BMX holiday 2012 gift guide
Animal Bikes drivetrain
Animal Bikes is one of the most trusted names in quality parts built for street riding, and their latest drivetrain setup is arguably one of the strongest on the market. Animal's Akimbo cranks feature a three-piece design, 175mm arms and a tough 22mm 48-spline spindle. Animal's V3 sprocket is an updated version of their first sprockets, CNC'd from 1/4" thick 7075 aluminum and made in the U.S.A. Rounding out the package is Animal's Mid bottom bracket kit, which features polycarbonate cones to shave weight and add some flair to your bike.
Cult Chase Dehart signature line
Chase Dehart just released one of his best video parts to date in Cult's new DVD "Talk Is Cheap." Working with Dehart during the filming of the video, Cult has been steadily pumping out signature Dehart products, including grips, seat, tire and the all-new Butter frame. The Butter frame comes available in five top tube sizes (19.9" 20.4" 20.65" 20.9" 21.15") with no brake mounts and a sturdy weight of 5.1 pounds.
Demolition "Anthem" Chris Doyle Pivotal seat
Demolition team rider Chris Doyle often cites Stew Johnson's classic "Anthem" video as one of the most influential videos of his earlier days of riding. And when Stew Johnson offered Doyle the chance to appear in the follow-up "Anthem 2" video, Doyle jumped at the chance. To reflect Doyle's love for the Anthem video series, Demolition created a Pivotal seat featuring the Anthem logo and Doyle's name. Features include a slim design with 5mm foam padding. and a one-piece soft vinyl fabric that mimics high-end ostrich leather. Weight is 10.1 ounces.
Division Brand front end
Australia's own Division Brand has your front end needs covered. Starting with the Formosa forks, Division chose fully post heat-treated chromoly and went with invest cast dropouts, tapered and butted fork legs and a one-piece steer tube. Dvision also offers an array of handlebars to choose from, including the Aesthetic Bars, the C-Bahs and the Motoin Bars. As far as stems go, Division's Monument stem is a trusted six-bolt frontload weighing under 10 ounces. And to complete the package, Division's integrated headset gets the job done and keeps everything spinning smooth.
Eastern's groundbreaking Grim Reaper frame is now its seventh incarnation, and new features include integrated chain tensioners in the CNC'd dropouts, a heat-treated wide bottom bracket with a new cutout, a Helix down tube, the sleek Slant alloy seat clamp and more. Karl Poynter's new signature two -piece bars feature post weld heat-treating, an 8.8 rise, 12 degrees of backsweep and 4 degrees of upsweep. Meanwhile, Josh Perry's new signature Pivotal seat is constructed of Kevlar, with extra thick foam padding and an embossed Eastern Bikes logo.
Mutiny Etnies collection
The Mutiny Etnies collection starts with a Josh Bedford endorsed Etnies Barge shoe, consisting of Mutiny highlights on the insole. From there, Etnies worked with Mutiny's graphic design team on zip-up sweatshirts, pullover sweatshirts, beanies and t-shirts. Everything is constructed with etnies quality, and Mutiny's graphics are some of the best going in BMX.
Fiend Embryo frame
We'll start with the obvious: this is the frame that Garrett Reynolds rides. It's constructed of full 4130 True Temper chromoly, features a 75 degree head tube, a 71 degree seat tube, four top tube sizes (20.5, 20.75, 21, 21.25") with corresponding rear end lengths for each size, removable brake mounts, a gusseted head tube and down tube junction, integrated headset and 5mm dropouts. There's obviously a lot more technical specs to this frame, but really, all that matters is that Garrett Reynolds rides one and it works just fine for him.
Flatware Waltz frame
Flatware is the sister flatland-friendly company of Odyssey components, and by working with Flatware team rider Terry Adams, they have been able to offer affordable, quality flatland frames and components for the past several years. This year, Flatware returned with the Waltz frame, a traditional double diamond flatland frame with spot-on geometry, smooth chainstays for foot placement and 41-Thermal processing for strength. The Hobby bar is Terry Adams' new two-piece signature handlebar, with flat-specific specs and 41-Thermal processing for strength.
Fly Bikes braking system
Fly Bikes is one of the few BMX brands that remains committed to improving braking technology, and for 2012, they went back to the drawing board for their new Manual brake set. For starters, Fly eliminated the CNC process on their brakes, which saves on the price tag. And then there are the little details, like Fly's female-mounted brake pads, the lack of a barrel adjuster on the lever, and a linear cable housing. The best part: Fly sells the system complete. So if you happen to want brakes and don't own any of the components, one purchase from Fly will set you up for good.
Haro Freestyler frame
To celebrate thirty years of freestyle under the Haro name, Haro reproduced their first frame, the Haro Freestyler, using 100% U.S. Made 4130 chromoly and referencing the original Torker produced blue print for authenticity and historical accuracy. This thing doesn't come cheap, and if it's not already a collector's item, it will undoubtedly become one within the next few years. Only 300 of the frames were reproduced, and it comes complete with a display box, a letter of authenticity, a DVD on the manufacturing process and bragging rights for any old school BMX message board.
Odyssey stepped it up for their latest softgoods line, which now includes sweatshirts, a range of t-shirts, hats, socks, scarves, backpacks, wallets, tool bags and more. Nuno from Odyssey was nice enough to send me a selection of the new clothing line, and this isn't just a case of 'throw the logo onto whatever we can.' Everything is well made, fits nice and looks good. I also believe this might be the first BMX-specific scarf in existence.
Redline 2013 Flight Team Carbon Pro XXL
This is Redline's top of the line complete race machine, and from the ground up, it's been designed and spec'd to produce proven race results, as demonstrated by 2012 USA BMX #1 pro Sam Willoughby. Highlights include a 54mm headtube for unsurpassed strength and flex free handling, increased carbon stiffness for a better gate snap and a full carbon dropout with bonded aluminum faces and 15mm pull-thru axle. The rear end is stiffer than a 3/8" axle, and Willoughby has proven that it works.
S&M Bikes Hucker frame
Mike "Hucker" Clark joined the S&M Bikes team at the start of 2012, and he's spent the better part of the past year perfecting his first signature frame, the appropriately titled Hucker frame. Features include 100% Made in the U.S.A. chromoly, four top tube sizes to choose from (20.5", 20.75", 21", 21.25"), a 13.5" rear end length, thread-on brake mounts, color options of transe matte black or copper, and a weight of 4.86 lbs. Plus that, the graphics are amazing.
United Recruit RNJR complete bike
And for the younger rider, we introduce United's RNJR complete. Basically, United saw the need for a 20" bike set up for the smaller rider. So they took a 20" BMX frame, shortened up the top tube, outfitted it with shorter cranks, smaller bars and an adjustable seat. But they didn't skimp on detail either. The RNJR features integrated head tube, sealed United headset, United Direct tires, 25/9 gearing and an alloy cassette hub. And when the younger rider grows, the RNJR can be outfitted with bigger bars and cranks.