Chase Act 1.0 Carbon

January 9, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Chase Act 1.0 Carbon BMX Racing Frame
BMX News has been tracking the Chase Carbon ACT 1.0 to market ever since we had the “World Exclusive” sneak peek in August of 2016. Last March, pre-orders were opened, and the frame started shipping in Q3.

Connor and Joris showed up to the Grands rockin their 2018 Factory Chase colorway, complete with neon-yellow accents. Lookin GOOD!

This is the first opportunity we had to dig in on the ACT 1.0 as a Product Spotlight, and we caught up with Pete Dylewski, BMX Racing Group partner, and part of the visionary crew that put it all together.

Here’s what he told us about the ACT 1.0 Carbon:

Over the past three years, we have been designing, developing, testing, and refining the ACT carbon.

With each frame prototype and sample, we let our Pro team ride it, give us feedback, comparing it to the RSP frame as a benchmark, and make the necessary changes to make it a better frame for winning races.

With help from industry design experts such as Billy Griggs, and the design being refined each time by Christophe Leveque, we feel we had reached the point to release the final version, the ACT 1.0.

As you could see with our team, it seemed to help with both Joris win a UCI BMX world cup as well as numerous USA BMX Pro Series nationals, and help Connor win the overall USA BMX #1 Pro title.

There are six sizes available—Pro, Pro+, Pro XL, Pro XL+, Pro XXL and Pro XXL+, each adding a 1/4″ to the top tube from 20.5″ to 21.75″, among other incremental geometry adjustments.

Finishes are matte or gloss black, with red, blue or neon yellow accents, or matte/gloss grey with neon yellow. For those enquiring minds who want to know: Joris and Connor run the black with neon–Connor on the matte and Joris on the Gloss finish.

The Act 1 also has an integrated seat clamp, two sets of chain tensioners (20mm and 10mm), as well as the Monocoque Carbon Aero Seat Post (Length : 110mm, Weight : 60 g / 2.12 oz). Those are some pretty tasty accompaniments to go along with the sweet curb appeal and brute strength of the frame, itself.

Shipping from J&R now for $1,398.95.

The “pros” of the Act 1.0 carbon are well-demonstrated by…well, the pros who ride them.


Chase Act 1.0 Carbon Frame at J&R Bicycles

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SiDi Drako Clip Shoes

December 13, 2017 by · Comments Off 

SiDi Drako Clipless BMX Shoes

Ask any top executive, and they’ll tell you that a pair of well-crafted Italian shoes puts an extra element of confidence in their step when they’re taking care of business in the boardroom.

Check out the photos of top BMXers from any big race, and you’ll see a similar phenomenon: well-crafted Italian shoes on the feet of the fastest and most-factory movers.

The Drako, by SiDi has its roots as a Mountain Bike shoe, but its brilliantly-burly enough for BMX Racing.

Clip shoes are not necessarily built for walk-around comfort; the stiffness and glove-like fit are the very-thing that puts every watt of power from your leg engines, down to the pedals, and onto the rear wheel. SiDi has baked-in a whole bunch of technology inside the shoe to put the Italian-version of the kung-fu grip on your feet, so your holeshot sweet spot is extra-sweet.

The Drako has SiDi’s SRS Carbon-Ground sole, ensuring maximum stiffness. Add to that the time-tested SiDi closure system that helps you dial-in the perfect fit before you clip-in– then release it, in full, while the other seven are still crossing the line.

As we mentioned above, clip shoes are not ideal for walking around, and you’re going to want to slip your new Drakos off before you put your feet back on the ground. Walking around in them, while stylish, is a pretty expensive proposition; the bottom pieces wear down quick when you plod around in them. How expensive? The replacement parts kit for the bottom pieces is $60.

Sizes range from Euro 41-47 (roughly 8-13.5 in US sizes)

The Drako is shipping now from J&R at $499.99, in matte Black and Red. Use discount code JRSPOT15 for 15% off your order (non-sale items), bringing your Drako pair down to $424.99. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Trivia: “SiDi” is derived from the name of company founder Dino Signori


SiDi Drako Clipless BMX Shoes at J&R Bicycles

SiDi Drako Clipless Shoe Parts at J&R Bicycles

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NEW: Vee SpeedBooster Tire

December 6, 2017 by · Comments Off 

SpeedBooster tire by Vee Tire Co.

Back on September 25, we featured the Vee Tire Co. Speedster tire here in Product Spotlight. Today, we’re pleased to bring you a first look at the NextGen model Vee just released, the SpeedBooster.

It’s fully-reimagined rubber, that has a trendsetting tread and a new compound that stands up to the rigors of starts and straights, and gives vice-grip traction in the turns.

For some backstory on the development of the SpeedBooster, we called upon VEE Tire Co. Rep., Gray Hutchinson. Here’s what he told us:

News: What makes the new LSG+ compound better than the previous LSG compound?

“The new compound uses a new hardness to improve rolling resistance on today’s tracks. The combination of high pressure capability (110psi), and new tacky compound makes for a tire that decreases friction and holds at very steep angles on both dirt and paved berms.”

News: Aside from the rubber compound, what makes this tire different than previous tires?

“The SpeedBooster was built from the ground up with speed and handling in mind”. We used a bigger overall circumference and new tread pattern to boost speed on straight always and hold traction at extreme angles with a very aggressive new pattern.” – Gray Hutchinson

SpeedBooster tire by Vee Tire Co.The foldable SpeedBooster is shipping now from J&R in two sizes (20×1.6 and 20×1.75). The following sizes will be available in the first quarter of 2018.

20 x 1.85
20 x 1.95
20 x 1 1/8
20 x 1 3/8

The J&R site price is $34.95, but if you get your cart over $100, you’ll receive 15% off your non-sale items by using discount code JRSPOT15.

While we had Grey on the line for this story, we asked him what the 2018 plan is for his in-house 13x, Vee test pilot and now-former Factory Kuwahara cranker, Greydon. Will we see him flying Factory VEE Tire colors in 2018? Stay tuned to News to find out!

Top Photo: The SpeedBooster, aired-up on one of our resident test bikes, a DK Sprinter. The SpeedBooster was easy to install, even without proper tire levers (with some brute force applied, so it would have been so-much easier with the Park Tool TL-5 Tire Levers, link below).


Vee SpeedBooster BMX Racing Tire on J&R Bicycles

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2018 GT Speed Series Pro Complete

November 21, 2017 by · Comments Off 

2018 GT Speed Series Complete - Pro
If Santa rode a BMX bike, there’s a good chance it would be a hi-vis sleigh that has a great visual presence for those North Pole local races.

Fortunately, you have the same option now that the 2018 GT Speed Series completes have hit the J&R showroom. There are 10 models in the whole line (including a way-cool Pro XXL OS20 complete). For this week’s Product Spotlight, however, we’re featuring the pro-size of the family.

The 2018 Speed Series Pro is stacked with household-name part (Box “X5” Pro Carbon 20mm Fork and Echelon saddle, Tioga tires, Promax stem and seat clamp, as well as a bevvy of GT’s own carefully-crafted components.

2018 GT Speed Series "Quick Change" DropoutOne of the things you will notice most is the “Quick Change” rear dropouts. It looks trick, and lets you get flats fixed in a flash (among other service stuff involving the rear wheel).

Recommended Rider Height for the Pro size: 5’8″-6′

A few key geometry points.
Top Tube – 20.75″
Chainstay – 15.43″
BB Height – 11.7″
Head Angle – 74°
Seat Angle – 72°

Of the 2018 line, GT BMX Product Manager, Ben Ward told News

Having a global race team, it was important to talk to our elite athletes in key regions such as the US, UK and France among others, to see what changes they wanted to see in the new Speed Series. Off the top, they liked the aesthetic and the Quick Change dropout system on the previous frame and didn’t want that to change. However, the US brought up the progression to bigger, faster and longer tracks and wanted to see the geometry grow while the UK talked about machine stiffness for out of the gate reaction so there was no power loss when the gate dropped. France mentioned how carbon was too stiff, losing compliance and track feel, especially on technical courses. So with that feedback we got to work.

Stiffness, compliance and geometry…

We focused on the key areas of the bike that needed to be stiff in order to retain full transfer of power between the rider and the ground. To do this, we started with a BB86 which gave us a wider shell to attach to our oversized BOX Chainstays and Squoval (square oval) downtube. Under the BB shell, the stays and downtube meet to form what I refer to as the “double fist” junction. Imagine holding onto a pipe with both hands overlapped, that is what this junction is doing. Add in the seat tube, and there is almost a full 360 degrees of weld around the BB to hold it in place. The stays drastically taper down to meet the aesthetically refined Quick Change dropout. The seatstays are tri-tapered and continue to add stiffness to the rear end. Finally, a triangle shape at the seat tube junction tapers to round at the dropout. Doing this added rigidity and it was a cool way to bring the classic GT triangle into the seat tube junction.

To increase the compliance and ride feel of the new Speed Series line, the old hydroformed downtube was swapped out with a good ol’ round tube. The downtube is Squoval at the BB junction and tapers a round at the head tube. The Squoval shape allows for a wide rigid contact point at the BB. Tapering to round allows the tube to flex if needed. The Speed Series “fuel tank” top tube shape and butting profile was refined to also allow for increased compliance.

We stretched the new Speed Series bikes to take on the bigger tracks and higher speeds riders are seeing. We applied findings from the development of our OS20 development to help increase the stability of a regular 20” bike. We lengthened the top tubes across the Speed Series Pro line from ¼” to ½” depending on the model. As the top tubes grow longer in the line, so do the rear ends. With more to pull up on out front, it only made sense to increase the rear end length. We also improved the bikes’ tire and chainwheel clearance. A new Pro 20 frame will fit a 52T chainring and a 1.95” tire. You never know what your needs are going to be, and we wanted the new frame to be as versatile as possible.

This is the seventh iteration of the GT Speed Series frame. We set out to create a frame our global elite athletes could line up on confidently at the gate. They are stiff enough to transfer power from the cranks to the ground and take the hole shot. They are compliant enough to glide over technical tracks or fly over giant supercross doubles. The Speed Series line speaks to the future of race 100%. Each Pro level Speed Series bike can be pulled from the box, line up at the gate and hang. The Speed Series Junior bikes let young riders ride a bike built like the Pros. The Junior bikes offer them a bike with high quality spec they can rip on for several seasons. In the Junior line, the oversized stays and Quick Change dropouts are exchanged for our classic reverse dropout and all models are smooth welded to finalize the slick aesthetic.

Wow, some great insider info there! Thanks Ben.

2018 GT Speed Series FramePlus, if you already have a primo parts package on board, but want a little GT giddy-up to bolt it all up to, there is a frame-only option for $369.99 (link below).

The Pro complete is available now and shipping from J&R for $1,049.99. Exclusively for BMX News readers: Use discount code JRSPOT15 for 15% off, which brings your new race ride down to $892.49, or $314.49 for the frame-only option.


2018 GT Speed Series Pro Complete

2018 GT Speed Series Pro Frame-Only (Pro, Pro XL, Pro XXL)

2018 GT Speed Series Pro Complete Spec Sheet

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Vans AV RapidWeld Pro Shoe

October 25, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Vans AV Rapidweld Pro

When you’re making moves on the track, in the pits or back home, you need to step with style and grace from place to place. For a BMXer, nothing accomplishes that like a fresh pair of Vans.

Yeah, we know you’re usually clipped in during office hours, but when your trusty steed is on the rack, or in the repair stand, you’re not walking around in your clip shoes, right? RIGHT?

The AV Rapidweld Pro shoe, by Vans features all-modern construction, with a hint of the legacy style that has made the brand the top choice in footwear for action sports heroes since 1966.

The “AV” in the name “AV Rapidweld Pro” is for skater Anthony Van Engelen. It’s his signature shoe. And if you’ve ever seen AVE tear it up, you know this shoe can handle the show.

Vans sizes it up this way:

The Vans AV Rapidweld Pro features suede and synthetic uppers and a stitchless RAPIDWELD shell with welded Duracap upper reinforcement in high wear areas.

The UltraCush HD footbed keeps the foot close to the board/pedals while providing the highest level of impact cushioning, and the Vans original waffle outsoles are made of a rubber that offers grip and support.

We’re spotlighting the Rapidweld Pro because it’s something we haven’t featured before, but if you check out the whole “Casual Shoes” section of J&R Bicycles site (link below), you will find dozens of styles and colors, if this one doesn’t do it for you.

The AV Rapidweld Pro is available in a variety of sizes for $79.95

And while you’re here, pair-up your new pair with some TLD ankle socks. Cozy comfort for your buckshanks, even in the most intense cases. Together, they hit the tipping point for the JRSPOT15 discount code.

TLD Low-Cut Socks

Check the links below for ordering and other info.


Vans AV Rapidweld Pro shoe – Black/Silver on J&R Bicycles

“Casual Shoes” Section on J&R Bicycles

Troy Lee “Low-Cut” Socks on J&R Bicycles

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Tioga Spyder Platform Pedals

October 17, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Tioga Spyder Pedals

Paper or Plastic? Coke or Pepsi? Nikon or Canon? and… Clips or Flats? Whichever side you’re on, you’re probably pretty passionate about your particular flavor.

And like those other classic lines in the sand that pit brother against brother, and require some households Read more

Put Some Pants On, Will Ya?

October 11, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Fly Racing Kinetic Outlaw BMX Pants
Grands is approaching—only 41 days to go til practice gates are dropping. That gives you a limited time to get your fresh factor boosted to an all-time high. When you roll into staging for those first practice laps, you need to tell everyone what you’re all about, without saying a word.

The way to do that is with some brand new, 2018 Fly Racing Kinetic Outlaw pants. We especially like the Black with Hi-Vis, but adjust the colorway to your particular taste.

For 2018, the Kinetic is reimagined, with new graphics and some other baked-in goodies such as:

* Multi-panel 900D construction is super-durable

* Seven breathable stretch panels

* Leather heat shield panels with DuPont Kevlar stitching

* Soft-Flex rubber badging

* Ergonomically pre-shaped knee contoured to accommodate most knee braces and guards

* Full-Floating seat surrounded by stretch-rib material moves naturally with your body

* Exclusive zipper lock system keeps pants closed and secure

* Ratcheting fly closure keeps your unmentionables from being mentioned.

* Adjustable waist belt.

When you’re in the Tulsa chutes on Friday or Saturday morning look the part when staring-down and psyching-out the competition in staging, and rip the massive holeshots you have trained for, without ripping-out your pants—thus ensuring a lifetime of YouTube jeers, instead of cheers.

Shipping now from J&R in sizes Youth 18-26, and Adult 28-36. The website price is $104.95, but save 15% when you use discount code JRSPOT15.

Pair it up with the Kinetic Outlaw jersey to complete the full kit.


2018 Fly Kinetic Outlaw Pants

2018 Fly Kinetic Outlaw Jersey

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Answer Mini Brake Kit

October 3, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Answer Mini Brake Kit
While it’s true that nobody ever won a race by stopping super-good, sometimes you have to slow down to get into position to blaze the line around the slowpokes.

The Mini Brake Kit, by Answer BMX gives you positively-powerful stopping power, if you so require it, and keeps the full-works at only 12.6 ounces.

The mini kit is designed to work with 1-1/8 and 1-3/8” rims. Anything larger, and you’ll want to call in the big-brother pro brake kit.

Three finishes (Black, Silver and White) fit in with most-any parts package you have on board. Most importantly, it has the Answer BMX eye for quality and operability going for it.

The kit, as shown above, includes calipers, brake pads, lever and cable, in addition to the required hardware. At $54.95, it’s a no-squeal deal for the whole kit and kaboodle.

Spend an additional $21 on top of the kit, and you’ll hit the tipping point for the 15% off JRSPOT15 discount code (non-sale items). Lots of new stuff in stock at J&R these days, so let your fingers do the walkin and your mouse do the talkin.


Answer Mini Brake Kit at J&R Bicycles

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Be a Speed Freak With Vee the Speedster

September 26, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Vee Speedster BMX Racing Tire

Your full-throttle first straight and rocket-sled-on-rails turning game is not worth a hoot if the rubber meeting the proverbial road gets greazy and spins you out, or can’t handle the pressure and blows-out in the gate, when all the chips are on the line.

The Speedster, by Vee Tire Co., has its Kevlar on, and is ready for berm warfare the next time you are called to staging.

Its foldable nature is a beautiful thing when you want to pack a spare or two in your “golf” bag for the next trip on the big bird.

And you REALLY need to buy and bring a spare tire and tube with you on every trip; you never know when someone else is going to get loose in the turn and cause a pile up that takes the air out of your first round qual. You’re not always going to have time to high-tail it to the J&R tent to buy what you need…you need that stuff on-demand.

The good news is that if you grab-up three now, you will hit the tipping point for the JRSPOT15 discount code, and will get 15% off your order (non-sale items); it is good for orders of $75 and over. It’s a savings of $13.48. on the three-pack.

Back to the Speedster: Seven 20-inch sizes (1-1/8” to 2.25”), and four 24-inch sizes (1-1/8” to 1.75”), in a variety of color sidewalls are available for you to bring your tires into full-vibe alignment on the scoot-style points side. You can also go full-pink or full-orange with the limited-edition models.

The Vee Speedster is stacked to the rafters and ready to ship in all sizes and colors, out of J&R, so speed on over there using the link below and get that trio ordered up.


Vee Speedster Foldable BMX Racing Tire

Replacement Tubes on J&R Bicycles

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Crupi has Four Pawls for All Pauls

September 18, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Crupi Quad BMX Hubs

Ask anyone who’s not a BMXer about pawls (pronounced like “Pauls”), and you might get an answer like “Paul Newman, Paul Revere, Paul McCartney or Paul Wall.” Some BMXers might even point you toward Kevin Pauls. Um…no, not PAULS…but pawls.

Pawls are defined as the “small or pivoted curved bar or lever whose free end engages with the teeth of a cogwheel or ratchet so that the wheel or ratchet can only turn or move one way.”

NOW you’re getting the idea on how this fits together into the tick-tock of what makes your hubs tick-tick-tick.

Crupi is out with the new Quad hub set—so named because there are four pawls in the cassette mechanism to give you near-instant engagement without nearly wiping out your wallet filling.

The original edition of the Crupi Rhythm hub had 120 ratchet teeth, engaged every 10 degrees by three pawls.

The new Quad Hubs have a hungrier 150 ratchet teeth, engaging every 2.4 degrees by, you guessed it, four pawls (hece “quad”), for a more “engaging” relationship between your pedals and rear wheel.

The shells for the Quad are 6061 T-6 machined aluminum, representing the highest quality and workmanship for a hubset un the wildly-popular $300-$350 pricepoint.

The 36-hole, polished-finish version is shipping now from J&R for $319.95. Use discount code JRSPOT15 for 15% off the hub set (a $48 savings), as well as any additional non-sale items in your cart.

Word has it that there is a black finish afoot, as well as a 20-mil front axel coming soon.

For more information on the Crupi Quad hubs, or to get yours ordered up now, check the link below.

And that’s about all, Paul!


Crupi Quad Hub Set on J&R Bicycles

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