Spotted: From Walmart To The Skate Park

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What the? Wandering around Eurobike, there was no way this wasn’t going to catch your eye. I mean, look at it. Is it amazing, or incredibly ugly?

Ugly stick or glamour puss?
Yay or nay?
What is this pattern? Disco giraffe?

And then, what is that? It’s er…carbon…with things that might be components attached.

Very fast at supermarket sweep?

Cue a round of eyeball tennis. Left, bling, right…that, left, kerching, right, um… What was going on?

Same headbadge, same company.

This is the strange world of Hyper. Started as a high end BMX brand by former rider Clay Goldsmid who found himself injured and unable to compete anymore, Hyper sells over a million bikes a year through Walmart, but also still produces high end bikes and components.

The carbon hardtail costs under $500 from Walmart, while this downhill bike is a money-can’t-buy glitter show bike.

Ok, we want this.

Then there’s some rather nice BMX bike action, including a whole bunch of oil slick finish parts and a frame.

Not a DVO sapphire
If Elvis rode a bike.

More super shiny glitz in the form of this blue peacock of a bike, again with all the DVO suspension – not something you’ll find in Walmart.

We’d love to be able to tell you more, but the guy on the stand was some kind of paper shuffler rather than a trail shredder, so he couldn’t actually tell us too much. So we’re left to speculate, and hope that maybe one day the paper shuffler will get his papers in a twist and some of those oil slick BMX bikes will end up in Walmart. It would certainly liven up the weekly shop.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (1)

    Carbon frame on a £300 bike.

    One of the few redeeming features about BSO’s is that they’re 90% recyclable, which helps as most end up at the tip in a few years.

    This is an unwelcome ‘innovation’.

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