Rich Hirsch made a couple rad decisions recently. First off, he bumped David Grant and Craig Passero to the pro team. Both riders more than deserving of the honor. Also, he developed a method similar to the Stranger grassroots team (fitting because he owns that company too), which helps riders get some credit for their hard work. So submit an edit to Lotek (and Stranger while you're at it) and get hooked up on the goods...
ESPN has another behind the scenes look into a BMX company, and this one is one of the most important. Sure, Vans and Etnies and other companies have BMX programs but how many footwear companies are dedicated to BMX? Excluding Lotek there is one, Orchid. Lotek has been leading the way, however, bringing signature shoes to life and boasting a team I'm not sure any other company can match.
I should mention Lotek recently donated 4,000 pairs (a fcuking LOT) of shoes to Haiti relief. Also, Rich Hirsch is a really cool dude. Get at THIS INTERVIEW.
Wow. It's such a good feeling to see someone go above and beyond the call of duty. It's definitely great to see the people donating a buck or two wherever they can and keeping Haiti in their thoughts, but it's a whole other deal when somebody steps up and does something amazing and life changing. Just think of all the Haitian people that are going to be rocking Mike Aitken or Mike Hoder signature shoes and not even know it. All they're going to know is that some shoe company from America did them a great deal. Nothing more needs to be known.
Smiles for miles. Thanks Rich Hirsch! Always giving back to BMX, or those in need in general... LINK
Stranger Bikes finally dropped THEIR WEBSITE. Tons of good stuff on there so check it out. A good drop.
Also, Stranger and OSS seem to be partnering up via THEM BMX. I believe this is Adam Grandmaison's latest endeavor. I forget what it's supposed to be but I'll let you know when the site comes up. Regardless it all looks exciting. Peep the 8.69" tall bars by Stranger (made by S&M) below and a THEM BMX teaser image as well...
Rich Hirsch's new company, Stranger Bikes, was bound to have a good start with loyal local riders and previous support from his Lotek endeavors. Riders are literally jumping ship to swim over to the island of Stranger. That was an awful metaphor type thing, let's get to the gritty...
Caleb Quanbeck, whom I believe rode for Subrosa, is now riding for Stranger. Rich did a lot for Caleb's career so this isn't so much surprising. He is still riding for Shadow as far as I know though. Same thing with Wolfman and jesse Whaley. Wolfman left Macneil for Stranger, well no official word but what do you expect, so he may be scrumming for parts to put on his Stranger frame. Jesse Whaley left rather new sponsor Verde Bikes for Stranger and will probably also be scrumming for parts. Both of these riders, however, are loyal local dudes who stick by those they know best and I respect that.
Also on the Stranger team is Shawn Mcintosh. He is riding for Coalition as well. same goes for David Grant who is on Stranger and Coalition. Craig Passero is the last rider I know of on Stranger who I believe will also be sporting the parts sponsor OSS, The Come Up's Adam Grandmaison's new company. I think Stranger riders without parts sponsors will be hooked up by OSS, if they'd like. I believe Rich helped Adam out in the process of putting together OSS so there are close ties there.
All in all, Stranger looks to be off to a good start and we can't wait to see the products and the website and the web videos to come. Until then, check out this video of the nose manual master... Caleb Quanbeck.