NAHBPC 2012 – Crazy Canucks

I had some time to hang out with the current Bike Polo World Champions, The Crazy Canucks, while down in Milwaukee at the NAHBPC. Rory, Chris, and Alex are a great bunch of guys and I had a good time talking bikes and polo with them. This year is their first year as an EighthInch sponsored team and their first major tournament on Scramblers. So far the bikes are preforming great for them. They are strong, fast, and handle great. We hope the advantages the Scramblers are offering keeps them at the top of their game!

The guys finished the first two days of Swiss rounds with a record of 5-2-2 giving them the 7th seed for Sunday’s bracket. After shutting out The Royals in the first round the Canucks lost 3-2 to the Crusaders of Love. They got another victory in the losers bracket but eventually lost 5-4 to Manthousand to give them a 13th place finish overall. It wasn’t the finish they were looking for but they still played well. Some poorly timed mechanical issues along with a couple bad bounces didn’t help their cause. With the competition among the best I’ve seen at a major tournament there wasn’t much room for error. I’m sure the team will be able to regroup and come back strong as they prepare to defend their in title as World Champions in Geneva next month.

Stay tuned for more NAHBPC coverage featuring EighthInch teams and riders next week.

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NAHBPC 2012 – Portland United

I got the chance to spend last weekend down in Milwaukee at the NAHBPC. It was great to hang out and have some laughs with the people you normally only talk to through email. The heat was sweltering but there was more than enough water and beer to keep everyone hydrated.

One of the teams I  spent some time with was Portland United. Eric, Jason, and Arlyn have been playing together on Portland United for two years now and it definitely shows when you watch them play.  Their chemistry is great and they all play to their individual strengths. This is their first year together as part of the EighthInch team and they couldn’t be happier to be riding our Scramblers. Eric told me it’s the best polo bike he’s ever owned. The compact geometry makes it easy to maneuver in tight places and the handling is excellent. The splined crank and sprocket is stiff and responsive making it easy to accelerate and get across the court.

The team finished Saturday with a record of 6-2-1 to put them in the 6th seed going into Sunday’s tournament round. After advancing pretty far in tournament play Portland was eventually knocked out by the Guardians and took home 4th place. It was a nice improvement over last years 9th place finish and it puts them in a great spot going into the World Championship in Geneva next month.

Stay tuned for more NAHBPC coverage featuring EighthInch teams and riders next week.

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Photo Friday – Portland Edition

Our friends from Portland United sent us some photos from the Cascadia Regional Qualifier a few weeks back. The guys took home a solid third place finish and got their new Scramblers dialed in for the NAHBC next weekend. Best of luck in Milwaukee guys, see you in a week!

Portland United Takes 3rd

Last week I got an email from our friends at Portland United. They recently built up some Scramblers with Julian’s, splined cranks, chainrings, and EighthInch riser bars. This past weekend they took their trio of new Scramblers up to the Cascadia Qualifier and took 3rd place. Congrats guys, see you in Milwaukee for the NAHBPC! Check out the full results here.

Photo Friday

Andrew S has a custom Scrambler with some nice upgrades shipping out today. Check out the photo we took of it out back, complete with some local wildlife.

$399 Scrambler Part 3

Our black/white $399 Scrambler is the 3rd color option for our pre-built complete bikes. White on black has always been one of the best selling color combinations for us. Pick one up on WS-Outlet.com before they are gone.

Another $399 Scrambler

Round 2 of 3 for our pre-built EighthInch Scramblers. Our clean and simple raw/silver option has always been popular choice. Pick one up on WS-Outlet for only $399.

$399 Scrambler Complete’s

Don’t forget about our new pre-built Scrambler complete’s. For only $399 you can choose from 3 of our most popular color options. Check out the white/gold option below. More photo’s of the black and raw builds will be coming soon. You can pick one up at WS-Outlet, and as always, shipping within the continental US is free.

EighthInch Complete Stock Scramblers – $399!!

You can now get complete Scrambler bikes for only $399! These complete bikes come spec’d with Amelia wheels, track cranks and drop bars. They are available in black, white, or raw and arrive with most of the assembly already done for you. All you’ll have to do is drop in the seatpost, bolt on the handlebar and pedals, and put the front wheel on. The three color options are based off some of our most popular builds but for those of you looking for customization options we still offer our custom Scrambler builds for $499. Check them out on CyclingCloseouts.com.

Scrambler Group Buy Update

Good news! Over the weekend we reached 10 committed buyers for the EighthInch Scrambler group buy. We reached the minimum faster than I expected and coupon codes have already been emailed out. The good news for everyone else is you still have until the end of the month to enter the group buy and get the same $120 price. Check out all the group buy details and sign up here.