Things started off innocently enough.
Last week SugarCayne posted a look at the new 2019 Haro Group 1 RS-1, 20″ Trails Edition.
The idea behind it was to make an updated version of the Group 1 (featuring modern geometry) with the classic colorway of the 80s.
(For context Haro has done a good job of re-imagining the classics from the modern age…with retro cruisers being some of their popular offerings.)
No doubt, there’s some great stuff on this bike: the frame and fork is full cro-mo, the bars are 9″, the classic Haro sprocket design makes an appearance and the 1978 parts round out the components.
However, it was an instant bummer to see that Haro had decided to go with a 21″ top tube for this bike (Cayne noted his reservation with this too).
As soon as I saw this, I instantly thought, “Why not just make it a 22″ (wheels & top tube)?”
After all, the people buying this are most likely older/bigger…and well, 22″ tend to also really shine at the trails.
Seemed like a no-brainer.
Apparently David Anderson over at 22-Inch BMX thought the same thing.
According to David,
“I thought, that needs to be a RS22.”
Then he mocked up an image for the 22-inch BMX group Facebook page “to show the minor changes that would need to be made to make it happen.”
He suggested the following geometry:
- Head Angle: 74.5 degrees
- Seat Tube Angle: 71.5 degrees
- Top Tube: 21.85″
- Chain Stay: 14″
- Seat Tube height: 10.25″
- Bottom Bracket 12-12.5″ (on 22″ wheels)
Seemed pretty legit to me.
The 22-Inch BMX group seemed to be very receptive to the ideas as well. Many wondered aloud (or at least commented) what would it take for Haro to do this?
Well, that’s when things escalated.
Haro’s John Buultjens saw the discussion and weighed in.
According to Buultjens, if 100 people express interest in buying a 22″ Group 1, Haro will make them!
Wasting little time, Anderson put together a poll on the 22-Inch BMX Facebook Group page to gauge interest.
They’re not quite at the 100 person mark yet but it’s only been a couple of days.
If this is something that might interest you, check out the poll and add your 2 cents.