This is my third attempt of doing a review on RIDEBMX's March issue. In fact, we've received the April issue already (in February) so we won't be spending too much time on the issue which has Blackman on the cover. It's actually a pretty dark cover for a California based magazine so let's hope for them it doesn't hurt the newsstands sales. 124 pages of RIDEBMX bring you: Letters, News and short articles in Up Front (i.e. the Braun Flatground comp in Amsterdam) which are fun to read. Smokey and the Bandit (Ryan Sher) takes care of the Pro Q&A and Tom Haugen shows his music preference. The Spot Check is about SoCal's Sheep Hills and yes, I also wanted to check that place out (and did). Then and Now: Jay Miron. Private Property: The Seventies Ramps in Hastings, England fuckin' eh right! Products on page 54 include The House axles, Berringer bar taps, FBM hub guard, 1664 pedals, Kink integrated headset, Drive lite forks and a Mosh belt.
It's February and we're reviewing the February issue of BMX Plus! Right in time, or better, way too late. The print magazines seem to put a month on the cover that is close to 5 months ahead when they start putting the mag together. The Feb issue with Josh Harrington on the cover reports about the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=901]Vans Let it Ride contest[/url] that took place in Vegas in the beginning of October, yup, that's five months ago. For some reason it's still interesting to pick up a new BMX mag even if the news is a bit dated compared to the news on the net. The mail bag (letters section) isn't really date related so you can check that out whenever. I had a letter posted once in Plus! (pre e-mail days) that resulted in a long time letter correspondence with Pat Wirz of The 'Zine. The BMXperts on the next page answer questions of the Plus! readers so if you have a question, send it to Box 958 in Valencia, CA 91380-9058.
We bought this issue of BMX-UP while we were in France. The cover states that it has reports on the Nokia Fise, the Bercy race World's and the Oakley Twenty Jam in Carmaux, all events we went to over the summer. Tommy Lauque gets the cover nose diving over the FISE spine. After a couple of pages of news we arrive at the Twenty compound which is a business visit/interview with Jean Luc Ferrari and Alex Baret. Here's another familiar event we visited in '05: E Viva Espagna (LG Action Sports World tour - Barcelona). The O/20 jam was a good time and memories returned while flipping through page 18-25. Visit that place when you can. Next up is a race report from the French BMX championships (Mours) with 10 pages of colourful BMX coverage. Frank Soulier does rad tables and gets interviewed in an article that's about the Paris area. If you speak French, you can learn more about Fred Borel and John Petit too as they ask them some questions.
After months of testing, the THE Vice grips are ready for you to ride. The Vice Grips, a lock on style grip, is the first grip to use a special manufacturing technique to produce a multi colored grip logo on the same layer of the grip. The clamps will keep your grips on tight no matter what the weather is like outside and will make switching handlebars or brake levers a breeze. The Vice clamp feature also helps you keep a set of grips a lot longer, as the dual density construction will help the grips stay in tact after mutable bar changes and removals.
I'm watching the Agoride DVD right now and am trying to finish the review while watching. Not the best set-up but this way I'm sure it gets done. Basically the Agoride DVD is a great archive of 2005 happenings that took place in Europe and France in particular. Even if you're not a top 5 pro finisher, there is a good chance you made it on this DVD if you went to the FISE contest, BMX Masters, King of Boueno, Braun Flatground, Varsovie, the Vibrations Urbaines (Nantes and Pessac) or the 100 Contest.
Depending on what you are looking for, this DVD might be for you but it can possibly be not worth your time. If you hate jungle music and are down for the classics, you should turn the music down. If you don't like special effects, this DVD can get a bit annoying at times. If you want banger tricks only, we can advise you to look further. But the Agoride DVD sure has a crowd and we'd say it's for flatland riders as most footage is from the flat discipline.
You know what it is with video reviews? It's hard to explain the situation with words. One tailtap on a fence out of the skatepark isn't the same as the next one. An alley-oop 180 out of a curved wallride (Yeagle) might not sound ridiculous but when you see it in action, you gotta realize it's nuts. Doing a 360 out of a 180 curved wallride with an orange spin wheel, Standpoint got it on film. We're not even trying to describe Matt Beringer's backyard or the tricks that are done on a weird shaped bowl in the middle of nowhere.
We received two Covert frames in the mail here at FATBMX.com. On opening the box we were a little surprised on the design of the frames. The Psyops resembled of a Menstrual bike with the pierced head tube. Maybe Keith Treanor is heading the product development department at Covert these days. We doubt it.
The Psyops and Ghost Recon frames are hand built in China and weigh 1.89 kgs (for the Ghost Recon) and 1.93 kgs for the Psyops. This is extremely light but the material used isn't Supertherm triple butted 4130 cro-mo but China Aluminium.
How can you go wrong by buying a video that only has the best stuff in it. The Props crew went through their 2005 footage and put everything together in one DVD. All the bangers, all the road trips, all the contests and sessions, but only the best stuff. If you've missed the regular Props issues in 2005, this is the one to buy. It gets you up to speed on what happened at the Metro jam, the Backyard jam, the Rebel jam, the Red Bull Elevation and it has got plenty of real street and plenty of Stephen Lilly. Some other riders worth mentioning are Morgan Wade, Cameron Wood, Ben Hittle and Dave Osato (360 tailwhip bunny hop drop in anyone?). You can watch the trailer on Freecaster by clicking [url=http://sports.freecaster.com/mov.php?mid=674&aid=718&cat=00001]here[/url]. It gives you a good idea of the video but somehow the trailer doesn't show Stephen Lilly. He's got plenty of footy in Props' Best of 2005. Bonus section? Best of Props from ten years ago (1995) and the credits of the entire 2005 year. Although I've seen them all, the Best of 2005 gave me a feeling there was plenty of new footage too. Get yours at your local dealer or contact: [url=http://www.propsvisual.com/index_alt.html]Props[/url].
Man, we've been covering the Down Under riding scene lately with interviews on [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1135]Colin MacKay[/url], [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1073]Dave Dillewaard[/url] and [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1093]Ryan Guettler[/url], a review on [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1108]2020 BMX magazine[/url] and here's the DVD that actually came with said magazine. Hindsight two starts off with a Dyno commercial with classic footage of Dave Voelker and not so classic 2005 footage. I though Dyno had moved on to making beach cruisers or something but the Australians have kept the brand alive. The DVD opens with the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=901]Vans Let it Ride competition[/url] that was held at the HardRock & Casino parking lot of Las Vegas.
When I put the Shadow Conspiracy DVD in the player I was expecting some weird stuff. For some reason the "different" ad campaign and commercials around the Shadow brand made me think that way. I'm glad to tell you that my expectations were wrong. Sure, the team rider intros had this Shadow vibe to them with red lighting and CSI like editing but soon after it was straight to the BMX bike for lots of street riding and also lots of dirt.