Today is the day Interbike officially begins. The cycling industry has swarmed around a convention center in Las Vegas (or a nearby hotel room if you’re looking for selected BMX brands) to pore over the newest wares from your favorite and least favorite brands. I’m sure Fudger and Z will be making their laps around the trade show floor prior to the NORA Cup ceremony, so if you’re looking to get a preview of the newest products I’ll eventually be writing about here on KYR, check out our Instagram page for updates. In an update from last week, turns out I was in the market for a new bike, as I picked up a Sunday Broadcaster in an attempt to change up my riding style a bit. The chances of that happening at this point in the game are very slim, but I feel like I’ve got at least a little bit of a shot, as the ‘caster is substantially more nimble than my current ride. For those with a little more hope for the future (AKA kids with their knees still intact), Sunday has all sorts of options to help aid in your progression, and today we’ll be taking a look at the Mark Burnett Forecaster complete.
It didn’t take Sunday Bikes very long to become an industry leader in the complete bike category. Mark Burnett followed a similar trajectory in his rise to pro status , reaching the top of the ranks before he even turned 18. Hailing from the outskirts of Albany NY, Mark utilized all that the area has to offer in terms of spots to become one of the more progressive technical street riders on the East Coast. The Shadow Conspiracy guys quickly snatched him up after meeting him at Woodward, and his neighboring mentor Jake Seeley not only helped shape his style, but also found him a slot on the Sunday am squad. Fast forward a few years and a stellar Shadow video part and Mark finds himself with all sorts of signature products, including the Forecaster complete bike. Mark is the perfect candidate for an entry-level complete, as he rides at a level way above his age but all while still looking like a little kid learning the ropes. The Forecaster shares the same paint scheme and similar geometry of his Excelsior frame, but built with hi-tensile steel and a chromoly downtube/dropouts to keep the cost down yet remaining relatively strong. The Forecaster gets rolling with sealed hubs laced to Sunday Lightning rims, including a 9t freecoaster in the back. Any rider looking to emulate Mark will need a coaster, and the Forecaster is one of the lowest priced complete bikes on the market to feature a KHE-style coaster as a stock component. You can’t ride without tires, and the Forecaster comes equipped with the lower pressure version of Odyssey’s popular Pursuit tire. Riding at a low pressure isn’t personally my thing, but judging by the amount of times I see his rims hit the ground in clips, Mark doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. Other Forecaster highlights include genuine Odyssey Twisted PC pedals, complete Springfield brake set, Sunday Cloud Tripod seat and Jake Seeley signature grips, and a tried & true FSA integrated headset.
The Sunday Forecaster 2017 complete bike is available now from Mark’s sponsor, Dans Comp and all Sunday bikes retailers. The Forecaster retails for just $469.99, which is a lot of bike for the price and should allow you to pick up the freecoaster game fairly quickly. If you’re more of an Aaron Ross fan, the Forecaster is also available in his Motoross yellow finish, and is nearly identical to Mark’s bike aside from the slightly shorter (20.5″) top tube. For more info on all of Mark’s signature products and the rest of the 2017 bike lineup, head on over to www.sundaybikes.com now and stay tuned to KYR, where perhaps next week we’ll begin our post-Interbike coverage and feature something new from the show.
2017 Sunday Forecaster Mark Burnett Complete Bike
Top Tube – 20.85″
HT – 75 degrees
ST – 71 degrees
CS – 13.25″-13.75″
BB Height – 11.5″
Standover – 8.75″
Tire Clearance – 2.4″
Handlebars – 9.25″, 12 degrees upsweep, 4 degrees backsweep.