22″ race tires back on the table?

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.)

A 22″ Haro trails machine? Maybe…

Things started off innocently enough.

Last week  SugarCayne posted a look at the new 2019 Haro Group 1 RS-1, 20″ Trails Edition.

The idea behind it was to make an updated version of the Group 1 (featuring modern geometry) with the classic colorway of the 80s.

(For context Haro has done a good job of re-imagining the classics from the modern age…with retro cruisers being some of their popular offerings.)

No doubt, there’s some great stuff on this bike: the frame and fork is full cro-mo, the bars are 9″, the classic Haro sprocket design makes an appearance and the 1978 parts round out the components.

However, it was an instant bummer to see that Haro had decided to go with a 21″ top tube for this bike (Cayne noted his reservation with this too).

As soon as I saw this, I instantly thought, “Why not just make it a 22″ (wheels & top tube)?

After all, the people buying this are most likely older/bigger…and well, 22″ tend to also really shine at the trails.

Seemed like a no-brainer.

Apparently David Anderson over at 22-Inch BMX thought the same thing.

According to David,

 “I thought, that needs to be a RS22.”

Then he mocked up an image for the 22-inch BMX group Facebook page  “to show the minor changes that would need to be made to make it happen.”

He suggested the following geometry:

  • Head Angle: 74.5 degrees
  • Seat Tube Angle: 71.5 degrees
  • Top Tube: 21.85″
  • Chain Stay: 14″
  • Seat Tube height: 10.25″
  • Bottom Bracket 12-12.5″ (on 22″ wheels)

Seemed pretty legit to me.

The 22-Inch BMX group seemed to be very receptive to the ideas as well. Many wondered aloud (or at least commented) what would it take for Haro to do this?

Well, that’s when things escalated.

Haro’s John Buultjens saw the discussion and weighed in.

According to Buultjens, if 100 people express interest in buying  a 22″ Group 1, Haro will make them!

Wasting little time, Anderson put together a poll on the 22-Inch BMX Facebook Group page to gauge interest.

They’re not quite at the 100 person mark yet but it’s only been a couple of days.

If this is something that might interest you, check out the poll and add your 2 cents.

Trevor Sigloch’s 22″ edit rolls out

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!

Odyssey Lumberjack bars get bigger

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.

 

Framed Bikes’ new 22″ Defendant priced to fly

Framed Bikes, out of Minnesota, is focused on making fun bikes that aren’t expensive.

This past weekend, they dropped the news on social media that they were going to be adding a 22″ BMX bike called the “Defendant” to their lineup.

The Defendant is available in two trim levels, an entry level high-ten (frame/fork) version and a Pro version with a full cro-mo frame and fork.

The crazy thing is that even though it is dubbed the “Pro” version –and is full cro-mo with sealed components (minus the looseball headset)..it currently retails for the decidely non-pro price of just under $320 US.

Wow.

That is very a good price for a full cro-mo complete.

Now the full geo hasn’t been posted yet (most notably the head angle and seat angle) but what has been posted is looking pretty promising:

  • Top Tube: 22″
  • Seat Tube: 10.5″
  • Chain Stay: 14.5″
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 12.5″

Not too shabby.

In the clip below, Brandon (from Framed Bikes) does a walk through of the 22″ Defendant, showcasing some of the key features and explaining some of the thinking behind the bike.

Keep in mind, Framed Bikes is a direct-to-consumer outfit so you won’t be able to hit up your regular bike shop or mail order for one of these. They are only available via framedbikes.com or the-house.com.

 

At this price-point, I think we’re going to see even more people taking the plunge and experimenting with 22″ bikes…and that’s a good thing in my books.

 

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)

Another 22″ convert

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.