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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.

Dependables – Chris Doyle

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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.’

Alienation ‘Thrust’ Hubs

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So this has been causing a bit of a stir on our Facebook page where some readers are drawing comparisons from the new AlienationThrust‘ 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.

Let us know what you think of these hubs on our Facebook page.

The Union ‘Products’ Vol. 80

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For this weeks The Union Products section Kurt has a gander at Aaron Smith’s signature ‘Live Free’ pivotal seat from Demolition, the ‘Ravager’ top load stem from The Shadow Conspiracy, Fit Bike Co‘s very popular 4-piece Ben Lewis signature ‘Benny’ bars, Ryan Howard’s signature 4140 drive-side hub guard from The Daily Grind and finally the ‘Helm’ spline drive sprocket from Madera.

Go have a look.

Radio ‘Toren’ Rasta Frame

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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.

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New Cult Products- Stone Cold Bars and Tripod Seats

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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.

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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…

Cult- White Kit Now Available

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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…).

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