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Ready for a 29″ GT Pro Performer?

21 07 2017

Well, what is this now?

Looks like GT wasn’t satisfied with upsizing the old school Performer to a 26er.

New for 2018, GT has gone and supersized the Pro Performer!

We’re talking 29″ wheels here folks.

I’m not sure if they’re trying to cash in on some of that 29″ following that the SE Big Ripper has been enjoying…but nevertheless it’ll be hitting BMX shops soon.

Personally, I dig the old school colorway. It’s got me thinking about digging up some old Eddie Fiola videos and reliving the golden era of freestyle.

Riding-wise though, I wish they would’ve gone with a 24″ version of the Performer with some new school geo…similar to what SE did with the 24″ Quadangle.

Now that’s something like that would get me interested!

In it’s present 29″ form though?

I’ll take a pass.

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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.

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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.

 

 





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.





A cruiser by any other name

29 05 2017

As many of you know, the BMX cruiser class had its orgins with the classic beach cruiser.

In fact, up until Craig Kundig (of RRS bikes) put one of his racers on a 24″, race cruisers were generally 26″ bikes.

Yet with the many changes and improvements made to 24″ race bikes over the ensuing decades, the “cruiser” moniker stuck.

BMX legend Eric Rupe was around for those early days (and has continued racing through to the present day) seems to think that the “cruiser” name should be changed.

In the recent PULL magazine “Cruiser Edition”, Rupe was quoted as saying the following:

An interesting take…yet granted, something I have also pondered.

It reminded me of a conversation I had a few years ago at Interbike.

I was talking to a vendor that produced beach cruiser-related accessories.

She saw that my tag read “Cruiser Revolution” and asked about it. I explained that my site covered “BMX cruisers” not the “beach cruisers” that she made parts for.

She got upset with me and said “those aren’t ‘cruisers’! You need to change your name.”

I laughed it off but she seemed a little too hung up on it so I moved along to another booth.

To me, while there definitely has been a revolution in the design and quality of modern-day BMX cruisers (see what I did there?) I think maintaining the “cruiser” name is a good thing…it reminds us of the how this type of bike came about but it also lets us redefine what it means as the years go on.





PULL magazine dedicates issue to Cruisers

17 05 2017

The May issue of Pull Magazine showed up on my doorstep yesterday (on #TwoFourTuesday appropriately enough).

I had been waiting on this one with some anticipation ever I since I got word that they would be dedicating the issue to Cruisers.

Drew Motley , 2016 National #1 Cruiser Champ,  graces the cover.

Inside, Motley also gets a fairly in-depth interview talking about a whole range of things, including how Motley bested the comp (at the Grands) with a belt drive.

Another big part of the issue is their list of the 40 most iconic cruisers.

I think they made the right call (at least from a racing perspective) for the #1 placeholder.

The RRS 24 was truly a game changer in the cruiser scene.

Craig Kundig’s decision to put one of his racers on a 24″ instead of the more commonplace 26″ bikes (of the time) truly set a new path for race cruisers.

However, I’m bit a surprised by what got left off the list…but I guess you need to generate a little controversy with the readership to get people talking about it.

Plenty of other cruiser-related stuff in the issue for you take a gander at too. I’ll let you check those out on your own.

All in all, a solid issue by PULL.

Nice to see them giving cruisers some love.





BMXers with a badge

12 05 2017

When you watch enough police shows on TV, it’s inevitable you’ll come across the line, “Turn in your badge”. It’s usually directed at a cop that’s raised the ire of the by-the-book chief and he’s getting yelled at for working outside the lines…but always with the best of intentions.

In the case of former BMX Pros turned cops, Stu Thomsen and Robbie Miranda, the phrase “Turnbar to badge” seems more appropriate.

Behindthebadgeoc.com profiled the two riders recently and it looks like they have transferred their passion for racing to catching the bad guys.

I suppose it doesn’t hurt that they get to use their bike skills while doing their job.

Imagine fleeing the scene and seeing Stu Thomsen or Robbie Miranda chasing you? You might as well stop and turn yourself in. You’re not getting away from either of them.

Heck, Robbie isn’t even shy about sending his police department issued MTB off the Megaramp….so there’s really no limit to how far they’ll go to chase down the bad guys.