Thanks to Brad Quartuccio (founder of Urban Velo), you can now own an iconic image of bike polo history. He is selling 11 x 17 photos of this photo for only $10 shipped inside the US and $18 shipped internationally. According to Brad, this picture was taken in Philadelphia, PA at the first World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. As evident by the many skid marks, 2009 was a time before front brake only or dual-brakes were even in the scope of bike polo imagination.
Pick one up today HERE and maybe you can hunt down 2009 champions, Team Smile, to autograph it for you. Someday when this sport is as bike as Monday Night Football, that signed picture will be worth a bajillion dollars!
One of my favorite characteristics of Sean Ingram, the owner of Fixcraft, is the way he often puts the sport above himself. He puts himself and the company on the line, not to weigh down his pockets but purely to help advance the sport. He has donated loads of money this season to help make live streamed bike polo a standard at major tournaments. He has joined forces with other companies to help bring you the best products, instead of two competing inferior products. Instead of competing with D-Gel for the best bike polo ball, the two companies joined forces to bring us the best bike polo balls we have ever seen. When Fixcraft and Northern Standard were prototyping their polo specific gloves, there was a rumor going around of them joining forces instead of competing against each other; sadly, this never happened. When Sean and Fixcraft wanted to put out a polo specific bike, they joined forces with the most innovative company in the BMX world, Tree. Working together they have been designing the Mutt polo frame, as well as the fork that we saw featured in this month’s Fixcraft Friday deal.
With Sean’s eagerness to work with companies, it was no wonder he was so willing to collaborate Magic Bike Polo. John Hayes, one of the owners of Magic Bike Polo, said he hit up Sean only six weeks ago about a cost effective way to bring the Connect to Europe. For the Connect’s European distribution, they re-branded the Fixcraft Connect as the Magic Connect. The only difference in the European version is that it comes in the patented Magic purple.
John Hayes tells us that with the addition of the Magic Connect to their catalog, they plan to bring back heads similar to their version one Emerald. This means that they will lose the inner mounting lip as it is unnecessary with the Connect system. For those unwilling to pick up a Magic Connect, Hayes says they will keep an Emerald model with the mounting lip. The same can not be said for the Black Magic head; those models are made to be light so they will most likely not run any models with a mounting lip.
We love to see bike polo companies working together and we hope to see more collaborations in the future! We are also happy to see these hitting the European shelves; if you are as well, head over to the Magic Bike Polo store and pick some up.
This article was originally posted on The Assassins’ Bike Polo blog.
The crew at FBM put the hammer down to get us some new polo bike prototypes a few days before the Cascadia Qualifier. We wanted to get as much time in on them before the tournament so we got the frames built up as soon as they arrived. This is the best polo frame and fork that I’ve ridden. As soon as I jumped on the Ballista I was instantly comfortable and my game changed for the better. Mike at the FBM frame shop got in touch with us to ask what we would be interested in having on a polo specific frame set. We gave him some input and they really delivered. Mike and the rest of the guys at FBM have lot of years of experience in frame design and production, it shows in the quality and craftsmanship. FBM is an invested bike company with over a decade of success in BMX. All of their frames are hand made in Johnson City, NY by real people that ride bikes. They are awesome dudes and we are very excited to be representing them in bike polo. It was a great experience to work with Mike and everyone at FBM to develop one of the best frames in bike polo.
The frame and fork are 700c specific with mounting options for front and/or rear linear pull brakes, and a front disc tab.
There are full housing guides on the under side of the top tube for smooth routing from either side of the head tube and to keep the housing tucked out of the way.
The small gusset behind the bottom bracket helps to keep the rear end stiff.
The Ballista is tig welded with 4130 chromoly steel tubes. There will be a few sizes depending on general interest, available through a preorder. The production frames will have custom head badges, new decal designs, and will be available in 2-3 colors.
The Ballista feels really stable at speed, there is no shimmying or speed wobbles. Cornering is smooth and predictable, I’ve had no trouble with diving or jack knifing. The slightly longer wheelbase provides no toe overlap and a firm footing for going shoulder to shoulder. We’ve been giving feedback to FBM to make improvements that may be needed. But what you see here is pretty close to what the finished product will be, possibly a few modifications. The Ballista will go into production sometime this coming winter.
And finally, a few shots of the fork…
If you are unfamiliar with HOSER, you should first read our article praising the company for the work they do for bike polo teams. Setting up the hottest bike polo teams around the world with high quality 100% ring-spun cotton shirts. The profits from the shirts go towards helping the teams travel to tournaments. With the 2013 Bike Polo World Championship just a few months away, HOSER decided to set up a sale to help get their teams some extra travel funds.
If you go to HOSER’s website and add your favorite shirts to your cart, you will be able to enter the code MIAMI2013 into the promotion code section. This code will allow you to receive 20% off of your entire purchase! The sale ends on July 31st, so you have until the end of the month to help support teams like Edisons, Call Me Daddy, and Hooks.
Your orders help ensure that the Bike Polo World Championship has the best teams from all over the world in attendance, so do your part!
Toronto’s Modifide Bike Polo is an ivy that is growing over all the walls of the bike polo community. Less than a year old, you see their heads all over the North American polo scene. Through innovative design, Modifide is determined to out grow it’s competition.
The newest item in the Modifide Bike Polo cauldron is their 4″ Arc. Just like it’s 5″ predecessor, the 4″ Arc is promising hard hits and unmatched ball control, but only this time in a compact size. Weighing in at 89 grams, the 4″ Arc has an outer diameter of 2.5″ so you will be able to do all the fancy scoop tricks in your recipe book.
Modifide Bike Polo limited the first run of heads to only 4o, so be sure you pick one up before they sell out! Hit up their store HERE to get one for yourself.