First look: 22″ Stolen Spade

We’ve waiting a while to check out Stolen’s 2018 22″ offering and it has definitely been worth the wait!

And you know with a name like “Spade” you just know this rig was designed with the trails in mind.

The Stolen Spade sports a full cro-mo frame, fork and bars and is available in a black or copper finish. (A Spade Pro frameset is also available in polished raw.)

Here’s how the specs break down:

  • Head tube angle: 74.25°
  • Seat tube angle: 71°
  • Top tube: 22.25″
  • Chainstays: 14.1″ slammed/14.3″ C-Cs

The S-bend chainstays also provide ample fat tire clearance.

Hot damn, this looks good.

BF22: back in black for 2018

Fitbikeco’s BF22 is returning to the Fit lineup for the 2018 model year.

This time it’s back in trans black with a full (yes!) cro-mo frame.

Chris Moeller dropped a teaser pic of it the other day…and boy, does it ever look nice!

It seemed that the only “complaint” with the BF22 last year was the frame not being full cro-mo…with that addressed, Fit just made a good complete bike even better.

Which is good timing given that with so many new (and updated) 22s hitting the market… bike buyers are going to have a lot of choice…and bike companies can’t be seen as not offering the best bang for the buck.

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.

All along the High Tower

We’re all about big setups here, so when we came across this custom build by Pedal Driven Cycles we were stoked!

23.5" top tube custom 22" wheel machine. Big bike for a big man @stahl4130 @22inchbmx #bmx #americanmade #athensgamade

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You’re looking at an American-made 23.5″ top tube, 22″ wheel frame…yowza!

Peep these specs:

  • 74.5° head tube
  • 71° seat tube
  • 23.5 top tube
  • 14-14.7″ chain stay
  • 12.25 bottom bracket
  • 10″ stand over

Definitely a big bike for a big dude.

Built up for Matt Stahl (who has since dubbed it “The Hightower”) this frame probably has got a lot of bigger guys scratching their chins and contemplating going the custom route.

I know it has for me!

Have a peek at it all put together.

Looks so dialed!

 

*This post is best read with this turned up loud.

Upsizing a 20-inch Haro XL to OS20

Jack Hoobler got a hold of us recently to tell us about his Haro OS20 that was built up for him by Marysville Bike Shop in Washington state.

According to Jack, the shop is pushing 22 and OS20 wheels in a a big way, even going so far as keeping a large stock of OS20 rims and tires on hand in-store.

What’s interesting about his setup is that Jack’s Haro is actually a 20″ Pro XL with OS20 wheels added to it.

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The impetus for the “upgrade” was Jack complaining to the folks at the shop about how hard it was to go from his Downhill bike to his 20″.

They suggested that he try out the Doublecross they had built up with OS20 wheels.

However, instead of hopping on the Doublecross, he decided to borrow the wheels and have them installed on his Haro.

The result?

He was skeptical at first about the bottom bracket being too high, but he says the bike now feels perfect. Everything lined up well…including the brakes! He was even able to keep the rear wheel slammed.

jack-hoobler-haro-race

Looks like an awesome setup.

Apparently the Marysville Bike Shop has a couple more OS20 builds/experiments underway as well.

Looking forward to checking them in the (hopefully) near future!

Interesting tidbits from Indust

Indust got the interwebs buzzing early today with the news that they did another limited run of frames with Pedal Driven Cycles!

The frames are raw and coated in oil to prevent rust (…and look sweet)

The specs are as follows:

  • Headtube: 74 degrees
  • Top Tube: 21-5/8″ or 21-3/4″
  • 12-3/8″ Bottom Bracket
  • 8-7/8″ Stand Over

To top things off, Indust also updated their products page with a bunch of new swag/products to rep the Indust name.

indust-swag

Definitely some good looking stuff there.

Check it.

 

Keeping things serious

It’s been a while so I thought I would get back into the swing of things with a super serious post.

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This older clip of Nick Sawyers getting some serious sessioning in should do the trick.

Yesterday's session got pretty serious. @lukeshutts 🎥 #wetlandsbmx #mtblines #22inchbmx #bmx

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