Thursday, September 23, 2010

Game Changer : 9T Cogs & 14mm Axle Hubs


It's not often that a company develops a product that completely revolutionizes the industry as well as the sport as we know it. For the past few months Specialized has been working on developing a hub that runs  a 9T Cog with 14mm axles, both of which are major game changes to Fixed Gear Freestyle. 

Having 14mm axles over 3/8 gives you a setup that is virtually unbendable. Say goodbye to broken axles. These things are so strong that you don't even need solid axles to run pegs. The hollow axle reduces weight, while maintaing strength and structural integrity. 

The 9T cog lets you run that 25 tooth chainring you've always wanted, without making your bike a spinny mess. I'm currently running a 23T chainring with a 9T cog in rear, giving me well over 70 gear inches. The cog isn't threaded on, and doesn't use a lockring, instead it uses 6 mini bolts that connect the cog to the hub. The beautiful thing about running their bolt on system, is that if you take all the bolts out the cog  is free from the hub, turning it back into a freewheel. 

These are just a few of the ways that Specialized is bringing something new to the table. Be on the look out for a video gear guide explaining the hub and frame within the next couple of days .
Photo Credit : Bryan Dempler

18 comments:

  1. do you know what colors they will come in? and when there gonna be out?

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  2. We are still in the prototype stages, but they should be out early next year/end of this year. As for color choices, I'm not entirely sure what they will offer, but you can definitely add black to the list.

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  3. Are you guys making more cog sizes? 12, 13, etc?

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  4. Plans for other cogs? Just for some gearing variations.

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  5. any word on the frames release date? looking to buy a frame soon

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  6. a 3/8" axles version would be awesome too for those of use who want to run micro gearing but sill have an old frame.

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  7. this is so innovative. the freewheel idea is so awesome.

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  8. Thats fuckin legit.

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  9. those hubs are ducking sick.but wheres this new edit prolly promised? =P

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  10. I hope these are going to be available with slotted axles for frames with 3/8 dropouts.

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  11. We will NOT be making slotted versions to fit 3/8 drops. There are just too many problems associated with slotted axles.

    As far as making 3/8 versions of the hub, I'm not entirely sure on where we stand, but I doubt we'll make them with 3/8 axles. 14mm is the way to go.

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  12. Perfect!!!23x9t ligther than my actual 30x13t,also de 14mm axles are 4 life!!
    love it,its posible to get out the ratchet system of the hub? 2 loose some weigth in the process....but 4 SURE I´m going 2 get some of these hubs.

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  13. BUMPIES what spacing yo?

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  14. Correction the spacing for the hubs is going to be 120.

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