Big bars, back in the day

Think the big handlebar trend is strictly a new school thing?

Not exactly.

Back in the 80s, there were a few tall bar options…if you knew where to seek them out (and if you could find them!)

Case in point, the GT XT handlebars

Clocking in at a 10-3/4″ rise, these were tall before tall was cool.

The XT in the name stood for extra tall and, according to the ad, were “for tall pro’s.”

I don’t think Nelson Chanady (in the ad) was that tall…but he sure looks like he means business though, don’t he?

Fit Hoodbird frame: tall & steep

Morgan Long’s new signature frame lives up to it’s tall and steep billing with a 9.5” stand-over and a 5” head tube (that’s .375” taller than normal).

In fact, the Hoodbird with a 75.75 degree head angle is the tallest and steepest frame Fit Bikes has made to date.

It’s also built strong (in America) with a Supertherm front end, double gussets and 6mm dropouts…so it can take beating regardless of what hood you’re in (or what terrain you’re riding).

All of which adds up to a great frame if you’re looking for a tall, fast steering and strong ride.

Take a peek at Morgan Long putting it through its paces.

It looks like its ready for anything.

Check out the Fitbikeco site for all the specs.

12″ handlebars? Believe it

It seems like forever ago,  when S&M released the “Perfect 10” handlebar.

Many thought it was a joke (at first), but sure enough, the 10″ handlebar developed a following.

Granted, despite it burgeoning popularity, there were still plenty of detractors.

I distinctly recall a bike shop employee in California telling me the bars were “overkill” when I inquired if they had any in stock.

But, just when I thought Perfect 10s would be the absolute tallest BMX bars I would see…S&M brought out the “Elevenz“.

Now that’s tall.

Is there a market for them?

Well, considering that they’re sold out on the S&M site…signs point to yes.

That’s got to be the tallest, right?

Maybe not.

Today, S&M Bikes’ owner Chris Moeller dropped this picture on Instagram with the caption:

Custom @sandmbmx bars going to paint today – 5″ and 12″ rise. #shieldbmx

WTF?

Is this the next step in handlebars?

(And wouldn’t be great if they dubbed these “12 step” handlebars?)

Dang.

I don’t know…but I was surprised at how the other iterations of “big bars” took off …so it’s anyone’s guess.

12″ bars…who woulda thunk it?

2018 WTP Audio gets dirty

We got a first look of the 2018 We The People (WTP) Audio being put to the test a few weeks back by WTP pro, Felix Prangenberg.

Felix took the 22″ Audio out to the park and proceeded to shred with a combination of street and park moves.

Now, thanks to the wonders of Instagram, WTP has followed up with a post of Felix roasting the trails.

Dang, is there nothing this bike can’t do?

Seems to look pretty good just standing still too.

Watch for the new 22″Audio, along with a full range of 22″ parts, to hit WTP dealers in the latter part of the Summer.

Must-watch Monday

Easily one of the most influential riders in BMX, Taj Mihelich needs no introduction.

Taj left everything on the table in a Pro career that spanned from 1994 to 2009.

A severe back injury cut his Pro career short but his influence and legacy continues.

Ride BMX caught up with Taj to discuss his time as a pro rider and the transition he made to his life after riding which…surprise, suprise…still has a heavy bicycling element.

Do yourself a favor and check out this video.

First look: 2018 WTP Audio

Ever since we heard We The People (WTP) had jumped on the 22″ wagon, we were anxious to see what they had up their sleeve.

They teased us with pictures of their new 22″ tires and teased us with the news that a full-blown complete was on the way.

Well, this week, we got more “details” on the new 22″ complete from WTP.

The details being it that it passed the “shred test” by WTP pro, Felix Prangenberg.

WTP filmed him riding the 22″ Audio complete and if I can quote their Insta page,

   We gave [him the bike] to ride for the day and man did he put this thing to   work.

Did he ever…

This bike definitely has chops.

According to WTP, the complete will be hitting shops this August.

I would suggest bugging your WTP dealer now.

I suspect these are going to be pretty popular.

More 22″ stuff from Stolen & WTP on the way

BMX Union posted an article earlier this week on the rise of the 22″ BMX bike.

It covered most of the backstory of this niche of BMX, including some of the more recent developments we’ve covered as of late on this site, including the new 22″ We The People (WTP) tires and the new 22″ Deluxe frame sets.

The article also served to prompt a couple of major name companies to weigh in with announcements of their own in regard to some of their pending 22″ offerings.

We The People announced they will be introducing a mid-range complete 22″ bike (!), along with an aftermarket frame, forks, rims, tires and a complete wheel set. Salt (the WTP sub-brand) will also be offering an affordable pricepoint 22″ wheelset.

If you follow the Big and Tall BMX insta page, you are already partially in the know about the next announcement.

Stolen is already shipping 22″ wheelsets and rims out.

@stolenbikeco is on the #22inch train! 22" Rampage wheels available now. #bigandtallbmx

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What’s new, however, is the news that Stolen Bikes (in collaboration with Fiction) will be offering the following 22″ items in June:

  • Stolen “Spade Pro” 22-inch frame
  • Stolen Spade complete bike
  • Fiction Troop Tire in 22 x 2.30 size

Yowza!

We definitely won’t be hurting for choice on the 22″ front this year.

Great news all around.