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Video: Dan’s Comp on BMX Tires

October 28, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Dan's Comp on BMX Tires
The master BMX technicians at Dan’s Comp are out this week with a video that rolls out, in full measure, the various types of BMX tires and some of the granular details on how tire size and even inflation may impact your race ride.

The video gets serious traction on some of the questions you have Read more

Yess BMX Opens Up East Coast Team

December 4, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Renny Husada and Lisa Motley

Bill and Renny Husada at Yess BMX have been making some big moves lately, and the stage is set for a very solid 2016. On the heels of a successful showing at the Grands, both in the pits and on the track, the company officially announced today that they will be teaming up with former Morphine Read more

Coletrain Rolls to Dan’s Comp

January 20, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Spencer Cole joins Dan's Comp

With the new season just getting started, there is plenty of team news still yet-to-be-disclosed. A big piece of the 2015 team puzzle was filled-in today, as Dan’s Comp announced that Spencer Cole, rock-star-caliber 13x, and one of the best brand ambassadors without a drivers license has joined the team.

Dan’s bearded bro-on-the-go, eternal friend-of-News and Dan’s TM, Rayn Chappelle, gave us an early heads-up on the lovely low-down, saying:

“How can I be part of the Dan’s Comp family?” “What does it take to earn a lightning bolt-stricken green jersey?” As team manager, I’m asked these questions all the time. There’s no set-formula to it. No complex mathematical calculations. We don’t use a Magic 8-Ball, Ouija Board, tea leaves or fortune cookies to answer these questions.

Truth is, you have to be chosen. You have to do things right, on and off the track, and have certain special “magic” that gets you noticed, and makes riders like Justin Posey, Matt Pohlkamp, Alden Volle and Tyler Faoro get excited to welcome you into the fold.

For 2015, we have just such a rider. A dude who does it all: gets-it-done on the track, helps up & coming riders, represents his sponsors with pro-size polish, and brings that magic I talked about above.

It is my pleasure to welcome 13-year old phenom, Spencer “Coletrain” Cole to the Dan’s Comp Factory Team! Spencer is one of the most talented young men on the track today. With his amazing talents and personality, Coletrain is a great addition to the Dan’s Comp Factory Team. Welcome, Spence! You have more-than earned your place in our family!

Spencer has been synonymous with DK for as long as we can remember. And, as you might notice, he will still be aboard a DK frame, even when he trades his DK green jersey for a Dan’s Comp bolt.

Coletrain sent-along his own words on the change:

First, I want to thank everyone from DK Bicycles for everything they have done for me the past 5 years to get me where I am today.

I am VERY excited to be joining the Dan’s Comp team for the 2015 season, while still riding a DK frame. Dan’s Comp has the perfect team environment, along with the support from my teammates and the crew to keep me going.

It feels great to be on the best team possible, while riding the raddest frame out there!

We gotta give him some serious props for a savvy “stoke statement” like that.

Big congrats to the Dan’s Comp crew for adding a real gem to their already diamond-studded squad.

Look for Coletrain in his new duds in the Derby City for the 2015 USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals.

Links

Dan’s Comp Website

DK Bicycles Website





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BMX Racing Group adds “Position One”

September 25, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Position One Bicycles Pro

Christophe Leveque’s BMX Racing Group–parent to such familiar BMX brands as Chase BMX, Elevn, Insight, Excess and Kingstar–has added a sixth nameplate to the family. Position One is a complete bike line that will be available to the public in the Mid-October timeframe, first through Dan’s Comp. Read more

Tyler Faoro Recovering From South Park Wreck

July 14, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Tyler Faoro Recovering from South Park Wreck

As part of our South Park coverage last week, we reported that Tyler Faoro had a trip to the ER to get checked out after a wreck. We also promised to update you on his condition once more information was available.

Well, this afternoon, Tyler posted the following to his Facebook page Read more

Dan’s Comp Signs on as World Cup Sponsor

March 18, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Dan's Comp Sponsors UCI SX Series

This just in to the BMX News Command Center: Dan’s Comp has signed a three-year deal to be an official sponsor, and official online store of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. The deal will take Dan’s into SX events in 2014, 2015 and 2016–hence, the Olympic qualifying cycle for the Rio games.

GSX events, promoter of the World Cup series, told BMX News, in a release:

Dan’s Comp will be the official presenter of the Live practice webcast on www.bmxlive.tv. Not only will “Dan’s Comp BMX Live” deliver great insight on riders, their equipment and what’s goes into racing BMX Supercross, but Live viewers will also be treated to great discounts, deals and contests.

“We are very happy to welcome Dan’s Comp as a partner of UCI BMX Supercross World Cup through 2016,” said Johan Lindstrom, CEO of GSX Events Inc. “Dan’s Comp has always had a major presence in US BMX racing, supporting athletes and race teams, and it’s great to team up and reach a global market together.”

Our man at Dan’s, Rayn Chapelle, said, in the same release:
“Dan’s Comp is very excited to be partnered with GSX for the upcoming BMX Supercross World Cup season. Being a partner with GSX and the BMX Supercross series allows us the opportunity to better reach and communicate with our international and domestic customers. We look forward to all the great BMX Supercross World Cup racing to come, and wish all the riders the best of luck! Make sure you stop by the Dan’s Comp BMX tent and see what we are all about.”

Dan’s Comp is also the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 BMX News Race Coverage, and we give them a hearty Congrats!

2014 UCI BMX World Cup Schedule
April 18-19, 2014 – Manchester, England
May 10-11 – Papendal, Netherlands
June 13-14 – Berlin, Germany
September 6-7, 2014 – Santiago del Estero, Argentina
September 26-27 – Chula Vista, CA





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Tyler Whitfield Wins Cajun Nats Photo Dash

March 17, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Tyler Whitfield - Winner BMX News Photo Trophy Dash

The BMX News Photo Trophy Dash for the 2014 Cajun Nationals is complete. With five full days of voting and over 650 likes on the eight finalists, it was fun watching how the votes were going.

Tyler Whitfield of Ssquared Answer won the dash with 219 likes. That means he gets a 20×30 canvas print of the above photo. Adrian Sanders from Leawood, Kansas was one of the fans who liked the winning photo, and we drew her name at random to receive a $50 Dan’s Comp gift card. Congrats Tyler and Adrian!

Tyler told “News”
“I want to thank all the friends, fans, and family who shared and liked my photo for the Trophy Dash! Big thanks to my mom Delores for tagging every friend on her friends list and Mike Carruth for putting me in the contest! I can’t wait to see how the picture looks on the canvas. Thanks again to everyone.”

About the Photo:
It was captured in the 17-18x Semi on Saturday. Most of the shots that ultimately make it to the Photo Trophy Dash are “Naturals,” meaning I pretty much know as soon as I look at the LCD on the back of the camera that it is one of “those” photos that will either make it in to our race coverage, or the Photo Trophy Dash (if we have one).

Those who know me know I love shooting indoors, and that jump on the last straight was perfect for great action. The shot of Derrick Blackmore in this Trophy Dash was also shot on that jump. I love me some nice motion blur, but the eyes have to be sharp to make the cut. In this case, Tyler’s determined, “eyes-on-the-prize” expression was nice and sharp, with plenty of action blur to tell the story of speed, with or without a caption.

What is a “Trophy Dash?”
Trophy dashes have a long and rich history in BMX Racing. In the early years of the sport, the winners of the pro, top expert and open classes would meet again for one final lap (the last race of the day, usually), and race for the overall title of “Trophy Dash Winner.” This was the “winner among winners.” In fact, the very first BMX Racing World Champion was decided when Anthony Sewell won the 14-Over Trophy Dash at the Jag World Championships in 1978.

Keep an eye out for more Photo Trophy Dashes in the coming months.

—Mike Carruth

Tyler’s Sponsors:
Rennen Design Group, Tioga BMX, Sun Ringlé, Dan’s Comp, SRAM, BMX News, Crit BMX, Stealth Hubs
*Links added by BMX News to highlight companies that are also BMX News advertisers

Links

Ssquared Bicycles Website

Answer BMX Website

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Nic Long Homeless Handout 3

March 17, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Nic Long - Homeless Handout 3

Last month, Nic Long and more than a dozen other BMX family members came together for some home cookin, and good-doin as part of Nic’s on-going “homeless handout” program.

The group put together around 200 meal boxes with spaghetti, bread, bottled water and cupcakes, loaded it all up into eight waiting SUVs, and headed to downtown San Diego to distribute the goodies.

The giveaways did not stop with tasty treats. Nic put together other things that homeless people, especially, can use: 150 blankets donated by Haro Bikes, boxes of clothes from Vans and Dan’s Comp.

Nic literally had some folks dancing in the streets, as you’ll see in the Deft Family edit below.

Last week, some freestylers riding street in Downtown LA drew the ire of both social and mainstream media worldwide, as they were painted as disrespecting the homeless by bunnyhopping over, and generally menacing (but not hitting) them. The riders in the vid didn’t hurt any of the unsuspecting homeless, but as they say in media coaching circles, the “optics” were not very good (translation: it didn’t look good).

We like Nic’s edit, because it shows BMXers doing something that needs doing. Our guess is that they would be out there doing it, whether cameras were rolling or not, which makes it all-the-cooler.







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Re-Cap: 2014 Cajun Nationals

March 10, 2014 by · Comments Off 

2014 Cajun Nationals Re-Cap

The BMX News convoy could have just as well been called the “Quick-Trip Caravan” this weekend, as we blazed in to Cajun country in the dark hours of Friday night, and hauled (organic) bananas out of town, moments after the last gate on Sunday. All told, it was 25 hours in the car for 11 hours of the most prime pedal pushin on God’s Green Earth (this weekend, at least).

As we noted in our photo gallery teaser yesterday, the track was a crowd-pleaser, with a “U-inside-a-U” design. The first and second straights being the inside of the U. Out of turn two, there was a below-grade dip, in to the double that gave-way to the long third-straight rhythm. The last turn was a sweeper that held some dynamic moments from the first gate to the last, which made for awesome racing all weekend long.

Pit space was available inside and outside. Plenty of teams put down stakes on the grass, and among the free parking in the adjacent lot. A close-in parking spot was an easy-get, even after our Sunday mid-second-round arrival.

All this made for a very happy bunch of BMXers, complete with stories of crawdad and shrimp dinners, Duck Commander visits (3 miles from the Ike Hamilton Expo Center), and the resonant “quack, quack, quack” of the finest duck calls in the land in the pits, parking and vending area.

There was hella-heavy competition on the track, but the overall vibe was Southern-easy.

This was our first time at the Cajun Nats, and even though it was a haul-and-a-half from HQ, we can definitely see ourselves making the trip next year, if it’s on the schedule.

Moto-count-wise, Saturday was at 195, with 180 on Sunday.

Here are some of the highlights, and don’t forget to click-visit the photo galleries at the bottom, as we have free image downloads for all.

Strider coverage of 2014 Cajun Nationals

No, this Strider dad is not taking a cell call while his daughter is on the track. Texan Nora Flynn is blind, but participating in the Saturday Strider program! Nora has a Bluetooth headset under her helmet, and her dad guides her along the track using the paired cell phone. Amazing!

Chandler Denton at the 2014 Cajun Nationals

Chandler Denton is back in a big way. Our Georgia pal had some setbacks after New Year’s Eve goofin ended up with a bottle rocket shot into his eye. If that wasn’t bad enough, just as the doc cleared him to start pedaling around on the street, his hand-tight front wheel came off, and he caught a chain-tensioner to the top of the head. All is well now, and he is back on the bike, and back in the mix. Saturday saw him leading some laps, ultimately booking a second, behind Tyler Whitfield. On Sunday, half the pack crashed just after the first jump, leaving the Chanimal with a seventh.

Rico Bearman at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Rico Bearman was tops of the 10 year olds, taking a double-double in 10x and 9-10 Open. Fierce enough to earn him a new award USA BMX is giving out on Sundays before the mains on national weekends.

Shan Hatfield at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Shan Hatfield was back on the track in Louisiana, after a long layoff recovering from an injury suffered at the World Championships last year. Shan the Man was looking his fast old young self, til a wreck in the first turn of Saturday’s Cruiser main took him down. He was DNS for the 20″ main, and we didn’t see him on the sheets for Sunday. Hopefully, he was just sore, and we’ll see him again in Oldsmar.

Crupi's Colin Whittington at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Colin Whittington cranked his Crupi to twin wins in 14x at the Cajun Nationals.

Brandon Elmore wins A-Pro at the USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Brandon Elmore was king of the Cajuns’ top class on Saturday, but had some strong comp in the persons of Will Grant and Lee Lewis, who went 2-3 on the podium on day one.

Lee Lewis wins day two at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Lee the Flea had his teflon fully in place on Sunday, as he made it through carnage to take the win in mains one and two. Elmore won main #3, but LtF had the low points for the overall. Alan Hudson and Olijuwon Davis occupied double steps for Doublecross with second and third.

Caleb Wall into the second turn at the 2014 Cajun Nationals

Caleb Wall has been making some serious tracks in the 2014 season. We had our eye on him in Reno, and it seems the Texas Flash has been training-up and downing some Green Machine shakes, because he was riding with purpose at the Cajuns. A win in Jr. Devo on Sunday, and a third in 15x. Keep watching what this Amarillo slim has in his hand for the rest of the season.

Hayden Robinson of Ssquared Answer at the 2014 Cajun Nationals

Hollywood Hayden Robinson is settling in to his new Ssquared Answer ride in fast-forward fashion. Railing the last turn in Sunday’s main event, on the way to a double-double in 12x/12c.

Charlie Golwyn at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Shock and “awww.” Charlie Golwyn– On the track: layin the smackdown, Stealth Bomber style, to all who show up. After a quick-change, following a fierce first-round transfer: a mild-mannered six-year-old, muggin for the camera and causing all-kinds of “awww” among BMX moms and post-K pretties in the Profile pit. Double wins in 6x.

Bailey Brannen at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

“Bad Girl” done good. Bailey Brannen had a great weekend in Louisiana. The sole Answer/Rennen emissary to the Cajun Nationals came up all-aces, both days in 11-12 Girl Cruiser and 12G.

Walker Finch of Haro/Promax at the 2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals

Walker Finch, out of the first turn, and in command of Sunday’s main. Walker doubled-up in Louisiana. On Saturday, the Juice, Justin Richmond got the deuce, and Collin Schmidt hit the three-step. Then, on day two, it was Finch, with Doublecross dude, Chris White in the two-spot, and Justin the with the third. Oh yeah, and Walker aced-up on 15-16 open both days too!

Keep an eye on BMX News next week for Dan’s Comp-sponsored coverage from the USA BMX Winter Nationals in Phoenix. Then we’re icing-down the Pellegrino for our trip to Oldsmar for the Gator Nationals, complete with full pro-series action, on the 22nd and 23rd.

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2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals Photo Gallery – Saturday

2014 USA BMX Cajun Nationals Photo Gallery – Sunday

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Dan’s Doubles-Up in Double-A

November 8, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Tyler Faoro on Dan's Comp

Dan’s Comp has had all bases covered in the pro classes this year. Matt Pohlkamp in Vet, Mariana Pajon riding the USA BMX series in the jersey, and Justin Posey destroying the A Pro class, then bumping up to AA/Elite later in the season. And, of course, Alden Volle, Scott Moreland and Kylie Pardue on the Am side of the house. But today, the Twitterverse is all-a-twitter about the addition of Tyler Faoro to the squad.

Tyler has been with Profile/Madera since Disney Cup 2009, but will be in Dan’s Comp colors at the first SSA race in Florida this weekend. Then on to Tulsa for the 2013 USA BMX Grand National over Thanksgiving weekend. Tyler cut a 2014 frame deal with Dkoi Bikes (BMX News September 20, 2013) and will continue with Optimum Nutrition and Maxxis Tires as co-sponsors.

Here’s what he had to say about the new ride:

I am so excited to be joining the Dan’s Comp team of world-class athletes! Everyone at has been very kind and welcoming, and I am beyond-grateful for this opportunity. Looking forward to my first race in the jersey this upcoming weekend in Riverview, FL, followed by the Grands in a few weeks!

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Dan’s Comp Website

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