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9th Street Chase Hawk and Cam McCaul

Totally missed this one when it came out back in June, but here it is now! Outside Magazine had Cam McCaul catch up with Chase Hawk for a session at Austin’s legendary 9th Street Trails. It made me laugh a bit that Cam was caught off guard by just how many BMX pros live in Austin.

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Tom Dugan Mic’d Up At The Palm Trails

I really wasn’t expecting to actually watch all 18 minutes of this, but between Tom’s unique brand of commentary and the raw footage of him, Chase Hawk, Mike Saavedra, Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley and Heath Pinter shredding Palm just before it was torn down, I found myself all the way at the end before I even realized. Spotted on Ride BMX

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Pumped BMX 3 Is Out Today!

Go ahead and kiss any plans you had for being productive today goodbye! Click HERE to get it for iOS, and HERE for Android.

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Pumped BMX 3 Trailer

The wait is almost over! In just two short weeks Pumped BMX 3 will be available for both iOS and Android! It’s almost certain that there will be a worldwide drop in productivity immediately following the release. Better get everything you need to get done before September 29th rolls around!

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Review: Odyssey Grandstand Alloy Pedals

“Holy shit, these things don’t have bearings!” Those were my exact words when I took apart one of my Odyssey Grandstand pedals to try and figure out why it was loose. Now, I don’t mean that I rode the things so hard that the bearings disintegrated and there was nothing left. What I’m saying is that these things really don’t have bearings, not in the traditional sense at least. More on that later, first let me bring those of you who aren’t familiar with Odyssey’s newest pedal up to speed.

The Grandstands are Tom Dugan’s signature pedal that feature a 105mm wide dual concave design that is just 17mm thick in the center. The thin center and large dual concave design allows your foot to settle into the pedal, thus maximizing the grip. A lot of thin pedals sacrifice strength by reducing the spindle diameter in order to achieve their thin design. That’s something that Odyssey was not willing to do, so they specced the Grandstands with a large heat-treated 14mm spindle. Think about that for a second; the center of the pedal bodies are only 17mm thick and the spindle is 14mm. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for bearings, now does it? In order to make this work, Odyssey had to design a completely new bearing and spindle system. What they came up with is like nothing that I’ve seen before.

Basically instead of traditional bearings, the pedals ride on conical plastic bushings. Two of these get pressed into each end of the pedal body and the angled face of the spindle and conical lock nut mesh up with them allowing the pedal to spin. So instead of the pedals relying on the moving surfaces of bearings to rotate, they rely on the low friction interface between the metal spindle and lock nut, and the plastic material of the conical bushings. Just what kind of plastic that is, I don’t know. Probably something derived from black magic cooked up in Odyssey’s lab. Though it’s a different system than what you’d find inside other pedals, the procedure for adjusting any play they develop is exactly the same. As far as how well they spin, when properly adjusted you wouldn’t even know that there wasn’t a traditional bearing system in there.

Now that I’ve gotten all that technical stuff out of the way, here are my thoughts on the Grandstands after running them for the past five months. I had Odyssey’s venerable Trailmix pedals prior to making the switch to the Grandstands. I was perfectly happy with them but the Grandstand’s larger surface and dual concave shape seemed pretty appealing. The first time I put my feet down on them I knew that there would be no going back to the Trailmix pedals. The dual concave shape was both extremely comfortable and grippy, which is exactly what Odyssey was going for. Like I said earlier, that shape allows your foot to settle down into the pedal, which increases the pressure your foot has on the traction pins. As grippy as they are, it’s not so much that you can’t reposition your foot if need be.

I really don’t have anything negative to say about the Grandstands. The shape is super comfortable, they have plenty of grip, and the only problem I’ve had with them after five months is that one loosened up a bit, and that’s nothing that I wouldn’t expect from any other pedal. The only thing I kind of don’t like about them is the dust caps. They’re pretty difficult to get off if and when you do need to service the pedals. A pair of needle nose pliers will do the trick though. On a positive note, you definitely don’t have to worry about them falling out when your riding. I think Odyssey hit home run the Grandstands. Will they have the staying power that the Trailmix pedals did, we’ll see. I don’t see myself running any other pedals though.

The Grandstand pedals retail for under $35 and are available from Odyssey Dealers worldwide.

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Pumped BMX 3

Start getting excited now because Pumped BMX 3 will be available this summer! As you probably figured out from that image above, this time you’ll have quite the cast of characters to play with! There’s no exact release date just yet, but they are promising more news on it and all the new game features in the coming weeks. If you haven’t figured out just who’s who in the image above, you can check out closeups of each rider after the jump. They look awesome!!!!

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Bohan

Buitrago

Crandall

Doyle

Dugan

Ellis

Enarson

Hawk

Hucker

Lima

Priest

Rich

Roey

Shepherd

Young

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Flashback: T-1 – “Let’s Didgeridoo This” Australia 2011

I figured I better come up with something exceptional for a flashback post since I’ve missed getting one up for the last couple of weeks. Pretty much everything T-1 does is exceptional, so I feel this video from their 2011 Australia tour should more than make up for my slacker ways. Man, I totally forgot Tom Dugan used to be on T-1!

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Product: Odyssey Tom Dugan Signature Grandstand Alloy Pedals

Odyssey’s long awaited Tom Dugan signature Grandstand pedals are finally available! More specifically the alloy versions of them (the plastic ones have been out for a little while now). I saw the first prototype of these a little over three years ago at Interbike and immediately knew that I’d be replacing my venerable Trailmix pedals with them as soon as they became available. I didn’t think it would be three plus years from then, but Odyssey likes to do their due diligence as far as product testing and perfecting goes.

The Grandstand pedals feature a wide 105mm dual concave design that is just 17mm thick in the center. Generally there are two ways that most companies go about making thin pedals. They either scale down the axle diameter, or they design the pedal bodies with a large bulge running through the center for the axles and bearings. On one hand your compromising strength, on the other your creating a pedal that isn’t truly thin. Having that bulge running through the center also doesn’t allow your foot to settle completely down into the pedal. That diminishes the pressure your foot has on the traction pins, and thus reduces the grip.

In order to maximize strength and avoid the traction reducing center bulge, Odyssey had to design a completely new bearing and axle system. The result is a truly thin dual concave pedal with a strong heat-treated 14mm axle. The extra width of the pedals ensures that your foot sits right in the middle of the concave, and the eight replaceable steel traction pins per side make sure that they aren’t going anywhere.

As good as all this sounds on paper, I can’t wait to actually get my feet on a set of these so that I can try them out for myself. I’ll be ordering up some next week, and you can expect a proper review of them sometime in the near future.

The Grandstand alloy pedals just landed at Full Factory (Odyssey’s distro) and should be showing up at shops and mail orders any day now. I’m not quite sure as to just how much they’ll cost since they haven’t hit stores quite yet, but according to Odyssey, affordability was part of the design criteria. I’ll update this post with the exact price as soon as I know. For now though, I’d hit up your favorite shop or mail order to lock down a set.

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Flashback: Hitler

I had my flashback post for this week all picked out and ready to go but then Schwartz reminded me of this gem from the Clint and the Eastside Crew. I don’t know what’s the best part of this, the riding, Tom Dugan looking like he’s never used a shovel before, or the ball breaking he receives for not being able to use said shovel properly.

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A Day In The Woods With Odyssey BMX & Chris Doyle

I heard something about the Odyssey team being in Rochester, NY last month but figured they were just there hitting the streets. This video from John Bechtold proves otherwise! Looks like they did make it out into the woods, and they were even joined by Mr. Doyle.