Dee Snider & S&M: The backstory

26 11 2019

In a recent episode of Grilled, S&M Bikes owner, Chris Moeller gets asked

“How did you get to know Dee Snider [of Twisted Sister]?”

After appearing to momentarily dodge the question, Chris answers with the story of a Florida bike shop calling with a customer that was cruiser rider looking for a bike….it turns out that rider was Dee Snider.

Check out the video below starting at 9:45

Well, Chris was a big fan so he offered to hook him up with a bike.

Dee Snider ended up coming out to visit the S&M HQ, they hit off and then they ended up doing a signature bike with him: The Widowmaker.

 

Pretty cool story (and part of BMX...and heavy metal(!) history). To think it all started because Dee Snider just wanted to ride.





Supercross set to release 24″ carbon frame

28 10 2019

Supercross BMX dropped the big news over the weekend.

A 24″ version of the carbon ENVY BLK 2 is in production. (In fact, team riders already have them in their hands!)

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a race company take the leap and bring their 24s into the carbon fold (Was Prophecy BMX the last one? No wait, it was Speedco ).

This is a good looking ride.

Based on their 20″ version, I think we’re going to see some positive reviews when people get their hands on these.

Starting off with one size for now, the Pro XL (which sports a 22″ top tube)  seems a smart move, due to the tooling costs of carbon. It will allow Supercross to gauge demand and refine it (if need be) before jumping to other sizes.

It’s a bit spendy at $1395 US for the frame but then again all carbon frames are…and if you’re looking for the ultimate in race performance, sometimes  you have to pay the toll to rock n’ roll.

You can check out the specs and the rest of the details over on the Supercross BMX site.

In the mean time, I’m hoping to see one these rigs in action when one of their team riders unleashes it at an upcoming National.





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!





The kids are alright in Boston

21 07 2019

A recent Boston Globe article’s headline says it all,

Since I got my bike, I’ve stopped playing Fortnite“.

Kids are rediscovering how fun bikes can be, cruising with their friends and popping wheelies…and they’re doing it all on cruisers.

As the Boston Globe article sees it,

It is their vehicle, their tool for youthful freedom, the glittery thing that for whatever reason kids have latched onto. If they don’t have one, they pine for it, falling asleep at night dreaming of the glorious day they, too, will be able to go cruising.

Not only that, the allure of a youthful freedom machine has them putting away the Fortnite and motivating them to get out and hustle to get their rides. The article describes the effort two brothers went to to get their riders:

….hustling for more than a year to get the bikes. They saved the money they got for birthdays and communions. They spent four days painting a porch. Nathan [one of the brothers] got straight A’s on his report card.

It almost brings a tear to your eye….kids getting stoked on bikes and getting them motivated to work for what they want.

If that’s not impressive enough on its own (which it is, really)…the article also mentions that kids are hanging out at the bike shop shopping for new grips and tires because “no one wants to run stock”.

Could this new wave of kids getting stoked on bikes bring back BMX parts back to the local bike shop? If so, they’ve upped the ante on their “alrightness” to another level….

 

Pic: Boston Globe





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.

 





Is FitBikeCo tripping?

3 06 2019

In some ways this was unexpected…but in other ways, perfectly in line with S&M Bikes/FitBikeCo style antics.

When overbuilt frames were a thing, S&M responded with the Heavy as Fuck frame. When things veered in the other direction, the Light  as Fuck frame came into being.

Now with 26″ BMX cruisers having an extended moment in the sun….partly helped along by the #BikeLife movement….the folks at The Building, specifically FitBikeCo are set to introduce the 26″ Tripper later this summer.

And yes, if you think they’re trolling SE and Todd Lyons a bit here….well, I can’t speak for FitBikeCo, but signs point to yes, that seems to be happening.

 

From the name, an obvious takeoff of the iconic “PK Ripper“…to the colorways “Stu Blue” and Gloss Black with Gold Anno…you know what  style they’re trying to evoke.

 

 

Heck, Dougie Darrah even has the iconic OM BMX skid on lock already!

 

I guess it was only a matter of time for Chris Moeller to cook this up, given the success of their Pounding Beer forks (another SE sendup)

I’m kinda curious to see how Todd Lyons is going to respond to this…are we gonna see some dust ups between the two of them?

Similar to the old “run-ins” Chris Moeller and Harry Leary used to have back in the 80s ?

I’m looking forward to finding out.





24″ S&M Steel Panther set to roar

15 05 2019

The long anticipated 24″ S&M Panther is getting ready to roar.

Word on the street has these being set to go some time this month

Gloss Black, Yellow, and Trans Red are the color options. Size-wise, you’re looking at 21.5 or 22″ top tube version.

Here’s the full run down on the geometry:

  • TOP TUBE: 21.5″,22″
  • REAR STAY: 15.25″-16.25″
  • HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 73°
  • SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 70.5°
  • BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: 12″
  • STANDOVER HEIGHT 9″

Additional Specs:

  • HEAD TUBE: Integrated (45°/45°, 41.8mm)
  • SEAT POST SIZE: 27.2mm
  • BOTTOM BRACKET STYLE: 68mm Euro
  • BRAKE MOUNTS: V Brake
  • DROPOUTS: 3/8″ Slot, Built In Tensioner
  • TUBE SET: Butted Thermal-X

Hit up your local dealer if you’re ready to step up to the Steel Panther. Folks like Cheap Goods are already taking pre-orders.

*Frame not exactly as shown in picture