With sprocket guards having a bit of a resurgence recently, Tree have decided to work on a newer version of their original bolt on sprocket guard. Sam from Tree hit me up with some more info on this morning.
Made of 7075 T6 aluminum
Will come in 25,28,and 30t sizes
Bolts clamp directly in the top end of the sprocket slots
Work only with Tree OG sprockets
Radiused grind edge that prevents guard from interfering with the chain after use
This discrete sectional sprocket guard protects the side of your sprocket that is actually being grinded on
Uses 10mm dia heat-treated steel bolts with 6mm hex key hole
These are still in testing but i’m sure a lot of the older riders and sprocket moshers are hoping they make production. I think the semi-guard looks a lot neater than the full-guard alternates like the Odyssey MDS, and is a nice throwback to the old Tree and Animal Guards. If all goes well these should be out later this year, but I’m sure if you contact Tree they should be able to fill you in on anything I’ve missed.
Mike Brennan’s new Parts company Merritt have been working hard on their debut product range.
The new site is now live so go over their and check out their new parts including the new Brad Simms and Brian Foster Bars (coming February), as well as this sick new Sprocket they are working on. That plastic insert is a nice original concept, I heard these are being produced in the USA too like their Stems.
Proper always spend a good amount of time R&D’ing their products and taking influences from all areas and eras of the bike industry. Their new Carrier Backpack is based off the old Little Devil Backpacks that just about everyone used to have back in the day. This thing is strong, durable, features a compartment for your iPod and Laptop and even Skateboard straps if you’re bringing one to film a session, perfect.
Max Wood’s signature Trawlerman Frame is now available in this rad new bare metal colourway. This is the perfect Frame for the rider who likes to shred everything and these Frames are built to take a beating. Expect to see Max going fast and real high your local trails or skatepark on this in the near future. These are both out now, hit up Proper for more info.
Kunstform BMX Shop in Germany spent some time with Carlo, Jamie, Ben and the rest of the Proper guys and put this short documentary together which gives you a closer look into what goes on down in Pagham. I’ve heard good things about these new “Prototype” Cassette Hubs they have been working on, cant wait to hear more on those.
If you missed it the first time, head over to The Union to check an interview Kurt did with Proper about what they have been up to recently and what they are working on for 2013.
Demolition’s collab Seat with the guys at Markit has been super popular since it’s release last year. They are now releasing a new version in a more subtle black stitching, looks fresh! They also have a new seatclamp out for those of you who still run one of those things.
Head over to Demolition for more info on both of those.
Fit‘s new 9.25″ Skyscraper Bars are available now. This is the tallest bar Fit offer and features Straight Gauge .065″ Wall 4130 Cromoly tubing and a big box and large dual radius bends to keep them strong. These should be available worldwide pretty soon in both Black only. Be sure to check out the flip-book above featuring Dan Conway shredding his prototypes.
Last month we showed you a sneak peek of Hoang Tran’s third signature Frame from Subrosa, and today they dropped the full details and specs. Most notably is the higher 9″ standover, but this frame also features removable chain tensioners and a really fresh set of graphics. This Frame should be out in March so keep your eyes peeled for it at a bike shop near you.
Head over to Subrosa for more photos of Hoang’s new steed all built up.
Material: 4130 Sanko chromoly, double butted top tube, down tube, seat stays Top Tube: 20.5″, 20.75″, 21″ Chain Stay: 13.75 with room to remove wheel, 13.5 fully slammed Head Tube: 75 degrees, integrated, CNC machined, heat treated and drilled for gyro tabs Seat Tube: 69 degrees, internally butted, 9.0″ standover height, integrated seat clamp w/ replaceable nut and bolt BB Type: mid, T5 Deathproof heat treated, specifically designed to not hang up during grinds BB Height: 11.6″
Low profile removable brake mounts
Custom manufactured wishbone Dropouts: 6mm hollow with integrated chain adjustor for 14mm axle, T5 Deathproof heat treated Weight: 4.9 lbs for 20.5 top tube Colors: Chrome, Space Black
Head over to United for a bike check with the one and only Ian Morris. Mozza is the main man behind United and 4Down so you know his ride is going to be stacked with their finest new and prototype parts. He is currently a production sample of the new Dinero Frame (which is almost out!) wrapped in United parts including samples of United’s Tires which have an extra thin tan line on the sidewall, much like Ilegal’s new Tires. No word if these will even make production but they certainly make the bike stand out and look fresh.
I wonder how many more brands will be following suit and bringing out these ‘thin-line’ Tires?
Fit Bike Co‘s Ben Lewis signature 4 piece Bars are now in production. Measuring up very close to the current Mac Bars at 8.85″ high and 28.5″ wide, and with wrist friendly 4 degrees up sweep and 10.5 back. The bars also feature Fit’s proven dual radius bends making these bars super resilient against bending. These are being welded up as we speak in house in Santa Ana California so expect them to hit the shops in the next month. Castillo fans are stoked!
Our new mobile site is now live and ready for you to check out on your smartphone or web tablet! You can now find out everything about the latest new and prototype BMX parts where ever you are. Bookmark it and let us know what you think!
Shadow already make a bunch of Sprockets but these new KIL Sprockets are made at home in the USA. The KIL (Keep It Local) is available now in 25 and 28 tooth versions and only in classic black, which is very uncharacteristic for Shadow as most of their parts are available in all the colours under the sun.
Rad to see more brands pushing products manufactured at home. I could be wrong but when i spoke to Shadow’s main man Ronnie B at Interbike, he mentioned that they are looking to do a whole line of USA made KIL products so keep your eyes peeled for more.
I spotted this at Interbike last year but didn’t know when it was going to hit production. Subrosa just confirmed that they will be bringing out a Flatland specific version of their DTT Frame which will be re-released this year in both a Street, Flatland and even a 24″ version. This flatland specific version features a 19″ top tube and a 13.25″ rear end. The 13.25″ set up leaves room to remove the chain, so if you really want to slam your rear wheel it can be set up at 13″. Combined with an 8.5″ stand over height and a 75 degree headtube angle this frame rides solid.
If your looking for a flatland frame with some retro throwback looks, this could be your bet. This frame should be out later this year. Be sure to head over to Subrosa to find out more and see what it looks like built up.
Our friends at Tree just hooked up up with another exclusive look at a product they are working on.
“Here are the pictures of our prototype steel guards. They’re one-piece fully heat treated 4130, they come in both front and rear specific versions, and they will simply press on to take the place of the original collars on our current straight pull hubs. There’s also a cog guard version that comes in both Tree specific and universal hub fitments. We are still testing them currently, but we’re expecting the final product to be out everywhere by this summers end.”
Tree always put a lot of thought and effort into their products, even something as simple as a hub guard Steel guards are much stronger than their alloy or plastic alternatives and also slide a hell of a lot better on most surfaces. Keep an eye out for these later this year and be sure to check out Tree’s website for more info on the rest of their products.
Shout out to Can You Dig It for the drop on this one, looks like Ben Ward has been busy designing yet another badass bike part for Fit Bike Co. This sneak peek on their Facebook page shows samples of their new High-Top Stem. No more info on this yet but it looks like it will be the tallest rise Stem they have done yet, and will be available in both 49, 52 and 55mm reaches. From the photo, it seems to resemble Brian Foster’s Stem which isn’t a bad thing as the BF Stem has to be one of the nicest looking Stems out there (in my opinion at least). Expect more news to follow shortly from Fit.
Are we seeing the resurgence of the brake? Well given that more brands seem to be bringing out their own brake systems and accessories it would appear that brakes are indeed very much here to stay. Check out this prototype lever that Kink are working on. Ben Hittle is testing this unit at the moment, really into the slim design and barrel adjuster-less design on this one. No word on a release date but I’d imagine it will be released along with their Brake which we spotted at Interbike last year. Be sure to pay attention to Kink’s website for more info on this and other new products the guys are working on.
Back in December we got a sneak peek at the latest incarnation of the infamous G-Sport Pleg. Seen here is a selection of Pleg 2 prototypes that Adam Banton is currently testing. You can see here in greater detail that the new Plegs are a smaller diameter than the previous ones, and feature an insert that goes 2/3s through the peg, making them much stiffer than the originals. Although I can be certain from the photo, it looks like there are both Alloy and Steel inserts, no word yet on what the production versions will come with.
The Pleg 2 will be available later this year so stay tuned more more info on materials and colour options. Knowing Odyssey I’m sure there will be plenty!
Check out this rad new collab bike that Shadow and Subrosa are bringing out. Consisting of the finest parts from both brands including Simone Barraco’s Noster Frame and Strada Tires, these bikes will be super limited and only available in the USA. For the full rundown of the spec and more photos head over to Shadow.
This ultimate fantasy bike is a limited edition run so contact your local shop or favorite mail order. Available June, 2013.
These new Daily Grind Sprockets are CNC machined from 7075 Aluminum and have a steel insert to hold strong on the 48 spline spindles. They will be available in 25 and 28 tooth, also in both 19mm or 22mm spline-drive spindle sizes. Colors to be announced and should be available this Summer.
Be sure to head over to The Union to check out a great interview with the owner Jon and find out more about the brand and what they have in store for 2013.
Fit just released a sneak peek of their new Skyscraper Bars which Dan Conway is currently testing right now. These measure up at 9.25″ high making them the highest Bars Fit have made to date, and should be out in February in black and chrome.
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