If you hadn't noticed by now, we like to run some old pics over here at FATBMX.
Never thought a picture of someone doing an X-up wheelie on a cruiser could look this good.
Bob Haro making it work once again.
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With competing magazines working on their umpteenth issue, you are getting used to the way their set up is and what you can expect. With Twenty BMX it's still fresh. We received issue # three in the FATBMX mailbox and it has a racer on the cover. Don't be fooled though because this AA Pro racer knows how to do X-up flips, tailwhips and he cranks turndowns and lookbacks at the local Vegas concrete parks. It's Schwinn's Nate Berkheimer who also has the pro interview inside. For the old dogs, Twenty brings a story on the Joe Kid premiere in Hollywood (home of the editor). There's a big feature on the PIG contest that only seemed to take place a few weeks ago. Flatlander Justin Miller is a force to be reckoned with. Page 40/41 shows you what he's all about. The magazine seems to cover what other mags don't so it's no surprise to find an interview with Holland's one and only AA pro Robert de Wilde on p. 44.
FBR LEGEND DVD COMING SOONâ€¦
Front Brake Revolution Ltd are proud to release exclusive information about their forthcoming DVD release entitled: â€œLEGENDâ€?.
The film documents the recent Front Brake Revolution Jam held at the legendary Rampage Skatepark. The FBR Euro team travel from London to Chicago and beyond, on a journey to the most famous skatepark in the world, for one of the most talked about BMX events of all time. In one last furious session, the worlds greatest technical ramp riders come together to ride at the monumental FBR Rampage Jam and bid farewell to the longest running freestyle facility in America.
The video features interviews and groundbreaking riding from definitive front brake riders including:
One more from the old box.
This BMX Action subscription ad shows some riders "getting rad". That's what it was called back in the day. With a camera around the riders pushed a bit harder to get on that HOT SHOT page. These bail photos showed up in the Subscription advertisement.
It would be cool if current publishers could still send a monthly magazine oversees for an extra $ 4,= USD. per year. Times have changed.
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Over twenty years ago Mongoose came out with a set of wheels that had rims that were 17% lighter. This weight saving was accomplished by drilling holes in between the spoke holes. Saving ounces on rolling weight is extra beneficial so the idea was a good one. With single wall rims it was even possible to use different colour ribbons to match the paint job of your ride.
Check that address. It lists a TELEX number!
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We're back on the BMX Plus! magazine comp list. Thanks to whoever made that happen. It was a bit weird to receive the July issue before the June issue and both magazines came with the warning that this was the last issue we would be receiving on our subscription. We'll just wait for the August issue to come in before we start panicking. First things first; June 2005.Cameron White on the cover on an orange bike. Oranje Boven! 2 Dutch guys get a photo in Inside Scoop this month. The Mailbag brought some shady drawings for a BMX magazine. The BMXperts answer some reader questions and the Nostalgia page has Greg Hill riding a pink Hutch. I honestly forgot Greg ever rode for Hutch. Thanks for the reminder. Nate Wessel and Van Homan present their bikes on page 28/29. Ryan Sher's front yard jam got a report and the FBM outsider gets tested.
It's quite simple. If you race BMX, you need this video. Transit 5 shows a lot of NBL and ABA races from the States. That's where the real pros battle for the titles and contingency money week in and week out. Transit concentrates on the better classes meaning AA pro, A pro, master pro, pro women and the top expert classes. The filming and editing isn't top notch. It's usually one camera angle and sometimes a dude stands in front of the camera but you wouldn't have seen it any better if you had visited the race yourself. With the remote control in your hand you can get back to your favorite sections and learn how pros pass or throw their hips into the gate.
Next to the NBL and ABA racing Transit 5 also covers the 2004 UCI BMX world championships in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. There are various camera angles here but somehow it gets a bit confusing when they switch up angles. I'd like to throw in some more positive criticism in the way of doing a quick line-up of everyone who is on the gate. Either this or results right after. I understand the producers of the
If a magazine is at number 31 it's a has shown that it can last. Dirtbiker is a magazine from the Czech Republic, home of the 2005 IBMXFF Nokia Freestyle World Championships. We'll have to wait until this event is over to see the coverage in Dirtbiker but you can be sure that they will be around. The magazine is a mixture of BMX racing, BMX freestyle and all types of MTB disciplines (no XC, Marathon or that type of riding though). The full colour magazine has BMX ads from DC, GT, Specialized, Etnies, VANS, Bell, 3120, Gotcha and Vehiclo so the support from the Czech BMX industry is there. The Duben 2005 issue is 98 pages and costs Kc55. Wait a minute, that means they don't run the Euro in Czech so you better change up some money when you go to the World's next week. The magazine is written in Czech which makes it hard to understand if you don't speak the language. It's got a big news section, an interview with cover guy Michal Pribyl and Josh Harrington, a report from some Czech riders who went to the USA, a flatland contest report, winter funbox report and a how-to of a transfer X-up to fakie. Petan TJ also gets an interview and Jamie Bestwick's GT Team bike gets tested. Pick up your copy at the World's in Prague, home base of Dirtbiker magazine.
I checked for the cover price on this magazine. It's 3 Euro 20. That's pretty cheap for 84 pages of full colour BMX coverage. Make sure you pick up a copy at the newsstands when you make it over for one of the German contests this summer.
What you get is a nice covershot of Alex Dropsy getting stylish over some doubles. Michael Steingraeber takes some great pics. One of them is the Contents spread. Flatland represent. Lots of regional news this time and a full events calendar. Reviews, an article on saving weight, the third generation of BMX riders, the Braun trailpeople report and a Ravage jam article. It doesn't stop here. If you still didn't make it in the magazine by now, here's some more chances: Bike Show report, photo gallery, Muenster scene report, XL series at Heerlen, Pariah in Berlin, Roadstar jam, product stuff, Verthaus report, commercial shoot in Barca, how-to's, letters, you get the picture, it's a full issue.
The new kid on the block in the USA in the BMX magazine market is Twenty BMX. Spearheaded by ex-Transworld BMX managing editor Kevin McAvoy and photographer Justin Kosman, the Twenty crew have already finished three issues since the beginning of this year.
The question is if there is space for a new magazine. With BMX Plus!, Dig, Ride, Faction and RIDEBMX available on the USA market already you would say, not really. Unless it's refreshing and I think the mag brings a bunch of good stuff. The pages are massive to start with which is good for bringing big pictures and putting lots of content on each page. BMX racing doesn't have much of an outlet in the USA and with the demise of Transworld BMX and Moto-Mag, all eggs were in BMX Plus!'s basket. Twenty is helping out with a different look on racing than ever before.