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 .
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