About two and a half years ago, Jim Cielencki started Full Factory Distribution in Austin, TX, which is now the sole U.S. distributor of Jim’s Sunday Bikes. Recently I stopped by to say hello and check out the office. In between updating the Sunday Instagram and showing me some amazing clips of Aaron Ross and the Sunday crew that were filmed during a recent trip to Atlanta, Jim C. filled me in on some background info of many of the frames and random items posted up around the house/office. The stories were too good to leave them confined to within the walls of his office; read on to get a little insight into the large soda bottles, the signature wave tubing of Sunday frames, and micro-frames dotted around the office.
We always try to have a lot of fun with Sunday and this photo displays it perfectly. Aaron Ross has some amazing ideas like the Orange Soda bike. The large bottle is from his 180 barspin ad for the bike. The normal size bottles are from his Grape Soda Bonus bike promo video. His fridge was filled with either orange or grape soda in the video. This stuff was too funny to not keep around.
This frame was my first Second Wave prototype that was painted to look like the creamsicle First Wave. We wanted to test out the new frame ideas, but we didn’t want people to notice it was a new frame, so we disguised it with a First Wave color. I rode this frame during a good portion of my Odyssey Electronical video part, which came out in early 2008. I’ve always had a fondness for the Second Wave frame. The tapered seat and chain stays, chain tensioners, director style wishbone and its sleekness made the bike feel and look so good.
Here is my prototype Third Wave frame, which I got on in 2010. We somehow improved on the Second Wave by first adding flush removable brake mounts with pressure fit cable guide. Then we added the Wave TT, which stiffened the front end a great deal. I finally retired it in December 2011 after a good run.
This is the start of it all for Sunday. These two frames are from the original prototype batches, which we received in September 2005. They are essentially the same except for the backend length. In 2005, BMX was starting to head towards shorter back ends. The original frame was going to be offered in 14.25” and 13.75”, but we decided that the shorter back end would win in the end, so the 14.25” was scrapped. Incidentally, I’ve only done one 3-whip on a real box jump and it was on the longer back end frame during the 2005 Brighton Backyard Jam.
This original Sunday frame prototype made its mark in Brooklyn Banks history. It’s Mike Hoder’s prototype frame which he 360ed the Brooklyn Banks gap only a week after us getting the first test frames. Needless to say, Mike put this frame to the test. Ultimately, it went from Mike’s hands to Vinnie Sammon then to Blackman and finally Big James. Really burly guys rode and tested this frame. After all that, it could still be ridden today.
You could call this mint Funday 2 frame a happy accident. We were expecting to get a Watermelon Green Funday 2 sample from the factory, but due to a mix-up we received an Etnies mint version instead. There were only two made with only one being ridden by Alex Magallan in his Emerald Video. The other is on our wall.
The Ian Schwartz frame is so iconic that when this frame came to our office recently, it went straight to the wall. It had one of the most unique sticker sets made and it was the first frame with a built in pivotal post. We launched it before the Second Wave as a kick off to the new frames coming out. It was available in Black Magic, white, Post-it Note yellow and maroon. Ian is a super unique guy, so his frame reflected that uniqueness.
We came out with the Model C 24” frame in 2008 and it was made over in 2010. This is the first prototype of the Wave C. Upgrades include Wave DT and TT, hollow dropouts with built in chain tensioners, removable brake mounts and even a shaved head tube, which never became available. The geometry changed to a shorter backend with this Wave C prototype.
We receive a lot of mail in our office, but this is easily one of the raddest things we’ve received to date. Corey Mijac from St. Catharines, ON, Canada made a mini version of our Blue Wave Third Wave frame. It’s definitely an honor to have someone psyched enough to make a mini version of it.
Here’s a glimpse of the cross section of Sunday Wave Tubing. You can see that the Waves are shaped right into the tube. There are essentially 5 waves on each tube with the Cable Channel on the TT. The purpose is to make it more difficult to dent the tubes, which dramatically increases the life of your frame. This frame is from a Funday 2 sample with Wave TT that Alex Magallan rode in his Emerald and ATX video sections.
When I need a break from the office, I usually head down to this hippie convenience store. It’s a bit too far to walk and too close to ride a bike, so a skateboard works perfectly. The middle board is my filming board, the left board is my Scumco & Sons Rinky Dink Sr cruiser and the right board is my Krooked Zip Zinger Nano. I run 80a, 54-56mm wheels to keep the ride fun. The Nano is by far the most fun board because it’s super fast and turns on a dime.
Photos by Rob Dolecki