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The Hundreds X Shadow Collab 26″ Cruiser

6 05 2019

The Hundreds X The Shadow Conspiracy 26″ BMX double top tube cruiser definitely has got that 80s vibe going on.

However, despite that new wave veneer there’s some modern-day niceties to deliver a smooth ride you’d expect from a contemporary 26″ BMX cruiser.

The signature Shadow interlock chain is just one of the modern touches to this old-school-ish cruiser.

Yet, at the same time it also sports a chrome frame, padset and a sprinkling of gold anno so you know there is more than a passing nod to the 80s era.

(And, before you ask, it does feature a full cro-mo frame, fork and handlebar too. Double-wall rims are also part of the package.)

Geo-wise, you’re looking at the following:

  • Headtube: 72 degrees
  • Seat Tube: 73 degrees
  • Top Tube: 22.0”
  • Chain Stay: 16.0”
  • Stand Over: 14.75”

For the rest of the specs: visit The Hundreds site.

 

There’s also a throwback jersey, hoodie, cap and tour shirt from the same collab if you’re interested. (But don’t sleep on it, a couple of the items have already sold out).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to A Flock of Seagulls.

 

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Is chrome done?

15 03 2019

S&M Bikes owner Chris Moeller may have just sounded the death knell for chrome bmx bikes.

A staple of the bmx scene for decades, a chrome frame was de rigueur for BMX riders in the 80s and remained popular for many right up until the present day.

But with more stringent environmental regulations hitting many chrome shops it’s getting harder and harder to make the business case with continuing to offer chrome bike parts.

This is especially true in California where S&M Bikes is located.

Moeller dropped the bomb on his Instagram last night:

More bad news from the chrome shop. As of April 1 pricing is going up again, and it’s way up this time…50% increase on chrome frames. Get your American made chrome @sandmbmx and @fitbikeco parts ASAP because we’ll probably phase chrome out after March.

Granted, some companies that source from overseas may be able to make the numbers work for a little longer….but word on the street is that regulations are tightening up all over these days.

What does that mean then in the end?

Chrome parts are going to get rarer, what will be available will get more expensive….and if you have plans to get some chrome parts, you better jump on it like right now!





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).





Take a chrome 24″ Dirt Bike home

17 03 2011

In case you missed it on the S&M Bikes’ Facebook feed…the 24″ Dirt Bike frames are now available in chrome!

Maybe I’m just an old school fool but I can’t help but feel my heart go all a flutter when I look at that nice shiny chrome.

What a sweet looking frame.

(It also looks like it’s going to be a limited run…so if you’re interested, get it while the gettin’s good.)





C-ya Fit CR24, you’ll be missed

23 11 2010

Dear Fit CR24,

We had a good run.

Two great years.

In 2009, you caught my eye with your old school chrome frame. (I later found out you sometimes sported a badass black finish too…something that just added to your allure.)

Underneath that old school flair though beat the heart of a feisty new-school cruiser.

You liked it when I played rough with you. Always coming back for more.

As the seasons changed, so did we.

You could tell there were new competitors for my attention.

Not one to back down, in 2010 you hiked your bottom bracket to keep my interest. You knew it was all about the ride and this change made things more interesting and fun. It looked like you and me were going to make things last.

Sure, there were things about you that irritated me.  You constantly “gave me the gears” with your rear cassette, hub issues.

But we made it work.

Buying you a few new things at the bike shop seemed to keep things good between us.

I thought we were going to make 2011 the best year ever.

Then suddenly you were gone.

I looked through the Fit catalog hoping for a sign, a note, anything….just something saying where you had gone.

But there was nothing.

Now all I have are these pictures of you.

Won’t you come back?

Sure, take the year off…find yourself.

But let’s meet up again…say at Interbike next year…and see if we can’t make this work again.