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DMR Wrath: MTB or BMX?

10 10 2012

DMR Bikes have been putting out dirt jumping-oriented mountain bikes for some time now. Based out of the UK, their irreverent, BMX-ish mentality has garnered them a considerable following.

That following extends outside of the MTB community as well.

I’ve seen a number of builds featuring DMR’s distinctive Supermoto tires and their Vault platform pedal is popular among MTBers and BMXers alike.

With the introduction of their 2013 lineup, that line DMR has been walking between MTB and BMX is getting thinner still. Sure, they still have full-on MTBs on offer but what got my attention is the new DMR Wrath.

(pic from Pinkbike)

According to DMR, the Wrath has “BMX race-inspired geometry” that is “at home on the pump-track, park and dirt jumps.”

It certainly has a BMX look to it!

Available in both 24″ and 26″ sizes, it’s built around a cro-mo frame and features a 3-piece cro-mo crank, plastic pedals, Supermoto tires, amongst other good things.

(pic by James Costley-White, Chop MTB)

Looks like a really solid build.

About the only pure MTB feature to it is the disc brakes.

Could this be the start of more cross-over style bikes from DMR?

Time will tell.

But I’m liking this first effort!

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Is a Model-C with wave tubing next?

24 06 2010

I’m not sure how I missed this when it came out but inthegnar.com has a great interview with Jim Cielencki of Sunday Bikes on their site.

When asked about how Sunday has evolved over time he mentioned how 24s have impacted the company in a positive way:

The 24″ stuff has been an interesting surprise.  Bikes are at an interesting time.  It really seems like the definition of track bikes, MTB and BMX is becoming less clear. You are starting to see MTB and track bikes coming towards BMX with its tricks, style and use of BMX parts.  The 24″ has been great because it allows older and bigger guys to ride BMX without having to think they should be on a MTB.

What really got my attention though, is what Jim said what he was riding. In addition to a Third Wave 20″, he’s also riding a 24:

The 24″ is a Wave C prototype with front brakes.  My bike is so good right now.

Whoa…now that would be cool if it went into production. Wave tubing.

Fingers crossed the Wave C shows up at Interbike.





Specialized debuts new P24 at Sea Otter

5 05 2010

Specialized is jumping back into the BMX scene with its new P-series of bikes. On display at the recent Sea Otter MTB event, the P24 model looks like it took its influence from some of the current crop of 24s that have entered the market in the last year or so.

It’s built with Reynolds tubing and has next-to-no graphics (although that might be due to it being in the prototype stages). And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, that’s a Sunday fork that  was being used to build up the bike for testing.

Here’s a more close up look:

One of my first thoughts when I came across this was…why debut this at Sea Otter? A MTB event? It’s a BMX bike after all. Then after thinking about it for a while, it seemed to make more sense.

Whenever I’m riding somewhere that has a lot of riders with “urban/DJ” MTBs, there always seems to be a questions and interest regarding my 24. Many seem unaware of the 24″ BMX option.

Maybe MTBers are the great cross-over market for 24s…if reading the ads for  Urban DJ bikes are any indication, it just might be. Almost to the one, the ads will say something like, “BMX-inspired” or “BMX-style” in describing the bike and the components. Maybe the answer for the people reading these ads is to actually get a BMX bike.

Specialized might be on to something with this approach.

For more on the Specialized P24, check out Bikerumor and Sicklines.