The 22″ WTP Audio returns for 2020 in an eye-catching translucent blue package. This thing looks bad ass!
Which is not to say that the previous iterations looked bad…it’s just that this model takes thing to a whole other level (and I’m also a sucker for trans blue frames).
But the improvements on the 2020 Audio are more than just cosmetic. New additions for this model year are the Logic Stem and the Supply Chain.
More importantly the fork has been updated to be sturdier, with a “bombproof steer tube/crown area”…a welcome bit of news for 22” riders that sometimes cast a wary eye toward the forks that have come on some complete bikes (from a variety of companies) in the past.
Pair all that with their high end Logic wheels and grippy Overbite tires and you have one impressive 22″ machine.
Where once there was a dearth of good tire options in the 22″ market…now it seems that tire choices in this area are slowly but surely ramping up.
Currently, you have some solid choices —from different companies, even–so that’s a positive sign no matter how you slice it.
With that being said, there are still some gaps in today’s current 22″ tire options.
There are two big ones (in my opinion):
One being a suitable/skinnier race tire…S&M has hinted at it…but so far, it doesn’t look like it has made it past the prototype stage.
The second, color options beyond the basic black. Sure it goes with anything…but with color options becoming a thing again in the 20″ world…it would be nice if the industry threw 22″ riders a bone here too.
Turns out We The People (WTP) is working on bridging at least one of these gaps.
That is, a color option beyond the basic black.
WTP is offering a “brown with black sidewall option” on their new-ish Overbite tires (which we wrote about before when they first jumped on the 22″ bandwagon).
It’s a small step, but hopefully one that will lead us to getting more tire color options in the future.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
BMX Union posted an article earlier this week on the rise of the 22″ BMX bike.
It covered most of the backstory of this niche of BMX, including some of the more recent developments we’ve covered as of late on this site, including the new 22″ We The People (WTP) tires and the new 22″ Deluxe frame sets.
The article also served to prompt a couple of major name companies to weigh in with announcements of their own in regard to some of their pending 22″ offerings.
We The People announced they will be introducing a mid-range complete 22″ bike (!), along with an aftermarket frame, forks, rims, tires and a complete wheel set. Salt (the WTP sub-brand) will also be offering an affordable pricepoint 22″ wheelset.
If you follow the Big and Tall BMX insta page, you are already partially in the know about the next announcement.
Stolen is already shipping 22″ wheelsets and rims out.
What’s new, however, is the news that Stolen Bikes (in collaboration with Fiction) will be offering the following 22″ items in June:
- Stolen “Spade Pro” 22-inch frame
- Stolen Spade complete bike
- Fiction Troop Tire in 22 x 2.30 size
We definitely won’t be hurting for choice on the 22″ front this year.
Great news all around.
When We The People (WTP) dropped a teaser the other day saying that their new Overbite tire would be “…coming soon in some sizes that might just surprise you”…they weren’t kidding!
If you haven’t heard, well…maybe you should sit down for this…WTP is releasing their new tire in a 22″ size!
From what I can tell, the tire is low-profile, 2.3″ wide and 100 PSI.
For a company that has made a name for themselves with their high-quality completes…I can’t help but imagine that a 22″ complete can’t be far behind this news.
And if that’s the case…the 22″ complete market just got a little more crowded, and a lot more competitive.
Which is a big win for you, if you’re shopping for a 22″ complete.