In a recent Instagram post talking about the R&D on the 2019 Verde Spectrum 22 (photo below), Scott Towne dropped an interesting tidbit/soundbite.
Apparently, Mark “Lew” Lewman (of Freestylin’ magazine fame) floated the idea of a 22″ bike to Chris Moeller (of S&M) more than 20 years ago!
Back then, Lew was a lanky magazine editor that rode one of the larger 20″ bikes of the time, the Redline RL-20II.
According to Scott:
It should be noted that Mark Lewman, AKA Lew AKA @superlewman proposed the idea for an “in-between” sized bike with “maybe 22-inch wheels” as a new concept to Chris Moeller in the mid-1990s, but it just wasn’t yet the time. Lew was always ahead of the curve.
I guess the BMX world wasn’t ready then.
We sure are now.
FBM‘s scaled up 22″ Steadfast frame is getting some updates to make it even more dialed in for the trails.
New for this run, an increased headtube height (from 120mm to 127mm), a limited edition FBM 25th Anniversary head tube badge, and some snazzy new colors.
Here’s a how the specs/geo breaks down:
- Top Tube Length: 21-3/4″
- Heat Tube Angle: 74.25 degrees
- Head Tube Height: 127mm ( Taller for 2018 )
- Bottom Bracket Height: 12-1/8″
- Seat Tube Angle: 71 degrees
- Rear End Length: 14-1/8″ (slammed)
- Stand Over Height: 9-3/8″
In terms of colors, you have the choice of:
- Dark Butterscotch
Hard to go wrong with one of these frames.
Check out the FBM pre-order link before they’re gone.
After much anticipation/hinting that it would come…Subrosa has confirmed that they are rolling out a 22″ in their 2019 lineup.
Part of the Malum line (it goes by “Malum 22”) it appears to be solidly spec’d.
(It even comes stock with a Shadow Interlock chain which is a nice touch.)
In terms of frame specs/geo, this is what we’re working with:
- Head angle: 74 degrees
- Seat angle: 71 degrees
- Top Tube: 21.5″
- Chain stay: 14″
- Standover: 9″
The frame, fork & bars are 100% cro-mo.
(See everything else here)
Watch for these to be hitting your local Subrosa dealer any day now (if they’re not there already).
We’ve had a couple posts in the past tracking Josh Hult’s journey with his prototype 22″ Mongoose. Looks like he’s getting pretty comfortable with it by the looks of things.
Check out this post from the weekend where Josh throws down an epic double flip aboard his 22″.
Tall bars have been “a thing” for a while now…but is the next “big thing” to raise your front end…the tall stem?
It might be too early to call…but signs seem to be pointing that way.
Case in point, the new Summit Stem from Odyssey.
Punching in with a 45mm rise, this is one tall stem.
Whether you want to run more “regular size” bars or just maximize the height of your bike’s front end by pairing them with the tall bar du jour…this definitely adds another way to customize your ride to your particular specifications.
The rest of the deets:
- 48mm reach
- Special surface contouring & a larger bolt head spec for superior handlebar grip
- Six bolt clamping configuration
- Headset pre-load bolt recess (32mm diameter)
- 6061-T6 aluminum, CNC machined
- 13.4 oz (379 g)
Hot on the heels of learning that the Stolen Spade 22 is going chrome in 2019…we find out that Fitbikeco is going chrome as well for its 2019 model 22″.
Word on the street is that the BF22 is being discontinued and replaced by this new chrome beauty.
Chris Moeller let the cat out of the bag when a picture showed up on the socials of him reclining post photoshoot with a beer…and the new 22″ hanging on the bike rack behind him.
(photo below from the @gutstains insta)
No word yet on specs or geometry….but it looks mighty tasty!
(And it looks like we might have a chrome trend on our hands…not that I’m complaining)
The Stolen Spade 22 turned our heads last year when it made its debut in the 22″ market.
Now for 2019, Stolen has souped up the Spade 22 with some more shine!
That’s right, Stolen went with a chrome (is colorway the right word here?) and tanwall tire look.
In a word, Wow.
This is a sweet looking ride.
In terms of geo, Stolen stuck with what worked last year…with the exception of making some tweaks to the chainstays to allow for better tire clearance. Always a welcome move.
Check out all the deets here.
These will be hitting shops in May…and probably selling just as quick.
Get on it.