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26″ Morales flatland frame…I kid you not

2 06 2016

Well, this seems like one from left field…

A 26″ Morales flatland frame.

Yes, you read that right.

A frame just like the one Jesse Puente is riding on this 90s-era cover of Ride magazinebut in a 26″ model!

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A BMX Museum member named GTeaser posted it up yesterday on one of the Museum’s forums.

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According to GTeaser,

This frame was custom built by Craig Turner of Gary Turner BMX (GT Bicycles) and I must say, they did a flawless job. Craig is also currently constructing a 26″ Kore replica, zero offset, flatland fork to complete the frameset. I even had an ORIGINAL Morales cable hanger welded in that came from Bob’s warehouse. The frame/fork are 100% 4130 Chro-mo.

If the next thought you have after reading the above paragraph is,

“I wonder what Bob Morales thinks about this?”

Well, then my friend we are on the same wavelength.

But not to worry — at least according to GTeaser — Bob has given his blessing:

The project has had the full support of Bob Morales himself. I have been in contact with him during the entirety of the project and he expressly warranted me permission to use the Morales name. To the best of my knowledge this is the only 26″ Morales out there. This is a cruiser with cruiser geometry and is obviously not a purpose built flatland frame.

Pretty interesting.

Would love to see someone like Joe Cicman trying some modern-day flatland moves on this thing.

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Looking forward to seeing this once it’s back from the chrome shop and all built up.

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I wanna rock…an S&M Widowmaker

5 05 2011

Sometime in the early 90s, a  metal band lead singer (that hit the big time a decade earlier) got together with a  little bike company called S&M Bikes and the S&M Widowmaker was born.

The lead singer? Dee Snider from Twister Sister.

Here’s a excerpt from the news section of the February 1993 edition of Ride Magazine with some more background.

There was  an extremely short run of these made so prices commanded for these rigs has understandably gone through the roof.

Love the graphics:

Especially this one:

All in all, pretty cool.

If you want to learn more about the S&M Widowmaker, check out ryanpartridge.blogspot.com (where these pictures are taken from) or BMX Museum.

If you just want to rock out, maybe you should try to relive Dee Snider’s glory days and check out this video.