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Your pad or mine?

11 01 2018

I don’t want to say I told you so…but I kinda told you so.

Well, maybe I didn’t so much as tell…but maybe I asked the question:

“Padsets: poised for a comeback?”

And if not the entire padset…maybe just the crossbar pad.

In that prescient post, I noted my own journey that culminated in me digging up a cross-bar pad to run on my bike.

But it’s not just me who’s holding a torch for the crossbar pad.

Shawn Mac is rocking one proudly these days on his 2018 MAC Signature Complete bike.

And now The Shadow Conspiracy is jumping into the crossbar pad game!

They just introduced a limited edition crossbar pad. (Only 50 sets exist).

According to Shadow, it’s a”callback to classic race pads. [It] features a velcro closure and a custom camo crow print.”

Friends, it’s starting to look like we might be at the cusp of a crossbar pad renaissance.

Remember, you heard it here first!

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The Chairman returns…with a 26″ cruiser

23 12 2017

Freestyle legend, Martin “The Chairman” Aparijo, and Gary Turner (a legend in his own right) have teamed up to produce a 26″ freestyle cruiser fit for “The Chairman” himself.

Martin Aparijo, who earned his Chairman moniker (and legend status) in the go-go ’80s, helped design the frame over a three-month period with Turner to produce what he says is a “fully functional freestyle cruiser”.

In other words, even though this frame’s got a lot of old school flair, it’s also built to shred.

Spec wise, the frame lines up like this:

  • Head tube angle: 72 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 68 degrees
  • Top Tube: 23.75″
  • Bottom Bracket: 12.7″
  • Seat Stays: not listed

The frame is full cro-mo (made in the USA) with dropouts available in 14 mm or 10 mm.

Pretty sweet…and I mean that in both respects….the bike itself and Martin Aparijo still busting out tricks after all these years (but this time on a 26″)!

 

Photos: Gary Turner, BMX Museum





You’ll see red: the 2018 Colony Eclipse 24

24 10 2017

Colony BMX updated their Eclipse 24 with a sweet looking colorway for 2018: metal red.

Spec/geo-wise, it’s pretty much the same setup as previous iterations.

With a steeper-than-most head angle, high bottom bracket and short rear stays…this is a great 24 if you’re more street-oriented in your riding (or just prefer a quicker steering bike).

Did I mention I’m digging the metal rad colorway?

So nice.

 

 

 





Subrosa & Nuclear Blast team up

22 10 2017

Subrosa is no stranger to the collab game…last year’s Subrosa/Slayer collaboration cruiser being case in point.

More recently, Subrosa has dived back into the collab scene with two new collab models with Nuclear Blast: the “Blast Beast 26” complete bike and the “Blast Beast DTT” double top tube frame.

However, this is going to be an extremely limited run for both collab options.

Just 30 of the Blast Beast 26″ complete bikes and 30 of the Blast Beast DTT frames will be made available.

And not only that, the Blast Beast 26 complete will also come with:

  • a custom limited edition Subrosa/Nuclear Blast/Flite/Vans Number Plate
  • a limited edition Subrosa/Nuclear Blast/Flite/Vans Pad Set
  • an exclusive Nuclear Blast Enamle Pin

That’s a pretty sweet package.

But I think I’m more excited about the “Blast Beast 24” double top tube frame.

I’ve always dug the short-lived Subrosa DTT TTWOFOUR frame.

This looks like it may share some of the same attributes of that frame (unfortunately, no confirmation on specs/geo from Subrosa ).

If it is an updated version of that frame…whoa, would this really be a rare gem.

Anybody got an in at Subrosa to confirm the geo?

Update:

Turns out the specs are pretty much spot on to the short-lived Subrosa DTT TTWOFOUR frame! Yowza! Check out the comments for the spec list.

All pics: Subrosa





FBM now offering 26 & 29″ frame sets

4 10 2017

Back in 2014, it was hard to imagine that FBM might build a 29″ cruiser…but they did — it was a custom build for a customer and it looked great.

Turns out, FBM has been getting a lot of requests for 26 and 29 frame sets as of late. So they have up and decided to offer them by pre-order!

Hot damn!

Dubbed “The 26er” and “The 29er”, these high end frames & fork sets are “designed for blasting curb cuts, cruising the neighborhood, and getting rad.”

Sounds about right to me.

Click on the respective links for the full low down on specs/geometry and ordering info:

 

 





Freakishly big freestyler really flies

29 09 2017

When we learned that GT was upsizing the Pro Performer to a 29″ version for 2018…we wondered (or should I say doubted) if people were ready for a such a big freestyle bike.

(It does seem freakishly big for a freestyle bike)

Yet, if my Instagram feed over the last few days is any indication, it looks like they are.

Case in point, Mark Flip of Albes BMX busting out a decade aboard the 29er earlier this week.

Then later in the week, the artist/rider Chris Piascik shows up with some 29″ radness of his own.

This Greg Hill style tuck is all sorts of good!

I guess it just goes to show that no wheel size has a monopoly on radness.

Big wheels keep on turning!





WTP Atlas gets race ready for 2018

12 09 2017

This is something I didn’t see coming.

At first glance, I thought the 2018 We The People Atlas would be a slightly refined version of their 2017 model.

Boy, was I wrong.

While they may be similar in color, this WTP Atlas has taken “race-inspired” to a whole other level…especially for a company that is, by and large, a freestyle company.

For 2018, the u-brake has been replaced by a more “race-y” v-brake. The wide, knobby trail tires ditched for 1.95 Kenda Konversions.

Even the sprocket has been upsized to 33 teeth!

But that’s not all, the geometry has also been changed to reflect its new race inspiration.

We’re talking longer chain stays and a lowered bottom bracket.

Check out the full breakdown below:

  • Head Tube Angle: 74°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 72.25°
  • Top Tube Length:  21.75”
  • Chain Stay Length: 15”
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12.25”
  • Stand Over Height: 9.5”

All that, and it clocks in at just a smidge over 26 pounds. Pretty respectable for a full cro-mo race bike.

Heck, even the graphics seem race-oriented!

I’m kinda interested in how many of these we’re gonna end up seeing out in the gate  next year.

I know I’m kinda tempted by it.