Posts in the category BMX

SOC14: Black Market Unleashes Mommy’s Little Monster And Steel Bars with Big Rise, Both Built in the USA

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After toying with both American and Overseas manufacturing, Black Market bikes has been making a major push in recent years to build and spec all their bikes with US made components.

The new prototype on display at the booth was no exception, developed using a similar geometry to their former Contraband model, this new bike will be their first 24″ bike to made here in the states. READ MORE ->

SOC14: SDG Introduces New Colors & Saddles, Plus Prototype Sensus Saddles

SDG Belair Original & 2 Saddle

At their Sea Otter booth this year SDG was showcasing a revamped version of their popular Bel Air saddle. While the original saddle will still be available, and both will share more the less the same shape, the 2.0 version has a few new features which make it much more of a performance saddle.

Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the one that is not visible to the eye, because underneath the cover SDG has made the change from Mid-density PU foam to the lightest EVA available. This foam not only cuts down on weight, but it’s also slightly stiffer for better power transfer, and should hold it’s shape better in the long run.

Some other big changes were done to make the ride a little more friendly to your “soft tissue.” The new saddle has a Peri-canal which has been widened and extends the full length of the saddle to offer perennial relief. The 2.0 has also been redesigned with more rear-rise, to help rotate the pelvis forward to help place the rider in a better position on the bike.  READ MORE ->

SO14: The Greatest Pit Bike Ever Built

Disc Brake BMX Pit Bike

The term pit bike has its roots in motocross, where people often use small childrens’ bikes to cruise between the various staging areas at races. The term is now used to describe any variety of small childrens’ bicycle or motorcycle used to cruise the pits or injure yourself while drinking and dicking around.

While the renaissance of pit bikes was in the early-2000s, when even bicycle manufacturers like Foe’s Racing jumped on the trend and created trick components for the tiny tot motorcycles, it’s rare to see anything particularly spectacular these days. So we were incredibly impressed by the little red kids’ bike lurking in the Hayes Booth.

Can you spot what makes this pit bike so special?

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SO14: Sub 20 pound Carbon Dirt Jump Bike from John Cowan

John Cowan WIth Carbon Dirt JumperRiders of a certain age might remember earning their scars and sharpening their skill set on a rad little hardtail from Kona called the Cowan. Designed by legendary John Cowan, both the original Cowan DJ and DS bikes where some of the first jump specific models ever created.

Ever the visionary, John recently built a new bike company around a ground breaking new entry into the same market he helped create. The star of the product line is the American made carbon dirt jumper pictured above.  READ MORE ->

Specialized 650B Evo StumpJumper Photographed & Weighed, Geometry Chart, Plus Q&A!

Specialized Stumpjumper 650B CompLast week, Specialized quietly announced two 650B models after having spent the last year sitting on the sidelines watching the wheel size battle playout. The company’s lineup in the recent past has had been decidedly 29er centric, with only the Enduro, Stump Evo, and Enduro Evo models holding down the small wheel fort on the trail side.

This middle sized announcement comes as no surprise, since the company recently released several pairs of new 650B tires. The long wait for the new models was likely due to the fact that Specialized spec’s it’s own tires and wheels on the majority of it’s bikes. Unlike smaller manufacturers, they couldn’t rush to market without developing the supporting products that help keep the bang-for-your-buck value high.

This week several of our local shops started receiving their first shipments of the new bikes, so we stopped by two of the best Specialized Dealers in town to take a look a closer look at the new offerings. Head past the break for close up pictures, weigh ins, and a short Q&A with Global PR Manager Sean Estes! READ MORE ->

Taipei Show: Titanium Blades, Plastic Pedals with Metal Pins, Bottom Brackets, and more from VP Components

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As is sometimes the case, the VP Blade Titanium pedal started simply as a design exercise. While it was never meant for production, consumer demand was high enough that they made it happen. The result is a handmade titanium pedal with a spidery body that is meant to flex slightly and help absorb impacts. Now in its 3rd revision, the shape has changed slightly but the result is still a sand cast titanium pedal that is finished by hand with a full titanium axle.

Weight on the Ti beauties? Find it, and the answer to metal pins in a plastic pedal after the break!

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Taipei Show: Vee Rocks Vans Waffle Tread for New Cult BMX Tire

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In our haste to get the latest fat bike treads from Vee Rubber posted, we missed one other exciting new offerings which has nothing to do with fat bikes. This one goes out to the 20″ crowd, and likely those already sporting the ODI Van’s grips. As a perfect companion to said grips, Vee has teamed up with Vans to offer a new Waffle Tread BMX tire that’s sure to be a hit. Aimed at more of a BMX race tire, the model shown was a 20×2.35″ casing. Details were limited but expect this to hit stores later this year sold as a tire through Cult BMX.

Close up of the tread pattern after the break.

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Darwin Mini Brings New Wheelsize to the Fore

2014StM-bike-Mini-Darwin-green-sideJust when I was starting to get comfortable with all the different wheelsize religions, a little brand named Darwin had to tip the boat. Just like the gap for adults between 26″ and 29″ wheels was crying out for a mid size solution, the deeply unsaturated children’s market has a new savior. If your future Gwinny is too tall for a 12″ and to small for a 16″, you can now procure a 14″ BMX bike to prepare them for their pursuit of the rainbow stripes.

Jokes aside, the Darwin appears to be a well thought out pixie racer kids bike. The company claims to have spent 6 months extensively testing the bike under numerous kid athletes to ensure the best balance, and no expense has been spared in the pursuit of ultimate playground cred. The Mini Darwin 14″ has  an integrated headset, cassette hub, 4 alloy pegs, and a 1pc seat/seatpost combo. They’ve also optimized the gearing to work with the short kid approved crank arms they’ve spec’d.  READ MORE ->

Must Watch: Danny Macaskill Gets Inspired in Barcelona

Danny’s riding more than speaks for itself, so just head to the ~1.30 minute for the actual riding, and prepare to have your mind blown.