Being a life-long Animal Bikes and Terrible One fanboy I thought I had a mini stroke when I saw this photo of a collaboration tyre between both companies appear on The Union but it’s for real. In fact there are two; the Ursa Minor and the Ursa Major. Although there’s very little information regarding specs or even if the tyre pictured above is the Minor or Major model but I’m really interested to see how the ‘squared’ profile will feel as it seems to be a little-used feature on BMX tyres. They are reportedly out soon but we’ll post more info as it comes.
There’s a lot of history behind Primo’s infamous V-Monster tyre; arguably the first widely-available durable BMX tyre of which has been a benchmark for all other tyres ever since it was first made in 1995. In his informative ESPN article, Brian Tunney tells of the woes many riders had trying to source decent rubber in the 90’s and how legendary flatlanders Sean McKinney and Day Smith approached Primo with the design that almost single-handedly carried the brand from it’s early days. As well as the updated VM 2 that Primo released a couple of years ago, they are bringing out the classic OG design in a wider 2.4 inch size (as seen over at The Union) Check back for release dates as they come.
Eclat dropped a great bike check with Shane Weston the other day that is absolutely packed with prototypes- some of which; like the 25.4mm 4pc Strangler bar, we have posted before but these samples of Bruno Hoffmann’s signature Predator tyres are a new sight to us. Following in a very similar vein to Animal’s GLH tyre (of which Eclat are reportedly big fans of) the Predator keeps a simpler, more traditional tread pattern from tyres like the Fireball or the Ridgestone while keeping it as grippy as possible with surface knurling and adequate tread depth. These are set to be released in a few months time so keep those peepers peeled for more info as it comes.
A little late off the mark but computers are a bugger like that, unlike bikes. If pastel colour schemes are your thing then Fly Bikes‘ Earth Brown colourway might be your bag, be it you ride trails, live in a swamp or are just a bit of hippie, Fly have you covered with the Ruben’s Rampera tyre, pedals and grips (Roey and Devon Smille’s signature grips get the treatment too) All are set to hit shops with the rest of their 2016 parts later this year.
Everybody’s favourite front tyre, The Ruben Alcantara signature Rampera tyre from Fly Bikes, much like a teenage girl’s hair, has been given some thorough colour treatment. The new additions feature a white version with black sidewall and my personal favourite, earth brown with black sidewall for people like me who live in a swamp. These new colourways will be out with the rest of the 2016 Fly Bikes range later on in the year.
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