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Converting the 22″ Spade to a 24″ cruiser

23 08 2018

We’ve featured a number of Buddy Sardenga’s bikes and riding shots over the years…but this latest hybrid build is definitely one of the most interesting.

Buddy’s been riding a Stolen Spade 22 for a while and last week he had the brilliant/crazy idea one morning to see what would happen if he put some of the parts off his old 24″ S&M ATF onto the Spade frame.

Almost like doing the opposite of the conversion/mod from a couple years back when a rider converted a 24″ Sunday Wave-C to a 22″ rider.

The result? A 24″ that rides very similar to the classic 24″ Liquid Feedback.

As you can see, the rear axle is way out but still at about 14.6″.

The head tube is now more mellow, probably at 73-ish degrees and the bottom bracket at 13.25″.

According to Buddy, the new converted Spade is super roomy and “manuals crazy good”.

Pretty cool.

Buddy hadn’t been out to the trails yet on it (at least since the last time we chatted) but this looks like it would be hella fun there too.

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Sneak Peek: 2016 Redline Asset 24

4 08 2015

After surprising us last year with a bit of a stealthy debut, Redline has brought back their 24″ freestyle cruiser, the Asset 24, for 2016.

It’s nicely spec’d with a full cro-mo frame and some decent parts. It does look like some compromises were made in the components department — as can be expected in any complete — but nothing that would raise any immediate concerns when you wheel it out of the bike shop.

New for this year, is a gloss black paint job that fades to a matte black. This is offset by a nice looking pair of copper finish 3-piece cranks that add a little flair to the bike.

2016 Redline Asset24 BLKI would’ve liked to have seen a few more copper accents (say on the handlebar and/or the seatpost) but that’s an easy fix after you’ve been riding it for a while and decide to customize it to your particular tastes. (Check out the Redline site for the rest of the parts rundown.)

Geometry-wise, the Asset 24 boasts the following:

  • Top tube: 21.75″
  • Head Angle: 74.5 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 71 degrees
  • BB Height: 13″
  • Chain Stay: 15.5″

That geo puts it right in the ballpark of other heavy-hitters like the S&M ATF 24″.

All in all, a pretty solid package for $499.99 (US). I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more people rolling on these in the coming year.





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.