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.
In a recent Instagram post talking about the R&D on the 2019 Verde Spectrum 22 (photo below), Scott Towne dropped an interesting tidbit/soundbite.
Apparently, Mark “Lew” Lewman (of Freestylin’ magazine fame) floated the idea of a 22″ bike to Chris Moeller (of S&M) more than 20 years ago!
Back then, Lew was a lanky magazine editor that rode one of the larger 20″ bikes of the time, the Redline RL-20II.
According to Scott:
It should be noted that Mark Lewman, AKA Lew AKA @superlewman proposed the idea for an “in-between” sized bike with “maybe 22-inch wheels” as a new concept to Chris Moeller in the mid-1990s, but it just wasn’t yet the time. Lew was always ahead of the curve.
I guess the BMX world wasn’t ready then.
We sure are now.
FBM‘s scaled up 22″ Steadfast frame is getting some updates to make it even more dialed in for the trails.
New for this run, an increased headtube height (from 120mm to 127mm), a limited edition FBM 25th Anniversary head tube badge, and some snazzy new colors.
Here’s a how the specs/geo breaks down:
- Top Tube Length: 21-3/4″
- Heat Tube Angle: 74.25 degrees
- Head Tube Height: 127mm ( Taller for 2018 )
- Bottom Bracket Height: 12-1/8″
- Seat Tube Angle: 71 degrees
- Rear End Length: 14-1/8″ (slammed)
- Stand Over Height: 9-3/8″
In terms of colors, you have the choice of:
- Dark Butterscotch
Hard to go wrong with one of these frames.
Check out the FBM pre-order link before they’re gone.
After much anticipation/hinting that it would come…Subrosa has confirmed that they are rolling out a 22″ in their 2019 lineup.
Part of the Malum line (it goes by “Malum 22”) it appears to be solidly spec’d.
(It even comes stock with a Shadow Interlock chain which is a nice touch.)
In terms of frame specs/geo, this is what we’re working with:
- Head angle: 74 degrees
- Seat angle: 71 degrees
- Top Tube: 21.5″
- Chain stay: 14″
- Standover: 9″
The frame, fork & bars are 100% cro-mo.
(See everything else here)
Watch for these to be hitting your local Subrosa dealer any day now (if they’re not there already).
We’ve had a couple posts in the past tracking Josh Hult’s journey with his prototype 22″ Mongoose. Looks like he’s getting pretty comfortable with it by the looks of things.
Check out this post from the weekend where Josh throws down an epic double flip aboard his 22″.