Flashback: 1996 Standard Commercial

This twenty year old commercial that ran in The Shady Bunch is just one of the many reasons that Standard was the end all be all of BMX awesomeness in the mid-nineties! This recording of it playing on a tv is the only trace of it I could find on the web. Even as ghetto as that is, it’s still incredible! And that table that Chuck lays down at the end…

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Flashback: Base Brooklyn – The Shady Bunch

Man, I forgot how much shady ass shit went down in this classic video from Base Brooklyn! They did call it “The Shady Bunch” though. My favorite has to be the 7-11 locals ruthlessly and repeatedly throwing a small child down into the mud. I’d love to know the story behind that one! Aside from all the mischief in here, there’s an absolute ton of trails riding from legendary spots like 7-11, Oak Park, Hooligans and more.

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Up Close: Cult TRF Frame

“A Cult trails frame eh?” That’s what I thought to myself when the first CAD drawing of what would eventually be dubbed the Cult TRF (Trail/Race Frame) showed up on Instagram. While a trails frame is a pretty radical departure from the direction Cult has been on since its inception, it does make sense if you stop to consider who the two main driving forces behind the brand are, Robbie Morales and product designer Neal Wood. Both of their roots lie deep in the 90’s trails and racing scenes, so there was never a doubt in my mind as to…

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Flashback: Sevs Intro

This video is titled “Sevs Intro” on Vimeo but I have no clue what it’s an intro to. I was thinking maybe it was from some back in the day Long Island video that I had never seen. Problem with that is that the Death Cab For Cutie song in here didn’t come out until 2003, and that’s a good five years after Sevs was plowed. I’m sure someone out there has the answer as to just what this is from, so feel free to enlighten!

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Cult TRF Trail Frame

It’s been over a year since Neal Wood (Cult’s product designer) posted up a CAD drawing of what I speculated to be a potential Cult trail frame. I hadn’t heard anything else about it since then and honestly thought that the project was dead. That was until yesterday when Neal posted the whole CAD drawing along with specs and a release date. So yeah, it looks like the original “Trailboss” is getting back to his roots and bringing out a Cult trail frame next month dubbed the Cult TRF. Peep the specs after the jump!

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Scanned: Robbie Morales & Lawan Cunningham’s 1995 Univega Poster

“The wack pack is on the attack!” Why anyone would think that would be a good slogan to sell bikes is completely beyond me. Given it was the 90s and shit was kind of kooky, but even at 15 I thought this was weird. It certainly didn’t have me saving up my lunch money to go buy a Univega. Poor Robo, he had to eat A LOT of shit when he showed up on this aluminum piece. We were tolerant of his experimentation into the aluminum world when he was aboard the half aluminum half chromoly Frankenstein-esque contraption that was…

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The Simpsons X Cult 24″ Duff Cruiser

So this just popped up on Cult’s site! I seriously stared at it for a good 30 seconds taking in the awesomeness and debating if it was real or not. Yeah yeah, I know it certainly looks real, but I was having a hard time convincing myself that something this incredible is actually going to be a reality. Well it is and it’s definitely going to be detrimental to my bank account. I’m going to go ahead an apologize now to all the people who are going to get stiff armed as I charge my way through Interbike to see…

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DKNY Robbie Morales in New York Hard Core

Here’s an oldie of Cult’s bossman Robbie Morales getting it in back in the day. Not only does it have some footage of the infamous 7-11 trails but it also contains what might just be the best trails run of all time. Five toboggans in a row! Classic fucking Robo!

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Scanned: Robbie Morales’ Ride Issue 25 Cover

The other day while helping out at my parents house and I noticed the remnants of some BMX pictures that I used to have hanging on the walls. There’s actually still a poster of Brian Foster permanently fused to one of the walls due to a broken water pipe many years ago. Anyway, seeing those made meĀ reminisceĀ about some of the things that were an inspiration to me back in the day. One of the first things that popped into mind was this cover of the December/January 1997 issue of Ride #25 featuring Robo (the original Robo). I loved this cover…

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