#TwoFourTuesday: Iowa edition

27 05 2014

Bobby Parker has been busy lately: adding a future BMXer to the family, moving from Texas to Iowa and now, reppin’ the Tree Bicycle Company.

Lots of changes.

Bobby Parker flattie Iowa City Park

What hasn’t changed is his ability to shred.

Here’s Bobby showing the Iowa City skatepark who’s the #TwoFourTuesday Boss.

Radness.

Bobby Parker seatgrab(Pictures by @murderbike)

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Gundars Osis has a need for speed

27 05 2014

Gundars Osis is back with another race edit.

(Check out Gundars Osis takes a hot lap and BMX vs. MX: an epic battle for more.)

This video, filmed by Heikki Ovaska, features Gundars Osis hitting a fast time-trial lap of 37.42 seconds at Pyöräkrossiparkki, Helsinki.

That’s pretty speedy.

 

 





Are these tan tradeshow models available?

23 05 2014

It’s been almost a year since we spotted the tan tradeshow models of Kenda’s popular Kranium and Small Block Eight tires at Interbike.

Each of these tan models showed up on a complete bicycle from one of the bigger bike companies.

The Kranium on the Free Agent Ratio.

The Small Block Eight on the We The People Atlas.

In both cases, the tan walls added that “special little something” to the bikes to make them that little bit cooler.

You would think that with more and more tanwall tires showing up as stock on new completes that they would soon find their way to the aftermarket.

No cigar my friends.

I’m not sure why Kenda is holding back on these.

Are they just giving us a little eye candy at Interbike and then leaving us high and dry when we want to pick up these tan models after the show?

Has it all been one drawn-out tease?

It sure seems that way.

Interbike booth

 Hey look, road bikes!

 





Jim C says See Ya to Sunday

13 05 2014

Jim Cielencki announced today that he is stepping away from Sunday Bikes after 9 years.

One of the BMX world’s most creative and influential riders, his unique perspective on things carried over into his work as a member of the bicycle industry…whether that was in promotion, product design or his efforts with the Sunday team.

In his farewell post, Jim mentions that “my main goal with Sunday was to do interesting things with every aspect of the company.”

Jim’s championing of the ground-breaking Sunday Model-C and progressive 24″ riding are certainly two examples of that. Tweaking conventional cruiser geometry to create the Model-C was a bold move, and not without its detractors, but Jim’s vision of what a 24″ BMX could be ended up making a big impact on an area of BMX that was ready for a change.

And Jim didn’t stop there.

Jim actively promoted what was possible on a 24…whether that was in video edits, riding shots or clips of him riding a 24 in full-length videos (Up, Up and Away). While other companies introduced 24s into their lineups…they were often left to languish with little or no promotion and would later be dropped. The Model-C has been going strong since its inception.

The introduction of the Sunday Wave-C was another major step in the 24″ world that Jim also helped make happen. A super high-end frame with wave tubing and long list of features, it quickly became one of the most popular 24″ frames on the market.

Jim says he’s “off to new creative adventures.” If you look back on his riding career and his work at Sunday, I think you’ll agree he’s going to make a success of whatever he puts his mind to.

Cheers Jim!

Looking forward to hearing about what you get up to next.

 





Stolen releases the 26 inch Zeke bike

9 05 2014

From checking out the prototype at Interbike, to getting news it would be released in the spring, to this week when it finally arrived in bike shops and online retailers (like Dan’s Comp), the 26-inch Stolen Zeke bike has been on our radar.

And its definitely been worth the wait!

2014-ZEKEComplementing Stolen’s 24-inch offerings, this bike is set up ready to shred.

Check out these specs:

  • 74.5° head tube
  • 72° seat tube
  • 22.25” top tube
  • 16.1” chain stay
  • 12.5” seat tube height
  • 13.8” bottom bracket height 

The deets:

  • Chromoly main frame and chromoly fork w/ one-piece steerer
  • Semi-sealed cassette w/ double wall Revolver rims
  • STLN 26×2.2“ tires
  • Aftermarket MOB cranks
  •  6.75” handlebars, TIG welded
  • Stratos top load stem

From what I understand, a lot of these are already spoken for…so if the Zeke is something you’re into, contact your Stolen dealer today to see if they have one in stock. (Dan’s seems to have some for the time being too.)





A Sunday Wave-C with 22 inch wheels?

8 05 2014

Bmx Museum member 77rider recently posted a build that is garnering a lot of attention.

It’s a Sunday Wave-C built up with 22″ S&M Pitchforks, 22″ Revenge wheels and some special one-off custom brakes (with extended arms).

How did this mad scientist tinkering affect the ride?

Switching out the forks and wheels served to steepen the head tube and lower the bottom bracket.

Sunday Wave C with 22in wheels

According to the forum thread, 77rider really likes how it handles:

I am a 20″ guy at heart. I have a 24″ Wave C and love it,but it just feels a little odd for me. So that got me thinking, if I like a 20 and the 24; a 22″ would be the shit.

Boy, was I right. This is just what I was looking for. I rode it for a couple minutes tonight before ball practice and fell in love.

This is definitely an interesting hybrid of the 24/22″ worlds.

Sunday Wave C 24 22 hybrid back end(Check 22-Inch BMX for more pics of this build)

Wonder if we’ll start to see more experimentation of this nature, now that people start seeing what’s possible with forum threads and posts like this.





S&M Bruiser bars: bigger is better

6 05 2014

Could this be a sign that the sub-6″ cruiser bar is finally on its way out?

I have harped on the topic of traditional cruiser bars before…that they are just too small/short…but if you visit just about any race track, they are still being used by many folks (albeit usually with a topload stem and a whack of spacers).

But maybe that’s changing.

S&M just announced their new Bruiser Bar: 6.5″ tall and 29″ wide.  Available in black, white and chrome.

Bruiser bars sandm bikesGranted, if you’re rolling on a new school freestyle 24, you wouldn’t consider this a big bar (higher BBs and taller bars are the standard M.O. there) but for the race community this is a big step up…a lot of race completes still come with 5″ bars.

Hopefully, this will start a bit of a movement in the race community toward bigger bars.

Nice work S&M.