Today’s Bike Of The Day is the first ever Dirt Jumper feature!! It’s a Standard 26″ DJ Custom sent in by Chris Cline!! I recently added DJ’s to the list of “BMX” bikes eligible to be featured as Bike Of The Day and it’s awesome that this bike is actually manufactured by a BMX brand!! And this DJ gets plenty of BMX racing action on it too!! Be sure to give this bike a rating via the sliders below for the October Bike Of The Month and Bike Of The Year competition series.
Al, It’s so cool you’re helping push the big bike love in the bmx scene. I started racing one in the spring of 2009 and never looked back. Then it was a Black Market, but by the end of that year I commissioned Rick Moliterno to built a fully custom 26″ DJ. It was the first one he ever built and we still have it today. A year or two later, the team owner for the one I was on at the time, BMX Mulisha wanted one. He ordered a fully custom as well, but we collaborated on the geometry a bit. Rick made 3 at that time. I have one of those three and my son rides it today. So we have the first and one of the first 3 of the current geometry.
I just love these things and owe the fact that I am still riding to discovering them. Early on, I was mocked for riding a big slothy mountain bike and called a cheater in the same day so many times I can’t count. Over the years, I have made dozens of national cruiser mains and have a number of podiums as well… all on one of these 26″! (on flats too, but that’s a different topic. HA!). Even cooler is how this is my ONLY bike. I have won a regional dual slalom championship and even the 2018 USA Cycling Dual Slalom national championship in my class on this very bike… just swap the tires and adjust the shocks. One weekend, I raced and won a dual slalom race at Wisp ski resort in Maryland, then drove to the Gold Cup race at Westmoreland, PA the next day and got 2nd. These bike rule
This current build is about 5 years old and going strong! When Rick built it for me, it was a standard (bad pun intended) run frame, but I really, really wanted chrome. My goal was to build a throw back to my last bike from the 80’s when I was a moto fill B-pro, a Free Agent Limo. Chrome with blue decals. Rick was more than happy to oblige and to this day the bike get compliment everywhere I go… you know, you gotta look good whether you win or lose! One rad thing is that I crashed HARD at Rays Indoor Park about 3 winters ago and actually dented the downtube. I showed Rick and started to talk about a new frame – something I really didn’t want to do as I just love this bike. The boss said “ride it! What better advertising can you give me? After all, a carbon frame would have been junked and an aluminum one would be pretty short lived.” So, I rode it and have kept on riding it. The decals are even the original set with the scuff and all.
I am so passionate about how much fun these things are that I started a Facebook group and my brand called 26BMX. I designed a logo and have sold 50 hats, tons of decals, and made a couple shirts. It’s just for fun, but it captures the vibe of what we are doing.~Chris Cline
Frame: Standard Byke Co 26″ DJ, 21.5″tt. Custom chrome
Fork: 2011 X-Fusion Velvet
Bars: Black Market Molly Hatchet
Hubs: Chris King
Rims: i9 font and Sun Single Track rear
Pedals: Performance Bike private label flats (since 2010)
Brakes: Avid BB7 mechanical
Chain ring: JW
Seat: Alien Nation
Tires: Maxxis DTH 2.15″ (for bmx)
Tensioners: Rick told me if I needed tensioners I don’t know how to work on a byke – so I took them off 5 years ago
Grips: ODI vans waffle
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