The news that Ron Bonner sold UGP was hard to believe. Ron Bonner IS UGP and has been since he was 16 years old. Why sell now? Is he still going to be involved? Who are the new owners? What about the Roots jam? What's happening with the team? All questions that needed answers. Ron Bonner explains. Was it a difficult decission to sell UGP and why?
The crazy thing is that I have been doing UGP since I was 16 years old everything that I have done for the past 18 years has been with UGP. I learned a ton about life with UGP. So yea it was the biggest decision I have ever made and not an easy one! But at some point in life change is good and I was ready for a change.
This decision opens up more time for me to explore other creative outlets that I might not of had time to try.
Are the new guys into BMX?
They love BMX. The new CEO (Ric Coven) used to ride and was a really good street rider back in the day.
Mike Ardelean and Juse teamed up to form Lavar Brand, a clothing company that takes things in a different direction. Mike was the one answering FATBMX's questions. Find the answers here: FATBMX: What made you decide to do a clothing company?
Mike: My friend Juse and I started and we were just not really buying BMX clothes so we didn't want to complain about BMX companies so we kind of made our own.
So how do you start with a company, there are a lot of little clothing and BMX companies doing T-shirts, what did it take for you?
Mike: We have a lot of things planned but everything is so slow. We are still doing T-shirts. It took us so long to get our T-shirts the way we wanted them and now we're happy with that so we're going to move forward.
Part of doing your own clothing company is having your own team, who's on the Lavar team?
The Benelux does not have a print BMX magazine that comes out on a regular basis. This probably hurts the BMX trade but it's hard to find people crazy enough to put their heart into a magazine production. Recently a BMX Trix 'n Tips magazine came out and we checked in with Hoite Polkamp, the man behind the pocket format BMX mag. Do you think it's time for a BMX magazine in The Netherlands?
Hoite: Well, obviously it would be great. The Dutch BMX scene has produced some seriously amazing riders over the last few years and it would be great to give them the exposure they deserve, but commercial wise I think it would be really hard to put out a regular magazine that comes out every other month. You’d probably have to do it in English and cover the European scene.
What do you have in the works?
Concept stores seem to be all the craze. We stopped by at the VANS store in Carnaby street on our way to the Download festival in Donington. The London based store had quite some unique shoes on display so we took some pics and decided to share them with you.
We could run some old school pictures of Dylan Clayton in Mongoose racing gear from back in the day but we won't. Just trust us when we say that this guy has serious BMX roots. Dylan recently started his own BMX mailorder company and opened up a store a few weeks ago. FATBMX caught up with Dr. Smooth to find out more about the rider run set-up. FATBMX: Tell us a little about your new operation at Firm Bikes.
Dylan Clayton [firm bikes]: The new operation was at first to open a mailorder company www.firmbikes.com to supply bikes, parts and clothing. This was launched November 2004.
American Mentality, Inc., is announcing that UGP Underground Products is under new ownership and is now operating as UGP, LLC. in Orlando, Florida.
American Mentality's Rachel Bonner:"We want all of you to know that this has been a very personal and hard decision but have finally realized that the memories and family met along the way is what makes UGP so special. We appreciate and value each of you and your efforts are what makes UGP so unique and special."
FUEL TV to Produce Dew Action Sports Tour Special Editions of â€œFUEL TV’s 54321 Weekly Updateâ€? Telecasts
FUEL TV, the first and only network dedicated to the world of action sports, and the Dew Action Sports Tour, the first professional, multi-sport tour of action sports, have announced a three-year strategic partnership that includes multiple programming and cross-promotional aspects involving FUEL. For the 2005 season, as part of this agreement, FUEL TV will produce a â€œpost-gameâ€? show from each of the five Dew Action Sports Tour events that will be telecast within special editions of â€œFUEL TV’s 54321 Weekly Update.â€?
David Sternberg, Executive Vice President, Emerging Networks, Fox Cable Networks; CJ Olivares, FUEL TV Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager; and Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour, made the joint announcement.
We here at KGB decided to drop the distributors and shops that carry KGB products. Why? The answer is very simple; We want to lower the prices of our products as low as possible so all the flatlanders around the world can afford good quality flatland products.
The first set of delivery contains following products:
XP Innovation, LLC has acquired BMX Cataloger and E-tailer, Dan's Competition, LLC from New York based multi-title merchant Alloy, Inc. XP Innovation, LLC is owned and operated by Dustin Wilson, William Cartwright and Steve Kalsch, current management team members of Dan's Comp.
Steve Kalsch, President of XP Innovation states, "We acquired the business after learning Alloy was interested in selling Dan's Comp to focus on it's other core brands." Kalsch, who has over 18 years experience in the direct marketing industry, notably with outdoor sporting goods supplier Gander Mountain, Norm Thompson and most recently with Dan's Comp, goes on to state, "This is a great opportunity and we plan to continue providing a wide selection of products at competitive prices."
The Subdivision Show is an annual gathering of BMX companies, dealers and riders. Andy Zeiss made the trip over to Binghampton and took the following pictures. We checked in with Steve Crandall, one of the organizers, to see what the show is all about.
FATBMX: How many years have you had the Subdivision show going?
Steve: This was the 3rd year in a row...