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Scopin’ the slick new Squareback

14 10 2018

Sure, the new Redline RL-275  we checked out last week is pretty cool…but, truth be told, the retro-fabulous cruiser that a lot of people were eagerly anticipating  was this one: the Redline SQB-26.

Clearly evoking the style cues from it’s earlier heyday, Redline brings the Squareback (of old) back to the future as a 26-incher with an aluminum frame, cro-mo forks and the classic double head tube gussets.

Rounding out the look, Redline busts out some vintage graphics, iconic v-bars and tanwall Vee Speedster tires for all the old school fools.

Of course, the classic Redline Flight Cranks are part of the package as well.

Did mention it sports Bear Trap-style pedals too?

Yep, nice touch there.

Geometry Breakdown:

  • Top Tube:  23″
  • Head Angle: 71˚
  • Seat Angle: 73˚
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12″
  • Chain Stay: 17″
  • Stand Over: 27.75″

Color options are black and the oh-so-classic white (pictured above).

These are dropping next month so, if the SQB-26 tickles your fancy, hitting up your favorite Redline dealer now is probably a good idea.

 

(Pictures: Redline)

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Redline returns with some retro

9 10 2018

That retro feeling is strong my friends.

As mentioned in the previous post about Schwinn’s foray into the retro cruiser scene (is that the right word?), all the legacy BMX brands seem to be getting in on that sweet retro action.

The brand with arguably the biggest legacy in BMX, Redline is apparently no different.

Introducing the the RL-275.


Redline’s approach is a bit different though.

Taking some cues from SE, with bikes like the FAT Ripper , and DMR, with bikes like the Wrath,…Redline is blurring the lines a bit between MTB and MTB.

According to Redline:

This BMX bike for adults looks like a classic BMX cruiser, until you take a gander at the Tektro mechanical disc brakes and those ultra fat  3-inch wide tires mounted on 27.5 Plus size rims.

The old school BMX graphics and handlebars, along with the MTB-ish spec is definitely an interesting combo.

Here’s a breakdown of the key features:

  • Aluminum frame and full chromoly fork
  • Classic Flight cranks (chrome finish with retro decals)
  • Aluminum rims with V Speedster 27.5×3.0 inch tires (gumwall)
  • Retro Double Bend handlebar
  • Monster Fat Padded Pivotal Seat
  • Monster ultra low profile pedals

In terms of Geo, you’re looking at the following:

  • Top Tube: 23″.2
  • Head Angle: 71˚
  • Seat Angle: 73˚
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12″
  • Chain Stay: 17.9″
  • Stand Over: 28.9″

The RL-275 looks equally suited for cruising the streets or hitting some sweet jumps (or at least some curb cuts on the way to the corner store).

Actually, with those disc brakes…you could really get your endo game on lock…and really, who doesn’t love to bust out a good endo once and a while?

 

(Pics: Redline)





Schwinn sizing up the retro scene

6 10 2018

We have commented on the retro trend a number of times over the past few years…and this trend is  showing no signs of abating.

Legacy BMX brands, one after the other, are seeing what a cash cow that retro bikes can be.

As one industry insider put it to me a while back, “we’re pulling at the heartstrings to open the purse strings”.

Schwinn is latest brand to get on this bandwagon.

For more on this, check out the pictures of the 24″ Schwinn SX-1000 that started floating around the interwebs this past week. They’ve garnered a lot of attention.

Word on the street is that model isn’t available in North America at the moment but it’s a current option in one of the other countries Schwinn serves.

It certainly hits all the right notes for a retro cruiser: frame gusset, laidback seatpost, caliper brakes and tanwall tires.

Fingers crossed, we’ll see this bike make it’s way to our shores some time soon.





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.

 

 

 





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!