United just dropped part two of their feature giving us a look at the Spring Release product they’re about to drop. This time around we get a look at the changes they’ve made to their affordable Supreme line of parts.
BSD dropped this guide to their new Spring 2014 product line which will be arriving worldwide next month. Worth noting the Raider Frame in Space Ghost Purple, Alex D Donnasqueak Tires and the new 14mm Back Street Pro Hubs…
Getting close to the centenary edition now…. Kurt over at The Union shows us through the following components for the 96th ‘Products‘ section; the BTR cassette hub from The Shadow Conspiracy, the Stratos top load stem from Stolen Bikes, the Knox guard sprocket from Sunday, the Badge pivotal seat from Madera and finally Chase DeHart’s signature Butter frame from Cult. Go on, go and have a good ol’ drool.
“Ruben Alcantara used this Fly Bikes prototype hub while filming all around the world for his Etnies Grounded video part in 2006. I got it from him I think 2008, it got stolen once in Malaga I guess 2010, than Pitu bought it back from some gypys. I kept on riding it all this years going to so many awesome trips till summer 2013 when my bike got stolen out of the car in Milan… A few weeks back Ayoub Errami from Morocco contacted me telling me he found my stolen bike and he was so kind to handle the hub to Vince Perraud who was there at the time. Vince gave the hub to Courage Adams at Simple Session and now I am holding all that history in my hand, can’t believe it!!!”
Good news for all you street dudes. Spotted on Matt Coplon’s Instagram, Profile‘s Elite Hubs will soon be available with a peg friendly 14mm male axle as well as a LHD option for all you who like to grind. Expect to see these hubs available later this year.
Joined by their love of Nathan Williams and Corey Martinez, Cinema Wheel Co. and Etnies Shoes have teamed up to offer a line of shoes, apparel, and wheels. And to commemorate it, they flew Nathan and Corey out to California to stack some clips for this promo.
To purchase anything from the Etnies/Cinema collab you can pick it all up over on Dan Comp HERE.
Head over to the Shadow website for an in-depth look at their street ready BTR Cassette Hub and what makes it so tick (literally…). I’m into the large 17mm axle and true 14mm female bolts on this one. If you’re heavy on your bike and into your pegs than this one is worth looking into, especially with the dual cromo hubguards!
Here’s another sneak peek of Shane Weston’s Blind Freecoaster from Eclat. This hub has more people talking about it than that tall chap that supposedly kicked the shit out of Justin Bieber this week. Shane seems stoked on the hub and it’s reliability, and I’m sure a lot of you will be happy to hear that this thing is going to have a decent amount of slack adjust-ability;
Slack adjustments are done through “slack disc’s” which come in three sizes. Quarter crank of slack is the middle disc, that’s what I run.
Whilst we haven’t got an official release date yet I have it on good authority from the boys in Cologne that the Blind Hub is almost finished and should be out this year. Fingers crossed eh?
Spotted this over on their Facebook page, it looks like the next drop of Demolition Rotator Freecoasters will come with a needle bearing in the driver, much like Cult and Shadow have done with theirs. They have also beefed up the axle making it solid all the way through.
With more brands now doing their version of a coaster its good to see them updating them batch by batch in order to make a more reliable hub.
This new Demolition will be extremely helpful to most of you who run a Freecoaster. They put together this sweet how to, explaining how to disassemble, maintain and adjust the slack in your hub. Bearing in mind the Demolition Rotator Hub uses the same KHE style system as most other freecoaster this video will be just as useful for any of you who run a Federal, Cult, Primo, Colony, Alienation any most other freecoasters on the market!
Hold on to your hats people, you read that right. Seen here on Aaron Ross’ bike is a sneak peek at a prototype Odyssey Freecoaster he is currently testing out. Odyssey haven’t had a freecoaster out since the old Reloader Hub over 10 years ago, which is the hub that pretty much all Freecoasters out there right now are based on, so you could say that the Reloader is the grandaddy of all the clutch/friction style hubs you see everyone riding about on at the moment.
GSport (Odyssey’s sister brand) were playing around with multiple freecoaster designs for what seemed like forever, but sadly they could never get a design that worked perfectly and could be made for a sensible price. After being teased with this photo late last year, here is the new freecoaster design that Odyssey have been working on. Those with an attention for detail will notice this hub looks like an axially engaging style system similar to what many riders are using right now, but despite the lack of information we have right now I’d be very surprised if this was anything but “stock” inside. After playing with loads of ways to do a lighter almost cassette type freecoaster, maybe Odyssey have realized that they should go down the route of improving upon the design they started with all of those years ago with the Reloader hub, but doing some work on improving the bearing setup much like Cult have tried to do with their Match freecoaster.
As with all Odyssey products this thing wont be rushed and I’m sure will have to go through a huge amount of team testing until it’s ready for production. It does look like it uses chromoly hardware and 10mm female bolts which will be interesting to see if they bring out a male axle version for heavy peg users? We’ll keep an eye and an ear out for any more information regarding this hub and will update you with any more news as we get it…
Let’s face it, it was only a matter of time before this happened. Russian brand Code Bikes have done a run of Oil Slick Freecoaster Hubs along with a matching front hub. Available through Hellride BMX Shop in Russia, these hubs use the standard KHE design but with that extra spicy colour that everyone and their mothers are into this year.
German brand Mankind have now brought out their Prometheus Hubs in flavor of the month, Oil Slick. Both the front and rear hubs get the treatment, with a Titanium axle upgrade also available if you’re looking to keep the weight down. Pair these up with Rainbow Ti spokes and you will have easily the lightest and most colorful wheels in BMX.
Check more photos of the Hubs here… Continue reading
Shadow just released a bit more info their new Raptor Freecoaster which will be available later on this year. As predicted it uses the same KHE/Clutch style mechanism as most other coaster out right now, but it looks like they have added a needle bearing into the driver much like the Cult have done with theirs.
Some more info on the new Shadow Raptor Freecoaster, available in June 2014 – We’ve taken the best features of the KHE internals and put them into one hub, along with some updated features that we feel will make it more durable and run with less resistance as well as have a consistent engagement – – Raptor CNC 6061 alloy hub shell – 14mm solid cro-mo male axle with 8mm hex broach – Cro-mo cones and inserts for durability – 9T 1pc CNC cro-mo driver with needle and cartridge bearings – Angular Contact Bearing and oversized cartridge in hub shell – Thrust bearing behind the clutch reduces drag during rollbacks – 36H left or right drive – Weight: 23.2 oz. – Colors: black, raw polish
Another great promo video from the guys at Eclat showing off what’s new for 2014. This time it’s for their new Kolibri Hubs, which a more simplistic approach than others in their range. Worth noting Eclat are using an 8t driver on some of their hubs this year, allowing you to run a 23-8t setup, or 25-8t if you want slightly harder gearing without jumping to a larger sprocket. And yes, they come in Oil Slick…
“The Kolibri cassette hub is all about simplicity. The hub shell is clean and simple that keeps the cnc machining time down and therefore the price. The flanges are nice and low and match better to the front hubs, so from the side view the bike has a nicely equal balance in the proportions. Sticking with a regular 14mm hollow axle helps keep the weight down, and a simple cassette system with a full bushing driver continues the ‘simple’ theme inside the hub too. So if you’re looking for a straight forward, clean and simple low flange cassette hub, here it is.”
For more info on the Kolibri Hubs and the rest of their product range, be sure to head over to eclatbmx.com.
This week’s installment of The Union‘s ‘Products‘ see’s Kurt showing us the details of the ‘Millennium’ guard sprocket from The Daily Grind, the aluminium ‘Ravager’ pedals from The Shadow Conspiracy, the ‘Match’ freecoaster hub from Cult, Profile Racing‘s ‘Elite’ front hub and Fit Bike Co.‘s ‘F.A.F’ tyre. I’m particularly feeling the ‘Millennium’ sprocket’s 5 spoked, full-guard design. Head over to The Union for the full scoop on all these components.