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.
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.
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.
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)