We’ve been holding onto this Albion/ Elephant Distro advert for a few months but don’t know when or if the next issue will ever be out, so we decided to throw it up now anyways.
This photo from Joey Cobbs was taken while Dennis was filming for his latest/ greatest Demolition Rig promo. If this isn’t “testing” parts, I don’t know what is! Dennis’ Rig bar is out now and comes in 9″ and 9.25″, check it out HERE. Click top image to view the full ad.
Well that’s that! The last two days of the Volume Bikes and Demolition Parts Japan Tour is in the books and the trip was a huge success! We got to cruse around at awesome skateparks, trails and street spots throughout Japan and got to me countless people along the way that we will never forget. To say we are beyond stoked and would love to come back one day is a huge understatement!
We started off Friday by heading out to Bike Shop Rag to hang out with the locals and check out the new shop, that place is clean and is worth the visit next time you swing by Osaka. From there we took a walk around a local temple, fed some fish and looked at turtles. After all that love, nature, and hippie-ness we headed to a local indoor/outdoor skatepark where we ended the day with an awesome session and a parts raffle.
Saturday was the day the crew headed back to the states so we didn’t have munch expectations for the day, but to our surprise there was a local trail jam going down that happened to be on super photogenic harbor. The trails weren’t huge but there were tons of lines and the guys had the best time getting a session in before their flight home. The trip couldn’t have ended any better. Be sure to click on the post and check out all the photos from our last two days in Japan!!!!!
Checking in once again from #VLMDemoJapanTour, this time from the city of Osaka! First impressions of Osaka in one word, WILD. Right when we got into town we went for a pedal through an indoor market place that was like pedaling into a old world, heaps of cool things we’ve never seen at business in this place. Then after a quick left turn we ended up in the red light district of Osaka which had ladies of the evening being displayed like mannequins for all to see and shop through, if that is your thing. We were all pretty sketched out by that scene so we kept pedaling and found some awesome street setups along they way. The following day we visited a new shop that had the best mini ramp ever right in the middle of the shop! The guys had no problems shredding that place to pieces. There was even a local shredder on an 18 inch that was cranking lookbacks tail whips and barspins at height. After the session ended we pedaled over to CLAN bike shop where we got to meet even more cool locals, then we all went to dinner at the shop owners friend’s restaurant where we partied the night away before crashing out before dawn. Be sure to check back tomorrow for our final update from #VLMDemoJapanTour
Connor Lodes and Christian Rigal have teamed up again and have been working on an edit for Connors frame sponsor, Premium Products. The guys have been working on this for the last few months and it shows that they guys put some serious effort into getting this edit together. Such a sick mix of rad spots, good filming and great riding! You don’t want to miss this one.
Here is the first installment of a three part series that our resident viking, Ronnie Napolitan, is doing with his frame sponsor, Redline. This video series has Ronnie traveling to three of his favorite cities to ride all the street parks and dirt these places have to offer. This stop, Austin Texas, so sit back hit play and enjoy.
Art BMX #7 just dropped and features the new Kris Fox signature Stylus stem X Ezco Distribution ad with Kris doing a nice whipped out seat grab at the FOD Trails. Photo by J.Cobbs. Click top image to view the full ad.
Mike Gray has been on our am squad since he’s moved to the SD area and hasn’t let up since. He’s been going hard since he moved here with edits and pictures galore. Vital just put up a bike check Q&A of him about his new ride and etc. Check it out here>> “I’ve always wanted to ride for Demolition. I’m a part of the Am squad. It’s a total dream to be a part of something so many legends stand behind and take part of.” – Mike Gray
Heyyooooo!! So it has been a couple of days since out last update here in Japan. Last you heard from us we had spent our last day in Tokyo riding restricted skateparks and some of the most unbelievable street we have ever seen. Day 5 had us on the road to Nagoya, but about half way through the trek we stopped off in the middle of the woods at the YBP trails for a quick trail session. Unfortunately not everything was quite dialed in yet so we spent most the time watching Kris Fox rip up the giant BMX track that the locals had built along side the trails. Watching Kris do what he does best is a treat for anyone lucky enough to witness him race through rhythms and hit big doubles. After the YBP visit we made it do Nagoya and FiveStar bike shop, one of the raddest rider owned shops in Japan. From there we pushed north up to Toyama, visited TooLate Bike shop, rode Toyama skate plaza and ended the day riding around downtown Toyama until the rains came and sent us all inside for the night. Tons of good riding, good people, and great times. Check back tomorrow for more from our #VLMDemoJapanTour
Couple months back BMX Plus mag did a product prospective on “What is your favorite product that you have come out with over the years?”
I guess I could go on and on about an old part that we revolutionized in BMX in the past or that we used new space aged tubing only used on the Apollo 13 ship but since I also try and ride every day, I personally like new and improved products that are always coming out. My favorite product that we recently spent some time on that I’m especially excited about still is our Demolition Trooper Aluminum pedal. I was a huge fan of those old Profile Gas pedals that had the pin down the middle of the body that slowed down the rotation spin of the spindle (for no-footed tricks) but they discontinued them after a short run. Since I never forgot about those pedals and I always wanted to design something like that in that they didn’t spin like crazy but didn’t ruin the bearing or had a pin due to it being overtightened. We looked into a number of needle bearings and etc to keep the platform pofile slim but also didn’t want bearings to blow out. After numerous tests, we came up with the full bushing system with rubber seals that still allows the pedal to spin amazing but the rotation isn’t loose or spins freely and also comes with a CNC, heat treated CRMO spindle. That and those suckers last forever! – Brian Castillo