Probably the most talked about item at Interbike in September, Profile‘s new Cassette/Freecoaster hybrid has been causing quite a stir recently. Tyler Gillard is Profile’s flatland guru and the man behind this hub, watch as he takers it for a spin in this short video. They dont give too much away but you can see that it appears to work like a cassette (the noise) and then turns into a freecoaster when back peddled. Cant wait to hear more on this one…
The one and only Chad Degroot has a bike check up on the Profile Racing website featuring his new Deco Terry Adams frame and the prototype Profile Freecoaster that we saw at Interbike. We don’t know much about this coaster, but we do know that it’s made in Florida and was designed by Chad and fellow Profile flatland pro Tyler Gillard. The hub works similar to a cassette hub in that it uses pawls and a ratchet to engage, but when you backpedal it actually locks the cranks and allows you to coast backwards.
Bearing in mind Profile have the ability to design and manufacture prototypes all in one building, I’m really intrigued into this design and hoping it’s the “holy grail” that we’re looking for. Hopefully we’ll have more info on this soon.
GSport‘s primate-inspired hub names continue with the Simian front hub which has been out for a few months now but it is back in stock and shipping worldwide to all GSport dealers. With this new batch comes a high-polished version as well as black for anyone wanting to mix it up a little. Seeing as it hasn’t been featured a whole lot (or at least as much as it deserves) here are a few specs to drool over;
Spoke Configuration: 36 hole
Hub Shell Material: 7075-T6 aluminum
Hub Shell Bearings: 6804RS sealed cartridge ball bearing
Axle: 3/8″ 4130 chromoly axle bolts with 20mm, 7075-T6 aluminum female axle with steel helicoiled threads
Guard Option: Simian specific, 7076-T6 aluminum. Additional designs available soon.
Effective Flange Diameter: 45.1mm
Flange to Center Distance: 31.6mm
Weight: 266g / 10.5oz
We just got a sneak peek at Mutant Bikes new Owl V2 Hubs, which according to this photo will be available in everyone’s favorite Oil Slick and with Titanium hardware to keep these things as light as they are beautiful. Expect to see more info from the guys in Portugal soon…
Spotted on TCU, 180 Distribution just dropped this Demolition Rotator freecoaster promo with a ton of rad riding footage from the legend himself, Ryan ‘Biz’ Jordan. He puts that coaster to better use than most do (whether going backwards or forwards) and we get a look in on the freecoaster’s specs in between clips. For a better look at the hub itself check out this piece Dave did on the Rotator last month. Goody gumdrops, peep it.
Damn this is super rad. We just got sent a link to this new Freecoaster manufactured in Buatan, Indonesia by a rider owned brand called 2DBMX. We don’t have that much info at the moment (we cant read Indonesian sadly) but it looks like it uses a CNC’d alloy shell and a friction based system (KHE, Federal, Cult etc.), but slimmed down much more than anything else out. The hub also uses a 9t driver and is available in RHD or LHD with both a 14mm heat-treated cromo axle or a female with 10mm bolts.
The Male version weighs 585g and the female is only 470g which is considerably light for a freecoaster. Where as KHE style hubs pull the clutch into the shell to engage, this hub pushes the clutch into the hub a lot like the old Stolen freecoaster did. Whilst the design looks neat, I’m skeptical as to the durability of the smaller diameter bearings in the hub and driver, and whether they can hold up to the extreme lateral forces going on inside a freecoaster.
We don’t have any information on the prices, but the hubs are available to order direct through their store so it’s worth getting in contact if you’re interested in picking one up.
Spotted over on sportky.com
Shane Weston has a bike check up on the Eclat website showcasing his latest steed. Much to the delight of what must be a hell of a lot of people, he is running a prototype of Eclat’s Blind Freecoaster which has in the works for over three years now. For those of you who are wanting a release date you aren’t in luck, but Eclat did mention it’s not too far off…
“Yes that’s a blind hub, yes its a prototype and yes its not quite ready yet. Not long now.”
Judging from the Instagram video we saw of Shane riding the hub, it looks like this could be the pre-production sample. Hopefully we see this thing early 2014. Hit up Eclat for more details and a closer look at Shane’s bike.
Be sure to hit up our Instagram page @themerged for more sneak peeks like this…
So this has been causing a bit of a stir on our Facebook page where some readers are drawing comparisons from the new Alienation ‘Thrust‘ rear hub to a *eh-hem* ….different hub. Nevertheless, here are the ‘Thrust’ front and rear hubs and here’s what Alienation have to say about them;
“This particular internal system assures 3 pawls engage while the other series of 3 pawls wait to engage. Drag has been reduced with fewer engagement points. Pawl life expectancy is also increased.
-45 Engagement Points
-4 Degrees of Engagement
The Thrust hub utilizes a massive thrust bearing that permits rotation between the shell & the cog carrier/driver while supporting axial load, which makes for a dreamy smooth rotation. For the most part the entire series of Thrust hubs can be disassembled mostly without tools, allowing for easy access to maintain the hub(s). Guards press-on. Oversized bearings throughout.”
If that’s a little much to take in, this video does a pretty good job of showing whats going on inside the hub.
This hub looks to be available in the following options, making it available for a wide range of riding styles and setups.
14 mm male axle w/ RHD 9t driver (rear)
15 mm thru axle (rear) w/16t cog (Shimano lock-ring system)
3/8″ bolt-on (rear) w/16t cog (Shimano lock-ring system)
3/8″ bolt-on (front)
Press-on Hub Guards for easy installation available for front and rear Thrust Hubs too.
Let us know what you think of these hubs on our Facebook page.
Damn, I knew Kink Bikes were working on a Freecoaster but this is devilishly simple!
It looks like it work in a similar fashion to the Eclat and Ezra Hubs in that it’s essentially 90% a cassette hub with special pawls that retract into the hub. The best feature about this hub is that you will be able to convert any Kink Cassette Hub including the 8t driver Incite (or similar hubs) into a Freecoaster just by purchasing a few small parts.
Here Kink’s product designer Matt Ante’s explains about their new design-
“ Nearly a year ago we started developing our take on the freecoaster, and it’s a bit different than anything else you may have seen.
You’ll notice this is our standard cassette driver, with a few crucial modifications. With the addition of our unique retention ring and coaster pawls, our cassette is easy transformed into a freecoaster.
it’s a simple upgrade to the existing Kink Incite cassette hub and all future Kink cassette hubs. Simply purchase a few parts to upgrade your driver to a freecoaster. Another advantage is that you can have an 8T (or 9T) freecoaster, which doesn’t currently exist on the market. Of course if you aren’t feeling the freecoaster, you can easily switch it back to a cassette.”
Excited to see more on this one. Read more on the Kink website HERE.
Vocal is a fairly new brand out of the UK that has been growing in popularity within the past year or so. Run in house at Scoop Distribution they already have a solid mix of affordable and high-end signature parts.
Mason from Vocal just hit us up with an exclusive first look at their new Hitchhiker Hubs. On what at first appearance might look like a regular front and rear set, the back hub is actually a Freecoaster hub that uses very similar internals to Ezra’s Freecoaster which can be converted to a cassette Hub. These Hubs will be available in the UK in two weeks time exclusively through Scoop.
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