With Interbike round the corner, the new products keep flying in by the day. Stranger‘s new Ballast frame will be hitting stores soon. The much anticipated followup to the Nomad Frame, thew Ballast uses 8mm thick invest cast dropouts, a shorter 13.25″ CS and a steeper 75.5 deg HT.
Volume have always gone wild with their colourways and this new one is no different. Take a look at the new Black/White splaltter colourway of Broc Raiford’s signature Vessel Frame due out later this year.
Autum Bikes out of Berlin just hit us up with a look at their 2015 product range which will be dropping in September. These guys do an awesome job at bridging the gap between street and flatland products by offering a choice of each as well as an in between option with all their frames, forks and bars. Paired up with some sleek graphics and some really cool new colourways for this year, Autum Bikes have done an awesome job and I’m sure a lot of people are going to be stoked.
Check out the look book below, or go to their website HERE to find out how your local shop can get Autum products in for you.
Next month Mutiny are bringing out Grant Castelluzzo’s signature street steed dubbed the Obscura frame. This frame is built to move, with super short 13″ slammed seat stays, lofty 11.8″ high bottom bracket and a tight 75 degree head angle, you could turn this thing on a penny.
Despite the super responsive ‘new-age’ frame design, the Mutiny Obscura keeps it’s clean, simple stylings intact with a high 8.8″ standover height and 70 degree head tube. On top of that it comes with a whole world of features like ovalised tubes, investment-cast seat clamp, double head tube gussets, heat treated tubing where it counts and no brake hardware anywhere to keep it looking slick. Check out the full specs after the jump. Continue reading
Bikeguide is stoked, Sunday have a new frame in the works. Seen here is a sample, trans red, 20.5″ TT Sunday Radocaster frame is shipping out to AM rider Sharrif for testing. The Radocaster has a 75 HT, 71 ST, 11.5″ BB and 13.25″ chainstays. The frame will be available in 20.5 or 20.75″ tob tubes and features a much taller, 9″ standover height. Expect the Radocaster to be available later this year.
The Union posted this Product feature on their site where they take a look at the latest Hand-crafted U.S. built frame from ex-FBM frame builder, Dave Harrison at Pedal Driven. He’s designed and built a street orientated frame dubbed The Slab of which has apparently been in the works for quite some time. The Slab comes with a snappy 75-degree head tube angle, classic 71-degree seat tube angle, a 11.625″ bottom bracket height, 9″ standover height and a chain stay length of 13.375″. This frame also features raised chain stays for extra grind clearance, head tube gussets on the top and down tubes, wider stays for 2.4″ tyres and 3/16″ heat-treated dropouts. Hit up the Pedal Driven website to find out more.
Charlie Crumlish is riding a prototype of his signature CharlieFU Frame coming soon from S&M Bikes. This US made beast features a super tall standover and comes in a heap of different top tube lengths including a long 21.4″ for giants like Charlie.
Stoked to hear that Mutiny are working on a re-issue of the Loosefer for the anniversary of Randy Taylor’s passing. The cool thing about this is that all profits will go to a suicide awareness charity which is awesome. Cant wait to see what it looks like!
Anyone who’s been riding for a while knows that FBM are at the forefront of in-house production in BMX and for good reason as this video portrays perfectly. In the above edit we get a closer look at the processes involved in making of the new FBM Hard Way frame and the finesse and skill with which the team ride it;
“This video shows how The FBM Hard Way is made, and how it’s ridden.
Starring Dylan Cole, Jonny Corts, Neil Hise, Latane Coghill and Eric Holladay.
Filmed by Latane Coghill and Steve Crandall.
Edited by Steve Crandall”
Looks like Fitbikeco are rewarding East Coast shredder Dan Conway with his very own signature frame, bar and grips. The “Savage” line will be out later this year, a
nd whilst we dont have any specs yet, I’m thinking those bars are for sure on the +9.5″ side and that head tube s looking mighty steep…
Update: We have a second sneak peak of Dan Conway’s new Savage frame thanks to Jared Swafford who is also riding a prototype. The frame has a 13.25″ slammed rear end with a 75.5 degree head tube angle, and it’ll come in bunch of sizes including a manly 21.5 top tube size.
Check out Jared’s bike HERE… Continue reading
The boys at S&M have just released a limited edition kit of Gold Zinc Intrikat frames, Fastpitch forks as well as their Intrikat bars which are now available in 9.5″ rise. The frame just got a fresh update too including a shorter backend and integrated chain tensioners. Go check it out in detail in the above flickbook.
The observant of you will have noticed a few changes with The Merged recently. Namely our shiny new logo as well as a few minor cosmetic changes to the site. With all these changes, we got thinking. As fun as it posting content from all the awesome brands we get to work with, we decided that it was time for us to up the amount of original content we produce and start doing our own series of web edits dedicated to testing out some of the new products we get sent, and seeing how they perform once built up.
What you see above is the first in a series of exclusive product tests here on The Merged in collaboration with our regular contributor Yakob Swyer, our new filmer/editor and art director Sam White and the rest of the team. So for the first test, the good folks over at Wethepeople hooked us up with a beautifully slick Pete Sawyer signature Sterling frame and fork combo in Chrome to test out on the mean streets of *eh-hem* Surrey and Sussex… and we were only too happy to oblige. We’re super stoked on the end result and cant wait to start working on the next one! We hope you enjoy it!
Click through to see the full test… Continue reading
Amateur champion UFC star Ryan Taylor just posted up a sneak peek of his new brand “Taylor Made”. Ryan parted ways with his previous sponsor Hyper earlier this year and had hinted at starting his own brand. Spotted here on his Instagram page is a sneak peek at his first prototype which looks to use KHE’s new Affix rotor which you can find out more on HERE.
The fine old boys at FBM have a new frame in the works, and this one is designed for the streets. The Hard Way frame is nippy and responsive, and best of all this thing is built at home in New York, USA.
TT sizes: 20.25, 20.5, 20.75, 21, 21.25
HT angle 75.5
BB height 11.875″
ST angle 71
Rear end 13.2 slammed
The Set give us a look at Alex Jo…. I mean, Callan Stibbards’ signature Zeitgeist frame that will be out in a fortnight in Australia, New Zealand and the majority of Europe. The U.S. and rest of the world will get them shortly after. This frame features a super steep 75.5 degree head tube angle, a tiny 13.125″ chain stay length, a nice and low 11.5″ B.B. height, 8.25″ stand-over height and is available in 20.85″ and 21″ top tube lengths with either gloss black or satin(matte) black paint. You can check out more photos of the Zeitgeist here on The Set’s website. While the measurements sound spot-on in my book, I still don’t see any head tube gussets from The Set….