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





Is chrome done?

15 03 2019

S&M Bikes owner Chris Moeller may have just sounded the death knell for chrome bmx bikes.

A staple of the bmx scene for decades, a chrome frame was de rigueur for BMX riders in the 80s and remained popular for many right up until the present day.

But with more stringent environmental regulations hitting many chrome shops it’s getting harder and harder to make the business case with continuing to offer chrome bike parts.

This is especially true in California where S&M Bikes is located.

Moeller dropped the bomb on his Instagram last night:

More bad news from the chrome shop. As of April 1 pricing is going up again, and it’s way up this time…50% increase on chrome frames. Get your American made chrome @sandmbmx and @fitbikeco parts ASAP because we’ll probably phase chrome out after March.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu-ZmLNjjp1/

Granted, some companies that source from overseas may be able to make the numbers work for a little longer….but word on the street is that regulations are tightening up all over these days.

What does that mean then in the end?

Chrome parts are going to get rarer, what will be available will get more expensive….and if you have plans to get some chrome parts, you better jump on it like right now!





When 29 inches is just not enough

5 03 2019

With so many companies jumping on the 29er bandwagon, it’s easy to see that the big wheel cruiser trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

But if you thought 29″ wheels were the top end of the cruiser world you may be in for a surprise.

Take a gander at the new Sixxer Cycles 36″ wheel bicycle.

That’s some big bicycle!

And check out this clip (from ORP BMX) showing a model wheeling out a Sixxer bicycle.

The model is in platform shows and the handlebars are near her chin!

This is some next level (next level height?) stuff.

Here’s another shot.

With all that being said, there’s not much more detail on these in terms of specs and geometry.

But….if you find a even a 29″ cruiser too cramped — if you’re that big and tall — this may be the bike for you.

Hit up ORP BMX for more details.





Don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that spin

19 02 2019

Sometimes your life is spinning out of control….other times you introduce your own spin to the proceedings.

Check out Zhenya Solovyov (kopli_reject) and Anton Klotskov (@tonyclaws) spinning some 3s on the big bikes.

And…for added street cred…a wayback playback street jibbery from Zhenya Solovyov (kopli_reject):

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt1d0PlnIJ5/

Nice work fellas….now I can’t stop thinking about going out and trying some 3s….or at least a squirrelly 180.





Back In Black: 2019 Colony Eclipse 24

19 12 2018

Colony BMX just dropped the deets on their 2019 lineup and their 24″ freestyle machine, the Eclipse, is back in the lineup.

Departing from the somewhat flashy red colorway of 2018, 2019 sees Colony going back to their roots, so to speak, with a black colorway reminiscent of the look it sported when it debuted into the Colony lineup (in 2015).

Colony has stuck with the same geometry from previous years — why mess with a good thing,  right? — so no big surprises there.

What that means is a roomy 22″ top tube, a high new school bottom bracket height (13.75″) and a steeper-than-most head tube angle  (75.2 degrees). In other words, an extremely responsive ride that could be the right choice for a rider that is more park oriented (see full specs here).

I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that the frame, fork and bars are full cro-mo.

Other notables?

170mm cranks and somewhat skinny tires (for this day and age) which clock in at a 24 X1.95″ width.

All in all, a good looking complete from the boys at Colony.





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.





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.