BMX racing goes to the dogs

29 04 2011

Aluminum frames, carbon fiber forks, clipless pedals…all have been adopted by the racing community in the quest for victory.

When mere equipment upgrades are not enough, some turn to intense fitness regimes and (gasp!) performance-enhancing drugs.

But it takes more to be a champion.

What it takes is heart….and perhaps four quick moving paws.

Calleigh the BMX dog demonstrates.


More dirt on the Mongoose 24″ prototype

28 04 2011

Back in February, you might remember the post we did about Moody riding the new Mongoose 24″ prototype.

Now that Mongoose is getting closer to production I can give you more of the scoop on the new 24.

Not-so-great spy photo of new 24" Mongoose

As far as “spy photos” go, this isn’t the best (it was shot with a wide angle lens and it’s a bit distorted) but it should give you a relatively good idea of what this whip is going to look like.


  • Top tube: 21.75″
  • Head Angle: 74.5 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 71 degrees
  • Bottom Bracket: 13.6″

Did I mention that it’s going to be offered as a complete bike with a full chromoly frame and fork?  No? Well it is. (Hallelujah!)

Other highlights:

  • Removable brake mounts
  • Chromoly 3-piece cranks
  • 8″ handlebars
  • Sealed BB
  • Sealed cassette hub
  • Pivotal seat
  • Odyssey grips and pedals.

To make up for the less-than-stellar spy shot, I’ll leave you with this, friend of Cruiser Revolution, Trent Brocker riding the Mongoose prototype at the recent Woodward Old School Reunion. Radness!

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Check out Jim C’s personal ride

21 04 2011

Sunday Bikes just posted a bike check of Jim Cielencki’s personal ride, the  Wave-C he’s been riding since October.  It has a Black Magic finish and sports red spokes to give it a cool, custom look.

Be sure to have a look at the prototype components on the front end: 7.75″ XL 24umph bars and Odyssey top load stem.  (He’s also running spacers under the stem to run it even higher.)

And for all the hockey fans out there…you can probably guess what team Jim is rooting for in the playoffs…Go Sabres!

For more on Jim C’s Wave-C, check out the complete bike check on the Sunday Bikes website.

Sunday 24″ forks with 990 mounts: first look

19 04 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but they’re finally here!

Pictures of the production version of Sunday’s 24″ forks with 990 mounts (remember the spy photo last year?)

Check it out:

side view

front view

back view

side view

On the fence about whether or not to go with front brakes?

Check out this post to see what you might be missing.

Empire state of mind

15 04 2011

Are all mail-order BMX companies the same?

I was beginning to think so.

Sure, the company names change but in the end they all start to seem kind of similar.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out Empire BMX‘s site.

I was chuckling to myself the whole time I was searching for parts for my new Sunday Wave-C build.  With the funny write-ups and inside BMX references, like the Paul Buchanan mention in the Canadian shipping information, this is no ordinary mail-order site.

When I emailed a couple of questions, Tom (from Empire) was always quick with a response.  The whole vibe seems to be that they don’t take themselves too seriously but they are serious about their business.

They are also well stocked on 24″ stuff: Odyssey 24″ Hazard Lites, Sunday Wave-C, S&M 24″ Dirt Bike and 38 Special frames, just to name a few things.

In the end, I found what I needed and at a great price.

You should definitely check ’em out.

(For a taste of the “Empire experience”, check out this video Vital BMX did a couple of years back.)

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Very nice: Vapor Blue Wave-C

13 04 2011

Vapor Blue Wave-C frames have hit the Sunday Bikes warehouse.

They match the Vapor Blue forks that you saw here first in March.

Looking fresh.

And like the Black Magic version, it’s available in 21.25″ and 22″ top tube lengths.

For more on the color blue, click here for a special word from Will Ferrell.

Are today’s Pros a bunch of candy-asses?

8 04 2011

Sometimes I wonder how BMX racing lost its mojo.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think BMX racing is cool (I’m a racer myself)…but back in the 80s, it seemed to have that little something extra. Which is a little funny when you think about how tracks, bikes and everything else has improved.

Maybe it’s the style of the racing itself.

Or maybe it’s clipless pedals.

According to 4-time ABA #1 Pro, “Pistol Pete”  Loncarevich, both seem to be culprits.

ESPN caught up with him recently and he was very candid on this thoughts about the current state of affairs in the race scene.

Some interesting quotes:

...less confrontational because of clipless pedals… [racing]seldom gets aggressive

…more candy-ass BMX racing now because no one wants to confront each other on the track

Check it out here (sorry it won’t embed…but it’s definitely worth checking out).

Maybe Pistol Pete is on to something.

Or maybe we just need more WWE-style trash talking between motos.

I envision it going something like this:

Bonus info: It’s Pistol Pete’s birthday today. Respect for the legend.

The sons of Slam

5 04 2011

If you’re ready to ditch your traditional cruiser bars for something a little taller,  S&M has got you covered with some smaller versions of their classic Slam Bars.

I like to call them the sons of Slam.

There’s a 7.25″ rise version that’s 28″ wide….right in the neighborhood of the Sunday 24umph bar, dimension-wise.

Another option is the Small Slam: 7.5″ rise X 26.25″ wide…perfect if you want a smidge more height and slightly narrower bars.

Erik Dabrowski is rocking Small Slams on his new 24" Dirt Bike build .

And, if you’re especially finicky about bars,  you can always check out S&M’s new custom handlebar program.

(For a pic of Erik D’s complete Dirt Bike build, visit the Cruiser Revolution Facebook page…it’s a beauty!)