The other day we were cruising around on Instagram and we came across a photo of a new freecoaster hub from Proper Bike Co. that they just released. We were curious if there was anything special about this hub or if it was just another “clone” of the other options available. So, we got ahold of Proper to find out just what the story is.
Although this hub uses the traditional KHE internals that a lot of the other freecoaster hubs out there use, they did do their research to ensure quality, so they created their own 6061 shell with high quality 6002 bearings, custom designed 7075 cones, a 155mm long, 14mm heat-treated chromoly male axle, 17mm chromoly axle bolts with a 6mm broach and a 9-tooth chromoly driver that is available in right or left side drive with colors of black, polished and oil slick. There is also an optional non-drive hub guard made from Ultramid® Nylon that replaces the hardware to prevent spending of your frame. Below you can find a full explanation from Jamie Cameron about this hub.
Select Male Freecoaster hub
“Our new freecoaster uses the same reliable interals (designed by KHE) that you’d expect to find in other brands (Odyssey, Federal, Primo etc) with that attention to detail and custom touches that you’ll have come to expect from Proper hubs.
One advantage of making BMX hubs for over a decade is that we’ve probably seen just about every potential problem over the years.
We wanted something more then a simple clone hub and therefore specced our own shell, cones, axle, and locknut and made sure the driver bearings are the most reliable version available. We also specced a male axle. We know other brands offer female axles but the feedback from our team was that these required more maintenance.
Anything other than a 17mm socket bolt (with 6mm broach) means carrying extra tools so we kept things simple and went with a standard bolt.
Most street riders run this style of freecoaster with the maximum amount of slack so ours comes set up this way right out the box. There’s washers in the box if you prefer less slack.
We’ve got a matching guard available with the hub. Our guards are made from the super-tough new Ultramid® nylon and replace the cone nuts so there’s no need to spread your drop outs. James Curry was able to give us some helpful grind advice with the guards.”
The Select Male Freecoaster is available through all BMX shops and mail-orders that carry Proper Bike Co. now!
As we write this, Proper have a new website in the works, but you will be able to find out more about the brand when the new site launches soon at ProperBikeCo.com. You can also get more information on Proper by visiting IMGDistribution.co.uk
All the latest BMX videos, BMX bikes, news, products and more can be found in the DAILY SECTION.