Hoder’s BTM gets upsized

The recent CABDA show coverage held some important news that didn’t seem to get the play it deserved in our opinion.

That news?

The S&M BTM frame is getting upgraded and upsized for the tallest member of the S&M team, Mike Hoder.

The new version of the BTM frame now has a 5″ headtube along with a 9.5″ standover (from the previous 8.75“). All the other specs remain the same.

This gives the bike a taller profile overall and also let’s Hoder (and any other tall rider buying one) to run less headset spacers, and less seat post while still maintaining a tall, comfy profile.

Two colorways are available: OG S&M Yellow and Gloss Clear.

Also new: hand drawn graffiti-style graphics from Hoder himself.

Pretty sweet.

Looking forward to checking one of these out when they come available in a month or so.

For now though, let’s take a moment and bask in all things Hoder with his section from Hot Dogs:

V-Bars come back in a big way

I have to admit this emerging trend crept up on me.

Let me put it this way…you may have heard the saying, “Once Is Chance, Twice is Coincidence, Third Time Is A Pattern.”

That’s kinda what happened to me when I looked around recently and saw more and more companies bringing back the v-bar handlebar.

Long a staple of old school BMX, v-bars fell out of favor decades ago in favor of straight cross-bars.

Sure, v-bars would pop up here and there over the years but they were definitely outliers in the BMX world.

But, then they started creeping back.

NoWear BMX’s Candy Bar was one of the first modern-day v-bars that started appearing on new school bikes.

Still, they were very much a niche product (and notably given the name and design…probably pretty handy if you were into candybar tricks).

Next to come across my radar was the Knight Retro V-10 Bar.

Sporting old schooling but a very contemporary 10″ rise and 30″ width, these bars were lookers.

With a sweep of 11 degrees back and  1.5 degrees up, they could easily work on both old school and new school rides.

The third example is the DK Chamberlain bar.

The thinking behind this one seems similar to the Knight bar above, according to the DK site, we shouldn’t be swayed by the retro-inspired “V” crossbar, the DK Chamberlain bars are “modern-day marvels”.

Butted cro-mo construction, a modern 9.8″ rise and 29.5″ width are right where they should be for a modern day ride. 11 degrees back sweep  and 4 degrees upsweep are also current. The V bar is what gives them their swagger (and the copper colorway even more so!)

The V-bar on the Chamberlain bar is also functional.

According to DK, the V crossbar serves to help reduce the “box” size of the bar, giving you “more room to move” (vs. other boxier big bars).

Are these modern-day V-bars the thin edge of a V-shaped wedge poised to disrupt the world of traditional looking handlebars?

I don’t want to make any wild predictions….but I can’t be the only one noticing these new options and contemplating on what they would look like bolted to their ride.

WTP Audio gets souped up for 2020

The 22″ WTP Audio returns for 2020 in an eye-catching translucent blue package. This thing looks bad ass!

Which is not to say that the previous iterations looked bad…it’s just that this model takes thing to a whole other level (and I’m also a sucker for trans blue frames).

But the improvements on the 2020 Audio are more than just cosmetic. New additions for this model year are the Logic Stem and the Supply Chain.

More importantly the fork has been updated to be sturdier, with a “bombproof steer tube/crown area”…a welcome bit of news for 22” riders that sometimes cast a wary eye toward the forks that have come on some complete bikes (from a variety of companies) in the past.

Pair all that with their high end Logic wheels and grippy Overbite tires and you have one impressive 22″ machine.

 

 

PDC’s Smooth Operator

22″ stalwart, Matt Stahl, has partnered up with Pedal Driven Cycles (PDC) for something special.

The genesis of this collaboration was Matt’s feeling that while many 22″ frame offerings were good, they just didn’t offer exactly what he wanted/needed for his riding style.

So, he approached Big Dave at PDC about designing a park/street oriented 22″ frame…one with a steeper head angle and other geo changes that would be a bit more agile than the dirt-oriented 22s that currently dominate the 22″ market.

A prototype was designed and Stahl and Big Dave rounded up a test crew to test the new frame. That crew consisted of Mad Mike, Ureal Stalling, Tim Timpe, John Wold and Nathan Steere.

The PDC Operator was born.

Two versions were designed: one with a 21.75″ top tube and another, a 22.75″ top tube. (Nathan Steere opted for the shorter one I believe, Matt Stahl the larger option…the other test riders are unknown as of press time)

Two colorways are also available: Claret (burgundy) and a seafoam Green (my personal fav).

The Seaform Green is the “Mad Mike color” and with every purchase of a PDC Operator frame in that color you’ll also receive some custom Steev Inge-designed Mad Mike stickers…nice little incentive there! (Editors note: Satin Black is also an option.)

Testing seemed to go well evidenced by some of the clips coming from the crew:

 

 

If this frame piques your interest don’t sleep on it though….the pre-order period for the first batch (which has already been extended once) ends this Friday…hit up PDC now!