When Hope originally released their stems, the 35mm standard was just a ridiculous concept. Well, it's now the defacto standard on virtually every new bike. To stay hip, the UK brand has released new 35mm stems. They're available in two different lengths (35mm and 50mm) and six different colors.
For many years Hope teased us with an integrated cassette. The system is finally available in two ranges, 10-40t and 10-44t. The brand is also experimenting with different ratios. Their prototype HB2111 show bike was sporting a prototype 11-46T cassette.
For more information, visit www.hopetech.com.
Our favorite part about the new Phil Wood headsets is the complete lack of branding, except for the tasteful logo on the headset cap.
After two years of development and testing, Phil Wood is finally selling their new headset. They only have a 1 1/8th compatible model currently but are working on developing a full range for 1" and internal options.
The headsets are available in nine different colors. Retail is $150 for a headset and headset cap. For an additional $20, you get a matching spacer kit that includes five spacers.
Phil Wood recently turned 45 and to celebrate, they launched a limited collection of splash anodized track hubs. You don't have to ride a track bike or fixie to find these hubs gorgeous.
The hubs are also available in this beautiful purple scheme. Phil doesn't have any short term plans to produce more hubs with this treatment, but they are considering doing a small run of matching track cranks.
Phil has made some minor modifications to their freewheel design in order to improve serviceability.
Phil also made some updates to their freehub internals. The old design used to have a spring that wrapped around the pawls in the cassette body. Some customers and shops found this difficult to remove and reinstall during service, so they redesigned it to use a set screw.
Price for the hub remains the same (around $400). That price also includes additional set pawls and set screws just in case you ever need to rebuild your hub.
For more information, visit www.philwood.com.
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