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
Everyone worries about the saddle on a bicycle. It is the sore spot for many! But finding the right saddle is not always simple.
Just simply putting a tractor saddle on a bike doesnt make it comfortable. There is a trade off on wide versus supportive. If a saddle becomes too wide, as you pedal, the back of your thighs push you forward off the seat.
Also, soft sounds great. But, if it is too soft, it will wrinkle. Wrinkles will create pressure points. The same way that loose clothing can be an issue.
We feel the best cruiser seat is from a company called GrandStar, a maker in Taiwan. We equip this saddle on every Soul Beach Cruiser we make! It features two layers of dense foam, and a quilted top which give a soft feel, but does not distort.
We use a rubber spring in our seat as well. Springs start to make noise after a while, rubber is nice and quiet! This combination of foam, quilting and rubber springs give comfortable support where it is needed.
Adjustment is always necessary. Generally, you start with the saddle level to the ground. You can take a straight edge or level, and ensure that the nose and the tail are even. If the rear springs settle too much, pointing the nose up, then readjust the saddle to have a 1/4″ nose down angle. Having the saddle relatively flat like this prevents you from sliding forward or backwards excessively.
Generally, basic tires for cruisers have little if any technology built into them. So things like tighter thread casings and belts for flat resistance are not included due mainly to the price point and demand. Funny thing is that people want less flats, there is a demand there.
Most cruiser tires are built with a casing of around 20-25 tpi or threads per inch. Since cruisers are low pressure tire types, the need for heavier or more tpi in the casings is reduced. Also the bead is made out of steel.
Normally, wire bead tires are less precise and fit fairly loosely onto the rims. The wider the tire, the less precise it becomes since it is difficult to have a tight fit on a wide 2 or 3″ rim.
We try to choose better tire compounds for Soul Beach Cruisers. While the carcass can be basic, tread and compound can be improved easily. We run two tread types, the Duro Beach Bum style with deeper grooves and the Soul Fast which is lighter weight.
We are researching higher quality casings that reinforce the bead area so that on eBikes you have a stronger tire. The main sidewall will always be thin for ride quality. Thicker sidewalls may seem good, but on a bike the tire is the main suspension, so a flexible sidewall is important.
High quality tires are very important to bicycle performance. Even for cruisers, some tires actually make riding hard due to rolling resistance. We choose to run a 3″ tire on a 4″ rim to help with rolling resistance and overall performance.
There will always be a ton of debate about which bike parts are right, or wrong. But we have to separate looks over functionality. Many people are hung up on looks, and think that something can function rather than understanding how things work.
We have been riding bikes since the 1970’s. Hundreds of thousands of miles actually. We have experienced just about every bike design ever generated. And, while not everyone is the same, there are a few things that are pretty universal.
Handlebars need to be strong. If your bars are slipping, they flex, or could bend easily, you lack control. Flat out. Thus, we are not be proponents of ape hanger bars. With 15″ of rise, on just a 7/8th inch or 22.2 diameter tube, there isnt much strength there. With the added leverage we actually see stems bend and fail.
Traditional cruiser bars are awesome. Until you have to turn, then you will see the issue. It is also why you see sweep bars turned up at a 45 degree angle. If you turn sharp, you stab yourself in the thigh, and probably end up having an issue. Also, we dont think a sweep bar is all that great ergonomically. Generally, you push with your palms, so steering is makes more sense if your hands are perpendicular to the ground in front of you.
We designed a mid rise BMX style bar for our bikes. We add the crossbar for strength as well. The bar has 7″ of rise, and paired with a reasonable stem height most riders will feel well balance ergonomically. If you get your hands too high, the blood will flow out of them, and your arms get tired easier.