Merritt Insert Barends

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Merritt‘s new Insert bar ends will be available in the next few week’s. Using a fairly basic and affordable nylon push-in style barend, the guys at Merritt have ingeniously put a steel washer in the end to prevent the barend being cut apart by the ends of your bars when you fall. They come in a selection of colours and retail for a very modest $4 a pair. Go hit your local Merritt dealer today and get some!

Spotted – Alienation Alloy Freecoaster Internals

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Alienation are prototyping an alloy drive and clutch to fit their Freecoaster hub. According to them, this will drastically reduce the weight;

The standard freecoaster cone and driver weigh 135 grams. This alloy one weighs in at 66. Currently testing.

I’m sure the guys have done their research on this one, but who really wants an alloy driver? I know Demolition used an alloy driver in the past and it wore down faster than raw skin on tarmac. And then with the clutch, why use a softer material on a hub that suffers an incredible amount of lateral stress? I guess we’re just going to have to wait and see how this one pans out…

 

The Union Insight: Fit Bike Co. T/A Tyre

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The Union just posted this Insight article on the 2.4″ gum FitBikeCo T/A tyres they got to sample over the winter.  These look to be available in the next few days so if you like your bike looking like a lean, mean, wheelie busting tangerine then Fit has your back (they’ll be available in black and black/gum wall too because not everyone’s gonna be into the 1989 look)

New Primo Chains

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Primo just slapped this up on their Facebook, apparently they are bringing out this half link chain shown above as well as a regular 1/2″ chain with a preinstalled half link for any purists out there.  They’ll be available in dark blue, chrome or raw. Watch this space for more as it comes.

Spotted – Mutiny Lucky Strike Frame

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UK pegless street god and motorcycle enthusiast Josh Bedford just built up a sample of his latest signature frame from Mutiny Bikes. The new updated Lucky Strike frame will feature a 9″ Taller stand over and shorter 13.4″ – 13.85″ chain stays. These things are built to go fast and take a beating and should be available later this summer.

Go watch Josh’s part in Tomorrow We Work NOW.

WeThePeople Volta Complete Bike Test

Complete bikes are getting so good these days that sometimes there is no real need to spend the time building up a custom build when you can get something out of the box that performs just as well if not better.

Wethepeople‘s Théo Zannettacci tests the 2014 Volta complete bike and as you can tell, it handles like no other complete bike out there. Check out this quick session where Theo throws down in front of the camera to demonstration what this bike is capable of.

For more info on the Volta head over to the Wethepeople site HERE and check it out in all it’s awesomeness.

Carson Leh Custom Seats

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Carson Leh is a name I had been seeing pop up a lot this past year. I first saw his beautiful handcrafted leather covered seats a few years ago and was actually one of the first things I ever posted on the site. I’ve always been really excited by custom work, especially with things that take time and dedication to learn. Carson’s seats are of an incredibly high quality and are made to order and available directly off his website.

He recently got in touch and sent over some photos of his latest masterpieces. Click through to check out some of the best custom leatherwork BMX has ever seen.  Continue reading

Available now – Primo Plastic Hub Guards

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Primo‘s new snap-on plastic hub guards are available now. These nylon hub guards are designed to be run with the Re-Mix Cassette and the Freemix Freecoaster Hubs. Available in both drive and non-drive side options, they come with a special cone-nut which replaces the already installed cone-nuts and enables you to run dual hub guards without having to spread your dopouts.

Get a closer look at the new system below…  Continue reading

The Union Products: Vol.102

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This week over at The Union, Kurt gives us the low-down on the versatile Saber sprocket from Profile Racing, the Revolver rim from Stolen Bikes, the Seth Kimbrough signature Noctis cranks from The Shadow Conspiracy, Devon Smillie’s signature Fuego frame from Fly Bikes and last but not least, the 16″ Juvenile complete from Cult.  Shoot on over to The Union to see them all along with their full specs and measurement.

Stranger Thrash Bars

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I’ve got a soft spot for four piece bars so I’m pretty stoked to see that Stranger’s infamous Thrash bars are now available (again) in both 8.8″ and the larger 9.2″ rises. Got hit up your local Stranger dealer today and get them to order you in a set.

• Available in 8.8” or 9.2”
• 11 degree Back sweep and 1 degree Up sweep
• Black or Phosphate raw

Demolition Rolls Hub – How-To Switch LHD/RHD

Here is a quick video to explain how you can convert the Demolition Rolls hub from right side drive to left side drive. Check out this video and get a step by step look at how it’s done. This how to is actually helpful to anyone who uses an SDS style hub, so will work for the Eclat Pulse, Subrosa Posi-trac, Cinema VX2 and a fair few others.

“This Rolls hub how-to walks you through taking apart the hub and how to switch between LHD and RHD with the Switch Drive System (SDS) driver.“

Stranger Nomad Frame

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Stranger‘s much anticipated new Nomad Frame is the first frame they’ve brought out since their re-birth and integration into the Tip Plus family last year. The Nomad is a team frame and has been in testing from Eric Lichtenbereger, Gabe Brooks and the rest of the team since September. The frame boasts nice street friendly geometry which should keep everyone happy and is available in three sizes and your choice of Black or Raw.

  • Full seamless heat-treated 4130 Chromoly tubing
  • Straight guage tubing to prevent denting
  • Double gusseted head tube
  • Removable brake mounts
  • 9″ standover height
  • Frame size: 20.75″, 21″, 21.4″
  • Back-end: 13.5″
  • Heat Tube: 75°
  • Seat Tube: 70°
  • Color: E.D. Black, Matte Raw

The Nomad frame is available now from Tip Plus in the US, and should be available from Stranger dealers worldwide at the beginning of next month.

Profile Sabre Sprocket

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I saw this on display at Interbike back in September and was waiting to see when it would drop. Profile’s new Sabre Sprocket is designed to take a press piece that will adapt it to any 19mm (spline drive or bolt on) or 22mm (spline drive or bolt on) 48-splined spindle., so its basically 4 sprockets in one.

-Options for freestyle: 25, 28, 30, 33t in 1/8 inch teeth, black only.
-Options for Race: 36 through 45t in 3/32, black only.
***The race versions do not have extra spider bolt holes and will only work with the 19mm and 22mm Spline Drive Inserts.

These sprockets are available now from Profile dealers worldwide, but if you wanted a chance to win one then head over to the Profile website and get all the info on their new “Crank It” contest where you could win one in your size and insert preference!

The Union- Insight: Nowear Candybars

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I’m sure Pepi Winder (R.I.P) would have had a go on a set of these; The Union just posted an Insight feature on these wild looking bars from Karl Hinkley’s brand ‘Nowear‘ dubbed the Candybars.  You’d be forgiven for thinking these were flatland specific, infact they’re suitable for ramp and street use and are handmade in the U.S. by Standard Byke Co…. ’nuff said really. They come in 8.5″ or 9″ rise, both of which come with a modest width of 28″, 10-degrees of backsweep and 2-degrees of upsweep. Head over to The Union for the full scoop and how to get a set if you’re into them.

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Cult S.O.S. Frame

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The SOS frame is dropping in May from the guys over at Cult and it features a more responsive geometry than their current frames, while still maintaining that classic Cult look. 75.5 head tube, 13″ rear end slammed and a 8.65″ standover height will make this a very popular frame for those who are tech-street riders.

TT Size: 20”, 20.5”, 20.75”, 21”, and 21.25”
Headset Type: Integrated (Campy Spec)
Brake Mounts: Removable (Included)
BB Type: Mid
BB Height: 11.7″
Chainstay: 13″ – 13.325″
Headtube Angle: 75.5°
Seattube Angle: 70°
Seattube Height: 8.65″
Seatpost Size: 25.4mm
Seat Clamp: Integrated
Dropout Size: 14mm