What the Klunk?

7 06 2017

In another one of those “is it a MTB or BMX?” moments, Volume Bikes has introduced a new bike reminiscent of 70s-era klunker mountain bikes, albeit with some updated, modern touches (like disc brakes).

Meet the 2018 Volume 26″ Sledgehammer Klunker (that’s a mouthful).

And to showcase how the bike can “ride, jump, cruise, and mob around”, Brian Castillo got together with Mike Mastroni to film a video of himself doing just that.

It sure looks like he’s having a good time!

It kinda reminds of how the Transition Klunker turned alot of heads with its extra old school appeal.

Which reminds me…Klunking 2 (from Transition Bikes) was pure hilarity.

Have a look below if you need a refresher.




Sneak Peek: 2016 Volume Hessian

23 06 2015

Volume Bikes just released a sneak peek of the 2016 version of their 26″ Hessian Complete.

Available in Trans Red or Matte Raw, it’s an interesting blend of high and low…Chromoly Down tube frame, Odyssey components, and a mix of sealed and unsealed parts.

Certainly not a hard-core shredder like some of the other iterations of their previous 26″ models.

However, if you’re looking for a simple neighborhood cruiser for launching off curbs (and the like) this might just be the ticket.

Volume Bikes 2016 Hessian 26 red

Frame: Chromoly DT (22″ TT, 15.75″ CS)
Fork: 1pc Chromoly Steerer
Bars: Hi-Ten Steel  (6.75″ rise & 27″ wide)

Stem: Volume Staple V2 Top Load
Headset: Genesis Sealed Integrated
Seat/Post: VLM Fat Pivotal
Seat Clamp: Alloy Single Bolt
Brakes: Odyssey Springfield
Brake Cable: Odyssey Quik-Slic
Grips: Volume Flanged VLM Team

Cranks: Genesis Octagon 3-pc Tubular Chromoly 175mm
Chain ring: 25t
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid 19mm
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted

Rims: Genesis 36h
Front Hub: Genesis Unsealed 3/8″
Rear Hub: Genesis Turbine Sealed 14 mm Cassette
Driver: Sealed 10t
Front/Rear Tire: Resist Nomad 26″ x 2.25″

Taking a Sledgehammer to the flat scene

24 01 2012

Joe Cicman and Danny Sirkin threw down some serious flatland moves on a 24″ last year in two installments of TwoFourFlat.

Well, they’re back at it again.

This time taking a 26″ Volume Sledgehammer through its paces and teaching the big bike some new tricks.

Check it out.

Pumped up Volume Sledgehammer

9 12 2010

It looks like the guys at Volume are taking their popular 26″ Volume Sledgehammer in a new interesting direction.

While promoted as a bike for cruising around, it can still hold it’s own if you want to ride it a bit more aggressively (see  previous posts of Buddy and Joe Rich shredding on  Sledgehammers for proof).

What’s new for 2011

For 2011, Volume shortened the chainstays to 15.75″ and lengthened the top tube to 22″.  From the looks of it, it seems like the new Sledgehammer is now being designed less for “cruising” and more for “serious” riding.

Another thing new for 2011?

A disc brake.

Not sure how I feel about this…seems a little too MTB for a bike like this. But then again, I’m not a huge fan of V-brakes either (which is what the ‘hammer came with in previous years).

And, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this (in this era of low top tubes)…it looks like the top tube/seat tube is too high…sure, it’s fine for just cruising around…but if you really want to ride this puppy…it seems like it would get in the way.

What do you think about the 2011 Sledgehammer?

I’d especially like to hear what you think about the disc brake.