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Factory Supercross adds Kamren Larsen

January 3, 2019 by · Comments Off 

Kamren Larsen Joins Factory Supercross
Our first Story of 2019 leads off as a companion to similar big news from 2018, namely high-wattage pro additions to the Factory Supercross Team. This time, it’s the addition of 2018 Golden Crank Rookie Pro of the Year, Kamren Larsen.

There’s no doubt that Kam has been making all the right moves to transition from expert to A-Pro, and now to Elite. We have been watching his progress, and 2019 looks to be a promising season–now, more than ever. We caught up with Kamren for a quick “stoke statement” on the move. Here’s what he told us:

I am super-excited to start the next chapter of my Pro racing career with Supercross BMX. It has always been a huge goal of mine to land a ride in the Elite ranks, and when this opportunity fell into place, it seemed like it just came together perfectly.

The vision and atmosphere of this team is second to none, and I believe that 2019 has the potential to be one of the biggest years for the brand yet.

With the heavy hitter amateurs, the recent announcements of Felicia Stancil and Bethany Shriever joining the team, as well as already having Anthony Dean, I believe that this makes for the ultimate #dreamteam.

I am really looking forward to building my career with the brand for years to come, and can’t wait to debut the new Supercross colors in 2019 with the team, as the brand celebrates its 30-year anniversary!

Watch for Kamren, Felicia and the full stable of Supercross stars at the 2019 USA BMX Winter Nationals on February 15-17. As usual, the Winter Nat serve as the pro opener of the season, and it is not one to be missed.

—Mike Carruth

Links

Supercross BMX Website

Kamren Larsen on Instagram

Anthony Dean Locks-In With Supercross

October 24, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Anthony Dean Locks-In With Supercross

It may seem to be a slow news day when we’re reporting that someone is NOT leaving their sponsor, but with Grands in sight, and end of year not far behind that, the traditional stepping-off platform for riders and brands to bail on BMX for the new year is certainly upon us. Read more

2017 Golden Crank Award Elevator Pitches

October 11, 2017 by · Comments Off 

2017 Golden Crank Awards Elevator Pitches

If you have ever watched the hit TV series “Shark Tank” you have a pretty good idea what an “elevator pitch” is. If not, we can tell you that it is an entrepreneurial method to condense the most important parts of your story down to the very-brief time it would take to explain in an elevator ride. Read more

Supercross Envy RS7 – Evolution for Your Revolutions

July 10, 2017 by · Comments Off 

The RS7 Aluminum BMX Race Frame by Supercross BMX
Supercross BMX chief, Smilin Bill Ryan, is always at the drawing board, designing and refining the next generation of what thousands of BMXers will ride in the next couple years.

Of course, we don’t hear about the bulk of his test subjects, which are part of the “refine” stage of his long-standing iterative process.

You know what? We may-just see them on the track, and not even know what we’re looking at; they are painted and stickered-up to look like current SX product…but be sure that the next-gen stuff is being track-tested so it is race-ready when the time comes.

Enter the Supercross Envy RS7, the next model in the evolutionary-line of Envy BMX Race frames.


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Here’s what Bill told us about the evolution baked-in to the new model, via a release:

For last three years, while we have been working to perfect carbon BMX racing technology with the ENVY BLK, we have been making notes, taking feedback and listening to what the riders around the world have been saying about the ENVY v5. All in the pursuit of building you the perfect aluminum BMX racing frame. The RS7 is the result of that work, and incorporates the following seven evolution points:

The RS7 Aluminum BMX Race Frame by Supercross BMXEvolution #1 – New, wider, flared seat masts for better BB support and faster launching. You will see that all seatmasts from the Micro to the Pro XXXL use a new forming tool, each size optimized for rider weight and strength to maximize launch.

Evolution #2 – Refined butting profiles to maximize strength and stiffness while minimizing weight. Every Supercross ENVY RS7 gets new triple-butted 7005 ULR tube sets that use our own proprietary molds and dies, specific for BMX Racing. This allows the frame to be stiffer, stronger and lighter.

Evolution #3 – Refined head tube shaping. This may seem like we are being overly critical, but we listened, and during travel, a few people stated they had problems with the airlines denting the head tubes on their ENVY’s, so we have developed a new head tube that more closely mimics the shape of the ENVY BLK head tube and has thicker bearing race seats and walls. So while it looks like a larger heavier head tube, it is actually a stronger and lighter head tube.

The RS7 Aluminum BMX Race Frame by Supercross BMXEvolution #4 – New dropouts. The new Supercross ENVY RS7 dropouts, are still 3D-finished on the CNC, and are now cold forged to increase the strength and durability. And while we were spending the money on the new cold forging die, we also changed the shape, ever so slightly to allow your chain tensioner to work easier by maximizing the contact patch on the end of the dropout for ease of use.

Evolution #5- New Cold Forged Bottom Bracket Shells with cold rolled threads. We have always machined our BB threads after the final heat treating process to ensure the truest and longest lasting threads, but now we are using a new cold forged BB shell with a tighter grain density to better handle the extra power you are putting out and the new threads are rolled rather than cut to increase the life of your frame by ensuring the threads have a longer life.

Evolution #6 – Enhanced tubing diameters, a few tube sizes have changed in outer diameters to ensure that the frame stiffness is enhanced, without adding extra weight.

Evolution #7 – This may be the largest of the changes, on Pro size and larger frames, we have always used a “lug,” on the BB. The chainstays are welded into the BB lug and the lug is welded to the BB shell. By doing this, we maximize the weld area over having two tubes connect directly to the BB. Now on the ENVY RS7, we have taken that concept to the next level by having the chainstays meet the BB shell at the widest point possible, and have now completely boxed in the chainstays with .058 7005 sheet aluminum so the BB area is now a larger box that we accomplished with the old lug style, and increased your launch out of the gate where it is now nearing the performance of the carbon fiber ENVY BLK.

And with that you have the new Supercross ENVY RS7. Available in 18 sizes to fit every rider, and eight stock colors to fit every aesthetic.

And if one of the stock colors isn’t striking your fancy, we still do custom anodize and powdercoat finishes to enable you to make your Supercross ENVY RS7, your very-own.

Thanks for all that detail, Bill. There sure is a lot of tech baked into that puppy.

Click here for a large version of the top photo, so you can ooh and ah til your heart’s content.

The RS7 will be available at Supercross BMX dealers worldwide, starting July 31st, 2017. MSRP is expected to be $649. Hit up J&R to pre-order yours today–tell ‘em you saw it in the BMX News Product Spotlight.

—Mike Carruth




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Kevin Pauls and Supercross Part Ways

March 28, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Kevin Pauls Off Supercross
Kevin Pauls joined Factory Supercross after the 2016 Grands, to much fanfare among team watchers. News reported the story on December 13, and all appeared to be solid, as KP showed up in Las Vegas for the first race of the year in his Factory SX kit.

Last week, a BMX News tipster sent in word Read more

Breaking: Anthony Dean Goes to Supercross

January 31, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Anthony Dean joins Factory Supercross

The BMX News “Big Ears” ticker has been tuned in on recent rumors that Anthony Dean would soon find a new sponsor, ahead of the start of the 2017 Pro season. It was tough to get a solid signal on where he might be going, until the ticker-ears started flapping big-time over the weekend.

Today, News is pleased to announce that Anthony will be joining smilin’ Bill Ryan and the Factory Supercross Family in 2017! His first appearance will be at the Pro Opener–2017 USA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix.

It’s a special-kind of deal, which will put ADean44 in a full TLD kit, with Supercross logos, alongside other key sponsors, Shimano and Tioga, plus a bunch of other brands who have signed-on in support of his program (listed below).

Anthony told News the following about the big deal:

I am super-excited to be teaming up with Supercross for 2017, alongside my other co-sponsorship deals.

It’s no secret I have been searching for a major sponsor for the 2017 season, and I am stoked to have landed one of the greats. Bill and I have been in talks for some time now, working on this deal, and I’m very pleased to have the deal done this week.

I couldn’t ask for better support, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead, taking my Supercross BLK to the Podium very soon.

A big shoutout to the Supercross family and every-one of my co-sponsors, for coming onboard my program and backing me 100%.

Editor’s note: Anthony’s 2017 co-spos include Troy Lee Designs, Shimano, Tioga, Speedline Parts and Vans…plus, Factory Supercross Co-sponsors which include Onyx, ODI and KMC. (links added to highlight brands who are also BMX News advertisers. Links open in new window, so you don’t lose your place.)

Bill Ryan had the following to say about the big pickup:

We at Supercross BMX couldn’t be happier to welcome Anthony to the Supercross BMX Family! Everyone knows what a great racer he is, with his Olympic performance and Grands win.

But, what most people might not know, is how hard he is working to give back to the sport off the track as well. You will hear more about that in future articles on BMX News.

The entire Supercross BMX Family of stand-out racers is ready to welcome him to the tent and help him achieve his goals.

Be sure to stop by the Supercross BMX pits at the USA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix, AZ to say hello to the entire Supercross BMX Family and help us welcome Anthony to the squad!

Some awesome news up there! Congrats to Anthony and Supercross on getting together to put up a big-threat for 2017. We’re looking forward to getting the first-photos of the new ADean program in Phoenix!

—Mike Carruth

Links

Supercross BMX Website

Anthony Dean on Instagram

Anthony Dean on Twitter






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Bay Area BMXers Sign With Supercross

January 5, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Bay Area BMXers Sign With Supercross

Howard Cato and the Bay Area BMXers team have made some impressive moves, both on and off the track in recent years. In fact, one of the fan-fave episodes of the Announcers Tower podcast was with Howard and some of his crew, doing an intro to BMX event at a youth detention facility in Nor-Cal (link below).

For 2017, the 20-rider squad is plus-one, with the addition of 13G Grace Padilla, and also aboard a new frame sponsor, with Smilin Bill Ryan and Supercross BMX.

Here’s what the guys told News in a statement.

I want to give a big thanks to Bill Ryan at Supercross for the opportunity for Bay Area BMXers to be Co-Sponsored by his elite brand for 2017. I’m looking forward to a super year with our team and our new sponsors!

—Howard Cato

The Bay Area BMX team has made quite a bit of noise on the National scene and we are proud to be supporting them in their pursuit of the National #1 Bike Shop team. We know that between Bay Area BMX and Eric at Northwest BMX, you will be seeing many more Supercross’ leading the pack in Nor Cal and the Great Northwest.

—Bill Ryan

Two great guys, with eyes on the prize! Here’s how the roster looks for 2017:

Bay Area BMXers / Supercross BMX
2017 Team Roster

Brandon Cato – Elite Men

Maxwell Mitchell 8X

Michael Mitchell 9X

Andrew Trejo 10X

Dom Duran 10X

Coby Witten 13X

Jacob Allen 14X

Kenny Cross 17-18X

Donnie Gomez 19-27X

Andre Norles 19-27X

Lloyd Sherrod 28-35X

Jeff Anna 41-45X

Daniel Mendieta 41-45X

Brian Simmons 46-over X

Howard Cato 46-over X

Corey Mitchell 36-40C

Eleanor Phillips 8G

Stella Sunseri 10G

Grace Padilla 13G (new for 2017)

Patty Metzger 46-50WC

All will be all tearing up the track on their Speedline-equipped Supercross ENVY race rides.

Keep an eye out for them on their first trip out, next week in Las Vegas.

—Mike Carruth

Links

Bay Area BMXers Bring Bikes to Juvie Hall





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Kevin Pauls Joins Factory Supercross

December 13, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Kevin Pauls Joins Factory Supercross

Last weekend, Kevin Pauls wrote a Facebook post bidding a fond farewell to his time on Haro Promax. Kevin signed off his post by saying “As I begin the next chapter of my racing career, I am hyped for what is in store with my new sponsor and even more thrilled to release the spicy news that is currently brewing.”

Indeed, it was. In the two days since Kevin’s post, the NewsTeam has been chasing down leads, trying to confirm where KP would land in the new year. Just then, our “Big Ears” news ticker picked up some faint whispers that seemed to be coming from somewhere between LA and Las Vegas. Only one source we have on the board in that quadrant: Bill Ryan and Supercross BMX!

Just as we were picking up the phone to call, it rang. Guess who?

Bill served it up, in full, on that call, telling us about bringing Kevin on board, and said the following:

We have been huge fans of Kevin and the Pauls family for many years, and we cannot be more happy to have Kevin officially join the Supercross Family for 2017 and years beyond.

Every national we go to, we have always been happy to see Kevin and the Pauls family. An now to have them officially in the family and in the pits will make the nationals that much more fun.

Kevin has always been a great friend, and a wonderful role model for younger riders around the world.

He is as dedicated to his schooling and racing as we are to building the best bikes, so we are excited to be working with Kevin for many years to come as he finishes his amateur career and will eventually transition into his Pro career, and ultimately retire from BMX after a long career on Supercross.

We caught Kevin between final exams, probably when he was supposed to be eating lunch or something.

Kevin Pauls Joins Factory Supercross

I honestly couldn’t be happier to become part of the Supercross BMX family. It is an honor for me to be able to represent the Supercross image and to work closely with both Bill Ryan and Kim Hayashi.

My family and I have been good friends with Bill over the years, and it has always been a good time to see Bill at the races. As I graduate high school and move on to college, I am looking forward to the progress that I will make in both my education and BMX next to Bill and Kim.

As I cannot wait to whip out my new Supercross frame to the national circuit in 2017, I have a strong feeling that I may have found my permanent home with the Supercross family.

Well, this sure was, as Kevin called it, a “spicy” news story. Thanks to Bill and Kevin for bringing it to BMX News first, and best of luck to the whole program in 2017.

—Mike Carruth





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George Goodall: Thanks Redline!

May 6, 2016 by · Comments Off 

George Goodall Thanks Redline

This letter from George Goodall came in to the BMX News Reader letter box back at the end of January. We held off on running it because we wanted to get a shot of him in his new Supercross kit…then the four-race-weeks-in-a-row month of death occurred, and we lost track of the letter, until now. Definitely awesome that George had such heartfelt sentiments for his long-time sponsor and teammates. Kudos for taking the time to send this in.

Dear BMX News,

Wow, funny how time flies and it seems the older you get, the quicker it goes.

Since March of 2005 I have proudly given away, promoted and wore everything Redline makes. Shirts, hats, bandanas, pants and of course a “Factory“ jersey.

In fact, per my wife, three-quarters of my closet is BMX related and more specifically red, black or grey and bearing Redline logos.

Things started simple at Redline and just grew year after year. I threw my leg over a Redline frame at countless races–locals, nationals, Grand Nationals and even World events.

I became part of the HFS (Hot Factory Squad) and friends and teammates with some of the most famous and fastest riders in the sport. We nearly all have held that illustrious silver cup over our head at some time and some of us multiple times.

However, at this time with a heavy heart and mixed emotions, I have decided to part ways with Redline. I have been very blessed to be a part of such a prestigious team and would like to thank all the great folks at SBS, Redline Bicycles, Behen, gOrk and Jason Carnes for ALWAYS being supportive of my BMX dreams……ALWAYS !!!!

I am honored to have been around such awesome teammates past and present, Carly, Senger, Hudson, Klatty, Upshaw, Pelham, Denzel, Tory, Sam, Alise and Jason, all the international riders I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and chilling with over a bit of Chipotle. All of my co-sponsors affiliated with Redline and those that support me alone like Profile. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been on one team for such a long time and with that strong support base under my feet, I have evolved and continue to grow into the BMX racer you see today.

In conclusion, to those that know me, I hope as we roll into 2016, I am not judged by the jersey on my back, but by the person most people know, I’m just “George” or “ Goodall” or “Gorgeous” or even “hey you!”– yep just another old school BMX racer.

Wow! — how 11 years have passed — but I guess it’s time to turn the page.

Deuces,
Gorgeous George Goodall

George Goodall SupercrossWell said, George! Here he is in his new Supercross kit out at his local track, Black Mountain BMX. All the best with your new ride, Gorgeous!

—Mike Carruth

Links

Supercross BMX Website

Supercross Goes Full Tilt in 2016

January 7, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Full Tilt Bikes Goes Supercross in 16

It may be better said as “Full Tilt goes Supercross for 2016,” but our way makes a better headline. Full Tilt Bike Co, out of Minnesota has been turning in some terrific…no…blurrific race day results from sea to shining sea. In 2016, they have plussed-up the already-powerful roster with some fast and feared flyers. More on that later.

What we’re here to fill you in on today is the new-year, new-gear move that will put the whole team on Supercross frames in 2016. Full Tilt took home second in the 2015 USA BMX Bike shop team chase, which sets the table for a 2016 run at the title.

Here’s how Smilin Bill Ryan and Full Tilt honcho, Fritz Voight announced the happy news:

Full Tilt Bike Co and Supercross BMX have had a long time relationship and even though Supercross had not been a title sponsor of the Full Tilt Bike Co team, many of their riders had previously been on Supercross BMX race Frames, such as 2014 #1 Am Cruiser champ, Kiegen “Bam Bam” Perlberg, Peter Choat, Raul Gomez and others.

Now, with Supercross BMX backing, Full TIlt is armed with some of the highest technology BMX frames and components available as they make the run for the #1 Bike Shop title.

Fritz Voigt, owner of Full TIlt Bike Co said: “We are proud to be working with Supercross as a lead sponsor of the team. We have always sold a ton of Supercross and Speedline parts and we knew it was the best quality out there, so with our push for the #1 Bike Shop Team Title this year, we are proud to make sure that all our riders are on the world’s best equipment: Supercross, Speedline, Onyx Hubs and FLY gear.”

Bill added: “We are proud to officially be working with Fritz and his Full Tilt Crew, aside from being a great shop for Supercross BMX products, they have a great team with a great group of riders and parents and we are proud to help them achieve their goals of #1 Bike shop aboard their Supercross BMX frames.”

The Full Tilt / Supercross BMX race team is powered by FLY Racewear, ONYX Racing Hubs, Speedline Parts, Tioga Tires, ODI Grips, Granite City Roll On, SMA Insurance and Cheryl Post “Cherylstrong” #nevergiveup

For More information on the Full Tilt /Supercross BMX race team please visit the SUpercross Website or Full Tilt Bikes on Facebook (links below).

We know that some of the Full Tilt crew is converging on Las Vegas for the 2016 season opener, so we’ll be sure to bring you some first-photos of the frontrunners rockin the house at the SouthPoint.

Congratulations to Bill and Fritz for putting things together in grand fashion for the riders.

—Mike Carruth

Links

Supercross BMX Website

Full Tilt Bikes on Facebook





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