Damn, Shadow‘s all new Multi-tool is finally available. After previewing it at Interbike 2001, the guys at shadow spent another year making sure this is the last tool you will ever need for your bike. The fact that it features an actual hammer is a huge selling point for me. god know how many times Ive had to use a brick or a some other random blunt instrument to fix something on my bike whilst out riding street.
“This is the moment everyone has been waiting for! The Shadow Conspiracy Multi-Tool is now available. Featuring an investment cast, forged, and CNC steel construction, this package includes just about every tool you need to work on a modern day BMX bike and then some!
Includes: chain breaker, 17mm deep socket, pedal wrench, 10mm wrench, spoke wrench, tire tools, 8mm hex, 6mm hex, 5mm hex, 1/4″ hex, 7/32″ hex, hammer, and most importantly, a bottle opener.”
These badboys are available worldwide now, hit up your local Shadow dealer to find out where you can pick one up today!
Well I suppose this is welcome back to The Merged!
After a brief hiatus, your favourite BMX product blog is back up and running with a freshly revised site and big plans for 2013.
Starting from tomorow we will continue where we left off, bringing you the latest sneak peeks, specs and insider information on the hottest products in BMX. Working closer than ever with all your favourite brands and companies, we aim to have the most up to date product site out there. The site will be updated multiple times throughout the day to insure whether it’s a new range of complete bikes, or a sneak peek at a prototype signature frame, you will find it on The Merged first.
We are proud to announce that we will be part of a new network of websites, working together closely to give you the best BMX coverage on the web. With BMX being as diverse as it is, it’s important to cover it from a multitude of different angles and points of view. Whether you you’re looking for latest original content and daily updates on The Union, global Flatland coverage on Flat-Matters or a vibrant forum to share and interact with other riders around the world on Bikeguide, you will find it all here. We are all super excited about these improvements, and are looking forward to collectively bringing you everything you need in the world of BMX. Head over to The Union for more from on this.
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Odyssey‘s design office in Austin just released via Instagram a sneak peek at 3 new Front Hubs they are working on. Pictured are the Odyssey Quartet and Antigram Front Hubs which will pair up with their Cassette brothers. At the back is the new version of the G-sport Marmoset Hub. No more info on these at present but we are planning on visiting they guys at Odyssey in California this week so hopefully we will have more info for you then.
Real stoked this morning when I got an email from street legend Lino Gonzalez about the first hard goods he will be selling through his clothing brand 90East. The Storrow Bars are designed to be a fair bit tougher than most out there right now, using straight gauge tubing and a sensible hieght and width. Go check out the rest of their impressive soft goods range, and hit up their online shop to pick up a pair of the bars today!
“We are proud to introduce our first BMX hardgood, the 90East Storrow Handlebars. As this is our first hardgood we wanted to make something no nonsense and simple, something for people who ride their bike instead of weigh it. Our whole crew had input when it came to the size and angles. We opted to go with with an 8.25″ rise and a 28″ width because its hard to grind around things and weave through rush hour city traffic with 30″ wide bars. As for sweep they have 11˚ of backsweep and 4˚ of upsweep to keep the hands and arms in a comfortable position. The tubing is heat treated straight guage 4130 chromoly with a 0.65″ wall diameter on both tubes to keep them from denting and allow a long life. As for color they are available in satin black only and weigh 35oz. The name comes from Storrow drive which is a main thruway that runs along the Charles River in Boston. The Storrow bars are now available in our online shop and at our selected dealers. Thank you for your support and enjoy the ride. -90East”
I know a lot of people have been itching to see what this thing looks like on the inside for a good while now and here it is. I’d wait for the official Eclat product release at Interbike next week for the full lowdown but here is what we know so far;
- Uses a pawl mechanism Driver
- Three different slack settings with separate slack disks available extra
- Male or Female Axle
- 2 large sealed bearing in Hub body
- Polymer Bushing in Driver
- Drive and Non-Drive side Hub Guards available
- LHD or RHD options available
- 563g (Male Axle)
Real stoked for this Hub, I’ll make sure we cover this one in detail in Vegas!
EDIT- Bunky over on freecoaster.com has an article that pretty much guesses how this thing works. I’ll say again, you will have to wait untill Interbike to find out for sure, but It looks like it runs on the same retractable pawl design.
Spotted over on our German friends leichtsinn.org.
Be sure to check us out bellow for the latest updates from this year’s Interbike!
Well Eurobike as been and gone, lots to drool over here with new products from Eclat, Wethepeople, Odyssey and more. Here is a quick run down of the more interesting products we saw this year. All images from our friends at Evans BMX and leichtsinn.org.
Above is the long waited Ezra Freecoaster. Apparently the hub has gone into production and should be available for release soon. Unlike most coasters it is very slim in shape, most likely due to it’s pawl mechanism which inables it to be also LHD/RHD sitchable and even be used as a regular Cassette Hub! Expect way more info on this one later this month at Interbike.
Earlier this year we posted a sneak peek of Eric Lichtenberger’s signatures Bars from Odyssey, here are a few more spy shots spotted on Instagram. The “Sandbar” will be available soon and measures up with 9 Inches of rise and by the looks of it at least 4 degrees of up-sweep. I’ve personally switched to riding bars with 4 up-sweep and it feels much nicer on the wrists, so I’d be pretty tempted to try a set of these out when they are released.
Odyssey just posted up a photo of Eric Lichtenberger’s Principal Seat which are out now. They will also be doing the Senior 2 Pivotal Seat in the same kind of leather cover, digging the classy look to this one!
Well it’s Eurobike this week, Europe’s largest bike trade show. Whilst I couldn’t make it all the way to Germany my self, I did manage to get our man on the inside to take a whole load of sneak peeks of what some of the big names will be dropping at Interbike in a few weeks. Wethepeople and Eclat always have a big presence at Eurobike, and in these photos found on their Instagram (Official_Eclat) you can get a sneak peek of what they have coming next year, most notably the new Nathan William’s plastic Pegs, and what seems to be their own unique tool. We will post up more information and photos as they trickle through, but for now keep attention to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more Eurobike hotness…
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Sneak peek at what Subrosa has in store for us at Interbike this year? We will have to wait and find out…
For those of you looking for a larger ride, the guys at S&M have you sorted. The new 22 Inch specific Holmes Frame and 22″ Pitchfork are available now along with Revenge’s own 22″ Wheels and Tires, answering the call for a decent 22″ setup on the market. Real keen to see how different the extra 2 Inches work out, certainly and option for the taller riders out there. Interesting to see if any other brands follow suit with this new wheel size?
Just about everyone and their mother makes wax these days. Check out Kink‘s offering.
Primo just fired over a snap of their new Stance Plastic Pedal which should be out now. The Stance Pedal features a dual concave, compact platform size, large molded pins, and a knurled body. Available now in clear black, clear blue, clear red, clear green, clear purple and solid black.
Mike Aitken is the man and his new grips from Odyssey look dialled. Odyssey always manage to make the simplest products pretty fun, check out the “instructions” on the flanges…
A few of the team have been running the alloy inner Pegs, but over on Animal you can see the full prototype 4.5″ version of Butcher Pegs with the plastic sleeves on Butcher’s personal ride. Expect these to be extremly popular and available soon.
Stoked on this! Wethepeople’s latest addition to the Pro Team; Peter Sawyer is getting a signature Handlebar from Wethepeople. As seen on his bike check, the WHAM Bar measures up at a towering 9 Inches tall, 29 Inches wide, with 3 up and 11 degrees backsweep. Pete is still testing the prototypes, but expect these to be available soon.
Colony have been working on their own Freecoaster for a while now and here’s a look at the final samples. Based off the patented KHE Design, the colony coaster will be available in December this year in selected markets around the world. Details are as follows…
14mm male axle & 14mm female axle versions.
RHD & LHD versions.
9t driver only.
36 hole only.
Optional hub guard available separately.
Pretty excited to see how this turns out. More info will be released closer to the release date.
The guys at Cult have put together a solid new complete bike using Chase Dehart’s new signature Butter Frame and a whole load of Cult aftermarket parts including Leader Bars, OS Sprocket and Chase’s signature Tyres and Grips. These should be available from your local shop or mail order real soon so hit up Cult for more details.
As if two new products from Odyssey wasn’t enough, here is a third. The Quartet Hub is essentially a revised version of their V3 Cassette Hub using a female axle with 3/8ths inbound bolts as opposed to the standard 14mm Axle. The Quartet Hub comes with 9 tooth driver and fully sealed bearings, and will be available in pre-built wheels as well as being specc’d on some of the 2013 Sunday Complete Bikes. No word on availability or price but expect this to be their most affordable Cassette Hub in the range, and will be out in the near future.
Spotted this on Adam22′s Instagram the other day, looks like he is running a prototype set of Stolen Plastic/Alloy Pegs in a larger 4.5″ size. Interesting to see how the longer size will go down, given the popularity of Animal’s LinOG Pegs and their prototype 4.5″ Butchers, I wouldn’t be surprised if more brands started bringing out longer Pegs.
Expect more info on these things at Interbike this year.