The German BMX mag is going steady. The latest issue has Hannuh Cools on the cover and in case you're wondering, the Belgian sky is always yellow (because of the fries and the mayonnaise and the yellow lights on the highway). Three Euros and twenty cents is a steal for a 68 page full colour BMX mag. Before you go out and subscribe to have it delivered to your doorstep, it's good to know that it's written in German. This will probably help with your German class at school so don't hold back. But what do you get? After the intro you get all kind of info in the news section. The 2006 event calendar is missing this summer's FAT-JAM (19 August) so mark that calendar now. Tons of DVD reviews, Kopp's music top 5, Freedom goes Emo article and then straight into the Backyard Jam report. The Lumberjack jam in Aurich took place without Gary Ellis there. At least he did not get a picture in the report. What's a magazine without an interview. Sig and Hannuh Cools are contest regulars from Belgium and explain what they're about in the 6 pages they get.
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.
S&M Bikes, Inc a California corporation has agreed to terms with Marketing Manager John Paul Rogers for fiscal year 2006. Mr Roger's responsibilities will include overseeing all marketing functions with an emphasis on Team Management and corporate branding. Initial projects slated for completion include a short play video and revised advertising strategy. Mr Roger's will focus on increasing shred boners across the board in 06.
In other words, JP is finally working with S&M permanently and not just on special projects. JP has been involved with S&M pretty much since day one and has been responsible for some really cool shit in the last few years, including Props Mega Tour, Transworld BMX's Road To NoWhere trip, helping bring Bob and Wiz to the team and getting Please Kill Me made and promoted.
- After being dropped by KGB, Alex Jumelin was looking for a ride. He found one at KHE. Alex will be getting a signature model but at the upcoming Braun Circle Cow in France, Alex will ride Bram Verhallen's RIP frame.
- KHE builds up a Limited Edition Team! Riders get their own limited edition series frames - just like they want it to be! The frames will be available in selected shops / distributors! [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1181]Bram Verhallen[/url] (18) has been supported by KHE for about one year now and finally he has received his RIP signature frame! Clean, no pivots, with 1-1/8” integrated headset, a special geometry and a RIP special painting. Justin Miller (BMX Masters 2005 winner) also joined the KHE Limited Edition crew! His own frame “Militant” is in development now.
The 2006 Psykopath rosters have now been released and are as follows. Be on the look out for both pro and amateur riders at local and large races throughout the season. NBL, ABA, and UCI races will all be covered. Factory Team: Augusto Castro AA Pro- Columbia Damian Lopez AA Pro-Argentina Mike Kilpatrick AA Pro-Pennsylvania
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.
- St-Martin : Simon O'Brien joined the team. We are now talking with him to design his signature frame and signature handlebar. - St-Martin : beside Simon's frame, we are also working on 2 other prototype frames. - St-Martin : our distributor in Hungary (Görb-X / Harlee) added László Elek to their team. László is known as the best style rider in Hungary. Up to now, he never went out Hungary. 2006 will be his first European year. - St-Martin : Chris Böhm (Germany) won the Last Session 2005 contest. He'll be at the Circle Cow contest in France, mid February. - St-Martin : Available in april 2006 : 7075 pegs, 38 mm O.D., 115 grams each. - St-Martin : Our distributor in Japan (Dirty Bike) added Miura Hirokazu to their flatland team. Nishikawa "Taka" Takahiro and Misawa Shintaro were already in the team in 2005.
We're talking about Superstar, the French BMX company here and not Ice Money...... Here's some info brought to you by Med: - Superstar : Dominic Biro (USA team rider) is as good on his bike as in front of a CNC machine. He made and ride an interesting front hub that we may produce in the future. Note : Dominic is good in tech/mech : he is into drag racing car and prepare his car and engine by himself. - Superstar : in UK, Guy Terry will be more than a Superstar rider. From now, he is the link between Superstar, Padded Cell (UK distributor) and the riders. - Superstar : Tom Blyth is the first newly added rider in the UK team. You'll hear from Tom very soon.
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.