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First look: S&M 29″ Pounding Beer forks

9 08 2018

As surprising as it is to see a 29″ fork from S&M Bikes, this is legit!

Apparently despite the popularity of 29″ cruisers from SE Bikes, 29″ replacement forks are hard to come by.

Sensing a market opportunity, the guys at S&M stepped in (stepped up?) to answer the call. Sporting  similar styling and a name that’s reminiscent (or at least rhymes) with the iconic “Landing Gear” this is now available for order from Planet BMX.

Dubbed the “Pounding Beer” fork, it’s a bit tongue in cheek…but would you expect anything less from S&M?

Available in white, black or chrome-plated.

 

 

 

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DK debuts 2019 Legend Retro Cruiser 26”

1 08 2018

For 2019, DK has opted for something new, something old-school-ish.

The Legend Retro Cruiser, a new addition to their lineup of completes,  sports 26″ wheels, throwback looptail stays and a chromoly main frame with a “show chrome” finish.

For an old school fan (like myself) it hits you with all the feels.

However, a closer look reveals that there’s plenty of new school tech as well to keep things rolling smooth and true.

The Legend Retro Cruiser parts package includes: double-wall rims, sealed bearings (throughout) and cro-mo 3-piece cranks.

Spec/geo wise, you’re looking at:

  • Head Angle: 72.5 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 72 degrees
  • Top Tube: 22.4″
  • Chain Stay: 16.5″

(For the complete breakdown, visit the (DK site)

A pretty cool package for around $449 (US). Hit up your local DK dealer for a test drive/wheelie.





Bully for you…Snakebite Meth Bars

9 02 2018

If you’re old school fool (like me) you probably remember the old Bully handlebars (and the Redline Forklifter Bars that inspired them) fondly.

I had a pair of the Forklifter bars back in the day…and like a fool (I’ve a got a theme going here) I sold them for a song sometime in the 90s.

A bad move on my part.

(Freestyle legend RL Osborn with a pair of Redline Forklifter bars)

Thankfully, the dudes at Snakebite have stepped in to save guys like me for our previous bad decisions.

That’s because Snakebite has come out with the “Meth bar“…a 4-piece bar with the classic Bully/Forklifter styling but updated with modern geometry (featuring the same upsweep and backsweep as the equally iconic S&M Slam bars).

Here’s the lowdown on the specs:

Height: 8.9 or 9.2″
Width: 29″
Upsweep:1 degree
Backsweep: 12

Made in the USA.

Available in black or chrome.

So much radness.

And now, the obligatory action shot:

Sean Yarroll showing you what’s what.

So good.

Interested? Snap ’em up at Goods.





Your pad or mine?

11 01 2018

I don’t want to say I told you so…but I kinda told you so.

Well, maybe I didn’t so much as tell…but maybe I asked the question:

“Padsets: poised for a comeback?”

And if not the entire padset…maybe just the crossbar pad.

In that prescient post, I noted my own journey that culminated in me digging up a cross-bar pad to run on my bike.

But it’s not just me who’s holding a torch for the crossbar pad.

Shawn Mac is rocking one proudly these days on his 2018 MAC Signature Complete bike.

And now The Shadow Conspiracy is jumping into the crossbar pad game!

They just introduced a limited edition crossbar pad. (Only 50 sets exist).

According to Shadow, it’s a”callback to classic race pads. [It] features a velcro closure and a custom camo crow print.”

Friends, it’s starting to look like we might be at the cusp of a crossbar pad renaissance.

Remember, you heard it here first!





The Chairman returns…with a 26″ cruiser

23 12 2017

Freestyle legend, Martin “The Chairman” Aparijo, and Gary Turner (a legend in his own right) have teamed up to produce a 26″ freestyle cruiser fit for “The Chairman” himself.

Martin Aparijo, who earned his Chairman moniker (and legend status) in the go-go ’80s, helped design the frame over a three-month period with Turner to produce what he says is a “fully functional freestyle cruiser”.

In other words, even though this frame’s got a lot of old school flair, it’s also built to shred.

Spec wise, the frame lines up like this:

  • Head tube angle: 72 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 68 degrees
  • Top Tube: 23.75″
  • Bottom Bracket: 12.7″
  • Seat Stays: not listed

The frame is full cro-mo (made in the USA) with dropouts available in 14 mm or 10 mm.

Pretty sweet…and I mean that in both respects….the bike itself and Martin Aparijo still busting out tricks after all these years (but this time on a 26″)!

 

Photos: Gary Turner, BMX Museum





Freakishly big freestyler really flies

29 09 2017

When we learned that GT was upsizing the Pro Performer to a 29″ version for 2018…we wondered (or should I say doubted) if people were ready for a such a big freestyle bike.

(It does seem freakishly big for a freestyle bike)

Yet, if my Instagram feed over the last few days is any indication, it looks like they are.

Case in point, Mark Flip of Albes BMX busting out a decade aboard the 29er earlier this week.

Then later in the week, the artist/rider Chris Piascik shows up with some 29″ radness of his own.

This Greg Hill style tuck is all sorts of good!

I guess it just goes to show that no wheel size has a monopoly on radness.

Big wheels keep on turning!





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.