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SE blurs lines with the fun and versatile OM-Duro 27.5+ BMX / MTB Hybrid Bike

SE Bikes OM-Duro, side
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All the fun and playfulness of a BMX bike with all-terrain capability? Sounds like a recipe for good times! If you didn’t know, SE Bikes’ motto is “BMX Innovations” so it makes sense that they’ve brought us the OM-Duro – a BMX/MTB hybrid that’s bound to inspire some creative riding.

I’ll admit, until I owned several bikes the last thing I would have purchased is a sorta-this-sorta-that bike like this one. However, once you have your trail bike, DH bike, road/commuter bike, BMX etc. these in-betweens can make a fun addition to your quiver. Check out the video below and let SE’s Director and BMX legend Todd Lyons show you everything the OM-Duro can do!

SE Bikes OM-Duro, front angle

SE Bikes fans might notice the OM-Duro’s frame was inspired by SE’s classic OM Flyer, but with modern revisions to accommodate MTB components.  The frame is made from chromoly, and features 148mm rear spacing, vertical dropouts and a removable derailleur hanger. Up front is SE’s full-chromoly Landing Gear fork, but for this bike they feature disc brake tabs and 110mm spacing to fit MTB hubs.

SE Bikes OM-Duro, drivetrain

From the MTB world, the OM-Duro borrows 27.5” wheels (with 3” wide T-Fatty tires), and Tektro Auriga dual-piston disc brakes front and rear. It also offers multiple gears, running a SRAM GX 1×10 drivetrain with a narrow-wide chainring up front (I do wonder if a chain tensioner might still be ideal…).

SE Bikes OM-Duro, rear angle

The OM-Duro also uses a sealed 73mm external bottom bracket, and may be the first hybrid BMX that comes with internal cable routing so you can add a dropper post! That one aftermarket addition would be absolutely crucial for anyone who wants to see what this bike can do on their local trail network. Oh, and for longer rides you’ll be happy to know there’s a water bottle mount on the OM-Duro’s downtube.

SE Bikes OM-Duro, front end
*Images and video c. SE Bikes

Components brought in from the BMX side include a three-piece SE V-Ridge chromoly crank, X-Pedo low-profile platform pedals, and nutted axles in both wheels. The 27.5” rims are built like BMX wheels, with 36 spokes, double-wall construction and a 42mm width for those fat tires. The handlebar is obviously a BMX-type, but they’re close to a modern MTB width at 31”.

SE has executed some nice finishing details like color-coding this bike with blue hubs, rims, chainring and seat clamp. Those harking back to their BMX youth will love the OM-Duro’s three-piece SER pad set, and those enjoying adulthood will appreciate the bottle opener built into SE’s Flyer saddle!

SE Bikes OM-Duro, standard geometry
This chart shows the Standard size geometry. Check out SE’s website for the XL geo.

The OM-Duro comes in two frame sizes – Standard and XL. The Standard size bike has an effective top tube length of 23.2”, and the XL grows to 24.2”. Standover height is a bit taller on the XL as well, but otherwise the two frames share the same key angles and measurements.

The Standard size weighs 38 lbs, and the XL only adds 0.1 lbs to that. MSRP for the OM-Duro is $1199.99, and it comes in Black Sparkle only. It is now available through SE Bikes retailers and online dealers.


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Jason D West
Jason D West
1 year ago

A dropper post would make this epic!

1 year ago

Or maybe Surly blurred the lines when they created the Lowside. SE doesn’t get credit for this concept. Also, the Lowside weighs a lot less and is actually an excellent singletrack shredding machine!

1 year ago

SE first made a hybrid BMX/MTB back in the mid-90’s. It was the OM Flyer Enduro, and was the 26″ OM Flyer racing cruiser with a wider back end to accommodate a derailleur and gears. I think that was first issued in ’95, a few years before Surly was founded. SE also made OM Flyers with the wider rear spacing in the mid 00’s, which were popular dirtjumpers.

1 year ago

SE’s first 1995. Love the look of it.


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