After the unveiling of the Eclat Cortex clutch coaster a few days ago a lot of inquisitive souls were asking ‘what happened to the Blind hub?’ While it was always public the Blind would carry on being made, what wasn’t made known was that Eclat were updating/simplifying the internals. A few people had issues with the large circular spring that held the pawls down so it has been replaced by three seperate coiled springs, one for each individual pawl, that slot into the adjoining pawl housing to hold them down. Having personally tested one of these with the updated internals I can say, even as a huge coaster sceptic, that this thing is solid. Photo pinched from The Union.
The guys at BSD posted a Interbike preview of their 2016 parts line-up ahead of the event in Vegas this week, first up is BSD’s first freecoaster hub ,dubbed the Westcoaster, in which the driver utilises bushings and bearings and a different resistance system to traditional coasters. It will also be compatible with the press fit Jersey Barrier hub guards which are also included.
Then we have the NASA rim; BSD’s first pop at a wheel hoop. This is a high-tech I-beam constructed rim with thick tapered sidewalls and tapered, offset spoke holes for cross lacing, sounds tough enough!
Next up are these M-Cap bar ends, these are good if you like the convenience of push-fit plastic bar plugs but break them often. The M-Cap bar end comes with a metal (Aluminium I’m assuming) ring to protect your plastic bar ends from being pummelled deep into your bars and having to fish them out again with a screwdriver.
There’s more on BSD’s site, on which we will be touching on when there is further info; namely the Dan Paley signature Soulja frame.
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.
Profile Racing are busting out the wacky limited edition waterformed graphics again… If you really wanna let the world know you’re running Profile Mini hubs then you could do worse than getting a set of these ‘P’ wing wrapped hubs. Get your local shop to snag some up if you’re into them.
With all the excitement here on the site recently this one nearly slipped through the cracks but Fiend‘s freecoaster is out now. Here’s what Fiend’s website said about it;
“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”