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Éclat Exile hub brings disc brakes, fast cassette engagement to BMX bikes

Earlier this winter we got a look at WeThePeople's unique disc brake freestyle BMX bike, but now their sister component brand Éclat has officially launched their disc brake Exile Cassette hub for BMX.
Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub, WTP Chaos Machine
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Sure, there aren’t a lot of BMX bikes running disc brakes at the moment. But just like we’ve all seen on mountain then cross, gravel & road bikes… once disc brakes start to creep in, they tend to take over.

Éclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub

Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub
c. Eclat

Éclat’s standard Exile BMX hub has been around for a while for good old rim brake and brakeless bike setups, already with uniquely quick cassette-style engagement. But when they were developing the chromoly WTP Chaos Machine freestyle bike with Tyson Jones-Peni, it was clear they would need a tough but lightweight BMX disc brake hub, too. And one with super-fast engagement!

WTP Chaos Machine disc brake BMX bike, Tyson Jones-Peni pro bike check
c. WTP

Enter the Éclat Exile Disc BMX cassette hub, at just 403g with a 9T cog, 4130 chromoly axle & bolts.

Why a BMX-specific disc brake hub? Tech details

Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub, 9T singlespeed

From a mountain biker’s perspective, you might just think, “why not use an existing MTB hub?” But the trick is, 20″ BMX uses narrower 110mm hub spacing, 10mm or 14mm bolt-on axles, generally a lot more spokes, and just 1 gear for the most part. Plus, BMX is always a struggle between building something small and bulletproof, that’s also light whenever possible. So, finding an existing compatible hub was pretty much a dead end.

Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub, 6-pawls for 120 POE

Starting with the existing Éclat Exile hub, this new disc brake version shares the same 6061-T6 alloy hub shell construction and its original cassette-style driver with 6 x 3-tooth pawls for super-fast 120 points of engagement. That’s just 3° of freewheeling play before you put your power down. Those cassette pawls are attached directly to the one-piece machined 7075-T6 aluminum driver that incorporates the 9t single-speed cog. A separate 10t driver cog can also be swapped in, both compatible with standard 1/8″ singlespeed chains.

Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub, IS 6-bolt

The new Éclat Exile disc brake BMX cassette hub features ISO 6-bolt rotor mounts, and spins on 2 high-quality sealed bearing inside the hub shell and another 3 bearings packed in-a-row into the driver itself.

Éclat Exile Disc hub – Pricing, availability & options

Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub, color options

The Éclat Exile Disc hub is available now in 36-hole drilling only, and in black or bronze for 190€, or in super shiny polished silver for 197€. For now the WTP Chaos Machine is the only production BMX bike being built up with the new Éclat Exile Disc hub. But word on the street is that there are plenty of custom disc brake BMX bikes out there that this will fit. And rumor also has it that a few more companies are working on similar disc brake BMX bikes at the moment, which are expected to be released very soon.

Eclat Exile Disc brake BMX cassette hub, WRP Swamp Master prototype bike

As for whether there’s going to be a matching front hub…

For now, Éclat are pairing the Exile Disc rear hub with their regular rim/no-brake Exile front hub. They see this mostly for the trail & dirt jumping scene where there’s little need for a front brake, but…

Éclat did already make a matching 15mm thru-axle Exile Disc front hub for their Swamp Master project bike, above. So don’t rule that out in the future, either. What’s that Swamp Master you say? Rumor is that’s a full suspension 20″ dirtjumper with a Manitou Machete fork.

Until then, hit some dirt jumps…


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1 year ago

as far as i remember bmx has always about small x small x small, but now they’re trying to put a big rotor on the back left?

if it only about bmx race, then it’s not a problem. but then why put a pic of freestyle bmx?

1 year ago
Reply to  keisurz

I believe this bike is more for dirt and dirt jumps which the disc brakes wouldn’t be an issue. In my opinion (I’m not a professional) it makes sense, disc brakes are much more responsive. I’m more worried about getting replacement parts if I were to go this route, The WTP Chaos Machine looks pretty sweet.

1 year ago
Reply to  keisurz

for big dirt jumps not street

1 year ago
Reply to  keisurz

My guess is it’s aimed at the dirt jump subset of BMX

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