The ‘David Coulthard of BMX’ (*cough*) a.k.a. Bas Keep recently launched his new English transition/ramp-riding brand, Tall Order, and we’re finally getting to see some samples emerge from Taiwan of what kind of products they’ll be pushing. So let’s start with the frames, of which there are two; the 215 and the 187 (the names derive from the respective standover heights in millimeters… in case you were wondering) the 187 is the smaller of the two with a shorter standover height, chainstays and top tube options and the 215 is the more ‘adult’ sized frame with slightly longer TT’s, standover and rear end. The custom slanted seat clamp is a great little brand signature for these clean looking frames, as is the return of the BB/stay junction gusset on the 215 (think along the lines of the old Wethepeople Omen frame) I can’t say I’m too enthusiastic about the lack of a top tube gusset on either frame as that’s where I always break my frames but maybe that’s just me. My favourite part in the Tall Order line isn’t even a part, but we’ll get to that at the end. Walk with me… Continue reading
The guys at Can You Dig It posted a rad overview of some of the trails orientated frames available for 2016 and their respective geometries for a comparison; handy if you’re in the market for a new dirt steed. While most frames in this list will typically have slacker, sub-75 degree head angles, longer top tubes and chain stays for stability, CYDI recognises that not everybody likes stable bikes so they threw in nippy-er bikes like the Fit Motomike and the Verde Oxbridge frames for good measure. If I had to pick a favourite though, It’d be hard not to go with a Standard Trailboss…
This one’s been doing the rounds on social media recently; Mutiny posted a preview of Dylan Lewis’ signature Deathgrip frame where we get a full look at the specs (bar the standover height which I’m willing to bet is around the high 9-10″ mark judging by how long the top tubes are…) and a photo showing a bunch of cool details including a traditional look chromoly seat clamp and the lowered chain stays to better accommodate brake usage with micro-drive gearing. Judging by his recent edit, I’m sure he had speed in mind when designing this.
Top Tubes: 21.3″, 21.6″ & 21.8″
Head Tube: 74.5°
Seat Tube: 71°
BB Height: 11.65″
Chain Stay: 13.7″ – 14.2″
Removable Brake Lugs (Not Included) on Chain stays
4130 Sanko Cromoly Tubing
Heat -treated Offset Thickness Head tube
125mm Taller Head tube
Triple Butted Top Tube with 1.4mm thickness at seat tube junction
Double Butted down tube
Top and bottom gussets with debossed “Badge ‘n’ Bones” logo
4130 Cromoly Seat Clamp with 6mm bolt and horizontal clamp slot on seat tube to give better clamping power with less torque
6mm Dropouts with integrated chain adjusters
Custom seat stay bridge
420 BAKED” Heat -treated Mid BB
Available in September ’16
From Mutiny Bikes’ website.
Fitbikeco have dropped a flipbook on the newly revised version of their Shawn McIntosh’s signature MAC V2 frame in time for Christmas. This year’s model features longer chainstays (from 13.35″ to 13.5″), a slightly higher BB shell (from 11.6″ to 11.65″) more conventional top tube sizes (from 20.625″, 20.875″and 21.125″ on the V1 to 20.75″, 21″ and 21.25″) and a bunch of rad graphics penned by popular BMX freelance artist Eben Fischer. Get onto your local shop about snapping one of these USA made badboys up.
The Union posted this product feature on S&M’s eighth (?) incarnation of the classic 1992 Redneck stem; the Shredneck. While it’s essentially just a slightly shorter Redneck LT with a top cap recess machined from the top of it, that’s not a bad thing, heavily machined stems akin to the XLT are rapidly losing popularity as bikes are generally starting to look a lot more ‘traditional’ again.
CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminium
7mm rise (24.75mm inverted)
Available in matte black and raw
It wasn’t too long ago when uncut Slam bars were considered the biggest bars available at 8″ tall. With bars getting an inch or two taller over the last 5 years, back pains are becoming less frequent due to not being hunched over a set of tiny 7.5″x 24″ bars (probably mounted to a bloody ‘dropped’ front-loader stem too…) In short, we’re all riding for longer and we have our bars to thank for it. The only real issue with tall bars is the leverage forces involved, the extra strain can be way too much for some stems and can cause a lot of extra slippage- or even snapping in the bars if your stem is too powerful not to slip. Not so great for your teeth…
The guys at WMT have been trialling their solution of changing the clamp-area diameter from the traditional 22.2mm (7/8″) to 25.4mm (1″) for about a year now on two piece bars with Wethepeople. This is to increase the clamping tube’s surface area to prevent slippage and adding extra material where bars break. Éclat being the innovators they are, announced the first four piece version yesterday; the Éclat Strangler bars.
Being WMT’s premium quality brand, Éclat have been designed these bars from the ground up with function and longevity in mind. The 25.4mm clamping tube is welded to a 25.4mm griptube for an increased welding area at the junction where four piece bars typically break. The grip tube actually tapers back to 22.2mm where the grips are installed to maintain the traditional feel but gives it a slick new-age look that’s sure to turn heads. There’s no info on angles/geometry yet but they will be available in 9.1″ or 9.6″ sizes by summer 2016 with compatible stems being released at the same time.
Division Brand has been putting in work lately. With a new frame on the horizon, it looks like they’re also getting into the complete bike game, and you should be glad that they are. All their bikes will be coming brakeless, and with four pegs, with the amount of hub guards included increasing on the higher-end models. For someone who only rides street, it’s great to see bikes made to ride right out of the box, set-up similar to my own and taste. Hopefully we get some more info on these soon because I’m dying to see what they look like. You can get more info on the Division Brand site as to when they’ll be available, and pricing. Also peep the ‘read more’ button for some more shots. Continue reading
I’m a big guy; 6’4″ to be exact. I’m gotten used to having to use bigger bars, longer frames, smaller cranks (to not catch my feet) and now I find myself trying to find a reason to need wider rims because I’m really, really into these Federal Stance XL rims. Although not the first to make an extra-wide rim, the guys at Federal definitely nailed making a clean and simple product for those out there willing to try new things. The idea is that a wider rim will keep the profile of these +2.3″ tires, while creating a stiffer and stronger rim. Not only that, but they claim to help reduce the amount of flats you may get in session due to a thicker wall where the spokes are located, minimizing the chance of your spokes popping through on a high drop. I think these look great, and they come in black or silver to keep a classic look on your ride. For more info, peep the Federal site and click through to see a few more images of these rims.
Winter is always around the corner and those long nights for months on end can ruin your barspin game if you can’t see your grips properly, it’s a hard life, I know… Cult have got your back though, they’ve just released their Dak, Faith and my personal favourite, Cult X Vans in this glow-in-the-dark flavour so you’ll be slinging your bars all year round. They’re also available in the clear colourway you see in the above picture and manufactured in the US by ODI Grips so you know they’re top quality.
In this video Kilian Roth and the guys over at Eclat demonstrate to us the ins and outs of the new cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminium Mercury stem. Cold forging is a great way to make strong, unique looking parts without using expensive and wasteful CNC machines, much like investment casting.
Colors: black, high polished, dark blue
Weight: 313g (11.5oz)
The Mercury stem is out now and available from your local Eclat dealer or webstore.