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Back In Black: 2019 Colony Eclipse 24

19 12 2018

Colony BMX just dropped the deets on their 2019 lineup and their 24″ freestyle machine, the Eclipse, is back in the lineup.

Departing from the somewhat flashy red colorway of 2018, 2019 sees Colony going back to their roots, so to speak, with a black colorway reminiscent of the look it sported when it debuted into the Colony lineup (in 2015).

Colony has stuck with the same geometry from previous years — why mess with a good thing,  right? — so no big surprises there.

What that means is a roomy 22″ top tube, a high new school bottom bracket height (13.75″) and a steeper-than-most head tube angle  (75.2 degrees). In other words, an extremely responsive ride that could be the right choice for a rider that is more park oriented (see full specs here).

I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that the frame, fork and bars are full cro-mo.

Other notables?

170mm cranks and somewhat skinny tires (for this day and age) which clock in at a 24 X1.95″ width.

All in all, a good looking complete from the boys at Colony.

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Top ten of 2015

31 12 2015

So, we find ourselves here again…the end of the year.

As always, I like to take a look back at some of the top cruiser news on this, the final day of the year. (Granted, the list took a hiatus last year while I was away traveling…but it’s back now.)

So without further ado, the top ten.

10. The  refrain, “What’s old, is new again” is something that I found myself saying throughout the year. Case in point, Gary Turner’s return to the BMX world with a line of cro-mo frames…kicked off by the intro of a nice 26″cruiser frame.

9.  Redline came out with their “nod to the past” PL-26 cruiser. Aping the style of it’s iconic PL-24 cruiser, Redline capitalized on the current interest in 26″ cruisers and introduced a 26″ version.

8. As alluded to above, 26″ cruisers continued to enjoy their moment in the sun. Interbike had 26″ cruisers on display around every corner it seemed. Heck, Skyway even announced a 26″ T/A for 2016, so this trend seems like it will continue.

7. Colony surprised us with a well-spec’d new school 24″ cruiser. Nice to see another core company offering a big wheel option to riders.

6.  Summer 2015 might well go down as the Summer of the BMX movie. A surprising number of entertaining flicks were available to choose from. I caught Turbo Kid in the theater and was grinning from ear to ear the whole time.

5. After months of teasing, anticipation and finally the introduction of the 24″ Chase Hawk tire…people were stoked on this high-performance tire option. However, its swan song seemed to come way too fast (with the announcement that Odyssey was dropping Chase from its team). Whether Odyssey will continue to offer it under a different name remains to be seen.

4. Encore Bikes, an outfit out of Canada, introduced both a new school 24 and 22-inch complete to their lineup. Nice to see these models, right out of the gate, from the new face in the market.

3. BMX Plus!, the longest-running BMX magazine, announced it was shutting down. A blow for sure, especially in a year with so much focus on the old school and bikes like back in the day.

2. Stolen Bikes continued to do the big wheels right. Dialed completes, limited edition tan tires and solid components. It’s easy to see why so many folks are rollin’ on Stolen.

1.  The passing of Scot “The OM” Breithaupt shook the BMX world hard. The man who essentially wrote the template for BMX back in the day (and founded SE Bikes) was gone. News spread quickly, it trended on social media, and it had everyone reflecting on the man and his legacy. In the end, however, it seemed to remind us of how special BMX is, and what an important part Scot played in “making it happen.”

As I said in my post about Scot,

It’s up to us now to continue to make it happen…whether that’s holding a jam, piling into a car with friends for a BMX roadtrip or just getting out on a bike for some fun…we have to continue to make it happen.

BMX has done a lot of looking back this year…but on the eve of 2016, let’s look ahead to see what’s next…to that next turn, that next jump, that next pedal.

Cheers everyone…and Happy New Year!

 





Colony Eclipse 24: customized

12 06 2015

The Colony Eclipse 24 has had my attention ever since Colony dropped a sneak peek of it earlier this year.

Once I got a chance to get a closer look at the specs, my interest was piqued further. This was a nice looking bike…and one of the better equipped completes on the market!

That being said, every rider likes to customize their bike a bit, no matter how good it comes stock, to make it “their own”.

Will C. did just that, customizing his Colony Eclipse 24 to make it just the way he wanted, with no compromises.

The end result looks pretty sweet!

will24-02Here’s the spec list:

Frame: 2016 Colony Eclipse
Fork: S&M Pitchfork 24
Stem: Colony Squareback
Bars: Colony Cromo
Grips: Colony Much Room
Sprocket: BSD Superlite 3D 28t
Cranks: Salt Plus Groove 175mm
Pedals: Snafu Anorexic
Hubs: Colony Sealed 9t
Chain: Shadow Conspiracy Interlock Supreme
Rims: Odyssey Hazard Lite
Tires: Innova
Seat: Unknown “…but super comfy and [Will’s] had it for over a decade”
will24-03

According to Will, the bike “rides great – super smooth and solid” and still “under 25 lbs” with the mods.

 Will still has plans to switch out the bars (…and if I could be so bold with a suggestion…a pair of tanwall Stolen Joint tires or DMR Supermotos would really put this one over for the top for me…)

All in all, not too shabby.

Looking forward to seeing more 24″ Colony bikes under riders’ feet in the future.





A closer look at the Colony Eclipse 24

25 03 2015

We got a peek at it last month but now we have the chance to take a closer look.

As promised, the Eclipse 24 features full cro-mo frame, fork, cranks and bars. Everything is sealed and the wheels are double-walled.

Cruiser-Eclipse-Side

According to Colony, they based this cruiser off their Premise complete bike, just scaled everything up (which is reminiscent of how Sunday developed the Model-C…taking features from their popular 20s and scaling them up).

Cruiser-eclipse-Angle

Before we get into all the nitty-gritty details, here are a few notables that stood out for me: the Eclipse features a 22″ top tube (yeah!) and a relatively steep head angle (at 75.2 degrees).

Cruiser-eclipse-Wheel

Another interesting spec (if the parts list is correct…) is the use of 170mm cranks…perhaps to make bar-spin tricks easier?

Here’s the complete parts/spec breakdown:

Frame: Colony Eclipse Full CroMo, 22.0″ Top Tube, 14.5″ rear, 75.2 Head tube angle, 71 Seat tube angle.
 (Extra-wide tire clearance)
Stand over Height: 10″
Forks: Colony Full CroMo, tapered legs with one-piece CNC steer tube.
Brakes: Alloy 990-style
Lever: Alloy
Cable: Linear Slick (rear)
Headset: Integrated
Stem: Colony Forged Top Load Alloy
Bars: Colony Full CroMo, 7.75″  x 28″
Grips: Colony Much Room
Sprocket: Colony Endeavour Alloy
Cranks: Colony CroMo Tubular 8 tapered spline, 19mm spindle 
170mm
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid 19mm
Pedals: Colony Fantastic Plastic
Rims: Double Wall 6000 Series Alloy 36h
Front & Rear Tire: Innova 24×2.125”
Front Hub: Colony Alloy Female Axle, Full sealed bearing
Rear Hub: Colony Alloy Cassette, 14mm axle, Full sealed bearing
Seat/Seatpost: Colony Have Fun Fat Seat/Post Combo
Weight: just under 25 pounds

Cruiser-Eclipse-FrontIt’s looks like a pretty solid complete to me.

What do you think?

 

(All pics from Colony BMX)





Sneak Peek: Colony Eclipse 24

12 02 2015

Colony BMX let the cat out of the bag a couple of days ago on Instagram. They’re releasing a new cruiser called the Eclipse 24.

According to the brief description, the new 24 is:

Full CrMo, full sealed everything, ready to cruise on or for those that want a bigger BMX for the dirt, park and streets.

I’m looking forward to checking out the full spec list once it becomes available.

Watch for these to be available in the U.S and Australia sometime in March. (Other countries will get them soon after.)

Colony Eclipse 24