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Animal Bikes 2015 Sneak Peek

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A few months ago, I got the privilege to go visit the Animal Bikes warehouse on a dealer’s night and see what the guys were cooking up for the upcoming year. Between a huge jam that was going out on in the parking lot, sitting down to talk about upcoming parts and apparel, and all the free pizza and beer you could possibly drink, the hours flew by.

Luckily, I was able to get some pictures of parts that’ll dropping soon, along with some more info on what went into making them a reality. With that being said, let’s get started on this. Click through for more…

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BSD Acid Fork

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Head over to the BSD site to check out their new super beefy Acid Fork. They took their proven Ghetto fork design and beefed everything up, with a new tougher steerer tube, wider clearance for fat tires, a shorter 30mm offset and newly designed investment cast dropouts that fit pegs better. Check it out here.

Kink Rex Bar

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Kink Bikes have a huge list of bar sizes and have now introduced the new Rex Bar which is super big at 9.5″ high and 29.5″ wide. Available now in Black, Chrome and Raw. Look’s like Kink now has a bar to fit everyone!

Weight: 29.0oz
Colors: Black ED, Chrome, Raw
Rise: 9.5”
Width: 29.5”
Backsweep: 12°
Upsweep: 1°
13-Butted 4130 Chromoly Steel TruTherm Post Weld Heat Treated

Primo Pro Fork HD 13mm

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Primo have a new fork due out early next year. The Pro Fork HD uses a super short 13mm invest cast dropout, much like the strand fork they did a few years back. Is this the beginning of a new trend of super short offset forks?

Kink Stealth Pivotal Seat Tutorial


Kink dropped this little tutorial video explaining the benefits of the Stealth Pivotal Seat and Post. The main benefit other than the obvious aesthetic reason of getting rid of that fiddly old rubber flap is that you don’t necessarily need one to run the other if you’re on a tight budget; you can run an old pivotal seat on a stealth post and you can (if you’ve got a long enough allen key…) put a stealth seat on your old pivotal post.

Mutiny Jeff Wescott Signature Comb Frame

comb-frame (528x280) You may or may not have seen little bits and pieces of the Jeff Wescott signature Mutiny Comb frame but now Mutiny have dropped the specs and this snap of the Comb in all it’s golden glory, no word on when it’ll be exactly out but it should be around springtime.  This little number will be available in flat black as well as what Mutiny are dubbing ‘Honey Gold’. I’m really feeling the subtly high-spec features on this frame like the BB wishbone, the elliptical down tube and the taller head tube. 20.9″, 21.25″ and 21.5″ 74.9 degree head tube 4.9″ head tube length Plain gauge top tube and elliptical down tube 9.1″ stand-over Investment cast wishbone 13.2″ – 13.7″ chain stay length Drop out designed to sit flush with peg Clearance for 2.4″ tyres Removable brake lugs Integrated seat clamp

Fitbikeco Savage Frame

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Fresh out of Fitbikeco’s deep old catalogue is Dan Conway’s new signature frame dubbed the Savage.  This thing is built in the US with thicker gauge tubing, 1/4″ thick dropouts and double headtube gussets for strength with a tight 75.5 degree headtube angle and high 11.8 ” BB for maneuverability.  The most interesting thing I found on this frame are the slots in the inner BB shell that allow your bearing-bashing weapon of choice to be held nice and steady whilst you swing that lump-hammer around like an angry Spartan.

Top tube sizes 20.75″, 21″, 21.25″, 21.5″
Chain stay length 13.275″-13.625″
Head tube angle 75.5°
Seat tube angle 71°
Investment cast seatclamp
11.8″ BB height
9.1″ Standover
Integrated headset
Mid size BB w/EZ-out punch slots
14mm, 4Q Baked,
1/4″ thick dropouts with integrated tensioners
Thread-On brake mounts angled at 5°
Weight 5.15 lbs (2.34 kg)
Colours Matte Black, Gloss Clear, Trans Green

Dan Conway – “SAVAGE” from FITBIKECO. on Vimeo.

Tree Okan Forks

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Tree have been churning out bomb proof products for over a decade now and here are their first fork; the Okan Fork, which is available now from all Tree dealers.  The Okan fork features thicker gauged yet slimmer, triple butted 4130 tubing to strengthen things up, plenty of room on the dropouts for larger diameter/ plastic pegs and a proven Tree H24 Top Cap to top it off. As well as being available in two different offsets, the Okan fork also looks to be coming out in a 25mm offset with removable brake mounts…

Sizes:
32mm Offset
25mm Offset
25mm Offset with removable brake mounts (coming soon)
Specs:
Height: 315mm
Steerer Tube Length: 165mm
Bearing Race: Integrated
Offset: 25mm or 32mm options
Compression Bolt: 24×1.5mm
Comes with Tree Headset cap: 6mm or ¼” Allen Key
Weights:
888g/31.7oz 32mm Dropouts
869g/31oz 25mm Dropouts
898g/32oz 25mm Dropouts with removable brake mounts (COMING SOON)

insta-bike roundup part 2

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So here is part 2 of our Interbike from last week. We’ve been regularly updating our Instagram page as we made our way around all the brands that are on display. Here is a rundown of what we managed to grab from the show last week.

For more Interbike coverage, The UnionRide US and Vital BMX also have a bunch of photos and videos from the show so check out those too…

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Intsta-bike roundup part 1

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So we’re out here at Interbike this week and regularly updating our Instagram page as we make our way around all the brands that are on display. Plenty of rad new stuff here this year, here is a list of the best bits we saw on day one.

Search #themergedinterbike for our Instagram coverage as well as updates up on the site through out the week. Also Kurt over The Union is doing some more in-depth coverage so head over there for more info on any of these products…

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Subrosa Portable Street Rail

Even though I write this behind slightly gritted teeth after chipping my front ones on a rail the other week, this is seriously cool; Subrosa dropped this promo video demonstrating the ease with which their portable Street Rail is set up, ridden, and disassembled again, it collapses via allen key bolts into 4 ft sections for easy loading into cars and is (obviously) high, long and robust enough for BMX use.

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Cult X Clockwork Orange OS Frame

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Cinema tweakers and movie fiends rejoice (I know my twisted ass is) here, my little droogs, we have lashings of ultra-rare Cult OS frames with decals inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s cult film A Clockwork Orange.

Only 20 of these are being made (10 in 20.75″ TT and 10 in 21″ TT lengths) and they are only available through Australian Cult dealers as well as 20Twenty BMX in Scotland.  These frames also come with a sticker pack and a limited edition snapback hat to boot.

Merritt Trifecta Tool

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MERRITT TRIFECTA TOOL from Merritt Bmx on Vimeo.

Merritt are the latest brand to join the war against carrying a back-breaking bag of tools with this tidy little offering; the Trifecta tool…

MERRITT TRIFECTA TOOL from Merritt Bmx on Vimeo.

‘The Trifecta multi-tool is a simple, pocket size, and inexpensive tool that is perfect for the most common fixes. Includes a 17mm socket, 6mm and 8mm allen keys in an assembled packaged, so there are no parts to lose. Includes velcro straps to attach to frame.’

The Merritt Trifecta tool is in stock now and looks to retail at around 35 dollars according to their Facebook page.

Colony Menace Sprocket

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Colony just sent over some info on Jourdon Barba’s signature Menace guard sprocket that has been tested for a while now. Seen here are the final prototype which will be available the end of August/Early September for Australia and the USA. They seem real stoked on how they came out and I’m sure you will too.

Specs:
7075T6 alloy full CNC machined.
25t only.
Spacing for half link chains
Black or Polished.

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Bell Segment Helmet/ Allan Cooke Interview

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Here’s a can of worms… Ryan Fudger posted this interview with Bell Helmets‘ Allan Cooke on RideBMX‘s site on the subject of helmets in BMX and the design of the Bell Segment helmet.  The interview goes pretty in-depth into subjects like the testing methods involved, why people might use non-CPSC certified ‘skateboarding’ helmets (or no helmet at all as I am personally guilty of… *cue hate mail*) because of comfort issues stemming from their head shape and how the Bell Segment helmet’s segmented hard-foam design makes it more moldable to the users head whilst still being CPSC certified.

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“The Segment is built in a way so that the helmet can flex and form to almost any head shape much like the soft foam non cert helmets do but without sacrificing any safety. The EPS Hard Foam liner is broken up into nine pieces with a gap between each piece that allows the outer ABS Shell flex.”

It doesn’t sound like I have much of an excuse anymore.