After completing two years under a 9 issue per year cycle, Dig BMX Magazine has recently announced plans to move into a bi-monthly production schedule for 2006. Some might say this is a bad thing, but we see it as a very good thing for all parties involved. Wanna know why? Keep reading. For the readers, this means stronger, exclusive writing and photography, detailed and in-depth coverage of riders and original artwork that isn't restricted by release dates and what everyone else is doing. The shift also affords us improved production for each issue, with full-color presentation, added pages of content, new departments and more. In the simplest terms, we spend more time perfecting each issue for our readers. That's good, right?
Damn, we´re late again with the reviews of the BMX mags. You´ll find a bunch of reveiws on FATBMX this week, promised. Here´s the January issue of RIDEBMX and yes, you saw that right, they´ve got a Flatland photo on the cover. It must have been years since that happened (anyone?). Terry Adams is a media machine. The Haro ad shows the first signing of The Unit, Nyquist´s private "Training Centre". Let´s simply list some things out of the table of contents. That will give you a good idea of what you can expect from Ride´s first 2006 issue. 18 Letters. 24 Up Front.. 48 Pro Q&A.. 52 Diversions.. 54 Then and Now with Ian Morris.. 56 Products.. 57 Product Test.. 58 SetUps with Jimmy Levan.. 110 Regional News.. 114 BIO with Mike Hoder.. 122 End Point.. Okay, that was a short cut. Let´s flip through the mag and see if we can find some interesting stuff for you. Okay, there are two Germans that get a full page ad. Max Gaertig gets the wethepeople ad and next page it´s Paddy Gross in the SNAFU ad. With Spaniard Ruben Alcantara in the FOX ad and Australian Ryan Guettler in the VANS ad, you know that BMX is international and the companies support that. The new Volume ads make me laugh. You may think they suck but I think they rule.
Converging from around the country and the world, the assembled 20inch crew got their first taste of Dirt Jam and its epic scale on Friday morning. Set in the middle of the Gold Coasts most famous strip of golden sand at Surfers, the Dirt Jam was nothing short of incredible.
Over 60 tonnes of dirt sculpted over the top of 300 wooden palettes made up the two huge 3 metre high supercross-esque kickers, while a 7 metre high roll in towered ominously above it all. The massive height of the tower set to generate more than enough speed for epic airtime, bringing with it the ability to push BMX dirt jumping into the next millennium.
The 45 invited riders quickly dropped to around the 35 mark. Between the sheer scale of the roll in and two intimidating dirt kickers that followed, the field was culled even before the first heats began. Dirt Jam was no place for the meek or mild....
There's no secret we appreciate the FATBMX.com sponsors. SE BMX have their new 2006 website up and you should take a look at it. The Wildman has put some serious time into the project and it shows. The history of the company goes way back to 1970 when Scot Breithaupt began organizing "Pedal Cross" races (that's called BMX these days). Scot started the SE Racing company in 1976 and still helps out with the company today. There is a section how you can become part of the SE Terror Squad, you can check out the 2006 bikes and find a distributor/dealer in your area. Anyway, click the SE banner on the right to get there.
Raul Reez gets the cover of the January issue doing an X-up stall from a bank onto a rail. Inside Scoop gives away December B-day dates. Here are some of them: 7th: TJ Lavin and Dave Osato, 11 Sean McKinney, 19 Kevin Robinson, December 29 DMC and 30 John Parker. Congrats to all of them this month. The Inside Scoop has loads of funny pictures that would not make it anywhere else in the mag. We love pics with funny captions. A lot of people seem to write in at BMX Plus! telling from the Mail Bag and Ask the BMXperts pages. Dennis McCoy (DMC) receives a well deserved pro interview. He's been a pro BMX rider for 20 years and at age 38 (he'll turn 39 later this month) he's still rocking. That great house he's living in is well deserved. Mucho Respect. The FIT Pro Complete Bike gets tested and receives a great review. A Wall tap how-to follows with Colin Mackay. BMX Plus! loves Buyer's Guides and they've got one in the January issue of 2006 Dirt/Park/Street bikes. 19 pages of bikes and info foy you to decide what to buy next. Poster = Porter. Hang it on your wall. Race fans are not fogotten with a report on the 2005 NBL Grand Nationals. Pro Bike review: Jamie Bestwick's signature GT. Tested: Josh Harrington's signature Premium Frame.
Making a team video can be a long process. It usually takes months to collect enough footage and sometimes even years. Federal took it another way. They got the team riders in a few vehicles and made sure enough camera's were on board. Then they set off to Germany and filmed the whole thing in 9 1/2 days. With riders like Corey Martinez on your team, you don't need much more time. Corey found stuff to ride right from the start and used everything that was available to clock in his footage. So good. The fact that he messed up his shoulder during the trip and could not ride any more leaves some time for the other riders to show what they got.
Chris Polack is an amazing photographer from down under. When great photographers collect their best shots for their own special project, you can expect something good. That's exactly what the 2006 BMX Calendar is. Super quality paper so it will stay in shape in the shadiest workshop too. Riders that are featured at Simple Bike's Daniel Wallis who gets january 2006. Flatlander Shane Badman does what he believes is right even if that means dressing up in some martial arts suit and do a seatgrab hang 10 in front of a temple. Turbo Chris tabs a tree with his rear wheel coming in from a dirt bank. That's March for him. Former street world champ Luke Fink burns some rubber for April and Pete Radivo whips one of those Australian concrete parks (May is his). Russell Brindley rides dirt early in the morning in June and Brendan Jones likes Lake jumping it seems like. July is the winter month in Aussie by the way, they're enjoying summer right now.
Millencolin, Flogging Molly and The Unseen played in Tilburg at the Antidote tour. 013 was sold out, but the people at Vans and Eastpak made sure the FATBMX crew had tickets. Dennis and Paul picked me up in Dennis' VW transporter (for sale) and we ditched traffic to arrive in Tilburg in time for a few cold ones before the concert started. Some dudes in skeleton suits (Unseen?) couldn't really impress. Good thing we had a spot at the bar while watching this band. I wasn't sure if we were allowed to bring a camera inside the 013 concert hall but we tried our phones to get some sort of photo material for this interview.
Look at these trails, they look pretty good. December 3rd will see some action on these Tschugg built trails in Germany. The jam starts at 11am and ends at sunset which is probably around 5pm these days. Directions: A96 Memmingen - Lindau, Exit 32 Wangen Ravensburg. It's under a bridge. The flyer states it's for Bike Freaks and beginners and Mama Tschugg is cooking the food with Red Bull taking care of the drinks and music. This might actually be the last outdoor session of the year in Germany.
I remember when I used to pick up a Transworld Skateboarding magazine or their Snowboarding version and was amazed by how many pages it had. RIDEBMX (UK) is amazing me these days with the number of pages it has, 180 to be exact. Lots of ads bring lots of pages or does it work the other way around? Issue # 90 has the following articles, I'm sure there's something for everyone.
Editorial by Bancroft, Top 5 with Rich Hirsch, BMX news from all corners of this planet and that includes news from GoGo over in Scotland. A little interview with Macneil's Andrew McMullen, wheel building with George French, Groundforce with Tex, Music reviews and stuff, a handy skatepark directory, and it goes on and on. New Stuff shows nice black and grey products and then KingKong and Odyssey throw some colours in the mix on the next page. Frame reviews; 5 of them. The it's off to Vegas for Interbike and the Vans Let it Ride jam. Worldwide baby. The Backyard jam deservedly gets 12 pages of coverage with some amazing high air pics. Le DC road trip to France is up next followed by Island Life (Guernsey).