It looks like Division Brand have a new top load stem in the works that will be hitting shops in 2013. This 6066-T6 alloy stem is CNC machined with a 50mm reach, 32mm rise and extra machining for an aesthetically pleasing look and extra weight savings. This stem will come in black and polished with a weight of 11.28 oz. (320 grams). You can get to more photos of the stem by Clicking Here.
Sean Sexton dropped this sneak peek of a limited edition chameleon colorway that his signature stem from Odyssey will be coming in soon enough on Instagram. No word on when, but I have a feeling these will sell fast when they are released. What do you think?
We had a shot of these up from Interbike back in September, but he’s a better look at the new Bone Deth cranks they are currently testing. These 2.5 piece cranks are most likely able to stand up to a bomb dropping on them since everyone on the team know a thing or two about getting wild on their bikes. No set release date, but since there’s branding on the arms, I’m going to assume they are very close to production.
Here’s a sneak peek of the newly updated and improved S&M Enduro topload stem. This stem comes in 48mm, 52mm and 55mm with gold, black and red for color options. They’ve got an edit dropping next week featuring Mike Hoder, Isaac Barnes and Juan Guerrero putting it to the test so keep your eyes out for that.
I bumped into Jim Bauer from Odyssey and he had in his hands a new piece they are working on that nobody has seen yet. It looks like they are pushing things in a new direction with chains and I’m pretty stoked on this. I won’t try and explain it myself since he gave me this little bit of info below that explains it all perfect.
“1. Oversize Hollow Pins. Traditional chain pins are 3mm in diameter, ours are 5mm. This not only makes them stronger but gives a bigger contact with the plates and so makes them harder to push or bend out. Additionally the pins are riveted in place.
2. Thicker but lower profile side plates. With an extra narrow waist to each plate they are harder to catch on things. But at 1.4mm thick they are substantially thicker than the plates on any other chain and 50% harder to bend than the thickest existing 1.2mm chain plates.
3. Unique Master and Half links with threaded pins. Break and re-join the chain with just a 3mm hex key. Half link plates are less narrowed at the bends to increase stiffness and minimise stretch. By eliminating the use of a chain breaker to re-join the chain we can ensure factory tightness on all the pins.
4. Low overall weight. By using material as efficiently as possible we have strengthened every component of the chain and kept the weight the same as our Bluebird chain.
5. Low stretch. By using a standard alternating plate pattern and limiting to a single beefed up half link chain stretch is minimised, which in turn maximises sprocket and driver lifespan.”
It’s a little hard to see but here’s the masterlink. Inside you can find 2 small 3mm allen key slots that you can take the chain on and off with.
They don’t have a release date but I could imagine it’s not too far out since I spotted some branding on the chain which usually indicates they are getting close. Probably sometime in 2013 if I could guess. Who knows though. Overall, I really like this idea though. What do you think? Leave us some comments!
The Set sent through this sneak peek of their new 2 Inch Punch stem that will be out in October. This 6061-T6 alloy front load stem have a reach of 53mm, 8mm of rise, a wide “no pinch” fork clamp slot, a hollowed out body for weight savings and the 3-Bar CNC logo on the side. The stem comes in colors of black, polished, red and blue with a weight of 285 grams.
Like we said, this stem will be available next month in October and it may have different bolts since they are looking into a possible better option at the moment.
Looking to get your hands on one of these in the U.S? Have your local shop hit up The Set to get you one ordered up.
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Here’s a sneak peek of the new Shadow Conspiracy Keep It Local sprocket that is being manufactured right here in the U.S.A. Definitely good to see more brands making products over here again. More on this will be coming in the following weeks.
“The Shadow KIL Sprocket is hand made in the good ol’ United States of America so you KNOW you can expect high quality craftsmanship. Keep your eyes peeled for more details after Interbike!” – The Shadow Conspiracy