“Featuring a CNC machined alloy shell that’s been trimmed down to reduce weight and to look more like a cassette hub than a freecoaster our hub takes advantage of KHE’s proven (Proven to… coast backwards?) freecoaster internals and a hollow chromoly 14mm axle with alloy hardware. We’ve also included 3 slack washers for the rider to adjust their preferred amount of slack. Weight 21.3 OZ”
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…
The new Cinema FX Freecoaster wheels and hubs are now available worldwide. Based on KHE Internals and a slimmer hubshell, these things are ready to bolt on and to take you backwards. Available in Black only in both RSD and LSD, with the complete wheel featuring Cinema’s AR777 rim.
A lot of people might have missed this one, but posted up on @tonyrobertcherry ‘s Instagram page is the new The Daily Grind free coaster that’ll be out in the future. The guys at the Daily Grind put all their parts through hell before releasing them, so you know that this thing will be tested to destruction…
The boys at Merritt have a Freecoaster in the works. Looks like it uses a clutch based system but a unique bearing arangement to keep this thing rolling longer. Cant wait to find out more…
Freecoaster’s are pretty much the go to choice for every street rider these days, and now the chaps at Sunday have made it even more friendly on your wallet to own one.
Their new affordable Thundercoaster wheel starts out with a basic freecoaster hub that uses KHE-style clutch internals laced to the Thunder double wall rim. This wheel is available for $219.99 and can be picked up at your local Sunday dealer today!
Here’s another look at Odyssey‘s new Sean Sexton signature Clutch Freecoaster they announced the other day, as seen on G-Sport George’s Instagram page. Word on the street is that this uses a traditional clutch style system, but with some major differences. I’m really hoping those are 14mm female bolts, but I doubt it…
This prototype is also a LHD version, so expect to see both RHD and LHD options form the initial release, as well as hub guards. Apparently it’s pretty close to production so maybe this thing will be out by the end of the year?
Everyone got pretty excited when we posted a sneak peek of Odyssey‘s prototype Freecoaster hub earlier this year. Well thanks to this post by Odyssey’s Austin based design office, the hub will be Sean Sexton’s signature hub and will be called the Clutch Freecoaster. Guessing by the name, this thing will use a clutch based system like the KHE style hubs, but Odyssey claim this isn’t using the same internals and uses a new, unique system. Look out for more on this one at Interbike in September!
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