Dropping later this week…

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We have something very special dropping exclusively right here on The Merged. I’m sure a few of you will have some idea what this is but the rest of you will have to keep guessing until we drop the full product release later this week. With the debate that BMX has arrived at a kind of plateau in regards to genuine product innovation, it’s exciting to see a product turn up that betters a technology that’s been in use for over 20 years. We’re stoked to bring you guys this one, sit tight as we’re bringing you all the details and more real soon…

Shadow S.O.D. Peg

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Shadow just released another look at their new Scott Ditchburn Slide Or Die Plastic/Chromo Peg that they have been working on this year. Looks like these things are almost ready for production so I’m sure you will be able to get your hands on them pretty soon.

For more info on these pegs, be sure to have a look at the exclusive sneak peek we did with Shadow’s designer Joey who explains what makes this peg so awesome.

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Cult Casual Frame

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Cult‘s latest collab Frame is with Casual BMX shop, and as well as making it a ltd edition colourway, they also decided to change the geometry of their USA made Bad Boy Frame, which is unusual for Cult as all of their Frame pretty much share the same proven angles across the board. The Casual Frame features a steeper 75.5 degree headtube and a super short 12.9″ slammed back end making this thing super responsive and easy to throw around.

There are only a few of these Frames available and they are exclusively sold through Casual, so if you’re looking for something a little different to the other Cult Frames be sure to hit up Casual today and secure yours before they are all gone…

S&M A.T.F. 22″ and 24″ Frames

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Despite being of the most hardcore BMX brands to ever exist, S&M are always creating new sizing options and catering for the rider that wants something a bit bigger than your standard 20 Inch Bicycle. The guys in California have just released their super popular ATF Frame in a  22″ and 24″ version for those of you who prefer the larger wheel or for the old rider who has transitioned into the larger bike but still wants to rep the brand. Cruise over to the frame section of the web store and check ‘em out!

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Sunday Storm Hubs and Rims

Sunday just put together this rad flickbook giving you a full rundown of their new Storm Hubs and Rims which are available now along with their extensive aftermarket component range which they released last month.

I’m really into the idea of these more affordable components that still boast the quality and design that Odyssey/Sunday are infamous for. If you’re in the market for some high quality wheels at a more friendly price tag these are worth checking out for sure.

Proper Tripod Seat

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Here is a sneak peek at Proper‘s new Tripod Seat and Seatpost due out later this year. Although the Seat will be available in both Slim and Fat options, I’m pretty stoked to see they have made a seat with a decent amount of padding, and a much longer post than the current offering. I have to say this is my favorite of all the Tripod Seats I’ve seen so far.

Subrosa X Shadow Conspiracy “Turn It Up To 11″ Bike Promo

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the Subrosa and Shadow Conspiracy bike being built up in the factory in Taiwan. These incredibly dialed bikes are now available in limmited quantities and you can find out more information about the bikes RIGHT HERE on The Union. Built up around a custom Subrosa Noster Frame and using the finest Shadow parts, these have to be the most amazing completes I have ever seen.

“The Subrosa/ Shadow Conspiracy “Up To 11″ Bike is finally available worldwide! Remember, this project is limited to 100 bikes, so don’t hesitate! Only available while supplies last.”

BSD Raider 10 Inch Bars

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After a sneak peek last month, here are David Grant’s signature Raider Bars from BSD. Measuring up at 10 Inches tall and 29.5 Inches wide, these things are definitely for the taller rider like David, although you can probably expect to see a bunch of 5ft kids trying trucks on these at a skatepark near you soon. These will be available next month in Black or Chrome, along with a bunch of new stuff from the dudes in Scotland.

I’m stoked they have the matching Cat graphics to go with the Raider frame, easily some of the best frame decals on any frame ever…

Dartmoor Freecoaster

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Now this is interesting. Dartmoor are a mountain bike company from Eastern Europe who have recently started expanding their BMX product range. Seen here is their prototype Freecoaster which boasts a female axle and both drive and non-drive side guards.

We don’t have any more info on this one, it does however look very similar to Ezra’s Freecoaster which came out last year, and If I’m correct there were talks of them licensing the design out to other brands to use, much like KHE did, so this could be the first of many. Although I can say dont get too excited as most of Dart’s products are catalog parts, so I very much doubt this is a completely original design. Interesting to see how this one pans out though…

Odyssey X Empire 10 Year Stems

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To coincide with their 10 year anniversary, Empire BMX have teamed up with Odyssey to do a limited run of team riders Tom Dugan and Sean Sexton’s signature Stems in what they are calling “Black Oil Slick”. Available exclusively from Empire, the TDFL and SXTN Stems will be available next month for the price of $79.99. These things are going to fly out quicker than Tommy gets naked so if you want one hit up Empire today to get your order in and secure your self a bit of BMX history.

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Profile & Madera – Build your own Hub

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This is pretty rad. It’s no secret that Profile Hubs come in a huge amount of options. From the hundreds of colours, to choice of axles and driver sizes, they pretty much have a hub to suit every rider. The guys in Florida have launched a sweet new service where they will custom build you any Hub you want, directly from their website, all for no additional cost!

Kurt over at The Union has done a great write up on this new custom building system, and gives you an insight into why Profile are the best selling Hubs in BMX for going on 20 years now. Check it out HERE.

Shadow Raptor Chromoly Hub Guard

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Shadow‘s new Raptor cro-mo rear hub guard is 100% CNC’d from a block of 4140 chromoly steel. This guard is also universal, so it will fit with the vast majority of male axle Hubs on the market.. The Steel is much tougher than the Aluminium that mots guards are made from, and also slides a hell of a lot better too making it the perfect companion for your peg and rear hub.

Demolition Prototype Tripod Seats

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Looks like Demolition are the latest brand to work on a Tripod Seat. Seen here is a sample version of their Markit Seat along with a compatible seatpost that will be going out to the team to test this Summer. If all goes well, expect to see these out later this year.

Pretty keen to see how durable these setups are compared to the now “classic” Pivotal seat design. I’ve heard the phrase “If it aint broke, don’t fix it” crop up a fair few times regarding the Tripod system, Ill be receiving one in the near future so hopefully I’ll be able to find out myself…

Merritt Grips

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Here’s a sneak peek at two new Grips that are in the works from Merritt. The top one is Pete Sawyer’s signature model which uses a classic ribbed pattern with multi-directional ribs and removable flanges. Pictured under here are Charlie Crumlish’s signature edition which we spotted last month. These are still in the sample stages but should be available later this year. Looking good to me!

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Division Brand Drive Side Hub Guard

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The boys down under at Division Brand have a new Drive Side Guard in the works for all you 4 peggers out there. Made out of Cromoly rather than Aluminium, this thing is going to be super tough.

“This has been in the works for a few months now and what should be the final sample will be in our hands very soon. The CrMo driveside hub guard has a slot to keep the guard in place and stop from rotating and chewing away at your chain we are really stoked on this. Also that with the previous samples we had no issues running both a current hub guard and the new drive side version regarding frame spreading, it was super easy being that it’s CrMo and thinner but tough as fuck so putting on and taking off when you have a flat is pretty chill. Once we are all stoked on how it runs we will have these bad boys sorted and out later this year.”

KHE Freecoaster How To

KHE‘s Geisha Hub was released in 2006 and was one of the first “Street-Ready” Freecoaster Hubs to to gain real popularity amongst riders. The design has been tweaked slightly to include a solid axle and better bearing setup, but most Freecoasters now available including Federal, Alienation, Stranger and many more still use the same patented internals. The guys now have an updated Hub called the Greyhound which is available in 3 versions to suit any rider. They put together this helpful instruction video on how to maintain and adjust the Hub. With most Freecoatser Hubs using this system, it will be incredibly helpful to all new coaster riders, and old ones a like who want to keep their Hub healthy.

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Cult Chase Dehart Tripod Seat

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Cult just released another sneak peek at their new Tripod Seat and Posts which are in testing and should be out later this year. Seen here is the Chase Dehart’s signature Seat which uses a much slimmer race inspired design, but if that’s not your bag, I’m pretty sure they have a fatter option in the works also. Head over to Cult for a closer look.

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Behind The Scenes – The Shadow Conspiracy: Part 3

Here is the latest of ESPN BMX’s four part video series giving you an insight and behind the scene look into The Shadow Conspiracy. Part 3 gives you a look into the world of Shadow’s founder, frontman and all around good dude Ronnie Bonner. Ronnie is a real interesting dude and one of the most passionate people in the industry so this is a real treat to watch. I’ve personally really been enjoying this series, cant wait for the final part.

Proper Magnon Sprocket

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Ever since Odyssey first released their Socket Drive system a few years back, hardly any brands have jumped on the idea and used it with their own Cranks and Sprockets despite the Patent being open and royalty free. Well all that is about to change with Proper‘s new Magnon Sprocket which takes their proven Magnalite Sprocket and uses the 9 sided interface to fit directly on Odyssey Thunderbolt Socket Drive cranks. The sprocket also comes supplied with spacers to fit all 19mm and 22mm axle cranks, perfect if you’re unsure or want a Sprocket that will fit pretty much any Crank out there.

Interesting to see if anyone else steps up to the plate and brings out their own Socket-Drive Cranks or Sprockets…