Profile Racing Z-Coaster

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It may be a couple of weeks late on here due to staff illness and general misfortune but here is the brand-new offering from Profile Racing; The Z-Coaster, of which is out now.  After a lot of speculation, rumours and stories (my favourite being the one about Profile welding on the cone nuts to prevent any security leaks during team testing) they’ve finally released specs and this video giving you an idea on how this high-tech freecoaster hub works.

As is evident from the above video, this is a pawl-retaining system similar to a handful of other new coasters that have been released recently except that it uses slack-cam rings to set the slack to pre-determined adjustments; A. 25/33/45 degrees, B. 60 degrees, C. 75 degrees or D. 90 degrees.  The oversized driver is supported by an extra external bearing and is coaster/cassette switchable by simply removing the cone and driver and replacing the inner spacer.

The Z-Coaster is also available in a series of options ranging from black or polished hub shells, male or female axles, titanium or chromoly drivers, axles or bolts.  These coasters start at $359.99 for the most basic ones and weigh in at a very reasonable 585 g/20.6 oz.  Head over to Profile Racing’s site/webstore for more info on this hub and how to order yours.

GSport G.L.A.N.D Mk4 And Uniguard

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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.gsport-uniguard-640x4271

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.

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Head over to GSport‘s website for more pictures and info on these great looking guards.

Terrible One Classic Bars

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Spotted over on their Instagram page, Terrible One have released these USA made Classic bars that you can bet your bottom dollar on to last for years to come. With their 8.85″ rise, 3 degrees of up sweep, 12 degrees of back sweep, 29.25″ width and straight gauge 4130 chromoly tubing construction courtesy of none other but S&M Bikes, we think ‘Classic’ sums them up nicely.

Exclusive Interview with Patrick Banks from Limit Fabrications

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We’ve had a few US-based guys talk to us about the custom frames they put out, and so far we’ve loved what we’v seen. Hopefully it’s inspired some of you to go and purchase some of these frames yourselves and support the rider-owned and operated scene that these guys have created for the custom frame market. For this week’s interview, we go across the Atlantic to Patrick Banks, one of the UK’s finest custom frame builder. We hope this helps to cater to our audience from around the world, while showcasing another frame building legend. Click through to peep the full interview and some photos of the frames.

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PIR Top Caps

image Custom frame builder Malo Tostivint of PIR posted this photo of his exquisitely machined M25 fork top caps for his own custom made forks (but would obviously fit any fork with M25 threads…) on his Facebook page and we thought it was worth a post. Happy bike porning people.

Dan Paley Rude Tube Plastic Pegs from BSD

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Dan Paley is a street god. There’s no argument to be made there. Luckily, the guys over at BSD realized that and graced him with his own set of plastic pegs, dubbed the Rude Tubes. Definitely a good, funny name, and definitely a good sliding peg. These come in at 4.2″ inches long, with a 1.46″ inch diameter, and will be available for all you in 10 and 14 mm sizes. You can peep the full specs on the BSD product page, or stalk the BSD main site for all sorts of good posts. Stay grinding out there.

Wethepeople Royal Cranks

 

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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
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Colours: black, black titan, chrome polished
Weight: 858g (30.26oz : 1.89lbs)

April Fools Best Bits

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As is tradition in BMX all the stops are pulled and the industry sets out to start a shit storm for the gullible and superficial alike, this year was no different. Here we have our selection of our favourite prank parts ranging from Merritt’s Brian Foster clip-in pedals to Blank’s spray on grips.  I won’t lie, I’m disappointed we didn’t see a Leonardo Da Vinci piece formed into a Profile Racing stem but I guess there’s always next year.

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Merritt Justin Care Stem Samples

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Spotted over on Merritt’s Instagram feed, hidden amongst a bunch of well placed April Fool’s joke posts was this little beauty; a sample Justin Care signature stem that’s reportedly being sent to the team.  There’s no other info except that this looks like a forged stem rather than a machined one to keep costs down and make the wild detailing like the logo and the stem spacer/compression bolt recess. I can’t wait to see the other side!

Eclat 25.4mm Bar And Stem

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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.