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!
Oh man, it’s that time of year….
Bike companies are rolling out that new stuff. Shedding the skin* of the previous year’s lineup and getting hyped for the new model year.
Stolen’s updated their popular Spade complete with an appropriately trail-sy colorway.
Subrosa’s upsized their 22″ Malum complete bike from 21.5 top tube to one that is 22″. The raw with a hint of orange anno is super nice too.
DK’s back with the iconic 22″ General Lee in two colorways: the iconic orange Duke Boys orange and the Maximum Steel colorway,which sounds a bit like an 80s metal band, but is actually has nice blue/grey finish. The Maximum Steel is a limited run situation so don’t sleep on it if strikes your fancy.
Speaking of limited runs, FBM is also doing a run of their beauty 22″ Steadfast frames.…this time in two sizes: 22 3/4″ and 22″ top tube lengths. You can get these in one of three colorways: Sunburst, Tundra Green, Trans Brown.
Finally, Big Dave over at PDC collaborated with rider Matt Stahl to develop the 22″ Operator frame. Featuring a steeper head tube and more responsive geometry (than most trailsy 22″ frames). Matt, along with a bunch of other volunteer testers, are currently riding the prototypes and making final recommendations before it goes on the market. It looks real good though.
More on that in a followup post.
*I guess I got an a bit of a Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” kick there…
Answer BMX dropped the news recently on social media that they have a OS20 tire in the works.
A welcome development as the only tire game in town these days, OS20-wise, is Tioga. OS20 tires have been notoriously hard to find in the past little while so another brand option will definitely help a lot of people out.
However, those OS20 outages might be shortlived as Tioga also recently announced that they were ramping up production of the OS20 tires to meet the “huge demand in the past few months.”
It’s interesting to see how, when a new competitor appears, Tioga starts to suddenly address the building demand for OS20 tires.
Maybe now, Tioga will keep the OS20 at reasonable stock levels –and we don’t have to go through droughts of availability — if only because they want to maintain their market share.
Yess BMX is not shy about experimenting with new things (see their belt drive cruiser or their Project 2024) and it looks like they have cooked up something new again.
Introducing the 20os20 concept build.
The idea is to combine the smoothness of the OS20 steering with the gearing/tire/rollout selection of a regular 20″ race bike.
However, the concept isn’t entirely new.
Similar concepts have been tried in both motocross and downhill MTB.
Closer to the OS20/22″ side of things, United rider Kyle Forte experimented with running a 22″ front end on his 20″ (before making the switch to a full 22″ ride that ended up being his signature model, the KF22)
According to Forte in canyoudigitbmx.com:
This is when I decided to try a 22” front wheel & longer fork on the front of my UTD 20”. My thinking was that it would raise the front end & slack the head angle out & make the bike less twitchy & more relaxed. I tried it & looked a bit odd, but I could feel the difference. The main downside was that it made my bike super easy to loop out. From the success of the experiment, I really wanted to run a 22” on the rear & dial a frame in to suit me.
Will the big wheel in front/small wheel in back combo work in racing better than did for Forte at the trails?
Time will tell.