One thing that has always fascinated me about BMX or more specifically; the economy of BMX- is the current lack and decreasing amount of what is commonly known in ‘the real world’ as planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence, for anyone unfamiliar with the term, is the reason you buy a new phone every year, a new games console every 2 years, a new TV every 3 years, a new fridge every 4 years, etc; instead of every 10 years- for ALL of them. It’s not that companies can’t produce a games console that wouldn’t overheat and melt the solder, or a phone that doesn’t bend in your pocket or smash when you drop it, it’s that it doesn’t make them anywhere near as much money if they make a product that lasts a decade rather than last two years- even if they charged double for it. 800 quid per person every ten years? Or 400 quid every two years? (equating to 2000 per person every decade) It’s a very easy business decision. The downside is that we are polluting the very planet we are stuck on with our broken junk, merely in the quest for profit. Thanks to everyone who participates in making BMX what it is, we truely have something we can be proud of; our own little world where planned obsolescence is kept to a bare minimum. Continue reading
A quick look at this ‘bike check‘- hyphenated because it probably doesn’t belong to anybody yet as it’s a trade show piece- and we can see a number of parts from Wethepeople and Eclat that are yet to be released. While most of them, like the Strangler 25.4mm OD Bars have already been announced, the Seeker pedal shown above has yet to see the light of day (unless you count the poorly lit photo above, which is the clearest shot available…) While there is next to zero information about it, what we do know is that it’s a sealed bearing pedal with a large knurled nylon body and at least 12 pins each side. As to whether the pins are all molded or if some are metal, or even if the body is concaved or follows a flatter Surge type design is yet to be seen. Head over to CSG‘s site for a few more photos where you can kinda make out the side of the pedal…. Just.
When S&M unveiled the first BMX frame to feature an integrated headset over 10 years ago, it was met with puzzled looks and optimism alike; would it be that much easier to install? Would it be expensive to convert from Aheadsets to integrated? Where did this revolutionary design come from? Let’s have a quick recap… Continue reading
Can You Dig It posted an interesting interview with Kye Forte in which he gives some insight into the reasons for his recent conversion to 22″ wheels and unveils United Bike Co’s new KF22 complete bike which is due for release next month. It’s good to finally see a 22 inch complete for those out there who want to try larger wheels but don’t want the hassle of building another custom from scratch or periodically switching parts over to a different frame/wheelset. United haven’t scrimped on this bike at all, with a number of aftermarket parts as standard, you won’t need to be replacing stuff for a good while, no cheapy chromo pinch-bolt cranks here; you get plenty for your money.
Frame: 100% 4130 Chromoly Tubing, Tapered Top Tube, Down Tube, Seat Tube & Chainstays, Removable Brake Mounts and Guides, Integrated Head Tube, Mid BB
Fork: 100% 4130 Chromoly with 1pc CNC Steerer Tube, Integrated Bearing Race, Tapered Legs with Angled Ends and CNC Dropout Holes
Handlebars: 100% 4130 Chromoly 8.7” x 29” with Large Dual Radius Bends, 11° Back Sweep, 3° Up Sweep,
Grips: United Jimmy grips w/ United Nylon Bar Ends
Headset: United Sealed Bearing Integrated
Stem: United 52mm Reach Supreme Stem with Embossed Logo and Machined Recess for Top Cap
Brake: Tektro 990
Brake Lever: Alloy
Seat: United Slim Tripod, Kevlar Material with Custom Sewn Patch
Seat Post: United Alloy Tripod
Seat Clamp: Alloy with Machined Detail
Cranks: United Supreme V3 175mm 3pc Cranks
Sprocket: United 25t Alloy
Chain: United Supreme X410
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Bearing Mid
Pedals: United Valentino Nylon
Front Tire: Innova 22″ x 2.125 High Pressure Tyre
Rear Tire: Innova 22″ x 2.125 High Pressure Tyre
Front Rim: Revenge Arc 22″ Welded Seam Double Wall 36h
Rear Rim: Revenge Arc 22″ Welded Seam Double Wall 36h
Front Hub: United Supreme 36h Sealed, Female Bolts
Rear Hub: 36h United Supreme Sealed Alloy Cassette, 14mm axle, Sealed 4 pawl 9t driver
Top Tube Length: 21.5″
Head Tube Angle: 73.75°
Seat Tube Angle: 71°
Chainstay Length: 14.1″ Slammed
Bottom Bracket Height: 12.25″
Weight: 26 lbs
Colors: Semi Gloss Black, Gloss Dark Army Green
The ‘David Coulthard of BMX’ (*cough*) a.k.a. Bas Keep recently launched his new English transition/ramp-riding brand, Tall Order, and we’re finally getting to see some samples emerge from Taiwan of what kind of products they’ll be pushing. So let’s start with the frames, of which there are two; the 215 and the 187 (the names derive from the respective standover heights in millimeters… in case you were wondering) the 187 is the smaller of the two with a shorter standover height, chainstays and top tube options and the 215 is the more ‘adult’ sized frame with slightly longer TT’s, standover and rear end. The custom slanted seat clamp is a great little brand signature for these clean looking frames, as is the return of the BB/stay junction gusset on the 215 (think along the lines of the old Wethepeople Omen frame) I can’t say I’m too enthusiastic about the lack of a top tube gusset on either frame as that’s where I always break my frames but maybe that’s just me. My favourite part in the Tall Order line isn’t even a part, but we’ll get to that at the end. Walk with me… Continue reading
FBM Bike Co have been at the forefront of USA made frames for well over 15 years in the 20 inch market but now they’ve branched into the relatively new-found 22 inch wheel market that has emerged recently with a scaled-up Steadfast. The 74.25 degree head angle and traditional 71 degree seat tube angle remain unchanged but the chainstays have been lengthened by 0.825″, the bottom bracket height has been lowered by 0.875″, the standover height is raised a smidge by 0.125″ and it comes in 21.75″ top tube (more than long enough for anyone big enough to ride one)
If you’ve never rode a 22″ before; do so, they’re incredible- forget any preconceived notions influenced by the poorly designed 24″ cruisers of the past- these things handle just like an ‘adult’s’ 20 incher but give you confidence to jump bigger stuff.
Top Tube Lengths; 21-3/4″
Head Tube Angle; 74.25 degrees
Bottom Bracket Height; 12-1/4″
Seat Tube Angle; 71 degrees
Standover Height; 9.375″
Rear End Length; 14.125″ (slammed)
Weight; 5 pounds
Head Tube Integrated – Externally machined 4130 Chromoly
Top Tube 1-1/4″ O.D. Double Butted 4130 Chromoly
Top Tube Gusset 3D laser cut 4130 Chromoly
Down Tube 1-3/8″ O.D. Double Butted 4130 Chromoly
Down Tube Gusset 3D laser cut 4130 Chromoly
Bottom Bracket Mid – Internally machined 4130 Chromoly
Seat Tube Internally Butted 4130 Chromoly
Seat Post Clamp A Seat Clamp is Required
Seat Stays 3/4” O.D.x 0.035″ Wall tapered to 5/8″ OD
Chain Stays Double Bend
3/4” O.D.x 0.049″ Wall tapered to 5/8″ OD
Seat Stay Bridge 5/8″ OD tube bridge 4130 Chromoly
Chain Stay Bridge 3/4″ OD tube bridge 4130 Chromoly
Capped Stays Yes
Dropouts Heat treated 3/16″ thick 4130 Chromoly for 14mm axles
Brake Position Chain Stay
Brake Type 990’s
Cable Stop Threaded and Slotted
Cable Guide Dual Slotted Tube
FBM are taking pre-orders of these and their 22″ CB4K fork now so hit them up if these are up your alley.
Wethepeople, always the ones to get you going ‘ooooh’, made me do as such when I opened my FaceyB to see this little number appear on my news feed; a Wethepeople Felix Prangenberg signature sprocket. While there is no info on these as of yet, but we can see the sprocket has a beefy 8+ millimeter thick body intricately machined to look like car alloys (I see a trend emerging here…) and offset teeth to the inside of the sprocket. With wider tyres now being the norm, chainstays have to be welded wider apart, which means you need wider BB shells, but this can push your sprocket out past the driver’s natural chainline so the offset teeth will help aide this- being that this sprocket is so goddamn thick.
The guys at 90East have been mighty busy of recent, coming in from the streets into the shops with these fine offerings of their H.N.I.C (use your imagination…) V2 4 piece bars and a set of the most popular skatestopper tools. The bars are post weld heat treated, multi butted 4130 chromoly and come in at 8.75″ rise, 28″ width, 10 degrees of backsweep and 4 degrees of upsweep; a modestly yet functionally sized bar for the streets.
The 90East Skatestopper tools come with a 3/8″ socket adapter for ease of use with your normal 3/8″ socket wrench.
Both of these can be found at any of 90East’s worldwide dealers now.
The Shadow Conspiracy‘s Instagram has been alive with these little gems in the last few days or so, Lahasaan Kobza’s signature Kobra sprocket and Joris Coulomb’s Maya grips. While there’s very little info on these bits there will more than likely be a 25 tooth and almost definitely a 28 tooth version of the Kobra sprocket (as that’s the size Lasahaan rides) It also has two sprocket bolt holes so you can have the cobra design the right way up whether you’re predominantly right or left foot forward. The Maya grips look particularly inviting with their smoothed honeycomb style grip and small flanges that taper slightly wider than the rest of the grip at the ends. Both of these will be out next month so keep an ear out on Shadow’s Instagram for when they drop.
Eclat really pulled out the stops with Croydon lad Alex Kennedy’s signature pedals and guard sprocket as we can see in Eclat’s latest Assembled feature. The AK Pedals boast a large ambidextrous nylon-fibreglass body allowing you to rotate if you grind one down more than the other (also saving on tooling and bike shop’s SKUs by not have left or right specific replacement bodies) 8 steel pins per side and a huge 4140 spindle running on bushings. Eclat even offer a lifetime warranty on the spindle which speaks volumes as it’s the first of it’s kind. At 613 grams (20 oz) a pair they’re not the lightest but you’re not likely to get a large platform with lots of pins and a virtually bombproof spindle that is light- and not being on the extremities of your bike you’re unlikely to even notice.
The AK Guard sprocket has a thick 8mm 6061-t6 construction with counter bores in the back to accommodate the bolts that hold the 10mm nylon-fibreglass guard and it’s 4 bolts in place. The thickness also allows some machining on the back of the sprocket that looks like it helps improve your chain-line and keep your q-factor (distance between pedals from side-to-side) low where machining on the outer face makes a seat for the guard to sit securely into and be rotated 180 degrees as it wears. The guard itself has reportedly been tested by Eclat’s best for over a year to great results and at 150g (5.9 oz) it’s pretty light for what it is. These merged with the Maverick alloy cranks- like Alex has on his ride- and you have one dialed drivetrain.
All the above are out now from all good bike shops via these distros.