Profile Racing have fired up the old Jared Eberwein Cotton Candy colourway for their Mini and Elite hubs again (front and back, left and right hand drive) and oh lord, these things are bright. Head over to Profile’s e-store to grab yourself a set of these bad boys before they disappear. And just in case you need any more bike porn, Profile were also good enough to show an exploded diagram of their Elite rear hub for your viewing pleasure. Happy drooling.
It may be a couple of weeks late on here due to staff illness and general misfortune but here is the brand-new offering from Profile Racing; The Z-Coaster, of which is out now. After a lot of speculation, rumours and stories (my favourite being the one about Profile welding on the cone nuts to prevent any security leaks during team testing) they’ve finally released specs and this video giving you an idea on how this high-tech freecoaster hub works.
As is evident from the above video, this is a pawl-retaining system similar to a handful of other new coasters that have been released recently except that it uses slack-cam rings to set the slack to pre-determined adjustments; A. 25/33/45 degrees, B. 60 degrees, C. 75 degrees or D. 90 degrees. The oversized driver is supported by an extra external bearing and is coaster/cassette switchable by simply removing the cone and driver and replacing the inner spacer.
The Z-Coaster is also available in a series of options ranging from black or polished hub shells, male or female axles, titanium or chromoly drivers, axles or bolts. These coasters start at $359.99 for the most basic ones and weigh in at a very reasonable 585 g/20.6 oz. Head over to Profile Racing’s site/webstore for more info on this hub and how to order yours.
As is tradition in BMX all the stops are pulled and the industry sets out to start a shit storm for the gullible and superficial alike, this year was no different. Here we have our selection of our favourite prank parts ranging from Merritt’s Brian Foster clip-in pedals to Blank’s spray on grips. I won’t lie, I’m disappointed we didn’t see a Leonardo Da Vinci piece formed into a Profile Racing stem but I guess there’s always next year.
Profile Racing are firing up the limited edition graphics again, this time with a colourway that even your grandma can get down with; Jake Seeley’s signature Hawaiian Mini Hubs, of which there are only 100 being made. They will be on sale on March the 15th and will come in left or right hand drive.
Colony have controversially decided to come out with a 7075-T6 aluminium replacement 9t driver for their popular Wasp hub. While chromoly (also available) is by far the superior material to use on drivers, some park riders out there who don’t crank their bikes up miles of steep hills everyday on the way to work like some/I do might benefit from the weight savings these things offer.
“Featuring a CNC machined alloy shell that’s been trimmed down to reduce weight and to look more like a cassette hub than a freecoaster our hub takes advantage of KHE’s proven (Proven to… coast backwards?) freecoaster internals and a hollow chromoly 14mm axle with alloy hardware. We’ve also included 3 slack washers for the rider to adjust their preferred amount of slack. Weight 21.3 OZ”
Check out what’s new with Fiend for 2015. Plenty of new products in their latest catalog including the Garrett Reynolds Frame, Bar, Stem and Seat as well as a freecoaster and tripod seats. All of these products should be out around Winter time.