32 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary
Jay Miron, also known as the “Canadian Beast,” joined Hoffman Bikes in early 1993. When Jay joined the team, he left his Canadian homeland and moved to Oklahoma City to ride and work for Hoffman Bikes.
Late 1994, Jay assisted Kris Gack in the design and development of his signature frame. One of Jay’s specifications was that it had to come with a built-in bottle opener. Before HB was able to debut his signature model, he received a good offer to ride for Schwinn. Ultimately, Jay took his prototype to Schwinn (without bottle opener), which became their “custom” top tube design for years to come. (see below)
Jay’s progressive style and ability to ride anything took the Hoffman Bikes team to a whole new level.
Jay’s Photo Gallery & Interview
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IT’S FASTER THAN A RAMP LAYERED IN STEEL.
MORE POWERFUL THAN 4130 BAR STOCK.
ABLE TO LEAP TALL RAMPS AND LAND COMPLETE FLAT BOTTOM.
IT’S THE… SUPER FORK!!!
Early 1993, after breaking and bending virtually every stem and fork on the market, Mat Hoffman, Chad Harrington and Kris Gack came up with a revolutionary design that changed how all forks and stems would be designed from that point forward..
This new fork and stem designs focused in on the issues of bending steerer tubes and stems breaking. The fork design featured an I-beam inserted into the steerer tube for added strength. The Steerer tube also extended about 2 1/4″ above the headset. The stems were machined from aluminum with allen bolts which tighten on to the reinforced steerer tube.
After months of rigorous testing by Hoffman team riders and several design changes the”SUPER FORK” were ready for production.
PART 2 – The Evolution of the “SUPER FORK” coming soon!
shout out to Adam Dawson and ToBigToRide for some of the photos below.
*do you have any Hoffman Bikes history you like to share with us? please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPER FORK PHOTO GALLERY
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Back in the early ’90s bmxers counted on Magazines to find out what was new in the world of BMX. Back in 1992 those magazines where BmxPlus! and Ride Bmx and here are three ad’s we placed in those magazines. enjoy!
“Breath Of Fresh Air”
“Breath Of Fresh Air-2″
Music: Helmet “Unsung”
35 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary
After joining the team In 1993, Kevin Jones got to work designing his signature frame. After months of working out the design and testing several proto-types the news frame was put into production and dubbed ‘The Big Daddy.’ Just as Kevin revolutionized modern flatland so did his frame, and is still a sought after bike to this day.
Kevin Jones signature frame “The Big Daddy” was ranked 8th in ESPN’s Twenty Progressive Signature Frames. Designed by Kevin Jones and built by Hoffman Bikes in Oklahoma City, the Big Daddy frame was HB’s first frame devoted to flatland. Shorter and more and more responsive than the Condor, with a built-in frame platform, the Big Daddy was responsible for the progression of Jones’ modern day flatland riding throughout the ‘90s as seen in the Dorkin’ In York videos series. – ESPN, Brian Tunney
Big Daddy Photo Gallery
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Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanks for almost 25 years!!! Today we celebrate Hoffman Bikes team rider Kevin Jones. In 1987 Mat Hoffman and Kevin Jones toured the world together on Skyway and united their passion for pushing what is possible on a bicycle. So when Kevin mentioned to Mat he wanted to design a bike that could keep up with his innovation, it was on. Kevin joined Hoffman Bikes and developed what would become Hoffman Bikes next frame. That frame became the “Big Daddy”.
Kevin Kevin is credited as the innovator of modern day flatland riding. His exploits have been well documented in the ‘Dorkin’ In York’ video series. He has had an incredible influence on flatland and all of bmx worldwide.
Kevin Jones Dorkin’ 10 Segment
Kevin Jones Photo Gallery
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Tired of risking his life on sub-par frames, Mat Hoffman went to the drawing board in 1991 to design and build one of the best BMX frames of all time. Here we are, nearly 25 years later, and the Condor frame is one of the only BMX frames that has stood the test of time.
Just a few years ago, ESPN’s Brian Tunney listed the Condor Frame as the No. 1 most progressive signature bmx frame. “The HB Condor was the frame of choice for Mat Hoffman, Jay Miron, Dave Mirra and countless others. The Condor’s strength and modern geometry helped to push the boundaries of what was possible on a BMX bike, and countless acts of progression have been documented on the many Condor frames sold since its introduction.” – ESPN, Brian Tunney
Full Condor Evolution Edit is in the works. For now here are just a few of the Condor frames from 1991 to 2015.
1992 Condor Complete Bike
1995 Condor Frame
1998 Condor Frame
2000 Condor Complete Bike
2004 Condor Complete Bike and Frame
2006 Condor Frame
2008 Condor Frame
2011 Condor Frame
2015 Condor Frame
38 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary
Davin “Psycho” Hallford completes our OG Team roster. This fearless Gladiator, known for his all-out attitude and style, made an impact that helped shape what Street is today. Psycho is also known for his creative art style. He designed the original Hoffman Bikes Flaming H logo, the original Condor bike graphics and other timeless logos and graphics for Hoffman Bikes and the Bicycle Stunt Series.
Here is a video that Paul Covey posted of Davin which includes early 90’s contest footage and 1997 Hoffman Bikes warehouse session.
Davin “Psycho” Hallford Photo Gallery
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Today we celebrate one of the most colorful riders in BMX: Rick Thorne. Rick Thorne was from St. Louis, Mo, and great friends with legend Dennis McCoy. In the summer of 1991, Mat and Rick were doing Sprocket Jockey shows and in the middle of a show Mat said ‘Hey, yo, Thorne – you wanna ride for my new bike company, called Hoffman Bikes?’. The rest was history.
Here is a little Q&A with Rick Thorne
What stands out to you as innovations from Hoffman Bikes and Mat Hoffman?
“Innovate is what Mat has done for the sport since he started riding, I’ve seen him do some of the gnarliest stuff in his old warehouse that only few people got to witness, like a barhop fake completely stretched 6 feet out on vert. Hoffman Bikes has innovated the sport as well with product, bikes, style, design, team, graphics and a positive image and attitude. When I rode for Hoffman Bikes for those 10 years (1992-2001) it was always an honor to be a part of such a rad brand, there was unity in the spirit of being proud to ride for such a rad guy and team. Hoffman Bikes and Mat gave the sport hope when it was down on its luck, to keep shredding, to keep it alive. Mat in my eyes saved the sport at a time of need, nothing but respect and love for Mat and Hoffman Bikes.”
How as Hoffman Bikes and Mat Hoffman contributed to BMX and helped shape the current bmx culture.
‘Mat contributed his life to bmx, inspiring people with his riding, running and creating BS contests, XGames, Sprocket Jockey shows, tours, events and Hoffman Bikes, and being a positive role model for the world. Mat as done a tremendous amount not only for me but many other riders by creating opportunities and sharing his success with them.’
What years did you ride for Hoffman Bikes and Any Stories you like to share?
‘I remember before Mat started Hoffman Bikes and the day he asked me to ride for him. We were doing Sprocket Jockey shows for 2 weeks at the Indianapolis State Fair in Noblesville, Indiana on the outside of the Deer Creek Amphitheater in June of 1991. I was getting ready to roll in for my run during the show and Mat said ‘Hey yo Thorne you wanna ride for my new bike company I’m starting called Hoffman Bikes?’ I was like uh? Me? YEAH!!! It was a moment I’ll never forget, I was so excited I think I did my ever best ‘state fair’ show run on the vert ramp ever, I was so hyped and honored. Such good vibes at that show and Mat did a run and blasted huge and when he popped out he said to me ‘somethings up with this bike’, (this was before he had his frame and forks done so he was not riding a Hoffman Bike yet)we looked and he had broke the downtube in
two, completely snapped, not attached together at all. When you sat on the bike it was like sitting on a titter totter, you would bottom out instantly just by sitting on the seat. I was like what the……..? He looked up and said ‘Man I can’t wait to have my own Hoffman Bikes done so I can stop breaking frames every other day.’ He finished off the show off with a broken downtube blasting huge 540’s and tailwhips, don’t ask me how, it was a trip. Later that night, me, Hoffman, McCoy, Swope and Eddie Roman went to see the Clash Of The Titans……….it was Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeath performing on the inside of the Deer Creek Amphitheater, I scored us front row seats by doing an early morning news show promoting our Sprocket Jockeys Shows. We showed up in a grip of clothes we bought from the thrift store the day before, we were all dressed as elderly people, we had security remove all the people in our seats cause we showed up a little late from doing our last demo. I remember Dennis McCoy had the best get up on and Eddie Roman had a bucket on his head wearing rubber gloves. Haha awesome! I remember Kerri King of Slayer double taking at us all like ‘who just let the circus take over the front row?’ Seating at that show was assigned, even the front row, it was all controlled by security. So just image us Sprocket Jockey’s rolling in looking like 80 year olds……hahahaha!!!!!!!
Exciting and honored is what riding for Mat was all about to me, it was fun, creative, brotherhood, good energy with good friends, and of course always pushing it and going big! I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to represent and experience Hoffman Bikes for 10 years, it’s such a rad brand and a rad chapter of my life. Thanks for the great moments and memories Mat, forever grateful!’
40 Days until Hoffman Bikes 25th Anniversary
Steve Swope, a longtime friend and co founder of Hoffman Bikes, was by Mat Hoffman’s side when he made the decision to start Hoffman Bikes and was No. 2 in charge for many years. Steve was known for his smooth riding style. Steve has also been noted doing the first peg grinds on Vert and had the best Cherokee airs to this day.
Mat Hoffman’s right hand man has an honorary spot in Hoffman Bikes history.
Music: Jawbreaker “Parabola”
Steve Swope Photo Gallery
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After Mat Hoffman started Hoffman Bikes, he recruited an inspiring team to help push BMX and product design to the next level. Mat was blown away by Dave Mirra’s talent, who at that time was one of the youngest pros competing. In late 1991, Dave Mirra joined Hoffman Bikes and his career history speaks for itself.
Dave’s natural unique riding style was a great fit with Hoffman Bikes and the Hoffman Bikes team. It’s an honor to have Dave a part of Hoffman Bikes history.
Footage provided by Eddie Roman | “Ride On” Video
Music: Jawbreaker “Parabola”
Dave Mirra Photo Gallery