During the course of the Props X DIG “Go Fast Pull Up” documentary production, Gav Cope (MODE BMX) messaged me about the possibility of doing a small run of new, limited-edition Metal Bikes frames as a cool tie-in project and homage to the very first Metal “Kizz” Mk1 from 1999. I hit up Jimmy about the idea and he was all for it.
After researching a bit I discovered S&M had 33 sets of “lightning bolt” dropouts remaining from when they produced the Metal Rebel Contender in 2006-7, which we acquired for the project.
Metal Bikes co-founder Joe Carnall graciously provided us with the original Kizz sticker graphics and powder codes to faithfully re-produce the Mk1 artwork and colors. There will also be a raw option.
Big Dave Harrison, who worked at Spooky Cycles in late-90s, and who made all the Mk1s of Metal, Terrible One and FBM frames, is going to be fabricating on this project with his company Pedal Driven Cycles in Athens, Georgia.
The frames will have “GO FAST PULL UP” laser cut out of the top gusset and serial numbers stamped 1-33.
Here are the 2019 Kizz specs:
- Head tube 74.5 degree, integrated
- Top tube 1.25” double butted
- Down tube 1.5” double butted (1.5” homage to Mk1 Kizz)
- Length 21” US (4Down UK options 20.75”, 21”, 21.25”)
- Rear 13.625" - 14.125” travel
- Seat tube 71 degree single butted
- Standover 9”
- BB mid, height 11.75”
- Seat stays 3/4” top to bottom .035 + welded caps
- Chain stays 3/4 top to bottom .049 + welded caps
- Chain stays wishbone
- Seat bridge 5/8” straight
- Sprocket up to 36t
- 990s seat stays removable, modern style with bolt through tab
- Cable guide under top tube, drilled/tapped for removable stop + guide near head tube
- Tire up to 2.4”
- Dropouts w/ lightning bolts
- Seat clamp, 2-piece welded including bolt/nut
- Stickers Mk1 Kizz
- Color options, Mk1 burgundy, Mk1 black semi flat/matte, raw w/ clearcoat
20 frames will be distributed by 4Down in Europe and 13 will be available in the US through Props.
4Down is opening pre-orders immediately and look for Props/US pre-orders opening up mid-March.
Pre-orders are first come first serve! Each frame will include a copy of “Go Fast Pull Up” with a choice of DVD or Bluray.
Also thanks to Matt Barton and the Metal Bike Facebook page.
Thanks for your support on this project! -Chris Rye / Props
P.S. the documentary was finished last week and we’re busy preparing all the odds and ends that go along with the film. Shipping early April!
Nb- this is for pre-book, so deposits are accepted to get the ball rolling, with final payment required before delivery.
With bmx and cycling experience of over 20 years, mode bmx is a core store that knows exactly how to help you with anything bmx related from complete bike selection, clothing and footwear, through to a custom wheel building service, if it's bmx related we know what we're on about, we're as much a place to come down hang out, chat and check out the latest bmx edits as we are a professional shop with advice and knowledge whether you're a beginner looking to get involved or a seasoned professional. Now into our 15th year as a fully stocked bmx store mode continues to serve derby and the east midlands as the top bmx store.
Originally like most i found my way to bmx as a kid in the 1980's, however it wasn't till the 1990's that the cycling and bmx bug finally bit, i originally became involved in the cycle trade through a series of cycle stores which lead me eventually to a well known independent cycle store in derby, as bmx was finally coming out of it's post 1980's boom, i helped lead the way with a new in store bmx department that eventually became one of the top 5 bmx stores in the uk, during these years derby's indoor skatepark storm also helped cement the area's reputation as one of the best bmx cities in the uk. This all led to my involvement with the skatepark and when the uk's biggest bmx contests chose our park 3 years running to be a host of the backyard jam series it gave me the opportunity to get involved and work with all levels of the bmx industry.
During this time i went on many trips around the world with my bmx and camera and got to experience what was some of the best years in bmx. Finally around 2004 i felt it was my time to take the next step and open up my own bmx store and continue on supporting bmx in the east midlands region, it's sure been a rollercoaster ride during all these years, i've been lucky enough to meet and help many riders from the area who have gone on with our help to be world class bmx riders, not too bad for a tiny city in the uk! Now in my 15th year as a core independent bmx shop owner i start my 4th decade continuing on with my support for bmx.
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