Right now there is a huge market for kids on scooters making the transition to BMX. St Martin just released the Darwin in 14″, check the press release below!
“Yes, a 14-inch bike, not 12, not 16.
The original idea came from Taka at Delirium Distribution, St-Martin distributor in Japan. He realized that there was a big gap between 12″ and 16″ bikes. Some children feel unconfortable on 12″ and 16″ bikes because they are already too tall for a 12″ bike or yet too small for a 16″ bike.
We’ve worked 6 months on that 14″ bike project to reach the best balance possible, in order to make kids happy when they ride.
The bike uses modern technical solutions such as integrated headset, Aheadset stem, cassette hub on rear wheel, forged alloy crank, 4 alloy pegs, unidirectional tires and 1-pc seat/seatpost combo.
And it also uses specific solutions for small riders : 1″ headset, 19 mm O.D. handlebar and grips, 24×9 gearing with short crank arms. A too short gear ratio is not good when combined with short crank arms. Rider may loose bike control because body and legs move too fast.
This nice and small bike will be available in Japan in march and in Switzerland and France in april.”
Complete specs here http://www.stmartinbmx.com/products/2014-mini-darwin-bike/
Brazil is experiencing super hot tempertures right now, Lisias shows his set up at a scenic river location! Even with English subtitles, enjoy!
More new product today, this time Viki Gomez gets a signature pedal with Moto Bicycles, due out in April! Check it out!
The Merged just featured a spy shot of the new Odyssey freecoaster:
“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 that quite obviously on first appearances this hub looks like standard KHE style hub that everyone is 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 hey should go down the route of improving upon the design the started 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.”
Isaiah Jordan has a signature frame with Modern Bikes, the Matt Carolina Blue is a nice touch, check out all the specs below and some riding footage fresh out the gate! Keep up to date on release info with website link below.
HT Angle: 75
ST Angle: 71
CS Slammed: 13″”
Dropouts: 3/8″ 3/16″ Thick, Enclosed
Integrated: Seatpost Clamp, Headtube
Removable Gyro Tabs, Brake Mounts, Cable Guides
Weight: estimated under 4lbs.
Made In USA
Bert Ribul just sent in this product news, the Junglerider Hermit Stem is available now, 30 or 38mm reach. Colours: Ed Black or Oilslick. Available worldwide very soon, including Flatlandfuel. More products and new Junglerider website to follow soon!
This update from Pat at Flatland Fuel caught my eye, check it out!
Pogs are a dropout axle adapters, which allow 3/8″ axles to fit 14mm dropouts while providing chain tension when you do not have the ability to use a regular chain tensioner.
Each set of Pogs allow 4 different chain offsets:
5/32″, 7/32″, 9/32″, 11/32″ offsets.
The freecoaster is argueably the biggest trend of the last year, with almost every company jumping on it! Head over to The Merged for more details on the Shadow Raptor freecoaster!
Jeremy drops you a few lines on board his new KHE Shola ST 20.6 Bike, looking dialled!
Caught this one over at The Merged. Shadow have just re-entered the freecoaster market, you may recall they tried a freecoaster a while back but didn’t come to anything. For now not a whole lot of detail on what system they using, but that’s pretty usual with all these companies battling it out. Stay tuned!