Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It Was Bound To Happen Eventually

Missed a day. Was out of town, and got back late. Not to mention it's 2,000 degrees out. Did you miss me?

It's hotter'n all hell again today, and whether it's because I'm masochistic or stupid—I'm leaning towards stupid—I have yet to plug in my AC (or even put it in the window, for that matter). Which means I slept quite badly last night. I think I may have to surrender soon and cool this place down before I lose my mind. Maybe even before the Laker game.

Anyway, I was wandering around the internet today when I found this on the Standard blog:


If I read the entry correctly (and take into consideration things that were posted in the past), this bike seems to be the new ride of Mr. Smilin' Rick Moliterno. No front brake, tragic. Perhaps it's to keep things as lightweight as possible—given the prototype four-pound frame (yikes), ti pegs and spindle and rear axle, and the "very light but not unsafe" prototype fork (double yikes). And the 27.0 seatpost lives!

What's funny to me is, with all that gets listed, and all of the obvious weight-saving tricks, no mention is made of the complete bike weight. If you're gonna go through all that trouble, why keep it a secret?

(Two things I AM psyched on: the fact that Standard will be making new Strip Bars—even if they're generic 28x8 two-piecers, at least they've made them before—and the front Dirt Monster. Almost makes me want to get another one myself.)

13 comments:

Stephen said...

So, will this frame be called the "Fashionably Late"?

Bleh. Standard.

And my AC has been on for weeks. But then again I live in the south. It's hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock down here...

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the 27.0mm seatpost. Why make a bike that has very little commonly available posts to fit it?

I remember when 250L's came with that size seatpost. Everybody was stocking the shims to make a normal seatpost work. My friend's broke at the seatstay because of that. I wonder how common that was?

Russ said...

I understand the bigger post from a framebuilding standpoint—it provides a bigger surface area to weld so there's no need to ovalize the toptube where it meets the seattube. In fact, it would be cool if all of BMX switched to the 27.0, uh, standard. Probably won't happen, though. Too bad Standard didn't go that route in '95, or maybe it would have caught on.

Anonymous said...

When are you going to highlight the stupidity of running high bars and a drop stem? If we are doing everything else we can to keep weight down then why send the bars on a pointless little joyride that adds to the weight and stress.

bobby p said...

first to give credit where credit is due....standard was a big part of why bmx is what it is today. so thank you for that. BUT if you run pegs on this frame will it void the warranty like the 250L that was over 5 lbs? how can you expect a 4 lbs frame to hold up to anything but dirt jumps and race tracks? i am scared for people who are going to ride that frame.

youaintno said...

SBC IS DONE, SON.

DONE! If Rick was smart, he'd jump on the fixie makin' wagon...

Because you know he's just lookin for a few bucks, now...

truth said...

i have heard the term "road bike fag" come from the mouth of the man himself more than a few times. that would be the definition of ironic if he did start making fixie frames...and what are you talking about that standard is done? dont you see their frames evvvverywhere?

Smitty said...

I don't see Standard bykes evvvvrrywhere anymore, but that doesn't mean that they are done. Obviously, Rick took a bit of a haiatus. I can understand that...I think keeping relevant to BMX babies is pretty damn hard work. If Standard can turn out quality, US made, non-fashionable and gimmick free frames, I am paying attention. Maybe no one under age 18 will pay attention, but I will.

Anonymous said...

I don't see Standards ANY where, actually. the only time you see one is when someone is just getting back into it and hasn't ridden in 6-7 years.

Colin said...

Actually, I've been on a Standard TRLS250 for the past 4 - 5 years. Not sure what the frame weighs, but the bike overall is around 31 lbs. And I have now fuckin' clue where that rates amongst this generation of bikes, but it's been fine for me all these years.

Anonymous said...

how fucking ignorant can you people be? just because YOU never see one doesn't mean they don't exist. fuck. there's a whole world of riding scenes and attitudes out there besides yours.

Anonymous said...

"dude, lions and tigers totally fell off...i never see them around here."

Russ said...

Lions and tigers have fallen off, actually.