Headsets Revisited- A Decade On

 

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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

United KF22 22″ Complete Bike

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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.

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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

GEOMETRY

Top Tube Length: 21.5″
Head Tube Angle: 73.75°
Seat Tube Angle: 71°
Chainstay Length: 14.1″ Slammed
Bottom Bracket Height: 12.25″
Standover: 9″
Weight: 26 lbs
Colors: Semi Gloss Black, Gloss Dark Army Green

Tall Order Product Line

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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 22″ Steadfast Frame

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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.

Colors; Clear
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
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Chain Stays Double Bend
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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 Felix Prangenberg Sprocket

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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.

90East H.N.I.C Bars and Skatestopper Kit

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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.

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Subrosa Kobra Sprocket And Maya Grips

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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 AK Sprocket And Pedals

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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.

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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.

Can You Dig It’s 2016 Trails Frame Guide

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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…

Mutiny Bikes Deathgrip Frame

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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
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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.