When it comes to BMX, there’s only a handful of times we’ve seen brands try and step “outside of the box” so to speak with products that aren’t specifically related or attached to the bike directly. Subrosa have been doing some interesting things with some of these unique products like their Combat Locks and more recently, the Street Rail. For as long as pegs have been a thing, riders have been riding flat rails at skateparks or a flat rail designed for skateboarding or by building their own with some welding and fabrication skills. It’s kind of a surprise a brand hasn’t tried to release their own flat rail before Subrosa decided to make the move. Either way, since its release, we’ve been seeing this rail popping up in videos and at contests all over the world from sessions that well known pros all the way down to the young gun beginners have been getting in. We figured it would be a good idea to take a closer look at this rail and find out just what makes it so special.
Subrosa Street Rail
When you compare skateboarding and BMX, it’s pretty obvious that bikes need something a little stronger and durable to work with. The Subrosa Street Rail is made from hardened high tensile steel with a 2.25″ diameter, a length of 8 feet and a height of 18″ which makes it just about the perfect height for a good session without it feeling too low or too high. The rail is coated in a black paint that helps to keep it slick (with a light coat of wax) and some heat-treated 17mm hex bolts to keep everything together tight and some rubber pads on the feet to keep it from moving around on you.
The Subrosa Street Rail is designed to be easy to assemble and transport whether you’re getting a session in on your driveway, at your local park or hauling it around to street spots to make for some unique setups that you haven’t rode yet. The rail, which is 8 feet long, breaks down into two 4 foot long pieces, two legs, two feet and a few brackets and bolts that bring this all together to keep it sturdy and strong from the heaviest of sessions. The rail weighs in at 40 lbs of sturdy high tensil steel that is going to hold up to plenty of grinding.
Subrosa Street Rail Connector Adaptor
If that 8 foot length isn’t enough rail for you, that’s okay, we feel the same way quite frequently. Luckily, Subrosa also offer a connection kit that allows you to connect two or more of the rails together using a center joining tube, joining plate, two short bolts and 2 long bolts. 16 feet, 24 feet, 32 feet, 40 feet? As long as you have the rails and connectors you can go as long as you want.
Subrosa Street Rail A-Frame Adaptor
It doesn’t look like Subrosa are stopping at creating mega rails, above is a teaser for the A-Frame adaptor kit they’re currently working on as well that will allow for even more possibilities. We have a feeling this is just the start to different adaptors we’ll be seeing as well.
Overall, the Subrosa Street Rail is one of those products that we didn’t see coming, but we’re glad it happened. Yeah, we wish the rail was a little longer, but from a logistics point of view the 8 foot length makes plenty of sense and allows for some great sessions wherever you set it up. In general, this is one of those things that pretty much any rider could benefit from unless you’re strictly a racer, trails or flatland rider, haha. Do we think it’s worth buying? Yeah, definitely. We use our rail pretty frequently just to catch a quick 15 minute or so session during a busy day which is pretty nice.
The Subrosa Street Rail is available worldwide through BMX Shops and mail-orders for around $199.99 with the adaptor for $24.99 now.
You can find out more about Subrosa and their products by visiting their website — SubrosaBrand.com
What we want to know is, how soon it will be before we start seeing some other options similar to the Street Rail coming from other brands? It’s bound to happen and a little competition will probably lead to some more interesting things for us to ride, haha!
Below is a little video that I whipped up from a quick session the other day.
After about three weeks of not being able to ride due to some stretched out ligaments in my ankle, I decided I’d give the ankle a test and get a quick session in on the Subrosa Street Rail that had been tempting me every day that I couldn’t actually ride when I would go out to the garage. Here’s a quick video from the session where I decided to see if I could get a halfway decent double peg to manual to 180 on the driveway without completely pissing my ankle off once again… I managed to piss off my ankle and get a pretty sketchy version of the trick I set out to do before calling it off and wrapping the ankle up with ice before it swelled up too much once again.
“A few weekends ago we hosted the first (of many) Subrosa Street Rail Jams!
We picked 3 spots around Orlando and upgraded them all with a bunch of Subrosa Street Rails, flew in Subrosa riders Kevin Kalkoff and Matt Ray, and invited everyone to come out for some good times and prizes.
We took a loading dock, an empty parking lot, and an abandoned stair set and turned them into some heated sessions with about 60-70 riders!
Thanks to everyone who came out to shred! Congrats to Kyran Montes for taking the overall win, and Keadre Lindo for taking the very close runner up award! They both went home with their own Subrosa Street Rails.
Stay tuned for info on the next jam, and hit up your local shop and let them know that you want them to host an official Subrosa Street Rail Jam!”