Started by Steve Inge in 1998.
|Steve Inge, www.bmx.cc:
Mutiny was started in late 1998 with one sole purpose in mind - to make great bikes for reasonable prices with the rider in mind. We do it cause we love it and to us anyone who runs our pegs or buys our frames or watches a bootlegged copy of one of our videos and smiles is part of our family. BMX is a brotherhood. We stick together, we support one another and we ride. We have grown up on our bmx, we live it, we love it. Mutiny combines over 10 years of experience in the bmx industry with the best customer service in the industry. We may be small, but we have been around the block. Our personal goals of making bmx fun and reminding everyone where we came from keep us moving forward. We are about innovation, strength and performance; not gimmicks and trends.|
Over the years we have seen everyone from corporate giants, rollerblade companys, snack food companies and other paricites climb on board the next big thing only to make crappy parts, bad endorsements, deliver unkept promises and leave a wake of bmx hype behind them. Well, we at Mutiny beleve those times are almost behind us. You, the rider are more educated, aware and informed than ever before. The days of big bmx are over. Reputable companies owned by riders are emerging and will only continue to grow. Support those companies that support you. Buy stuff fromm someone you believe in and want to support. We dont care if you ride our bikes, just ride. If you happen to think something we make is worth owning then thanks in advance for the support. Thats enough of our ranting for now. Know where you are going, where you came from. You are what you fight for.
The name Mutiny was the result of my cynicism about the industry I guess. I was fed up with people, cliques,the industry in general. Everyone was changing -so I thought I remembered how Apple computers used to fly a pirate flag over their headquarters and I thought that was cool. I wanted to be an instrument of change in the industry.
|2005||April 2005, Mutiny management changed. Joe Simon and Sanders buy the company from Steve Inge.|
Joe Simon, www.fatbmx.com, april 2005: For the past two years, Steev has been pushed in multiple directions, dividing his time between Mutiny and The Bridge, a not-for-profit skatepark and shop, concert venue, and student center in Missouri. His devotion to Mutiny and its team has never waned, but his increasing inability to manage a growing company while also directing The Bridge has been a difficult task. In the past year, Steev has continued to operate Mutiny mostly out of an obligation to support his teammates, customers, and friends.
In February of 2005, Joe Simon, a founding Mutiny team rider and long time friend of Steev's, along with Gaz Sanders, a rider and bike mechanic from Derbyshire, U.K., began considering how they could help to increase Mutiny Bikes' presence and availability in the BMX marketplace. Joe and Gaz soon approached Steev about the possibility of buying the company and carrying on the vision. Seeing this opportunity as a blessing that would give him the ability to pursue his current passions while allowing Mutiny to live on in the hands of very competent friends who share the same dreams and founding mission of the company, Steev agreed to the sale.
And so that day has come. Joe Simon and Gaz Sanders are now the new highly motivated and creative owners of Mutiny Bikes effective immediately. They have already begun to strive forward with Mutiny, continuing its growth and innovation.
The Mutiny Team remains intact and wholly supports the exchange. Current customers will see little initial change other than new contact numbers. In the coming months, however, you can expect to see newly redesigned team model frames, increased availability, expanded advertising, and a greater overall presence in the marketplace. A refined image, new look, stronger expanding team, and a powerful vision - watch out BMX - the Mutiny has begun...again.
|2006||A collaborative Shadow/Mutiny frame was unveiled at Interbike, september 2006.|
|2008||MUTINY LOOSEFER FRAME.
Randy Taylor signature frame from Mutiny.
Brian Tunney, www.expn.com, september 2010: A few years ago, on a Christmas Day in Austin, Texas, Mutiny team rider Randy Taylor walked into the Mutiny Bikes office with an evil idea for a signature frame. Randy wanted his frame to be known as the Loosefer, with a top tube size that included 20.666". Immediately, Mutiny owner Gaz Sanders was into the idea. The duo eventually sat down and began sketching out Randy's signature frame. "Randy had a lot of input on how he wanted the frame to ride, but the aesthetics were really important to him as well," says Gaz. "The three main things Randy was looking for was a decent stand over height, a really short back end and a responsive front end." Shortly after, the Loosefer frame was born.
|2010||MUTINY LOOSEFER V2.5 FRAME.
Brian Tunney, www.expn.com, september 2010: The Loosefer V2.5 is a modern day street frame, with three top tube sizes (20.25", 20.666" and 21"), a short rear end (13"), a 75 degree head tube angle, 69 degree seat tube and a decent standover height (8.95" from center of B/B to top tube). In production for just over two years, the Loosefer has seen several revisions, hence the V2.5 addition to the name. What's new? "We are no longer using heat-treating on the frame. The production cost had been slowly rising and working on any product, the retail price is always a concern, and we want our products to be affordable," says Mutiny's Gaz Sanders. "Another factor was that the direction of street riding is pretty crazy right now. Ten stairs are a modern day jump box, so we wanted to make something that is more durable. It still came out weighing 4.9 lbs.," he adds. Construction details include 4130 multi-butted chromoly with offset tubing in the front triangle, an offset machined head tube, externally machined B/B, wide stays for clearance and a custom external gusset on the down tube. Additional highlights include an ovalized down tube and chain stays to prevent denting.
I should not have to add anything about Randy's wild brand of riding, but I will anyway. Randy isn't afraid of too much in the streets. He can tailwhip down huge sets, but also get as technical as he wants on the tightest setups. And he's gone above and beyond the call of duty to prove that the Loosefer V2.5 is a versatile frame that can hold up to the abuses of modern day street riding in Mutiny's recent videos. Feel free to get loose on a Loosefer; this frame can take it.