Take Subrosa. Despite the fact that they've only been around for—well, not very long—they posted something rather interesting under History 101 (August 29th): what appears to be a prototype bashguard frame:
I e-mailed Subrosa and have yet to hear back. It's probably just another hoax, who knows? But still, the image triggered something in my leaky memory. And a quick Google search revealed this:
Hm. Subrosa straight-up copied Bully's bashguard design. Hopefully that's all they borrowed from Bully, seeing that they had a nasty habit of breaking at the downtube/headtube junction the second the warranty expired. (Although, come to think of it, some new Marc McKee graphics would do Subrosa good.)
Quick! Who makes this bike?
If you said "Deluxe," you'd be wrong. They're not offering complete bikes...yet.
Nope, this is a United (link here), just with the model name more prominent than the brand name. Which wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that the model name is also a brand name. Ah, confusion at its finest.
(What makes it even funnier is that it comes with a straight cable and a front dirt tire, and is thus something of a trail bike, while Deluxe is a trails-only company. Coincidence?)
Mirraco is not content to sit idly by while other companies put out countless disgusting-looking seats. Although they chose to use earth tones instead of letting Rainbow Brite shit on them, they're still pretty fugly.
Available soon at Banana Republic right next to the khakis. Love the utterly superfluous stitching. Jay Miron must be laughing all the way to the bank.
The best under-a-minute BMX video posted on the web this week, or possibly ever? That's easy. Paul Buchanan's T1 Props commercial from 1999:
How many 10-year-old edits stand up today? Feeble to sprocket is so freaking good. Hm, maybe that explains the Subrosa frame.
(For the record, Taj's blog in general should be required reading. 2010 Giant prototypes? Of course, Brooklyn Machine Works already does an elevated drivetrain, but not on a BMX bike.)