Welcome to another edition of our monthly feature with BMX Product Blog The Merged to bring you a roundup of ten of the hottest new products in BMX from the past 30 days. This month’s pick of new products range from signature stems to complete bikes. Make sure to head over to The Merged for more photos and info on all of the products featured below, as well as more regular product updates.
Cult Butter Frame
Cult’s first signature Frame goes to possibly the smoothest street rider out there right now. Chase Dehart’s Butter Frame shares most of the proven features that have made the other Cult frames a success, but boasts a slightly lower standover height, and investment cast bridges. Along with unique sizing options and a clean set of graphics, the Butter Frame is one smooth looking steed. Soon to be available worldwide, but for now if you want to get your hands on one you should hit up the guys at Cult directly.
Fiend Garrett Reynolds Stem
We’re a big fan of this one. If a name alone can sell a product then expect Fiend’s new Garrett Reynolds Stems to sell out fast, and that’s ignoring the fact that this thing looks like one of the strongest stem’s we’ve seen in a long time. Following their ethos of simple, functional and strength orientated products, Fiend have produced a clean stem without any gimmicks or weight saving cut outs. Paying homage to the classic Solid stems, are perfect for those of you who want a stem that your teeth will thank you for. Available later this year.
Cinema VX Front Hub
With the likes of Garrett Reynolds, Nathan Williams, Corey Martinez and Dan Lacey all rolling on Cinema Wheels, you can be assured their products can stand up to some real abuse. The Cinema VX Hubs are Cinema’s flag ship hubs and the front version is now available worldwide. With subtle features like angled flanges and colour matched cone nuts, the VX Hub really does stand out from the rest and to be honest is so aesthetically pleasing I’d be happy to have one on my mantel piece.
BSD Substance Cranks
Backing up their already impressive product line-up, the dudes at BSD now have a pair of team approved, bombproof cranks ready for rails, trails and anything else you want to ride your two wheels at. The Substance Cranks use a proven 2.5 piece 22mm design which make them lighter, stronger and easier to assemble than your traditional 19mm 48 spline Cranks. These also get the thumbs up from us for coming in a choice of sizes, the classic 175mm option, or 165mm which is becoming more popular with all the 4 peggers out there.
Fit Benny L Stem
Not only did the guys at Fit mange to make a stem that tech wizard Ben Lewis was happy to put his name on, they also managed to manufacture it in a way that would maximize strength yet keep the cost down making it more affordable to your average rider. The cold forging process that Fit use on the Benny L stem is less wasteful than CNC machining, but gaurentees the same quality. Available in a choice of 4 colours and in the slightly shorter reach of 46mm, if you’re looking for a shorter cockpit then look no further.
Proper Stebson Grips
Proper have taken the classic and proved Mushroom grip and made it that little bit better. Their new Stebsons use much finer fins than traditional mushroom style grips, making them softer and thinner than any previous mushroom grip without compromising durability. Grips are always down to personal preference but just looking at these you know your hands are going to be happy on your bars.
Shadow Simone Barraco Seat
With his buttery smooth style and super consistent riding, Simone Barraco has quickly taken his place amongst the best street riders in the world, and to signify his recent addition to the Shadow Conspiracy Pro Team they have given him his very own signature Pivotal Seat. Simone’s Penumbra Pivotal Seat (as seen here in a recent bike check ) features a characteristic tie dye cover, so if that’s your thing then expect to be able pick one of these up later this year.
Skavenger USA Made Bridge Frame
We got real excited last month when the guys at Skavenger released a sneak peek of a limited edition US manufactured version of Edwin Delarosa’s signature Bridge Frame. I don’t think any frame could get any closer to Skavenger’s street roots than this beauty which is made in the very town where New York street riding originated; Brooklyn. No more info has been released at present, but Edwin is running a sample right now, and word on the street is that he’s stoked on it.
The Vandals Bike Co
With new bike brands popping up all the time, it’s rare to see a newcomer to the game come out with some real banging bikes that rival some of the big name players. Mint Distribution in the UK have just released a teaser of their new complete bike brand called The Vandals, and the Troop shown above is one of several bikes that they will be available direct from Mint and from bike shops for 2013. The official specs and prices have yet to be released but are due to be out pretty soon on their website. With the complete bike market being competitive as it is, it’s going to be interesting to see how The Vandals do against the rivals…
Stolen Sumo Sprocket
With the growing popularity of rail tricks like crank arm slides and crooked grids, more riders are experiencing snapped chains and bent sprockets. Stolen’s new Sumo Sprocket is designed to stop exactly that. The bolt-on Alloy Guard sits over the chain to stop you from damaging it, and can even be rotated to prolong the life of the guard. Available in a choice of colours and in 25t or 28t options, look for the Sumo Sprocket and Guard to be available later this August. Will this be the resurgence of the bash guard?