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Zoomin’ in on the 2018 STLN Zeke XLT 26

28 08 2017

The Stolen Zeke XLT is back for 2018 and, may I dare say it, looks better than ever.

Granted, not a lot has changed spec or geometry-wise from the previous model year, but hot dang is it a looker.

It comes in two colorways this year.

The first, and my personal fav, is the gun metal with dark red tires.

Yowza, does that look bad ass!

Next up, black with matte orange rims.

I would have liked to see a bit more in the way of orange components on this one but nonetheless I’m digging the matte orange wheels.

Stolen also added a longer 300 mm Pivotal post to the Zeke XLT this year, which was a nice touch.

Here’s how the geometry breaks down:

  • HT: 74.5°
  • ST: 71°
  • TT: 22.25″
  • CS: 16.0″
  • SO: 12.25″
  • BB: 13.30″

With all that being said, if you’re looking for a 26er this year the Zeke XLT should definitely be on your list.

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First look: 2018 Fit Aitken 26

29 06 2017

When I penned a farewell post to the now long-defunct Fit CR24 cruiser (C-ya Fit CR24, you’ll be missed) I figured cruisers in the Fitbikeco lineup were just about gone for good.

And sadly, it appeared that was the way things were going to shake out.

But lo and behold, nearly 8(!) years later…a cruiser is returning to the Fit fold.

And what a cruiser it is:

The 2018 Fit Aitken 26″.

There’s so much goodness here I can hardly stand it.

100% Chromoly Chrome frame, tanwall S&M Speedball tires(!), retro-ish graphics, tall bars, double wall rims… the list goes on.

All this for around $579 (US).

I’m going to make a bold prediction that these will sell like hotcakes come September (when they’re expected to drop).





T-1 memories: big air on a cruiser

8 06 2016

Dig BMX has been posting up interviews with some of the legendary riders that have shredded the T-1 ramp over the years.

The latest installment in the series is the master of flow, Ruben Alcantara.

Being a close friend of Joe Rich meant Ruben — on his annual trips from Malaga to Austin — had unlimited access to the ramp while he was in town.

When Dig asked him,

What were some of the craziest riding sessions over the years?”

I was surprised to see this being his answer:

So many. I remember one that was super fun. Joe was riding a 26” cruiser and was going so high. It was such a good day.

Wow.

Now, I don’t have to tell you how much radness Ruben has seen (or been responsible for) over his riding career.

It’s pretty awesome to learn –from a cruiser rider’s perspective — that one of the most fun sessions, with two of the most legendary riders you can think of, on one of the most legendary riding spots, in one of the best BMX cities in the US…went down on a 26″ cruiser.

Who woulda thunk it.