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Souping up the SE STR-29

5 11 2016

The SE STR-29 turned our heads from the very first time we spotted it.

A classic 20″ frame, reimagined as a 29″ complete….it was one cool looking bike…and as Stompin’ Stu (the ST in STR) demonstrated, a more-than-capable wheelie machine.

However, as cool as it looks out of the box, it’s always interesting to see how someone customizes their bike to suit their tastes.

Yet we just haven’t seen much of that to this point with the STR-29. Actually of all the ones I’ve seen, they’ve been bone-stock.

But that all changed this week.

SE shared a picture in their social media feeds of Clyde Akers STR-29…and he definitely souped it up.

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With fresh paint, a liberal sprinkling of gold ano and larger tire* in the front…you definitely have a fresh take on the original factory-version STR-29.

Love me some gold ano!

 

*shucks, it’s not a tanwall

 

(All pics: SE Bikes)

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Collabs, Retros and 26″ Cruisers

29 09 2016

We’ve talked about collabs, Retros and 26″ Cruisers before…but at this year’s Interbike they really came to the fore.

In some cases, certain bikes had a more than one of these things going on at the same time.

Subrosa got on the “collab cab” earlier this year with their collaboration with Slayer.

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They had a range of sizes on display in their booth, including a 26″ cruiser. Cool color way, graphics…the whole bit.

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Apparently the Slayer-emblazoned seat is also going to be available as an aftermarket item too…kinda stoked on that.

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They also had their own 26″ Subrosa Malum on display.

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Haro continued their push into the retro market with with a number of updated classics (all 20s) from the 80s “golden era” of freestyle. Unfortunately, no cruisers…with the exception of the 24″ Downtown we featured in yesterday’s post.

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SE, of course, is no stranger to the retro or collaboration game.

The STR-29 brings back the old school era Stu Thomsen STR frame, re-imagined as comfortable riding 29er.

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Likewise, SE ups the collaboration game with another 29er in the form of the Public Enemy Big Ripper.

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And the 26″ We The People Avenger…it’s so retro it has a threaded headset!

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GT is also dipping their toes into these trends.

GT, with the help of industry icon Ben Ward, brought back the classic Pro Performer…this time as a 26″.

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As we discussed in the previous post on the 26″ Pro Performer, this bad boy is tricked out with the iconic Power Series cranks, Mohawk hubs and other goodies.

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The rep that I talked to was — as he should be — pretty stoked on it.

In our conversation, he also dropped a line that seems to perfectly encapsulate what seems to be pushing this drive back to the classics:

We’re pulling on the heartstrings to open the purse strings

No doubt about it.

It looks like all these trends have staying power.

We’ve been talking about 26″ cruisers moment in the sun for years now.

More and more companies are also seeing the market respond to the retro-oriented bikes and accessories.

And the collaboration game…that’s just adding a whole other layer to things.

With all these trends starting to intersect at this year’s show, it will be interesting to see how things continue to evolve in the year ahead.





Scoping out the SE STR-29

5 04 2016

Well, the cat’s out of the bag.

Todd Lyons had been dropping hints leading up to the Spring Fling in Florida (that happened this past weekend).

He had something special that he wanted to showcase.

And he brought Stu Thomsen along for the occasion.

That “something” was the reintroduction of the STR (Stu’s signature frame back in the day).

But this wasn’t just a simple re-pop…this STR has evolved!

This STR is a 29-incher!

(Hence the name – STR-29.)

SE STR-29 Stu & BuffThat’s Stu and the STR-29 on the right (Who’s that guy on the left? He looks pretty Buff)

The frame design is pretty trick.

The double down-tubes begin at the head tube, wrap underneath the bottom bracket, continue around the looptail (!) rear dropouts and then connect again on the top tube.

SE STR-29 bottomWhen I shared the first pic of the STR-29 on the CR Facebook page, a couple people questioned the 29″ size.

I kinda wondered about it too.

Then I remembered a comment I had seen in the past (from The Mayor of Hollywood, perhaps?) that the 29″ Big Ripper was an awesome wheelie machine.

No sooner had that thought crossed my mind…this picture popped up on my feed.

SE STR-29 Stu & DBlocks wheelie actionStu and DBlocks getting their wheelie on.

It appears that my suspicions that the STR-29 being an extraordinary wheelie machine were confirmed.

I’m sure we’re going to be hearing more about the SE STR-29 in the weeks and months ahead.

(Pictures: Todd Lyons/SE)