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Ozone (1987–1992)

Ozone started as Uni-bmx

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The company started out under a diffent name; Air Uni.
It became Ozone in 1987. The Models they had were all the same geometry & size the only difference was one was made out of cromoly(Method One)& the other was steel(Method Air). The company was based out of San Jose Ca. & an by a guy named Alan Brown ,who didn't know anything about BMX. The Company was going to make a Pete Brandt, Eric Emmerson, & Craig Grasso Pro Models but they decided to become a Clothing Company instead...

Email From Alan Brown:

"I was pretty stoked to learn about your web site & amazed that you'd reference Ozone Freestyle. I think Pete Brant gave you some background, but I'd like to fill in the blanks. The following probably is way too much information, but is kind of fun to write about...When I started Ozone it was out of a favor to a family-run business in San Jose, Ca. The family (Hsu}was importing low-end bicycles from Taiwan & selling them at the San Jose Flea markets. A couple of other bike importers had started at the flea market & had gone on to being reputable manufactures. The Hsu family wanted to follow this model & began the process of upgrading their product line and made their initial step towards marketing a new line of bikes. I had some marketing & graphic arts background & I was going out with the owners daughter & they asked me to help out. I went to a bicycle trade show in Reno to check out the bike market & saw a freestyle demo by CW Racing & Hutch. I was totally blown away. I started hanging out at Golden Gate Park & Beach Park Bicycles in Foster City on the weekends to check out the small group of riders that were pretty regular there. Skyway was just starting to sponsor a lot of riders in Nor Cal & almost everybody wanted to ride for them. I chatted with some of the riders & told them I was interested in designing & building a fresstyle bike. I asked them what they liked & didn't like about the bikes they were riding. I met a rider, John Ficarra who was into the technical aspect of riding & he had some excellent input. I was obsessed with the design aspect & came up with a couple frame designs. I got more feedback. When I arrived at a design I felt satisfied with, I went to Taiwan to various factories to try to find a quality factory that could produce a small quantity of high quality bikes.After some real horrific experiences I finally produced the first Ozone bike. These were fluorescent pink & orange, & a soft purple. These models had Skyway wheels & Odyssey rotors. Decent bikes for a first attempt. I went to a lot of contests and started to put a team together. I bought a quarter-pipe trailer thing & proceeded to get some gigs. I started advertising in BMXPlus & then moved over o Freestylin' mag. Spike Jones (director) was 14 years old then working at Freestylin' as a part time photographer & was being tutored by Wendy Osborne(RL's sister)who was the main photographer for Freestylin'. Wendy's dad ran Freestylin' mag. Bob Haro started his number plate business in the back of the Osborne's publishing business. During this time all the major players - GT/Haro/Dyno had freestyle teams - Eddie Fiola, Dino DeLuca, etc...Really solid riders that were all American, white kids that wore BMX uniforms & helmets to ride ground & ramp. Most all riders were jonesing to look like these sponsored riders but were a little concerned about going to school in a BMX uniform, if you know what I mean. Everybody wanted to look like hardcore skaters but had these BMX icons for their freestyle heroes. I thought the uniform thing a little misplaced for freestyle riders & didn't want my team to have the appearance of the rather constrained corporate teams. 

I went to contests and saw some amazing riders that were considered a little too ethnic or "free spirited" to be included in the GT-Dyno flock. I happily picked-up these riders & flowed them bikes & whatever else I could acquire from our co-sponsors - Vans, Rector, ACS, etc...I was warned by some of the more convervative members of the AFA that my relationship with riders like Dave Vanderspeck(committed suicide)Pete Augustin, & Craig Grasso would put me at odds with the contest freestyle community. This community resembled the skateboard contest scene of the late '70's as it promoted its own agenda over the changing freestyle community. 

Ozone had become a haven for the hardcore & disenfranchised. I met Nick Philip at an AFA contest & agreed to make T-shirts. He was going back to England if he couldn't do Anarchic here in the U.S. as GT & Freestylin' couldn't continue paying him under the table for the ads he was doing for them. Anarchic Adjustment was the only Internationally known fashion company that came from Freestyle roots. We opened stores in Japan & worked with Jesus Jones, EMF, De-lite & became famous(15 minutes)fashion designers. Ozone died from lack of interest.After hitting the one million dollar a season mark, Anarchic eventually died from the strain of continually staking it's future on the bleeding edge of design.
Hope I haven't bored you to death. I had a lot of fun writing this - I haven't thought about these events for quite awhile. I hope this will be a welcome addition to the BMXMuseum.Alan"