The next coaster related news of the day comes from Stranger who posted this snap of their soon-to-be-released switchable freecoaster/cassette hub. From the name we can tell this is going to adopt the newer and lighter retention ring system (used by Kink, Vocal, etc) rather than KHE licenced internals. More info and mysterious instagram snaps as they come.
Spotted here on their Instagram page is a look at Cinema‘s new FX Freecoaster hub that Corey Martinez has been testing for a while. No word on the specs yet, but the hub will be available in both LHD and RHD both as a hub or laced up to their 777 rim. Look out for this thing dropping later this Summer.
Wethepeople have been busy bees recently and the fruits of their labour are starting to come to… erm…. fruition. Here we have a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-released Helix freecoaster hub (yeah that’s right kids, oil slick hub shell…) as seen on their Facebook page;
‘We took the tried and tested features from the best freecoasters to date and then developed our very own patented clutch retention system making this thing the most durable and reliable freecoaster of it’s kind. Paired up with our new freecoaster hub guards, the Helix hub will take you backwards in style and hold up to any peg abuse that comes it’s way.’
Being a purist at heart, you’re unlikely to see me trading in my cassette for a freecoaster but if any coaster could sway me into riding backwards on the regular, I think it might be this one…. as long as it comes in black. No solid word on when this hub will hit the shops for Joe Public to buy but word on the streets says it’ll be soon. Watch this space.
The Shadow Raptor freecoaster hub is now available! Shadow have taken the traditional KHE style hub and put their own spin on it with a needle bearing driver and a new set of cone nuts. Go hit up your local shadow dealer today and start going backwards!
“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
The Stress BMX crew out of Russia are working on a Freecoaster with apparently a new set of internals which they claim does not use the Ezra or KHE systems which most coasters use at the moment. I’m interested to see whats going on inside here, I’m hoping its as impressive as the outside because that hub shell is awesome!
Probably one of the most anticipated BMX products for the last 6 years, and also the product with the most “spotted” posts on the site, Shane Weston’s Eclat Blind Hub is FINALLY due for release this Summer, so what you here is the final production sample.
The Hub will be RHD/LHD switchable as well as both male and female axle options available depending on your preference. The Blind hub also has some cool unique features you probably wont be expecting, but we’ll leave the explaining up to the guys at Eclat closer to the release date…
Last week we saw the frames and parts, and this week you get to check out United’s 2015 complete bike range. Easily their most dialed range yet, the 2015 bikes look simply stunning. Influenced from the setups and color schemes from their pro riders bikes, United provide bikes all the way from 12″ balance bikes for your wee nipper, a trail ready Forte bothers line, all the way to a Freecoasting Corey Martinez pro model that’s almost a complete replica of his own bike.
Head over to the United website to check out the whole range.
Head over to the Cult website to check out a bike check with our friend Josh Alderete and his freecoasting Stone Cold setup. Josh is running a sample pair of US made Cult 4 piece bars on there as well as the new Cult X Van tires which are on their way.
If you haven’t seen Josh’s standout part in the new Cult AM video Small Talk then you’re missing out! Easily one of the most stylish and fun to watch freecoaster riders of this generation. Go download the DVD HERE!
Alienation are prototyping an alloy drive and clutch to fit their Freecoaster hub. According to them, this will drastically reduce the weight;
The standard freecoaster cone and driver weigh 135 grams. This alloy one weighs in at 66. Currently testing.
I’m sure the guys have done their research on this one, but who really wants an alloy driver? I know Demolition used an alloy driver in the past and it wore down faster than raw skin on tarmac. And then with the clutch, why use a softer material on a hub that suffers an incredible amount of lateral stress? I guess we’re just going to have to wait and see how this one pans out…
Primo‘s new snap-on plastic hub guards are available now. These nylon hub guards are designed to be run with the Re-Mix Cassette and the Freemix Freecoaster Hubs. Available in both drive and non-drive side options, they come with a special cone-nut which replaces the already installed cone-nuts and enables you to run dual hub guards without having to spread your dopouts.
Get a closer look at the new system below… Continue reading
Ever since the very birth of the brand, the guys at Federal Bikes always manage to refine their product range with every season. From subtle colour changes, all the way through to brand new signature products, Federal never seem to disappoint when it comes to releasing a new season of products. This week the guys in Hastings are showing off their Spring/Summer drop of Frames and Parts which will be available worldwide at the beginning of next month including Stevie Churchill’s signature Bar.
Click through for exclusive first look at what is new for this season… Continue reading
Sunday just posted up a bike check with technical street wizard and social media fiend Aaron Ross. Aaron is riding his new signature Motoross Frame which will be available from Sunday dealers worldwide at the end of the month.
If you look closely you will also notice he is running the prototype Odyssey Freecoaster we spotted a while back. I’m looking forward to finding out more about that one…
Fernando Laczko is United‘s new Spanish street recruit. They have a bike check with him up on their site showing off a few prototype parts they have coming out later this year inlcusing a Digi-Camo seat, Grey 2.4″ Direct Tires, Alex V Pedals and the solid sprocket we’ve seen pop up here and there. There is also mention of a Untied cassette/freecoaster switchable hub which I’d expect is based off the Ezra model that a lot of brands are using now.
You can check out Fernado’s bike in full HERE.
GIVEAWAY NOW OVER!
The guys at 88 Bike Co hit us up with the first look at their new Freecoaster Hub which just dropped. Eight Eight is run out of Seventies distro in the UK so it only makes sense that this hub is based on the super popular Federal Freecoaster and uses the proven KHE internals that most freecoasters are using right now. The best part about this hub is the price. After bringing the Freecoaster to the masses with their Federal coaster over 7 years ago, Seventies are continuing the idea with the 88 Hub. Much like the bikes, the 88 Bike Co Freecoaster was designed to be functional yet cost-effective and retails for the wallet friendly price of £99.99, making it the most affordable freecoaster out right now.
The same coaster will be available later this year both on their street-ready £350 Psycho complete bike, and as a complete wheel build for a sub £200 price tag. This makes it perfect for the growing amount of riders who are wanting to try out a coaster but don’t have a massive budget to invest. The hubs are available now from Seventies distro in the UK and are only available in LHD for now, but RHD versions and complete wheels are expect later this year. Stu Dawkins from Seventies hit us up with a bit more about this new price-point freecoaster;
“The new 88 LHD freecoaster has been designed with KHE internals to create a technically advanced hub at an entry level price. This is the perfect price point hub for either the pro rider or someone just trying a freecoaster for the first time. The tried and tested KHE internals insure that this hub won’t let you down!”
GIVEAWAY – Want to win an 88 Bike Co Freecoaster? We have teamed up with 88 Bike Co and have ONE of these LHD Freecoaster Hubs to give away! All you have to do is the following;
The winner will be picked next week on Thursday the 3rd of April. Good luck!!
This is rad. Working within the bike industry I’ve always got my eye out for upcoming technology from outside BMX, and lets face it, huge brands like Specialized have a hell of a lot more revenue to spend on R&D than say Odyssey so some pretty wild ideas get tried out. It looks like hub manufacturer DT Swiss along with component brand Spank are working on a mountain bike hub that uses magnets to engage the drive a opposed to the standard pawl/spring setup.
You can check out the full article HERE.
Pretty interesting concept and I’d love to see how this would work in person. Pretty sure there is some way you could get that setup to work as a freecoaster maybe?…
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?