GSport‘s highly anticipated Uniguard chromo rear hub guard is now available along side an exciting new mk4 version of GSport’s ever reliable G.L.A.N.D. hub guard. The Uniguard eliminates the need to spread your rear end by bolting to the outside of your dropouts and utilises anti-spin bolts to keep them stable. They come in 14mm or 3/8th” sizes and fit both left or right/drive and non-drive sides.
The G.L.A.N.D. Mk4 has a polymer construction that comes in front or rear options (shown below) is simply held to the hub via 3 zip-ties around the spokes and is given extra stability from the bobble pattern on the back. The way this hub guard rolls with the wheel can make grinds a lot faster and more predictable than grinding on a fixed guard… or bare spokes.
Head over to GSport‘s website for more pictures and info on these great looking guards.
Wethepeople’s Royal cranks have been kicking about for an age in one form or another, here we have the latest incarnation in 19mm sized spindle (as opposed to the super beefy 22mm versions of yesteryear) that are available in regular 175mm arms or shorter 170mm, perfect for shorter riders or 4-pegged street demons looking for a bit of back foot clearance.
Arms: Full seamless japanese 4130 chromoly tubing.
Liquid post heat-treated
Spindle: 3/4“ (19 mm) 4130 butted chromoly spindle
Arm length: 170mm or 175mm
Comes with fitting and removal tools
lightweight butted spindle
Colours: black, black titan, chrome polished
Weight: 858g (30.26oz : 1.89lbs)
A little birdy from Éclat posted this exciting little gem onto Facebook a couple of days ago; by all outward appearances this is just a normal stem and bar combo but these particular ones are oversized and measure at 25.4mm diameter instead of the usual 22.2mm we’ve been all been using since… well, forever. No word on whether the 25.4mm diameter is used throughout the whole bar or just the stem clamping area (like a lot of MTB bars) but with the plethora of bar spinners around today, it would make sense to make the grip area diameter larger to take the sting out of slinging the b’s extra hard, and that’s not even touching on the strength advantages of a larger tube. Could this be a new standard emerging? Answers on a postcard.
Stranger has been putting out new products pretty consistently. Their latest product is this new slick tire, that looks like the Dugan tire from Odyssey and the Wright tire from Kink had a love child, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think they look rad, and they remind me of motorcycle tires. Expect to see these out soon and stay tuned to Stranger’s site for more info.
When it came down to starting this series, the first guy that came to mind was Dave at Pedal Driven Cycles. I grew up on the east coast, in NJ actually, but spent a lot of time in NYC. Of course, the east coast style of riding rubbed off on me, and one of my favorite riders was always Tyrone Williams, who not too long ago, started riding a Pedal Driven frame. You know how that goes; your favorite rider rides something, so you investigate to see what makes it so awesome. Sure enough, Dave comes through with more than enough backing and photos to prove that he’s one of the best there is at what he does. Click through to read the full interview.
In my opinion, Alex Kennedy is one of the best freecoaster riders out there today, so whenever I see something new with his name on it, I get stoked. Now it’s a new bronze colorway of his frame, as you can see above, and a new set of bars with some bigger dimensions. I think it’s very well deserved. If you want to see a photo of the bars along with some dimensions, just click through!
The Union is alive with coverage from this year’s Frostbike right now, head over to their site to check it all out in full, and there is A LOT so we took the liberty of showcasing our one favourite piece from each of this year’s stalls; firstly at number 9 with Stolen‘s rad headtube badges.
At number 8 we welcome back FBM‘s CB4KS forks in all their beefy US made glory. Continue reading
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…