Again Odyssey are coming through with riders budgets in mind, and I have to say this is my favourite product this month. The Springfield brake is really simple, you can literally throw this thing on, there’s no springs to adjust. Just bolt it on and away you go. It even comes with a pair of Ghost Pads as standard. If you’re someone who is forever switching from brakes to no brakes this is ideal, why? Because it’s £15.99. Amazing.
Here’s the popular Dinero forms from United now in White. Made from full post weld seamless heat treated 4130 cromo with that awesome investment cast dropout which eliminates welds. This has always been an issue in BMX over the years. The peg sits on the dropout weld and before long a crack is forming. It’s good to see those days coming to an end. This system also gives United an opportunity to sit the dropouts flush in the centre of the legs. The bottom of the legs are fully rounded which again is great if you’re peg based. No more locking up on grinds and throwing you over the bars.
A real good set of plastic pedals from the guys at Social Bike Co. As you can imagine these are available in pretty much every colour going, ours came through in Orange, which looked dope. Nice and grippy with a tough nylon design. Cromo axles and nice smooth bearings. I’ve got a feeling these would probably last as long as some of the pedals at twice the price. Worth a look if you’re on a budget!
One Inch Punch stem
Such a good name for a stem! The Set “One Inch Punch” stem. If they do a top load, it has to be “The Upper Cut”. 6061 T-6 alloy, 53mm reach with a “no pinch” fork clamp slot. Internally relieved to save weight bringing it down to 256 grams. More to the point this looks really clean and solid with a price tag of £44.99, which is real good.
Hardrock 9’ bars
Stereo have gone up to 9 inches with their Hard Rock bars. 4130 heat treated sanko tubing, 11 butted, 30” wide with a 12 degree back and 3 degree up sweep. Ours came through in this real cool deep Chrome but they’re also available in good old fashioned Gloss Black too. These things feel real good and are being ridden by most of the team with no problems. Tough as you like!
Josh Perry pivotal seat
Here’s the Josh Perry signature pivotal seat from Eastern. Really good attention to detail here with this set up. Real Kevlar cover with extra thick foam padding and embossed EB logo and embroidered signature. Also available in Black or Grey.
The all new Roam Stem from Bicycle Union is a good honest top loader. No frills or gimmicks as you’d expect with Union, just straight up BMX. It’s only been tweaked slightly, with the edges looking much cleaner and refined. 52mm reach and machined from 6061 aluminium it’s weighing in at 312 grams and available in Black, Polished and this slick Red colourway.
Quartet rear hub
This is another great piece of engineering and thinking from Odyssey. The Quartet rear hub is their new more affordable set up and features a 6061-T6 shell with sealed cartridge bearings and a 10mm female axle with 14mm adapters. Great if you’re on a budget at £129.99 however it’s RHD only
at this stage! 9T and weighing in at 474 grams.
Really good to see some produce coming into the UK from The Set and first up we have the Corey Bohan signature “Local” bars. 13 butted heat treated chromoly, 8.25” high and 28” wide. 1 degree up sweep and 12 degree back with an 18mm crossbar. These are designed for kids who want to go as high and stylish as Corey and will last a lifetime.
Joint tyre 2.3
Stolen has come through with their new Joint tyre. It’s a good all round tyre, with a nice directional low profile tread, which wraps around and adds sidewall protection while grinding. They come in either 2.2” or 2.3”, steel bead and are more than happy ran between 80-110 PSI. 25.5oz and available in Black, Blue, Red, Tan or White wall. Get a set.
Curb Monkey tyre 2.3
We’ve featured many a product in this issue, which are aimed at riders on a budget. Again Eastern have come through with this Curb Monkey tyre, which retails at only £14.99, it’s like we’re almost going back in time now after the tyre hike we’ve suffered in recent years. It’s great to see most brands are now offering a cheaper tyre. Hefty at 2.3” with a great all round tread. Only comes in Black wall at this stage and will happily be run at 40 – 60 PSI.
Hawk tyre 2.4
Ok at 2.4 this has to be the biggest BMX tyre on the market! Chase Hawk likes to go big, really big, and he needs a tyre that is slick and grippya, and between himself and Odyssey they’ve nailed it with this one. Motorcycle inspired tread, which is extra grippy when carving. These have got jumps in mind, but they’d be more than happy on the street too. The Tan walls look super dope and they’re of course available in the standard Black wall too. Along with a 2.2 version if your frame is pre 2006!