Well, here we are.
After a whirlwind trip to Vegas for Interbike, your intrepid reporter is back with highlights from the annual industry shindig.
You might think I had a list of things I wanted to check out ahead of the big show…and you would be right (I am somewhat professional)… this priority list got blown out of the water when I saw Chris Moeller post a picture of a new 24″ that S&M would be showcasing at the Bootleg Canyon outdoor demo and Interbike later in the week.
As I was in Austin during the outdoor demo, I was a little worried that I might not get to try out the new 24.
When I finally waded through the convention show floor and found the S&M/FitbikeCo booth, it was there…still covered in dust from Bootleg Canyon.
Strongly reminiscent of what Commonground Bikes is doing, this 24″ features a slack 69 degree headtube, lower-than-typical bottom bracket and a disc brake.
According to Moeller,
A buddy of mine asked us for a 24″ that would ride similar to a 26″ DJ hard tail. He wasn’t into the steep HA and tall BB all BMX 24’s have. So we built an extra for us (and you) to ride
Now, some companies are a little picky about you handling the displays at Interbike so I wasn’t sure if I should ask to try it out…but then I thought again…this is S&M…if anyone had a blatant disregard for the convention rules it would be them.
And they said sure.
So I promptly pulled it out of the stand and took it for a spin at the back of the booth.
I didn’t think I would like it…I typically prefer the steeper head angle and higher bottom brackets of new school 24s…but I kinda dug it.
Returning it to the stand, the rep (his name escapes me) said that they went a little too low on the bottom bracket on this prototype and if they do decide to go into production with this particular frame/style they would probably go a smidge higher.
With S&M jumping on the bandwagon of this style of frame (that Commonground is currently championing) we could be…as I mentioned in the writeup of Sutty’s custom Invictus frame (set up in a similar manner)
on the cusp of a bona fide trend in cruisers with slacker head angles for the dirt-jumping crowd
It might seem a little presumptuous to say that now but with a couple of companies experimenting with/selling this style and a handful of customs adapting this style…it certainly seems like something is in the air.
More Interbike coverage, all this week.
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