You kick your front foot back hard, scooping the pedal back and flicking the cranks around underneath you with your battered Vans. Something is wrong. Your cranks squeak to a halt a mere 180 degrees from their original position. Your feet slap down anti-climatically upon the asphalt. Your heel-bruise worsens. The attractive woman who was showing mild interest as she walked past looks away in embarrassment and quickens her pace. Your peers nonchalantly look back down to their smartphones in silence; Courage Adams just posted on Insta and he actually lands his tricks… You try again- you kick back harder, grunt a little, people can smell your desperation now. This time you get a better grip of the remaining three pins left in your pedal. ‘This is the one…’ you think, ‘the fist bumps are coming my way.’
As you lay there, tangled among steel tubes, bleeding from a chunk missing from your Achilles tendon (probably caused by a Schrödinger’s pedal; a pedal that paradoxically seems unable to grip the bottom of your shoes yet will savagely butcher any part of your body it may end up touching) with your pride in tatters, thinking ‘Maybe I should make crankflips easy for myself and just ride a cassette…. like Courage.’ you might be better off by simply lubing your chain and changing your bottom bracket.
There are plenty of crank installation videos out there, this Merritt one being the latest example. While it gives you some good pointers on crank installation, it completely skips the BB installation stage so today I’m going to take you through what it takes to properly measure and install your new bottom bracket like a goddamn… god! We’ve all seen a number of wrong ways to fit a BB; some accidental, some on purpose, and with the evolution of the BB slowed down to a halt on the extremely efficient press-fit Mid sized BB shell, I’d say it’s high time to explain how to install the sucker correctly. Continue reading →
‘Investment casting’ is a term that seems to be popping up on the spec sheets of a whole ton of BMX parts right now… but what exactly is it? By all outward appearances you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a manufacturing process that, using some kind of witchcraft, turns your component (be it forks, frame or cranks) into one solid piece of metal. Right? Not quite. Walk with me;
As seen over on our Instagram page, is a look at a new Alloy Crank Primo are working on. Using the new almost 15 year old Powerbite crank, it looks like the boys in Cali have made it two piece and are now using a 16 spline pinch interface rather than the traditional square-taper the original crank were always famous for. Looking forward to seeing more on these soon…
A lot of people have been patiently waiting for Mutiny‘s new product line to drop. Well for those guys today is your lucky day. After quite a await the full 2015 line is now available from Mutiny dealers worldwide!
“Today we are proud to announce that all of our new products are now available at mail orders and distributions worldwide. This new range has been in the works for a while and we are really proud with how it turned out. From a new signature frame for Grant Castelluzzo, revisions on all our frames and components, as well as the new camouflage finish. We pride ourselves on constantly updating and improving our products to keep the clean and strong, this batch is no different. Make sure you head over towww.mutinybikes.com for all of the info on the new line as well as to check out all things going on here with Mutiny. Thank you for your support”
The Set have added two new colors to their 2pc Stealth cranks. These things are now available in a Black to Raw fade and Chrome! The Stealth cranks are out now and in selection of sizes to so you can take a pick of 165mm, 170mm, 175mm and 180mm depending on your style.
Tyler Fernengel is a straight up boss. Take a look at his current Haro setup that’s decked out with a heap of Demolition parts including a few samples like the 24mm Dennis Enarson signature Rig Cranks and Tires which should both be available later this year. Big fan of the fatter Tripod style seat on there, should start seeing a lot more Tripod options available this year…
Profile Racing have just released their new 22mm Column cranks in Chrome. These cranks are available in No-Boss, 175mm arms only and include the 22mm chromoly GDH spindle with 10mm alloy bolts. If regular 19mm splined cranks just aint cutting it then it might be worth looking at the Columns especially since they also come with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser!
Ride BMX have a fresh bike check with Christian Rigal and his new and improved United Rigal setup decked out with Demolition parts including a few new prototypes. He’s Dennis Enarson’s signature Rig Tires and 24mm Crank which will be out later this year and it also looks like some prototype steel/plastic pegs are in the works too…
Vocal’s Ashley Douglas talks you through their new DRS Bottom Bracket which uses an adjustable clutch plate to provide friction and keep your cranks from moving when your feet come off. Whilst this is probally the last thing you want to purchase if you like your crankflips, I can see this as a really good investment if you do a lot of tailwhips and no-footed tricks.
The DRS Bottom Bracket is available as a full BB kit as well an upgrade kit of ryour Mid or Spnaish 19 or 22mm existing bottom bracket. Go hit the Vocal site for more info.