What’s big for 2010
Every year about this time, just about every bike company you can think of turns up in Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Interbike Trade Show. Companies flood the Sands Convention Center with all of the newest and coolest bikes and gadgets so shops and media will have a chance to take a peek six months into the future of the sport by simply walking through two doors. While the BMX section has been shrinking over the years, dwarfed by the road and MTB sections, it is becoming more and more like the Black Matter of Interbike (if you don’t know, look it up) creating its own gravitational pull with jams, unique booths and plenty of mischief, drawing in people from all corners of the event to take a look at what all the commotion is about.
This year, on top of new colors and subtle changes, we snagged a few shots of innovative and unique products that are sure to keep you stoked on BMX for yet another year. We also dropped in a sneak peek at the S&M Bikes/Shadow Conspiracy Rail Jam, which will be getting full coverage in the February 2010 issue of the magazine, and single handed brought the show to its knees, literally draining the rest of the convention center and giving people a glimpse of what true street is all about. So absorb some knowledge and some low-grade radiation from your computer screen because 2010 is right around the corner and its time to get behind what it has to offer.
Profile didn’t forget you mini-dudes. Modeled after their retro cranks, these aluminum shorties will be available in two or three Micro and Mini suited lengths. As soon as they hit the market, you can also expect enough anodized colors to make your head spin. Keep an eye on the site for final colors and pricing and get yours ASAP because they will not last.
Check out Profiles new spline-drive sprocket. While the concept of spline drive isn’t necessarily new, the concept of spline-drive specific arms is. Profile is working on the design, which will eliminate the sprocket bolt completely, reducing weight and increasing strength. Keep an eye out weight weenies.
Fly is back at it with their classy and smooth micro dropouts. They are machined on the inner surface to save weight and come on all model frames. More of what they are known for, trick attention to detail.
Profile is now offering their hubs with color-matched hardware, all the way down to the cones in all models including the Race and SS.
Colony had a unique idea for their new frames to save weight for those of you who run your seat slammed. Their seat tube is butted and tapered so the top half is large enough to accept any short or Stub posts, while the lower portion is smaller in diameter with a thin wall, offering structural support, without all the “beef”.
Nothing ground breaking here, just a cool new line up of color matched accessories from Colony. So if you’re into accents of color, not something that looks more like a graffiti victim, they have you covered.
Primo is on board with a new flangeless front hub. It not only hides the heads of your spokes from grind damage, the spacers also double as hub guards to ensure if you are breaking spokes, you probably did a road gap to Miami Hopper.
Kink’s new Viridian front hubs are lightweight and minimalistic so any rider can make the most of what they have to offer. Bolt style axles offer a clean look, beefed up flanges resist grind damage and a variety of color options should cater to most fashion needs.
Tree dropped their new stem design at the show and it had more then just our interest. The stem is designed to clamp onto the steer tube of your fork when the four bar bolts are tightened. A shim inside the stem tapers to bind with the fork for superior holding power that won’t pinch your steer tube and is rumored to be the lightest new stem on the market.
T1 had some new bars floating around the show, offering multi-butted tubing and plenty of rise with 8” or 8.25” options. More products are said to be in the works for the Terrible Ones and should be making waves in the months to come.
Hey there moneybags. The new OM Flyer from SE has a unique Sub-Lam graphic that is sure to get your robbed, or make you the life of your next Rap party, whichever comes first. Color matched green and gold, along with a limited production run makes this a bike worth collecting, but one you will probably have a hard time staying off of.
BlueSix is back at it, making weight fanatics drool. You can now get their titanium replacement bolts for a variety of bolt style axles, Pivotal seats, stems and crank arms as well as replacement inner axles for select hubs.
Hip on a budget. Stolen is offering a complete line of lightweight, affordable and color matched products, like hubs, rims, headsets and bottom brackets (shown), at a price the every day rider can afford. The Revolver BB for example features machined cone washers, aluminum outer and inner spacers for only $23.
KHE is offering up a few new signature lines featuring rider selected color ways and parts. Bruce Crisman’s line, titled Shola features more tech oriented parts for street riding and muted colors that look best when jumping down stairs backwards.
Ask MacNeil and they will tell you that it wasn’t a year for revolutionary changes, but rather year of necessary refinement. From their cassette hubs to cranks, every part is a little lighter, looks a little cleaner and best of all, still maintains a reasonable price all broke BMXers can appreciate.