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First look: Stolen Bikes Max 29″

29 11 2018

Perhaps this is the first “clear” look at Stolen Bikes‘ new 29″…since we first saw a cloudy pic of a teaser a few weeks ago (A new Stolen 29 sounds fine).

With that being said, we finally  have some more details — and a sharper picture — of what the new addition to the Stolen Bikes lineup will look like.

Dubbed the Max 29″, Stolen says they have taken what they have learned from building their bigger bikes (22, 24 and 26 inch) to make a 29er of equal caliber.

The Max 29″ is full cro-mo, with fully sealed components (with the exception of the pedals) and is built for abuse with double-wall wheels and a 14mm rear axle. Stolen’s parts brand, Fiction ,also covers the tire department with some sporty 29 X 2.50″ rubber.

Specs/Geo-wise, you’re looking at the following:

  • Top Tube Length: 23.25″
  • Chain Stay Length: 18″
  • Head Tube Angle: 71°
  • Seat Tube Angle: 72°
  • Seat Tube Height: 16.15″
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12″

Color choices are: Black with Chrome Plated bits (pictured above) or Raw with Caribbean Green (not pictured…but I am intrigued by the “Caribbean Green…if only because it reminds me of a Billy Ocean song).

All in all, pretty deece.

No word yet on availability, so hit up Stolen Bikes if this new 29″ piques your interest.

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A new Stolen 29 sounds just fine

20 11 2018

Stolen Bikes dropped a little teaser the other day regarding a new bike they have in the works.

The image was a bit cloudy…but the hashtag #29 was a bit more definitive.

Looks the  Saint XLT 24 and the Zeke XLT 26 are gonna have a 29″ big brother!

No word yet on specs, geo or release dates…but my interest has definitely been piqued.





Scoping out the 2018 STLN Saint XLT 24

29 08 2017

The Saint XLT 24 has returned to the Stolen Bikes lineup again for 2018.

For this go-around, Stolen stuck with the geometry of the previous year’s model (which they updated for that model year).

For your reference, it breaks down like this:

  • HT: 74.25°
  • ST: 70°
  • TT: 21.75″
  • CS: 15.0″
  • SO: 9.6″
  • BB: 13.30″

And like it’s predecessor, it continues to hit all the high notes: Full chromoly construction, sealed components and 48-spline cranks.

New for this year (and similar to the Zeke XLT) is the addition of the long-ish 300mm Pivotal post.

Two new colorways for this year too.

First off, the Trans Black/Gold Fade.

And next, the stealthy flat black.

Nice looking rigs!

I know I’ve said this before, but the Saint continues to be one of the best spec’d, best value 24s on the market.  Hit up your Stolen dealer right quick if you’re looking for a good new school 24.

 





2017 Stolen Saint XLT & Zeke XLT

15 08 2016

The ever-popular Stolen Saint XLT and its newer 26″ cousin, the Zeke XLT have been updated for 2017.

The Stolen Saint XLT retains its main selling points: full chromoly construction, 48 Spline Cranks and double-walled rims.

2017STLN-SAINTXLT1-SM

What’s new this year is a slightly revised geometry.

For 2017, the Saint XLT sports the following specs:

  • HT: 74.25°
  • ST: 70°
  • TT: 21.75″
  • CS: 15.0″
  • SO: 9.6″
  • BB: 13.30″

Available in Satin White with Camo accents or Chrome Plated with Black accents (both versions look pretty trick in my opinion).

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of tanwall tires and the Saint XLT has those too…on their also ever-popular Joint tires.

2017STLN-SAINTXLT2-SM

Zeke XLT

The 26″ Zeke XLT stays essentially the same geometry-wise to its 2016 predecessor (You can check out the full specs here).

It also retains its full chromoly construction and sealed components.

What has changed is its look.

2017STLN-ZekeXLT1-SM

New for 2017 is the choice of a shiny red or flat black colorway (both with black components).

2017STLN-ZekeXLT2-SMNote: tanwalls only on the black version.

Some well-spec’d bikes with killer looks…hard to go wrong here folks.





Top ten of 2015

31 12 2015

So, we find ourselves here again…the end of the year.

As always, I like to take a look back at some of the top cruiser news on this, the final day of the year. (Granted, the list took a hiatus last year while I was away traveling…but it’s back now.)

So without further ado, the top ten.

10. The  refrain, “What’s old, is new again” is something that I found myself saying throughout the year. Case in point, Gary Turner’s return to the BMX world with a line of cro-mo frames…kicked off by the intro of a nice 26″cruiser frame.

9.  Redline came out with their “nod to the past” PL-26 cruiser. Aping the style of it’s iconic PL-24 cruiser, Redline capitalized on the current interest in 26″ cruisers and introduced a 26″ version.

8. As alluded to above, 26″ cruisers continued to enjoy their moment in the sun. Interbike had 26″ cruisers on display around every corner it seemed. Heck, Skyway even announced a 26″ T/A for 2016, so this trend seems like it will continue.

7. Colony surprised us with a well-spec’d new school 24″ cruiser. Nice to see another core company offering a big wheel option to riders.

6.  Summer 2015 might well go down as the Summer of the BMX movie. A surprising number of entertaining flicks were available to choose from. I caught Turbo Kid in the theater and was grinning from ear to ear the whole time.

5. After months of teasing, anticipation and finally the introduction of the 24″ Chase Hawk tire…people were stoked on this high-performance tire option. However, its swan song seemed to come way too fast (with the announcement that Odyssey was dropping Chase from its team). Whether Odyssey will continue to offer it under a different name remains to be seen.

4. Encore Bikes, an outfit out of Canada, introduced both a new school 24 and 22-inch complete to their lineup. Nice to see these models, right out of the gate, from the new face in the market.

3. BMX Plus!, the longest-running BMX magazine, announced it was shutting down. A blow for sure, especially in a year with so much focus on the old school and bikes like back in the day.

2. Stolen Bikes continued to do the big wheels right. Dialed completes, limited edition tan tires and solid components. It’s easy to see why so many folks are rollin’ on Stolen.

1.  The passing of Scot “The OM” Breithaupt shook the BMX world hard. The man who essentially wrote the template for BMX back in the day (and founded SE Bikes) was gone. News spread quickly, it trended on social media, and it had everyone reflecting on the man and his legacy. In the end, however, it seemed to remind us of how special BMX is, and what an important part Scot played in “making it happen.”

As I said in my post about Scot,

It’s up to us now to continue to make it happen…whether that’s holding a jam, piling into a car with friends for a BMX roadtrip or just getting out on a bike for some fun…we have to continue to make it happen.

BMX has done a lot of looking back this year…but on the eve of 2016, let’s look ahead to see what’s next…to that next turn, that next jump, that next pedal.

Cheers everyone…and Happy New Year!

 





2016 Stolen Saint XLT & Zeke XLT unveiled

26 08 2015

For their 2016 lineup, Stolen Bikes have combined their “regular” and XLT versions of their popular cruisers (the 24″ Saint and 26″ Zeke) into one model, the “XLT.”

What does that mean for you?

The broad strokes are:

You will be getting a complete (in whichever size you choose) that is full chromoly, kitted out with all sealed parts (except pedals), 48-spline cranks and a Pivotal seat/seatpost combo. (Did you notice there’s 8″ bars on the Saint XLT?)

Let’s take a look at the 24″ first.

2016-ISO-SAINTXLT-GREEN

Saint XLT Geometry/Specs

  • Head Tube 74.5°
  • Seat Tube 71°
  • Top Tube 21.5″
  • Chain Stay 15″
  • BB height: 13.8″

Two colorways available

You can get the Saint XLT in Black or Matte Ammo Can Green.

The Black colorway comes with Limited Edition All Tan Joint Tires…that’s some freshness right there!

2016-ISO-SAINTXLT-BLACK

An added bonus?

Those All Tan 24 x 2.2 Limited Edition Stolen Joint tires will be available separately.  Don’t sleep on these though…Stolen is  only doing one run of these tires for the US market so get on these quick/fast/in-a-hurry.

24'JointTan

Next up, the 26″.

Zeke XLT Geometry/Specs

  • Head Tube 74.5°
  • Seat Tube 72°
  • Top Tube 22.25″
  • Chain Stay 16″
  • BB Height: 13.3″

Colorway

The Zeke comes in Chrome.

A nod to the old school, perhaps? Whatever the reason, I dig it.

2016-ISO-ZEKEXLT

Pretty nice completes, that’s for sure.

If building up a 24″ is more your thing…not to worry…Stolen is still offering their aftermarket Stolen Gold Frame & Fork.

Have a peek at their new catalog for that, along with their rather extensive range of parts.





Scott Towne rollin’ on a Stolen

9 06 2015

Just spotted this over on Instagram.

All-around renaissance man, Scott Towne is now rolling on a custom 24″ Stolen Gold.

Scott is well-known for his daily shred sessions, his work in the BMX industry and his stints in a variety of BMX publications.

The pics went up last night on his Instagram page and his Tumblr, fUNBRO, and I have to say his new rig looks pretty sweet.

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Big rig. @stolenbikeco

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Looking forward to seeing the big bike being incorporated into his daily shred sessions.