I seem to keep getting lumped with all these new types of pedals to research and explain to you guys but I can’t say it’s not exciting… here are the new Senec pedals from Kink that are out now at all good bike shops and mail-orders worldwide. On all outward appearances you’d be forgiven for thinking these are just your normal run-of-the-mill plastic pedals but these have been designed from the ground up to be easy to maintain, remove and replace the bodies. Walk with me…
Everyone like a good bike check, and Sean Sexton has one of the most dailled bikes in the game, especially now as has just received the jump up to Odyssey‘s Full pro team (he just left Cinema). Check out his latest whip built around his signature frame from Kink and Odyssey’s finest parts, which will so include a prototype of their new Freecoaster apparently;
Well, if you want to get technical, Odyssey doesn’t make a freecoaster at the moment, so he’s mostly on our wheels. But, even more good news, we’ve been working on a new freecoaster design for the past six months, and Sean will be on a prototype very shortly. More details soon!
Kink‘s long-awaited CST forks are now available through Kink’s dealers and distributors worldwide. These lovely-legged babies come with 10mm slotted, 6mm thick investment-cast drop-outs keeping them flawlessly smooth and tidy, 165mm long steerer tube and tapered legs with internal butting. All that and the whole package has been constructed from 100% heat treated 4130 chromoly… Click here for the full spec run-down Continue reading
Kink have added a new product to their arsenal, the very tidy looking CST Fork, which is made from 100% heat treated 4130 chromoly and has tapered and butted legs to boot. This very modern fork comes with a built-in headset bearing race for campy-type headsets and thick 6mm investment-cast dropouts slotted for 10mm axles with a short, responsive rake of 28mm to help with front wheel tricks.
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Kink just dropped their latest Tech Talk where Matt Antes sits down to talk about their new Senec Pedals that feature an oversized spindle and bushings instead of bearings. These Pedals also fetaure universal (Right or Left compatible) replaceable pedal bodies making them perfect for those of you who go through cheap plastic pedals pretty quickly. Head over to the Kink site for more info on the Senec Pedals.
Weight: 15.1oz (per pair)
Oversized Forged and Machined Hollow Spindle
Unique Bearingless Design
No More Bent Spindles Or Blown Out Bearings
Installs With 6mm Allen Key Or 3/8′s Ratchet Drive
Bodies Made From a Unique Nylon and Fiberglass Blend
Universal and Replaceable and Pedal Bodies“
In this latest installment of Kink‘s Tech Talk series Matt gives us the low-down on the Kink Atlas Rim. This looks like a very strong rim with a low profile side-wall and a super wide box-section that always helps to eliminate pinch flats. Click the video for more info and go to Kink’s site for the full spec on these rims.
Damn, I knew Kink Bikes were working on a Freecoaster but this is devilishly simple!
It looks like it work in a similar fashion to the Eclat and Ezra Hubs in that it’s essentially 90% a cassette hub with special pawls that retract into the hub. The best feature about this hub is that you will be able to convert any Kink Cassette Hub including the 8t driver Incite (or similar hubs) into a Freecoaster just by purchasing a few small parts.
Here Kink’s product designer Matt Ante’s explains about their new design-
“ Nearly a year ago we started developing our take on the freecoaster, and it’s a bit different than anything else you may have seen.
You’ll notice this is our standard cassette driver, with a few crucial modifications. With the addition of our unique retention ring and coaster pawls, our cassette is easy transformed into a freecoaster.
it’s a simple upgrade to the existing Kink Incite cassette hub and all future Kink cassette hubs. Simply purchase a few parts to upgrade your driver to a freecoaster. Another advantage is that you can have an 8T (or 9T) freecoaster, which doesn’t currently exist on the market. Of course if you aren’t feeling the freecoaster, you can easily switch it back to a cassette.”
Excited to see more on this one. Read more on the Kink website HERE.
Kink‘s new heat-treated chromoly hub guard is now available worldwide. This hub guard, although made mainly to be used on the driver side of your hub, can be used on the non-drive side too which should save you a whole bunch of money. Also did I mention it was made of heat-treated chromoly? These things are made to take pretty much any damage you can chuck at them. Get your local shop to hit up Kink’s distro in your part of the globe to get your mitts on one of these.
Available in: Black
Heat-Treated Chromoly Steel construction
Fits Most Current Cassette Hubs (8t/9t drivers)
Slides Between Hardware and Dropout For Easy Installation
Kink’s Senec Pedal has been in development for over two years now, and much to our joy is now available from Kink dealers worldwide.
Using an oversized forged and machined hollow spindle, the Senec pedal uses a universal and replaceable nylon pedal bodies with a unique bearingless design. This means no more bent spindles or blown out bearings. The bodies fit either left or right pedal, simply slide on/off the spindle and install with a 6mm Allen Key Or 3/8′s Ratchet Drive. Weighing in at 15.1oz (per pair) they only come in Black for now.
I’m a big fan of these, and cant wait to try a pair out for my self!
In this Tech Talk video, Matt from Kink gives us a complete run-down on all the design aspects of the new Ben Hittle signature stem. This incredibly simple yet well thought out stem is definitely one of the top contenders in the top-loader market right now, especially with it being Forged rather than CNC’d, which keeps the cost down whilst being stronger.
Colours: NEW Blue, NEW Bronze, Black
Rise: 24mm (8mm Inverted)
Forged From 6061-T6 ALuminum For Superior Strength
M8x1.25mm Solid Stem Bolts
Kink’s new flangless Samurai Grips are now available. Slightly longer than most at 150mm and thinner at 29mm, these things are made in the USA by ODI, so you know they’re going to feel great! They also include plug style barends and only out in Black at the moment.
Kink had a bunch of new product on display at Interbike a few weeks back and by the looks of it some of it is now available. For 2014 they have introduced two new frames, the Mudrunner and the Titan, both of which are now available worldwide. The Mudrunner is built for going fast in cement bowls or hitting the biggest sets of trail and comes in either Black, Grey or Ben Hittle’s signature colourway Gloss Navy. The Titan on the other hand is more street orientated and comes in Black, Blue or Aaron Smith’s signature Burnt Orange. Head over to the product pages to check them both out in further detail.
What would a trails frame be with out some brakes? Good think Kink have you covered in that department. To go with their already dialed brake and cable, they now offer a rather snazzy new brake level. The Restrain Lever is fully forged for superior strength, and features and ergonomically designed lever and oversized bushings for smooth pull. Currently available in Black, Blue, Bronze and soon this new Raw colour that will be an option on the whole range later this year.
As always, be sure to hit up the Kink Bikes website for more information on all of these products and to check out what the team are up to.
The Titan is more of a team frame and features street based geometry with a short 13.25″ backend and super wide chain stays for clearance with large 2.3″+ tires. This frame also uses invest cast dropouts with integrated chain tensioners and Fly’s EBS removable brake mounts.
Weight: 4lbs 12oz (20.5″)
Chainstay: 13.25″ Slammed
BB Height: 11.75″
Headtube Angle: 75 Degree
Seattube Angle: 71 Degree
Material: 100% Seamless 4130 Chromoly
Internally and Externally Machined Spanish BB Shell
Integrated Campy Spec Headtube
Integrated Seat Clamp
Removable EBS Brake Mount System
Wide Chainstay Bends for Big Tire Clearance
Investment Cast Dropouts w/ Integrated Chain Tensioners
Investment Cast Seatstay and Chainstay Bridges
CNC Engraved K-Star Headtube Logo
Toptube and Downtube Gussets
You will be able to pick up the Titan in 20.5, 20.75 and 21 inch options, as well as a choice of Black, Metallic Blue or Matte Orange which will be Aaron Smith’s signature colourway. The Frame isn’t on the Kink website just yet, but expect them to have it online in further detail shortly after Interbike where this thing is bound to be on display, so we’ll be sure to get a closer look then.
Kink just dropped another Tech Talk video with their product guy Matt Antes, where he talks about the new Ideal bar ends. These bar ends come in two sizes depending on your preferences. With more riders choosing to run Metal bar ends because of their durability over cheap plastic plugs, it’s good to see some size options.
Weight per pair: Small 0.65oz / Standard 0.9oz
Available in two sizes, small 22.2mm and standard 31mm.
Small size stays hidden under the grip and is extra hand-friendly for barspins.
Standard size is a traditional diameter and protects the grip end.
Made from long lasting 7075-T6 aluminum.
Simple installation with 6mm allen key.
Color: Black, Blue, Bronze
In the below video from Kink you can get a sneak peek at the new Plastic Pegs they have been working on over the past year. Not too much info on these, but I’m pretty sure they use a Chromoly Core with a Plastic sleeve that looks much thicker than most other Plastic Pegs out right now. Pair these up with their plastic guards and you have one, fast and durable grind setup. Tony Hamlin and the team have been testing these for a bit now, expect these guys to have these on display at their booth at Interbike in September.
Shout out to Kurt at The Union for spotting this one.
Matt from Kink Bikes runs you through their new Plastic Hub Guards designed specifically for their Incite and Boulevard Hubs. Both the Hubs and these Guards are available now.
-Incite Hub Guard
Works Exclusively With Incite Cassette Hub
Fits Directly Over Hub Hardware
Proven Polycarbonate Material
Non-Drive Side Only
-Boulevard Hub Guard
Works Exclusively With Boulevard Front Hub
Fits Directly Over Hub Hardware
Proven Polycarbonate Material
Works On Both Sides
Be sure to head over to Kink to get more info on these and the rest of Kink’s product line.
Tree‘s SB Power Brake Cable in now available. You would have thought it would be just another re-branded generic cable with a different logo, but as per usual Tree went back to the drawing board and put in a lot of hard work to create a product that they believe is superior to anything else available right now. Much of this is incredibly technical, but if you want to have the most dialled brake setup running, then I strongly urge you to look at what makes this Cable so good.
First off the Cable actually comes in two lengths. The 44” long housing is the Perfect length and can be put straight on your bike without the need to cut it down. It is long enough to comfortably do one full barspin even with up to 10” bars. The 50” long housing is “normal” housing length and can be cut down to your preferred length if you want a longer cable.
Tree licensed the brass barrel design from Kink bikes instead of just taking their idea. The separate brass barrel piece prevents wire twist and allows the cable to self-correct which works really well at increasing pulling power due to the stiffer wire. The cable can be easily converted to a lower gyro cable by removing the barrel. The aluminium ferrules have a flat bottom for the housing to butt up against which keeps the cable from binding up on the ends. They also have a nylon plastic guide inside so there is no metal on metal rubbing.
The cable uses steel linear wires with Kevlar fiber wrap that prevents binding when the cable is twisted up. The inside is lined with a Teflon tube built into the housing. The inner wire is 1.5mm pre-stretched, die extruded, and Teflon coated for lowest friction possible. A lot of cables have some of these attributes but the Tree cable is the first cable to have all of these benefits in one cable.
The cable is available now in Black from Tree Dealers worldwide. Be sure to head over to the Tree website to get the rundown on the Cable, as well as the rest of their extensive product line.
Kink Bikes have always had a solid line of clothing, and this years is no exception. Their extensive new Back To School range of soft goods is now available and you can check it out here in this neat flipbook, or in more detail over on the Kink site. The highlight for me has to be those rad iPhone Cases, so sick…
Kink Bikes are a few products shy of providing everything you need to make a 100% Kink Bike. Following the release of their Hubs last year, they have just released their second very own high-end Rim dubbed the Atlas. The Atlas Rim is extruded from industry standard 6061-T6 aluminum and features a low and sleek 15mm tall sidewall paired with a super wide 36mm profile for additional strength. This high quality welded seam Rim weighs in at 15.8oz and is available in Blue, Bronze and Black.
If Plastic Barends just aint cutting it, then have a look at Kink’s new Ideal Bar ends. Available in two sizes, small 22.2mm and standard 31mm. The small size stays hidden under the grip and is extra hand-friendly for barspins, whilst the standard size is a traditional diameter and protects the grip end. These are made from long lasting 7075-T6 aluminum, and are available now in Black, Blue, Bronze.