I’ll get to the good stuff. We’re announcing all of the details of these bad boys over the next three days. In this, Part 1 of 3 Mike Daily asked me a few questions about the frames and how this project came about. Tomorrow, in Part 2 you’ll get Mike’s answers to my questions along with more photos. Wednesday, Part 3 you’ll get all the info, specs, and how and where to get 1 of the only 43 produced! Mike will have news over on the Aggro Rag site as well! Enjoy.
Mike Daily: Highlights-wise, what are we looking at here? Let’s start with the 2013 Subrosa DTT for Street frame with the 21″ top tubes. What’s new?
Ryan Sher: The “StreeTT” is a complete redesign from our past Pandora DTT. Geometry-wise, we raised the stand over height, and switched to a wishbone-style rear end for side-to-side stability in the frame. The wishbone is our custom investment-cast Subrosa wishbone that has been a stable on our beefier frames (Balum and Villicus Prime) and has proven to increase the strength, and looks great! The other special piece is our custom Subrosa dropouts with built-in chain tensioners. These are the perfect addition, and they work great. The chain tensioners can be completely removed if you prefer to not use them.
MD: Now how about the 2013 Subrosa DTT for Flat frame with the 19″ top tubes? What are the standout new features that flatlanders will appreciate?
RS: The DTT FlaTT is pretty exciting for us. We’ve made shorter frames before, but never a flatland-specific model. Again, we’ve added the same custom Subrosa wishbone and dropouts, where the chain tensioners will be most helpful. They are such a great tool when you are trying to dial in your bike exactly how you need it. Another functioning standout is the raised down tube and flatland-frame-specific gusset. We knew if it was going to be flat-specific frame, we would need to accommodate the needs of the riders. This basically adds more clearance between the frame and front wheel for numerous front end and scuff tricks.
MD: And there’s a cruiser model of the 2013 Subrosa DTT? What are its key features?
RS: Oh yeah! This big ol’ DTT dubbed the “TTwo Four” is a bad machine. It honestly is like taking sports car looks and handling and mounting it on a monster truck frame. With the updated cruiser geometry, it rides like a giant 20” bike. Wayne Keller, Eben Krackau and our in-house product manager Greg Lanthorne teamed up to really tweak this geometry to the perfect specs. Again, this frame features the same custom Subrosa wishbone and dropouts.
MD: Who are the unsung heroes who helped Subrosa Brand design and field-test the above frames?
RS: Like I said above, we currently have Wayne Keller blasting tables on his ramp, riding street, and also commuting on his TTwo Four; Chip Riggs, our art department manager riding the FlaTT; and Subrosa pro team rider Kyle Hart putting a beating on the StreeTT. Kyle is also endorsing the StreeTT with his limited edition “Party Splatter” color way. The three riders have years of experience, not to mention all of the riders who bought the previous Pandora DTT V1 and V2.
MD: What prompted Subrosa to collaborate with me–Mike Daily, Editor/Publisher of Aggro Rag Freestyle Mag!–to produce a Limited Edition run of 2013 Subrosa DTT Aggro Rag frames to create the world’s first “zine bike”?
RS: Starting with the frame, it’s an obvious head-nod to the generations of riders that paved the way for what BMX has developed into today. Aggro Rag was an integral part of that time period. Aggro Rag zine was a way for riders to find out what their peers were doing, and it also documented many of the famous contests, events and riders that were doing positives things in BMX.
Enter Chip “Howdy” Riggs, Sparky’s Distribution’s art department manager. Chip began to follow the Rag, and first introduced himself to Mike Daily in a letter. Yes kids, people would write letters, mail them off, and wait weeks–sometimes months–for a reply. Mike Daily and Chip became good friends after numerous letter exchanges. Chip was a big part in helping develop the DTT FlaTT frame, and he brought up the idea of teaming the two together. It steamrolled from there into the phenomenon it is today, ahaha!
I never intend to preach, but I would like the riders of today to learn more about where their favorite trick originated from, or what contest it happened first at. Aggro Rag and the Plywood Hoods were there for a lot of it, and this is our tip of the cap to them.