IB13: BMX Round UP. Stealth Hubs, Protec Lids, and Tall Bikes!
We love new wheel and axle standards as much as the next person, so we were happy to cover this new 20mm BMX rear axle standard. Developed by legendary Stealth BMX hub manufacturer True Precision, the new axle size was developed for racers who routinely put down the kind of wattage out of the start gate that would put professional road racers to shame. The thicker axle doesn’t lop of any grams but their racers claim it drastically increase stiffness.
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The new 20mm Stealth hubs utilize cogs mounted with a system borrowed from mountain bike discs. Due to the increased diameter of the axle, the smallest possible cog than can be mounted is a 15T. A set of front and rear hubs for the aspiring BMX racer in your life will run $520 MSRP.
In addition to their BMX lineup, Stealth has expanded their current line of DH hubs to be compatible with the latest DH standard – 157mm wide axles. They’ve also created a Gate Cog compatible with their hubs. If you’re not familiar with their tech, the hubs utilize a rolling clutch for absolute silence when coasting and instant engagement when cranking. It’s not light but it is silent.
Quick aside, all True Precision products are manufactured in California! For more, visit True Precision
The Classic Full Cut Helmet has been in production since 70s. It’s technically a skate helmet but it’s a frequent sight at the BMX park. Pro-tec is currently developing a proper CPSC bike version, but this Independent Edition helmet will have to tithe you over till then.Pro-Tec is also developing a skate inspired commuter helmet. Lots of internal lining and a ratchet system to dial in comfort keep this low key helmet comfortable. An integrated rear light ensures you’re staying safe at night. Hopefully helmets like this will trick the next generation of groms into actually wearing them.