July 14, 1957 – July 4th 2015
I was producing a line of signature bikes for Scot Breithaupt that were finished shortly before the untimely death of Scot in July.
Interbike 2015 I will be announcing the allocation of my OM bikes for the Breithaupt family to help fund the Memorial Piece (potentially, a statue)
to be built and placed in Long Beach at Promenada Square.
PRESS RELEASE – 1/20/16
Most people know Scot “The OM” Breithaupt was one of the great pioneers in BMX. In addition to establishing the foundation for BMX racing, Scot set the bar with his innovative bike designs in the 1970’s. In fact, Scot’s PK Ripper is one of the most famous BMX bikes ever built and is still around to this day.
Scot went on to do many other business ventures over the years, but he always held a burning desire to start another bike project.
One of his final projects was the development of two OM Signature beach cruiser bike designs in a joint venture with Jim “Scooter” Decker of Soul Beach Cruiserswww.soulbeachcruisers.com. This joint venture started in 2014 when Scot saw one of Jim’s Soul Cruiser bikes and opened the dialog about working with Jim on a bike. Scot, being a stickler for quality and details took one of Jim’s bikes for a spin and decided the styling and premium components was something he would be proud to put his name on.
Jim has a very successful bike company in his own right, but still got goose bumps every time he spoke with Scot about the business. After all, it was a full circle moment to have the legend that sponsored him as a young boy in BMX, now mentoring him as an adult on bike design and marketing.
There were many emails, late night calls, and dreams to take things to a whole new level.
Scot wanted to make sure his signature bike had the right logo and name. He went over a long list of options for the Halo design and when the name “Phoenix” was suggested, he knew it was perfect to signify his return…his rising from the ashes! Scot made the final decision to call the single speed Halo model the “Phoenix Fighter”. He decided on the SS Stomper (Scot Signature Stomper) for the larger model with a single and 3 speed option. All the bikes were to be painted with a special metallic Root beer brown that Scot was especially excited about.
Unfortunately, Scot passed away tragically while the bikes were in production and he never saw the finished product. The bike frames were completed and painted when Scot passed. Jim was so devastated he considered having all the frames scraped. He talked to friends close with Scot and Scot’s family and the consensus was that Scot would have wanted the bikes to be finished.
A decision was also made to have some of the proceeds in the sale of the bikes going toward a fund for a Scot Breithaupt memorial.
The bikes are now ready to ship and a very limited quantity is available. Each bike is special OM serial numbered and is considered to be highly collectable. If you want a piece of history, act now as these bikes will not last long.
RIP OM. Your legacy will live on with our mutual love for rippin’ and roarin’ on two wheels, whether it is on the BMX track, streets or beach strand.
C-Ya on the other side!
ONLY 60 OM BIKES PRODUCED
Serial numbered OMFF0000 5-20 / OMSS0000 5-40
20 PHOENIX FIGHTER single speeds
20 SS STOMPER single speeds
20 SS STOMPERS 3 speeds
S O L D O U T
The XTR & steel frame STOMPER’s are identical in frame geometry sharing the majority of the same components. XTR’s are 7-8 lbs lighter with the 6061 aluminum frame topped off with billet aluminum pedals, stem, and seat post clamps. Additionally the XTR features aluminum bars and seat post and upgraded Brako brake rotors. These rotors provide better braking power with an aggressive look and you won’t find them on any production bikes due to their cost.
The July 2018 production run of XTR’s will also have the new performance Soul Fast tires that are 35% lighter and provide a better handling ride as shown on the pre-production Shark Grey XTR. For the performance minded rider the XTR has it all.
What does this all mean?
The XTR and STOMPER are both great bikes. The overall purposes of both bikes are the same, have fun! Both feature wider frames to accommodate the 3″ tires and wheels. Most people are surprised riding our fat tire beach cruisers the first time. The extra 2″ of width of the frame plus the big tires makes it way easy to balance.
The lower weight of the XTR comes in handy. Whether it is lifting it up stairs or onto a bike rack, the 8+ pound lighter bike can make a difference. Where we see the big difference on the XTR is with an e-Bike conversion. When we build the XTR for electric, it is so awesome. The lighter frame absorbs vibration at speed. The result is an ultra smooth ride that doesnt beat you up. The cracks and bumps in the road are less harsh.
We love the XTR for so many reasons. Try test riding one, and you will like it!
Yes, our new CAD drawings are done! Small changes mean so much in making the perfect eBike. Just like they used to say, this is not your father’s eBike…..
Like a number of manufacturers, they believed that all they needed to do was slap a motor on a bike and their engineering was done. Many are finding now that there is more to an ebike. Integrating a motor or battery is not simple. We worked hard just on getting better ground clearance. To have a high wattage motor, at this time you need a larger case for the motor. Until motors improve further to produce higher wattage in smaller cases, we will have to contend with specific bike designs. And, we love our fat tire beach cruisers for that purpose. It is an incredible e-Bike platform.
- A more secure integrated battery
- Better ground clearance
- An even stronger fork
- Soul Fast tires that are 35% lighter than our current tires
- Improved Tektro brakes
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In a push to add more dealers to the Soul network,Bike Craze of Anaheim, California has become an authorized Soul dealer. Soul has been actively seeking Southern California dealers for our fat tire beach cruisers. Bike Craze chose Soul due to its long history in SoCal, as well as a great platform for electric conversions.
Adding beach cruiser bicycles to any bike dealer makes sense. When camping, or perhaps riding the bike paths, commuting around on a beach cruiser is a low impact transportation that allows safe movement in busy areas. The same goes with campgrounds, the beach and other popular recreational activities.
Soul works hard to deliver great beach cruisers that are simple to maintain, look great and are easy to ride. The wide stance on the STOMPER fat tire beach cruiser makes balancing at low speeds super easy- to the point that on test rides it is the first thing mentioned!
Check out a Soul Beach Cruisers at:
1171 N Kraemer Blvd,
Anaheim, CA 92806