Eastern Titanium Grim ReaperGreg | March 28, 2008
Here it is, the Eastern Titanium Grim Reaper. The controversial freestyle BMX frame is the lightest of its kind in the world, and it’s made completely of 6Al-4V titanium. The chromoly version of the Grim Reaper was the catalyst of many flame wars in the BMX community, with its weight-relieved design and relatively light weight and the titanium version of this further entrenches the two camps that either love its innovation or lambaste it for its perceived dangers of breaking.
Whatever anyone thinks of it, the Titanium Grim Reaper is a site to behold and an intriguing experience to actually handle. It’s lighter than most handlebars, and the welding work is pure artistry. But how strong is it? I’m not sure - according to Eastern, it can handle whatever kind of riding you can dish out, yet it has no warranty against breaking or denting. Sort of a contradiction in logic, since Eastern generally stands behind their frames with a very strong warranty. Either way, this is BMX history that will be remembered, as this particular frame is no longer being produced, and from what Eastern tells me, there will be no more. What’s the fate for this one? I don’t know yet, but it sure is one heck of a conversation piece.