As of April 12, 2021, Renny Husada and Bill Husada are stepping down from operations and management of Yess BMX. This role will be taken over by Bill Husada's 5 year Yess MFG partner, Leo Wang. Leo Wang is well experienced in manufacturing and the operations of consumer end products. With this restructuring, it provides opportunities to take the Yess BMX brand to new levels of success.
In recent months, Bill Husada and his family have been battling health challenges that were further complicated due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the recent events, Bill Husada and Renny Husada had made personal decisions to step out of the BMX industry.
"Working hard for the last 10 years building this brand has been an accomplishment that I am very proud of. The relationship with our partners, community, and every single rider is something I cherish deeply. However, in light of recent events, it became apparent to me that I needed to refocus my priorities
A brand new collaboration between events organizer and Business and Management School, the FISE Academy by Keyce program aims to prepare future generations for careers within Action Sports. Discover, learn, progress, is at the heart of the philosophy with a desire to combine passion and education focused on the Action Sports profession.
Taking place in Montpellier, France this innovative project is a new step for the FISE Academy, which has a long offered training for athletes hoping to advance their action sports skills. This new project extends the academy’s offering and opens the doors for young people who want to progress in the profession of Action Sports.
Traffic BMX Distribution are proud to announce, that they are now the official distributor of Alienation in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Speed, comfort, grip and puncture resistance through innovative Tubeless Compatible systems:
Alienation could establish itself for years with innovative Tubeless Compatible systems for BMX bikes on the market. Additionally to their famous tires Alienation offers a wide range of high-end rims, handlebars and other parts. The brand has developed new products for further growth, which are briefly presented below. We expect our first delivery to arrive by end of summer 2021.
It is with great pleasure to announce that Alienation, can now be acquired via Traffic GmbH. “Alienation is known particularly for our strength in the rim, wheel space, and this partnership offers strong support for our business after years hiatus within the German market.” said Zach Taylor, GM of Alienation. “We recognized the growth possibilities in Europe and with the ambition of Traffic we can facilitate such.”
After observing the evolution of UST within the MTB market Alienation decided that now was the right time to develop a new range of product in order to respond better to the industry needs; that was 2011. Since Alienation has advocate for tubeless by being the first to market with Tubeless Compatible Systems (TCS) for the BMX space. “We look forward to propelling forward with tubeless within BMX. Traffic has significant reach thus creating the opportunity to obtain that goal.” said Zach Taylor.
What goes into building a pump track? No better people to answer that question than Velosolutions own Claudio Caluori (SUI) and Tim Smit (NED). In this interview they'll take you through the process that will send you straight to your city council to demand one for your own scene. Read on.
Where did you grow up and how did you get into biking? CLAUDIO CALUORI: I grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and got into mountain biking when I was training as a hockey player in Kloten. TIM SMIT: I was born close to Rotterdam and was always trying out different sports. I cycled 30 km to and from school and loved going as fast as possible. My first time on a mountain bike was in the Ardennes and I have loved it since.
How did you get into the pump track business? CLAUDIO CALUORI: Velosolutions started as a trail building company. We were led to pump tracks by the Universe and were the first ones to then build one from concrete and later on, the first ones to build them with asphalt, which initiated the world wide pump track boom. TIM SMIT: I had started a mountain bike training company and after a while we started to build some dirt PumpTracks. Back then pump tracks didn’t really exist outside of the bikeparks. We completely fell in love with the whole concept of pump tracks as a way to inspire kids to go outside and have fun, and we figured that every city would benefit from having one.
Shop name: Back Bone BMX Location: Belconnen, Canberra, Australia Years in business: 2021 is our 16th year! Best year yet: Every year is a good year Worst year yet: Last year was difficult and the most challenging, but I don’t know if we’ve had a ‘worst year’. We’ve had some tough years, but we don’t want to get stuck thinking about them too much.
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Tyson Jones-Peni: COVID had been kicking around internationally, but we were always optimistic, and probably pretty naïve. We ran a local competition on March 22nd, which was meant to be the first event of a year full of events. We took all of the necessary COVID precautions and thought the event was a success – but literally, that night, the Prime Minister of Australia addressed the country and announced that lockdown would take place that very next day.
Shop name: The Secret BMX Shop Location: Murrieta, California (USA) Years in business: 11 Best year yet: 2010 and 2020 Worst year yet: I don't think we've ever had a bad year, but 2020 definitely spawned the most grey hairs.
For a while it looked like the USA wasn't taking Covid too seriously, what's the status now? Bryan Babbel: On a national level, it seems the media is still pumping a lot of fear into the population, but on a local level, it is very clear that most people aren't buying into the hype anymore and are ready to take their chances and move on with life. You wouldn't believe how grateful new customers are when they come in and realize we never have (and never will) require them to wear a mask. And our repeat customers love coming in knowing they can shop and breathe comfortably.
Did you take any action from the start with your shop or were you thinking this would be over in a few weeks? Bryan Babbel: As with many bike shops that chose not to shut down and/or limit themselves, we got crushed with an overwhelming amount of business immediately following the lockdown orders.