From this angle it’s even radder

17 05 2013

A while back we featured a picture of Jim Cielencki riding this tricky feature in House Park (in Austin).  It was a pic that was originally posted on the Sunday Bikes site.  In that post, we said that:

you have to take off early and pull out far enough to clear the bars. And just to keep things interesting, it narrows at the top and goes over-vert!

It all the makings of a rad shot and for that it certainly delivered.

House Park Jim C

To give you a better understanding of how truly rad this shot is, I took a pic of this feature from an another angle during my trip to Austin last week.

House Park pizza slice featureLooking at it from this angle, just makes it seem even sicker!  Talk about a tight setup.





Top ten of 2012

31 12 2012

Well, here we are.

Another year gone by.

Before we all head out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, let’s take a look at the top ten things that went down in 2012.

10. Skyway started off the year with news that they were releasing a 24″ version of their classic T/A frame and fork…but only in limited quantities.  The frame & fork sold out in record time. Although there was some delay in getting it into customers hands, most will agree it was worth the wait.

9.  The 22″ wheel movement took an interesting turn in February with the news that S&M was testing a prototype frame and tires.  When this prototype turned into a bona fide offering from S&M later in the year, the 22″ option really started to take on some serious momentum.

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8. The Gunslinger  adjustable frame.  This smaller company caught our attention this year with an innovative frame design that featured 3-position adjustable rear dropouts.  Riders can tune the frame head angle and bottom bracket height to match their riding style.

7.  Chromoly made a comeback to the race scene. More race companies started offering chromoly forks that were stiffer and lighter than the more expensive carbon fiber forks on the market.  SSquared also put out a limited run of cro-mo frames.

6. Prophecy kept things interesting  with news that they would be bringing a 24″ carbon frame to the market. (Perhaps more surprising was that Redline didn’t leverage what they had learned from Project 79 to make a 24″ version.)

6. DK parts at Wal-Mart. On a roadtrip to Ray’s MTB , I stopped in at a Walmart along the way and I was shocked to stumble on an aisle endcap stocked with DK parts and accessories.  A little strange, but cool, that you can walk into a Walmart (in the U.S.) and pick up a DK Random Wrench.

5. After much anticipation, S&M unveiled its new Speedwagon race frame. Dropping the mono stay and putting the dropouts “on a diet.” They also got rid of the cable split cable stops and went with three guides. While sticking with the tried and true 38 Special geometry, they also introduced a 22″ top tube option, along with a sexy Trans Red finish.

4.  MTB companies blurred the lines between MTB and BMX cruisers with offerings like the Transition Klunker and the DMR wrath. Will there be more convergence between the two disciplines in the future? My guess is yes but we’ll have to wait and see if the future bears that out.

3. Jim Cielencki put in work this year promoting 24 inch riding. Whether it was a shot of him riding a tight setup on his Sunday Wave-C or talking about it in an interview, Jim was out there spreading the word.

Jim C House Park

2.  There was more choice than ever this year to find a bike to match your build and riding style. Whether you wanted to step up from a 20″ to a 22″, ride a dialed 24″ complete, build a custom 26″, or even bust out on a 29″ Big Ripper. There were options to help you make that happen.

1.  Video really brought to the forefront how cruiser riders are pushing the envelope these days. Whether it was Joe Cicman and Danny Sirkin tearing things up with a 26″ Sledgehammer or doing deathtrucks on a 24″ Wave-C, Jon Faure taking on the MegaRamp (technically 2011 but discussed in 2012), Buddy Sardenga dirt jumping, or Gundar Osis and Kaspars Garda putting out one of the best race edits..ever.. In 2012, there was a video made to capture the action, whatever the type of riding you’re into.

What will we see in 2013?

I dunno,  but I can’t wait to find out.

Happy New Year!





See where a 24″ will take you

7 12 2012

You’ll sometimes hear people say that 24s aren’t built or designed for serious riding.

A load of bollocks in my view but an opinion that is pretty common in some circles.

If you want some evidence of how out of step that type of thinking is, especially with modern-day 24s, check out this picture posted today on the Sunday Bikes site.

Jim C House Park

Riding at House Park in Austin, TX, Jim Cielencki hits this tricky feature where you have to take off early and pull out far enough to clear the bars. And just to keep things interesting, it narrows at the top and goes over-vert!

Clearly, 24s like the Sunday Wave-C that Jim is riding are capable of much more than liquor store runs (like some people will lead you to believe).

Modern-day 24s can go anywhere!

(Mike Gonzalez photo)





Jim C’s been putting in work

16 11 2012

Never a slouch in the riding department, Sunday Bike’s Jim Cielencki has busted out a couple of really good pics in the past few weeks.

The first one that caught my attention is one taken at the Fun, Fun, Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.

According to the caption that ran with the  photo (taken by Sandy Carson) on the ESPN site, “This was one of the first flairs he has done on a 24″ bike in a few years, but he got it done with ease.”

No kidding.

The second is this carve on what looks like an almost impossible tranny (complete with skate stoppers at the bottom!).

Jim gets it done.

Great pics all around.

Not only do they show the high level that Jim’s riding at but also the versatility (and durability!) of the Wave C he’s doing these tricks on.

Hope to see more pics* like this.

*(and video…hint, hint)





Ride BMX interviews Jim Cielencki

26 05 2012

Ride BMX just posted their Friday Interview with Jim Cielencki of Sunday Bikes.

It’s a great read. Jim talks about Sunday Bikes, moves he’s pioneered, his influences, past trips and even a little bit on 24″ riding.

In the interview, Jim says,

“I’ve always been into riding tight set ups and trying to ride the 24″ in tight set ups is even better. ” 

You don’t need any more evidence than the  pic above, with a perfectly executed fufanu on a super tight quarter.

But that’s not to say that Jim doesn’t also like to go big.

Check out this big bank to wall ride (also from the interview).

For the full interview, check out  Ride BMX.

(All pictures above by Andrew Brady, Ride BMX)





Smith grind to whip on the Wave-C

7 02 2012

Jim Cielencki sent in this clip of Jared Swafford riding his (Jim’s) Wave C.

Smooth smith grind to whip at House Park in Austin.

Fresh.

 





Jim C with a tight bank to wall on Defgrip

18 01 2012

Jim C has been putting in some serious riding time in on his Sunday Wave-C which has resulted in some seriously rad pictures showing up on the interweb lately.

Today, Jim scored some coverage on Defgrip with this Rick Crossman photo of a tight bank to wallride in Austin.

This is in addition to some cool shots that he posted over the weekend (that you can check out on the Cruiser Revolution Facebook page).

So bad ass.

Follow Jim C. on Instagram for more cool photos of him shredding his Wave-C.