CLiQ Pro Hubs Are In Stock!
Just got the CLiQ Pro Hubs in stock today. Here's the rundown
Rear hub is an alloy shell with a 15mm thru axle, it has an engagement ring with 120 teeth, and the driver has 3 pawls that have 10 teeth each. It's near instant engagement, matte black, and 1lb 1oz. It comes with a 16t cog.
The front hub is an alloy high-flange shell with 20mm thru axle, it's matte black and weighs 9oz.
The rear hub is $267 and the front is $95
You can purchase online from Dans, J&R, and any other authorized Haro dealers.
USABMX Season Opener - RENO, NV
It feels like we were wrapping up the 2013 season in Tulsa just a couple weeks ago, but last weekend in Reno was the start of 2014 in Reno, Nevada. A bit of a slow start for both our amateur program and our factory pros, but it was a good opportunity to dust off the bike after a much needed holiday to celebrate the end of a great year in 2013 with an overall Factory Team title and all of our pros inside the top 5 respectively.
Saturday started off good for Nic, who won all of his qualifying laps until the first main where he went into the first turn in 2nd, sliding out and getting ran over by the pack. He was banged up after that and rolled through for a snowman overall, pulling his entry for Sundays race. Brooke looked good in her qualifiers and stayed consistent throughout the day to bring home a 3rd overall for the day. Good job Brooklyn. Tragedy struck on Friday night for Corben Sharrah who got news of his grandfathers passing, and his mind wasn't in a good place for race day. He'll be back on the box in Florida for round 2.
Haro/Promax brought home a 2nd overall on Saturday in the Factory Team race, good job to those guys!
Sunday was looking a bit dim with Nic on the sidelines, Corben mentally deflated, and Brooke out there charging it as usual until the 3rd main event when she took a pretty gnarly slam that looked like it could have put her out for a couple months. Luckily though, she's tough and is gonna be just fine. The amateur team brought home a 5th for the day, which may be their worst finish since forming a year ago. Can't win em' all though, and this is a start to a long season. We'll see you in Florida for round #2!
Haro Team in Tulsa for USABMX Grand Nationals
Dubbed "The Greatest Race on Earth" with a record smashing 714 motos, the ABA Grand Nationals was nothing short of amazing and the Haro crew capped the 2013 season off with a bang!
Friday was the ROC (Race of Champions) and our NZ Haro shredder Kurt Pickard hit the podium with a 3rd, Brooke Crain also got a 3rd while Nic Long ended up 6th for the day.
Saturday was the big day for the pros, and our whole team made the night show. Kurt Pickard holeshotted the first pro main event and took it to the line with Nic in 2nd. What a way to start the night! Nic went on to get 2nd, 2nd, 2nd in the main events which got him a 2nd overall for the day and 3rd overall for year end AA Pro standings. Corben ended up getting 5th overall for the day and Kurt finished 6th after some bad luck in the 2nd and 3rd mains. It was amazing to have 3 Clutch frames in the 8 man final.
Brooke was on a mission and riding more aggressive than we've ever seen. She ended up winning the 3rd Girl Pro main event and finishing 2nd overall for the night, and 3rd overall for the year.
Saturday night was also the NAG 5 Challenge where the top 5 riders from 15 expert, 16 expert, 17-18 expert and 19-27 expert go head to head. Our guy Rusty Nesvig won the main event uncontested. Congrats Rusty.
Sunday was amateur day, and with wins from Bryant White, Connor Defrain and Rusty Nesvig, along with a 4th place by Andrew Townsend in 17-18 expert with 105 riders signed up, Haro/Promax secured the 2013 USABMX National #1 Factory Team title. An amazing weekend for our pros and amateurs alike. Congrats everyone and thanks for all your hard work out there.
It's 1am and we've just finished up for the weekend, a mission but well worth it. Nic and I are back on the road headed for San Diego at 8am. See everyone in Reno to kick off 2014. Cheers. -DB44
Haro Clutch Production Frames.
Last year in Tulsa at the ABA Grand Nationals, we debuted the plastic mold of what would evolve into the Clutch carbon frames. This year in Tulsa will be the debut of the finished product production models ridden by Corben Sharrah, Nic Long, Brooke Crain and Kurt Pickard. These frames will be available for purchase in the US just before Christmas as they're slated to arrive on the 16th. $1100 MSRP
Thanks to everyone who made this project possible and all the worlds best who helped test it.
Frame design colab: DB44, Phil Tinstman, Wayne Doran
Graphic design: Nick Henry
Disney Cup - Orlando, FL
Last weekend in Orlando, FL was the last national event of the 2013 race season. This season has been action packed and it's hard to believe we're already heading into the Grand Nationals in less than a month.
Orlando was a 3 day event which opened the door for leaders to either extend their lead or to give other riders some striking distance going into Grands. Brooke, Nic and Corben all rode awesome and consistent throughout the weekend and hit the podium at least once each.
Aside from racing, the highlight of the weekend was the old school throwback Haro uniforms that Nic got made for the team. They were a huge hit with long time Haro fans, and the new school alike. Check them out in some of the photos below with Nic and Corben throwing some late 80's inspired style. Thanks to NEMAbrand for knocking these out for us!
In Elite Men, Sam Willoughby went about his winning ways and won all 3 days of the event bringing his overall win tally to 17 on the season. He'll have the title wrapped up for the season already which is a crazy feat. Corben was a force on day two and rode consistent throughout the 3 mains to end up with a 2nd place overall after crashing in the semi the first day. The overall year-end title chase between 2nd and 5th are pretty close, and it looks like Corben will go into Grands with the shot at ending the season in the top 3 of Elite Men.
Nic Long has been sitting 2nd for the majority of the year, but with a couple bad races over the last two months, he's left the door open for Connor Fields and David Herman, falling back to the 4 spot. Sunday in Orlando was his last bid for the season and he managed a 3rd overall after a crash in the 2nd main event. With a good showing at the Grands, Nic will have a shot at 2nd overall for the year. He'll get it done.
In Elite Women, the class was dominated all weekend by Olympic Gold Medalist, Mariana Pajon. She needed 3 wins to close the gap between herself and current points leader, Alise Post. Our girl Brooke didn't let her get away easy though, and was pressuring her each and every lap, riding more aggressive than we've ever seen. Brooke ended up with two 2nd place overall finishes and one 3rd place for the weekend. She goes into Grands in 3rd place overall, and although it would be a long shot, she has a chance to pull off the overall title for the season as her list of finishes for the year are nothing but 1st and 2nd place finishes.
Our amateur team, Haro/Promax, lead by USABMX National #1 Amateur Rusty Nesvig, brought home two 2nd place finishes over the weekend. If we aren't leading the Factory Title chase, we're in a close second and plan to lock it up next month. See you guys in TULSA!
Kurt Pickard USA Campaign 2013 video
Kurt killed it on his 6 week trip to America, getting his first single main win in Salt Lake, his first podium in Rockford, and his first overall win in Southpark. Good job Kurt!
Pickard and Sharrah On Top In Pittsburgh
Just wrapped up day one of racing here at the Stars and Stripes National in Pittsburgh. Some of the most hot and humid conditions of the series thus far, but the legendary Southpark BMX made for some great racing as usual. Our guys Nic, Corben, and New Zealand/Haro Kurt Pickard were holding down the Elite class. All the boys looked great all day, winning most of the laps they were in. Nic had a bit of bad luck coming unclipped in his semi final and ending his day early, but when the gate slammed in the final, Kurt was out on top from the start. Corben was 3rd to the first turn, but with his effortless style and flow, he easily passed into 2nd and finished just behind Pickard at the line. Chalk up a 1 and 2 spot on the box for the boys on Haro Clutch frames. I held it down in the A-Pro class, but my fitness level mixed with the heat and humidity was only good enough for a 7th place in the main event. Stoked to make the main anyway, even though it felt like I had my office chair attached to my seatpost come main time.
Pittsburgh has been good to us this week, we got to ride a couple days on the track and the rain left us alone. We weren't so lucky in Ohio, as the rain had the track underwater the entire week we were at Ohio Dreams Camp. We did get a couple sessions in on the trails, and a few indoor skatepark sessions with the campers. A huge thanks to Chris and Justin at Ohio Dreams for their hospitality all week. That camp is top notch and I definitely recommend visiting!
Tomorrow is day 2 of racing here in Pittsburgh, and then Nic and I are back on the road heading 2200 miles to Las Vegas for next weekends national. Enjoy the photos, and cheers to Daniel Franks for the action shots of Kurt & I. Chat soon! -DB44
Checking In From The Road.
Nic and I took off on the road on Monday the 16th and headed to the midwest for the Midwest Nationals in Rockford. We drove late into the night where, apparently, we missed a sign that said there was no services for the next 125 miles. Long story short, the Haro Chevy has a 20 gallon tank that gets 10 miles to the gallon towing a trailer. We slept in the trailer that night, roadside, after waiting 3-4 hours for roadside assistance to show up at 3am. We towed to somewhere in the middle of Nebraska for our second day on the road, and finally made it to Rockford on our 3rd full day of the road life.
We met up with Brooke and Corben in Rockford, and the race weekend was nothing to write home about compared to the norm this year. Nic finished up 8th and 4th, Corben had a rough go in the semis, I finished 5th in the A-Pro semi both days like a dork, and Brooke finished top 8 on Saturday and a 2nd on Sunday which was solid. The rain stopped by on Friday night and ruined our 10x20 canopy after it got waterlogged, causing 3 legs to snap. That was exciting. When races finished on Sunday, a storm rolled in and was getting ready to dump just as we got the trailer packed up and closed the door. We got lucky because it was relentlessly pouring for hours. Off to Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp we went.
After leaving Rockford and driving til 1am, we realized we didn't have the proper address in our nav and we were actually still 3 hours away from Ohio Dreams. We stopped and got a hotel in the middle of nowhere and slept for a much needed 10 hours. We arrived at Ohio Dreams on Monday afternoon, and this place is insane. Some pretty rad trails, a nice track, huge water slide, indoor and outdoor skatepark. It's similar to Woodward, but more race specific. Everyone here is really nice and welcoming, and the only real problem has been the weather. It won't stop dumping rain, and we've only really been able to put in 1 day on the trails and a few indoor skatepark sessions. As I type this, it's Thursday night and it's pouring rain, unfortunately the track or trails aren't looking too promising for the weekend. There is 80 kids here for the camp, all as eager as we are to shred the amazing features this place has to offer.
I think we're here until Monday morning, and then we are heading for Pittsburgh. Next weekend is the USABMX round at Southpark, which is my favorite race of the year. I'm pretty stoked to get to spend the week in Southpark and ride their track as much as possible. The forecast is looking dim, but I'm really hoping the rain holds out. After Southpark, Nic and I drive back out west and stop in Vegas for the USABMX round at the Southpoint.
More updates next week when we're on a stable wifi connection!
Introducing The Haro Carbon Clutch
Testing is complete, and the carbon Clutch frames are ordered! Justin Kosman cut this video introduction to the frame, featuring our guys Nic Long and Corben Sharrah. Check it out and learn about the Clutch, and our new Power Transfer Center bottom bracket concept featured not only on the Clutch, but also on our 2014 alloy Blackout frame.
Nic Long Wins US National Championship
This past weekend in Chula Vista was the US National Championship for the Elite and Junior Elite classes. They raced on the Beijing replica track, which is the original SX track and a clear favorite over the newer London replica.
In the Mens elite, Corben and Nic were out front in all of their qualifying rounds and breezed through semis and into the main event. In the main, Nic took lane 2 next to current champion Connor Fields in 1 and Corben in lane 3. There was a pretty good drag race to turn #1 with Corben, Nic and Connor but Nic took the clean holeshot and ran away with it while Corben had a bit of trouble on the track and ended up 5th. Congrats Nic.
In the women Elite, they raced total points 3 laps for the overall. Brooke finished 3rd in the first two and looked to be taking the holeshot in main #3 when she ended up going over the first turn. With her points she still salvaged a 3rd overall behind reigning champion Alise Post, followed by Arielle Martin.
Our team sponsor, Bell Helmets, put together a web video from the weekend featuring our team along with our friend Mike Day. Check it out.
Bell BMX Racing at the 2013 Elite US Nationals