Torker, the beloved BMX brand that dominated tracks in the 80s and late 90s is back and ready to continue it’s winning legacy with a new generation. Bill Ryan, owner of Supercross BMX and Speedline, has purchased not only the Torker brand, but also Torker’s sister brand – MAX, reuniting the two iconic Johnson Family brands for the first time since 1985. Throughout its 47-year history, Torker has come and gone several times. In 1976, Torker built their frame; then in 1980, MAX was founded. After several years of growth and success on the track, in 1985, both brands were auctioned off due to bankruptcy. In the sale, both brands were separated, with MAX being shelved indefinitely, and Torker being rebranded as Torker 2 after it was purchased by Tioga.
In 1995, SBS attempted to bring Torker back with USA-made frames and several options of complete bikes; however, in 2001, the brand was revamped to produce family-style bikes (beach cruisers, tricycles, unicycles, etc.), and Torker left the BMX world once again. NOW, with new leadership, passion, and the help of Torker/MAX enthusiasts and former Torker pros such as Hollywood Mike Miranda, Eddy King, and Eddie Fiola (and more!), Mr. Ryan is dedicated revive Torker and MAX by creating products that stay true to original beloved brands, while bringing the BMX community new items for the modern race world.
After a distinguished and impactful tenure with American BMX Company, Toby Henderson announces his departure from the company, effective November 2023. This transition marks the end of a successful chapter and opens the door to new opportunities for both parties. Toby Henderson is a well-respected figure in the BMX and MTB industry, boasting an impressive legacy as a multi-time bicycle champion in both BMX and MTB disciplines. With an extraordinary track record as an award- winning product developer (having received 20 industry accolades), Toby Henderson has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in the industry.
Throughout his career, Toby Henderson has not only excelled as an athlete and innovator but has also played a vital role in the industry's business landscape. He has founded, acquired, and overseen numerous brands, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
After having so much success with Supercross in 2007 and 2008 (2x British Cycling No.1 Team) it is with great pleasure that we welcome Supercross BMX back in to the fold. In that time both of us have grown and I feel together we can achieve take BMX racing to the next level. Our race team, ran by National Champion himself, John Bentley, has been expanded and we can’t wait to get out there on the tracks with the new bikes and kit moving into this new era. The team will be spearheaded by a British Cycling squad member, to be announced shortly.
Initial product is available now at ALANSBMX.COM in time for Christmas, with more to follow
Founded in 2008, Traffic Distribution has been at the forefront of bike distribution in Europe, handling some of the industry’s most premium brands and working together with some of the longest established independent bicycle retailers in the business. We are now extremely excited to expand operations into the United Kingdom, bringing with it, a superb level of service and expertise.
Passionate about all things bike, Traffic UK is your one-stop shop for everything you need. We have a wide and diverse range of products – from complete bikes, covering multiple disciplines including BMX and MTB. We stock all the components and gear to compliment which ever riding style you choose, opening up the doors to all areas of the lifestyle.
End of an era… I’ve been incredibly fortunate for a kid from Lubbock, Texas who learned to ride a bike in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and grew up a BMXer in Portland, Oregon. If you would have told 1992 me as I was visiting my local bike shop and grabbing the newest GT catalog that I would one day lead an almost ten-year chapter in the brand’s life. Those pages would read about the resurrection of a BMX program. Concept, design and launch of countless products. And collaborations with incredible humans, unreal artists and iconic franchises that not only shaped my life, but the lives of many.
The story would begin with a joke between myself, a GT rider and a BMX legend in the making. “Hey, you should come ride for GT,” and he did. He would be paramount in helping me lay the groundwork for the freestyle years to come and I am forever indebted to him for that. The stories would talk about the development of a new race frame that begin its life by reintroducing THE GT, Gary Turner, back to his namesake brand at its launch event. That same frame would complete its life by carrying two GT riders into the 2020 Olympic final, one going home with the silver medal.
My first foray into MTB would be the development of a new dirt jump frame. With my history of making
With stock here in the UK- the time for UK flatlanders having to order from overseas - not know how long it is going to take and what the duty, vat and and handling fees will be - is hopefully over. Even frame options not in stock should be able to be supplied in a few days without any extra fees and a price close to the Euro. Heresy is such a great brand with an amazing team of course with the newly crowned UCI World Champion, Aude Cassagne.
Hopefully with the product here on hand, that the customer can get next day will help UK flatland grow. We have been supporting the UK Flatland League and it is Alex there that really made us look at flatland. The final straw was when I watched the Worlds in Glasgow and was blown away with the progression.
John David, the Chief Strategy Officer of USA BMX, the World’s Largest Sanctioning Body for the Olympic sport of bicycle motocross racing (BMX), has been named the new President and CEO of Sports ETA, the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, replacing Al Kidd, who will retire on June 30. Over the past 20 years with USA BMX, John has produced two Olympic Trials, co-coordinated the unification of the sport in the USA, and spearheaded the campaign for the creation of the new USA BMX headquarters, arena, museum, and Hall of Fame in Tulsa, OK. He also serves on the City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Board and is a UCI International Commissaire. In 2021, the Sports Events and Tourism Association named David as the Rights Holder of the Year.
“I am deeply honored to accept the position of President and CEO and join the exceptional team at the Sports Events & Tourism Association,” said David. “With more than 25 years of experience in major event production, membership service, sports marketing, and organizational strategy, I am excited to bring my passion and expertise to the table to drive growth and innovation in this dynamic industry. Together, we will work tirelessly to elevate the sports tourism industry while creating value for our members through our core pillars of education, advocacy, resources, and networking.”
“We are excited to introduce John David as our next President and CEO for Sports ETA,” said Don Dukemineer, CHSP, Director of Sports Development for Decatur Morgan County Tourism & Board Chairman of Sports ETA. “John’s integral understanding of the Association, plus his past
Shop name: 805 Bicycles Location: Simi Valley, California Time in business: 1 Year
What made you buy a bike store recently? 805 Bicycles: The timing was perfect & we simply had an offer that we couldn't refuse. 805 Bicycles was already an established business with a previous owner for 6 years. As it was an already established Shop with great clientele, the opportunity made sense.
On the first day off in Bogotá the plan was to meet up with Hiroshi Euhara and the Palencia brothers to see what the local BMX freestyle scene had to offer. When Esteban and Sebastian told me there were at least 10 core BMX shops I was surprised to hear that. We first stopped at Fuel BMX Distribution. They import brands like Federal, Tallorder and Fiction BMX and have 'core products from several other brands available at their shop. Entering the shop it felt like a real BMX shop which offered only BMX Freestyle products. Fuel distro has been supporting the scene for many years and it was a good first stop of the day.
Up next was a shop called Stike, located at Cra 52a #45a-29sur in Bogota. Also here the feeling was