July 14, 1957 – July 4th 2015
I was producing a line of signature bikes for Scot Breithaupt that were finished shortly before the untimely death of Scot in July.
Interbike 2015 I will be announcing the allocation of my OM bikes for the Breithaupt family to help fund the Memorial Piece (potentially, a statue)
to be built and placed in Long Beach at Promenada Square.
PRESS RELEASE – 1/20/16
Most people know Scot “The OM” Breithaupt was one of the great pioneers in BMX. In addition to establishing the foundation for BMX racing, Scot set the bar with his innovative bike designs in the 1970’s. In fact, Scot’s PK Ripper is one of the most famous BMX bikes ever built and is still around to this day.
Scot went on to do many other business ventures over the years, but he always held a burning desire to start another bike project.
One of his final projects was the development of two OM Signature beach cruiser bike designs in a joint venture with Jim “Scooter” Decker of Soul Beach Cruiserswww.soulbeachcruisers.com. This joint venture started in 2014 when Scot saw one of Jim’s Soul Cruiser bikes and opened the dialog about working with Jim on a bike. Scot, being a stickler for quality and details took one of Jim’s bikes for a spin and decided the styling and premium components was something he would be proud to put his name on.
Jim has a very successful bike company in his own right, but still got goose bumps every time he spoke with Scot about the business. After all, it was a full circle moment to have the legend that sponsored him as a young boy in BMX, now mentoring him as an adult on bike design and marketing.
There were many emails, late night calls, and dreams to take things to a whole new level.
Scot wanted to make sure his signature bike had the right logo and name. He went over a long list of options for the Halo design and when the name “Phoenix” was suggested, he knew it was perfect to signify his return…his rising from the ashes! Scot made the final decision to call the single speed Halo model the “Phoenix Fighter”. He decided on the SS Stomper (Scot Signature Stomper) for the larger model with a single and 3 speed option. All the bikes were to be painted with a special metallic Root beer brown that Scot was especially excited about.
Unfortunately, Scot passed away tragically while the bikes were in production and he never saw the finished product. The bike frames were completed and painted when Scot passed. Jim was so devastated he considered having all the frames scraped. He talked to friends close with Scot and Scot’s family and the consensus was that Scot would have wanted the bikes to be finished.
A decision was also made to have some of the proceeds in the sale of the bikes going toward a fund for a Scot Breithaupt memorial.
The bikes are now ready to ship and a very limited quantity is available. Each bike is special OM serial numbered and is considered to be highly collectable. If you want a piece of history, act now as these bikes will not last long.
RIP OM. Your legacy will live on with our mutual love for rippin’ and roarin’ on two wheels, whether it is on the BMX track, streets or beach strand.
C-Ya on the other side!
ONLY 60 OM BIKES PRODUCED
Serial numbered OMFF0000 5-20 / OMSS0000 5-40
20 PHOENIX FIGHTER single speeds
20 SS STOMPER single speeds
20 SS STOMPERS 3 speeds
S O L D O U T
We get asked all the time, do we repair bikes? We certainly do here at our location in Tempe, AZ. We can fix nearly any bike.
The beauty of a beach cruiser bike is the simplicity. Generally, keep ample tire pressure going and you are ready to ride. With Soul Beach Cruisers, we build a premium bike, but it is easy to maintain.
We choose hydraulic brakes because they have little to no maintenance. Brake pads wear out in perhaps 4-5 years of standard dry weather riding. If they get wet frequently, they will wear faster.
The Sturmey Archer SX-RK3 3 speed hub is low maintenance as well. It runs sealed bearings on the rotor side, and everything on the shifter side has seals to prevent contaminants from getting in there. Basically, adjust the shifter every once in a while and you are good to go. That is the only real adjustment you do mechanically to the bike. Everything else needs little attention.
Our chains are coated in several ways. Most of the chains are plated, with a specialty coating over the top to prevent rust. We run chrome chainrings and cogs, so only the tips of the teeth get wear and could show rust.
Keep good air pressure in all of your tires. When ample air pressure is maintained, you get less flat tires. On our fat tire bikes we try to keep 30 psi in them. Thinner tires go a bit higher, sometimes to 40.
We recommend a wax based chain lubricant such as White Lightning. This lasts longer, stays cleaner and is easy to apply.
With the advent of manufacturing bikes in Asia, the function of quality has changed significantly. There used to be a hierarchy where products from Japan were better than from Taiwan and so on. That still holds true today. And, the adage that you get what you pay for rings true more than ever.
If you start studying all bikes on the market, you will see a line, where below you have budget minded choices and above you achieve a premium status. It becomes quite obvious where corners were cut, and value takes a hit. With Soul Beach Cruisers, we aim to build that bike that is simple, but offers great value and achieves a premium level.
We do that by offering an internally geared hub to start. Budget beach cruisers will have cheap drivetrains that use basic derailleurs, poor quality chains and bottom end gears. These rust up, and require more maintenance over time. They are also not simple for the owner to work on and maintain
All of our bikes use premium KMC chains that are nickle plated as a minimum, and most have extra coatings that further protect from rust. All the gears are chromed as well on our Stomper and XTR models.
We use Tektro hydraulic disc brakes on all of our Stomper and XTR models. Stopping is so easy! One finger is all it takes.
Our frames are purposely overbuilt. We use hydroformed tubing throughout, and then reinforce stress areas with added gussets. This allows bigger riders to enjoy our bikes. But the biggest added bonus is they can accommodate electric conversions very well.
On lower end bikes, you will see the frames are underbuilt, and use lower grade tubing of smaller diameters. These frames lack structural rigidity, so if you were to convert to an electric drive system you will feel less than confident.
Many people wonder why bikes dont last as long as they used to. Schwinn used to be a premium brand. The added cost meant something, and provided a better quality bike that you were proud to own. We feel the same way, and have thousands of proud Soul Beach Cruiser owners.