Star Wars Stormtrooper goes holiday shopping
Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are right around the corner, and with it, the release of the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." To celebrate both, XGames.com teamed up with Austin, Texas BMX shop Empire BMX for a fun-filled and force sensitive look at some of the hottest BMX products out for this holiday season. Set your weapons to stun and dig in.
It's a trap!
Deep in the confines of Empire BMX, tire storage takes center stage. And this holiday season, no other BMX manufacturer out there does tires better than Odyssey BMX. From its pro team, Odyssey offers signature tires to a number of riders, including Chase Hawk, Tom Dugan, Aaron Ross and Mike Aitken. From dirt to street to skateparks, all surfaces are covered from Odyssey, and its tires are built to last. Odyssey also happens to make good storage for trapped Stormtroopers, or something like that.
Pick a color
Stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire and the First Order retain the simple color combo of black and white, but Odyssey's range of BMX tires are available in a number of colors and widths for the discerning BMX customer.
Attention to detail
These aren't the poor quality frames you're looking for. It's the latest from Mutiny Bikes, the Villij frame. The Villij is a no-frills, trail-ready BMX frame built for dirt riding. With three top tube sizes to choose from, plus built-in brake mounts and a weight of just under 5 pounds, the Mutiny Villij is ready to ride right out of the frame box. It's no Speeder Bike, but hey, this isn't Endor, either.
Handle your troops
In the handlebar department at Empire BMX, Bonedeth BMX's latest Deadman V2 bars are ready to go. These four-piece handlebars are the signature bars of Bonedeth's Sean Burns, and they're built to go fast, withstand huge gaps and give your bike an iconic look. Stormtroopers aren't encouraged to rock chrome in the Imperial Academy, but some of them are just rebels.
Fairdale strikes back
In the front of Empire BMX, a range of complete bikes from brands such as Sunday, Cult, Fit, Hoffman and Fairdale sit, pre-built and ready to ride right out of the store. Here, an Austin-based Stormtrooper with an affinity for 1980s freestyle tricks gets rad on a Fairdale Taj complete bike. The 26-inch version is BMX-inspired but comfortable enough to pedal all over the galaxy.
Return of the Sunday
The interior of Empire BMX was constructed to feature ramp-like bicycle storage. With a little help from the knowledgeable staff at Empire, this Stormtrooper was outfitted with a brand new Sunday Bikes' 16-inch Primer, which is a great starter bike for the younger troops in the family.
Stormtroopers don't typically wear Vans Era Pro shoes in a limited edition John Cardiel/Antihero colorway, but that's besides the point when the holiday season arrives. Here, our trusty Stormtrooper slides into some new kicks, complete with Empire BMX's Waylon the cat socks, available in-store and online from Empire BMX.
Whip it good
A long time ago in a bike shop far, far away, a lone Stormtrooper attempted tailwhip footplants on a Sunday Bikes' 16-inch Primer complete bicycle. This is the proof.
"TK-421, why aren't you at your post?" asked an Imperial officer. The answer being because he was riding BMX at Empire BMX.
Fit for life
Some Stormtroopers can balance better than others. Here, a lone Stormtrooper stalls a lawnmower behind the latest version of Ben Lewis' signature frame from Fit Bike Co. Version 2 of this frame is lightweight, ultra-responsive and available in the color that the Rebel Alliance wore during the Battle of Endor.
Hoffman Bikes is back for 2016, with new complete bicycles including the Seeker. The Seeker is a great entry-level 20-inch bicycle, built for the aspiring BMX rider. As for Stormtroopers posing on the side of the road answering text messages, well, that just made for an entertaining afternoon.
Building a complete bicycle wheel from the ground up takes as much technical skill as a trained Jedi Master. Here, a Madera front hub is laced up to a Sun Ringle rim for one lucky Empire BMX customer.
Use the Force
The Shadow Conspiracy is one of the few BMX component brands to offer a wide wange of protective gear for BMX riders, including helmets, which sometimes double as lightsaber practice for Jedis.
Happy holidays from all of us at XGames.com, as well as Waylon the cat. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters on Dec. 18.