Name: Mark McCorkle Hometown: Beaverton, OR Started riding BMX in: 1978 in Littleton, CO Number of bikes in the collection: 14. 11 vintage/old-school.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Mark McCorkle: It was 2008. I still had my original race bike from 1979. I had been hauling around, place to place for nearly 30 years. One day I just sort of realized I didn't feel I'd ever really use it. I figured if I could get $1000 for it, I'd let it go. After digging around on eBay, BMXMuseum and OS-BMX (now BMXSociety) websites, I generally found it was probably a $500-600 bike. So I decided not to part with it.
Name: Karl Hinkley Age: 43 Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA Current hook ups: The Bar-end Guy, Mudslingers bike shop & my wife Carrie Past sponsors: Dirt Master, Atomic, Drop out products & Andrew’s Bicycle shop
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Spot to ride:Current: The Nowear Compound. Past: The P.I.T. Skatepark in Rockford, IL
The Cobalt line combines proven geometry and dialled components giving you the best start out of the gate during your first days racing. The Cobalt Expert steps up to a 19.5″ toptube, a longer 50mm reach cobalt stem, a slim Radio combo seat and wider 1 3/8″ ARISUN “XLR8” tires. Fresh out of the box for 2021 with incredible new paint and graphics, you’ll be able to spot a Cobalt on the track very easily. All Cobalt bikes now feature full sealed front hubs and integrated headsets, making them simply unbeatable when comparing price to spec. The Cobalt is one seriously unstoppable machine.
Like it, dislike it, learn more about it. FATBMX caught up with Tioga to get the inside scoop on the new Progressive Front-end System they've been working on. Stiffer and lighter means faster?
What made Tioga look into working on the fork area of the BMX bike? Tioga: Shortly after the London Games, we had our annual product dissection sessions with some of our Elite riders, gathering feedback and picking their brains about product needs and improvements. During one of these discussions, some riders shared that they occasionally experience excess flex on their bike--they couldn’t quite pinpoint where, but explained that they detected some levels of flex during gate starts, or when cornering, landing a jump, and pumping over rhythm sections. Our engineering team took note of this, knowing how detrimental excess flex can be in a race, and the seed was planted. Over the years, many ideas were discussed, some more wild than others, and we eventually honed in on the steering system—the control center of the bike, primed for reengineering to better match the needs of more demanding riders.
In what ways is the new set-up better? Tioga: Simply put, it’s better because it’s both lighter and stiffer. At a glance, the Tioga system may be
We are stoked to announce the addition of Australian shredder Reece Druery! He's been repping the rose through Triple Six Distribution for a good minute now, but as you can see in the edit, he went down and did a number on his knee.