S&M ATF cruiser grows up

1 02 2023

One of the more popular aftermarket 24″ BMX frames is getting a big brother.

The S&M Instagram let the news drop earlier this week that a 26″ S&M ATF frame was on the way.

In the aforementioned Instagram post, S&M also asked for input on the new frame, specifically what colorways did people want? Taking a “wisdom of crowds” approach, S&M promised that the most popular color suggestions, based on number of comments, would make their way into the production models. (A cool trans orange prototype was shown as an example, see screen grabs.)

Sprinkled in the comments were multiple requests for a disc brake version of the frame…it’ll be interesting to see if that upgrade makes it into production!

Pretty cool, in any event.

I’ve said it before, 26 inch cruisers are having a moment.

Actually, I said that years ago. 26 inch cruisers are showing so much momentum, it’s basically a movement now.





Sneak Peek: New Sunday Wave C

7 11 2022

The plot thickens….or maybe it’s just been revealed.

Early this year, we got a few teaser shots and realized there was something new from Sunday.

Fast forward a few months and Jim Cielencki is taking on Woodward on what looks to be a new Model C…or is it a Wave C?

Hard to tell but after months of stealthily checking Jim’s Instagram, we now have a better look at what Jim has been riding.

It looks like Jim’s been riding an updated version of Sunday’s premier 24″ frame, the Wave C (which was sadly discontinued a number of years ago).

Based on the comments maybe, just maybe, we could be seeing this in production by 2023.

Zowza!

I think I can speak for the majority of Wave C fans in this situation….let’s collectively cross our fingers that this happens!





GT puts the CRU in their new cruiser

27 10 2021

The nostalgia wave celebrating the movie RAD is in overdrive these days. Everyone from Etnies to Mongoose to Flite to you-name-it seems to have a marketing tie-in. And why not? RAD is a classic and something even the most hard-core of BMXers has a soft spot for.

The latest company to get on the Helltrack train is GT.

GT appears to have decided to really put the CRU in cruiser for this new bike and they showcased it this past weekend at the 3-day Classic BMX Festival the Frogtown Classic in Angel Camp, California.

With “RAD SERIES GT” on the the downtube , “CRU” in that iconic typeface on the fork and the CRU Jones-inspired pad set you know they’re really trying to pull on your heart strings for your favorite cheesy BMX movie.

Along with the classic touches, GT added some modern touches to this throwback cruiser. Peep the disc brake and comfy saddle to keep things safe and comfortable for rad dads flaunting their ride as they cruise the neighborhood.

Word on the street that these bikes are supposed to become available some time in December. I’m not sure how ambitious that is with supply chains being what they are but hey, just like in RAD, sometimes the hometown boy (or new bike buyer) has his day.





Big Wheels, Big Fun

17 03 2021

Dan’s Comp recently dropped a video profiling the 26″ Stolen Zeke. The backstory is that the rider/employee featured (Michael Barrow) wanted a bigger bike to assist with his rehab for a broken foot/ankle.

The bike he chose was the Stolen Zeke. His thinking was the bigger wheels, geometry and more comfortable ride would get him back in BMX shape in no time.

As his ankle got stronger, he began jumping curbs and then riding the 26″ Zeke more aggressively. He soon discovered that what he thought would be a “fun toy” to rehabilitate his ankle was much more. He didn’t realize just how much fun he would have riding a 26″ freestyle-oriented cruiser could be.

In the intro, he touches on the bikelife movement, how versatile a 26″ is for commuting and store runs (while dropping manuals in the middle of the video) but then soon starts putting the Zeke through its paces in the streets, skatepark…you name it.

He even adds pegs to get some grind action in and the Zeke does not miss a beat. You can do some “serious riding” on this bike but the result is still smiles and fun.

Just goes to show, don’t judge a bike by it’s wheel size.

When it comes to BMX, you can have a seriously good time whatever size wheel you ride on.





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!





Covid Cruisers from S&M Bikes

27 05 2020

With this whole Covid situation putting a damper on things in general, there’s at least  been a few  silver linings during this last little while.

First, it seems to have reignited the public’s interest in bike riding. Bike shops are reporting record sales and selling out of bikes and gear. Hurrah for the bike industry!

Second, S&M Bikes, with no regular production going on in The Warehouse due to the Covid situation, have been catching up on different projects and prototypes. One especially cool one is a retro Cooks Brothers-inspired 29-inch frame featuring an integrated head tube, mid bottom bracket and a 25.4 seat tube so all current S&M products will be compatible with it.

However, while it has all those modern touches, it still maintains its retro swoopy lines and the throwback looptail dropouts.

This is pretty cool news considering that, in the past, a 29″ frame seemed like a bridge too far for S&M. Granted, they did do the infamous 29″ Pounding Beers fork…but that just seemed like they were jumping on a gap in the market (or a chance to have some fun with Todd Lyons) vs. some deep-seated desire to get into this wheel size. I guess times change.

Or maybe it was the interest in the Fit Big Tripper that influenced them to dive into big wheels a little more. (Also, based on the latest picture of the Covid Cruiser above…it looks like the it will be available in both 29 and 26″ sizes).

I like the vibe of these Covid Cruisers. What do you think of them?

 

All pics: Mad Dog’s Instagram





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).





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.





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.