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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:

 

 

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BMXers with a badge

12 05 2017

When you watch enough police shows on TV, it’s inevitable you’ll come across the line, “Turn in your badge”. It’s usually directed at a cop that’s raised the ire of the by-the-book chief and he’s getting yelled at for working outside the lines…but always with the best of intentions.

In the case of former BMX Pros turned cops, Stu Thomsen and Robbie Miranda, the phrase “Turnbar to badge” seems more appropriate.

Behindthebadgeoc.com profiled the two riders recently and it looks like they have transferred their passion for racing to catching the bad guys.

I suppose it doesn’t hurt that they get to use their bike skills while doing their job.

Imagine fleeing the scene and seeing Stu Thomsen or Robbie Miranda chasing you? You might as well stop and turn yourself in. You’re not getting away from either of them.

Heck, Robbie isn’t even shy about sending his police department issued MTB off the Megaramp….so there’s really no limit to how far they’ll go to chase down the bad guys.





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.

 

 

 





Reign in blood

28 03 2017

Stolen Bikes recently put together a limited-run colorway of their 24″ Gold frame and fork sets…and do they ever look cool!

Featuring a blood spatter paint job…you’ll be sure to reign in blood wherever you roll on one of these bad boys.

The catch?

Only 5 were made…and at last check, only 3 (maybe less) are still available.

Don’t sleep on this…get the horn asap to your Stolen dealer if you want to score one of these limited-run frame & fork sets.

The price is approximately $500 (US) and set features heat treated and butted cromoly thoughout.

Click here for a complete spec breakdown.

Can’t wait to see one of these frame sets built up!

 

(Pics: Stolen Bike Co.)





Top 4 Cruiser news stories of 2016

31 12 2016

Here we are…at the end of 2016.

A bunch of stuff happened this year in the cruiser world and while I was planning on doing a standard “Top Ten”…it seemed like four key items stood out to me the most out of all the possible ones that I could highlight.

So, without further ado, the top four cruiser news stories of 2016:

4.  The 22″/OS20 wheel size gained some serious momentum this year.

More complete bike, frame/fork, wheel and tire choices made this a more viable choice for many riders to try. Yes, 22s are more sized-up 20s than small cruisers…but there’s often quite a bit of crossover in riders that are interested in 22s and 24s.

With that being said, I’ve been posting about the 22″ phenomenon as far back as 2010 but given that Cruiser Revolution is a cruiser-focused site, I launched Big & Tall BMX in June to do a better job covering both the growing 22″ scene and 20s that are set up for tall riders. Expect to see more stuff there (on B&T) on this topic in 2017.

3. Collabs, Retros and 26″ Cruisers…this year these trends collided.

These trends were already starting to show legs…but this year, we saw two to three of these trends showing up on the same bike! This was clearly in evidence at this year’s Interbike, as well as throughout the year. The Shadow Subrosa collab was one, GT’s 26″ Pro Performer, the SE/Public Enemy Big Ripper…the list goes on.

2. The mellow head angle/disc brake-equipped 24.

Combining the mellow handling of a 26″ dirt jumper with the “flickability” (is that a word?) of a 24, we saw versions of this throughout 2016.  Graham Stanley’s custom Curtis was the first one we saw in 2016, followed by Roy Sutton’s custom Invictus. Later we found out that an industry icon, Harold “McGoo” McGruther, had bought into the concept via Commonground Bikes. Then we learned even S&M Bikes had developed a version…which they debuted at Interbike.

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1. Yess introduces a belt drive cruiser…and wins a cruiser title with it!

Yess debuted a belt drive cruiser in April and it definitely caught our attention. Belt drives had been attempted in the past…but were quickly discarded (due to middling success) for more conventional drive trains. This time, it seemed a more robust version had been developed. But like most “innovations”, the best way to judge it’s success is out in the field.

Well, Yess did it in the most convincing way possible. Yess-sponsored rider Drew Motley rode a belt drive-equipped cruiser all the way to the USA BMX #1 Cruiser title at The Grands! This was the first time a non-chain bike had taken the title. Hot damn.

 

 





Something new, something dusty

26 09 2016

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.

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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

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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.

So asked.

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.

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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.

Pretty interesting.

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.

Keep it to this Bat channel.

 

 

 

 





2017 WTP Atlas gets some Wow factor

5 09 2016

The 2017 We The People (WTP) Atlas is getting a little added “Wow factor” this model year with a new candy apple red paint job.

Topped off with chrome and polished parts from WTP and SaltPlus, this 24″ is a real looker.

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It’s a bit reminiscent, in colorway terms, of the 2011 Avenger.

Of course The Avenger,  as you might recall from last year’s Interbike coverage, has now morphed into a 26″ retro-style cruiser in the WTP lineup.

But I digress…

The Atlas, besides its eye-catching new candy apple colorway, hasn’t changed much in the geo/specs department since the previous model year.

But in the case of the Atlas, there isn’t much need to.

It sports a full cromo frame, fork and handlebar.

The specs are also on point:

  • Head tube: 74 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 72 degrees
  • Top tube length: 22″
  • Chain stay: 14.6″
  • BB height: 12.7″
  • Stand over height: 9.7″

The roomy 22″ top tube, high-but-not-too-high bb, and short-ish chain-stays suggest this might be just the ticket if you’re looking for a more trails-oriented 24 (the Kenda “Small Block 8” tires are also another hint in this direction).

It’s hard to go wrong with this bike…and with its eye-catching new colorway, it’s kinda hard to resist.

 

(Video: Rider Paul Thoelen. Filmed by Callum Earnshaw)