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First look: Stolen Bikes Max 29″

29 11 2018

Perhaps this is the first “clear” look at Stolen Bikes‘ new 29″…since we first saw a cloudy pic of a teaser a few weeks ago (A new Stolen 29 sounds fine).

With that being said, we finally  have some more details — and a sharper picture — of what the new addition to the Stolen Bikes lineup will look like.

Dubbed the Max 29″, Stolen says they have taken what they have learned from building their bigger bikes (22, 24 and 26 inch) to make a 29er of equal caliber.

The Max 29″ is full cro-mo, with fully sealed components (with the exception of the pedals) and is built for abuse with double-wall wheels and a 14mm rear axle. Stolen’s parts brand, Fiction ,also covers the tire department with some sporty 29 X 2.50″ rubber.

Specs/Geo-wise, you’re looking at the following:

  • Top Tube Length: 23.25″
  • Chain Stay Length: 18″
  • Head Tube Angle: 71°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 72°
  • Seat Tube Height: 16.15″
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12″

Color choices are: Black with Chrome Plated bits (pictured above) or Raw with Caribbean Green (not pictured…but I am intrigued by the “Caribbean Green…if only because it reminds me of a Billy Ocean song).

All in all, pretty deece.

No word yet on availability, so hit up Stolen Bikes if this new 29″ piques your interest.

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Thanks for 10 years!

22 11 2018

Blogs…they grow up so fast.*

It’s hard to believe that this month marks ten years (!) at this little corner of the internet.

And by golly, it’s still so much fun.

Cruiser Revolution got its start when I found myself researching 24″ cruisers and got frustrated because I had to go from place to place to find information on cruisers.

Then it hit me. If I was going to be doing the “research” anyway I might as well blog about it. Surely some other folks must be interested in the same stuff I am.

Turns out that was true!

It’s difficult to put in to words how I feel about the continued support from y’all. Thank you for the great comments, kind words, rocking the CR stickers and just reading the posts…it means a lot.

I’ve written posts in three different countries, rode with so many cool people all around the US and Canada, and had so much cool stuff come out of this site.

Wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Thanks again,

Ed

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating….and good luck and good gates to everyone racing The Grands.

 

*I feel like I’ve used this line before…but it really does seem fitting in this case.





A new Stolen 29 sounds just fine

20 11 2018

Stolen Bikes dropped a little teaser the other day regarding a new bike they have in the works.

The image was a bit cloudy…but the hashtag #29 was a bit more definitive.

Looks the  Saint XLT 24 and the Zeke XLT 26 are gonna have a 29″ big brother!

No word yet on specs, geo or release dates…but my interest has definitely been piqued.





Chockablock cruiser coverage in Pull mag

28 10 2018

The October issue of USABMX/BMXCANADA’s Pull Magazine follows in the footsteps of last year’s “Cruiser Issue” with pretty much chockablock Cruiser coverage.

The cover is a good one, with National #1 Cruiser rider Major Marshall Gehrke busting out a sweet tabletop, and it is just the start of the cruiser goodness.

Interviews with both Gehrke and National #1 Cruiser Girl Cruiser champ Maddie DeSantis are big features in the mag.

I wasn’t that familar with Gehrke’s background but the interview clearly shows he’s shifting his energies more to freestyle these days. Judging by the cover (and his Instagram) he certainly not afraid to bust out some style and catch air over jumps…so maybe an X-Games medal is not that far off either!

The “Clipped-In” bike check features FallRisk’s Chris Sutton tricked out SSQuared CEO cruiser as well. (It’s pretty trick with a disc brake and carbon fiber wheels.)

Rounding things out is a 6-page feature/buyer’s guide about the the 26″ cruiser revival.

The article talks about the origins of the cruiser class…back when everyone was on 26ers. Of course, as we all know (and if you don’t, check out this post on 24″ RRS cruiser) 24″ cruisers ended up taking over and dominating the cruiser class.

With that being said, we’ve been reporting on this resurgence of interest in 26″ cruiser for a long time now. Back in 2014, we said that 26″ cruisers were having a moment. And, as the years went on, they were making it last.

These days it’s not uncommon to see 26″ dirtjumpers and 26″ cruisers racking up with 24″ cruisers in the older cruiser  classes. Heck, as Pull puts it in the article’s intro:

“Daylight’s Turnell Henry, a BMX Hall of Famer who once raceed on a 26″ Nomura in the early 80s, is now competing on a 26″ Daylight…and winning on it.”

So yes, as the magazine’s cover says, things have come full circle. Good to see the racing world (by way of Pull Magazine) acknowledge it.

All in all, some solid cruiser coverage from Pull Magazine.





Slick silver for WTP’s race-inspired cruiser

14 09 2018

Last year, WTP flipped the switch a bit with their 24″ Atlas: going from a trails-y 24 to a what we called a “race ready” version.

For 2019, WTP continues that philosophy with a bike that takes more of its cues from the track than the woods.

Color-wise, the Atlas gets an update with a silver colorway frameset complemented by blue anno components. Nice.

The race-y accoutrements that you expect on a track-worthy bike are also there: v-brakes, large(ish) front sprocket and race tires.

The bike also sports the race geometry that was introduced last year:

  • 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 in all, a pretty sweet ride for someone looking for a full cro-mo complete that you can take to the track.

The only con (if you’re a “weight-weenie”) is this rig clocks in at a bit over 27 pounds. If you’re schooling fools in the hyper-competitive older cruiser classes at Nationals you might want to look at some areas to drop some weight on this bike.

If you’re just having fun at the pump track or hitting a local here and there…I’d say the added durability of the cro-mo frame and durable (vs. super light) components would be another one for the plus column.

Hop on over to the WTP site for more details and your local dealer for a test drive.





Jim C continues to kick out the jams

27 08 2018

When Jim Cielencki jumped back into the pool (so to speak) earlier this summer in regards to riding we were cautiously optimistic that we would see more of Jim back on the bike

We even joked what the over/under would be on new riding pics and video…but it seems like the old adage of “once a rider, always a rider” is holding true.

The proof?

Jim dropped some serious heat on his Instagram this past weekend…with a bunch of awesome riding pics and clips from WNY Jam.

From Jeff Harrington-style footplants:

To moto whips:

To spinning 3s:

To handplanting street spines.

Jim brought it.

Awesome to see the OG back at it again!

 





Converting the 22″ Spade to a 24″ cruiser

23 08 2018

We’ve featured a number of Buddy Sardenga’s bikes and riding shots over the years…but this latest hybrid build is definitely one of the most interesting.

Buddy’s been riding a Stolen Spade 22 for a while and last week he had the brilliant/crazy idea one morning to see what would happen if he put some of the parts off his old 24″ S&M ATF onto the Spade frame.

Almost like doing the opposite of the conversion/mod from a couple years back when a rider converted a 24″ Sunday Wave-C to a 22″ rider.

The result? A 24″ that rides very similar to the classic 24″ Liquid Feedback.

As you can see, the rear axle is way out but still at about 14.6″.

The head tube is now more mellow, probably at 73-ish degrees and the bottom bracket at 13.25″.

According to Buddy, the new converted Spade is super roomy and “manuals crazy good”.

Pretty cool.

Buddy hadn’t been out to the trails yet on it (at least since the last time we chatted) but this looks like it would be hella fun there too.