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Author: Toby Date Posted: 7 February 2019
The good guys over at Colony BMX, just posted this epic Jack Kelly Instagram mix. All filmed whilst in Cali by Pat Freyne, and full of treats.
Author: Ross Lavender Date Posted: 5 July 2018
In today’s world of instantaneous web edits, high-quality video productions, and smartphone clips; documenting BMX in Australia has never been easier. The technology to make a BMX video is easily accessible, it’s easy to use and there are multiple platforms to get your finished product out to the world within seconds. If you were to go back 25 or 30 years, simply making your own video was an absolute mission and that’s without trying to get it out to the masses.
With so many of Australian early BMX videos unavailable to today’s audience, Unscene History has teamed up with LUX BMX to host some regular video nights to screen a selection of Australian BMX videos from the past four decades.
First up we have a real treat:
SEX DRUGS AND ROCK n ROLLS (1993)
In 1993, Wynnum rider Bobby Herbohn created one of Brisbane’s first fully edited BMX videos – Sex Drugs and Rock n Rolls (SDRR). During 1992 Bobby started filming the local comps and riding sessions with his close friends. These sessions included some members of Brick on a String Posse (BOASP) – Clint Millar (Colony BMX), Michael Canfield (Drain Kids), Fakie (Session ‘zine), Red and Bobby Herbohn - a group of teenage riders from Brisbane’s bayside. With the help of Bobby’s housemate, Fakie – they spent months editing footage, crafting quirky titles and overlaying a solid soundtrack.
SDRR is an honest insight into Australian freestyle of the early 90s. It was an interesting time to be on a bike. The BMX recession had hit Australia and many riders had faded away (though the dedicated were still hanging in there) and the scene shed its neon skin as freestyle moved towards the underground. The shedding of skin was mostly influenced by the first wave of street riders who carried this new style of riding and attitude from the late 80s into the new era of 90s freestyle.
This style of street riding was unlike what it is today. It was without direction or consciousness and it just wanted to revolt against whatever freestyle or BMX was doing at the time. The culture of street ultimately turned freestyle on its head. Although the tricks are primitive by today’s standards, the aesthetic and attitude was raw and honest and it the backbone needed to keep freestyle alive. While todays view on the ‘old school’ BMX era paints a broad, glossy and almost tacky picture of 80s freestyle, SDRR captures the real soul of what early 90s freestyle was about.
But this video is not all about street. Where most riders today focus on one style of riding, SDRR shows that many riders rode a number of riding styles. A great example of this is Clint Millar’s (Colony BMX) section. Most people today relate Clint to his incredible mini ramp skills, but back in the late 80s and early 90s Clint was an up and coming flatlander, climbing the flatland competition ladder with his ridiculously consistent and technical flatland combos. In SDRR we see Clint rides more street and flatland than ramp, which I think will be a refreshing to anyone more familiar to his riding today.
SDRR also features all round sections from Michael Canfield (Drain Kids) and the man behind SDRR, Bobby Herbohn. To gain a deeper understanding of Michael and Bobby’s riding is to go back further into their riding roots to what I consider the real ‘Prody’ era. Michael, Bobby, and Clint went to high school together in the late 80’s and spent almost every waking moment riding in their own mini scene - riding everything they could find, doing shows, building ramps, and ultimately becoming mainstays in the freestyle community. It was those three that coined the term ‘Prody’, a word that has since gained an international following thanks to Colony BMX’s staple frame of the same name. Many of the older riders will know about the Prody videos made my Clint throughout the mid and late 90s and the original mid-90s Prody frames; but SDRR is actually the very first project under the “Prody Productions” banner.
When SDRR was completed, the only VHS tape made was shared amongst friends and never really reached the broader BMX community. Not long after the video was made the Drain Kids got hold of the tape and it has since been said SDRR was as part of their early riding inspiration. As the 90s kicked on, the SDRR VHS tape disappeared until it was found in Red’s possession back in 2013. Around that same time Bobby pulled out the original footage and master tapes. The SDRR VHS is now safely stored in the Unscene Archives.
“Sex, Drugs and Rock n Rolls” kicks off on 20th July, 7PM at LUXBMX in West End. So whether you’re young or old, interested in BMX, or bored on a Friday night, come down and hang out with some of the crew and check out some early 90s BMX goodness.
Author: Mitch Date Posted: 8 June 2018
30 years difference in BMX frame technology. The 2018 Colony Oz-One next to a 1988 Ozone Method Air.
Australia's own Colony BMX has built a bit of reputation for releasing some killer retro-inspired reissue frames but this latest offering has really knocked it out of the park. The Colony Oz-One frame pays homage to the Ozone Method Series BMX frames from the late eighties with a few modern tweaks to make it a functional frame for BMX riding.
"With the increased popularity of 80s and 90s retro frames, Colony BMX has announced a limited edition frame inspired by one of freestyle’s great, yet short-lived, brands Ozone.
As street riding began to take hold of freestyle in the late 80s, Ozone and their groundbreaking team of street riders and flatlanders were at the forefront of a new expressive style of riding, persona and aesthetic; rattling the bones of traditional freestyle. As Alan Brown, the owner for Ozone, said, “Ozone became the haven for the hardcore and the disenfranchised”.
In 1988 Ozone released two frames, a complete bike, and range of parts. The Method 01 the Method Air frames were available in chrome / white and chrome / black colourways with some iconic artwork that would hold todays BMX designers at ransom.
Despite Ozone being a brand for the ‘real’ rider, the company only lasted a year or so due to “lack of interest”. The reality was that many riders wanted an Ozone, however due to low production numbers and the recession of BMX looming in the late 80s; many riders simply couldn’t get their hands on one. In Australia, we saw less than 10 frames and completes reach our shores during the late 80s and early 90s. If you owned an Ozone in Australia, you were considered one of the lucky ones.
Colony BMX owner Clint Millar was one of those riders who wasn’t able to own an Ozone and hence the Colony Oz-One was born. The Oz-One captures the essence of what was great about the Method frames - the twin top tube, the unique seat stay supports, two-tone paint finish, and iconic 80s decal art. While most people see the connection between the Ozone and the Oz-One, it should be noted that this bike is not a replica or an exact modernised version of the Ozone.
The Colony Oz-One is perfect for that 80s or 90s rider that wants a functional frame designed for today’s riding, or the collector that wants something reminiscent to a great era of freestyle. There has also been some strong interest from today’s generation who are embracing twin top as something different from most frames currently available on the market." - Ross Lavender, Unscene History
These will be available in October and pre-orders are open now. We have one of the sample Colony Oz-One frames in store to check out in the meantime. The hype behind these has been crazy so if you're set on one we suggest reserving yours now. Preorders can be made with a non-refundable $50 deposit at this link.
Headtube and rear stay details of the Colony Oz-One frame.
The new Oz-One features a modern integrated headset.
The new Colony Oz-One frame features the unmistakable double top tube design of the Ozone for the old school BMX aesthetic.
The Colony Ozone frame comes in a chrome-plated finish with white paint over the top to complete the retro look.
The original Ozone BMX frames featured brake mounts below the chainstays, pretty rad but not really functional. The new Colony Oz-One features welded chainstay mounts.
Ross Lavender's original 1988 Ozone Method Air frame in all of it's glory.
The Colony Ozone frame features modern BMX dropouts to prevent hanging up on grinds and stalls.
Pre-order now for October 2018 release.
Author: Bruce Morris Date Posted: 7 March 2018
Balance – A New Approach to BMX Coaching and Mentoring
Centenary Plains BMX Club is set to host a BMX event that will draw upon a pool of talent and will collaborate in an Australian first to bring the riders of Queensland an unprecedented depth of BMX knowledge and wisdom. The end goal is to provide high-level coaching and mentorship on the day for riders as well as cement their love of riding BMX.
The coaching/mentoring line-up looks like this.
- Connor Fields – Olympic Gold Medallist 2016, (USABMX) Pro Champion 2017
- Warwick Stevenson – UCI World Champion 2004, (USABMX) Pro Champion 2001/2003
- Khalen Young – Olympian London 2012, (USABMX) Pro Champion 2008
- Tony Harvey – 2000 Elite National Champion
- Jamie Gray – 2003 Elite National Champion
- Trent Jones – Olympian Rio 2016
- Brett Scruse – Multiple National Titles, 2 X World Titles
Connor Fields - CF11
The coaching/mentoring group is drawn together by event organiser Sean Dwight, his experiences have spanned 4 decades on the domestic and international BMX circuit, Sean like the group associated has witnessed firsthand more major changes in the sport than any other generation. The collaborative experience of this group creates the opportunity to pass on this knowledge to stimulate growth and longevity.
Connor Fields with coach Sean Dwight
This event itself is aimed at younger riders split into two groups, 8 to 12 and 13 to 16 with the first group’s session in the morning and the older group in the afternoon. The Centenary Plains BMX precinct houses a newly opened pump track which will be utilised along with the BMX track to give the riders exposure to a wider riding environment. Technical aspects of BMX riding will be covered in separate sessions in each group, including an opportunity for parents of the riders to connect with the coaches in a Q&A session which will allow them to draw upon the experience of the coaching group and learn about the history of the sport in Australia.
Interspersed throughout the day will be a “Ride IN2 BMX” day that will give the opportunity for potential new BMX racers to witness what the sport has to offer. We will encourage the camp’s participants to connect with the new riders during the break between the two groups to spread the word about how awesome BMX is and what it has done for them. The participants of this side of the event will also have the opportunity to meet 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Connor Fields. People who sign up on the day as a new Centenary Plains’ member will have the chance to win a Redline MX Expert race bike courtesy of Redline Australia.
Colony BMX Brand and LUXBMX will host a freestyle jam session on the day showcasing what free riding and flow truly means. Wade Bootes, Cycling Australia’s National BMX Technical Director will be keeping an eye on proceedings with the UCI's Freestyle App being launched to the wider freestyle community in a test of its ability to highlight grassroots riders.
Whilst the event is focusing on coaching and mentoring of young riders, the event’s organisers hope to show the BMX community that we can work and learn from all disciplines of BMX riding.
Camp Information - click flyer below or:
Register on OSM - Click here.
p. 0419 960310
Warwick Stevenson and Kyle Bennett
Khalen Young representing Australia at the 2012 London Olympics
Author: Mitch Date Posted: 20 February 2018
Author: Mitch Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Here's the official video from the first annual Gnarcherfield Jam that we threw in conjunction with Colony. Massive thanks to everyone that came along! If you didn't make sure you get to the next one.
Chris James front flipping his way to highjump victory!Chris James front flipping his way to highjump victory!
Alex Hiam with an insane over tooth 270 back over!
Author: Mitch Date Posted: 31 August 2017
LUXBMX's Melbourne connect Jack Kelly has the ender section from the recent FocalPoint Alive & Well DVD and it's one of the heaviest sections of the year. This is a must watch so stop what you're doing and hit play!