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Bunky Dunn’s Wave C gets a fresh look

4 02 2016

I’ve checked out a few of Bunky Dunn‘s bike check/setup posts in the past and they’ve always got my attention.

Today, I caught this one will surfing through a thread at BMX Museum.

And like in the past, this one caught my attention…because it’s not every day that you come across a Green Sunday Wave C.

Bunky Dunn Wave_C_Green

Definitely a cool looking green machine.

It’s no stranger to the streets…and rails…either.

Check out this clip for proof.

Radness.

Bunky Dunn rail cropped

 

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Update on that cool 24″ Lairdframe build

19 08 2015

You might recall, back in May, the eye-catching 24″ Lairdframe that I spotted over on BMX Museum.

With most of the customs coming out of Lairdframe’s highly regarded business being 20s, this new school 24 was definitely something that piqued my interest.

Well, the owner of this build, Jared Burak, just dropped me a line with an updated picture of his bike, after he made a few updates.

It looks great…a custom Lairdframe kitted out with good stuff from Tribute Bikes, Native Bikes, and Zodiac Engineering.

Lairdframe 24 update

Jared says Laird’s work is “highly recommended” and “quite affordable” when comparing it against the base prices at other custom frame-building companies (like S&M, Standard and FBM).

I have to say I’m pretty stoked on this build.

Fingers crossed we’ll see more new school 24s from Lairdframe in the future.





Lairdframe’s eye-catching 24″ frame

7 05 2015

Lairdframe has been building its reputation on building quality, custom one-off frames.

To this point, most of these custom frames I have seen have been 20″ in size. It’s to be expected, given that’s the biggest market.

I’ve always been stoked on how they look and the build quality.

With that being said, I was pretty stoked to spot this custom 24-inch(!) Lairdframe build over on BMXMuseum.

Lairdframe Eye of Providence 24Definitely a new school build, this bike is certainly an eye-catcher.

Peep the specs:

  • Headtube angle: 74.5 degrees
  • Seattube angle: 71 degrees
  • Toptube length: 21.75″
  • Chain stay 14.375″
  • Bottom bracket height: 13.625″
  • Stand over height: 9.375″

All I can say is, “Wow!”

I sure hope we’ll see more 24″ custom frames like this from Lairdframe.

For the rest of the deets (and more pictures of the bike), check out the BMXMuseum profile .

For more on Mike Laird and Lairdframe, have a look at this FatBMX writeup and Lairdframe.com.

 





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.





I want action

25 02 2015

Although I can get as bike-nerdy as the next guy looking at a custom-built bike, I think seeing that same bike doing what it is designed to do–in action–is that much cooler.

action graphicSo imagine how stoked I was to find a picture of the custom 26″ Trail Boss, that Chris Piascik had built by Standard Bykes, in this great action shot over at BMX Museum.

Chris Piascik tuck on 26in Trail BossA classic tuck for extra style points!

Hopefully we’ll more shots of this cool bike in action in the future.

Now, if you’ll excuse me…I have to get that dreadful I want action Poison tune out of my head.





A 24″ Chase Hawk tire on the horizon?

28 01 2015

I’ve seen talk of this in a couple of places (the otxdesign instagram page and BMX Museum) but so far no official word.

Is a 24″ version of Odyssey’s Chase Hawk tire in the pipeline?

If the word on the street is to be believed, it looks like it’s going to happen. In the mean time, I guess we’ll have to sit tight until we hear about a release date.

Pretty stoked to see this added into the assortment of high-end tires available for new school 24s.

chase-hawk-white-walls

 





A Sunday Wave-C with 22 inch wheels?

8 05 2014

Bmx Museum member 77rider recently posted a build that is garnering a lot of attention.

It’s a Sunday Wave-C built up with 22″ S&M Pitchforks, 22″ Revenge wheels and some special one-off custom brakes (with extended arms).

How did this mad scientist tinkering affect the ride?

Switching out the forks and wheels served to steepen the head tube and lower the bottom bracket.

Sunday Wave C with 22in wheels

According to the forum thread, 77rider really likes how it handles:

I am a 20″ guy at heart. I have a 24″ Wave C and love it,but it just feels a little odd for me. So that got me thinking, if I like a 20 and the 24; a 22″ would be the shit.

Boy, was I right. This is just what I was looking for. I rode it for a couple minutes tonight before ball practice and fell in love.

This is definitely an interesting hybrid of the 24/22″ worlds.

Sunday Wave C 24 22 hybrid back end(Check 22-Inch BMX for more pics of this build)

Wonder if we’ll start to see more experimentation of this nature, now that people start seeing what’s possible with forum threads and posts like this.