Wethepeople, always the ones to get you going ‘ooooh’, made me do as such when I opened my FaceyB to see this little number appear on my news feed; a Wethepeople Felix Prangenberg signature sprocket. While there is no info on these as of yet, but we can see the sprocket has a beefy 8+ millimeter thick body intricately machined to look like car alloys (I see a trend emerging here…) and offset teeth to the inside of the sprocket. With wider tyres now being the norm, chainstays have to be welded wider apart, which means you need wider BB shells, but this can push your sprocket out past the driver’s natural chainline so the offset teeth will help aide this- being that this sprocket is so goddamn thick.
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.
Profile Racing have re-released what is arguably the most recognisable (even to people who don’t ride in my own personal experience) and iconic mid-school sprockets; the Blackjack, for it’s 18th anniversary in 25, 28 and 30 tooth sizes. The Blackjack sprocket (as pictured below) was first made in the late ninties, boasted 44 teeth, a 10mm thickness and was compatible with a sprocket-hole mounted grindplate. I still see originals floating around today so needless to say, they could take a beating. If it’s your thing get your local bike shop to order you one in or head to Profile’s e-store where they even have a few old 44T versions left…
Merritt popped up on my Instagram feed with this shot of the Brandon Begin signature full-guard sprocket and my, oh my… I’d feel like I was killing a unicorn just by putting a chain on it, let alone grinding on it. You can tell this has been made to last by the super thick grind plate and 5 sprocket holes to rotate around. No more info as of yet but keep an eye out on Merritt’s Instagram page for more.
While Radio‘s new 2016 green-to-black fade might not be everybody’s cup of tea, the products themselves have been designed to the high standard of all other WeMakeThings parts and have had full input from the Radio team. Here their Canadian shredder, Spencer Ryan shows off the prototype 33mm rise top loader stem with wider top plate and larger headed allen bolts as well as the 7mm thick team sprocket with flush spacers to convert between 24, 22 and 19mm spindles without affecting your chain line. It will be available in 25, 26 and 28 tooth sizes and has 4 crank bolt holes to rotate between to increase longevity (stay away from single holed sprockets kids!)
Ever since I was able to ride a Tierra a few years back, I’ve been extremely appreciative of Fly’s minimalistic, but efficient products. Everything they put out tends to have a real clean and simple look to it, and these new sprockets are no different! Here we have two new versions of their new sprocket dubbed the Tractor and the Tractor XL, respectively. The Tractor is made from CNC machined 7075 alloy, and is 6 mm thick all around. It comes in 25 and 28 tooth sizes, in black, misty silver, and one colorway that they’ve yet to release. Click through to see more photos, along with info on the Tractor XL.
Just when you thought you heard the last of oil slick parts Primo drop this on their Instagram for all you fanboys out there; a rainbow Solid sprocket that is set to hit international distros this week so go and hassle your local bike shop to get you one if this is your thing.
Corey Martinez has just been graced with a sprocket from the crew over at United. This sprocket will come in 25t or 28t sizes, along with the colors black (shown), polished, and copper. You can get this with the full guard if you grind a lot, or without if that’s not your thing. Most notably is the fact that they chose to go with Odyssey’s socket –drive option or a 19mm, 22mm or 24mm, 48 spline drive spindle. Although not being the first company to do so, they might be the first to make it look this good. Hit up the United site for more details, and click down below to see more photos, including the non-fullguard option.
Update: Sprocket will have adapters to fit spline-drive cranks, in 19, 22, and 24 mm. Click through to see the full line of sprockets with the adapters!
The guys over at S&M have this new full guard coming out soon. There’s no other info out at the moment other than the fact that it looks rad and that the team is surely putting it through hell as we speak. They’ll also eventually (and hopefully) release it in that sick S&M shield wrap they always do. You can catch more info on their other products on the S&M Bikes website.
If like me you’re strapped for cash, pedal your ass off everywhere and only buy top quality product, the Madera Signet sprocket might be right up your street. This USA made 6061 aluminium sprocket has a classic six spoke shape and three sprocket bolt holes to increase longevity (switching between the holes when your sprocket bolt starts to cut into the side is important folks) You get the choice between black or polished, 25 or 28 tooth sizes and the centre is bored out 24mm and comes with 22mm and 19mm adapters. All this for a measly $29.99 (US) You cant go wrong. Get one direct from Madera/Profile Racing here.