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…
A whole load of Cult‘s components are now available in white for this year so go grab yourself one of these colourways and ride a bike that would make even Tony Montana weep with pride. Get your local shop to hit up the distribution on your part of the planet to get a set of these badboys (pun totally intended…).
Alas it was a trick! Happy April Fools Day everyone!
Apologies for anybody who believed this bit of fun, but we dont have any plans of starting a parts brand at any point in the near future, let alone a Tyre so big you could enter a Monster Truck competition with your bike.
However at the rate that Tyres are increasing in size these days, you can probably expect something like this in a bike shop near you in say 10 years time…
Head over to The Union to get a closer look at a new Brand out of the US called Freed Bikes. These guys make Frames, Bars and Sprocket, all of which are produced in the USA which is pretty rare. These guys are blowing up at the moment so head over and find out more!
Any readers of DIG BMX Magazine will have spotted the interview I did with BSD‘s Grant Smith in the latest issue. Grant is one the most genuine guys in the industry and its was a real privilege to have been able to interview him in the magazine that got me hooked on BMX in the very beginning. He covers a lot of interesting topics from lasers and double top tubes, to the growing amount of generic bike brands and overseas manufacturing.
DIG is available for FREE in bike shops worldwide. Hit up your local bike shop and pick up a copy of (in my opinion) the best BMX magazine out.
Interesting to note that all of these products are available worldwide now other than the Blind Freecoaster Hub which is not even listed on the site. When I spoke to the guys at Interbike they said the Hub was ready, maybe there has been some production or patent issues which are delaying release?…
Well it’s Eurobike this week, Europe’s largest bike trade show. Whilst I couldn’t make it all the way to Germany my self, I did manage to get our man on the inside to take a whole load of sneak peeks of what some of the big names will be dropping at Interbike in a few weeks. Wethepeople and Eclat always have a big presence at Eurobike, and in these photos found on their Instagram (Official_Eclat) you can get a sneak peek of what they have coming next year, most notably the new Nathan William’s plastic Pegs, and what seems to be their own unique tool. We will post up more information and photos as they trickle through, but for now keep attention to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more Eurobike hotness…
Animal have always started to push USA made products with their impressive soft goods range, and now it looks like they are trying to carry this on with their Parts.. Manufactured by our friends at Zodiac Engineering, the V3 Sprocket pays homage to the early Animal Sprockets with a more classic design, yet still retaining all features that make Animal Sprockets so infamous, like the wide choice of teeth sizes, and the sunken top-hat washer. Available in limited quantities later this Summer.
I know AK has been running these for a while now but I didn’t know if they were just a one-off or a production sample.As spotted over on Ride BMX‘s coverage of the Agenda trade show, Cult were showcasing their a Gum Treaded Chase Dehart Tyre which apparently has a softer and grippier compound compared to standard black Tyres. No word of a release date, interesting to see how these go down…