Our Ian Schwartz frame from 2009 was ranked the 20th most progressive frame in BMX history according to ESPN. Ian’s vision was to add a pivotal mount to a Second Wave frame thus eliminating the seat post and seat clamp. This helped usher in the low seat era in BMX. The pivotal mount was the most obvious feature on the frame, but the whole Second Wave frame was refined and smoothed out for a cleaner look compared to previous versions of Sunday frames. Go check out the rest of the list on ESPN right HERE. Check out the promo for Ian’s frame after the break.
Now this is one of my favorite Sunday Friends. Greg Cayzer coming through with this mint condition post it note yellow Ian Schwartz frame from 2008. This bike couldn’t look any more amazing. Thanks Greg for sending in your bike photo.
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Sunday Friends, so why not return with a banger! James Perry from Esteven, Saskatchewan Canada showing that he might be a Sunday Super Friend instead of just a Sunday Friend. Ian Schwartz frame painted in a similar style to Jim Bauer’s Tile bike. And then he painted his room in a very Sunday way. My day was made when I received these photos! Thanks James for the support!
Here’s part 2 of Ian Schwartz’s amazing Up, Up and Away section! Definitely a section that will stand the test of time! BMX will miss his unique view on spots, bikes and tricks. Enjoy!
There’s a lot of subtlety in Ian’s riding that makes everything he does look so effortless. His Up Up & Away section was no exception. He collected so much good footage that it ended up being split into two sections for the DVD release. Above is the first section and you can download it to keep on your hard drive or if you’d like, you can download an iPod/iPhone version to take with you on the go.
Ian Schwartz telling it like it is. Jeff Z does a very good and candid interview with Ian about his departure from the BMX spotlight. Go over to the Ride site and read it!
Words from Ian Schwartz,
About 6 months ago I reached a point with riding that it just didn’t feel the same as it used to. Although its been a dream come true and I would never trade any of it, I’m certain it’s time for me to move on.
I was raised on a family farm and enjoyed it as a kid, but lost interest as I grew older and found other things. Well a couple years back I started to find enjoyment in the goings on of it again and began to read and learn about it. I’ve been able to meet and work with many area farmers and found an entire world of ideas and opportunities to explore. My family has allowed me to lease a small 17 acre field on our farm and I’ve begun implementing my ideas for responsible, respectful and productive food growing. I hope to grow (but not too big), either on our farm or on my own somewhere else in or around my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio.
I still love riding, and will continue to ride, just not in the same way as I have for the past 4 or 5 years. I appreciate the kids that have had nice things to say online and in-person, and I’ve had an awesome time with the guys on the team.
This is definitely a sad day for Sunday and BMX. Although we fully support Ian’s decision, it’s tough to know that one of the most creative and unique guys in BMX is moving on to different challenges. I’ve always appreciate his take on riding, it’s always been smooth, effortless, creative and it felt good. The thing I always got from his riding was that a trick looked good from beginning to end. The whole thing seemed like it looked effortless not just the trick itself. I’ve been lucky enough to have ridden with him so much over the past 5 years. He’s definitely been a great influence on my riding. Ian, you’ll be missed here at Sunday and good luck to you!
Here’s a video from Vital BMX stopping by our booth!
Here’s a mini Sunday Friends! From Post-It Note yellow Ian Schwartz frames to Black Magic Second Waves, there’s some good looking bikes here. These guys know what’s up! Check out the Sunday Friends section in full screen now! Just click in the upper right hand corner.