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Interbike bound

16 09 2015

I’ll be in Las Vegas by the time you read this, cruising the aisles of Interbike.

Expect a full recap next week.

Until then, keep your eyes on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for highlights, teasers and other randomness.

Interbike Press sign

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Redline Asset 24: are the specs for real?

25 09 2014

I got the heads up about the bike while attending Interbike earlier this month.

In most cases that would mean I stumbled across it while strolling the aisles of the show.

But, as you’ll recall, Redline wasn’t at the show this year.

Instead it was a picture posted by our good friend, Trent Brocker. Eagle-eyed Trent spotted it at a bike shop in Hayward, CA. He was surprised (like me when I saw it) that Redline made a freestyle cruiser.

Redline Asset 24 shopI needed to find out more. I headed over to the Accell booth (Redline’s parent company) and was immediately told that Redline wasn’t at the show this year. I was kinda hoping I had just missed their booth or they were set up in an odd spot.

I made a mental note to check up on it later.

More wandering around the show.

I then came upon the Hi-Torque Publishing booth.

Copies of the new issue of BMX Plus! were there for the taking. “Don’t mind if I do,” I thought to myself as I picked up a copy.

While flipping through the pages, I found a write up of the Asset 24.

Redline Asset 24 BMX Plus write upThe specs looked pretty good: 74.5 degree headtube, 71 degree seat tube, 13″ BB and 15.5 inch chainstays. Pretty similar to the 24″ S&M ATF. Nice!

Once I got back home from the show I thought I would do some followup research and check it out on Redline’s site.

Redline 2015 Asset 24I dug the look…and the picture seemed to indicate the geometry specs in BMX Plus were correct. But then I clicked on the “geometry tab” and saw this:

Top Tube    20.75″

Head Angle    75 degrees

Seat Angle    70 degrees

BB Height    11.8″

Chainstay    13.75″

What in blue blazes? Those specs did not make sense at all.

Attempts at reaching Redline through email and social media to clear up the confusion were not answered at press time.

If the specs that BMX Plus reported are complete, it looks like we have a very nice new complete on the market for 2015. If the specs on the Redline site are correct…well, then I’m still scratching my head.





Interbike odds & sods

20 09 2014

Here are all things that I came across in the show that didn’t fit nicely into a post with anything else.

Without further ado…

“Thin to win” race gear: It seems race gear is getting lighter and thinner than ever this year. One example, is these Troy Lee Designs Sprint shorts.  I have an earlier iteration of the Sprint shorts (which were already quite light) and these seem even lighter still. Fly and other manufacturers seem to have gone this route too. Curious to see if tear-resistance is compromised at all with gear getting thinner and lighter.

TLD sprint shorts

The SE Famous Stars & Straps Big Ripper Collab bike: this bike showed up in two booths: SE and a tire manufacturer’s. Looks pretty cool up close!

SE Big Ripper Stars & Straps Interbike

Tioga’s OS20 tire: (To be truthful, I missed this at the show but the eagle eyes over at BMXNews didn’t….) The BMX racing world’s attempt to produce an “almost 22” tire/wheel setup to get around the max wheel size rules of the sanctions. Tioga had a foldable 0S20 tire on display at the show with plans for a full unveil at the upcoming USBMX Grandnationals.

OS20-tioga

The Free Agent Ratio 24: It appears that Free Agent is still sticking with race geometry on this supposedly freestyle-oriented cruiser. Sure, it is full cro-mo and has those Kenda tanwall tires that look awesome…but this bike literally looks like they choose a new paint color every year and then call it a day. Would really like to see some updated geometry on this model.

2015 Free Agent Ratio 24

That’s it for this year’s Interbike coverage! Thanks for checking out this week’s posts.





26 inch cruisers are having a moment

16 09 2014

Walking around the displays at Interbike, it’s hard not to think that 26″ freestyle cruisers are  having their moment in the sun right now.

With Subrosa deciding to add the 26″ Malum to their lineup this year.

subrosa malum interbike

To the Fairdale Taj with it’s retro design cues.

Fairdale Taj 2015 InterbikeInside scoop: Fairdale has plans in the works to offer a chrome version of the frame & fork later this year…and maybe a chrome version of the complete after that. (Hot damn!)

To Volume, who has been down with the 26″ for some time now…in this case, the Hessian.

Volume 2015But the 26″ that really caught my attention was the Stolen Zeke XLT.

Following the same nomenclature as their 24″ models, the Zeke XLT is a full cro-mo version of the tri-moly 26″ Zeke that turned heads at last year’s Interbike show.

Zeke XLT ttSporting a cool matte black with blue colorway, the display model was shown with disc brakes. While 990-style brakes come standard on the Zeke XLT, the display model was outfitted with the disc brakes to show that the bike was “disc ready” and could be switched over if so desired.

Zeke XLT side

Certainly some great options in the 26″ side of things.

I  wonder if the increasing popularity of 26″ bikes will prompt We The People to bring back the 26″ Champ cruiser…not that I would want their 24″ offering, the Atlas, to disappear.

More Interbike coverage to follow.





WTP debuts 2015 Atlas at Interbike

15 09 2014

This year’s Interbike show saw a much smaller BMX presence than in year’s past.

Notable no-shows for this year’s show included S&M, DK, GT and Redline. (DK opted to showcase its 2015 lineup in-house at DK HQ.)

With that being said, there was still plenty to check out at this year’s show.

A refreshing change this year was We the People (WTP) and their decision to locate their booth in the heart of the “BMX zone” of the show. Last year’s booth was located a fair distance from the other BMX vendors…I remember asking people for directions to the booth. Perhaps this is a reflection of their recent switch to a new distributor and more positive moves in the future.

Another good thing to see from WTP is their decision to keep the Atlas 24 in their lineup for 2015.

Retaining essentially the same “trails-y” geometry as the 2014 Atlas, it now sports a black and red ano colorway that looks great up close. It unfortunately loses the limited edition tanwall tires it sported in 2014, but it still looks like a  well-spec’d ride.

WTP 2015 Atlas 2015More Interbike coverage to follow, keep your eye out for more posts all this week.





Viva Las Vegas

9 09 2014

If all goes to plan,  I should be touching down in Las Vegas just as you read this just ahead of this year’s Interbike tradeshow.

Looking forward to seeing all the new stuff in store for 2015 (and catching up with some good peeps along the way).

Keep your eyes on the Facebook page and Twitter for updates during the show.

Full recap the following week.

las vegas





On the road again: Austin, Texas

5 09 2014

By the time you read this I should be touching down in Austin, Texas.

Looking forward to a little downtime before the big bicycle industry shindig called Interbike.

(If you’re an Austinite and you’re curious why some oddball is suddenly peppering you with questions about your cruiser…sorry, that’s probably me).

Next week, Interbike.

texas forever