If you’re looking for a Hub Guard that’s gonna keep your chain fresh and slide like butter then S&M‘s new Drive Side version of their 4130 Steel Cymbal Guard will be the perfect match. These are made in the USA out of Chromoly rather than Aluminium making them much more durable and less likely to crush or deform, an too common sight with drive side guards. No words on a release date but expect to see the guys pump these out of their workshop in California in the near future.
Primo have been working super hard on re-shaping the brand this year with new riders, trips and products, and it really doesn’t seem like a week goes by that they’re not working on something new.
Pictured here is a prototype Hub Guard they have been working on that uses an alloy cone and a plastic replaceable insert over the top. My guess is that these are designed to run with their Remix Cassette Hub (which they don’t make a specific hub guard for yet…) but I guess could be compatible with similar Hubs. The same principal has been used on their N4FL Front Hubs for a while now without any issues so hopefully testing goes well and these will be available soon.
Looks like Shadow are working on some Chromoly Hub Guards for their Raptor Hubs. Seen here on Lahsaan Kobza’s bike are the front versions (he is also testing the rear version) which will fit exactly like the current Alloy Guards, only these will slide much better and hold up better to grind damage. The team will be testing these hard so look out for them to be available later this year.
Spotted over on Jared Washington’s Instagram, looks like he’s running the recently released Federal V3 Freecoaster, along with a prototype Federal Hub Guard which works with the hub. No other details on this, but apparently it will work with the old style Federal Coaster which leads me to believe it will work with similar hubs using the KHE Internals. Their hasn’t been a guard like this out yet, and I know a lot of people are going to be stoked on a hub guard made specifically for these freecoasters. Expect more info to drop from Federal soon.
EDIT- Dropped a cut away shot of the new V3 Hub (as seen at Interbike), which shows the new female axle and the added thrust bearing behind the clutch which reduces the drag and helps the cranks spin with less friction.