Tom Floyd, the original Marketing Director of Fox Racing Shox has created a new breed of Made-In-America action sports companies with Phoenix Pro Sports. Starting with the advent of Phoenix Pro Scooters two years ago, Floyd’s latest endeavor brings him back to the bicycle world with Phoenix Pro Cycles.
THE BEGINNING OF PHOENIX SPORTS
“In 2008 my son got addicted to riding scooters, and I noticed a trend towards kids riding scooters in skate parks,” states Floyd. “When I saw what they were riding, I knew that we could create a much better product, utilizing my experience from the bike industry and the resources available in Portland.”
Mechanical Engineers were hired to create Solid Works 3D models and to allow Finite Element Analysis strength and stress testing of a new deck design and six prototypes were made.
Phoenix brought those prototypes to a scooter contest where the top pros rode the decks. The riders were blown away by their performance, and instantly gave Phoenix credibility. The market solidly embraced the high-quality, ultra-performance, American-made Phoenix Decks, Bars, Forks, Wheels and accessories, which continue to expand in offerings to the hard-core scooter enthusiast.
BACK TO BIKES:
“As a former racer with kids, I know the values that can come from being involved with BMX,” continues Tom. “The immediate success of Phoenix Pro Scooters has now allowed me to create an American-based bike company. We’re just starting to ship frames out, and response has been stellar.
We just started going to the big races and we’re already on the cover of the new USA BMX Rulebook!”
Tom was the owner of the legendary Cantina Mountain Bike Shop in San Diego, California and after selling the shop worked for Haro Bicycles and later FOX Racing Shox. Throughout his career, he had a long history of working with professional cycling athletes such as Mike King, Brian Lopes, Marla Streb, Scott Sharples and many others.
Phoenix’s new Talon frames are carefully handmade from aerospace grade 6061-T6 Aluminum alloy in Phoenix’s own facilities in Beaverton, Oregon to very precise tolerances. Compression forming technology, similar to that used by many high-end mountain bike brands was employed to give the ultimate in optimized strength-to-weight as well as a tuned ride.
In the past, many monocoque style BMX frames were criticized for being too stiff in the wrong places. With the aid of modern engineering software Phoenix engineers optimized the Talon’s strength-to-weight ratio and “tuned” the flex of the frame so that the rider experiences efficient acceleration along with unmatched steering precision and balance.
Each frame is built in custom made fixtures to ensure proper alignment during each step of the hand TIG welding process. Frames are then solution heat treated, re-straightened and aged to true T6 hardness by a Certified Aerospace Metallurgist.
Frame geometry was carefully selected for each frame size with rider age-range, weight and projected skill level as the main criteria. Talon race frames will be offered inseven class and six cruiser sizes and will come in four anodized colors (black, blue, red, green) and white (powder coat). Frame weights will range from just over 2.5 lbs.(mini) to 3.75 lbs. (ProXXL).