Archive for May, 2008
This post isn’t as way back as the previous posts have been. However, it highlights the end of a different time in my life. You probably recognize most of the faces in the picture (L-R: Will Stroud, Chris Doyle, Ryan Barrett, Brandan “Punjab” Pundai). We had just finished the after-winter rebuild at Section 22. It seems like 3 weeks after this photo was taken the trails were plowed; finished. It was like the dozers went straight over my love of Pittsburgh as well because I left that fall for greener pastures (and more rainy). I’m glad I left on a high note.. 2 of the best summers of my life, my best friends, and the last time I lived on the east coast. RIP 22
Ryan and Yeagle are taking a break from the bikes for about a month. Brian had some staples removed from his last knee surgery. Ryan sprained his wrist after a late-night trail session ended with an off-balance bail. Pic poached from defgrip.
Thanks to everyone who made it out. From the look on everyone’s face in these photos it looks like you all had as much fun as I did. I’m glad I could celebrate 28 years with all you beautiful people! more photos after the jump (more…)
Cory is in Portland visiting from Taiwan. It seems fitting to look back at a young Muth while he’s staying on my couch for the week. This photo was at the 401 trails. The thing most brought up about our trails was the wooden berm in turn 2. Man, did we get shit for that! Cory never got shit for his effortless style (exhibited here)
here’s brian getting clocked up in that pipe. this photo was taken on FBM’s gypsy tour 2 weeks ago. then I poached it from their site. One time Crandall hurled me around almost sending me into an escalator on the ground! Christmas Classic 98 maybe?
Our good friend and pro snowboarder, Wille Yli-Luoma, was kind enough to shoot these photos of Ryan’s prototype setup. We’ve been working on our new frames and forks for quite some time now, and we’re getting pretty close. When the new frames are finally released, here’s what you can expect: 20.5, 20.75, or 21 inch top tube with 13.75 rear end, 75º head tube angle, removable brake mounts and cable guide, double butted top tube and down tube, externally machined mid BB, tapered seat and chain stays, and pretty much the best quality you could ask for. We’ve been trying out some new colors also. Ryan’s is shown here in a flat titanium finish. The Chorus 2 forks, shown here, are in production now and should be ready pretty soon. The new forks have more taper than the current version, 5-hole drilled pattern on the drop outs, butted legs, a “V” logo cut-out in the steerer tube, and are fully heat treated. They weigh under 2 pounds and come with our new CNC machined pre-load bolt. You can see more of Ryan’s bike after the jump…and thanks for the photos Wille!
Our friends over at RideBMX.com have posted some pics of Mike Ardelean’s Verde Cadet. Both Mike and Kris Bennett are riding Verde completes while more prototype aftermarket frames are being made.
This is a way back bike check. After the green mach one in my first bmx photo came this sweet machine. Cyclecraft was known for their custom paint jobs, but before they made the jump into colors they offered chrome. Bonus info: Brian Foster used to paint bikes for them! You thought purple was the hot shit now, I know you’re sweatin’ those purple suspension forks!?! yup I had them. Check out the “power bend” on the bars. I dare someone to bring those back. I can hear it now, “you’ll bunnyhop soo much higher guaranteed!”
Check back tomorrow for a current look at my new Verde.
Ryan is in Mexico this weekend to judge the Red Bull Elevation contest. Fortunately it wasn’t all work and he made it onto the course. In doing so, Ryan also made it onto Jeff Z’s photo gallery on RideBMX.com. Ryan has two photos in the gallery. We stole the one above (thanks Z.). The course looks amazing. Props to Jay Miron and his crew for giving dirt what it deserves.