R.I.P. FBM

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1/15/2020 6:03 AM

They made it official. The machine shop doors are closed.

Pay your respects

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1/15/2020 6:06 AM

One of the most influential companies in BMX is closing, and it sucks. Whilst the BMX HALL OF FAME and various cycling industry backslappers congratulate themselves for having been involved in BMX for 5 years in the eighties, brands like FBM have been genuinely contributing to our world for well over two decades, with their only recognition coming from the people who really matter - YOU. Look for more on DIG soon as we look back at some of the endless the contributions to BMX culture from these upstate NY legends. In the meantime here's what the Crandad, Steve Crandall, had to say...

"FBM started out as a crew.

Just some friends stoked on bikes. Through our curiosity and bike riding fueled smiles, we ended up as a full fledged bike company. Unfortunately, as of January 1st (2020) we have closed the machine shop and FBM will no longer manufacture bikes.

This has been an unbelievably tough decision and we explored multiple options to maintain business as usual but we simply aren’t able to keep moving forward under existing model. That being said, we can’t thank everyone enough for being a part of FBM and helping us get this far in the world. The FBM Machine Shop opened in 2001 and built some of the best parts in BMX for 18 amazing years. You helped us build fun and share the message of community, positivity and DIY good times and we appreciate the support more than I even know how to express.

And since we started as a a crew, some day we will finish as a crew. At it’s core FBM is built around friendship, and the spirit of FBM will live on forever, in our hearts, as a lifestyle and as an idea.
The heart of FBM is the people and that will never change. But FBM isn’t just for the people, it IS the people.

What we’ve all done collectively has been pretty powerful and inspiring!

The Road Goes on forever and the party never ends…

With the utmost gratitude." -Steve Crandall

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1/15/2020 6:10 AM

So sad to hear the official news 😢😢😭 one of my favorite brands.

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brakeless maniac

1/15/2020 6:29 AM

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1/15/2020 6:48 AM

What?? That sucks!

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1/15/2020 7:10 AM

This does suck. I hope people also read that if you want these type of companies to survive you have to support them. Made in USA bmx is dying. I'm so glad I was able to get another Steadfast recently and hope it'll last for all my riding days (I'm 45).

Hopefully S&M doesn't go anywhere. Please support USA made bikes.

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1/15/2020 7:25 AM

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1/15/2020 7:31 AM

Sooo sad to hear ... thank you for everything!

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1/15/2020 8:03 AM

From Birth thru 2009:


">I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM (Full Movie) from Joe Stakun on Vimeo.
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1/15/2020 8:06 AM

pursuitofnow wrote:

This does suck. I hope people also read that if you want these type of companies to survive you have to support them. Made in USA bmx is dying. I'm so glad I was able to get another Steadfast recently and hope it'll last for all my riding days (I'm 45).

Hopefully S&M doesn't go anywhere. Please support USA made bikes.

Yeah I was wanting to get a Steadfast sometime in the not to distant future. I guess Fit Hartbreaker it is then.

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1/15/2020 9:08 AM

Does anyone know if they are pulling the plug on the whole operation? Will they still be producing soft goods?

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1/15/2020 9:12 AM

Didn’t Steve get his Grey parts from FBM?

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Scooter kid trying to ride a bike. Instagram: @scootereyn // YouTube: Reyn Honbo - RH MEDIA

1/15/2020 11:45 AM

pursuitofnow wrote:

This does suck. I hope people also read that if you want these type of companies to survive you have to support them. Made in USA bmx is dying. I'm so glad I was able to get another Steadfast recently and hope it'll last for all my riding days (I'm 45).

Hopefully S&M doesn't go anywhere. Please support USA made bikes.

Cant get behind this enough. Support companies that keep production local

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1/15/2020 12:36 PM

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1/15/2020 12:40 PM

Black Swamp Ghost wrote:

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1/15/2020 12:44 PM

Always knew I should have bought the “shit the bed fbm style” t shirt , I’m honestly not surprised , out of all the USA made bike companies I figured fbm would be the first casualty , bummer for Crandall and the guys involved but for the price of production USA made really isn’t the way to go

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1/15/2020 12:54 PM

FBM Coffee Roasting Co.

coming soon....

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1/15/2020 1:11 PM

That’s what happens when there’s too many Chinese made frames for cheaper. If you’re in the USA please buy an American made frame. I know once I get my tax return I’ll be getting a laird frame.

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fack off

1/15/2020 1:42 PM

first off, lol at the top comment on the Reddit thread "Why couldn’t the gods take Mafia? Why did they take FBM from us"

second, fuck this is a bummer.

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1/15/2020 2:59 PM

pnj wrote:

FBM Coffee Roasting Co.

coming soon....

Lol

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1/15/2020 3:53 PM

This makes me sad, but I hope it opens up new doors and possibilities for Crandall and the rest of the boys. They have a lot to offer the wonderful world of BMX far beyond making bikes.

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1/15/2020 4:20 PM

The best send-off would be HUGE Props Megatour with every big team currently in the game

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1/15/2020 6:10 PM

I used to watch FBM albert street to get amped up to ride way back when. It's sad to hear they are shutting down production. I was curious why a month ago you couldn't find hardly any of their frames in stock anywhere.

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1/15/2020 9:52 PM

Fucking
Bummer
Man
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1/16/2020 7:33 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2020 9:33 AM

FBM deserves nothing but the highest level of respect for what they've done for the BMX community.

The passion a lot of members on here have for the brand (over my time here) really shows how influential & legendary FBM truly is.

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1/16/2020 9:28 AM

Bryan91 wrote:

FBM deserves nothing but the highest level of respect for what they've done for the BMX community.

The passion a lot of members on here have for the brand (over my time here) really shows how influential & legendary FBM truly is.

That comma scared me for a second

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1/16/2020 9:33 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2020 9:35 AM

Undesemin wrote:

That comma scared me for a second

lol... I suck at grammar.

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1/16/2020 10:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/17/2020 12:50 AM

Bryan91 wrote:

lol... I suck at grammar.

Lol. Also, I didn't mean to take away from what you said. I totally agree with you. FBM will always be legendary in BMX. It's sad to see them stop making parts, but it's not the end of FBM. I'm sure they're still going to do jams and support bmx. Ten years from now, I hope to see people still rocking old FBM parts.

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1/16/2020 10:06 AM

I remember using my highschool graduation money to buy a PW Moto frame. That thing was beautiful! Bummer to see FBM close its doors.

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1/16/2020 10:15 AM

Undesemin wrote:

Lol. Also, I didn't mean to take away from what you said. I totally agree with you. FBM will always be legendary in BMX. It's sad to see them stop making parts, but it's not the end of FBM. I'm sure they're still going to do jams and support bmx. Ten years from now, I hope to see people still rocking old FBM parts.

For sure.

I started riding BMX in the late 90's, but BMX media was never really a thing with me and my friends... I honestly never realized all of the cool shit FBM was doing until I started using Vital.

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