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.