2020 was a strange one. It started off okay with many events on the program. In early January Mr. Zeiss and I escaped to the Penken for a few days of fresh powder in the Austrian mountains. We managed a day and a half and were beat after that. On January 24th my first trip to Australia was on the program. Let me tell you, it's a hell of a trip before you get there. But once there that was soon forgotten. The Sydney trip by Matt Holmes was great, including checking out Bondi Beach. Then the quick in and out to Brisbaine was amazing too, especially Australia day was one that I'll remember. Thanks Wade Bootes for that one. The bush fires almost killed this Australian trip and I'm glad it didn't. It was off to Shepparton (1600km road trip) for the first UCI BMX SX World Cup of 2020 followed by a few days in Melbourne checking the scene and then straight to Bathurst for Rounds 3 & 4 of the UCI BMXSX World Cup. To make things "easier" I flew back home to take off to Tokyo 3 days later. After a short week working on Tokyo 2020 it was back home to leave for the Austrian mountains the next day, a family trip this time. During the snow trip the first news about the virus did its rounds but we managed to enjoy the
Bike Check Andrew Lazaruk. New Prime Mover V2 full of United and Profile parts. Frame: United Prime Mover v2 - 21.25” Forks: United Supreme v2 - 32mm offset Bars: United KOD - 9.25” Stem: Profile Push - 53mm reach Headset: United Grips: United Team Pedals: United Supreme Nylon Cranks: Profile Race - No Boss Sprocket: Profile Spline Drive - 28t - 19mm
The Prime Mover has been around the block a number of times now. With Slight revisions over time and graphic updates along with the yearly colour change. United Bike Co. thought it was time to give the Prime Mover a bit of TLC and updating. The frame's geometry is still aimed towards the traditional dimensions that can be found at home on the street, at the park and even the trails. The chain stay took a lower form allowing the new removable chain stay brake mounts space to breath, a kew feature we have been asked for for some time. With the addition to our latest invest cast dropouts and built in tensioners, the rear triangle of this frame has well and truly been looked after. United wanted to be big and bold with the look of this frame and what could be better than having a full over sized down tube graphic? With three paint options. A deep gloss OX Blood, Flat Grey and a Flat red.
TAKE A LOOK AT UNITED's NEW STEALTH SEAT! The stealth seat takes the best two features from the pivotal and tripod and seamlessly combines them together. There's no cut on top where you expected it from a pivotal seat.
With adjustability of a pivotal seat and sleek design of a tripod United have been able to give you the cleanest possible looking seat with no limitation to the adjustment of the seat. Finished with a extra durable Kevlar material the Stealth Seat can withstand countless punishment.
The Caroline Buchanan limited edition Christmas donut box is for adults only this year. 2019 was all about the kids but this year the sizing is tailored to 2 size options for women and 2 size options for men.
Each exclusive box includes:
1 x FIST ‘DONUT SPRINKLES’ GLOVES (pair) 1 x ODI GRIPS DONUT PADDED GRIP RING (Pair) 1 x KNOBBY KIDS YO-YO “ surprise..not photographed " 2 x KNOBBY ‘DONUT SPRINKLES garments
The city can be a dangerous playground, with a safe TSG helmet the active urbanites’ first line of defence. The TSG Meta is an all-sport city helmet, featuring a ventilated, lightweight In-mold construction and our easy to adjust Dial Fit System for a perfect fit on the move.
-In-mold construction: In-Mold Construction is a technique that connects the shock absorbing EPS liner directly to the polycarbonate shells to create a lightweight and strong structure. In the first step, the flat PC sheet is heated and deep-drawn over the helmet mold. Then the outline of the helmet shell and the holes are milled out. This PC shell is then placed in the helmet mold and the anchors for straps and fitting systems are placed. Then the mold will be closed, and the EPS is injected. Now the polycarbonate shell bonds with the EPS and a super light, yet extremely stable helmet is created.
-CE EN 1078: European bike and skateboard helmet standard
The most comfortable a hoodie could get. The TSG Riding Hoodie Corp comes in a slightly oversized fit to be super comfy for riding. No matter if on snow, on earthy or concrete ground. The hood is lined with soft jersey. Thumb holes keep the hands warm and prevent the sleeves from slipping up.
-Media cable holes inside pocket -Thumb holes -Jersey hood lining for added comfort -Loop for hanging -Weight: 760 g -Material: 60% cotton, 40% polyester, knit fabric, 305g/m2
The moulded TSG Kneeguard Patrol A 2.0 delivers reliable full-length protection, pro shock absorption and a secure fit for park riding. The pad, which can be put on without taking off your shoes, benefits from our brand new wrap-around ergonomic strap system, made up of three straps including a top double-closure Velcro strap to eliminate flapping straps and conform to individual rider’s leg shape for a firmer, more secure comfortable fit. Protection is delivered by a removable and flexible pierce-proof knee insert, ACF padding and side cushioning, while a moisture wicking terry cloth lining provides all-day ridability and comfort.
United Bike Co. are beyond stoked to welcome Marius Dietsche to their team. Marius is a heavy hitter when it comes to riding the streets. With an appetite for big gap pegs and huge out ledges it's clear to see Marius isn't afraid to let loose! Check out his fresh new build!
Bike Check Marius Dietsche
Frame: United Incarnate V2 20.8 Forks: Supreme samples Bars: Harry MW Signature Bars Samples Stem: United precedence Sample Stem
We've got hundreds, if not thousands of pictures hidden on the attick. From the start of BMX in The Netherlands to shoe boxes full of photos from the first trips to San Diego as well as all the European events we went to back in the day. Most pics are of poor quality, taken by the pocket-camera that seemed to fit in the fanny pack together with the passport, the wallet and some keys. Keep in mind that this was during the pre-cell-phone era and taking pics at parties wasn't common. Although a lot of the photos ended up in FAT-'Zine issues 0 - 34, it would be interesting to dive into the photo pile one day to make a book. But that probably won't happen.
Jared Souney on the other hand managed to scan thousands of his photos and filed them around to form the 'Things Seen Along the Way' book and it's amazing. 360 photos printed in a book with over 400 pages. The book weighs 5 pounds and all 250 copies were sold in no-time. Albert Moonen and Paul de Jong are now the owners of the photo book and we flipped through the pages trying to put a name with each rider. The names are listed at the end of the book and we had to peek a few times in order to