight back from Cali, asleep on the plane
Shawn Swain, radder than Gucci Mane
4/20 vision, he rides with precision
doesn’t want to see his friend, Charlie, go to prison
oh Chuck, what the f**? duck, it’s 5-0
they couldn’t hold em down, had to let him go

GoPro, to capture the bmx rapture
record, download, time to manufacture
a member of the FU filming department
Mr. Hill of the Niagara Escarpment
loves the knobby hobby, does our friend, Bobby
gettin Loco’d at someone’s apartment

Orbell’s garage alters your visage
gettin low with the whole FU entourage
like a barrage, Chris can drop some heavy shit
it’s no mirage, check this Illuminati hit
we Bond like James playin bmx games
Jake, Drew, Dwan, you know our f**n names

hang 5, 1 peg, a 20-inch wheel
stackin clips like your name was Cory Beal
say what I feel, my name’s Glen Van
try and out-rhyme me if you think you can
these FU’s are always lookin for new shoes
i said it, check the edit, they’ve paid their f**n dues

For more on the weekly rap challenge, check Lotek’s blog.

For more crazy Glen rhymes, give him a fist bump the next time you see him at Joyride 150 and say, “Yo, G-Money…”


S&M Dirt Bike grows up

11 12 2010

Holy Moeller!

S&M released a picture today (on their Facebook feed) of their new Dirt Bike cruiser.

And I have to say, it’s making me a little giddy…and super anxious to get the (ahem) dirt on the new 24, in terms of specs and geometry.

But along with my excitement, I also have a bunch of questions:

Is this a new and improved version of the Fit CR24 frame (RIP)?

Was the decision to make a 24 influenced by Rockabilly Jay’s Dirt Bike-inspired cruiser?

When, oh when, will this go into  production?

Pumped up Volume Sledgehammer

9 12 2010

It looks like the guys at Volume are taking their popular 26″ Volume Sledgehammer in a new interesting direction.

While promoted as a bike for cruising around, it can still hold it’s own if you want to ride it a bit more aggressively (see  previous posts of Buddy and Joe Rich shredding on  Sledgehammers for proof).

What’s new for 2011

For 2011, Volume shortened the chainstays to 15.75″ and lengthened the top tube to 22″.  From the looks of it, it seems like the new Sledgehammer is now being designed less for “cruising” and more for “serious” riding.

Another thing new for 2011?

A disc brake.

Not sure how I feel about this…seems a little too MTB for a bike like this. But then again, I’m not a huge fan of V-brakes either (which is what the ‘hammer came with in previous years).

And, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this (in this era of low top tubes)…it looks like the top tube/seat tube is too high…sure, it’s fine for just cruising around…but if you really want to ride this puppy…it seems like it would get in the way.

What do you think about the 2011 Sledgehammer?

I’d especially like to hear what you think about the disc brake.