Edited by Mike Weidemann, 04 February 2012 - 07:11 PM.
JMC re opens its doors
Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:59 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:24 PM
Never thought I would see anything new school from them.
I'm sure if they build it, they will sell everything they make.
Good for Mr Melton and his fmily.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:25 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 08:35 PM
I collect trinkets from when I was a young man - I don't race or need to keep up with modern geomotry or equipment - the new stuff is meaningless to me, I don't even do retro, not that it's a bad thing, I just have no interest in it.... Time is limited in today's world and if I do find a minute to enjoy the bikes I have, it's minimal time and the old fills my void and need. And I bearly have time for the old never mind finding more for the new etc.
All I could say - opinion wise - I had heard through the grape vine about Jim's recent Cali excursion and didn't want to call Jim on the possibilities of it, we have spoken recently but I did't inquire - figure if Jim's held out this long, it would be handled respectfully.
In hopes of keeping it prestigious though - JMC to me was always about integrity and never giving into the wave or th masses - I'd expect super high standards, like I'd hate to think the frames were to be manufactured anywhere other then in the US with US materials - that alone is gonna cost a substantial amount (don't know how well a new school you g market will take it, but that's all to be seen I suppose) - I mean isn't the overseas market and refusing to give in to it, why Jim closed his doors in the first place ?
Personally I don't understand why a true core collector would have any interest in a new product, but I understand some like retro --- again not my thing --- my only concern as I would think most are - is the integrity being kept for the past - no limited reissue exact dupe crap and the like. It'd be way cool if it was done like ESP has handled they're return and vowing not to traipse on the past for the sake of a buck ---- they're new stuff is done respectfully with just as much passion and innovation.
I'm so hoping the bars are completely distinguishable from the old.
Oh well I guess we'll see what happens - jmc's integrity is one of the things that's kept this hobby interesting and real to me - especially in recent yrs with all the knock off and retro and scammer repooper influx - I really hope it doesn't kill it for me, goods thing never last they say, but I was really hoping this one thing would duck that eventuality.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 08:46 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:01 PM
I wish him luck, he is one of the true gentlemen of BMX
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:18 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:34 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:39 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:45 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:35 PM
I think there are plenty of people still racing that know what the brand JMC meant to the history of modern frame design, starting with the DY. As long as it's truly a modern race design, why not? A guy like me that has raced on and off over the years might just be ready for a new machine to at least hit up some practice time on the track.
Hmmm.....we'll see I guess.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:40 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:41 PM
i'm not into retro stuff in general.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:55 PM
You know we love you Jim, and I especially appreciate your support of this site. You are one of a few of the "legends" who regularly submit site support funds. We are lucky to have you here at all... not to mention pitching in. When you ordered the long sleeve shirt I happily imagined you might be strolling around the hills of Missouri wearing BMX Society colors! Also the fact that you would have a JMC reunion at our gathering is humbling and another true honor for us.
So, I support you, and in the spirit of an "open letter" I will echo the concern already mentioned about exact copies of bars and posts. That would be heartbreaking to many of us. I'm sure you are above that, and it may never have been a consideration. We have no reason to think otherwise, save for the fact that we've seen others roll out on the re-issue band wagon so many times the last few years, and some times it's been too close for comfort. (yes the knurling is 2mm different or has different cross hatch pattern ).
I think the sense of caution that some here might be feeling boils down to this:
JMC = purity, for many of us. From the mom & pop origins, to the old school team of the early 80's that was a grouping of champions that never had to cut corners on sportsmanship to win, to the products that were unique and the highest caliber and quality of craftsmanship, and finally back full circle to 30 years later with Jim finding time to answer all of our goofball e-mails and phone calls picking at every detail of production and company history.
So please don't take any of this wrong. Absolutely no disrespect intended. Like I say... you and your company are about as close to perfect as we've ever seen in Old School BMX history. We really do treasure the JMC legacy and that's why you will see the expression of some concern. Especially here on this site. I hope that concern is always expressed with tact and humility. Ultimately though... it's a little embarrassing to even make suggestions/requests. It is your company after all... and we all acknowledge that. I will be interested to see what JMC 2.0 has in store for us.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:13 PM
But who in BMX, besides the old school/retro guys, would be interested in new JMC products?
Who would be interested in a GT? or a GHP? Lots of people these days seem to be. Make a viable modern product, and people will buy them. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of this.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:15 PM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:32 AM
If so, then I would be into a cruiser for sure.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:22 AM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:35 AM
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