Framed Bikes’ new 22″ Defendant priced to fly

Framed Bikes, out of Minnesota, is focused on making fun bikes that aren’t expensive.

This past weekend, they dropped the news on social media that they were going to be adding a 22″ BMX bike called the “Defendant” to their lineup.

The Defendant is available in two trim levels, an entry level high-ten (frame/fork) version and a Pro version with a full cro-mo frame and fork.

The crazy thing is that even though it is dubbed the “Pro” version –and is full cro-mo with sealed components (minus the looseball headset)..it currently retails for the decidely non-pro price of just under $320 US.

Wow.

That is very a good price for a full cro-mo complete.

Now the full geo hasn’t been posted yet (most notably the head angle and seat angle) but what has been posted is looking pretty promising:

  • Top Tube: 22″
  • Seat Tube: 10.5″
  • Chain Stay: 14.5″
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12.5″

Not too shabby.

In the clip below, Brandon (from Framed Bikes) does a walk through of the 22″ Defendant, showcasing some of the key features and explaining some of the thinking behind the bike.

Keep in mind, Framed Bikes is a direct-to-consumer outfit so you won’t be able to hit up your regular bike shop or mail order for one of these. They are only available via framedbikes.com or the-house.com.

 

At this price-point, I think we’re going to see even more people taking the plunge and experimenting with 22″ bikes…and that’s a good thing in my books.

 

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New OS20 bikes show up at Grands

The USA BMX Grand Nationals, touted as “The Greatest Race on Earth” was, as all you racer-types know, held this past weekend.

Not only does it feature some of the most exciting racing you’re going to see anywhere, it also serves as a showcase for companies to debut some of their new products.

This year’s Grands was no different.

One company’s product in particular, generated quick a bit of buzz over the past few days. That product was Yess BMX’s 2018 concept prototype bike called Project2024.

The bike uses a frame that can accommodate two different wheel setups: OS20 and 24′ cruiser. When the OS20 wheels are used, it features a bottom bracket height of 11.5″; when the 24″ cruiser wheels are used, it sports a 11.75″ bottom bracket height.

How does this BMX wizardry work you ask?

The frame uses purpose-designed dropouts, that can be flipped upside down…changing the radius distance from axle to ground. This provides a similar bottom bracket height to be achieved despite using two different wheel size setups. 

 

The benefit?

This innovative setup could allow you to take one bike (with an extra wheel set) vs. two bikes when traveling to big races.

The downside, of course, is having to swap out the dropouts and wheels between motos….and having the time to do so. Probably a non-starter at smaller state or national races but perhaps do-able at the big UCI race extravaganzas.

Gotta respect those Yess folks for pushing the envelope on BMX innovation.

Still on the Grands/OS20 front, SSquared Bicycles also had something up their sleeves.

The SSquared tent showcased the debut of the SSquared Bicycles OS20 frame and  Answer BMX disk brake set up.

Word on the street is that the OS20 frames might be “made to order” for the time being since they still so new.

I would suggest confirming with SSquared to be sure (before you order) but…hot damn!…if true, this is a great opportunity to get a custom OS20 bike built with the race-tested quality SSquared is known for. Definitely don’t sleep on this if you are in the market.

Some pretty cool new offerings from Yess and SSquared.

It seems that the OS20 momentum that’s happening in the race world continues to grow. It’s good to see.

 

(Pictures: Yess BMX & SSquared)

Another 22″ convert

Chris Rantell is another convert to the 22″ movement.

Chris is a BMXer from way back and has done his time with 20″, 24″ and 26″ bikes.

Sunday even featured him on their site doing a Wallride on a Sunday Model C during the 420 Jam a few years back.

Despite being able to shred on all those sizes of bikes…apparently something was still missing.

According to Chris:

  26 was more cruiser based but the 24 was meant to be a bmx bike and it just never felt like it to me. 

The 22 on the other hand?

  First time I got on it it 180’d perfect. 24 hop stuff is hard. Top tubes on most [22s] are also around 22 which gives more foot clearance. Honestly it really truly felt like just a scaled-up bmx and I just felt like my back is straighter. 

Chris documented some of his first session of really riding his 22″ at Joyride 150 bike park (see below) a few days ago.

As the clips show it looks like the 22″ hits the right spot for his height and riding style.

Hope to see more 22″ clips from this guy.

TNT adds some color to OS20 wheels

Tired of the limited color choices in OS20 wheels?

TNT Bicycles may just have the solution to what ails you.

TNT has done a small run of OS20* rims in multiple colors (see below) to add a little flair to your OS20 ride.

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They clock in at 435 grams (per rim) and retail for $49.95 (US) per rim.

I’m kinda partial to that gold anno myself.

Hit up TNT Bicycles for all the particulars…and maybe do it soon?

Remember the “small run” part above…

 

*Or 451mm for you metric types.

Catalog model poses with Fit 22

The sneak peeks and teases are over because the new Fit Twenty-Two is out!

FitbikeCo just released their 2019 Catalog that goes into all the specs and details of the new 22″ with some cool riding shots to accompany all the technical information.

What’s even cooler is that the S&M/Fit product team put together a “behind the scenes” video to give some more background into the thinking behind the bikes and how they are presented.

I grabbed a couple screen shots of Chris Moeller  — for your viewing pleasure — who ended up being the “catalog model” for the Fit Twenty-Two bike (you’ll learn why in the video).

Definitely something worthwhile to check out.

Have a peek below.

 

Did Lew foresee the 22″ phenomenon?

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 updates the 22″ Steadfast

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:

  • Ocean
  • Dark Butterscotch

  • Trans Brown

Hard to go wrong with one of these frames.

Check out the FBM pre-order link before they’re gone.

 

Pictures: FBM