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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)

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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!

 





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.





Blue Monday: Fairdale reveals ’19 Taj color

16 07 2018

If you were on the Cruiser Revolution Facebook page over the weekend you might have already seen this.

Fairdale has revealed the 2019 colorway for the Taj Cruiser and it is looking nice! (This color is right up my alley.)

No word if anything has changed much from the previous year’s edition (geo and specs) but from a quick look above it seems like Fairdale is sticking with the tried and true.

Which is great because that means you can still pull off daring stunts like the one below without too much trouble.

Radical!

 

Pics: Fairdale





Once a rider, always a rider?

13 07 2018

I guess the old adage:

“You can take the boy out of BMX but you can’t take the BMX out of the boy”

applies in this case.

When Jim Cielencki popped back on the riding radar recently with some rad pool riding pics, we (along with the rest of the BMX world) got a little excited.

We wondered what the over/under was on some more Jim C riding pics was.

I, for one, had my fingers crossed. A couple days back, my suspicions/optimism was rewarded.

Jim shared a screen grab on his insta sessioning the Buffalo hubba.

(Peep the full video via this link.)

In the caption/writeup, mentions that the Sunday Model-C turns 10 this year. Time sure does fly (Cruiser Revolution turns 10 this year too!)

It’s crazy to think a decade has passed since the Model C was introduced. (For a trip down memory lane and a rad pic of a Jim C toothhanger on a rail, have a look at CR’s initial post about it in 2008.)

So much radness!

Jim closes of his post with the line, “I think some more riding is in order. ”

Yes sir, I definitely agree some more riding is in order.





First look: Kink Drifter 26

7 04 2018

The Kink Drifter is new to the Kink complete lineup in a couple of ways…one, it is a brand new model and two, it is Kink’s first – ever!– cruiser.

Sporting 26″ wheels, and a full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebar set up…it has the essentials covered.

In the looks deparment, it also checks the boxes…a Matte Guinness* Black colorway, complemented with  chrome-plated cranks and a brass headtube badge. Nice.

The Drifter features sealed bearings throughout to keep you rolling, and double wall rims front and rear to give you confidence when you’re boosting curb cuts.

Kink even went so far as to tap the headtube for Gyro tabs…so you can get your boomerang (or bar spin) on without a care, if that’s what you’re into.

Here’s the spec breakdown:

  • Head Tube Angle: 71°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 73°
  • Top Tube Length: 22.25″
  • Chainstay Length: 16″
  • Standover Height: 14″
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12.25″
  • Fork Offset: 26mm

Solid first effort by Kink.

*drinking Guinness while assembling the bike is not required, but certainly recommended…at least by me.