LB-9 HUB - 2007
One of the most subtle products that had the biggest impact was our LB-9 hub. Prior to 2007, any BMX bike under 350 bucks had a gigantic sprocket. Eastern Bikes changed all that with an economical loose ball 9t driver hub. This was not necessarily a high end product, but it definitely changed the way complete bikes are spec'd. These days you don't see as many kids rolling around the skateparks with sprockets the size of Russia. We try to make products better for kids just starting out, so they can have a good bike to build their skills on and hopefully enjoy riding enough to stick with it. Although the design was good, if it was adjusted improperly it could significantly damage the hub. This is a shame because it was a great hub and many companies have adopted a similar design which they are still using. However, we always knew there would be a day when a simple sealed bearing hub would be mass produced and economically available, so it's not a surprise that the LB-9 hub had a short life. It's amazing to us that other companies are still using it or a similar loose ball design when it's already outdated.