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Know Your Roll – Colony Tradition Frame

 

The longer you stick around in the BMX world, the more trends & fads you’ll see come & go when it comes to bikes, parts, colors, riding styles… you name it, it will change, and maybe not always to something you’re into. However, there are two aspects of BMX that will never, ever go out of style – riding fast as hell, and going high as fuck. To do both of those things, stability is key, because if you’re out of control, that’s when casing, washouts and dead sailors happen, so when it comes to designing a bike that’s built to handle riding styles that are based around speed & big air, mellowing out the steer tube angle and lengthening the rear end aid in those goals. Let us not forget that the origins of BMX are based at the race track, and while we’ve all evolved quite a bit since the early 70’s, certain principles will always ring true. Colony has done an amazing job at catering to all types of riders over the last few years, and for the speed demons out there, their Tradition frame is well worth consideration.

Naming a frame the “Tradition” could catch a brand a lot of flack depending on the colors, geometry and even team rider attached to the product, but Colony has nothing to worry about here with their full 4130 team-authorized machine. Built with a heat treated head tube, bottom bracket and dropouts, the Tradition boasts classic geometry with a 74.5 degree head tube, 71 degree headtube, 9″ standover height and 13.9″ slammed chainstays, which still allow for easy manuals but give you plenty of power when pulling up out of your favorite double or quarterpipe. There are a few modern touches, like the built in seat clamp, dual gussets, wide rear stays for 2.4″+ tire clearance, and investment cast removable brake mounts, but at the very least Colony mounted those on the chainstays (where they should be!) for optimal braking performance while still allowing for 25t sprockets. They’ve even got traditional colors for 2017, with classic gloss black and a Nathan Sykes “Metallica red” signature colorway in both 21″ and 21.25″ options.

Colony’s Tradition frame is available now wherever Colony goods are sold, and will set you back only $319.99. For any spec info that I may have missed, be sure to peruse Colony’s website, and for up to the minute team news, follow the company on Instagram @colonybmxbrand. Watch Nate build a new Tradition above if you need more inspiration…