I was super psyched on the Eclat booth this year due to all of the newness they had going on. I had the chance to meet and talk with Harry about everything and get the full scoop on what everything is about. So let’s take a look, I think you will be stoked…
Fresh colors for the hubs. Don’t forget, these have the bi-directional internals for the driver. I haven’t heard of anyone having an issue with setup, so that’s pretty rad.
Shane Weston’s freecoaster may just be the reason I give a freecoaster a go. They did a new design with the freecoaster that’s essentially a regular cassette, they just altered the internals to allow for the pawls to disengage when in reverse. I won’t lie, I think I’d have to see the insides to really get it. The good news is that the full details will be dropping soon. This is just a prototype, and they plan on making the shell a little smaller (it’s the same shell as the hubs up top) and fix some issues they have been having with the slack. But, Harry said it shoudln’t be long (like a few months) until it’s out. Get psyched.
Hubs! Look at the drop outs on that fork.
Kind of a bad photo, but that front stem for each color is their new one. It’s got a similar shape to the new Odyssey Tomahawk, but still has the two bolts in the back and internal machining. Look real sick.
Crank and sprocket action.
Headsets that can adjust the stack height of the front end. I’m not sure how this works exactly, but it’s something like that.
The new chain. If you look the outside plates are raised. This kink makes the plate stronger, and it gives more room for your sprocket and drivers teeth have more room. The chain also comes with a half link to allow for those crazy gearing and chain stay lengths.
The plastic pedals have a new slightly larger bearing setup that allows for better control over how you tighten the bearings. I believe it’s a M7 bearing?
Bad shot, but you see that white grip? That’s Shane Weston’s new signature grip. I didn’t get a feel at it, but it looks to be promising.
I heard a fact that brake sales are back up… Seriously.
New post with a slight offset. See that seat on the bottom? It’s a new design with like 1,000 ribs to make the seat stronger and they use a different plastic as well.
What the shit? Yep, that’s the new Eclat rim that has angled spoke holes on the side wall. This rim is designed for cross hub lacing and to allow for easier removal of broken spokes. You can use this on the front or back and it sounds like the prototypes worked real good. Imagine those things with brakes, haha. Oh yeah, shout out to the person who STOLE the sample built up wheel with that rim. Dickhead.
All right, so that’s what the Eclat booth. They’ve got a ton of new products coming out and it all looks real good. I’m definitely into that freecoaster. Can’t wait for this stuff to come out.
Any questions? Leave it in the comments and I’ll try and get you an answer.