First look: 22″ DK General Lee

With so much 22″ stuff in the pipeline set for release — much of it already on the radar with “sneak peeks” and the like — it’s kinda nice to get surprised with something unexpected.

Case in point, DK dropping the news in a cheeky instagram post (below) that a 22″ version of the iconic DK General Lee was coming out.

Word on the street is that the new rig shares the same geo as the 22″ DK Vega…and like the DK Vega, the 22″ General Lee will be full cro-mo.

Pretty cool.

If this comes in at anywhere near the pricepoint of the Vega (and why wouldn’t it?)…look out, because this bike is probably going to be a hot seller.

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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.

Big bars, back in the day

Think the big handlebar trend is strictly a new school thing?

Not exactly.

Back in the 80s, there were a few tall bar options…if you knew where to seek them out (and if you could find them!)

Case in point, the GT XT handlebars

Clocking in at a 10-3/4″ rise, these were tall before tall was cool.

The XT in the name stood for extra tall and, according to the ad, were “for tall pro’s.”

I don’t think Nelson Chanady (in the ad) was that tall…but he sure looks like he means business though, don’t he?

Fit Hoodbird frame: tall & steep

Morgan Long’s new signature frame lives up to it’s tall and steep billing with a 9.5” stand-over and a 5” head tube (that’s .375” taller than normal).

In fact, the Hoodbird with a 75.75 degree head angle is the tallest and steepest frame Fit Bikes has made to date.

It’s also built strong (in America) with a Supertherm front end, double gussets and 6mm dropouts…so it can take beating regardless of what hood you’re in (or what terrain you’re riding).

All of which adds up to a great frame if you’re looking for a tall, fast steering and strong ride.

Take a peek at Morgan Long putting it through its paces.

It looks like its ready for anything.

Check out the Fitbikeco site for all the specs.

12″ handlebars? Believe it

It seems like forever ago,  when S&M released the “Perfect 10” handlebar.

Many thought it was a joke (at first), but sure enough, the 10″ handlebar developed a following.

Granted, despite it burgeoning popularity, there were still plenty of detractors.

I distinctly recall a bike shop employee in California telling me the bars were “overkill” when I inquired if they had any in stock.

But, just when I thought Perfect 10s would be the absolute tallest BMX bars I would see…S&M brought out the “Elevenz“.

Now that’s tall.

Is there a market for them?

Well, considering that they’re sold out on the S&M site…signs point to yes.

That’s got to be the tallest, right?

Maybe not.

Today, S&M Bikes’ owner Chris Moeller dropped this picture on Instagram with the caption:

Custom @sandmbmx bars going to paint today – 5″ and 12″ rise. #shieldbmx

WTF?

Is this the next step in handlebars?

(And wouldn’t be great if they dubbed these “12 step” handlebars?)

Dang.

I don’t know…but I was surprised at how the other iterations of “big bars” took off …so it’s anyone’s guess.

12″ bars…who woulda thunk it?

2018 WTP Audio gets dirty

We got a first look of the 2018 We The People (WTP) Audio being put to the test a few weeks back by WTP pro, Felix Prangenberg.

Felix took the 22″ Audio out to the park and proceeded to shred with a combination of street and park moves.

Now, thanks to the wonders of Instagram, WTP has followed up with a post of Felix roasting the trails.

Dang, is there nothing this bike can’t do?

Seems to look pretty good just standing still too.

Watch for the new 22″Audio, along with a full range of 22″ parts, to hit WTP dealers in the latter part of the Summer.

Must-watch Monday

Easily one of the most influential riders in BMX, Taj Mihelich needs no introduction.

Taj left everything on the table in a Pro career that spanned from 1994 to 2009.

A severe back injury cut his Pro career short but his influence and legacy continues.

Ride BMX caught up with Taj to discuss his time as a pro rider and the transition he made to his life after riding which…surprise, suprise…still has a heavy bicycling element.

Do yourself a favor and check out this video.