90East H.N.I.C Bars and Skatestopper Kit

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The guys at 90East have been mighty busy of recent, coming in from the streets into the shops with these fine offerings of their H.N.I.C (use your imagination…) V2 4 piece bars and a set of the most popular skatestopper tools.  The bars are post weld heat treated, multi butted 4130 chromoly and come in at 8.75″ rise, 28″ width, 10 degrees of backsweep and 4 degrees of upsweep; a modestly yet functionally sized bar for the streets.
The 90East Skatestopper tools come with a 3/8″ socket adapter for ease of use with your normal 3/8″ socket wrench.
Both of these can be found at any of 90East’s worldwide dealers now.

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Subrosa Kobra Sprocket And Maya Grips

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The Shadow Conspiracy‘s Instagram has been alive with these little gems in the last few days or so, Lahasaan Kobza’s signature Kobra sprocket and Joris Coulomb’s Maya grips.  While there’s very little info on these bits there will more than likely be a 25 tooth and almost definitely a 28 tooth version of the Kobra sprocket (as that’s the size Lasahaan rides) It also has two sprocket bolt holes so you can have the cobra design the right way up whether you’re predominantly right or left foot forward.  The Maya grips look particularly inviting with their smoothed honeycomb style grip and small flanges that taper slightly wider than the rest of the grip at the ends.  Both of these will be out next month so keep an ear out on Shadow’s Instagram for when they drop.

Eclat AK Sprocket And Pedals

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Eclat really pulled out the stops with Croydon lad Alex Kennedy’s signature pedals and guard sprocket as we can see in Eclat’s latest Assembled feature. The AK Pedals boast a large ambidextrous nylon-fibreglass body allowing you to rotate if you grind one down more than the other (also saving on tooling and bike shop’s SKUs by not have left or right specific replacement bodies) 8 steel pins per side and a huge 4140 spindle running on bushings.  Eclat even offer a lifetime warranty on the spindle which speaks volumes as it’s the first of it’s kind.  At 613 grams (20 oz) a pair they’re not the lightest but you’re not likely to get a large platform with lots of pins and a virtually bombproof spindle that is light- and not being on the extremities of your bike you’re unlikely to even notice.

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The AK Guard sprocket has a thick 8mm 6061-t6 construction with counter bores in the back to accommodate the bolts that hold the 10mm nylon-fibreglass guard and it’s 4 bolts in place.  The thickness also allows some machining on the back of the sprocket that looks like it helps improve your chain-line and keep your q-factor (distance between pedals from side-to-side) low where machining on the outer face makes a seat for the guard to sit securely into and be rotated 180 degrees as it wears.  The guard itself has reportedly been tested by Eclat’s best for over a year to great results and at 150g (5.9 oz) it’s pretty light for what it is.  These merged with the Maverick alloy cranks- like Alex has on his ride- and you have one dialed drivetrain.

All the above are out now from all good bike shops via these distros.

Can You Dig It’s 2016 Trails Frame Guide

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The guys at Can You Dig It posted a rad overview of some of the trails orientated frames available for 2016 and their respective geometries for a comparison; handy if you’re in the market for a new dirt steed.  While most frames in this list will typically have slacker, sub-75 degree head angles, longer top tubes and chain stays for stability, CYDI recognises that not everybody likes stable bikes so they threw in nippy-er bikes like the Fit Motomike and the Verde Oxbridge frames for good measure.  If I had to pick a favourite though, It’d be hard not to go with a Standard Trailboss…

Mutiny Bikes Deathgrip Frame

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This one’s been doing the rounds on social media recently; Mutiny posted a preview of Dylan Lewis’ signature Deathgrip frame where we get a full look at the specs (bar the standover height which I’m willing to bet is around the high 9-10″ mark judging by how long the top tubes are…) and a photo showing a bunch of cool details including a traditional look chromoly seat clamp and the lowered chain stays to better accommodate brake usage with micro-drive gearing.  Judging by his recent edit, I’m sure he had speed in mind when designing this.

Top Tubes: 21.3″, 21.6″ & 21.8″
Head Tube: 74.5°
Seat Tube: 71°
BB Height: 11.65″
Chain Stay: 13.7″ – 14.2″
Removable Brake Lugs (Not Included) on Chain stays
4130 Sanko Cromoly Tubing
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Heat -treated Offset Thickness Head tube
125mm Taller Head tube
Triple Butted Top Tube with 1.4mm thickness at seat tube junction
Double Butted down tube
Top and bottom gussets with debossed “Badge ‘n’ Bones” logo
4130 Cromoly Seat Clamp with 6mm bolt and horizontal clamp slot on seat tube to give better clamping power with less torque
6mm Dropouts with integrated chain adjusters
Custom seat stay bridge
420 BAKED” Heat -treated Mid BB

Available in September ’16

From Mutiny Bikes’ website.

Skapegoat Bob Bars And The Case For Bike Fitting

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I’ve been holding off writing anything about Skapegoat’s Bob Scerbo bars for a little while, not least for their rich yet turbulent history that has already been well documented (let’s break it down briefly for anyone who’s not up to speed; GT made them originally, Bob had his Animal signature bars made in their image, Animal made them bigger for the masses, Bob didn’t like that, 7.8″ versions stopped being made, everyone missed them, a few imitations and variations got made, Bob didn’t like that either so he had some made by S&M under his Skapegoat brand) but because I knew a follow up to the original DIG Bob bar article would surely surface sooner or later.  In said ‘Opinionated‘ article, Brian Tunney brings up some interesting points about bar sizes and angles and speculates as to why some people may or may not still be into these iconic street-specific bars.  While there are things in his article I may disagree with to a small degree, the discussion about bar sizes and angles is a subject often avoided that I and many others take a great amount of interest in. Continue reading

Wethepeople 2016 Supreme Cassette Hub

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‘Back to the drawing board’ is a phrase companies use with due caution, but when you almost completely redesign a cassette hub in your own glorious vision, it’s hard to avoid such idioms.  WMT flagship brand Wethepeople have finally re-released their extremely popular Supreme Cassette hub after a long hiatus, this time with plenty of new tech of which we covered here on The Merged last time.  The most notable of which is the first example of a German IGUS bushing being utilised in BMX.  Here it is used to replace the pesky driver bearing which is notorious for failing under high loads, it should be interesting seeing how much longer they last in comparison to driver bearings.

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The next high-tech item on the list is the 12mm female bolts with 14mm collars.  The 17mm chromoly female axle has an extra 2mm of material compared to if it simply accommodated a 14mm female bolt with no collars thus giving it a load of extra strength.  Wethepeople have also borrowed a feature used in downhill MTBing; the extra non-drive side bearing.  The drive side of a hub generally gets a lot of support from the drive side bearing and the driver bearing (or bushing) but the non-drive side tends to be largely ignored by most companies despite having a lot of leverage/forces going through it.  The extra bearing helps everything run smoother and faster for longer.  The Supreme Cassette and Front hubs are both out now with matching aluminium hub guards available (nylon versions out around Summer time) Hit up your local bike shop and get some ordered in.

Animal Bikes X Terrible One Ursa Tyres

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Being a life-long Animal Bikes and Terrible One fanboy I thought I had a mini stroke when I saw this photo of a collaboration tyre between both companies appear on The Union but it’s for real.  In fact there are two; the Ursa Minor and the Ursa Major.  Although there’s very little information regarding specs or even if the tyre pictured above is the Minor or Major model but I’m really interested to see how the ‘squared’ profile will feel as it seems to be a little-used feature on BMX tyres.  They are reportedly out soon but we’ll post more info as it comes.

Wethepeople Sterling 4-Piece Bars

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It’s been a while in the making but they’re finally here; Wethepeople’s Pete Sawyer signature 4-piece Sterling bars.  With their 4 degree of upsweep and tall 9.5 inch rise these are sure to feel great roasting around your local spots and the straight gauge 4130 construction to make sure they last a beating. Check out the full specs below and hit up your local BMX shop and get them to order you a set if they’re your bag.

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MATERIAL: full liquid post heat-treated 4130 “M2“ chromoly
TUBING: plain gauge tubing for extra strength
RISE: 9.5″
WIDTH: 29″
BACKSWEEP: 11 degrees
UPSWEEP: 4 degrees
SPECIAL FEATURES: dual radius bends for extra strength,
4pc construction
COLOURS: gloss black, matt black, gloss white, nickel
WEIGHT: 894g (31.5oz : 1.97lbs)