I think at some point in every BMX riders life, they dream of starting their own company. 99% of the time the idea never really goes beyond that. That wasn’t the case from Jon “Gremlin” Betchtold who almost accidently started The Daily Grind. What started out as a website for him to post photos and videos eventually lead to a hub guard. Shortly after that, bar ends, a hub and a pedal. It’s awesome seeing how ideas can grown and change and when those ideas are left to a guy who actually rides, seeing quality being the main concern is even better. The Daily Grind might be a new name to what is commonly referred to as a flooded market, they’re doing things different than the cookie cutter brands that have been coming and going pretty quick lately. I decided it was time to find out what this operation was all about and to give you guys a little background on what they’re all about. Let’s take a look!
We gave you a preview of the new Mutant Bikes Owl hubs during Interbike in September. These unique hubs work on a sliding female axle which not only look really clean and work really well, it simplifies things and even creates a stronger female axle. In the video above, Nuno gives you a look at how quick you can install two hub guards and 2 pegs on the cassette hub and it also gives you a look at how the sliding axle system allows you to tighten both sides down by simply tightening one side due to the sliding axle. I believe these hubs will be hitting shops in early 2013 so start saving now!
“We designed and developed the Fe-Male system to maintain the look of a female hub with the possibility to use pegs without bending axles or breaking bolts.
With the Fe-Male axle, you can use 14mm pegs, but if you don’t use pegs, you just need to put the spacer washers.
To tighten the hub is very simple, just adjust the wheel by hand on both sides, make sure the axle is minimally centered and then give the final tightening with a tool in just one side, it will be properly tightened because the axle slides from one side to the other.
The advantages of the Fe-Male axle are:
Easy to tight
One single axle for a male or female hub
Here’s a look at Division Brand‘s new rear hub guard. This fully CNC machined 7075-T6 alloy hub guard has a 14mm chromoly washer insert to avoid thread binding and comes in color options of black, grey or polished with a weight of 2.01 oz. (57 grams). These are available NOW. Protect your hub and spokes!
If some of you recall the Insight we did with Animal on their PYN hub guard, you would have caught that they were testing a front hub guard at the time. Today, they released this sneak peek of what appears to be a near production sample of their new front hub guard on their Facebook. What do you think?