Just In: BAMF Shit Kicker 29er

29er Cross Country
That’s right, it’s called a Shit Kicker, and it just arrived on our doorstep.

Put together in no time. Bike looks really nice. Too bad it doesn’t have Shit Kicker emblazoned on the downtube. If you’re gonna be bold, go all the way.

First off, I want to thank the people at BAMF for naming this bike the Shit Kicker. In a world of bland, mundane names and ho-hum marketing, at least BAMF tries to stir the pot. It makes my job all the more entertaining. But guys, if you’re gonna be bold, go all in. I’m a bit disappointed to not see “Shit Kicker” in big gold lettering on the downtube. And I’ll give you three guesses as to what BAMF stands for. Here’s a hint – think of what Jules from Pulp Fiction had branded on his wallet, then add the word “Ass”.

The BAMF Shit Kicker with the “Genius Build” came 99 percent assembled and within 10 minutes, ready to ride.

Upon arriving home from a ride today I was greeted at my doorstep to a BAMF Shit Kicker 29er mountain bike. Shipped by online retailer Giantnerd, the Shit Kicker came in a larger triangular box with a big logo on it that said “ready to ride”. Sweet.

Here’s how it came out of the box. Pretty slick.

I pulled it into the garage and literally within 10 minutes of unpacking, the Shit Kicker was ready to ride as advertised. Since this is a bike you order direct through Giantnerd, for an extra $79.95 they offer the “Genius Build”, service, assembling the bike 99 percent of the way. All I had to do was attach the front wheel, put on the seatpost, handlebars and pedals, and bang, ready to ride bike. The Genius Build makes the bike easy enough for a monkey to put together, so if you have the mechanical skills of a monkey, order the Genius Build. Right off the bat, BAMF is scoring some big points.

After putting the bike together I made a few observations. First, for only $1,999 this BAMF is well-equipped featuring a carbon frame with what looks to be a 6K weave pattern, a Rock Shox SID fork, SRAM X9 components, blingin’ gold anodized Alex Rims and a carbon Truvativ handlebar. Shit kickin value for certain.

Can you guess what BAMF stands for?

However, there were a few things that miffed me. One was the width of the handlebar, or should I say lack thereof. At a scant 600mm in width, the flat Truvativ bars teleported me back to 1993 when cut down purple anodized Hyperlite bars were all the rage. Why so narrow? Just because it has big wheels doesn’t mean it should have narrow bars.

Another little niggle I noticed was the front hub and quick release are a pimpy gold ano color, while the rear hub and quick release are black. Huh? Never seen a factory spec bike with mismatched hubs and QRs before. Also, not too sure what “Rear Naked Choke” means, but considering BAMF boasts their bikes are “the brass pole in the strip club where the action happens”, I can draw reasonable conclusions.

After dropping 20 psi from the WTB Nano tires and putting on some bottle cages, this BAMF is ready to kick some shit this weekend in and around Tahoe. Maybe I can get some strippers to pose with it. Then again, that might offend some people. Stay tuned for a full review.

About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.

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  • Craig S says:

    I’ve bought the Kimura a couple of years ago, and can’t complain. First real mountain bike in 15 years, so I was duly impressed by the design, comfort, and ease of assembly. Price helps, too, when comparably equipped bikes from the LBS are $$$ more. Granted, I’m not buying local, which I hate, but just can’t compare. I do use the LBS for maintenance, which I think they probably make more money on anyway. Though I also have to say that other than air pressure in the tires and shock, this bike has been maintenance free.

  • David says:

    I refuse to buy anything with such a lame marketing platform built on teenaged hyperbole. That is, until they market a full suspension bike, and call the pro pedal lever a “reacharound.”

  • SayWhat? says:

    I could have waited a few days to hear about the ride quality of the bike. Unboxing a bike dosen’t make for an exciting story.

  • dude says:

    Looks like your standard fare $300 dollar Chinese mail order carbon frame to me

  • heavyboots says:

    Definitely check the rear wheel alignment in your review. I have a friend who bought one and she has had noticeable issues keeping the rear tire from rubbing because the dropouts are ever so slightly misaligned from the factory. She never got around to returning it though due to wanting to race on it rather than wait for a frame exchange.

  • Roger says:

    Holy crap!! What the heck is this? A fixie w/ gears? I’m confused!

  • Brian says:

    Honestly, it looks like a cheap ass Chinese frame with really great components. They are probably making $1k per bike plus folks should do some research on who is putting these bikes out – that should be enough to scare people away.

    Reading reviews on their website is kinda lame too, looks like a bunch of folks who just wanted to look cool vs. actually ride the thing hard.

    I’d never trust the company or an unknown carbon frame.

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