Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sprocket Science

Let me preface this entry by saying that I understand that, given that modern sprockets are so small, there are only so many ways to design them. Especially since they have to be a) light and b) have more than one bolt hole. That said, this is pretty funny. Parallel evolution or industrial espionage?


KINK.


UNITED.


ANIMAL.



FEDERAL.
I was hoping to find explanations on each company's website as to how they came up with their respective designs. However, only Federal made the effort:

"The 4 cross pattern is ideal for evenly spreading any loads evenly over the sprocket itself in the event of an impact."

Oh. I'm not quite sure what that means, other than that they need to hire a copy editor. Is four-cross really more ideal than five? Or six? (And if it is so ideal for "evenly spreading any loads evenly", why aren't we all running 20" versions of these?)

Of course all of these designs are just updates of the nearly 30-year-old Redline Flight gear (seen here in a rather blurry spy photo):


If Redline were smart, they would do a 22-30t version of this same exact sprocket with all the engraving and stuff. Step up, Gork!

(Incidentally, my favorite current sprocket design is the FBM Wurlitzer. Good stuff.)

10 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Does your FBM sprocket allow you to sit and talk shit at the banks ?

Anonymous said...

I RECENTLY LOCATED THE CAPSLOCK BUTTON.

Anonymous said...

You never run out of content, that redline sprocket looks like a fucking shield, i love it

MaxiBMX said...

Yo Russ:

http://www.standardbyke.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/bmxdemoplus-004.jpg

Brien said...

^what the fuck hub is that?

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andymaguire said...

you used to be a badass if you ran a kink sprocket, in homage to pre-hiphop jason enns

joe said...

FBM had a four spoked sprocket four years. IE the 44 tooth era.

Fly also has a similar sprocket out a year or two, probably still in production.

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