According to Chris, the motivation to create the new line was simply due to friends nagging him to do it:
If my friends hadn’t been so persistent about it, it would never have happened. Once I had one built up I thought it was cool and I had fun riding it
Earlier in the interview, he also said:
The idea of a slightly larger, more stable trail bike for older guys coming off an extended break from BMX or larger riders coming off MTB’s made a lot of sense to me.
In terms of geometry, while still being fine-tuned, Chris said:
The geometry is about the same as a 20” but with a little more kicked back seat angle. The tires are 22” X 2.125” for now. It wasn’t too difficult scaling it to the larger wheels and we kicked the seat angle back for raising the seat up high to actually ride the bike. Since there are no preconceived TT lengths people are judging it by we didn’t have to worry about that. And if you go to the trails with the seat down it won’t make a difference anyway.
The release date for the 22″ Holmes (fitting name for it’s larger size, natch) is set for mid-summer along with a Revenge wheel-set and tire combo that will be sold separately.
Be sure to check out BMXUnion for more on S&M’s new 22″ gear and related musings from Chris Moeller.
For related discussion on the 22″ phenomenon, check out these earlier Cruiser Revolution posts: