Fit Wizard Sleeve Promo

The Plastic Peg revolution continues. Here is a promo for Fit’s upcoming Wizard Sleeve’s which are essentially a separate plastic sleeve that will be compatible with any 34mm metal peg, making them perfect for anyone who is unsure of switching to plastics and dosnet want to invest $80+ on a full set straight away. Dan Conway has been testing these since last year, and they should be available later this Summer. Check out some riding and a bit more about these from the man himself.

Mutant Oil Slick Stems

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Looks like Mutant Bikes from Portugal are the latest brand to get on the Oil Slick bandwagon. Pictured is their new top load and front load stems which will be available later this year in a whole bunch of colours including this crazy finish which seems to be popping up everywhere as of recently. No word on a release date or price, but if the popularity of the Odyssey Stems were anything to go by, a lot of people are going to be into these…

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Wethepeople Pete Sawyer Sterling Frame

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Head over to Wethepeople for a bike check with team rider Moritz Nussbaumer. They recently kitting him out with a fresh new ride including a few prototype 2014 parts that are due to be released at the end of the year. Most notably Mortiz is riding a sample of Pete Sawyer’s debut signature Frame dubbed The Sterling. No words on the specs of this frame, but I’m particularly liking the smooth hourglass headtube and higher standover.

Pete will also be getting his own signature Forks to go with his Wham Bars which were released last year. You will also notice what appears to be a new Wethepeople Cassette Hub, and a Seize Stem with some kind of crazy Dollar Bill wrap. I want to see how they did that one…

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Expect more info on all of these 2014 parts and their latest range of complete bikes to drop on the Wethepeople site in the next few weeks. Excited to see what else they have been working on this year…

Volume Broc Raiford Seat

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Volume have been dishing out yet more signature products today. Peep Broc Raiford’s signature Pivotal Seat which uses a Fat Capital design wrapped in a 1-pc cover with a kevlar-like material. Embossed Volume Stamp logo on the back of seat and Broc’s signature embroidered tag on the very back of the saddle. I’m really into this one, real simple and clean. Check it out in more detail here.

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Volume Iron Chachi Bars

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Volume have been making moves this past year, adding a bunch of new exciting dudes to the team, with grind wizzard Alex Raban being one of them. Alex has been killing it so much this year that Volume decided to reward him with his own signature Bar. The Iron Chachi Bars measure up at 8.3″ x 29″ making them perfect if you want a bars that’s not too tall, and can be cut down a fair bit.

Featuring 12-degrees of backsweep, 2-degrees of upsweep, a crossbar height of 6.2″ and a crossbar width of 10.4″, these bars feature thicker butting on all of the stress points to increase the overall strength throughout. The Iron Chachi bars weigh in at 29.4 oz. and come in Chrome and Flat Black. You can find out more about these bars right here.

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Demolition Combat Bars

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What you see here are Ronnie Napolitan’s signature Combat Bars which are now available from the fine guys at Demolition Parts. Ronnie is one hell of a dialed rider and well deserving of his first signature product. The Combat Bars are made out of 13-butted 4139 heat-treated chromoly and are on the big side at 8.8″ high by 29″ wide. Measuring up with 11-degrees of backsweep, 1-degree of upsweep, a 6.4″ crossbar height and a 11.28″ crossbar width, these bars feature a thicker butted tubing in all the stress points to create an all around stronger design. The Combat bars weigh in at 32 oz. with flat black and chrome for the colors. Check out more photos here.

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Behind the Scenes of The Shadow Conspiracy – Part 1

This is awesome. Aaron Nardi and ESPN BMX have a new series called BTS where they give you an in-depth look at different things around the BMX industry. They kicked things off with a closer look at The Shadow Conspiracy and more about the brand. Part 1 interviews Shadow’s main man Ron Bonner along with the original members of the team and discusses the mysterious launch campaign in the old Props videos way back in 2003. We’re a big fan of Shadow here on The Merged, this well put together feature is a must watch!

Prototype Credence Stem

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Spotted this gem over on Can You Dig It. Looks like Credence have a Stem coming out, based on the S&M Challenger with a slimmed down body, internal machining and recessed top for a flush topcap. These will be made in the USA by S&m Bikes. The Challenger has to be one of the most popular Stems ever made, especially since its re-issue a few years ago so expect this thing to be insanely popular with trail riders and mid-school fans alike. Find out more here.

Animal BPE Replacement Bodies

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Animal‘s BPE pedals have been out for a few months and now the replacement bodies are also available. Coming in black, blue, red, clear and purple, these can be picked up everywhere Animal is sold or direct from their Web Store.

Thinking about picking up a pair of the BPE’s but you don’t know much about them? Check out this INSIGHTand REVIEW of them The Union dropped a little while back.

S&M Mainline Tire

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S&M just released another sneak peek of the re-issue of their Mainline Tire which will be out later this year. A throwback to the original trails Tire, this new version will have an updated high pressure casing and come in a whopping 2.425″ size making itthe perfect companion for a Summer blasting down the trails.

The Daily Grind Drive-Side Guard

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The Daily Grind‘s Drive Side hub guard is now available. The guard is designed to take some serious abuse and is CNC machined from 4140 heat-treated chromoly, making it much more durable than most alloy guards.You can pick one up for $42.99 on the Daily Grind Web Store or you can have your local shop hit them up directly to get yourself one ordered up. They will also be available on Dan’s Comp in a few days time.

Spotted on The Union.

Cult Dehart Tripod Seat

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The Tripod revolution continues. Cult had samples of their own Tripod Seat at Interbike and here is Chase Dehart’s signature model which uses a super slim base and padding much like Fly’s current Dos Seat. I know Chase was a big fan of the old railed seat and was one of the last guys to switch over to a pivotal setup. The Tripod has much the same look of the classic railed seat design so I can see why he would be into it. This Seat should be out later this year, along with a Dakota Roche version which will undoubtedly have much more padding for those of you who want something more comfortable.

Stoked to see more Tripod Seats in the works from a variety of different brands, will this new setup mean the end for Pivotal Seats?

New Colony Hubs

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Colony are working on some new Hubs, and by the looks of it are sampling the Oil Slick finish that appears to be taking over the BMX world left right and centre recently. These Hubs are in the early stages of testing, so no word on the specs, but team rider Chris Courtney is putting these through their paces so hopefully we will here more on these soon.

United Indirect Tire Available Soon

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United‘s new Indirect Tire that we had a sneak peek of a few months back is due out later this month. Based off their popular Direct Tire, the Indirect features a more aggressive slightly knobblier dirt style tread that will be at home on the street, in the skatepark or at the trails. Measuring up at 2.35″ this monster truck of a tire will be available soon in the next few weeks in black and tanwall.

BSD Raider 10 Inch Bars

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It looks like S&M no longer have the monopoly on the 10 Inch Bars market any more. Spotted here are a prototype of David Grants upcoming signature Raider Bars from our mates in Scotland at BSD. Despite the amount of 5.5″ kids riding about with Perfect 10s these days, its fair to say that a guy as tall as David deserves a bar of this mammoth size. Measuring up at 10 Inches High and 29.5 wide, the Raider Bars will be out later this Summer for you whack on your bike weather your super tall, or just want the biggest bars in the game. Angles are 2 degrees upsweep and 10.5 of backsweep, expect more info dropping from BSD soon.

A few years ago, the very idea of a 10 Inch bar was laughable, but the market certainly does seem to be there. How long until we see the 10 inch mark broken?…

Cheers to Mariano Leonczik for the find.

Subrosa 2014 Catalog

Next up to drop their full range of completes for this year is Subrosa who have kindly presented it all in this neat flipbook showcasing this years Frames, Parts, Bikes and their impressive collection of clothing. This years bikes are no surprise extremely dialled, stocked with aftermarket parts from Shadow including the new Simone Barraco Strada Tires, Solus Seat combos, Noctis cranks and much more. These bikes look super good, and there is something for you weather your looking for an entry level complete or an upgrade on your current ride. The 2014 bikes should be dropping worldwide later this Summer so be sure to head over to Subrosa for more details on all of these products and when you can get your hands on them.
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Daily Grind Guard Sprocket

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The guys at The Daily Grind make products that stand up to what the team do, and if you’ve seen any of the section from their latest DVD (all online now!) you know that these guys really put their parts through their paces! Spotted here is a prototype Sprocket Guard the team is currently testing out. Expect these things to be out later this year, and strong enough to be able to protect your chain from getting hit by a freight train at full speed.

Put your money where your ass is…

2311-BJames Covington knows a hell of a lot about BMX seats. Making some of the finest hand made custom seats out there, James has probably ridden and worked on just about every type of seat available. There is a cool article over on Native where he runs through the various types of seat out right now, and the pros and cons of each. Worth a read if your not sure what to sit on these days…