Over the next weeks we’ll be interviewing some of the guys behind the brands that are putting out custom frames. With all the available options out there for frames, it seems like there should be something out there for everyone, yet these guys say otherwise. So we shot out some emails, asked a few questions, and gave these guys a chance to explain things like what caused them to start doing custom frames, and why their frames are better than anything else on the market. Without any more of my rambling, first on the list is FBM Bike Co, with Steve Crandall giving us an insight to what goes on in their shops. Click through for the full interview…
The term ’20 inch bike’ gets thrown around a lot, usually by douchebag pseudo-journalists like me trying to contextualise their gonzo style drivel about dudes riding or making little 20 inch kids stunt bikes… see, i’m at it again. Cruising on the interwebiverse one day I came across this photo on 22 inch BMX‘s Facebook/Instagram/whatever of Kye Forte’s ride;
The striking thing about it is the addition of 22 inch forks and front wheel whilst the rear wheel remains 20 inch… yet, somehow, it doesn’t look too odd at all. While one could argue all day about the benefits or hindrances this set up might provide(a big one being head angle, but I’ll get to that shortly) one thought awoke and wouldn’t slumber; what even makes it a 22 inch wheel? What, for that matter, makes a 20 inch wheel a 20 inch wheel?! Continue reading
Fourteen years have flown by since I first walked into a bike shop as a twelve year old, decided that mountain biking was far too expensive a pursuit for my budget and rather than dispiritedly retreating out the shop door back in front of the TV, I opted for a BMX bike. For a young boy I think it was the most logical of choices, primarily for steering away from my previous life as a reclusive Playstation enthusiast but also the kind of bike I chose to do it on. BMX caught my eye that day with its sheer stripped back simplicity that no other cycling sub-culture had bred before.
‘Investment casting’ is a term that seems to be popping up on the spec sheets of a whole ton of BMX parts right now… but what exactly is it? By all outward appearances you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a manufacturing process that, using some kind of witchcraft, turns your component (be it forks, frame or cranks) into one solid piece of metal. Right? Not quite. Walk with me;
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With Christmas only just gone I bet a few of you got fresh bits for your bike, so what do you end up doing with those haggard old tyres amongst other things that are utterly useless to us riders after a good thrashing? While cycling of all kinds is indeed very ‘green’ the manufacturing of your pride and joy is not quite so environmentally friendly (eg. For every tonne of steel made approximately 1.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide is produced) so upcycling your old parts is a great way to combat the needless waste of throwing away old parts. Check out some examples after the jump…
Damn we have something special for you today! To say Garrett Reynolds is a good bike rider is probably the understatement of the century. After pretty much re-inventing street riding, winning every major street contest and releasing one of the best video parts of all time, the BMX world have been waiting for his signature frame from his own brand Fiend like a kid on christmas morning for about 3 years now. I mean it’s a testament to how humble Garrett is that he waits until all of the PRO team have a signature line first before giving him self a frame.
Well today the speculation on one of the most anticipated frames in BMX history can stop. We are proud to have the exclusive first look at Garrett Reynolds’ signature frame, bars, stem and seat from Fiend.
Check it all out HERE >>>
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down an done another Drawing Board article, so for this one I thought I’d do a big one. The Integrated Headset has to be one of the most practical, cost effective and simple solutions to ensuring that your bars turn and spin like they should do, and despite the simplicity of the system we use today, its taken a long time for BMX to adopt a system that truly works.
I decided to do some re-search and hit up the man responsible for bringing the Intergrated Headset into the norm, S&M Bike‘s Chris Moeller…
Marc from The Set over in Oz hit us up with an exclusive first look at their new Trippin Stems. If you’re looking to pick one up I’d suggest hitting g up your local The Set dealer today as these things are super limited.
Here are our limited edition ‘ Trippin ‘ version stems. We decided to offer something slightly different without the price hike & fancy finishes. The logo was originally used on our East coast trip a couple years back and we did a version included in our sticker pack which riders keep asking for so here’s the next Trip. Limited to, 30 wrangler,33 Blackout & 22 Two Inch Punch stems. Black only. Available world wide in a few weeks!
Take a closer look at all three Stems after the jump…
United are always on the ball working on new products. Their Summer range of frames and parts will be available real soon, and here is an exclusive first look at what you can expect to see in stores. Whilst some products get a subtle revise, other have been completely scrapped, taken back to the drawing board and redesigned. Highlights for this year have to be the new G-Slat Frame and Grip, new 2.4″ Gum and Grey Tires as well as a new Mothership Frame in that Forest Camo that a lot of you got excited about.
Take a look at a whole new range of Frames, Bars, Pedals, Tires and more that will be arriving later this Summer.
Hamburg based brand Mankind have updated their street friendly Epoch Front & Top Load Stems as well as the addition of a third Riser version to the range. Christoph from Mankind hit us up with an exclusive first look at their new beefed up Stems which will be available real soon. Here’s what he had to say;
For 2014 the Mankind Epoch Front & Top Load Stems have been updated with a cnc machined shape face lift, a recessed fork bolt area and thicker solid stem bolts with larger 6mm bolt heads. These two beauties will be out in about a month (oil slick finish in summer). Further we have added the Mankind Epoch Riser Stem to our stem options, which is to come out this summer.
Click through to check out the full range in closer detail…