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.
You can add Verde to the list of companies jumping on the 22″ bandwagon.
Frankly, it’s getting to the point that it seems weird when a BMX company doesn’t offer a 22″ option…it just goes to show how far the 22″ movement has come in just the last few years.
In terms of Verde’s 22″ offering, the 22″Spectrum, it’s spec’ed out with a tri-moly frame, full chromoly fork and bars, double-wall rims, and a Verde Neutra drivetrain.
The 320mm Verde one-piece alloy Pivotal post and tanwall (yes!) tires are nice touches as well.
In the colorway department, matte black or matte slate (grey) are your options.
Not too shabby for a first outing in the 22″ category…good job Verde!