Thursday, October 2, 2008

Viva La Interbike!

Psykopath crew member Nick Valencia was our lone representative at this years Interbike festivities and had a few good things to mention. Apparently White is the new Black in the BMX market so expect to see plenty of color options in 2009 along with more white shades than you can shake a stick at. As far as race innovations or anything crazy prototype, unfortunately there wasnt much to report on. Macneil and Jay Miron debuted samples of a cro-mo race frame that looked really dialed (pic below) and Nick spoke with Jay and apparently hes looking to do a full race series this year working with Tom Ritz the master builder and keeping the flat pedal thing alive. Good stuff indeed, look for Macneil to also pick up a known pro in the near future. Nick said his guess would be someone Canadian so start speculating now... Rumor at interbike was that Joey Licata is looking to sell Answer? Thats unconfirmed so dont run and set the internet message boards on fire, Nick tried to talk to Mr Licata but he was busy busy busy. He did touch base with Eric who controls the Drive brand which is under the Answer name and Drive has some cool stuff coming through in 09' so check for that stuff. The freestyle side of the show was and is always evolving to make things lighter and push the envelope about whats possible. Nick said he knew something was odd when Premium drops a park frame that is lighter than most of the aluminum race frames on the market... Race designers need to get out of the routine and see what technology is available or its going to be tough to make those Xmas sales when all we have is new grpahics on the same ol stuff. Nora Cup was the place to be if you missed it then you had better have been hitting a jackpot on a slot machine... Steven Murray himself presented the #1 dirt jumper award to none other than Cory Bohan who is an MTV staple these days... Gary Ellis was on stage and slightly drunk you might add " I just want everyone to know racing started all this shit!" was shouted many a times in his presen tation of #1 racer which went to Olympic Silver Medalist Mikey Day. Open bar and about 1000 BMX riders always makes for some fun. Cru Jones himself aka Bill Allen was also on hand to celebrate and Nick quickly snagged him for a once in a lifetime picture opportunity. Look for Cru to be rocking Psykopath Tees in the near future as we had to hook him up and get him the newest tees which are currently in stock and available through the online store. Get em quick before we run out! Nick was hanging out and had a few meetings with select companies so be on the lookout for a slightly lighter 2009 frame on the race side we are looking to shave a few ounces here and there and release the newest version in November/December. New jerseys are in the works as well and a partnership with Nicks side project Exodus should have our Factory riders set up with some nice front ends in the very near future, keep your eyes peeled. Also in the newest of news Psykopath has picked up rookie A pro Jayson "J-Fil" Filingeri and youll see him aboard the cro-mo race frame at Lancaster along with team rider Kyle Zondervan both looking to make some mains and earn some cash. Good luck to both those guys and watch for them to make some moves and take their psykopath colors to some wins and podium finishes. Enjoy a few pics below from interbike and check the olympic rides of de wilde and day both were on display at interbike. Over and out hope everyone is training for ABA Grands its just around the corner...

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