BSD Interbike Preview


The guys at BSD posted a Interbike preview of their 2016 parts line-up ahead of the event in Vegas this week, first up is BSD’s first freecoaster hub ,dubbed the Westcoaster, in which the driver utilises bushings and bearings and a different resistance system to traditional coasters.  It will also be compatible with the press fit Jersey Barrier hub guards which are also included.


Then we have the NASA rim; BSD’s first pop at a wheel hoop.  This is a high-tech I-beam constructed rim with thick tapered sidewalls and tapered, offset spoke holes for cross lacing, sounds tough enough!


Next up are these M-Cap bar ends, these are good if you like the convenience of push-fit plastic bar plugs but break them often.  The M-Cap bar end comes with a metal (Aluminium I’m assuming) ring to protect your plastic bar ends from being pummelled deep into your bars and having to fish them out again with a screwdriver.

There’s more on BSD’s site, on which we will be touching on when there is further info; namely the Dan Paley signature Soulja frame.

Exclusive Sneak Peak: Division Brand Complete Bikes


Complete bikes have really changed since I started riding. You can now go out and find a bike specialized to what you want to ride, in the size you want, that comes with the parts you need. That is exactly what Division did, and they brought out 3 models built to take on a handrail straight out of a box. Besides that, they’re some of the best looking bikes I’ve seen in the last few years. I’ll let the photos and specs speak for themselves.

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Volume Bikes Ltd Edition Mint Chip Bermuda Frames


Ever wanted a frame that looks like a Stone Roses album cover? Me too. Volume Bikes have released a super small run of 40 Bermuda V2 frames in this Mint Chip colourway (20 in 20.75″, 20 in 21″) so better get onto your local bike shop and reserve yours quick.



Top Tube: 20.75″ & 21″
Chainstay: 13.5″-14″
BB height: 11.7″
Seat Tube height: 9″
Head Tube Angle: 75°
Seat Tube Angle: 71°
Seat Post: 25.4
Headtube: Integrated (45°X45° Campy Spec)
Brake Mounts: Removable Seatstay Mounts
Dropouts: Heat Treated, 7mm thick Investment casted. Now clears hub guards and pegs of all sizes. 14mm slots
Gyro Tabs: Thread-On
Weight: 5 lbs 1 oz
Colors: Flat Black, Limited Edition A. Raban Penny, & Limited Edition D. Hosselton Electric Blue

Sneak Peak: Division Brand Complete Bikes


Division Brand has been putting in work lately. With a new frame on the horizon, it looks like they’re also getting into the complete bike game, and you should be glad that they are. All their bikes will be coming brakeless, and with four pegs, with the amount of hub guards included increasing on the higher-end models. For someone who only rides street, it’s great to see bikes made to ride right out of the box, set-up similar to my own and taste. Hopefully we get some more info on these soon because I’m dying to see what they look like. You can get more info on the Division Brand site as to when they’ll be available, and pricing. Also peep the ‘read more’ button for some more shots. Continue reading

Federal Stance XL Rim


I’m a big guy; 6’4″ to be exact. I’m gotten used to having to use bigger bars, longer frames, smaller cranks (to not catch my feet) and now I find myself trying to find a reason to need wider rims because I’m really, really into these Federal Stance XL rims. Although not the first to make an extra-wide rim, the guys at Federal definitely nailed making a clean and simple product for those out there willing to try new things. The idea is that a wider rim will keep the profile of these +2.3″ tires, while creating a stiffer and stronger rim. Not only that, but they claim to help reduce the amount of flats you may get in session due to a thicker wall where the spokes are located, minimizing the chance of your spokes popping through on a high drop. I think these look great, and they come in black or silver to keep a classic look on your ride. For more info, peep the Federal site and click through to see a few more images of these rims.

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Cult Glow In the Dark Grips


Winter is always around the corner and those long nights for months on end can ruin your barspin game if you can’t see your grips properly, it’s a hard life, I know…  Cult have got your back though, they’ve just released their Dak, Faith and my personal favourite, Cult X Vans in this glow-in-the-dark flavour so you’ll be slinging your bars all year round.  They’re also available in the clear colourway you see in the above picture and manufactured in the US by ODI Grips so you know they’re top quality.


Don’t Reinvent The Wheel


I’ve seen some wild set-ups in my time, for years people have been bolting wooden blocks to their BB’s, rigging two levers up to a single brake, blowing their tyres up with helium, using a shoelace as a straddle cable, grinding teeth off an old sprocket to make a bash guard… the list is endless and I’m missing plenty.  Modifications have always been part of BMX and solving the problems associated with the kind of abuse bikes like ours have to endure.

…And then someone has to go and take it too far.  Often you’ll get an over enthusiastic designer (some even go as far to call themselves ‘inventors’ like it’s the 19th century…) who’s looking to solve problems that can’t be solved efficiently, if at all.  Some even look to solve problems that don’t even exist.  Today we’re going to look at some of those bad designs that get churned out and discuss why they’re not the kind of thing you should/would put on your bike.

It is probably worth noting that although I have a broad experience of the BMX and general cycle trade I do not have a back ground in engineering, nor am I a product designer so this article is purely opinion, essentially I’m just an extremely picky BMX rider of 15 years. In other words; I’m broke, don’t sue me.


This one tickles me every time, the Curbrider pedals are a ‘pedal’ that bolt directly onto your 19mm spindle in place of your cranks. This way you can get rid of that oppressive drivetrain that was holding you back for all those years and join your scooter comrades on your new balance bike and feel more connected to the earth… because you kick-push now. Jesus..



Admittedly we appeared enthusiastic about Affix gyro when we posted the exclusive but I think this one will be tucked away, along with the UFO and the ‘beancan’ gyros, to the constraints of history.  While aesthetically the Affix gyro is a ton tidier and a load lighter than the traditional Brian Scura design, it just didn’t cut it with the public, probably because of the fact you need a ruddy great hole in the side of your headtube to accommodate it.  The way the entire load was put on a single cable rather than two thus decreasing its longevity probably didn’t help either.

Nope.  Roller pegs are nothing new but pegs with bearings is a recipe for some expensive grinds.  Even IF the bearings lasted long enough to do a feeble/ loop out on an icepick, the moment you drop your bike on your side the bearings are gonna start dying, quick. That’s only if the dropouts on Ed Miliband’s aluminium GT Power Series don’t kick the bucket first though.


At what point during the late 90’s/ early 00’s did people start thinking; ‘What I really need is a hunchback’ ?  Like the S&M Elevenz bars are to big handlebars, the Snafu Sushi bars were to small bars; at 6″ tall and 23″ wide these were the smallest available.  It wasn’t uncommon to see fully grown Quasimodo men running these bars with a brake lever clamped under the crossbar.


The above photo popped up on my Facebook feed under ‘suggested post’ a few days ago and later Kurt posted it to The Union, it’s a bolt on ‘frame guard’ that bolts through the chainstay bridge (like a kick-stand) and clamps onto the downtube in the same style as GT and Kore did back in the day.  While it might initially give the impression that it will protect your frame or provide a great grinding surface, the clamp will more than likely put high amounts of stress on a part of your frame that simply is not designed to take that type of clamping load.  Even more so if you have thinner gauge or butted tubing typical of today’s frames.

While we’re here, does anyone else find the company’s URL etched into the side a little fishy and non-bmx-y? A brief dig around reveals the company’s ‘C.E.O’ is a real estate broker and the bash guard itself was developed by a registered defence contractor.  Do with that information what you will.

Federal DLX Dan Lacey 10-Year Anniversary Frame


For 2015 Federal Bikes have redesigned Dan Lacey’s signature frame to mark his 10-years on Federal and to say it’s the best looking one so far would be an understatement.  Dubbed the Federal DLX, they’ve plied it with a load of tidy additions like an investment cast seat clamp and super clean 6.5mm investment cast dropouts with built-in adjusters to stop your axles slipping inward during icepicks.  The standover height has increased to a whole 9 inches as opposed to 8.8″ from the year before and it’s topped off with more style than you can shake a doobie stick at in this regal translucent-gold colour.

Top Tube 20.5″, 20.75″, or 21″
Head Tube 75.5°
Seat Tube 71°
Chain Stays 13.75″ Slammed
Stand Over 9″
BB Height 11.8″
Weight 5.3lbs
Colours Matt Black or Clear Gold


Pop over to Federal Bikes’ site for more close-ups of this great addition to their frame line up.

BSD Zingbars


Well, I’ve got some catching up… The dudes at BSD dropped this sweet little promo for Liam ‘Leezy’ Zingberg’s (what a name!) signature Zingbars that are hitting shops very soon.  Liam wanted something a tad loftier than the popular 9″ Giraffic bars so BSD hooked him up with a 9.25″ rise for his signature bars;

Post-weld heat treated 4130 chromoly
9.25″ rise
29″ wide
2° upsweep
11° backsweep
1.75 lbs
Available in black, clear coat raw or chrome finish.


Head over to BSD for a closer look and get onto your local bike shop about ordering a pair up.