Anyone that has seen Jeff Klugiewicz’s Twitter / Instagram lately knows that he has been killing himself over getting his new DVD project for The Level Below called “Chick’n Nugg’t” edited in time for the premiere that’s going down in Milwaukee tomorrow night. I’m planning on making the drive out for the premiere and party. Making a trip to Milwaukee is always a good time and I’m real stoked to see what this video is all about. I decided to hit up Jeff and have him take a break from staring at the “rendering” bar to talk a little bit about the video that will be available on DVD in January. Let’s check out what he had to say!
Last week when we dropped the Insight with Animal about their MTT Tire, we mentioned that part two would be featuring their new BPE pedal. Well, today is the day we drop this as promised! We caught up with Jay Dyer, Frank Lam and Jared Washington to talk about the pedal and what it took to make them happen! Let’s get into it now!
Back in September during Interbike, Animal had a display bike rolling around the show floor with a few of their prototype parts that they were working on. Two of those items that caught our attention were the new MTT tires and the BPE pedals. We figured with both of these items being ready to release in January that it would be a good time to catch up with the guys and find out what they are all about. We’ve got a two part interview about each of the parts for you to check out. For the first part we caught up with Jay Dyer, Frank Lam and Jeff Kocsis to take a closer look at the MTT tire and find out what the story is about it. If you are in the market for a new tire, I’d advise you check this one out. Let’s get into it!
Since Sunday‘s inception, they’ve always been pretty notorious for pushing things with unique frame technology. When I think of their frames the wave tubing and the sturdy down tube gussets come to mind. For 2013, they have revamped their entire line of frames with new geometry, new features, new colorways and even a few new names. I figured it would be a good idea to get ahold of Jim Cielencki to find out more about the changes they’ve made for the line that started hitting shops the other week. Let’s see what he had to say!
Interview by Mark Noble
That’s a pretty bloody big question right off the bat. But it’s worth thinking about for sure – the recent addition to S&M Bikes’ product line is a Holmes frame and fork kit which is sized for 22-inch wheels, alongside a new wheel kit from Revenge, with suitable sized rims and tyres. So, if it’s good enough for S&M, is it good enough for everyone?
With this in mind we approached to Keith Easom at Faction Bikes; Keith and his brothers raised the 22-inch wheel question a long, long time ago and, convinced that they had something worth pursuing, set about creating a bike company that only made bikes with this wheel size – which is definitely a very bold move for Keith and his brothers. They put their money where their mouths were, and have spent considerable time and money investing in this concept.
But, does it work? Keith and co have done tons of research, and have gone through all the feedback from people who have bought and rode their prototype bikes – so they know what they’re talking about. They’ve used extensive feedback and testing to fine-tune their latest bikes, and these things are looking good. Apparently, compared to a standard BMX bike the 22-inch bikes are faster, more stable, yet at the same time lose none of the flickability and agility we all know and love. The 20-inch wheel size is a throwback from the birth of BMX and the old Stingray-type bikes. Maybe, just maybe, is it time for a rethink?
A few weeks back, news that The Shadow Conspiracy would be teaming up with Vans for their second collaboration project was announced. The Shadow Conspiracy are celebrating their 10 year anniversary and they figured it was a perfect time to do something special.
This time around the two brands worked together to produce two different models of shoes, a shirt and a trucker hat that is styled around the 10 year anniversary theme. Bringing together Vans style and quality with the image and style that The Shadow Conspiracy have created in their last 10 years.
With the release of the shoes exclusively on Dan’s Comp, I was fortunate enough to get a surprise package with samples of the new goods to take a closer look at. I put together a photogallery with some closer up photos to show you the details and quality of the Mid version, t-shirt and hat which I think will leave you really stoked on how things turned out.
All photos: Cody Nutter
Note: Cranks in photos are RHD, but Gaz is running them LHD. That’s why it looks backwards.
The past few weeks, Mutiny have been dropping some sneak peeks of their new products that will be dropping in a few months. I’ve been keeping a close eye on what they have cooking and the other week I got a glimpse of something that really caught my attention; their new cranks. I got ahold of the man in charge over at Mutiny, Gaz Sanders, to talk about these new two-piece cranks that they will be releasing soon. The Cinch cranks really have a unique shape and overall design to them, so I’m excited to give you guys a closer look at ’em. Check out this interview with Gaz about the whole process of creating the cranks from start to finish along with some shots of the final production samples…
The other day I had package pop up in my mail that I was looking for. Inside this package was the first edition of Adam Spitalny‘s new Boston based design, photography, music and BMX zine, Repzine.
I was particularily excited about this just because I know Adam’s work is high quality and it sounded like he was putting some serious time and effort into doing it right. Turns out, that was just the case. Check out a little preview and a few more words after the jump…