SE Racing OM Flyer

SE Racing OM Flyer

When it comes to SE Racing’s OM Flyer, it’s actually better to dwell on the past rather than focus on the future. The re-issued classic doesn’t contribute anything to the visual landscape and given the significance SE Racing has to the BMX tradition, the latest interpretation is almost a travesty. Thankfully there are those who seek to preserve the modern classic for what it is.

Scot Breithaupt, founder of SE Racing, must be a very proud man, being the godfather of BMX racing and all. The Original Prankster, his true age is still unsure — he made a habit of filling in the ‘Age’ box of his race entry form with an ‘?’ — as he had grown too old to enter the races he helped create. In fact, the ‘OM’ in OM Flyer actually refers to his nickname: Old Man.

The proud owner of this original OM Flyer (and the Daschund) is Ali Goulet, former pro snowboarder, now avid cyclist. He assures us that the derailleur and hanger was standard on the early Flyers. Ali has upgraded most of the parts on his original eBay find, with some exquisite Campagnolo MTB and BMX components. The cranks are gold Campy BMX, as are the grips and levers. The rims are Campagnolo Mirox, and while not as sturdy as Sun Ringlé or Odyssey T1000 rims; they add a certain je ne sais quoi. An Azonic Shorty stem and gold Answer Pro Taper bars just complete the period picture.

Perhaps the new owners of SE Racing could take some style tips from Scot Breihaupt’s original and create an OM Flyer that could actually be considered as relevant today as the genuine article?

Many thanks to Dean Gray, Principal Photographer for Burton Snowboards. He loves shooting bikes too, check out his gallery of modern classics on his Blotto Photo site — including Ali Goulet’s Look 596 TT bike.

SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer
SE Racing OM Flyer

  • Interesting makeup I like it (I think). Didn’t know that the OM came with hanger and Canti breaks though ?

    yeah I like it

  • Mark

    “An Azonic Shorty stem and gold Answer Pro Taper bars just complete the period picture”

    What period though? The shorty is a late 90s (likely later from the script on the front cap) item and the protapers date from around or after the turn of the century too. I can only remember OM Flyers with a 1-1/8″ headtube dating around the early-mid 90s (as with the Tange Switchblades fork), the campy BMX stuff, fluted post etc is all redolent of 1980s practice.

    So which period is it correct for because it looks like a mashup of bits and pieces spanning an almost 30 year period (albeit a very attractive one!).

  • frozeropes

    As an owner of a classic Powerlite cruiser, and a SE Quadangle cruiser, I have to say the derailleur, front fork, handlebars, and quick release front wheel are pretty gross.

  • Crazypandakills

    Your f….k up a cool ride dude

  • OM BP

    Why do you consider the new Made In Taiwan repro Flyers a near travesty?
    I have one and despite the CNC machining here-and-there; which I guess is them trying to put a modern hallmark on it, and the big spongy boulevard saddle I immediately junked for a skinny road-race one. I’m very happy with how it looks & rides.

  • Mike Freeny

    This bike is not a exactly an OM FLYER it is an Enduro model based on the OM FLYER but includes the drop out for the derailleur. The OM did not have this feature. I own several OMs including the enduro model and a early Reynolds 541model. It came from the factory with an ENDURO sticker in the place where the OM FLYER sticker is on this bike. Scot told me he made the first enduro for Eddie Money the recording artist when they were friends back in the day because he liked the OM but wanted gears. This bike is a 1993 model based on the frame gussets and the brake posts more commonly known as a third generation enduro. Not a fan of the forks, stem and bars but I always say “It’s his bike and he can do what he wants with it” and as the OM Scot says C-YA