Dan Atherton of “The Athertons” fame (and a long distinguished MTB career…along with his talented siblings) has debuted a new 22″ titanium BMX bike.
This comes as a surprise given that what was expected from this Atherton Bikes company was mountain bikes, and possibly some enduro and e-bikes (heaven forbid).
According to Dan, he’s “been working with @tedjamesdesign for over a year on this beauty, anyone that knows Ted James knows how passionate he is about bikes and that passion comes out in the way he builds frames”.
Granted, it’s still only a prototype…but wow, is it hawt!
All titanium with a disc brake!
Dan seems pretty stoked on it if you can go by this picture.
Over on PinkBike, who were ones to break the story (after Instagram, of course), Atherton jumped into the comments with this explanation/teaser:
Cheers for the comments guys, this bike is very much a prototype at the moment with no plans to sell it as yet, i basically had this bike built because i like riding big jumps on my BMX, and coming from Wales where the jumps are not super smooth it made sense to run 22″ wheels, i also wanted a disk because anyone who has ridden Big, Fast, Downhill jumps knows that having a reliable brake gives a lot of confidence!! Myself, Ted James and Atherton Bikes have been blown away by the positive response to this bike and if it becomes clear there is a market for this type of bike then maybe we could make something happen!!
“Maybe we could make something happen?”
Sounds pretty promising.
For now, I just want to see some riding clips of Atherton ripping on this thing…I need some shred!
Chris Moeller (of S&M bikes) floated the idea of a 22″ X 1.95 race tire some time ago (back in 2016, I think) but for whatever reason they never seemed to make it to market.
Many people have made do with the slimmer of the current offerings (if they wanted to race their 22s)…but I suspect many silently grumbled about the weight penalty of the more street/trail-designed rubber when they used them at the track.
You might also remember that ORP BMX tried to engineer their own solution by mounting OS20 tires to 22″ wheels.
Not a bad interim fix, but ORP themselves admitted they were a bear to mount. It also goes without saying that whenever it came time to swap out the tire (or tube) if a flat or blowout occurred….well, that’s probably not going to be the most pleasant experience either.
Anyway, back to the present day….
Moeller recently asked on his Instagram if S&M should make smaller size racing tires…and that he was considering opening up a new mold to do so (presumably if interest was there).
Well, that prompted this exchange between John Paul Rogers (S&M alum/BMX enthusiast) and Moeller:
jpr_fla Produce light weight 22” tires & wheel sets that aren’t monster truck size, my back hurts. Harry Leary came up with Turbo Lite tires & wheels in the 80s. There has to be at least 40-50 people worldwide that want this.
moeller_chris @jpr_fla basically a 22” race tire in our 1.95 size. It’s actually a good idea.
Of course, after a number of comments followed from a number of 22″ aficionados (myself included) asking for 22 X 1.95 option.
Will this be enough to convince Moeller to open a mold for a 22″ X 1.95 Trackmark tire?
I can’t be sure at this point but I’m hopeful.
Heck, S&M’s offering 26″ and 29″ tires these days…so I think there’s got a be some love for the 22″ crowd for a more race-friendly tire option.
(And..I have my fingers crossed that they get them out by summer so I can throw them on my own rig for racing.)
S&M rider Trevor Sigloch recently debuted his signature 20″ frame (the DTF) with features befitting his tall stature…most notably a 5″ headtube and a 9.25″ standover.
You can check that out in his “What I ride” clip that came out in early December.
Now that it’s 2019, Trevor has stepped things up a bit by dropping a brand new edit called, “I need my Dubs”.
The cool thing about this particular piece of footage is that Trevor is hitting the streets, parks and the dirt aboard a 22″ S&M ATF.
His 22″ setup is pretty sweet too…in addition to the aforementioned ATF frame….it’s got some Hoder Bars, 22″ Revenge wheels, Speedball tires and (to keep things moto) a stylish crossbar pad.
Pretty stoked on this…let’s keep those 22″ edits coming!
One of Odyssey’s more popular “big” handlebars just got bigger.
The new Lumberjack XXL bars are a full 9.8″ high and 30′ wide (both wider and taller than its predecessor the Lumberjack XL). Rounding out the spec sheet, these bars sport a 11° backsweep and 2° upsweep.
Other notables are multi-butted main tubing and Odyssey’s 41-Thermal Lifetime Warranty…which means, in layman’s terms, these bars will take whatever you throw at them.
Nice upgrade by Odyssey.
Chris Rantell is another convert to the 22″ movement.
Chris is a BMXer from way back and has done his time with 20″, 24″ and 26″ bikes.
Sunday even featured him on their site doing a Wallride on a Sunday Model C during the 420 Jam a few years back.
Despite being able to shred on all those sizes of bikes…apparently something was still missing.
According to Chris:
26 was more cruiser based but the 24 was meant to be a bmx bike and it just never felt like it to me.
The 22 on the other hand?
First time I got on it it 180’d perfect. 24 hop stuff is hard. Top tubes on most [22s] are also around 22 which gives more foot clearance. Honestly it really truly felt like just a scaled-up bmx and I just felt like my back is straighter.
Chris documented some of his first session of really riding his 22″ at Joyride 150 bike park (see below) a few days ago.
As the clips show it looks like the 22″ hits the right spot for his height and riding style.
Hope to see more 22″ clips from this guy.
Tired of the limited color choices in OS20 wheels?
TNT Bicycles may just have the solution to what ails you.
TNT has done a small run of OS20* rims in multiple colors (see below) to add a little flair to your OS20 ride.
They clock in at 435 grams (per rim) and retail for $49.95 (US) per rim.
I’m kinda partial to that gold anno myself.
Hit up TNT Bicycles for all the particulars…and maybe do it soon?
Remember the “small run” part above…
*Or 451mm for you metric types.
The sneak peeks and teases are over because the new Fit Twenty-Two is out!
FitbikeCo just released their 2019 Catalog that goes into all the specs and details of the new 22″ with some cool riding shots to accompany all the technical information.
What’s even cooler is that the S&M/Fit product team put together a “behind the scenes” video to give some more background into the thinking behind the bikes and how they are presented.
I grabbed a couple screen shots of Chris Moeller — for your viewing pleasure — who ended up being the “catalog model” for the Fit Twenty-Two bike (you’ll learn why in the video).
Definitely something worthwhile to check out.
Have a peek below.