2,978 posts later, this is a tricky one. When I first registered themerged.com on my work lunch break a little under 7 years ago, I never imagined where it would eventually lead. What started as a way for me to kill time in the evenings and place for me to post random old BMX articles and photos of bike parts I was into to avoid the wrath of my friends for clogging up their Facebook feeds with photos of seatclamps, quickly grew into the main websites in BMX with a following beyond anything I could have imagined.
Seven years later, running The Merged has allowed me to do some incredible things that I never dreamed would be possible. I’ve been able to travel all around the world with my bike and my friends, had the pleasure of meeting some of the raddest people on the planet, had my work published in magazines and I guess the craziest thing that founding this site has given me is the power to share my passion with thousands of people across the globe on a daily basis, something which still blows my mind when I come to think about it.
For 2015 there will be a some changes to The Merged. As of today I will be taking a step down from the site. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m thankful to be able to come away from the whole thing with not only some of the happiest memories of my life, but also a job working for my long time favourite BMX brand, something I never thought was even achievable when I first started the site.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped me with the site along the way, it’s taken a lot of work to get where it is and I am forever grateful for all your hard work and support. I’d also like to say a huge thanks to all the BMX companies that I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning a huge amount from over the recent years. BMX is a small industry and it’s humbling to have been able to meet and eventually become good friends with a lot of my childhood hero’s and people that have inspired me hugely since I first picked up a BMX bike. Most of all I just want to give a firm British handshake to all of you who have checked out the site since it’s creation. Whether you are dedicated product nerd like myself or just starting out in BMX and looking for a direction to go in, I hope you have enjoyed the site and it has inspired you in some way.
This isn’t so much of a goodbye as it is a see you soon. I’m now more involved in BMX then I ever was and I am looking forward to enjoying the blindfolded rollercoaster of journey that lays a head of me in the years to come.
Despite me moving on, I’m excited that the site is in good hands and will continue to carry on the job I started thanks to the new team of BMX product geeks who I have trustingly left the keys to. Yakob and Mariano have been helping me out with the site for a while now and will be officially taking over from me. I have no doubt these guys will do a great job and will continue to supply you with your daily intake of new BMX products and general bike related porn. Look out for some changes to the site and much more coming in the new year.
Thanks for all the good times and have a great new year!
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 Union, Ride US and Vital BMX also have a bunch of photos and videos from the show so check out those too…
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…
We’re off on our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for Interbike to check out all the new products on the horizon for 2015. Search #themergedinterbike for our Instagram coverage as well as updates up on the site through out the week.
Check out the above video to learn a little bit more about The Shadow Conspiracy‘s new Supreme Standards Testing that they have developed over the past year to insure all their products hold to to exactly what they were designed for. After you have watched the video then CLICK HERE for more info over on their site.
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.
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.
‘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 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.
7075T6 alloy full CNC machined.
Spacing for half link chains
Black or Polished.
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.
“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.
Whilst I was away at Simple Session this weekend, Kurt was over at the Frostbike tradeshow in America checking out some of the new products being offered this year from Shadow, Odyssey, Demolition, Profile and more. Head over to The Union and check out a bunch of photos and new info he got there.
Spotted on their Instagram page is a sneak peek at Mutiny‘s updated Lifted top load stem which features a taller rise than previous versions. With 33mm of rise, this thing is designed to keep those bars jacked up and look good at the same time. Expect to see this and a more new products dropping in August.
Eagle eye’d web fiends may have noticed that Cult‘s site has been down for the last couple of days, this was due to making their new site which just went live so go and have a good ol’ gander at it. Top boy…
Back in September it was announced that BSD would also be distributed by Animal Bikes in the U.S along with their existing distributor, QBMX. Animal just received their first shipment of product, so if you’re on the east coast and are in need of some fresh BSD gear, go have your local shop give them a call.
Head over to The Albion for a new feature they are doing called ‘Dependables’. First up is the one and only Chris Doyle explaining 5 BMX products that he couldn’t live without.
‘Like Trigger and his broom, we’ve all had parts that stand the test of time. Parts that have stood by us over years, unsurpassed by new models. Here Chris Doyle talks us through his five ‘game-changer’ BMX products that he trusts more than any other.’
So this has been causing a bit of a stir on our Facebook page where some readers are drawing comparisons from the new Alienation ‘Thrust‘ rear hub to a *eh-hem* ….different hub. Nevertheless, here are the ‘Thrust’ front and rear hubs and here’s what Alienation have to say about them;
“This particular internal system assures 3 pawls engage while the other series of 3 pawls wait to engage. Drag has been reduced with fewer engagement points. Pawl life expectancy is also increased. -6 Pawls -45 Engagement Points -4 Degrees of Engagement
The Thrust hub utilizes a massive thrust bearing that permits rotation between the shell & the cog carrier/driver while supporting axial load, which makes for a dreamy smooth rotation. For the most part the entire series of Thrust hubs can be disassembled mostly without tools, allowing for easy access to maintain the hub(s). Guards press-on. Oversized bearings throughout.”
If that’s a little much to take in, this video does a pretty good job of showing whats going on inside the hub.
This hub looks to be available in the following options, making it available for a wide range of riding styles and setups.
14 mm male axle w/ RHD 9t driver (rear)
15 mm thru axle (rear) w/16t cog (Shimano lock-ring system)
3/8″ bolt-on (rear) w/16t cog (Shimano lock-ring system)
3/8″ bolt-on (front)
Press-on Hub Guards for easy installation available for front and rear Thrust Hubs too.
Cult‘s come through with the 2.40 Dehart Slicks that are now available in Gum, which I know I’ll be seeing a lot more of at the local skateparks and street spots. These things are huge, grippy and fast as hell so get your local shop to order in a set for you today.
The guys over at Radio Bikes have released this cool translucent Rasta colourway for their ‘Toren‘ (and ‘Siren‘) frame which got a good reception at this years Eurobike, and for good reason, this thing looks amazing.
It’s that time of year agin where Cult shower us with new products.
Fresh from the Cult product line we have Trey Jones’ new signature ‘Stone Cold‘ bars. These 100% post-weld heat treated handlebars come constructed from ‘Cult Classic’ tubing with 8.7″ rise, 29.25″ width, 11° back-sweep and a nice comfy 2° up-sweep. Available in black, white and of course, Trey’s favorite, Chrome.
Next up are Cult‘s super clean tripod seats, we have Dakota Roche’s seat on the left with a touch more padding and Chase Dehart’s on the right with the a slim perforated vinyl cover which looks super clean.
All of these products are available now worldwide. Get in touch with your local bike shop and pester them to get you some of these beasts today…
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