A few months ago, I got the privilege to go visit the Animal Bikes warehouse on a dealer’s night and see what the guys were cooking up for the upcoming year. Between a huge jam that was going out on in the parking lot, sitting down to talk about upcoming parts and apparel, and all the free pizza and beer you could possibly drink, the hours flew by.
Luckily, I was able to get some pictures of parts that’ll dropping soon, along with some more info on what went into making them a reality. With that being said, let’s get started on this. Click through for more…
After speaking to Jay Dyer at Interbike he said Animal were working on a Freecoaster so I was stoked to see this photo of the prototypes that Jared Washington is testing out. Looks like a similar KHE style clutch system that many are using nowadays but I’m sure there is some Animal magic inside there somewhere. Looking forward to hearing more on these…
Head on over to Defgrip to get a look at the brand new Spring 2014 softgoods from Animal Bikes shot by Rob Dolecki. New tees, hats and socks all look dialed as usual. Expect all of this to be available soon form your local Animal dealer.
‘Jewels!’, ‘Nads!’ i hear a lot of riders howling on facebook over the subject on Animal‘s yet-to-be-released Chris Silva signature axle nuts but unlike it’s predecessors it’s available for female axles; of which are usually a massive pain in the arse for us grinding-pegless folk (*sticks out chest*) Interestingly, the female option comes with an added recessed allen key slot inside the socket fitting. Head over to The Union to read the interview Kurt did with Chris on the subject of these nuts and grinding in general, ’tis a good’un.
Jared Washington has a bike check up on Animal where you can get a sneak peek at his new 9.1″ signature Presidential bars, a new Stem and a few other new bits the boys in New Jersey are working on this year.
Head over to Ride BMX for a bike check with Chase Dehart where he discusses some new signature parts he’s working on with Cult as well as probably the best sticker I have ever seen.
“Right now, a lot. The second version of my signature frame is about to come out in May, I’m working on my 2nd version of my signature grip right now, new version of my signature seat, newer size and color tires. Working on a promo for my new frame soon. And then with Animal I have a signature snapback hat coming out, and I’m pretty sure they are trying to work on a video, so I want to start filming for that now that the winter is over. Should be real busy this whole year, which is good.”
Animal Bikes are testing out 165mm versions of their already popular Akimbo Cranks. Here is the shorter 165mm (in chrome) under a regular 175mm arm for comparison. A lot of street riders are moving to shorter cranks for their peg clearance and assistance in technical tricks. Expect to see these available later this year along with a bunch of other new products that they are working on right now…
After our Yesterday’s News earlier this week, its awesome to see that Animal are working on giving the classic GLH Tire a makeover. Spotted on Jared Washington’s bike is a look at the new updated version which looks to be nice and big and have a dark red sidewall. Animal are working on a lot of new products right now so I’d expect we will see more on this one soon…
This week’s Yesterday’s News is kind of a history lesson and delayed product review all rolled into one. Animal’s GLH Tire has been around for a good while now and is the tire of choice for street riders around the world. If you’ve got a spare five minutes, put the kettle on and get ready to read another of my usual ramblings about another BMX product that stands out from the rest… Continue reading →
Apparently the Animal team tested these sprockets for over a year … ’nuff said really. The M5 Sprocket has a classic five-spoke design, made from CNC’ed 6065 series aluminium and comes in 25 or 28 tooth sizes in black or polished raw colours (and if it matters it weighs 2.6 oz… or 73 grams) It’s now available worldwide from your local Animal Bikes dealer, mail order or direct from Animal’s web store.
Animal‘s new Mike Hoder signature chain looks like a beast and is available now from Dan’s Comp.
The Animal Hoder 710 chain is Mike Hoder’s signature model made by KMC using the proven KMC 710 chain as the basis. The Hoder 710 features both heat-treated and riveted pins for maximum strength, and tall inner plates for increased tensile strength. Pre-installed half link helps fine tune the rear end length.
Get over to Defgrip now and check out the new Animal Bikes 2013 Softgoods Winter Collection lookbook. Rob Dolecki shot this during their recent Japan trip which you might have seen snippets of on Instagram. As always this stuff is super high quality and looks legit. Available now from the Animal webstore HERE.
I actually picked up a pair of these at the Animal suite in Vegas whilst at Interbike back in September, and although I’m not a huge Cee-Lo player I thought they were pretty rad. These dice are now available from the Animal Bikes online store for those of you wanting the ultimate road trip accessory. Hit em.
Back in September it was announced that BSD would also be distributed by Animal Bikes in the U.S along with their existing distributor, QBMX. Animal just received their first shipment of product, so if you’re on the east coast and are in need of some fresh BSD gear, go have your local shop give them a call.
Spotted on Chris Silva’s bike check on the Animal Bikes website are these yet-to-be-released Animal axle nuts. These look very much in the vein of the old Primo/Bizhouse nuts that are super hard to find so it’s good to see a revival of these ‘pegs-for-the-pegless’.
No word on what exactly they’re made of yet or of any options available but it looks to have the same socket-drive fitting as it’s predecessors (saving on tools) but they will be compatible with female hubs-sets like the Javelin hub shown above. Watch this space for more info as it comes.
Animal Bikes just got another batch of their V3 Sprockets machined up in California by our good friend Ken at Zodiac Engineering. Expect to see the V3 Sprocket back in stock at your local bike shop soon in 25, 28 and 30t sizes as well as your choice of Black or new for this batch, Raw. These things look simply amazing and goes to show that American BMX production is still very much alive and kicking.
“Neither of us, Animal or myself, are big fans of bright colors and all that crap so we kept it industrial and went with black and clear for these. The finish is Mil-A 8625 Type II clear sulfuric anodize. This shows all details left in the material giving a raw look but the anodize will help resist wear and gives a nice surface for the laser to etch into. For all of those that asked for raw sprockets, these are for you.”
Head over to Defgrip for a look book showcasing Animal Bikes Fall 2013 softgoods collection which was shot whilst some of the team were out at Texas Toast last month. As expected form the guys in New Jersey, another dialed range of Tee’s, Hats and Hoodies, all of which are available now from the Animal online store.
Hit up the Animal site for more info and to cop your self some fresh gear for the approaching winter.
We spotted Animal’s prototype chain on Hoder’s bike a few months back, but we had no idea it would in fact be his signature model. As seen in the Animal Bikes 2014 catalog, Hoder’s chain is a KMC 710 with stamped Animal logo and a pre installed halflink. Hoder is a beast of a rider, and the 710 is one of the burliest in the game so it makes sense for the guys in New Jersey to give it a few subtle tweaks and give it to him as a signature model.
Check out the rest of Animal’s new and current product range HERE -
Spotted here on Benny L’s new ride is a prototype seat from Animal. By the looks of it, this is an updated, fatter version of Nigel Sylvester’s signature Seat, very similar to the seat we spotted on Mike Hoder’s bike a few week’s ago, but with a Kevlar cover. Much like most of the stuff we’re posting this week, expect to see more on this in a few weeks at Interbike.
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