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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.

The deets

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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.





Mongoose serious about racing comeback

31 05 2017

Back in December, we got word that Mongoose was making a racing comeback.

They kicked things off with a line of affordable, race-ready complete bikes that were available at mongoose.com and Amazon.

Now, it appears that Mongoose is upping the ante and expanding their race line —from four to eight models–for the 2018 model year.

According to a writeup in the Wisconsin State Journal, one reason for the expansion of their BMX category, specifically the race category, is the increased exposure BMX racing has received since its Olympic debut.

Another reason, according to Brian Baldis, Director of Product Development for Mongoose, is:

“…parents like to put their kids in those kind of formatted sports, versus freestyle, which is still the bulk of the BMX marketplace.

“Racing is seeing some uptick because it has a time, location, adult supervision and feels very much like Little League in that way. It’s been great for youths getting back on bikes in that way.”

That’s great to hear, considering the gloom and doom on Internet Forums over the past few years when the topic of participation rates came up.

Will this translate into more Mongooses at the local track?

Time will tell.

But in any event, it’s great to have this iconic brand back in the BMX race scene again.





The Beast was released

22 05 2017

Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast…for the number of times I saw footage and mentions of the new SE Beastmode cruiser this weekend was truly off the chart.

If somehow you were away from your social media feeds this weekend, here’s the lowdown.

SE hooked up with NFL player Marshawn Lynch to collaborate on the new Beastmode cruiser.

They debuted the new bike on the #OAKLANDRIDEOUT.

If all the clips and mentions that popped up on the weekend are any indication, the debut was a success.

Marshawn was in attendence, Todd Lyons and the #cyclesquadmaniacs were up to their usual antics…and it looks like people were stoked!

But social media isn’t the only place the Beastmode cruiser and the Oakland Rideout got attention.

The mainstream media also jumped on the bandwagon!

We made the news today.💪🏽 @beastmode #beastmoderipper #oaklandrideout #sebikeslife

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Heck, I even saw footage on HLN this morning!

No doubt about it, the world heard that the Beast was released this weekend.

 





Wall Street Journal writes piece on wheelies

5 05 2017

If you’ve keep up on your social media these past few days, you’ve probably already seen it…the Wall Street Journal wrote an article covering BMX, “Bike Life” and Wheelies in a piece called, “The BMX Bikes Getting Teens Back on Two Wheels — or One”.

SE Big Rippers and rrdblocks get a lot of play, as well as some commentary from Todd Lyons.

Apparently SE Bikes  (and BMX bikes in general) are seeing a sales spike over the last couple years.

That’s definitely good news! I don’t know if it’s “go-go 80s good” but it bodes well for our little piece of the cycling universe.

In other, semi-related news this week, SE also dropped some sneak peeks of the 3(!) colorways of the new 2018 So Cal Flyer.

I gotta say, I’m kinda digging the middle one…it has that Mike Buff/BMX Action trick team vibe that really takes me down memory lane.

I’m not so sure about the Killer Bees/Stryper colorway…but yellow and gold ano are definitely retro-fabulous, so I’m sure they will still get a segment of the old school heads with that version.

The blue one? Classic. Hard to go wrong there.

All in all, a good week for SE and “mainstream” coverage of BMX in general.

Hopefully, we’ll see more of this.





Take a chrome Speedwagon home

19 04 2017

And now to add a bit more sizzle to the souped up S&M Speedwagon 24S&M has dropped the chrome version!

Hot damn, this looks good.

I’m kinda sweatin’ this frame now.

Check the previous post for more details on the updated Speedwagon 24…and of course, hit up your S&M dealer to score one of these bad boys.

 

(Pics: Cheap Goods BMX)