The Ruff Draft DVD is full of those "BIO riders" that appear on one page with a little interview in the BMX magazines. From Larry Alvarado to Jackson Ratima these are all very talented riders that actually deserve full back-up from a company but since they're too far away from "the scene" they seem to get unnoticed. Steve Croteau and Davy Watson belong to this list too. They're riding new spots that could easily end up on a full page in Dig or RIDE. The filming of Ruff Draft is super and adds a couple of new angles to the whole video. Mike Hoder and Justin Simpson each have good sections. The graphics in Ruff Draft are great and at least you get to know who's riding after every rider gets presented with some type of "introduction". The DVD is a strong street film with new locations be it pools, rails, stairs and banks. It has got some hidden sections and bonus features including game of BIKE between Dossantos and Gonzalez. Chad Shackelford did a good job with Ruff Draft.
In its first year of being in business Twenty BMX has already received a new look. The October issue sports a new logo but the big pages remain. The Pump section has all the latest news and it feels like [twenty]bmx comes out quick as it has got the Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports tour round 2 info already. Tom Haugen explains how much money the BMX pros make at the moment in an article on page 16. The MacNeil cassette hub gets explained and if you are looking into buying a new seatpost, you only have to turn to page 22 as there are ten of them explained. Mosh went to Australia and made a report for [twenty] with loads of pics. Mike (Noord-)Brabant is a fast 17 year old BMX racer that will possibly end up in the top pro ranks in a few years from now. He knows how to jump too. Mike got a big 6-page interview. Vic Murphy and crew went to Mexico for a fun little trip and Papiro shot the pics. 5 BMX racers get asked what their career highs and lows are, it makes for some interesting reading. "Bad to the Bone" Covert bicycles? No thanks.
For only 2 Euros you can pick up issue 12 of Zwanzig magazine. You should. It's money well spent. The quality of paper and pics is superb and also the lay-out kicks ass. When reading the magazine, it feels like the Zwanzig crew says what they think which is nice to see in a world where advertisers, sponsors and contest organizers seem to rule the scene. This review is shamelessly late but the Zwanzig crew on the other hand is on it. On Friday after the BMX-Masters, they already had an opening spread from the contest in the mag. How's that for speed. A beer bottle in the news section, why not? Dates, video reviews, a IBMXFF World's report straight out of Prague with great photo's, how to build ramps followed by a Taylor Leigh and Ben Armstrong self interview fills the first part of issue 12. The product page reviews a bunch of cassette hubs, bars, stems and frames and some softgoods. It's all about the Nosedive article follows and the Mellow Park people always seem to come up with some good pin-up photo. Turn to page 41 for that one, the lady is having a shower
Luke Parslow from Australia gets the cover of the new Plus! What else is in there you might wonder? Let's just go by the contents page for this review. It pretty much sums up what you can expect from the October issue anyway. If there's something in this list that might interest you, track down the BMX mag at the newsstands or go to www.bmxplusmag.com to get a subscription.
26 ABA Midwest Nationals: Rocking in Rockford
42 BMX PLUS! road trip: Nor Cal with a van full of riders
56 Dew Action Sports Tour: Dew's first stop in Louisville, KY.
24 MCS Holeshot Expert: Can this bike give you the holeshot?
32 Staats Large Frame: Did Staats' all around frame have what it takes?
66 GT Jamie Bestwick King: A bike fit for a king.
RIDEBMX No. 87
Out of the UK comes the August issue of RIDEBMX. 172 pages and still no sign of the HARO UK tour report...... But what do you get? Lard sitting on a toilet smoking a bad boy. You get a bunch of news, Travis Collier-eh check-up, Derek Adams itw, Leif Valin sequence, Ali's top-5, an elephant, product info on Proper-Bulldog-Profile-Standard, Ciari and KHE parts which does not include any beer cans. There's more on the next page about Alone-Federal-G-sport-Twenty-Bicycle Union and Primo parts. 2006 is around the corner.....check out the new frames on page 54. FATBMX half-page ad on page 55-word. There's a big World's report that starts on page 56 and it does include a photo of Morgan Wade going insanely high on that quarterpipe. Mongoose takes care of the pull-out poster this time. On the road again with RoadFools 14. The Voices article has more photos than words.
Here’s a sneak peek at some 2006 dirt/street stuff from SE Bikes. The new line will debut at the end of this year. Expect bigger & better things this coming year from SE.Mauler Pro frame
Man, the magazines that are out these days are good. RIDEBMX has been considered one of the leaders for a while and the September issue brings you loads of stuff. The Volume ads are funny, I like to see companies spicing it up. It's taking a while for the Shadow Conspiracy to go anywhere with their ads though but it might be just me who doesn't get them. They're at ad 5 of 7 so 2 more ads to go and everything should fall in its place. The Sept. issue has the regulars like letters, news, scene report on Long Island, Pro Q&A with Rich Hirsch, reviews and a 6 page adidas ad that would fit better in a skateboard magazine. Then and now with Robbie Morales. Every time I see him, he looks more and more like Richard Long. He even runs the moustache. Rob-O has always had a big BMX heart which got him where he is today. Hmm, the Macneil riders must be hot, they've got girls all over them in their ads. Adam Banton is running a moustache too but it's his bike that gets inspected, not his facial hair.
BMX Plus! is the longest running BMX magazine out there. They've gotta be doing something right. The September issue has a story on the 2005 Ultimate race bike, which is a cro-mo- FBM Bitchin' Camero. It must be the most expensive frame in the mailorder ads...... There's some inside Scoop with news on Mike Day, the Orchid DVD, Josh Harrington, The CFB in OKC, a Dale Holmes update and some info on the Allan Cooke Local Exposure tour. next to that the Inside Scoop has a story on Mirra's jumbo ramp. If you sent a letter to BMX Plus!, you might find it on pages 14 - 16 or 18. Being the oldest BMX magazine out there, coming up with a Nostalgia page is no big task. Gary Ellis gets the photo wearing Yes/Dyno pants. How's the FedEx route doing Gary? If you want to know what Dave Mirra is running on his bike, turn to page 22/23. It's not the golden bike, which apparently got lost on the airlines getting back from the X-Games. Ooops. Stephen Murray's GT also gets highlighted. Congrats on becoming a daddy Stephen! Is Bully Bikes still around? Must be, check the Bully Impulse test (P.26/27).
It's been quite in review land. It's not that we have not received the magazines or DVD, it's just that we have had no time to check them out.
Twenty BMX magazine seems to come out on a regular basis. The September issue is another good issue. The mix with BMX racing and Freestyle might not be your thing but maybe you can give it a try. You can either learn something from racing or as a racer, you can pick up some tricks from the freestyle dudes.
The cover has racing on it. This might be risky business but it shows the Twenty people have got balls. The big format gives you bigger pictures, even the photos in the Pump (news) section show up rather big.