26″ cruisers are making the moment last

23 09 2015

At last year’s Interbike, it was hard not to notice that 26″ cruisers were having their moment in the sun.

Companies were adding 26″ cruisers to their lineups, left and right, and it was hard not to turn your head and see that this bandwagon was growing.

If this year’s show is any indication, this trend is in no danger of abating…and might even be picking up more steam.

There were companies that have had a 26″ in their lineup for a while, like Volume with their Hessian complete (in two colorways!) to companies either adding a 26″ to their lineup or refining existing models to give them more appeal.

Volume Hessian Interbike

Stolen Bikes was there with their Stolen Zeke XLT (click here for specs) nicely kitted out in chrome.

Stolen Zeke Interbike

Subrosa had their Malum 26 on display with its new cool rat-rod finish (click here for specs).

Subrosa Malum Interbike

Redline had their nod to the old school, the PL-26, on display (see previous post).

Redline PL-26 Interbike

Eastern Bikes is even back on the scene again…and wouldn’t you guess it…they have a 26″, the Growler, in their lineup. (That being said, the rep said it’s high-ten steel and made strictly for light cruising.)

Eastern Growler Interbike

SE had their Fat Ripper 26 on display (see previous post)…just one of…what is it?…three 26s in their lineup (see previous post).

SE Fat Ripper 26 Interbike

And we’ve already seen We The People’s new 26″ Avenger.

WTP Avenger Interbike

Which kinda brings it all back full circle. Last year, when I first noticed this trend at Interbike I made the comment:

I  wonder if the increasing popularity of 26″ bikes will prompt We The People to bring back the 26″ Champ cruiser…not that I would want their 24″ offering, the Atlas, to disappear.

Turns out We The People did jump back into the mix with a 26″ (although not with the 26″ Champ cruiser) but still kept their kickass 24, the Atlas, in the lineup.

All in all, it’s good to see so many big wheel choices for riders to choose from in the 2016 lineups.


Sneak Peek: 2016 Subrosa Malum 26″

20 07 2015

Subrosa has updated the 26″ Malum for 2016 with a cool new look.

Originally introduced last year for their 2015 lineup, this year’s version has a unique look with a “salvaged rat rod rust paint” finish (that’s smooth to the touch) and colorful Baja seat.

In terms of the bike itself, it features a full Cromoly frame, fork and handlebar. (Which is always welcome to hear!)

2016 Subrosa Malum 26inch

It’s not to shabby in the parts department either.   The 26″ Malum comes complete with sealed female hubs, double-wall rims and a Shadow Interlock V2 chain.

Subrosa also recently dropped a video that highlights the specs of the new 26″ Malum.

Peep the list below for the rest of the specs:

  • Frame – 100% Seamless Chromoly w/ Ovalized DT – 72° HT / 73° ST / 22″ TT / 16.5″ CS / 14.75″ standover,  removable brake mounts
  • Fork – 100% Chromoly, Tapered Legs
  • Handlebars – 100% Cromoly 7″ rise / 12° backsweep / 1° upsweep / 29″ wide
  • Headset – Rant Sealed Integrated
  • Stem – Shadow Ravager Top Load
  • Front & Rear Rim – Rant 36H Double Wall Alloy
  • Front Hub – Rant 3/8″ Alloy Sealed Female Axle
  • Rear Hub – Rant 14mm Alloy Sealed female Cassette
  • Tires – Rant 2.20″
  • Cranks – Rant Chromoly 8 Spline 3-piece.
  • Bottom Bracket – Sealed Mid
  • Sprocket – Subrosa Shred alloy
  • Gearing – 25-11 Micro Gearing
  • Chain – Shadow Interlock v2
  • Pedals – Shadow Ravager Plastic
  • Brakes – Rant Alloy U-brakes
  • Seat/Post – Subrosa Baja mid pivotal

The complete bike weighs in at 30.5 lbs…not a featherweight for sure but definitely a ride that will stand up to any abuse you might throw at it.

Go bug your Subrosa dealer for availability and pricing.