The Mysterious Supercross Road Bikes
BMXers have always been typically anti road bikes, BMXers want to jump, play in the dirt and that is where so many of the successful MTBers were born as BMXers evolved ( ie.. Brian Lopes, Eric Carter, Dave Cullinan, Blake Carney etc… )
But we all know a Road Bike can really be a good time. Nothing like a good Road Ride to clear your head, get the legs moving, keep the lungs pumping, and the training and endurance values are huge. So back in 2004 when they announced that BMX was going to be an Olympic Sport everyone started looking at proper training and Road Bikes were getting a close look. So when the National Federations started getting involved they started putting Road Bike Training into the BMXers training books.
So when this first happened, Samantha Cools who was riding for us and was Canada’s Star to go to the Olympics needed a Road Bike we built her a custom Supercross Road Bike. We were working with Easton at the time and got her a custom Scandium Tubeset a Carbon rear seat stays. it was light and fast.
After we built Sam’s Road Bike we had a few people ask about us building them a Road Bike, but the cost involved just didn’t justify the need, so for years it was the only Supercross Road Bike and not a lot of people knew it existed, it was only occasionally at a race where someone would ask if it was really a Supercross or if it was just a stickered up Road Bike of another maker. And yes it was a true Supercross.
So fast forward to 2010, Kenth was using a Road Bike for his training and wanted to get a real Supercross Road bike for that. So we went ahead and built a few more Supercross Road Frames. This time we went to back to Easton and got the ULR 7005 Tubesets and the Carbon Rear Stays again, and the bikes came out real nice. Kenth has actually raced his a few times in New Mexico as well as using it for training, and Shannon built one up to keep at the pits for warm up and cool down rides for the team.
Well after the grands, when we checked the computer on Shannon’s Road bike we found that the team put a combined 300 miles on the Road Bike that weekend. That is 1200 1/4 mile laps around the Convention Center that weekend between Bubba, Kenth, Dani, Jeremy, and Nate. Over 200 laps each. So we decided it was time to get each of the riders up on their own Road Bike’s.
So for 2012 we built a small run of Full Easton ULR 7005 Taper Wall Road Bike Frames, we also did a Full Moncoque Carbon Fiber Fork. These new Supercross Road Frames are so so siick. Tapered 1 1/8″ to 1.5 Headtube with Campy Integrated Bearings, a BB30 BB shell. The Frames are 2lbs 13 ounces and the Carbon Forks are only 13 ounces.
Dani’s complete Supercross Road Bike above weighs in at 15.5lbs with a full 105 / Ultegra Grouppo , the Wheels are Mavic and they are a little heavy, so I am thinking we can get hers down to 14lbs or under.
Bubba’s Frame is a custom Neon Yellow with his Neon Green Signature Decal Kits
We did a Ferari Red one for Nate for him to put on a trainer and keep his legs fresh while he is recovering from his elbow surgery
And Jeremy’s Road Frame is getting all built up in a Gold Anodize with all Black and White parts. So each of the bikes are personalized for the individual rider and have custom geometry for their body style and lengths.
So now you know the mystery of the Supercross Road Frames. They are in the hands of the Supercross Riders, and that is it. Kenth has one, Bubba Has one, Dani has one, Nate Has one, Jeremy has one, Austin Hiatt, Shannon Troglia. Who knows maybe in the future, we will build them for the public, but at this point, they are a special Pro team perk.