Today was day one of Frost Bike up at Quality Bikes in Bloomington, Minnesota. I was lucky enough to be able to get into it and check it all out. I snapped a bunch of photos and got some video as you can see below. I will try and remember all the details going on with the BMX brands that Quality carries.
The photo above was just quick shot of the section that had all of the BMX stuff in it. Frostbike is about 1/15th the size of Interbike so it wasn’t completely overwhelming trying to check out everything. I actually made it around the whole place during a single phone call, so that’s about how small it is. However, the event is just for shop owners to get a chance to meet with the company owners and employees, and check out what’s going on at Quality. I was lucky to even get in.
So, lets get some photos going… Check out the photos and then I will explain what each company is up to, at least from what I can remember.
Jim is going to kill me for that first photo. I did the sneak a photo game on him. Sunday! had a booth set up showing off all of the usual gear. They really haven’t changed up too much since Interbike so you get the 22″, Model C, then the colorways of the bars, forks, and frames of course. The biggest news was that Jim got half of the trailer for the Sunday video today. Yes, half… I don’t know either. He said the video should be dropping in the next month though! That should be a killer video for sure. Other than that, and Jim doing aligator wrestlers on the 22″, it’s business as usual. Oh, if you didn’t know Minnesota’s Reed Stark, and Seth Peterson are on Sunday flow now too. They both were around today to hang out so that was cool. I’m working on getting Reed his interview after I post this article so get stoked to see that.
Nuno was enjoying going from the California sun to Minnesota’s fresh couple of inches of snow. Along with him came a few of the new Flatware products from Odyssey. If you look at the photos closely you can see the prototype flatware forks, plegs, and bars from that new line for Terry Adams. Chase Hawk will have some signature grips coming out also. Other than that, the other news was the G-Spokes finally should be that much closer to going into production and becoming available. I forgot to grab one of those posters from the Electronical team shot. That probably has to be one of my favorite photos of all time for some reason. I can’t say there was too much other big things going on outside of that.
The Eastern dudes were in the building today too. While they weren’t playing on their phones, and taking Facebook photos, there was some talk of actual BMX and company related things. It sounds like Eastern will have a TON of new products coming out this year from low end products to high end. There should be a story on VitalBMX soon about Eastern that explains all of this so I will try and avoid getting too much further into that. They will have some new cranks available sometime next week, and they will no longer be doing the whole mountain bike thing besides the dirt jumper up above. Their freecoaster should be out sometime soon also. It was a bummer that the box with some of the new stuff didn’t actually make it up in time for Frost Bike. The Eastern video is in the works, Eric Holley and Nick Anderson are down close to the Eastern warehouse so they have been getting a lot of filming done for the video.
Other than that, besides talking about horror movies being filmed in their warehouse, and crazy dudes growing organic mushrooms in their basement there didn’t seem to be too much else going on.
Charlie was holding down the Profile booth today. Profile has been kicking a lot of ass lately getting together a bunch of colorways going for their products for sure. If I remember right they have 9 different colors available now. Not too bad option wise for somebody who is into having a bike that looks good. There should be a little special interview about Profile up sometime next week. It’s going to be good! Make sure you check back for that.
The Fly had a booth similar to the one they had at Interbike. The biggest changes were the Kevin Porter signature Tierra with the grande back end, some new colorways, and all that fun stuff. I didn’t actually get the chance to talk to anybody representing Fly. Since that happened, I don’t really have any special news about that for you.
Alienation had a few new products to show off today. They are now making tires, and offer the Skylark rim. The Skylark is a beefier version of the Deviant rim which was designed for racing. They also have a new version of the pivitol seat post in the works that will allow for forward and back adjustment. That will be interesting to see how that works out after they get a few prototypes together.
There was a few new things from UGP. Obviously, their clothing is all recent and pretty new. They also had a few new seats including the new more flatland specific models. It was cool to talk to Chad DeGroot for a while too, that guy always has a good story to hear.
I won’t lie, I really didn’t talk to anyone from Stolen. It seemed like everytime I walked by there was a Quality employee running it for them, similar to that of Jay who is in the photo above. It looked like basically all of their usual stuff. They had a Sunday all built up with their new parts kit. Basically, they got everything to build a complete and you pick the frame. That was pretty cool. I was still a little confused why they used the Sunday frame and not their own to show it off but what do I know?
So, that would be Frost bike for you. It was a real chill event that lead to finding out some fresh info for some of you. A big ups to Todd Johnson for getting me on the list so I could get in there today. Below is just a video of all the product, so if the photos didn’t do enough for you, check that thing out.