Tagged: Freecoaster

Spotted – Alienation Alloy Freecoaster Internals

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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…

 

Available now – Primo Plastic Hub Guards

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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

Product Focus – Federal Spring 2014

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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

Aaron Ross Bike Check

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 BIKE CHECK

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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.

88 Bike Co Freecoaster Instagram Giveaway

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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.

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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;

1. Follow @themerged on Instagram.
2. Follow @seventiesdistro on Instagram
3. Re-post this photo on Instagram with #88freecoastergiveaway in the description.

The winner will be picked next week on Thursday the 3rd of April. Good luck!!

Magnetic Drive Hubs

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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?…

Spotted – Eclat Blind Freecoaster

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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?

Demolition Rotator Freecoaster Upgrade

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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.

Demolition Parts How-To: Dissecting the RotatoR Freecoaster

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!

Spotted – Odyssey Freecoaster

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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…

Shadow Raptor Freecoaster

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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

Spotted – The Shadow Conspiracy Raptor Freecoaster

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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…

KHE Crisman Freecoaster

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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!