Is it time for a new BMX fork or BMX Bars? The crew at BSD have just released their Raider, Zing, Giraffic and Passenger bars, along with their Acid Fork in this new Stainless colorway! Each of the bars and the fork are available through BMX shops and mail-orders that carry BSD worldwide. You can check out more photos and get full details on each of the parts on the BSD website.
The crew at Colony have just released their Hardy 4-Piece Bars in a new, larger size. The Hardy Big Dog Bars are made from full post-weld heat-treated 4130 butted chromoly tubing with a 9.3″ rise, 28″ width, 10.5-degrees of backsweep and 2-degrees of upsweep. If that’s a little too big for you, the original Hardy bars are available in 8.65″ with the same geometry.
The Hardy Big Dog 4-piece bars come in gloss black and chrome and a weight of 32.1 oz. Available through BMX Shops and mail-orders that carry Colony worldwide now.
The latest version of Shawn McIntosh‘s signature bars from Fit Bike Co. are going big. The Mac-10 Bars are Fit’s biggest bars out right now. These bars are made right here in the U.S.A from butted 4130 chromoly tubing with dual radius bends for increased strength a 10″ rise, 29″ width, 11-degrees of backsweep, 4-degrees of upsweep and a crossbar height of 11.34″.
The Mac-10 bars come in matte black, dark green and matte grey with a weight of 1.9 lbs. and a price tag of $59.99. Available through BMX shops and mail-orders that carry Fit Bike Co. worldwide now.
The crew over at Volume Bikes have picked out a few unique colors for 2017. A few weeks back we took a look at the new 2017 Oreo Colorway, now today we get a look at the new Thunder Blue color that is available on the War Horse frame and bars, the Anchor Fork and the Maddog Bars. Take a closer look at each one (minus the Demarcus bars since there wasn’t a photo to work with) and then hit up your favorite BMX shop or mail-order that carries Volume Bikes to pick this up.
The new Broc Raiford signature Oreo colorway from Volume Bikes has arrived, This color can be found on Broc’s signature Vessel frame, Anchor fork and Captain bars and is currently available through BMX shops and mail-orders that carry Volume Bikes worldwide. Curious about specs and details? Get full details below…
Vessel V2 Frame
The Vessel V2 frame from Volume Bikes is made from full 4130 chromoly tubing with a 75-degree head tube angle, 71-degree seat tube angle, 11.7″ bottom bracket height, 9.25″ standover height and a 13.25″ – 13.75″ chainstay length. You can find an integrated head tube that has an hourglass shape, top and down tube gussets, an integrated seat post clamp, Mid bottom bracket, rounded seat and chainstay bridges and a wider rear triangle for 2.40″ tire clearance, heat-treated 7mm thick Investment Cast dropouts with integrated chain tensioners and removable brake mounts.
The Vessel V2 frame comes in 20.75″, 21″ and 21.25″ top tube lengths, colors of Oreo, Black and Black with Blue Splatter, a weight of 5 lbs. 2 oz. (20.75″) and a price tag of $329.99.
Broc Raiford’s signature Captain 2-piece bars are made from fully heat-treated, 13-butted 4130 chromoly tubing with three rise options; 9″, 9.25″ and 9.50″, with a 28.5″ width, 10-degrees of backsweep, 2-degrees of upsweep, a crossbar height of 6.75″ and a crossbar width of 11.3″.
The Captain bars are available in colors of Oreo, gloss black, chrome and black with blue splatter, weigh in at 33.5 oz. and cost $67.99 – $73.99 depending on color. The Oreo color is $73.99.
Anchor V2 Fork
The final piece to the kit, the Anchor V2 fork, is made from fully heat-treated 4130 chromoly tubing with a 163mm long one-piece steerer tube with an integrated crown race, tapered legs and investment cast dropouts with a 28mm offset. You can find a small Anchor logo brazed on at the bridge.
The Anchor V2 fork is available in Oreo, matte rust, Thunder blue, black, chrome and black with blue splatter, a weight of 34.8 oz. and a price tag of $139.99 – $149.99 depending on color. The Oreo color is available for $149.99.
That’s a look at the new Broc Raiford signature Oreo colorway on his signature Vessel V2 frame, Captain bars and Anchor V2 fork. As we mentioned up top, everything you see here is available now through BMX shops and mail-orders that carry Volume Bikes worldwide now.
If you have ever looked at BMX bike or frames and parts, there’s a good chance you have memorized some of the “standard” features you find on bikes. For example, on BMX frames you can find integrated head tubes, Mid bottom brackets, 14mm dropouts and seat tubes that have a 25.4mm diameter to fit posts. Having standard sizes is important because it makes things more universal for all brands to create products for riders. That also helps riders to know that if they buy something for their bike, it will fit.
However, over the years we have seen “standards” change to new sizes or styles of production that can make bikes stronger, easier to work on and maintain and overall look better. Prior to the Integrated headset, we had the American headset which required pounding in two cups into the head tube and it wasn’t uncommon for them to crack from the wear and tear riding put on them. S&M Bikes were the first to introduce the integrated head tube (Learn about that here: Drawing Board: S&M Bikes an the Integrated Headset) and it quickly took BMX over and became an industry standard due to how much easier and cleaner it made things.
For the past two years the crew over at Wethepeople and Eclat have been working on moving BMX in a new direction when it comes to their handlebars and stems. Currently virtually all BMX handlebars and stems are designed around a 22.2mm size, which would be the diameter of the tubing on the handlebars where you can find the knurling for the stem to clamp down. It’s the standard size, everyone has been using this size for years and you know when you buy a pair of bars or stem, it will be compatible.
The crew at Wethepeople and Eclat have decided to sail in a new direction, by offering bars and a stem that are made for a 25.4mm size. For example, we have the new Strangler bars and Slattery stem featured here, both of which have that 25.4mm size. If you also ride mountain bikes, you are familiar with that 25.4mm size, since it’s one of the common sizes found over in that world. Just looking at the photo above, you might not notice the difference in size, but if you compare the lower crossbar to the top cross bar a little closer, it’s pretty easy to see the difference in size.
So, why the bigger size? Ultimately the goal was to create a stronger pair of bars. By having a larger diameter tube on the bottom where the stem clamps down, Eclat have given their bars more strength because of the larger diameter tubing leaves more surface area for clamping, which should decrease slip. Also with that larger tube, they also increased the surface area for welds, which is really a factor more ideal for 4-piece bars since there are the welds holding the cross bar in place. It’s not uncommon to see the 4-piece bars break at the weld from the amount of force put on them thanks to all the leverage from taller 8.5″ – 10″ rise bars that are common.
So, in short… 25.4mm has more strength benefits that are more ideal for the times since 22.2mm was standardized when bars were much smaller and taking way less stress than bars of today.
What do we think about all of it? It’s one of those things that it will be interesting to see if it can gain traction. Does using the 25.4mm size versus 22.2mm have benefits? Yes. Do we see brands rushing to tell their manufacturers they need to change their designs so their bars and stems are compatible? Not really… At least not right now. It would take a few things like demand from shops and riders, sales volumes and a few other key brands jumping on board to essentially make it their standard size before we could see the BMX industry changing it’s standard size for bars and stems. Could those things already be happening and we have just missed it? Possibly. We rarely get asked our opinion about a product until after it has been produced. But as of right now, Wethepeople and Eclat are the only two taking the risk and putting the product out there.
Could we see this becoming the new standard in the future? If more brands take interest in it, yeah, for sure.
But, until then, your options are pretty limited and you will need to purchase new bars and a new stem if you want to give this 25.4mm size a go. As of right now, all we know about the Strangler bars is that they will come in 9.6″ and 9.1″ rise sizes and that the Slattery stem features a new “Shark Tooth Clamping System”, which is essentially grooves added to the inside of the stem for increased grab to reduce slipping. We will have full specs and details closer to the release in just a few weeks.
Here you can see the Shark Tooth Clamping system on the Slattery stem.
Think this 25.4mm tube will take off? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Yesterday, we were thinking about how many different four-piece bars are currently available as after market parts and even on some complete bikes. It’s pretty crazy how popular these bars have become in the past two years, even though they have been an option for far more years than most riders might realize. With that being said, whenever a “new” trend in BMX starts, there is usually a pretty strong line drawn down the middle where you pick a side. For example, metal pegs versus plastic pegs. Either riders prefer and run two piece bars, or prefer and run four piece. Obviously you can only run one or the other at a time, but sometimes people like to switch things up or have more than one bike. So, there are a few that are on that “both” game, too. We know there might be a few old school guys running something with 6-pieces… But let’s just focus on the majority right now.
We figured it would be fun to do a quick poll to see just how things pan out. There has been far more 4-piece bars being released than two-piece bars these days, so we would assume that 4-piece will have a higher number of votes, but we could very well be wrong. So, hit that poll and let us know what you run or prefer to run!
Have more to say? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Have you ever wondered how BMX handlebars are made? Here’s your chance to find out. Chris Moeller posted up this clip from the S&M Bikes warehouse giving us a look at the machine they use to bend two piece bars into shape. Obviously after this process is done, they weld a crossbar into place to finish them off. Also, if you’re wondering why these bars are so small, it’s because these are their 4″ rise Race bars for the young guns out there. Pretty awesome seeing this process, though, right!?
Curious how they add knurling to the bars? Check this out: How Knurling On Bars Is Done
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