Giant tries to address the fixed gear freestyle crowd by releasing a “tarck’d out” Bowery frame. Complete with a small saddle, short stem and 3-piece cranks. Is that an Imperial sprocket ripoff? Is the sprocket splined? Or are they selling the bike with Loctite and a locking washer for the sprocket bolt? The Champion du Monde stripes are a subtle detail too.
Companies need to pay attention. Nothing screams “throw me down some stairs” like an Aluminum frame. Why not make a 4130 frame? I know some people swear by alloy for tricks, so that’s not a total fail and I’ll give them credit on nailing the aesthetic of the 700c trick bikes.
They addressed just about everything. If it had a unicrown fork and was made from chromoly, it’d probably sell really well. It’s obviously a new model, since the only place that has it online is Cadence 120, including the Giant website. I’m assuming it’ll be showcased at the Giant booth at Interbike this year.
Here’s their description:
“Giant’s Bowery FMX might have been born in the velodrome but it was definitely raised in the BMX world. This fun city steed boasts an aluminum frame and chromoly fork for a light, responsive ride that can take on whatever the urban landscapes has in store for you. This sweet rig is ready for whatever tricks you can throw down, too, with stiff 3-piece chromoly cranks, a BMX-style saddle and a stubby stem with riser bars. And, the fast-rolling 700c wheels with Michelin tires can handle drops, jumps and fast bike-lane ripping. There’s even a thick wrap around the top tube to protect you as well as this sweet frame while it’s locked up.”
Bike-lane ripping… lulz