Here’s another sneak peek of Shane Weston’s Blind Freecoaster from Eclat. This hub has more people talking about it than that tall chap that supposedly kicked the shit out of Justin Bieber this week. Shane seems stoked on the hub and it’s reliability, and I’m sure a lot of you will be happy to hear that this thing is going to have a decent amount of slack adjust-ability;
Slack adjustments are done through “slack disc’s” which come in three sizes. Quarter crank of slack is the middle disc, that’s what I run.
Whilst we haven’t got an official release date yet I have it on good authority from the boys in Cologne that the Blind Hub is almost finished and should be out this year. Fingers crossed eh?
Spotted this over on their Facebook page, it looks like the next drop of Demolition Rotator Freecoasters will come with a needle bearing in the driver, much like Cult and Shadow have done with theirs. They have also beefed up the axle making it solid all the way through.
With more brands now doing their version of a coaster its good to see them updating them batch by batch in order to make a more reliable hub.
This new Demolition will be extremely helpful to most of you who run a Freecoaster. They put together this sweet how to, explaining how to disassemble, maintain and adjust the slack in your hub. Bearing in mind the Demolition Rotator Hub uses the same KHE style system as most other freecoaster this video will be just as useful for any of you who run a Federal, Cult, Primo, Colony, Alienation any most other freecoasters on the market!
Hold on to your hats people, you read that right. Seen here on Aaron Ross’ bike is a sneak peek at a prototype Odyssey Freecoaster he is currently testing out. Odyssey haven’t had a freecoaster out since the old Reloader Hub over 10 years ago, which is the hub that pretty much all Freecoasters out there right now are based on, so you could say that the Reloader is the grandaddy of all the clutch/friction style hubs you see everyone riding about on at the moment.
GSport (Odyssey’s sister brand) were playing around with multiple freecoaster designs for what seemed like forever, but sadly they could never get a design that worked perfectly and could be made for a sensible price. After being teased with this photo late last year, here is the new freecoaster design that Odyssey have been working on. Those with an attention for detail will notice this hub looks like an axially engaging style system similar to what many riders are using right now, but despite the lack of information we have right now I’d be very surprised if this was anything but “stock” inside. After playing with loads of ways to do a lighter almost cassette type freecoaster, maybe Odyssey have realized that they should go down the route of improving upon the design they started with all of those years ago with the Reloader hub, but doing some work on improving the bearing setup much like Cult have tried to do with their Match freecoaster.
As with all Odyssey products this thing wont be rushed and I’m sure will have to go through a huge amount of team testing until it’s ready for production. It does look like it uses chromoly hardware and 10mm female bolts which will be interesting to see if they bring out a male axle version for heavy peg users? We’ll keep an eye and an ear out for any more information regarding this hub and will update you with any more news as we get it…
Let’s face it, it was only a matter of time before this happened. Russian brand Code Bikes have done a run of Oil Slick Freecoaster Hubs along with a matching front hub. Available through Hellride BMX Shop in Russia, these hubs use the standard KHE design but with that extra spicy colour that everyone and their mothers are into this year.
Shadow just released a bit more info their new Raptor Freecoaster which will be available later on this year. As predicted it uses the same KHE/Clutch style mechanism as most other coaster out right now, but it looks like they have added a needle bearing into the driver much like the Cult have done with theirs.
Some more info on the new Shadow Raptor Freecoaster, available in June 2014 – We’ve taken the best features of the KHE internals and put them into one hub, along with some updated features that we feel will make it more durable and run with less resistance as well as have a consistent engagement – – Raptor CNC 6061 alloy hub shell – 14mm solid cro-mo male axle with 8mm hex broach – Cro-mo cones and inserts for durability – 9T 1pc CNC cro-mo driver with needle and cartridge bearings – Angular Contact Bearing and oversized cartridge in hub shell – Thrust bearing behind the clutch reduces drag during rollbacks – 36H left or right drive – Weight: 23.2 oz. – Colors: black, raw polish
Primo‘s Freemix Hub is now available! For those of you who were wandering what this thing looks like on the inside, here is a bit more info courtesy of Pef at Unleaded BMX Shop in France who just received their delivery of the Hubs and complete wheels.
Click through to find out more…
After somewhat of a hiatus from the Freecoaster game, it looks like the recent surge in everyone going backwards has led The Shadow Conspiracy to go back to the drawing board and give it another go after their first effort a few years ago that never came to fruition.
No real info here, but if I were to guy I would say it uses an axially engaging clutch system like 90% of the other freecoasters out right now, but with Shadow’s very own extra spiciness to it. Expect to here more on this one soon…
I noticed this at Interbike but never got a chance to take a look and see how it works. KHE have teamed up with Freecoaster pioneer Bruce Crisman to try and perfect the ultimate backwards hub. I spotted this on the KHE Facebook page, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait until later to get a look of how it actually works.
Ready for a little video promo this evening? This is the first traditional freecoaster to ever have the option of switching between RHD and LHD with just a handful of parts!
Well, well, well… What do we have here? Yup this is Eclat‘s Blind Freecoaster which after almost 3 years now looks like it’s pretty close to being finished. From what the boys in Germany tell me, after a few issues holding it back, we can expect to see the Blind Hub available in 2014. Is the holy grail of Freecoasters almost with us?
As seen on Dima’s fresh new Wethepeople Sterling set up over on their site. I’m really feeling that Red…
Primo just dropped some knowledge on their new Freemix Freecoaster that should be out next month! I’m liking the idea of those snap-on nylon hub guards.
Our first freecoaster hub in a very long time the FREEMIX will be available next month and we figured this would be a good time to talk a bit about it. Our goal with this hub was to make the most basic coaster possible because as many of you may already know these hubs can be a bit confusing once disassembled. This is why our coaster come with no adjustable slack. By removing any adjustable pieces you are left with a longer lasting hub that requires less maintenance.
The second detail we felt was very important was to offer the FREEMIX as a complete wheel as well since we know how inconvenient it can be building up a whole new wheel just to see what coasting feels like. If that’s not enough for you we have a special treat to top it all off. All Primo hubs including but not limited to the FREEMIX now have snap on nylon hub guards. If you have never grinded a rail or ledge before with a nylon hub guard you are truly missing out on the smoothest grind possible. The new DSG and NDSG guards are available separately for our FREEMIX and REMIX hubs in early 2014. If you are serious about wanting to get into riding a coaster do your research, the FREEMIX has been tested by nearly the entire Primo Pro team for over a year now and has been put to work. Check our recent Primo Blazers edit to see it in action.
Probably the most talked about item at Interbike in September, Profile‘s new Cassette/Freecoaster hybrid has been causing quite a stir recently. Tyler Gillard is Profile’s flatland guru and the man behind this hub, watch as he takers it for a spin in this short video. They dont give too much away but you can see that it appears to work like a cassette (the noise) and then turns into a freecoaster when back peddled. Cant wait to hear more on this one…
The one and only Chad Degroot has a bike check up on the Profile Racing website featuring his new Deco Terry Adams frame and the prototype Profile Freecoaster that we saw at Interbike. We don’t know much about this coaster, but we do know that it’s made in Florida and was designed by Chad and fellow Profile flatland pro Tyler Gillard. The hub works similar to a cassette hub in that it uses pawls and a ratchet to engage, but when you backpedal it actually locks the cranks and allows you to coast backwards.
Bearing in mind Profile have the ability to design and manufacture prototypes all in one building, I’m really intrigued into this design and hoping it’s the “holy grail” that we’re looking for. Hopefully we’ll have more info on this soon.
Spotted on TCU, 180 Distribution just dropped this Demolition Rotator freecoaster promo with a ton of rad riding footage from the legend himself, Ryan ‘Biz’ Jordan. He puts that coaster to better use than most do (whether going backwards or forwards) and we get a look in on the freecoaster’s specs in between clips. For a better look at the hub itself check out this piece Dave did on the Rotator last month. Goody gumdrops, peep it.
Damn this is super rad. We just got sent a link to this new Freecoaster manufactured in Buatan, Indonesia by a rider owned brand called 2DBMX. We don’t have that much info at the moment (we cant read Indonesian sadly) but it looks like it uses a CNC’d alloy shell and a friction based system (KHE, Federal, Cult etc.), but slimmed down much more than anything else out. The hub also uses a 9t driver and is available in RHD or LHD with both a 14mm heat-treated cromo axle or a female with 10mm bolts.
The Male version weighs 585g and the female is only 470g which is considerably light for a freecoaster. Where as KHE style hubs pull the clutch into the shell to engage, this hub pushes the clutch into the hub a lot like the old Stolen freecoaster did. Whilst the design looks neat, I’m skeptical as to the durability of the smaller diameter bearings in the hub and driver, and whether they can hold up to the extreme lateral forces going on inside a freecoaster.
We don’t have any information on the prices, but the hubs are available to order direct through their store so it’s worth getting in contact if you’re interested in picking one up.
Spotted over on sportky.com
Shane Weston has a bike check up on the Eclat website showcasing his latest steed. Much to the delight of what must be a hell of a lot of people, he is running a prototype of Eclat’s Blind Freecoaster which has in the works for over three years now. For those of you who are wanting a release date you aren’t in luck, but Eclat did mention it’s not too far off…
“Yes that’s a blind hub, yes its a prototype and yes its not quite ready yet. Not long now.”
Judging from the Instagram video we saw of Shane riding the hub, it looks like this could be the pre-production sample. Hopefully we see this thing early 2014. Hit up Eclat for more details and a closer look at Shane’s bike.
Be sure to hit up our Instagram page @themerged for more sneak peeks like this…