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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.

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FBM now offering 26 & 29″ frame sets

4 10 2017

Back in 2014, it was hard to imagine that FBM might build a 29″ cruiser…but they did — it was a custom build for a customer and it looked great.

Turns out, FBM has been getting a lot of requests for 26 and 29 frame sets as of late. So they have up and decided to offer them by pre-order!

Hot damn!

Dubbed “The 26er” and “The 29er”, these high end frames & fork sets are “designed for blasting curb cuts, cruising the neighborhood, and getting rad.”

Sounds about right to me.

Click on the respective links for the full low down on specs/geometry and ordering info:

 

 





The Beast was released

22 05 2017

Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast…for the number of times I saw footage and mentions of the new SE Beastmode cruiser this weekend was truly off the chart.

If somehow you were away from your social media feeds this weekend, here’s the lowdown.

SE hooked up with NFL player Marshawn Lynch to collaborate on the new Beastmode cruiser.

They debuted the new bike on the #OAKLANDRIDEOUT.

If all the clips and mentions that popped up on the weekend are any indication, the debut was a success.

Marshawn was in attendence, Todd Lyons and the #cyclesquadmaniacs were up to their usual antics…and it looks like people were stoked!

But social media isn’t the only place the Beastmode cruiser and the Oakland Rideout got attention.

The mainstream media also jumped on the bandwagon!

Heck, I even saw footage on HLN this morning!

No doubt about it, the world heard that the Beast was released this weekend.

 





Wall Street Journal writes piece on wheelies

5 05 2017

If you’ve keep up on your social media these past few days, you’ve probably already seen it…the Wall Street Journal wrote an article covering BMX, “Bike Life” and Wheelies in a piece called, “The BMX Bikes Getting Teens Back on Two Wheels — or One”.

SE Big Rippers and rrdblocks get a lot of play, as well as some commentary from Todd Lyons.

Apparently SE Bikes  (and BMX bikes in general) are seeing a sales spike over the last couple years.

That’s definitely good news! I don’t know if it’s “go-go 80s good” but it bodes well for our little piece of the cycling universe.

In other, semi-related news this week, SE also dropped some sneak peeks of the 3(!) colorways of the new 2018 So Cal Flyer.

I gotta say, I’m kinda digging the middle one…it has that Mike Buff/BMX Action trick team vibe that really takes me down memory lane.

I’m not so sure about the Killer Bees/Stryper colorway…but yellow and gold ano are definitely retro-fabulous, so I’m sure they will still get a segment of the old school heads with that version.

The blue one? Classic. Hard to go wrong there.

All in all, a good week for SE and “mainstream” coverage of BMX in general.

Hopefully, we’ll see more of this.





Turn! Turn! Turn!

30 03 2017

There’s a season for everything*…and apparently this week, it’s turnbars!

For some reason, my social feeds have been filled with turnbars of every variety lately, so I thought I would share a few.

First off, the ChiefRocka, Trent Brocker throwing down a turnbar at the OSBMXR Jam a couple weeks back.

Next up, Julian Allen with a more racer-ish turnbar.

And finally, Roma Abramov with a turnbar that evokes the iconic Stu Thomsen jump over the row of Porsches (…except Roma’s jumping over a VW Golf).

Awesome shot.

*It probably goes without saying…but this post is best enjoyed with this song playing in the background.

 

 

 





Checking off all the boxes

17 03 2017

When you’re putting together a Friday blog post, it’s important to check off all the boxes.

  • Is there a rad picture? Check.
  • Does it fit with the #flashbackfriday hashtag? Check. Wayne Keller getting rad (with an old school trick, no less) a couple years back.
  • Does it fit with a second hashtag (bonus points)? Check. The green bike qualifies this as a #stpatricksday post.

So much winning.





Working on the night moves

3 02 2017

I don’t know how much Bob Seger Roma Abramov listens to…

…but in this clip, just like a young Bob Seger, he’s working on his night moves.

Radness.

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