Being a sad pegless guy for the last 10 years hasn’t done much for my knowledge of grinding apparatus, and I know I’ll be hounded to the ends of the earth, not to mention strung up by my cock and balls by a rabble of peg-thugs for not doing a grind-related top 5; so I sorted it. Don’t go saying I don’t treat you right. For a change, this weeks panel consists of Ben Stringer, H.M.F.I.C. at BTN(Brighton) BMX Shop and Jonathan Rubbersmith, aliased industry insider with far too much to say for his own good… both seasoned grinders with a better idea about pegs than the pedal-grinding prick typing this. Continue reading
A quick look at this ‘bike check‘- hyphenated because it probably doesn’t belong to anybody yet as it’s a trade show piece- and we can see a number of parts from Wethepeople and Eclat that are yet to be released. While most of them, like the Strangler 25.4mm OD Bars have already been announced, the Seeker pedal shown above has yet to see the light of day (unless you count the poorly lit photo above, which is the clearest shot available…) While there is next to zero information about it, what we do know is that it’s a sealed bearing pedal with a large knurled nylon body and at least 12 pins each side. As to whether the pins are all molded or if some are metal, or even if the body is concaved or follows a flatter Surge type design is yet to be seen. Head over to CSG‘s site for a few more photos where you can kinda make out the side of the pedal…. Just.
Eclat really pulled out the stops with Croydon lad Alex Kennedy’s signature pedals and guard sprocket as we can see in Eclat’s latest Assembled feature. The AK Pedals boast a large ambidextrous nylon-fibreglass body allowing you to rotate if you grind one down more than the other (also saving on tooling and bike shop’s SKUs by not have left or right specific replacement bodies) 8 steel pins per side and a huge 4140 spindle running on bushings. Eclat even offer a lifetime warranty on the spindle which speaks volumes as it’s the first of it’s kind. At 613 grams (20 oz) a pair they’re not the lightest but you’re not likely to get a large platform with lots of pins and a virtually bombproof spindle that is light- and not being on the extremities of your bike you’re unlikely to even notice.
The AK Guard sprocket has a thick 8mm 6061-t6 construction with counter bores in the back to accommodate the bolts that hold the 10mm nylon-fibreglass guard and it’s 4 bolts in place. The thickness also allows some machining on the back of the sprocket that looks like it helps improve your chain-line and keep your q-factor (distance between pedals from side-to-side) low where machining on the outer face makes a seat for the guard to sit securely into and be rotated 180 degrees as it wears. The guard itself has reportedly been tested by Eclat’s best for over a year to great results and at 150g (5.9 oz) it’s pretty light for what it is. These merged with the Maverick alloy cranks- like Alex has on his ride- and you have one dialed drivetrain.
All the above are out now from all good bike shops via these distros.
As part of their Assembled series, Éclat dropped this feature on their brand new Overguard universal hub guard that we featured on The Merged this time last year. The Overguard is a drive-side compatible hub guard that fits over the dropout instead of between the dropout and the hub, eliminating compatibility issues; much like GSport’s Uniguard, although the Overguard looks to offer more comprehensive protection at the rear from steep icepicks in comparison. This hub guard is left and right, drive or non-drive-side compatible on most (if not all) frames and hubs available right now and comes with anti-spin allen bolts that thread into the guard itself.
Material: Heat treated and full CNC’d 4140 chromoly
Weight: 77g (2.7oz)
All the pieces pictured here are available to win via the this link but are also available to purchase from your local bike shops and mail orders.
Eclat dropped a great bike check with Shane Weston the other day that is absolutely packed with prototypes- some of which; like the 25.4mm 4pc Strangler bar, we have posted before but these samples of Bruno Hoffmann’s signature Predator tyres are a new sight to us. Following in a very similar vein to Animal’s GLH tyre (of which Eclat are reportedly big fans of) the Predator keeps a simpler, more traditional tread pattern from tyres like the Fireball or the Ridgestone while keeping it as grippy as possible with surface knurling and adequate tread depth. These are set to be released in a few months time so keep those peepers peeled for more info as it comes.
After the unveiling of the Eclat Cortex clutch coaster a few days ago a lot of inquisitive souls were asking ‘what happened to the Blind hub?’ While it was always public the Blind would carry on being made, what wasn’t made known was that Eclat were updating/simplifying the internals. A few people had issues with the large circular spring that held the pawls down so it has been replaced by three seperate coiled springs, one for each individual pawl, that slot into the adjoining pawl housing to hold them down. Having personally tested one of these with the updated internals I can say, even as a huge coaster sceptic, that this thing is solid. Photo pinched from The Union.
Eclat are on form so far this year at Interbike… a certain ex-writer for this very site has been obsessing over making this little beauty a reality for years and it’s great to see it at long last; the AK Guard. Made from an impact-resistant nylon fiberglass material, this sprocket guard simply bolts on to the sprocket and provides a lighter full bash guard with significantly less friction than it’s aluminium counterparts; perfect for more predictable crankslides.
Our good friends at Eclat posted this sneak peak photo of their new up coming coaster on their Instagram page. The Cortex is a clutch-type freecoaster as opposed to a pawl-type mechanism found on the Blind hub, ideal for those who are accustomed to the feel and function of a traditional coaster. While rumoured to have the same old run-of-the-mill KHE internals, I can say with the utmost certainty that this is not the case. The Cortex utilises Eclat’s own resistance system which eliminates the outdated ‘two-hardened-sprung-bearings-wearing-away-at-your-clutch-from-a-gaping-hole-in-the-middle-of-your-axle’ system as well as a method of keeping the clutch from clamping the drive-side bearing. Keep an eye out for more info/ specs as they come.
On the subject of Eclat stems… Spotted over on Wethepeople‘s site, this Jordan Godwin bike check reveals a prototype Eclat riser stem he’s running dubbed the ‘Dune’. There’s no other information as of yet but you can tell from the profile photo this is going to be a lofty one. Be sure to check back for updates on this smart little piece as they come.