We’ve had a few US-based guys talk to us about the custom frames they put out, and so far we’ve loved what we’v seen. Hopefully it’s inspired some of you to go and purchase some of these frames yourselves and support the rider-owned and operated scene that these guys have created for the custom frame market. For this week’s interview, we go across the Atlantic to Patrick Banks, one of the UK’s finest custom frame builder. We hope this helps to cater to our audience from around the world, while showcasing another frame building legend. Click through to peep the full interview and some photos of the frames.
Spotted over on their Instagram page, Terrible One have released these USA made Classic bars that you can bet your bottom dollar on to last for years to come. With their 8.85″ rise, 3 degrees of up sweep, 12 degrees of back sweep, 29.25″ width and straight gauge 4130 chromoly tubing construction courtesy of none other but S&M Bikes, we think ‘Classic’ sums them up nicely.
Custom frame builder Malo Tostivint of PIR posted this photo of his exquisitely machined M25 fork top caps for his own custom made forks (but would obviously fit any fork with M25 threads…) on his Facebook page and we thought it was worth a post. Happy bike porning people.
Dan Paley is a street god. There’s no argument to be made there. Luckily, the guys over at BSD realized that and graced him with his own set of plastic pegs, dubbed the Rude Tubes. Definitely a good, funny name, and definitely a good sliding peg. These come in at 4.2″ inches long, with a 1.46″ inch diameter, and will be available for all you in 10 and 14 mm sizes. You can peep the full specs on the BSD product page, or stalk the BSD main site for all sorts of good posts. Stay grinding out there.
Wethepeople’s Royal cranks have been kicking about for an age in one form or another, here we have the latest incarnation in 19mm sized spindle (as opposed to the super beefy 22mm versions of yesteryear) that are available in regular 175mm arms or shorter 170mm, perfect for shorter riders or 4-pegged street demons looking for a bit of back foot clearance.
Arms: Full seamless japanese 4130 chromoly tubing.
Liquid post heat-treated
Spindle: 3/4“ (19 mm) 4130 butted chromoly spindle
Arm length: 170mm or 175mm
Comes with fitting and removal tools
lightweight butted spindle
Colours: black, black titan, chrome polished
Weight: 858g (30.26oz : 1.89lbs)
As is tradition in BMX all the stops are pulled and the industry sets out to start a shit storm for the gullible and superficial alike, this year was no different. Here we have our selection of our favourite prank parts ranging from Merritt’s Brian Foster clip-in pedals to Blank’s spray on grips. I won’t lie, I’m disappointed we didn’t see a Leonardo Da Vinci piece formed into a Profile Racing stem but I guess there’s always next year.
Spotted over on Merritt’s Instagram feed, hidden amongst a bunch of well placed April Fool’s joke posts was this little beauty; a sample Justin Care signature stem that’s reportedly being sent to the team. There’s no other info except that this looks like a forged stem rather than a machined one to keep costs down and make the wild detailing like the logo and the stem spacer/compression bolt recess. I can’t wait to see the other side!
A little birdy from Éclat posted this exciting little gem onto Facebook a couple of days ago; by all outward appearances this is just a normal stem and bar combo but these particular ones are oversized and measure at 25.4mm diameter instead of the usual 22.2mm we’ve been all been using since… well, forever. No word on whether the 25.4mm diameter is used throughout the whole bar or just the stem clamping area (like a lot of MTB bars) but with the plethora of bar spinners around today, it would make sense to make the grip area diameter larger to take the sting out of slinging the b’s extra hard, and that’s not even touching on the strength advantages of a larger tube. Could this be a new standard emerging? Answers on a postcard.
Stranger has been putting out new products pretty consistently. Their latest product is this new slick tire, that looks like the Dugan tire from Odyssey and the Wright tire from Kink had a love child, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think they look rad, and they remind me of motorcycle tires. Expect to see these out soon and stay tuned to Stranger’s site for more info.
When it came down to starting this series, the first guy that came to mind was Dave at Pedal Driven Cycles. I grew up on the east coast, in NJ actually, but spent a lot of time in NYC. Of course, the east coast style of riding rubbed off on me, and one of my favorite riders was always Tyrone Williams, who not too long ago, started riding a Pedal Driven frame. You know how that goes; your favorite rider rides something, so you investigate to see what makes it so awesome. Sure enough, Dave comes through with more than enough backing and photos to prove that he’s one of the best there is at what he does. Click through to read the full interview.