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Top ten of 2012

31 12 2012

Well, here we are.

Another year gone by.

Before we all head out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, let’s take a look at the top ten things that went down in 2012.

10. Skyway started off the year with news that they were releasing a 24″ version of their classic T/A frame and fork…but only in limited quantities.  The frame & fork sold out in record time. Although there was some delay in getting it into customers hands, most will agree it was worth the wait.

9.  The 22″ wheel movement took an interesting turn in February with the news that S&M was testing a prototype frame and tires.  When this prototype turned into a bona fide offering from S&M later in the year, the 22″ option really started to take on some serious momentum.

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8. The Gunslinger  adjustable frame.  This smaller company caught our attention this year with an innovative frame design that featured 3-position adjustable rear dropouts.  Riders can tune the frame head angle and bottom bracket height to match their riding style.

7.  Chromoly made a comeback to the race scene. More race companies started offering chromoly forks that were stiffer and lighter than the more expensive carbon fiber forks on the market.  SSquared also put out a limited run of cro-mo frames.

6. Prophecy kept things interesting  with news that they would be bringing a 24″ carbon frame to the market. (Perhaps more surprising was that Redline didn’t leverage what they had learned from Project 79 to make a 24″ version.)

6. DK parts at Wal-Mart. On a roadtrip to Ray’s MTB , I stopped in at a Walmart along the way and I was shocked to stumble on an aisle endcap stocked with DK parts and accessories.  A little strange, but cool, that you can walk into a Walmart (in the U.S.) and pick up a DK Random Wrench.

5. After much anticipation, S&M unveiled its new Speedwagon race frame. Dropping the mono stay and putting the dropouts “on a diet.” They also got rid of the cable split cable stops and went with three guides. While sticking with the tried and true 38 Special geometry, they also introduced a 22″ top tube option, along with a sexy Trans Red finish.

4.  MTB companies blurred the lines between MTB and BMX cruisers with offerings like the Transition Klunker and the DMR wrath. Will there be more convergence between the two disciplines in the future? My guess is yes but we’ll have to wait and see if the future bears that out.

3. Jim Cielencki put in work this year promoting 24 inch riding. Whether it was a shot of him riding a tight setup on his Sunday Wave-C or talking about it in an interview, Jim was out there spreading the word.

Jim C House Park

2.  There was more choice than ever this year to find a bike to match your build and riding style. Whether you wanted to step up from a 20″ to a 22″, ride a dialed 24″ complete, build a custom 26″, or even bust out on a 29″ Big Ripper. There were options to help you make that happen.

1.  Video really brought to the forefront how cruiser riders are pushing the envelope these days. Whether it was Joe Cicman and Danny Sirkin tearing things up with a 26″ Sledgehammer or doing deathtrucks on a 24″ Wave-C, Jon Faure taking on the MegaRamp (technically 2011 but discussed in 2012), Buddy Sardenga dirt jumping, or Gundar Osis and Kaspars Garda putting out one of the best race edits..ever.. In 2012, there was a video made to capture the action, whatever the type of riding you’re into.

What will we see in 2013?

I dunno,  but I can’t wait to find out.

Happy New Year!

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Happy holidays & Merry Christmas

24 12 2012

It’s Christmas Eve…time to pour an egg nog, don the ugly Christmas sweater and see if there is some bike parts under the tree.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Cheers!

(2)CHINA-CHANGCHUN-SANTA CLAUS-BIKE STUNT (CN)

(This is probably the most random “riding Santa” shot out there…enjoy!)





Allied Compound shred session

21 12 2012

Back in October, we checked out some great shots of Buddy Sardenga busting out his Beelzebike the 20 666 ‘er at the Allied Compound in Manor, Texas (just outside of Austin).

Now we’ve got some video.

Not only do you get Buddy shredding (big beard, big bike, white helmet and red Vans) but also Vernon from Indust riding one of his 22 inchers and Hippie Josh who handled the majority of the filming (along with riding).

Looks like good times at a super fun spot.





Are you wearing the right helmet?

18 12 2012

With head injuries making the news so often these days, both with big-name riders and everyday joes, wearing a helmet when you ride just makes a whole lot of sense.

But not all helmets are created the same.

Aaron Cooke from the Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF), along with Mike “Hucker” Clark, Chad Kerley and Brandon Dosch, recently went to a test facility and got a quick answer to the question, “how does a non-certified helmet hold up under an impact?”

The answer? Not well.

Wearing a CPSC-certified helmet could mean the difference between walking away from a crash and a very severe injury (maybe even death).

Check your head. Then check your helmet. If it’s not CPSC-certified, maybe it’s time to get a new lid.





TwoFourFlat Crew bike check

13 12 2012

Danny Sirkin returns to give us a rundown of the Sunday Wave-C he’s riding in TwoFourFlat #4.

“A gyro up here folks for some of you guys that have never seen this contraption”

There’s also some great riding by Canadian rippers, Prasheel Gopal and Mark Kuhlmann, who apparently took all of 15 minutes to adapt to riding a 24″ and then busting out all their flatland moves.

Check it.





TwoFourFlat #4: a new level in 24″ flat

10 12 2012

Danny Sirkin and Joe Cicman have dropped part 4 of their video series, TwoFourFlat, and it does not disappoint.

This time taking a Sunday Wave-C through its paces, the boys have kicked things up a notch.

A death truck, no-handed hitchhiker, no-handed backpacker, a time machine…you gotta check this one out.





See where a 24″ will take you

7 12 2012

You’ll sometimes hear people say that 24s aren’t built or designed for serious riding.

A load of bollocks in my view but an opinion that is pretty common in some circles.

If you want some evidence of how out of step that type of thinking is, especially with modern-day 24s, check out this picture posted today on the Sunday Bikes site.

Jim C House Park

Riding at House Park in Austin, TX, Jim Cielencki hits this tricky feature where you have to take off early and pull out far enough to clear the bars. And just to keep things interesting, it narrows at the top and goes over-vert!

Clearly, 24s like the Sunday Wave-C that Jim is riding are capable of much more than liquor store runs (like some people will lead you to believe).

Modern-day 24s can go anywhere!

(Mike Gonzalez photo)