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Dorian Giordano 18″ Laird BMX Bike Check

Dorian Giordano 18 inch BMX Bike Check Laird Build

Dorian Giordano Bike Check TrundownName: Dorian Giordano

Age: 13

Height: 4″11

Favourite place to ride? I don’t have one fave park, but I definitely like riding with everyone ar TRP in Detroit, I really like the chill vibe, Joyride is my homepark, I also ride at All In Skatepark, Le Taz, Cannington,and Bens outdoor dirt jumps in Collingwood.

Next three tricks you plan on learning? Get my flairs back on my 18″, get my dbl bars and supermans over jumps and definitely working on getting my street better Mike Gray and Steven Moxley always helping out on that.

Ultimate BMX goal? Just encourage all kid’s to get out and ride and just have fun,and to one day rent a plane and fill it with all my friends and to fly out to finally sesh in California!! Also XGames and riding with Mark Webb are def in my top goals.

Raddest BMX moment from 2016? Finally landing my Backflip over a spine!! I ate it SO hard the first time I tried remember??

Dorian Giordano BMX Bike Check Profile Stem

Bike Check

Frame / Size: 17.75 Laird Custom

Why did you choose that frame? Because Laird builds are really light and you can design it to fit you, my standard has good pop

Forks:S&M Pitchforks

Bars / Size: S&M Mini Grandslam 7.25

Stem: Profile Front Load

Grips: Odi flangless softies

Headset: Macneil

Seat: Demolition Market

Cranks: Profile 145mm

Sprocket / Number of Teeth: Profile 28t

Chain: BSD half link

Tires: Maxiss M tread

Rims: Alienation

Front Hub: Profile Mini S&M shield hub

Rear Hub: Profile Mini Chrome

Pegs: Federal Plastic Aluminum

Pedals: Premium

Brakes: Right now I’m brakeless but when I use brakes it’s Odyssey M2 clear stop brake pads.

Detangler: Shadow

Special Bike Customizations: All ti bolts,little devil custom Laird Frame build.

Shout outs or thanks? Everyone at 3ride Bmx, Link Foundation, SkullCandy Canada, Odi Grips, Sleek, Mike Laird and just all the people that are always so awesome and supportive and put up with me and my craziness!! and YOU Guys BMX Groms you were one of the first to get behind me and show me support when I started riding!!

Dorian Giordano 18" bike check, rear profile hub.

Dorian Giordano BMX Bike Check Drivetrain

Dorian Giordano BMX Bike Check Front Hub

Dorian Giordano BMX Bike Check Premium Pedal

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Sunday Radocaster 18 Inch BMX Frame and Fork Test

BMX Groms Sunday Radocaster 18 inch BMX Frame and Fork Test and Review

The 18″ Sunday Radocaster is a unique frame and fork set offered by Sunday for the serious up-and-coming shredder. If you are into BMX and an average size 9 – 12 year old, this review is a “must read”.

This is the first year the Radocaster has been offered, so we were very interested to see what it would ride like. It features Sunday’s well thought out proportional frame geometry and slew of other features, such as:

  • Full chromoly throughout.
  • 8mm hollow dropouts.
  • Removable braking hardware.

Sunday build features like:

  • A miter cut top tube.
  • Reinforcing gusset at the down tube/head tube junction.

The fork:

  • One-piece, integrated-ready steerer tube.
  • Full-chromoly construction throughout.
  • Responsive 25mm fork rake.

At BMX Groms we were stoked to test an 18 inch frame where the company had seriously taken the time to consider every aspect of the frame including the geometry. Young riders are progressing quickly and companies are going to have to put the same amount the thought and design time into smaller frames, as they do into the common “20 inch” frames.

Sunday Radocaster 18 inch BMX frame and fork set as tested by BMX Groms.

Sunday Radocaster 18 inch BMX frame and fork set as tested by BMX Groms.

Bike Build and Finish

We had no problems building the frame and fork set up, all of our standard 18″ parts fit well. The frame uses a mid-bottom bracket and integrated headset. The finish looks good and the paint lasted well for our entire test which lasted for over a month. The frame comes in blue and the forks in black, unfortunately there are not other colour choices, but this is a higher end product for serious riders so we wouldn’t expect it to come in something like four colour choices.

BMX Groms Test

We choose two rad 11 year old BMX riders put the bike through some serious punishment.

Dorian Giordano, (Instagram: @dorian_bmx), was the smaller of the two riders. He regularly rides a 16″ BMX, so it was going to be interesting to see how he adapted to the larger 18″ Radocaster build. Unfortunately Dorian ended up with an injury just before our bike test, but he was still able to have a good session on the bike at Joyride 150 and give us some feedback. Dorian said the bike felt really good and that it was good for mannies, boxes and bike control and getting some nice height.

Nahum Billington, (Instagram: @chimpbmx), our other test rider usually rides an average geometry 18″ inch BMX. We were very interested to see how he adapted to Sunday’s proportional geometry. The Radocaster was a shorter frame overall, with a shorter rear triangle and a slightly longer top tube length. He adapted to the bike really quickly and on the first day was getting higher hops, better manuals, spins and learnt half cabs. In no time he was blasting 4 foot quarter pipe airs. When it came to hitting really large box jumps it took more of an adjustment, the shorter frame feeling more twitchy. However, at Joyride 150 Nahum found it easier to clear the box jumps on the Radocaster compared to his regular ride.

Nahum cranks an X-Up over a 7ft quarter on board the Sunday Radocaster 18" BMX Frame.

Nahum cranks an X-Up over a 7ft quarter on board the Sunday Radocaster 18″ BMX Frame.

Here is what Nahum had to say about the Radocaster:

The Sunday Radocaster is a really awesome 18” bike. The Radocaster frame gives the rider a bit more support because it is full chromoly. The shorter rear triangle on the bike lets you pop up unto your manuals easier. You can also  hop higher on the bike. The Sunday was also really good on the box jumps. The frame gives a lot more bike control because it is more twichy. I find on the bike you can spin a lot faster, than the 18” inch frames with long rear triangles. The forks are nice because they are full chromoly tappered forks, which lets you rely on them more. The color blue on the Sunday Radocaster is a good color for the bike. I also like the design of the graphics on it. Overall the Sunday is an awesome bike for riders that want a good bike with the right geometry.

Sunday Radocaster BMX Review Comment

Should you buy the Radocaster?

If you are a rad 18″ BMX rider who really wants to progress you should definitely be taking a serious look at the Radocaster. We feel that for the majority of riders the geometry will help them to progress. We actually watched our test rider Nahum, progress significantly during the month of riding the bike. If you are an insane trails rider who hits pro size transitions you may feel more comfortable on a longer frame, depending on your size.

Priced at under $300 in the USA.

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Ryan Slusher 18 Inch BMX Sunday Radocaster Bike Check

Ryan Slusher's 18 inch bmx bike check Sunday RadocasterBMX Groms caught up with Ryan Slusher, an 11 year old shredder from California who is lucky to be riding the new Sunday BMX prototype Radocaster 18 inch frame. Every detail on his ride is totally dialled in and we thought it would be super useful for all the groms out there to check out this setup. (Just be careful you don’t drool on your keyboard too much.)
Name: Ryan Slusher
Age: 11
Height: 4’8″
Weight: 70 lbs.
Home town: Auburn Ca.
Sponsors: Sunday Bikes, FDV Clothing.
Ryan Slusher's 18 inch bmx bike check Sunday Radocaster front view.You are riding the new Sunday Radocaster frame and fork. How does it feel?
The Sunday 18″ Radocaster feels awesome and is light weight. It is a full chromo frame and fork with removable brake tabs and hollow drop outs.
What do you mainly like to ride (Park, Street, Trails, Dirt, Everything)?
I mostly ride park and street but am starting to ride dirt jumps too.
Frame: Sunday 18″ Radocaster prototype
Fork: Sunday Radocaster
Bars: Shadow Vultus 7.5″
Stem: Ciari Parts Top load 45mm
Grips: ODI Long neck
Bar ends: ODI
Seatpost: Demolition pivotal
Seat: S&M Directors seat. Cushioned microfiber
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolt flatware 160mm
Sprocket: Odyssey Killington 25t
Chain: Gold KMC
Wheels: Odyssey Antigram oil slick LHD Hubs laced with Rainbow Titanium spokes to 18″ Alienation Black Sheep outers.
Tires: Salt Strike 2.125″
Pedals: Pro Form sealed metal
Pegs: Demolition Dumb Chuck
Ryan Slusher riding the 18 inch Sunday Radocaster BMX BikeBrakes: Odyssey mono lever, Snafu gyro, Demolition brake arms.
Any modifications/extras?
Givin the opportunity to ride the Sunday 18″ Radocaster test frame, my focus was to build a strong, light weight bike. I’m real happy with how the bike feels. Being a full Chromo frame and fork makes a big difference to a smaller rider like me. The bike complete weighs in at 21.3 lbs.
Anything else you would like to say?
I would like to thank Jim Cielencki, Jim Bauer, Chris Cotsonas and everybody at Sunday bikes for the opportunity to ride such an awesome bike.

Ryan Slusher's 18 inch Sunday Radocaster BMX Bike Detail

Ryan Slusher's 18 inch Sunday Radocaster BMX Bike Detail

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2015 Kink BMX – Grom Size Bikes

Here are the 2015 Kink BMX 16″ and 18″ bikes specs for you guys to drool over! These bikes look sick! Great way to start out in BMX.

2015 Kink Carve 16″

Color: Trans Red
Frame: Kink Carve 100% Hi-Ten Steel
Toptube: 16.5″
Fork: Kink Volte II Fork 4130 Chromoly Steerer
Bars: Kink Carve CC 7″ 100% Hi-Ten Steel
Grips: Mission Mini
Barends: Mission Phase
Stem: Mission Top Load 40mm
Headset: Mission Sealed Integrated (41.8 x 45)
Brake Lever: Mission Token
Brake Cable: Mission Linear
Brakes: Mission Cease
Cranks: Mission Triumph 3pc Tubular Chromoly 140mm
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid 19mm
Pedals: Mission Plane Plastic
Chain: Mission 410
Sprocket: Mission Cipher 25T
Front Hub: Mission Echo Unsealed 3/8″ Axle
Rear Hub: Mission Function Semi-Sealed Cassette 14mm,  9T Driver
Front Rim: Mission X7 36H
Rear Rim: Mission X7 36H
Seat: Mission Emerson Mini Combo
Seat Post: Mission Combo Steel Post
Seat Clamp: Mission Slim
Front Tire: Innova 16×2.1″
Rear Tire: Innova 16×2.1″
TT:16.5″ CS:11.25″ HT:74.5°
ST:71° SO:6.75″ BB:9.75″

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2015 Kink Kicker 18″

Color: Gloss Black / Green
Frame: Kink Kicker 100% Hi-Ten Steel
Toptube: 18″
Fork: Kink Volte II Fork 4130 Chromoly Steerer
Bars: Kink Bantam CC 7.5″ 100% Hi-Ten Steel
Grips: Mission Helix
Barends: Mission Phase
Stem: Kink Bold TLD 50mm
Headset: Mission Sealed Integrated (41.8 x 45)
Brake Lever: Mission Token
Brake Cable: Mission Linear
Brakes: Mission Cease
Cranks: Mission Triumph 3pc Tubular Chromoly 152mm
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid 19mm
Pedals: Mission Plane Plastic
Chain: Mission 410
Sprocket: Mission Cipher 25T
Front Hub: Mission Echo Unsealed 3/8″ Axle
Rear Hub: Mission Function Semi-Sealed Cassette 14mm, 9T Driver
Front Rim: Mission X7 36H
Rear Rim: Mission X7 36H
Seat: Mission Emerson Combo
Seat Post: Mission Combo Steel Post
Seat Clamp: Mission Slim
Front Tire: Innova 18×2.1″
Rear Tire: Innova 18×2.1″
TT:18″ CS:12.25″ HT:74.5° ST:71° SO:7.5″ BB:10.75″
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BMX Groms Sunday Primer 16″ and 18″ BMX Bike Reviews

Sunday Primer 16 and 18 inch BMX Bike Review

Nathan Halahan cranks a turndown on the 16" Sunday Primer BMX

Nathan Halahan cranks a turndown on the 16″ Sunday Primer BMX

While scanning through the long list of Google search terms which brought people to bmxgroms.com the other day, this one caught my eye: “how old do u half to be to be able to ride bmx bike”? The answer is, if you are old enough to type a search phrase into Google, you’re definitely old enough to ride BMX, you just need the right size bike.  Sunday is a company that is taking creating bikes for smaller riders seriously, because they understand how important it is. So many kids fail at BMX, when their parents buy them a full size 20” bike that they can grow into. From frame geometry to components, they’ve thought of everything and Sunday has kept the cost down.

Mike Halahan is one of the most hardcore BMX Dad’s out there. The two Halahan boys, Lukas and Nathan show what 8 and 10 year olds can do on a BMX, when the bike is a size they can handle. The following independent review of the Sunday Primer 16” and 18” BMX bikes couldn’t have been done by anyone better. Thanks Mike Halahan!

Sunday Primer 16 & 18

Lukas Halahan tweaks a t-bog on the Sunday Primer 18" BMX in the Woods jump line at the wheelmill.

Lukas Halahan tweaks a t-bog on the Sunday Primer 18″ BMX in the Woods jump line at the wheelmill.

Review by Mike, Lukas and Nathan Halahan. Pictures by George Jenkins.

In 2014 a number of BMX brands dropped one or both of their 16 and 18 inch offerings. Yet, there seems to be an influx of youth entering the BMX freestyle market. This perplexed me. Jim Cielencki of Sunday Bikes is doing the opposite. This delights me.

I was fortunate to meet up with Jim C. at The Wheel Mill in Pittsburgh this past winter. We discussed youth, BMX, and Sunday Bikes. Specifically the Primer 16 and 18 inch complete models. Jim graciously hooked up my sons Nathan and Lukas with 16 and 18 inch Primers to test then give away to some lucky kiddos at their inaugural Next Generation Youth Jam.

The bikes showed up well packaged, blemish free and built up easily. The boys were stoked on the colors, Safety Green for the 16 and Ocean Blue for the 18. I also liked the look of the bikes. I noticed right away the concept proportional geometry that Jim and I discussed the month prior. The rider areas looked roomy, the rear ends nice and short, and the bar height and width just right.

The Primers are spec’d well with Sunday OEM kit. I would like to see a top load stem on the 18 but other than that I wouldn’t change a thing if we were to run them as completes. The bikes weighed in at 19.4 and 24.2 lbs on our shop scale. For sub $400 completes you won’t find much better than that. Most dads (and mums too) would likely swap some parts out for their higher end favorites and I see no problem with getting the weights down closer to the 17 and 19 lb weights of the boys current set ups. I would also like to see full chromoly frame and forks but understand the cost effectiveness with the mostly Hi-tensile steel used.

Sunday Primer 16" BMX Bike

Sunday Primer 16″ BMX Bike

The Sunday Primer 18" BMX Bike

The Sunday Primer 18″ BMX Bike

Next stop was The Wheel Mill to cut the boys loose. Both Nathan and Lukas appeared comfortable straight away. Lukas quickly pulled me to the mini ramp room excited to show me the ease at which he could manual across the deck and around the tree trunk feature. Nathan had me follow him to the park room to show me a crisp 540 transfer. With the rear ends on the Primer 16 and 18 being 1.5 inches shorter than their current bikes this did not surprise me. But, with these short rear ends, I really wanted to see how the boys jumped the big line in the woods jump room. It wasn’t long before my curiosity was satisfied. Although the boys were not boosting and tricking the jumps quite as they normally do, the bikes appeared to handle very well. Nathan did say he felt a little sketchy on the big hip, wall ride, and step down but had no qualms with the smaller trick box. Lukas said he didn’t feel quite as stable at first but felt comfortable by the sessions end. I would like to see (with the short rear ends) the boys roast these bikes at their local trail spot where a different set of skills and more stable platform is required. There is good reason why the adult version trail specific frames tend to have slightly longer chain stays than their street and park counterparts.

Nathan and Lukas Halahan getting tech on the Sunday Primer Bikes. The frame geometry makes a huge difference here, which younger BMX riders will really love.

Nathan and Lukas Halahan getting tech on the Sunday Primer Bikes. The frame geometry makes a huge difference here, which younger BMX riders will really love.

Overall the Primer 16 and 18 get thumbs up and smiles from Nathan, Lukas, and I. And, Jim C. gets high fives from all of us. Jim is stoked on getting right for the youth of BMX. His approach to proportionally designed geometry at Sunday Bikes is setting a new standard.

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