Now this is interesting. Dartmoor are a mountain bike company from Eastern Europe who have recently started expanding their BMX product range. Seen here is their prototype Freecoaster which boasts a female axle and both drive and non-drive side guards.
We don’t have any more info on this one, it does however look very similar to Ezra’s Freecoaster which came out last year, and If I’m correct there were talks of them licensing the design out to other brands to use, much like KHE did, so this could be the first of many. Although I can say dont get too excited as most of Dart’s products are catalog parts, so I very much doubt this is a completely original design. Interesting to see how this one pans out though…
This is pretty rad. It’s no secret that Profile Hubs come in a huge amount of options. From the hundreds of colours, to choice of axles and driver sizes, they pretty much have a hub to suit every rider. The guys in Florida have launched a sweet new service where they will custom build you any Hub you want, directly from their website, all for no additional cost!
Kurt over at The Union has done a great write up on this new custom building system, and gives you an insight into why Profile are the best selling Hubs in BMX for going on 20 years now. Check it out HERE.
Shadow‘s new Raptor cro-mo rear hub guard is 100% CNC’d from a block of 4140 chromoly steel. This guard is also universal, so it will fit with the vast majority of male axle Hubs on the market.. The Steel is much tougher than the Aluminium that mots guards are made from, and also slides a hell of a lot better too making it the perfect companion for your peg and rear hub.
KHE‘s Geisha Hub was released in 2006 and was one of the first “Street-Ready” Freecoaster Hubs to to gain real popularity amongst riders. The design has been tweaked slightly to include a solid axle and better bearing setup, but most Freecoasters now available including Federal, Alienation, Stranger and many more still use the same patented internals. The guys now have an updated Hub called the Greyhound which is available in 3 versions to suit any rider. They put together this helpful instruction video on how to maintain and adjust the Hub. With most Freecoatser Hubs using this system, it will be incredibly helpful to all new coaster riders, and old ones a like who want to keep their Hub healthy.
S&M don’t mess around when it comes to product testing and revisions. If it’s not right, then they aint making it. The guys in California have been working on a Drive Side version of their Steel Cymbal Hub Guard, and after a few revisions to the shape here is the latest prototype, and boy does it look good. Looks like they have re-shaped the guard to taper out more rather than having a flat edge like the early prototypes, which could get caught and hook up if you land a grind on the guard rather than the peg.
A lot of people are excited to run one of these, hopefully these will be out later this year for all you savage grinders out there who are going through chains like no tomorrow.
Head over to Wethepeople for a bike check with team rider Moritz Nussbaumer. They recently kitting him out with a fresh new ride including a few prototype 2014 parts that are due to be released at the end of the year. Most notably Mortiz is riding a sample of Pete Sawyer’s debut signature Frame dubbed The Sterling. No words on the specs of this frame, but I’m particularly liking the smooth hourglass headtube and higher standover.
Pete will also be getting his own signature Forks to go with his Wham Bars which were released last year. You will also notice what appears to be a new Wethepeople Cassette Hub, and a Seize Stem with some kind of crazy Dollar Bill wrap. I want to see how they did that one…
Expect more info on all of these 2014 parts and their latest range of complete bikes to drop on the Wethepeople site in the next few weeks. Excited to see what else they have been working on this year…
The Daily Grind‘s Drive Side hub guard is now available. The guard is designed to take some serious abuse and is CNC machined from 4140 heat-treated chromoly, making it much more durable than most alloy guards.You can pick one up for $42.99 on the Daily Grind Web Store or you can have your local shop hit them up directly to get yourself one ordered up. They will also be available on Dan’s Comp in a few days time.
Spotted on The Union.
Colony are working on some new Hubs, and by the looks of it are sampling the Oil Slick finish that appears to be taking over the BMX world left right and centre recently. These Hubs are in the early stages of testing, so no word on the specs, but team rider Chris Courtney is putting these through their paces so hopefully we will here more on these soon.
A few week’s ago S&M leaked a sneak peek at a prototype of their Drive Side Steel Hub Guard they were prototyping. A lot of people got excited about this one, namely because of the lack of steel guards, especially drive-side versions. Seen here is the prototype installed on a bike. Due to the strength of the steel you can see how the guard doesn’t have to be as thick or chunky as alloy versions, whilst still having superior resistance and toughness. Still no word on a release date but expect to see this USA made cog guards out later this year.
Damn Kurt really has been busy whilst I’ve been away. Head over to The Union to check out this sick new Mark Mulville colourway from Profile due out later this year.