The Thuderbird by Eastern.
Beware - danger ahead! I got rid of the Kojima mountain bike and acquired this beast over the weekend. This is a 26' wheeled dirt jumper. Originally given to Australian mountain Bike Magazine for review, then passed onto the previous owner and now passed on to me! This thing is scary just looking at it. It is basically a larger size BMX bike or "Big MX". Designed for dirt jumping. It's got a 80mm travel suspension fork with lockout and TektroWe've got a BMX track close to our house so I plan on giving it a thrashing over there in a couple of weeks time. I also scored a Fox full face helmet and some Specialized knee/shin pads for protection. I've looked up some info on dirt jumping and it looks like loads of fun. Just gotta be willing to be able to take abit of a risk when it comes to jumping and getting airborne and landing safely. I can't even bunny hop so that's where I am going to astart. Traditionally, like a BMX, the seat never gets used on these bikes, so it is basically pushed all the way down. I am planning to get a second seatpost and seat for doing a bit of doqwnhill and trails too to see how the single speed handles itself. More pictures and specs of the bike coming soon.
Saturday 15 March 2014 - 6:30am - Castle Hill BMX Track
Took the Thunderbird to the track at Fred Caterson Reserve to test it out. I have never been airborne that much on a bike before! Took awhile to work out how to jump but once I go the hang of it, it was brilliant! I kept going back up to the start line for more! I was covered in dirt and the bike was caked in mud when I got home. Had to hose the bike and myself off. Unfortunately I was having so much fun I forgot to take any pictures or video. So I will take the tripod and camera next time and get my mate to record me. So stay tuned as there is definitely more action to come!!
A month later the Thunderbird and helmet have been sold. It was epic fun but I did not see myself getting out to the track that much. So I thought I might as well make some cash. The money went towards daycare payments!