Mutiny Bikes Lucky Strike V3 ($350)
When the UK's Josh Bedford was offered a signature frame from Mutiny just over two years ago, he was very specific about what he wanted in a frame. Dubbed the Lucky Strike, Bedford's frame was designed to be ridden fast, go high and withstand huge gaps. Because Bedford is tall, the Lucky Strike was designed for tall riders, with long top tube sizes and long back ends. And the frame was very well received. Now entering its third version, the Lucky Strike is undergoing some changes, including shorter top tube sizes with corresponding shorter rear ends. Don't worry though, the Lucky Strike is still available in sizes suitable for those in the six-foot plus range.
WHAT IT IS:
Constructed of 4130 cr-mo with multi-butted and offset tubing in the front triangle, the Lucky Strike features tapered top tube, seat tube and seat stays, heat treated dropouts, head tube and B/B, removable brake lugs, tapered seat stays, offset machined headtube, externally machined B/B, wide stays for tire clearance, an integrated seat clamp and "bullet end" stay caps. Geometry includes three top tube sizes 20.75", 21", 21.25" and 21.5", with proportional chain stay lengths for the different sizes (meaning that the 20.75 and 21 versions have a 13.6" chainstay length with a 1/2" of adjustment, while the 21.25 and 21.5 versions have a 14" chainstay length with a 1/2" of adjustment.) Head tube angle is 74.5, seat tube angle is 71, stand over height is 9.25" and overall weight, based on the 20.75" version is 4.9 lbs. "This frame is for people that like going high, going fast and having fun," says Mutiny's Gaz Sanders.
WHY IT RULES:
The Lucky Strike V3 rules because there's a version for everyone, from the top Dew Tour park pro to tall and burly street shredders like Bedford. "I think a lot of people will be into the shorter rear end on the 20.75" and 21" versions," says Gaz. "However, Josh runs a 21.25" top tube, as do I, and that frame also rides great." And the entire frame has been revised as well. "We used a brand new head tube design. It also has an offset internal wall thickness to help reduce weight but offer support in the high stress area. We've used a thicker tubing throughout the whole frame to help prevent denting. The seat tube is tapered towards the B/B to help reduce weight. Removable chain stay brake lugs. New bullet cap seat and chain stays. Finally brand new decals, so stoked on these things," adds Sanders. So basically, it rules because this frame can do everything without breaking, and aesthetically, not much can beat the look of a Mutiny frame.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
Mutiny Bikes Lucky Strike V3 is available via mail-order at Empire BMX and Dan's Comp, as well as better bike shops throughout the U.S. To find your nearest Mutiny dealer, check out the dealer locator on the Sparky's Distribution site. And if you're outside the US and can't find Mutiny's range of products, check out the list of worldwide distributors on the Mutiny website.