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Don’t Reinvent The Wheel

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I’ve seen some wild set-ups in my time, for years people have been bolting wooden blocks to their BB’s, rigging two levers up to a single brake, blowing their tyres up with helium, using a shoelace as a straddle cable, grinding teeth off an old sprocket to make a bash guard… the list is endless and I’m missing plenty.  Modifications have always been part of BMX and solving the problems associated with the kind of abuse bikes like ours have to endure.

…And then someone has to go and take it too far.  Often you’ll get an over enthusiastic designer (some even go as far to call themselves ‘inventors’ like it’s the 19th century…) who’s looking to solve problems that can’t be solved efficiently, if at all.  Some even look to solve problems that don’t even exist.  Today we’re going to look at some of those bad designs that get churned out and discuss why they’re not the kind of thing you should/would put on your bike.

It is probably worth noting that although I have a broad experience of the BMX and general cycle trade I do not have a back ground in engineering, nor am I a product designer so this article is purely opinion, essentially I’m just an extremely picky BMX rider of 15 years. In other words; I’m broke, don’t sue me.

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This one tickles me every time, the Curbrider pedals are a ‘pedal’ that bolt directly onto your 19mm spindle in place of your cranks. This way you can get rid of that oppressive drivetrain that was holding you back for all those years and join your scooter comrades on your new balance bike and feel more connected to the earth… because you kick-push now. Jesus..

 

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Admittedly we appeared enthusiastic about Affix gyro when we posted the exclusive but I think this one will be tucked away, along with the UFO and the ‘beancan’ gyros, to the constraints of history.  While aesthetically the Affix gyro is a ton tidier and a load lighter than the traditional Brian Scura design, it just didn’t cut it with the public, probably because of the fact you need a ruddy great hole in the side of your headtube to accommodate it.  The way the entire load was put on a single cable rather than two thus decreasing its longevity probably didn’t help either.

Nope.  Roller pegs are nothing new but pegs with bearings is a recipe for some expensive grinds.  Even IF the bearings lasted long enough to do a feeble/ loop out on an icepick, the moment you drop your bike on your side the bearings are gonna start dying, quick. That’s only if the dropouts on Ed Miliband’s aluminium GT Power Series don’t kick the bucket first though.

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At what point during the late 90’s/ early 00’s did people start thinking; ‘What I really need is a hunchback’ ?  Like the S&M Elevenz bars are to big handlebars, the Snafu Sushi bars were to small bars; at 6″ tall and 23″ wide these were the smallest available.  It wasn’t uncommon to see fully grown Quasimodo men running these bars with a brake lever clamped under the crossbar.

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The above photo popped up on my Facebook feed under ‘suggested post’ a few days ago and later Kurt posted it to The Union, it’s a bolt on ‘frame guard’ that bolts through the chainstay bridge (like a kick-stand) and clamps onto the downtube in the same style as GT and Kore did back in the day.  While it might initially give the impression that it will protect your frame or provide a great grinding surface, the clamp will more than likely put high amounts of stress on a part of your frame that simply is not designed to take that type of clamping load.  Even more so if you have thinner gauge or butted tubing typical of today’s frames.

While we’re here, does anyone else find the company’s URL etched into the side a little fishy and non-bmx-y? A brief dig around reveals the company’s ‘C.E.O’ is a real estate broker and the bash guard itself was developed by a registered defence contractor.  Do with that information what you will.

Exclusive – Introducing The AFFIX Rotor

KHE just hit us up with an exclusive look at a new promo from their sister company AFFIX who make the new internal rotor system we previewed a few months back. This alternative to the 20 year old gyro system is now starting to make it’s way onto complete bikes from not only KHE, but other brands too with some working on compatible aftermarket frames and forks as well. The above video clearly demonstrates the merits and advantages of this clever and simplistic new product that has got a hell of a lot of you talking recently. You can expect to see this rotor popping up more and more going into 2014 and onwards, both on completes and the bikes ridden by top park riders.

KHE Bikes are now on Youtube, so after you watch the video make sure you subscribe to their channel to keep up with their riders and products.

Exclusive Product Release & Interview- The Affix Rotor System by KHE

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Despite the amount of riders who chose to run brakeless these days, there is no denying that there is a huge amount of riders who run brakes and use a 20 year old cable and bearing operated system, called the Gyro.

Ever since we first leaked the above image of an internal rotor, it seems the internet has been going crazy trying to work out what it was, how it worked and who made it? Well now all you curious people are about to have all your questions answered.  I’m stoked to bring you the world exclusive product release of the new Affix Rotor by KHE, right here on The Merged before anywhere else!

I’m sure you all have a huge amount of questions about this new system, and to make it real simple, we have teamed up with KHE to bring you an instructional video (scroll down to the bottom of the page) that will explain just about everything you need to know. To top that off, I interviewed KHE’s founder and main man Thomas Göring, who invented and pioneered this system, just to answer any other questions you might have.

Get ready for the future…

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Dropping later this week…

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We have something very special dropping exclusively right here on The Merged. I’m sure a few of you will have some idea what this is but the rest of you will have to keep guessing until we drop the full product release later this week. With the debate that BMX has arrived at a kind of plateau in regards to genuine product innovation, it’s exciting to see a product turn up that betters a technology that’s been in use for over 20 years. We’re stoked to bring you guys this one, sit tight as we’re bringing you all the details and more real soon…