Sylvain is the man behind Shape Bicycles
so of course his bike is dialed. He just built up one of Deluxe's new Sacre Bleu frames and they in turn posted up a bike check
so that the world can see it. I'm really jealous of the Profile pedals he has on there! Hey Coplon, what do we have to do to get those back in production!?
Judging by this pic from Instagram I'd say it looks like Sylvain has a new Shape
stem in the works!
Not quite sure what Sylvain
has up his sleeve here, but that's definitely a dinner plate sized version of a Shape sprocket. If you're looking for something a little smaller we have some 30t and 25t Shape sprockets in the store
. There are only a few available so don't procrastinate too long if you want one.
We teamed up with Shape Bicycles to bring you this exclusive Jared Ball edit. I’ve heard a lot about Jared over the years but have never really seen much footage. This edit of him at his home trails certainly doesn’t disappoint, and his brother Jeremy even makes a special guest appearance. Enjoy!
I don't remember how I came upon it but last spring I stumbled across a stem that I had never seen before from a company that I had never heard of. I eventually found my way to their site and to my surprise there was a whole line of products that were geared towards the trails. That company was Shape Bicycles
, and over the past few months I've had the pleasure of chatting back and forth with its creator Sylvain Taro. Sylvain is an awesome dude with a passion for design and a strong belief in French manufacturing. All of the parts made by Shape Bicycles are both designed and manufactured in France. While so many companies these days have gone the Taiwan route for production Sylvain has chosen to keep his manufacturing as close to home as possible. The result is a line of parts that give a nod to the old school with beautiful machining and simpler designs. I really wanted to find out more about both Sylvain and Shape so I went ahead and bounced some questions back and forth with him. Over the course of the last few weeks not only did the following interview come about but also the decision to bring Shape Bicycles to the US via the new Can You Dig It Web Store
. Check out the interview below and then go have a look at some of Shape's offerings in the store. (more...)
The first real trails I ever built were at an abandoned gravel pit in Maryland. I guess there was a good bit of sandy clay they had to move before getting to the rocks they were after because there were two humongous piles of it just down the road from the pit. Slowly but surely we carved out lines through the piles and the Clinton Trails were born. Well actually we originally called them Melwood to throw people off as to where they really were because that was the name of the next town over. Plus it was kind of funny because Melwood
was also the name of a local store that was staffed by special needs workers who for some reason were required to wear Pro-tec helmets when they rode the bus to work. We used to drive to the trails acting "challenged" and rocking our Pro-tecs to mess with people. I've gone way off track here, but this pic of a pump track built inside a shed reminded me of those days. There was an equipment shed just like that at the gravel pit that we would always talk about trying to build jumps in. It never happened because our winters were never that bad and the trails actually ran better in the winter due to the sandy dirt. It would have been bad ass though if we had actually pulled it off. Good to see that someone went for it and created a spot to get them through winter. Shape'
s team rider Bruno Abiven is one of the guys behind the build and it certainly looks like he'll be reaping the rewards from it all winter.
recently did this one-off red stem for their webmaster Aurélien. Right now this is the only one, but considering how good it looks I wouldn't be surprised if they add this color to their lineup.
The Shape Bicycles jam went down at the Run Trail last month and here’s the edit of the festivities. I had to watch this twice because the first time I kept daydreaming about what I would build after that berm and having flashbacks of Punjab and Steig’s part in Anthem 1.
Sylvain over at Shape Bicycles created this teaser for the jam he’s organizing at the Run Trail in Northwestern France. There will be best trick, best line, wall ride and skid contest with lots of accompanying prizes. If you find yourself in that part of the world on the weekend of September 15-16 you’d be silly not to check it out. Flyer after the jump. (more…)
Shape is one of the sponsors for Vans Kill the Line this year and Sylvain himself helped with the design and manufacturing of the trophies. Check out what went into bringing these to reality.