Saturday, January 24, 2009

Smilin' is Cheesin'

Hm, I wonder if éclat's still mad at me? I never did hear from Tunney after the Great Cheese Incident (unless he authored the exceptionally petty "comeback" on the éclat site), and we used to e-mail on a semi-regular basis, too. Shame. And to think I was gonna buy his rookie card.

Anyway, éclat—the company with the most iconic logo in BMX—released a couple of new parts last week that are worth taking a closer look at. We'll start with this new biodegradable combination tube sealant and grip installer:


Oh, I'm just kidding. You guys need to relax if you're gonna make it to your first anniversary.

But éclat really did put out a few new products. The first is an unnamed stem. It's crazy, because the plate goes on the FRONT, hence the term "front-load." I know, hard to imagine, right? Maybe you'd get a better idea of what I mean if you looked at a photo:

Does it make more sense now? (Seems sort of strange that éclat would start with a frontload when everything's heading back topload. Frontload stems made a lot more sense when people were running low, narrow bars—anyone who ran Castillos and a DK stem could attest to that. They do have a Sean Burns topload in the works, though.) Note the smaller bolts on the face (is this a better option than hollow 6mm bolts?) and the iconic logo on the side.

The niftiest feature (yes, I'm being serious for a moment) is found on the back, which is cut in an "s" shape:


This allows more threading to catch without having to set the bolt heads a half-inch into the stem. Judging from the text (it's referred to as "the proven snake gap") I take it this has been done before, but I guess I ain't noticed. (Unless "the proven snake gap" is actually just something Jimmy Levan jumped over recently.) As for the pertinent measurements, 49.5 mm, 9.5 ounces. And it's nowhere near as terrifying looking as some sub-10 stems. In fact, it's quite aesthetically pleasing. Of course that's just because they removed material from the bottom instead of the sides. And, in the immortal words of Twisted Sister, "what you don't know sure can hurt you, what you can't see makes you scream."

Meh, the seat can wait 'til tomorrow.

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Hey, Tierra V2. I'm amused that the "long" rear end version is 13.65". Don't hurt yourselves.

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According to James Foster, his new frame (which was discussed earlier) "completely obliterates every other bike in the universe" and "has the best geometry of any bike I’ve ridden." Well, that's that, then. Guess I can close up shop.

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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is firsting.

Anonymous said...

You dumbass, that "S" is a Z.

You never get anything right.

Drama!

Anonymous said...

Haha, the stem already looks cracked in the "bottom" picture.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is now hating on Russ for making me click on that UGP link... god damn that is the ugliest muhfuh product I've seen in weeks! Eclat is Warhol compared to that trash.

John said...

Was the title supposed to relate to the song at the beginning of Can I Eat in Vinnie's section? That was what I immediately thought of.

Russ said...

That's what it's from, and that's the video I should have posted. If there is one.

Big L rest in peace

Beau said...

I've only seen 1 stem break in my entire bmx career and it was an elementary. Considering mountain bikes use what is essentially an aluminum pipe that is twice is long as a bmx stem without breaking, I'm not really too worried about breaking one of these new supermachined stems. Of course I always have and always will run a Solid stem, but it's not because I think I would break an Eclat stem

steve said...

I believe the hollow bolts are crap. nothing wrong with a grade 8 6mm steel bolt. or non-anorexic stems for that matter.

Why is that the tierra v2 released when the spy photos were just shown for the new tierra?

go easy on eclat, they're trying good stuff

david said...

To Anonymous@9.05 in pole position:

I think you added an extra "r" in your post, may wanna pull your finger out and spellcheck!

Russ said...

Honestly, I like the éclat stem. Pretty much the last thing the BMX world needed is yet another machined-down frontload stem, but at least this one looks good. That Premium Sub-10 stem looks unfinished in comparison (well, in comparison to anything, actually).

That said, nothing beats an OG Solid.

robbosstache said...

this is supposed to be ozzy week, dammit. keith richards reads this thing and is pissed.

Anonymous said...

That bottom machining is ugly, but it's not like it's a timebomb hidden there. Pretty much every BMX stem that doesn't use a goofy clamping system is way overbuilt.

Never throwing my bike (intentionally) might explain this, but I ran the same DK mini stem I got when I was about seven for the whole 1"/threaded era, and I've had a five-ounce FSA on my trails bike for about five years, with no problems, ever. And I haven't been kid-sized for a long time.

Basically, if it's not an Elementary or one of those "hook" dealies, where the forces from riding hit the same places that get stressed when tightening the stem (because there aren't any other places), if you didn't break it putting it on, you're not breaking it.

Machine away, bitchy hipsters!

tony said...

reading this post, you can almost hear russ smiling at the keyboard.

cheesing my fing tits off said...

Lima broke a race xlt in half and he is pretty darn smooth,

liking the eclat stuff though, seems like the kind of parts you could take home to meet your bike

Anonymous said...

the wtp supreme stem uses the s cutout on the back

also, the captcha needed to make this post is sorpfws (a dyslexic, retarded, elmer fudd conspiracy?)

John said...

Anonymous @ 5:12 AM: WTP owns Eclat...

Anonymous said...

And it's a Z

nate said...

I'd agree that the market has become saturated with stems as of late, but the Eclat stem looks nice. Plus the way they've machined it makes more sense than some others which are drilled out horizontally such that you can see through it from left to right. The Eclat's machining seems like it would be vertically stiffer, much like an I-beam.

But then again, you'd still have to pry my S&M Redneck out of my cold dead hands.

Anonymous said...

i like eclat. they have a different approach to a lot of their parts so they're not just another company milling holes everywhere, even if they do some lame stuff like the russ diss or the "iconic" thing.

Anonymous said...

looks like you are the lonesome dove on this one russ. everybody else thinks eclat is good besides you?

Mexican John said...

Yeah I have to agree I like the Eclat stuff. Good enough for Sean Burns good enough for anyone.

todd from albe's said...

Anon 9:28...you're not hating UGP, are you? you're talking about where exactly the link took you, i'm guessing. talk about an "iconic logo", that's at least a company with some roots (no pun intended). i would hump Clara Peller to get another "Stand Alone To See Where You Stand" t-shirt.

Russ said...

Anonymous 10:19: I never actually said éclat is bad, did I? Pretentious? Yes. Producing unnecessary—yet attractive—product? Sure. The equivalent of Alienation or Snafu? Nope.

Mark Westlake said...

I'm assuming that they're talking about that gap being 'proven' as it's been sitting happily on the back of the WTP Supreme stem (Which is what this is a lightened version of) for many years now? I haven't seen one of them pinch or strip ever, so they're right to be pretty into that idea. I'm not super keen on the smaller headed bolts, but then again I wasn't really keen on shearing hollow bolts repeatedly either. Their call...

Mark Westlake said...

Oh, and I'd class some of their stuff as not entirely unnecessary. Their new pivotal, for example, should be pretty good if it lives up to the hype. I've been waiting for a pivotal seat that wasn't set so far forward for a long, long time, so it's good someone's finally got some balls and re-designed a pan. I know Odyssey did the Senior, but who wants a Senior seat? Either way - their products seem to also be fairly reasonably priced, such as their cranks. I'm aware that 48-spline cranks are apparently "archaic" and "outdated", but at the same time I've heard very few people have issues with the old WTP Royal cranks. Profile Wobble is called Profile Wobble for a reason, after all ;) Even so - they're one of the cheapest decent cranks on the market, and if Twombolts and the like are set to go up in price by as much as it's rumoured, then they're going to be a very, very good alternative.

The point I'm getting at though is that if they were just released under the WTP banner, then people would probably be into it but the products would most likely dip fully under the radar. As it is, they've got a seperate high end parts line (To accompany their budget Salt line), and everyone seems to be forgetting that it's WTP - one of the soundest companies around - who are making it, and making out Eclat to be 'bad' in all of this. Not speaking about you personally, there.

Russ said...

Of course companies could just use proven solid 6mm or 1/4" bolts, but they're not light enough, are they? God forbid anyone make an 11-ounce stem anymore.

Anonymous said...

Opinions are like assholes so that must make you the biggest asshole in the world Russell. I hope you die of cancer. Aids wouldn’t be good enough.

Anonymous said...

I got the railed plastic eclat seat. It looks dumb on my bike. It's smaller than I thought it would be - it's not too much bigger than the recovered odyssey junior that I had been running on and off.

I thought Tunney's remark was pretty funny and harmless.

captcha: irristio. Sounds Ikea-y, like one of the new DK completes.

Ty said...

I ran a Casket for years before I tried a Fly stem. It slipped 4 times more in one week than the Primo did. I switched back and sold the Fly to a rider who broke it 2 weeks later. Note this was the old Fly stem not the new super machined out one with tiny bolts.

Stephen said...

I can't even count the number of times I had a Casket stem fail to all fuck. Slipping, stripping...that stem was cool for the packaging and nothing more.

TOUGH GUY said...

That stem looks really sick, actually. I'm into it.

John said...

Do Eclat cranks have a warranty on them?

Anonymous said...

I really like the Eclat stuff, and I own a few pieces, but I wish they'd stop with the ridiculous ad copy and let their products speak for themselves, which they will! Also whoever said if this stuff is released as WTP no one will notice it is absolutly right.

My only gripe, the plastic seat. It's. Fucking. Awful.

steve said...

first off. god bless 11oz stems. fly stems are the best ever. im never getting a new one.

i agree, the eclat product is simple and good. i don't see it as sprfls. no other company offers a rear hub with a driver that cannot blow(george french?) cranks that sean burns approves of. slim pedals with no bearings for weigh, simplicity, and not to have a gay hump where it should be concaved(macneil?)


and to right above me... which seat, both are plastic, also...every seat is plastic.

Anonymous said...

wow james foster is so stupid i'm suprised his internal organs even manage to function.
ann is htng

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Anonymous said...

I would just like to take this time to say that elcat clear brake pads were the worst pieces of shit I have ever purchased. That is all

Thank you for your time

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