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Spying a nice Stout build

1 03 2016

Matt at STOUT Bikes has been producing great custom frames (as well as forks and handlebars) out of his Texas shop for some time now.

We’ve featured his work before…Buddy Sardenga‘s super-cool Beelzebike, The 20 666’er was the first time…and more recently…Joshua “Lurch” Gittere’s custom 26-inch.

In both cases I was blown away by the build quality and attention to detail. Both owners were both pretty stoked on their respective bikes too.

And who could blame them? They’re both great bikes (I’ve ridden both.)

So the other day, I was surfing the net — flitting between bike sites — as I’m wont to do.

And I found myself over at the STOUT Bikes website.

After spending way too much time checking out all the custom frames, forks and bars, I caught myself checking out a build simply called “Ron’s 24”.

The bike looked huge!

I don’t know the specs but that front end appears plenty roomy.

The back end looks tight though…so it definitely looks like it would be great to shred on.

Rons Stout 24According to the writeup:

Ron is like eight feet tall. He is one of the guys I met in Oregon that helps build a kickass local dirt park. I hope he’s liking this thing better than that tiny P24 that he broke.

I’m super curious about the specs/geo now! If the other STOUT Bikes I’ve ridden are anything to go on (and I think they are) this is probably a rad bike to ride.

I hope I have a chance to test ride this bike some day.

Here’s a pic of the fork and bars.

Rons 24inch forks & barsDang…as if I’m not feeling those bars too!

If these pictures have whet your appetite for some more custom bike porn…mosey on over to the STOUT bikes website, I know you won’t be disappointed.

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Tejano Tabletop Tuesday

29 09 2015

After all of last week’s Interbike coverage, it’s about time we got back to some actual riding.

So, for your viewing pleasure…Buddy Sardenga with a sweet tabletop (aboard his custom Beelzebike 20 666’er) at the Tejano Trails near Austin, TX.

Buddy Tejano Table

(Pic by Octavio Arturo)





Breakfast tacos, SXSW, pumptracks & BMX

19 03 2015

If you’ve read my previous post, Austin Texas picture show, you know that I love visiting Austin, Texas.

So when the opportunity came up to tag along with my girlfriend’s trip to the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, I had to jump on it.

texas wall

Granted, I knew it would be busier this time around with the conference/festival in full swing, but I had every intention of making the most of it.

sxsw crowdFrankly, I was just looking forward to some good breakfast tacos and a break from this frigid winter we’ve been having.

I love tacosFirst item on the agenda was to set up a session at the Walnut Creek pumptrack with Austin local, Buddy Sardenga.

Buddy was kind enough to not only pick me up in his sweet van–with flames on the sides–but allow me to borrow the infamous Beelzebike 20666’er bike (if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and click the link…it’s so rad!)

Beelzebike walnut creekI probably should have taken more than this “behind bars” shot but I was having too much fun and we only had time for a quick session, so this will have to suffice. Rest assured, Buddy (and all the other super cool locals) were shredding Walnut Creek.

Next up was to visit some local Austin bike shops.

This, of course, meant a trip to Empire BMX.

I actually ended up at Empire twice during my time in Austin. They were always quick to help, knowledgeable and in-stock of whatever I was looking for.  Every town should be so lucky to have a shop like this…thankfully you can still get their great service online.

empire store front

After Empire, I made the trip out to Ozone Bike Dept.

While not a pure BMX shop per se, they did have a nice selection of Firemans Texas Cruzers in stock. The shop guys were super helpful and were quite open to helping me out with any custom options I might want to make, if I were to consider a Firemans build.

Ozone also probably has the best bike shop t-shirt that I have ever seen.

ozone bike dept tee

After that, it was off to Bicycle Farm.

I didn’t really know what to expect from this place beyond the fact that I had heard that they have a ramp in the backyard.

What I did get when I arrived, was a really cool bike shop experience! Walking in, along the side of the building, was a bunch of old and mid-school frames hanging up for sale. We’re talking an old Dyno, a Mosh frame and a bunch of other cool stuff. If you’re a BMXMuseum type…this will be right up your alley.

Turns out this shop carries both new and used bikes . The first thing that caught my eye was this Sunday build that the shop did up in a custom color.

custom sunday at bicycle farmThis thing was sooo nice!

And yes, the shop did have a ramp in the backyard.

bicycle farm rampIf you put two and two together at this point…yes, I took the Sunday out for a spin on the ramp! (Unfortunately, I was so worried that they might get me to stop, that I didn’t ask anybody to take a picture…which I probably should have…they seemed pretty chill.)

After some laps, I checked out some more cool stuff in the shop. We’re talking not only a 22″ Indust frame but a very nice looking 24″ Indust Cuatro frame! (If only my suitcase was bigger…)

All and all, a very unique shop and one that perfectly encapsulates the Austin vibe…super easy-going but serious about giving you a good experience.

Good times all around.

Tip of the hat Austin, for treating me so well.

Postscript:

I was also hoping to hit PCBMX in Pflugerville, which I have heard good things about, but ended up running out of time. Will have to check them out next time.





Allied Compound shred session

21 12 2012

Back in October, we checked out some great shots of Buddy Sardenga busting out his Beelzebike the 20 666 ‘er at the Allied Compound in Manor, Texas (just outside of Austin).

Now we’ve got some video.

Not only do you get Buddy shredding (big beard, big bike, white helmet and red Vans) but also Vernon from Indust riding one of his 22 inchers and Hippie Josh who handled the majority of the filming (along with riding).

Looks like good times at a super fun spot.





Buddy busts out on his Beelzebike

31 10 2012

Buddy Sardenga’s custom Beelzebike the 20 666 ‘er turned a lot of heads last week with it’s ready-to-rip geometry and cool looks.

Good looks aside, I think you (and I) want to see this whip in action.

Thankfully, Buddy was kind enough to send some pics along of him putting the Beelzebike through its paces at the Allied Compound in Manor, Texas.

Check out this great shot of Buddy sailing over the first jump at the Allied Compound.

Or this clicked X-up.

And this is probably my fave, sweet table over the hip.

So rad.

(Photo credit: All pics in this post shot by Octavio Ortuno)





Introducing Beelzebike the 20 666 ‘er

26 10 2012

With all the  cruisers popping out of the woodwork from non-BMX companies, Buddy Sardenga  thought he would drop us a line to show us what he had custom built  a few months ago.

Buddy said he loved his 24″ Liquid so much that he wanted a 26″ that felt similar but rode smoother.

So he contacted Matt at Stout bikes (outside of Houston) to talk to him about his plans.

Buddy kept the same 74 degree head tube angle and 72 degree seat tube angle (from the Liquid frame) but bumped up the top tube from 22″ to 23.1″, the chainstays from 14.25″ to 15.1″, the seat tube from 9.15″to 11.5″, and the bottom bracket from 12.7″to 13.75″.

According to Buddy, it’s amazing to ride, feels like his Liquid but a smoother ride (which is exactly what he wanted).

He also asked Matt at Stout to put a devil head on the head tube but Matt did him one better than that and gave the bike it’s own set of devil horns!

Beelzebike the 20 666 ‘er was born.

Action shots coming soon!