I actually picked up a pair of these at the Animal suite in Vegas whilst at Interbike back in September, and although I’m not a huge Cee-Lo player I thought they were pretty rad. These dice are now available from the Animal Bikes online store for those of you wanting the ultimate road trip accessory. Hit em.
For those of you who are asking that question, the answer is yes! Head over to the Profile site for a quick explanation about their hub’s compatibility with pegs and a good look at what the team are running up front.
This new bottom bracket from Vocal has been in the works for a while, but it looks like they have it all wrapped up and ready to hit the shops. The new DRS System uses three small grub screws that push a plastic drag plate on to the outer face of the bearing to slow your cranks down so they don’t move about when you take your feet of the pedals on Tailwhips etc.
The DRS system is available in both 19mm and 22m sizes and a variety of colours in a complete Mid or Spanish Bottom Bracket kit, or as an upgrade to fit on to your existing BB. This one is sure to be a hit with all those park riders who have been stuffing bits of tire or grip between their cranks to stop them spinning. If you want to find out more, head over to the Vocal site for more info.
Odyssey’s Chase Hawk Tires have been out for a little while, but now they have a complete range available including multi colour and casing choices, as well as some limited edition runs like the Big Logo versions we posted a few months back. Odyssey sent us over this rad promo video featuring Chase laying down some heat on home turf in Austin, as well as some more info about what has to be one of the hottest tires out right now.
Everybody loves Chase Hawk. His style is fast, stylish and smooth. The same can be said about his signature tires.
Chase’s tire is the first slick we’ve ever done, and the final product came directly from lots of discussions with the Hawk man himself. Already a fan of our Aitken tires, Chase wanted to add more variety to our line-up by doing something completely different for his design. He mentioned that we didn’t have a slick, so we went from there. The Hawk tire has a fast, low-profile tread that is grippy, simple, and visually unique. This tread sticks to cement while still catering to Chase’s style at the trails as well. These things look great on a bike and can be seen on many, so it’s no surprise that lots of newer tires now have similar design cues. In some cases you will find that these look-a-likes are very heavy by comparison, so beware of the faux-Hawks out there.
20 X 2.40 or 20 X 2.20
Standard Dual ply casing (Black, Tanwall or Whitewall)
P-Lyte™ (Black only)
2.40 Dual Ply Weight – 26oz
2.40 P-Llyte Weight – 23oz
Contact your local shop for special color-run options.
For more info on the Hawk Tires and where you can grab a set, hit up the Odyssey website HERE.
Shadow’s new 2.40″ Valor Tire is now available. These things have had a lot of thought put into them and look fast and tough. Head over to the Shadow site for more info and a better look at these slick beasts!
When the opportunity arose to design a new tire, we knew we wanted to create a functional and long lasting design. With a smooth, fast running center, extra thick and durable tread, high tech kevlar belts and aggressive side treads, the Shadow Valor tire meets and exceeds these expectations.
Available in 20″ x 2.4″, 110psi spec with sturdy steel bead and high density compound \for extra long life. Keep an eye out for a 20′ x 2.2″ version in late spring 2014, as well as special Pro signature colors.
KHE just hit us up with an exclusive look at a new promo from their sister company AFFIX who make the new internal rotor system we previewed a few months back. This alternative to the 20 year old gyro system is now starting to make it’s way onto complete bikes from not only KHE, but other brands too with some working on compatible aftermarket frames and forks as well. The above video clearly demonstrates the merits and advantages of this clever and simplistic new product that has got a hell of a lot of you talking recently. You can expect to see this rotor popping up more and more going into 2014 and onwards, both on completes and the bikes ridden by top park riders.
KHE Bikes are now on Youtube, so after you watch the video make sure you subscribe to their channel to keep up with their riders and products.
We’re liking these cool little flipbooks that FitBikeCo keep churning out here at The Merged, this time around it’s Shawn McIntosh’s signature line that gets the look-book treatment. Let’s have a good ol’ butchers shall we?
Fit offer the ‘Mac’ completes in three separate tiers; Mac 1, Mac 2 and Mac 3 (3 having the best parts, full chromo frame and a longer, 21″ top tube) The Mac 1 and 2 bikes have shorter, more responsive 13.1″ chain stays to help younger riders lift the front end a bit easier; a super smart move in my book.
This bike (shown; Mac 3) may not be utterly loaded with expensive aftermarket components like the WIFI bike we looked at last week but Fit definitely didn’t scrimp on quality when it came to the Mac 3. Sealed bearing-ed hubs (female front axle) rear alloy hub guard, double walled rims, ‘Barstool’ pivotal seat and alloy ‘Mac’ pedals are all god-sends on a complete and all make this a fierce contender in the complete bikes market.
FitBikeCo really have done a great job on their bike range this year and in a lot of cases changed the game in respect to what is to be expected from a complete set-up today; 13 years ago my first complete had 1 piece cranks and a 1″ Tioga Beartrap! Look at how far we’ve come… Check out Fit’s site for full specs and parts list and where in the world you can buy one.
The coloured tire trend gains another supporter. Stolen‘s Joint HP Tires are now available in this rather wild looking “Brilliant Blue” colourway. You can pick them up today from your local Stolen in both 2.2″ or 2.3″ sizes depending on your preference. I bet these would look killer with an all Black setup…
Dare I say it, I think Fit Bike Co may have just created the perfect set of BMX cranks. Bettering upon their 24mm Indent Cranks that have been out for over a good year now, these new 2 peice bossless versions are stronger, lighter and a hell of a lot cleaner. The 24mm spline-drive guard sprocket is awesome. I know what I’m going to be picking up in March…
Let our resident R&D beast, Dan Conway, give you a rundown on our new 2PC BOSS-LESS INDENT cranks. These babies look clean, are easier to install and are 5.25 oz lighter than the 3PC version. Plus they’re just as strong, so you can’t go wrong! They’ll be out in March, are Van Homan endorsed and are compatible with our soon to be released KEY DRIVE and KEY DRIVE GUARD sprockets.
BOSS-LESS INDENT 24 2PC CRANKS
• 24mm hollow CrMo spindle
• Works with 24mm Spline Drive sprockets
• RHD or LHD versions
• 100% 4Q Baked 4130 CrMo
• B/B Kit included
• 5.25oz lighter than 3PC Indent 24 cranks
• Length: 165mm, 175mm
Here is the latest Division Brand catalog for everything they now make along with some stacked images from the crew. New for this year includes the Cromo drive-side guard, Monument topload stem and a new fatter pivotal seat. Products are available worldwide right now so hit up your local shop to cop some fresh goodness.