Before we dive into the details of the new Credence Black Magic frame from S&M, let me give you a brief history lesson on the history of Credence. Before he was winning NORA Cups and building bowls in the backyard of his in-laws, Clint Reynolds built his own bikes in his garage in rural New Hampshire. Originally just building his own stuff like experimentally light titanium frames, Credence eventually moved from the garage to the production line at FBM, before later migrating across the country to the Santa Ana facilities of S&M. While Clint is no longer behind the welding torch, his trail-inspired influence lives on in the CCR frame, which is now joined on the shelves at The Building by Matty Aquizap’s Black Magic trail model.
Even if you’re ignorant to the history of the Credence name & pay no attention to the specs of the Black Magic frame, it’s pretty easy to tell what this bike is built for by taking one look at Matty’s bike check from a few weeks ago. When’s the last time you saw anyone at the local park or ledge spot with a sprocket bigger than 28t or a seat with rails in it? This bike is clearly built for the big jumps, and there’s a bunch of different reasons why. First, the 4130, US-made Black Magic is based off of Brian Foster’s old signature Fit frame (“the street one”, as Matty calls it), with a rear stay length of 14.1″-14.75″ – at least a half inch longer than anything that would be considered a “street-friendly” frame these days. The tall standover height (9.3″) isn’t as unwelcome these days, nor is the tall 5″ headtube, which both greatly strengthens the front end of the bike (also aided by dual gussets), but allows the use of fewer headset spacers for a more flush-looking front end. The 74 degree head tube angle isn’t the quickest if you’re looking to work on your 540 hops, but if you’re 360ing 30ft dubs, it’ll do the trick just fine, aided by the centered 11.6″ bottom bracket height. Big jumps require excessive speed, the likes of which can’t be tamed by a rubber sole jammed between your seat stay & rear tire, so slow your roll with the permanent welded chainstay mounts. Finally, lest you forget where this bike came from, S&M have emblazoned the integrated seat clamp & the rear stay caps with their legendary shield logo.
The S&M/Credence Black Magic frame is available now at all S&M retailers for $354.99, and should be back in stock soon on the S&M website. The Black Magic frame is available (surprise, surprise) in “Metallica” Black and Gloss White, in your choice of 21″, 21.25″ and 21.5″ top tubes. Consider these colorways blank canvasses, as the frame also comes complete with a Credence stencil, so feel free to customize this thing however you want before building it up. For the complete spectrum of S&M built frames that cater to literally any type of riding you’re into, take some time to browse the huge spectrum of bikes available at www.sandmbikes.com, and to see why Credence frame are built to roast, follow Clint & Matty on Instagram at @credence_bikes and @over_roast.