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.
The guys at Can You Dig It posted a rad overview of some of the trails orientated frames available for 2016 and their respective geometries for a comparison; handy if you’re in the market for a new dirt steed. While most frames in this list will typically have slacker, sub-75 degree head angles, longer top tubes and chain stays for stability, CYDI recognises that not everybody likes stable bikes so they threw in nippy-er bikes like the Fit Motomike and the Verde Oxbridge frames for good measure. If I had to pick a favourite though, It’d be hard not to go with a Standard Trailboss…
This one’s been doing the rounds on social media recently; Mutiny posted a preview of Dylan Lewis’ signature Deathgrip frame where we get a full look at the specs (bar the standover height which I’m willing to bet is around the high 9-10″ mark judging by how long the top tubes are…) and a photo showing a bunch of cool details including a traditional look chromoly seat clamp and the lowered chain stays to better accommodate brake usage with micro-drive gearing. Judging by his recent edit, I’m sure he had speed in mind when designing this.
Top Tubes: 21.3″, 21.6″ & 21.8″
Head Tube: 74.5°
Seat Tube: 71°
BB Height: 11.65″
Chain Stay: 13.7″ – 14.2″
Removable Brake Lugs (Not Included) on Chain stays
4130 Sanko Cromoly Tubing
Heat -treated Offset Thickness Head tube
125mm Taller Head tube
Triple Butted Top Tube with 1.4mm thickness at seat tube junction
Double Butted down tube
Top and bottom gussets with debossed “Badge ‘n’ Bones” logo
4130 Cromoly Seat Clamp with 6mm bolt and horizontal clamp slot on seat tube to give better clamping power with less torque
6mm Dropouts with integrated chain adjusters
Custom seat stay bridge
420 BAKED” Heat -treated Mid BB
Available in September ’16
From Mutiny Bikes’ website.
I’ve been holding off writing anything about Skapegoat’s Bob Scerbo bars for a little while, not least for their rich yet turbulent history that has already been well documented (let’s break it down briefly for anyone who’s not up to speed; GT made them originally, Bob had his Animal signature bars made in their image, Animal made them bigger for the masses, Bob didn’t like that, 7.8″ versions stopped being made, everyone missed them, a few imitations and variations got made, Bob didn’t like that either so he had some made by S&M under his Skapegoat brand) but because I knew a follow up to the original DIG Bob bar article would surely surface sooner or later. In said ‘Opinionated‘ article, Brian Tunney brings up some interesting points about bar sizes and angles and speculates as to why some people may or may not still be into these iconic street-specific bars. While there are things in his article I may disagree with to a small degree, the discussion about bar sizes and angles is a subject often avoided that I and many others take a great amount of interest in. Continue reading
‘Back to the drawing board’ is a phrase companies use with due caution, but when you almost completely redesign a cassette hub in your own glorious vision, it’s hard to avoid such idioms. WMT flagship brand Wethepeople have finally re-released their extremely popular Supreme Cassette hub after a long hiatus, this time with plenty of new tech of which we covered here on The Merged last time. The most notable of which is the first example of a German IGUS bushing being utilised in BMX. Here it is used to replace the pesky driver bearing which is notorious for failing under high loads, it should be interesting seeing how much longer they last in comparison to driver bearings.
The next high-tech item on the list is the 12mm female bolts with 14mm collars. The 17mm chromoly female axle has an extra 2mm of material compared to if it simply accommodated a 14mm female bolt with no collars thus giving it a load of extra strength. Wethepeople have also borrowed a feature used in downhill MTBing; the extra non-drive side bearing. The drive side of a hub generally gets a lot of support from the drive side bearing and the driver bearing (or bushing) but the non-drive side tends to be largely ignored by most companies despite having a lot of leverage/forces going through it. The extra bearing helps everything run smoother and faster for longer. The Supreme Cassette and Front hubs are both out now with matching aluminium hub guards available (nylon versions out around Summer time) Hit up your local bike shop and get some ordered in.
Being a life-long Animal Bikes and Terrible One fanboy I thought I had a mini stroke when I saw this photo of a collaboration tyre between both companies appear on The Union but it’s for real. In fact there are two; the Ursa Minor and the Ursa Major. Although there’s very little information regarding specs or even if the tyre pictured above is the Minor or Major model but I’m really interested to see how the ‘squared’ profile will feel as it seems to be a little-used feature on BMX tyres. They are reportedly out soon but we’ll post more info as it comes.
It’s been a while in the making but they’re finally here; Wethepeople’s Pete Sawyer signature 4-piece Sterling bars. With their 4 degree of upsweep and tall 9.5 inch rise these are sure to feel great roasting around your local spots and the straight gauge 4130 construction to make sure they last a beating. Check out the full specs below and hit up your local BMX shop and get them to order you a set if they’re your bag.
MATERIAL: full liquid post heat-treated 4130 “M2“ chromoly
TUBING: plain gauge tubing for extra strength
BACKSWEEP: 11 degrees
UPSWEEP: 4 degrees
SPECIAL FEATURES: dual radius bends for extra strength,
COLOURS: gloss black, matt black, gloss white, nickel
WEIGHT: 894g (31.5oz : 1.97lbs)
A post on Eclat‘s Facebook page gives us a brief glimpse at a desert tan colourway for their upcoming Bruno Hoffmann signature Predator tyre that we covered last month, as well as giving us a release date of April 2016. Keep an eye on Eclat’s Facebook for more info as it comes.
News about ProperBikeCo‘s new Tecmatik street frame has been floating about for a fair while but the full specs have eluded us until now. Straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s what Proper has to say about it;
This frame was designed with three main objectives; to be strong, responsive, and affordable. There’s no compromise on quality but we’ve managed to keep the price reasonable by keeping what we call “vanity features” to a minimum. There’s no laser cut headtube logo, no gusset stamp, no fancy finish, and no investment casting or hydro forming, no signature pro to pay…..even the box packaging is recycled card. What you do get is finest quality construction, twin headtube gussets, and a short rear end designed for more technical riding. Virtually all our team riders wanted a similarly specced frame, so you shouldn’t be surprised to see this frame easily cope with the harshest riding.
20.7, or 21″ top tube
11.6” bb height
13.38” cs length (13.05” slammed)
71 degree seat tube
115mm head tube
Clearance for 28t sprocket
Twin Laser cut headtube gussets
5mm thick heat treated dropouts with 14mm slots
Curved tube braces on chain and seat stays
Tapered chain and seat stays
Tapered Mid BB
Integrated seat clamp
Removable seatstay brake mounts (included)
Removable gyro tabs (included)
Weight: 2.2kg (4 lbs 13 oz)
Colours: ED Black, Matt Raw
From the sound of it I’d say the Tecmatik ticks all the right boxes as far as frames go, word is that these will be available from next week onwards so get onto your local shop to snap you one up.
We saw them very briefly in The Union‘s coverage of last year’s Interbike trade show but here they are again; the Johnny Devlin signature Shadow Conspiracy Crowbar, this time coupled with Simone Barraco’s signature Gipsy grips in a rather fetching cream/tan/beige/khaki colourway instead of plain old gloss black like last time. With it’s 4-piece construction, Shadow’s own tear-drop crossbar tubing and 10 inch rise (a smaller size is reportedly going to be available too) these steering wings are sure to stand out in the crowd.
The Gipsy grips will, according to Shadow’s Interbike booth placards, be 170mm long and made of their own propriety ‘DCR formula’ rubber. Both the bars and grips are samples at this current time so keep your eyes peeled for more info on when these are to be released.