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.
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…
‘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.
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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.
“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.
-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.
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.
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…
Normal service shall now resume.
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.
Eclat’s all new website is now live, go check it out along with their complete 2013 product line up. Highlights for me are the new Vent Sprocket (above), the Nathan Williams Nylon Peg and the new super fast engaging Dynamic Cassette Hub.
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?…