Handcrafted in New York by FBM Bike Co. the Ballista is a tig welded, 4130 chromoly frameset designed for the specific needs of hardcourt bike polo players.
We started with the original FBM Sword frame geometry and tube set, and, with input from Evan George and Koyo Maeda of Seattle’s The Assassins, designed the Ballista. We increased the height of the headtube for a more upright riding position, decreased the height of the seat tube for more standover clearance above the top tube, used a bulge butted seat tube for more strength in the top tube / seat stay junction, and added optional front and rear canti mount brakes and optional front disc brakes. Check out the complete specs below.
Evan and Koyo, who rode prototype Ballistas in the 2013 Worlds, where The Assassins took 3rd place and Koyo was named MVP, have this to say about the frameset: “It’s the jam saucy, real buttery” – Koyo, “This is the dopest bike, it’s super fun to ride, I love it” – Evan.
We’re taking pre-orders from now until the end of the year for a batch of framesets that will be available to ship in February 2014. The retail price is $750; we require a 50% deposit to place a pre-order; the other 50% plus freight will be due prior to shipping. Orders can be placed online at Last Call, through your local FBM dealer, or you can give us a call at 607-729-2803.
The FBM Sword SQ framesets in new colorways are available now.
The latest colorways are flat black, clear and trans gold and it’s available in three sizes 48cm, 52cm and 56cm.
The Sword SQ frameset has traditional track geometry, is tig welded 4130 chromoly, and is handcrafted in the FBM machine shop in Johnson City, NY. Check the Sword page for complete specs and help selecting your size.
Thanks to everyone that pre-booked their frames. The Sword is available through any FBM or Last Call dealer or can be ordered direct from FBM at the Last Call online store. Quantities are limited so if you aren’t able to get one from this batch, contact us to reserve one from the next one.
Alexis Mabry is an artist living in Richmond Va, via Philly and the Dallas area, who has contributed to several FBM projects, including T-shirt graphics, the Shark ramp From the Gwar- BQ, and has her own brand – Neva Safe!
Her FBM Sword build up is a modest commuter build, that’s been stolen once, recovered, and ridden countless miles, as it’s her primary source of transportation. The unicorn Sword Mask (scroll down) is part of an upcoming Neva Safe art show celebrating Awesomeness!
On August 17th at Hadad’s lake outside of Richmond Va, FBM and Gwar are proud to announce the first annual BMX Lake Jumping Worlds at the world famous Gwar BQ!
In addition to seeing Holliday jump 50 feet with a blow up doll attached to him, there will be live music from Cannabis Corpse, Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Gwar and more!
It’s gonna be as weird…