Something new, something old

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.”

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Tioga OS20 PowerBlock S-Spec – We have had a huge demand in the past few months, but don’t fret OS20 fans, we are making these right now around the clock and will have tires back in stock soon! Race proven by the fastest racers from your local tracks to the top Elites, the PowerBlock is faithfully recreated in OS20 diameter. Every detail, from precise dimension of the center blocks to the optimal proportions of its shoulder tread, is scrutinized to ensure the OS20 PowerBlock fully takes advantage of its larger size. 20" IS FAST – OS20 is FAST2! What is OS20 PowerBlock? OS20 is NOT 22". OS20 is 20", but bigger. There are two wheel sizes under the 20" category – the 20" on Jr/mini bikes uses the 451mm diameter wheel in narrow widths (for 20-1/8" & 20-3/8" tires), and the conventional 20" which uses the smaller 406mm diameter wheel but in wider widths. OS20 is 451mm wheel diameter in widths similar to 406mm wheels. OS20 tires are not compatible with Jr/Mini sized rims; OS20 rims are not compatible with Jr/Mini sized tires.

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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.

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New OS20 bikes show up at Grands

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.

One company’s product in particular, generated quick a bit of buzz over the past few days. That product was Yess BMX’s 2018 concept prototype bike called Project2024.

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. 

 

The benefit?

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.

The SSquared tent showcased the debut of the SSquared Bicycles OS20 frame and  Answer BMX disk brake set up.

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)

OS20 overload from Standard

Oh man.

Just caught this on the socials today…Standard is busting out a rainbow of purty trans colored OS20 frames!

Trans gold, blue, red and green…Wow!

Here’s a better shot of the frames:

I would have a seriously hard time choosing a color from this lineup…they all look that good!

And if color ain’t your thing….clear over raw is pretty dialed too!

Hot damn, Standard’s OS20 game is tight!

 

All pics: Standard Bykes

Cult rider will make you a believer

We were pretty excited when we heard that Cult Bikes was testing a new race frame.

Well, that excitement is building because it appears that Cult Bikes is adding some heat to their racing program with CultCrew racer, Vick Behm.

Fast, stylish and ready to shred, Vick Behm looks like he’s ready to inject some fun into the (sometimes) too serious race scene.

Cult Bikes testing new race frame

Cult Bikes is no stranger to trying out new concepts beyond the typical 20″ freestyle bike…The Simpsons/CULT Duffman Cruiser and the new  26″ Devotion Cruiser are proof of that.

Now it looks like Cult owner, and former pro racer, Robbie Morales is going back to his roots with another concept.

At a recent National in Vegas, he had one of the Cult Crew racing a protype Cult race frame!

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Pull magazine managed to snag a pic (above)…so we have photographic evidence.

No word yet on specs or when (or if) these will go into production.

We’re going to be keeping our eyes peeled though.