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First look: 2018 Fit Aitken 26

29 06 2017

When I penned a farewell post to the now long-defunct Fit CR24 cruiser (C-ya Fit CR24, you’ll be missed) I figured cruisers in the Fitbikeco lineup were just about gone for good.

And sadly, it appeared that was the way things were going to shake out.

But lo and behold, nearly 8(!) years later…a cruiser is returning to the Fit fold.

And what a cruiser it is:

The 2018 Fit Aitken 26″.

There’s so much goodness here I can hardly stand it.

100% Chromoly Chrome frame, tanwall S&M Speedball tires(!), retro-ish graphics, tall bars, double wall rims… the list goes on.

All this for around $579 (US).

I’m going to make a bold prediction that these will sell like hotcakes come September (when they’re expected to drop).

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Squid Bikes’ “Shred to Ed’s” cruiser

28 06 2017

In a relatively slow stretch of cruiser news, an interesting item popped up in my social feeds.

The Squid Bikes’ “Shred to Ed’s” cruiser.

Handmade in the USA, the Squid Bikes “Shred to Ed’s” cruiser is named for

“[the company’s] riverside liquor store and frequent summer shred destination.”

It features 26″ wheels, a heat treated 6061 aluminum frame, rear disc brake and some pretty high end components on the Deluxe Build option. We’re talking S&M Bars, Chris King headsets and White Industries freewheels.

All that goodness doesn’t come cheap though.

Prices are actually pretty steep…we’re talking $1400-$3000 (US)…Yowza!

Pretty cool looking though.

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SX start hills to become VIP beer gardens?

16 06 2017

With the news that BMX freestyle had been added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program the BMX racing community is all a buzz with talk about the potential impact on BMX racing in upcoming Olympic events.

One big question to come out of this discussion?

Are the Olympics/Supercross(SX)-style tracks’ days numbered?

Signs are beginning to point to “yes”.

According to Mike Carruth on VintageBMX.com,

We are already seeing a gradual departure from the 8M hill, via the UCI rules for 2017, which allow World Cup races to be run off of 5M or 8M hills. To me, that is the beginning of the end for the 8M hill, but it is going to take a while. If BMX Racing gets dropped from the Olympics, as many expect in 2024 or 2028, that will further accelerate the demise of the 8M hill. By then, most of those hills will be 10 yrs old, and will have lived a full life.

But what will become of these massive –now more or less obsolete– structures in this non-SX BMX future?

Well, Carruth has a solid idea that I think we can all get behind:

Then, they [the 8M starting hills] can be converted to stadium seating, with a VIP beer garden at the top.

I think he may be on to something with this idea.

This might just return BMX racing to its former glory.

I say cheers to that.





What the Klunk?

7 06 2017

In another one of those “is it a MTB or BMX?” moments, Volume Bikes has introduced a new bike reminiscent of 70s-era klunker mountain bikes, albeit with some updated, modern touches (like disc brakes).

Meet the 2018 Volume 26″ Sledgehammer Klunker (that’s a mouthful).

And to showcase how the bike can “ride, jump, cruise, and mob around”, Brian Castillo got together with Mike Mastroni to film a video of himself doing just that.

It sure looks like he’s having a good time!

It kinda reminds of how the Transition Klunker turned alot of heads with its extra old school appeal.

Which reminds me…Klunking 2 (from Transition Bikes) was pure hilarity.

Have a look below if you need a refresher.

 

 





First look: 2018 Sunday Model C

2 06 2017

Sunday Bikes just released a preview of their 2018 lineup…and with eager anticipation I scrolled through the slideshow to have a look at the latest iteration of the 24″ Model C.

New for this year is all black colorway (with the exception of the bars and cranks which are chrome).

It’s almost the ying to the yang (or is vice versa?) of last year’s colorway: chrome with black bars and cranks).

Other than the new colorway, the Model C is pretty much steady as she goes in terms of components and setup.

The highlights are:

  • Sunday Lightning rims
  • Sunday sealed hubs
  • Odyssey Springfield brakes
  • Odyssey Twisted PC pedals
  • Sunday Tripod Seat
  • Sunday Freeze stem
  • Sunday Pursuit tires

Like last year, the frame is not full chromoly (chromoly downtube and headtube only)…but still reasonably durable and well-spec’d for the pricepoint.

For the rest of the deets, click on over to the Sunday site.