Meanwhile over at the DK booth

26 09 2013

The guys at DK Bicycles have also been busy updating their cruiser offerings for 2014 and that hard work was on display in their Interbike booth.

The Cygnus got a bit of an update in the geo department…with a slightly higher bottom bracket and longer top tube (I think) to bring it more in line with today’s modern freestyle cruisers.

DK Cygnus

A new 24″ model, called The Sprinter, has also been added to the lineup as their more affordable race-ready option. (This replaces the Sentry 24.)

DK Sprinter

Finally, for 2014 the Elite Series cruiser has been made better than ever (if you recall,the 2013 DK Elite Series Cruiser did not disappoint).  The Elite Series now comes fully loaded with Box and Promax components, including special edition X2 Carbon forks with 20mm hubs.  I’m not usually a fan of carbon forks but the Elite Series they had on display (albeit the 20″ version) looked super mean.

And because only the 20″ version was on display, I’ve dug around and found a picture of said 24 for your viewing pleasure through the magic of television…I mean, the internet.

14_ELITE_CRUISER2Update: Jesse Klein (from DK) came through with the high-res image above to replace the blurry one I had here originally.

Check out their new catalog for the rest of the  details, specs, etc. on the 2014 DK lineup.

Countdown to Interbike

5 09 2013

It’s September and that means,  in addition to the classic Earth, Wind & Fire song, “September” constantly playing in my head, the bicycle industry’s annual show ‘n’ tell called Interbike is just mere weeks away.

Like in years past, I’ll be cruising the aisles of Interbike checking out what’s new and happening in cruisers and bigger-wheeled BMX bikes.

Last year, some new complete bikes debuted that really caught my attention.

Bikes like the Stolen Saint XLT

and the DK Elite Series Cruiser really stood out.

But walking the tradeshow floor is only part of the comprehensive investigation this hard-working BMX journalist will be providing.

In 2012, I went out and pounded the pavement to see if I could find the information that you just couldn’t find in the kiosks at the show.

That desire to get the inside story took me to one of the pools on the Strip where Maxim magazine’s Hometown Hotties were holding court.

It was there that I heard that the 2013 models would be bigger in the front and have tighter back ends.

Who knew you would learn about chain-stay length at a Vegas Pool?

Hometown Hotties and Cruiser Revolution

Of course, it’s  important to get the local perspective on things.

And there is no better place to do that than at the annual 4130 Sin Series ride (scheduled to go down on the Friday of Interbike Week this year).

Rolling with good peeps, like Vegas locals Mike Leonard and Chris Fox (pictured below with me (Ed) after the ride…thanks again for lending me a bike Chris!)

Chris Fox and Ed 4130 Sin Series

…and catching up with out-of-town visitors like Randy Franklin, this is the event that brings it all home.

Even though I’m excited to see what the bike industry has cooked up for 2014, it’s important to remember that bike riding is still all about getting together with your friends and having fun…and that’s what the 4130 Sin Series ride is all about.

Looking forward to some good times in Vegas.

DK Elite Series Cruiser did not disappoint

26 09 2012

One of the bikes that I was eager to check out at Interbike was the new DK Elite Series Cruiser.

Let me tell you it did not disappoint.

Based on the 7000 series aluminum 24″ Professional frame introduced last year, it’s now been reborn as an upper-end complete with a head-turning gloss green finish. (These pictures don’t do it justice.)

The bike’s good looks are complemented by solid geometry.

Featuring a roomy 22″ top tube, a 73 degree head angle, 72 degree seat tube angle and 15.24″ chain stay (somewhere around 14.75-ish when slammed if memory serves) this might just be what the doctor ordered for my lanky build. The bottom bracket height is also about 12.5″ inches which is bit higher than most race 24s.

Component-wise, it just keeps on getting better.

180mm forged alloy 2pc cranks with an external bottom bracket, Sealed DK hubs on Sun Envy rims, lock-on grips, DTH tires…the list goes on.

About the only thing I would change would be the handlebars…I like a slightly taller handlebar and the stock bars on the Elite Series have a 6 inch rise.  A pretty typical change/upgrade and not something that I would consider a strike against this bike by any means.

Weighing in at a very respectable 21.75 lbs, this is certainly a lean, green race machine.

Expected availability is still a few months out but this complete should definitely be on your radar if you are planning on getting a new race complete in 2013.