Dyno delivers with the Pro Compe 24

29 09 2020

Selling out almost immediately when it hit shops this summer, the Dyno Pro Compe 24 is just what the doctor (and Dyno fans like myself) have ordered.

When Dyno made a comeback as a 29incher last year I was stoked but also a bit bummed that it wasn’t available as a 24.

Of course, as we reported then, there was rumors already afoot that if the 29″ version proved popular that a 24″ incarnation would follow. I was cautiously optimistic that it would happen…but like a scorned lover I had been burned by big promises from bike companies before and I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high.

Turns out, GT/Dyno were true to their word and the 24″ version of the Dyno did appear this year. And what a 24″ Dyno it is!

It harkens back to the year of our Lord, Lord Voelker. Inspired by the year 1987 when Voelker turned pro on Dyno and carved a path through the freestyle scene with big burly tricks and street moves that still inspire today.

It hits all the right style points too and it’s complemented by all the modern touches that make it a capable shredder for 24″ riders today.

Spec-wise, you can tell this 24″ is ready for more than cruising the beach:

  • Head tube angle:  74.5 degrees
  • Seat tube angle:    71 degrees
  • Top tube length:    22″
  • Chain stay length: 15.6″
  • Bottom Bracket:    13.92″

With that being said, I’m curious why GT wouldn’t have spec’ed it out with a slightly shorter chainstay. (To compare, the Stolen Saint 24 comes in at 15″ and the Sunday Model C shorter still).

Onto the looks department,  the classic 80s look is in full force: Pretzel bars, Power Series cranks, Dyno forks and Mallet stem. Heck, there’s even a Dyno pad set and pegs thrown in for good measure.

Of course, no bike worthy of the Lord would be nothing less than full 4130 Cro-mo, which this bike is.

All in all, I’m pretty stoked on this 24″ Dyno.

Now we just need to see more stock in the stores, maybe a new colorway or two and……maybe, just maybe, a full blown modern-day edit of Voelker shredding one of these in his classic Voelker fashion.  GT/Dyno….let’s make this happen!





Seth’s Bike Hacks shreds on a 24″ Redline

26 02 2020

I spotted this a while back as a suggested video on YouTube.

Seth Alvo, of Seth’s Bike Hacks fame, shredding on a  Redline Asset 24 on his Workbench Skatepark in his new (at the time) garage.

You might recall from previous posts that the geo of the Asset 24 is very close (essentially the same) as the ever-popular S&M ATF 24.

I’ve always wanted to see one of these completes in action and Seth did a great job of showing what the Asset 24 was capable of.

At the tail end of the video (starting at 7:02) Seth has a session on the new workbench skatepark and he proceeds to bust out a good amount of moves and jibs on the Redline. Heck, there’s even a disaster…shoutout to the mid school! (Or is that old school?)

He even makes repeated attempts on a 360 before landing one smooth. The Redline looked like it was none the worse for wear after the repeated attempts and bails.

The bike  also looked pretty much stock (save for the pedals which looked like blue composite pedals)…so that’s even more of a plus. I would have liked to see a full-blown test/review but this is a reasonably good substitute.

Check out the video for yourself of Seth putting the bike to the test (and just try to avoid going down the rabbit hole of checking out Seth’s videos….I always end up 3 or 4 deep when I click on one).





Austin, Texas is about to get RAD

11 02 2020

Austin, Texas is going to get a whole lot RAD-der over the next little while.

Bill Allen, who most BMXers know as Cru Jones, of RAD movie fame will be in town for an appearance at the Cult Classic Convention this weekend (Feb. 14-16)!

I suspect in addition to offering handshakes (or high fives) and obligatory selfies, he’ll probably also be selling and signing copies of his behind-the-scenes book on RAD.

Then….

And I can hardly believe this is true/happening:

In March, a remastered version of the movie RAD is going to get the big screen treatment as feature presentation at the SXSW festival!

So crazy.

So rad!

 





Shredding on the 29″ Dyno

3 02 2020

One of the coolest stories of 2019 was GT bringing out a 29″ Dyno tribute bike for freestyle legend Dave Voelker.

As a big Dave Voelker fan and also being big into Dyno’s back in the day, it was great to see Dave getting the recognition he deserved…as well as seeing one of my favorite old school bikes reborn as a cruiser.

Of course, the Dave Voelker promo video was awesome too!

Thankfully, a couple more videos have been released of the 29″ Dyno in action.

Like this one below of flatland legend Gabe Weed putting the big wheeled tribute bike (with some custom touches) through an absolute flatland shred session.

And more recently, none other than “The Lord” himself, Dave Voelker, busting out a big fakie wall ride like it’s a Meet in the Street contest in 1987 or something.

So much radness.





Harvester podcast with Wade Nelson

9 01 2020

Harvester BMX has jumped into the whole podcast thing…and their first episode is with none other than Canadian BMX impresario and rider, Wade Nelson.

Wade’s roots in BMX go way back (in both Canada and US) and the podcast touches on a lot of the cool stories from Wade’s past, including the early Hoffman BS comps, the first X-games, working for Brian Scura and the west coast BMX scene.

Even yours truly gets a mention when the topic turns to zines (at around the 35 minute mark).

For those that don’t know I used to produce a zine  in the early to mid 90s called Mob zine.

It was awfully nice of Wade to give the shoutout (Thanks Wade!)

What didn’t make it into the podcast were some fun stories I recall from my encounters with Wade.

One is the time that Wade managed to get the opportunity to answer the “letters to the editor” section of Ride Magazine. Keep in mind, this was in the early days of Ride and let’s say the typical letter was less than genteel in those days. Wade handled that assignment with ease though. I still remember our chat about it about it up on the deck of the ramp at the Boucherville Quebec Play contest (in ’95, I think).

More recently, in a previous Toronto stint, Wade had suggested we grab some food before a Sunday session at the Wallace Emerson skatepark. I wasn’t sure how that would work as Wade is a hardcore vegan….and well, I believe eggs are an essential part of a Sunday breakfast. Somehow, Wade found a vegan/vegetarian place that served eggs and off we went. That day ended with me driving Wade to the hospital….because even though Wade was (and still is) a big proponent of wearing a helmet while riding…he hadn’t quite embraced the same passion for wearing knee pads. As Murphy’s Law would support that would mean Wade would mistime a bar-spinny type maneuver and find his knee making a quick and unintended impact with the concrete surface of the Wallace Emerson park.

Wade’s got a lot more stories to tell though…and the Harvester podcast captures a pretty good collection of them.

Check it out.





Basketball stars’ custom cruisers

23 10 2019

The NBA Basketball season kicked off this week and Shad Johnson (of Goods BMX and Snakebite BMX fame) commemorated the occasion by posting a couple of one-off cruiser projects he did for Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

According to Shad,

KD’s was [done] during his time on the Thunder and Lebron’s was while he was still with the Cavs

For the eagle-eyed, you can see Kevin’s is sporting some cool low-key graphics too.

Lebron’s cruiser (pretty sure it’s one of those old Macneil Bikes 26ers) was photographed pre-decal installation.

Pretty cool.

Now I’m kinda curious if there are other stealth shredders lurking in the NBA. (Wonder if Shad has any intell…hint, hint Shad)





Ted Emmer resurfaces, ready to ride

12 10 2019

Ted Emmer’s been called a freestyle pioneer (by me and this blog at least) ever since he made his imprint on the world of freestyle and skatepark riding with his iconic picture in the first issue of Freestylin’ back in the day.

For me, that picture really stood out…for many reasons.

Ted Emmer

First off, he’s competing in a skatepark competition on a 24″ cruiser…and we’re not talking a new school 24…he’s essentially on a converted race cruiser.

Second, those wheels! Custom 71(!) spoke Z-rims….48-spoke wheels hadn’t even become a thing yet at this point and ol’ Ted Emmer is jumping all the way up to 71 spokes (the 72nd spoke wouldn’t work because of the valve stem being in the way, if memory serves).

But what happened to Ted Emmer since that iconic photo?

Sure, we gave him some love with the occasional ThursdayThrowback or FridayFlashback ….but I always wondered what became of this trailblazer.

Imagine my surprise, when I got a message from Mr. Emmer himself earlier this week that simply said,

“I restored a bike you might be interested in”

(In my head) <Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?>

(Me)”The bike….from bitd?”

“Indeed”

Then the pictures came.

Sure enough, there was the iconic 24, along with the OG riding gear.

 

Pretty awesome….but I had to ask…what happened to the custom Z-rims?

Turns out they got stolen out of a storage locker….which is heartbreaking from a historical/BMX Nerd perspective. (However, Ted says he’ll whip up another set if he can get a hold of another set of 24″ Z-rims.). So the mags are on there now.

So what’s Ted been up to?

Ted’s is a drummer and rocked out in Hollywood during the hair metal years.

Fast forward to  the (almost) present and a series of events led him to getting the bike back together and riding.

He lost his wife a few years ago which got him thinking about reconnecting with biking. Then, a designer he was working with learning about his BMX roots and together they started digging through storage and decided to bring some of his stuff back to life. (The Wall to Wall Freestyle book was a nudge too). Then the restoration began and you can see the final results.

 

Ted’s now 54 and says “he’s starting from scratch again” with his riding. He’s been riding a small skatepark near his place to get his feet wet.

He’s already got some war wounds to show for his efforts. (see above)

Next on the agenda, a new helmet and a bigger park.

And after that?

Ted’s says his goal is “A sick photo with me, a bike, and sky.”

I like where this is going.





The Lord has risen – video edit incoming

31 07 2019

Early this year we learned that Dyno was making a comeback as a 29er ….and not only that, said 29er was going to be a Dave Voelker signature model.

Hot damn, one of my favorite riders from bitd back in the limelight and this time…on big wheels.

And now, Dave’s back with a new edit….and it’s so good!

It starts off with some classic footage of Dave going BIG….it’s almost like a highlight real from his biggest BMX hits. From there it segues into some superfun big wheel shenanigans…complete with the classic Voelker footplant.

Check it out:

It’s good to see Lord Voelker back.

The Lord has risen….Praise the Lord!





Rolling with the Toronto Rad Ride

22 07 2019

Today I got together with over 200 Old School heads and BMX enthusiasts for a fun ride along Toronto’s waterfront.

This was my first time attending the Toronto Old School Rad Ride event and dang, I’m glad I got a chance to make it out.

In the past the Rad Ride fell on the same weekend as one of the bigger Provincial/State races in Ontario so I, along with a lot of local racers, ended up missing it. Thankfully, this year the stars aligned and there wasn’t any big races scheduled so a bunch of us race-y types got to partake in the festivities. (That’s my buddy Damir from Milton BMX)

Not only did the race schedules do us right but Mother Nature did as well. It was a picture perfect summer day. From what I heard it was a record turnout too so that’s pretty awesome.

Check out all the bikes, so many cool rides!

 

 


It was also a great chance to catch up with a lot of old friends along with putting  a face to the name of online friends and acquaintances.

A good day out for sure!





Sunday Bikes gets high

4 06 2019

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…you see this….a 29″ Cruiser from Sunday Bikes.

Dubbed the “High C”, which I assume is nod to their iconic Model-C cruiser and/or a discontinued orange-flavored drink at McDonald’s, this kinda took me by surprise when I first spotted it on the weekend.

For a “core brand” who, despite frequent pleas from the 22″ BMX community, has refused to even entertain offering even a 22″ frame, fork or wheels…to suddenly offer a 29er seems to be a curious move.

I mean, Sunday’s sister (brother?) brand, Fairdale offers bikes that seem more in this category…wouldn’t it make more sense to make this the “Tall Taj“?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great looking bike….and the full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebars are much appreciated…it’s just seems like the marketing/branding (badging?) of it seems a bit off.

For those of you sweating this new 29er, here’s the frame specs:

  • TOP TUBE LENGTH: 23.5″ TT
  • HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 71°
  • SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°
  • CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 17.6-17.85”
  • BOTTOM BRACKET DROP: 2.5″
  • SEAT TUBE LENGTH: 17”

In other news, Sunday also dropped sneak peeks of the 2020 colorways of their 24″ Model-C Completes.

Let me tell you, I really dig this Toothpaste colorway.

In addition, to the Toothpaste colorway, they are also offering a classic chrome option:

Both super nice in the looks department….however…..they are still not full cro-mo!!

This is particularly striking when you have these two adjacent to the High C (above) that is 100% Cro-mo (where it counts).

Chances are a Model C is going to see more hard riding then the High C so I’m at a bit of a loss to why Sunday would opt for full cro-mo in the 29er and not the 24.

Maybe I’ll find the answer in High Times.