Jank Components Releases Steel Idler Pulley, Chain Guides, & Beer Holders

Jan 2, 2024 at 15:47
by Jank Components  
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PRESS RELEASE: Jank Components

The Jank Components V3 idler features a modular design with a focus on durability. Using a replaceable forged steel chainring made by SRAM means that the idler can easily be replaced with an inexpensive replacement chainring for about ~$ 15-20 USD. The V3 idler features m4 stainless torx hardware and a steel backplate. The design allows for both 16 and 18 tooth variations allowing for compatibility with all Forbidden bikes as well as the Norco Shore and Range and other custom frames designed around these idlers. Cannondale and GT compatibility would also be possible if there was demand. The V3 idler is a collaboration with Minh Nguyen and made in Germany.

The included custom mounting hardware utilizes secondary o-ring seals to prevent water from reaching the bearing. The idler kit is available in silver or black with X-sync or X-sync 2 tooth profiles.

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Idler kits include a "Race" chain guide for Forbidden Druid V1 and V2 free of charge.

Idler Kit $157.99

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The new Jank x Finesse Components race guide can also be purchased separately.

Race Guide $39.99

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You may remember the The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 150 - Would You Download a Bike? where Mike Levy, Brian Park, Brendan Carberry and Eric Olsen chatted about 3D printing and collaboration. You may also remember the "Matt Beer Holder"

These projects have manifested into an "OutsideBrendan" beer clip now being available for purchase via Jank Components. Super serious stuff.

Beverage Clip $19.99-24.99


Want to carry an AXS battery, dynaplug, and OneUp pump all with one handy bracket? Well, you're in luck because Jank is now also offering a lineup of "mashup" items that were custom orders over the past few months.

Mashups $24.99-29.99

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And one final collaboration is with the man himself Brian Park. You can now purchase his SWAT pump holder through Jank Components and skip the international shipping. If you live in Canada you should order directly from him.

SWAT Pump Holder $29.99

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  • 44 1
 Nothing beats a warm, well shaken beer, during a bike ride!
  • 12 1
 You forgot to mention the unmistakable earthy undertones of organic-dirt mud chunks stuck in the beer can lip. But fortunately, the unique flavor of PNW organic dirt (with its prolific wood-digesting fungus species that feed on fir / hemlock / cedar loam) balances out the pungency of over-hopped warm craft beers.
  • 31 0
 I don't follow the mechanical side of things close enough anymore to know if the idler is a result of a real need for a better part, or just some talented people having fun designing things. Either way, they look sweet and are a fun, clever solution. Those steel SRAM rings last approximately forever, so it'll be neat to see how many the average owner goes through in the life of the idler. Good stuff all around!
  • 11 0
 Aluminum idlers can wear down pretty fast depending on the bike and riding conditions/volume. My aluminum idler was worn down to nubs in about 9 months. I put a stainless idler on my bike and it's 2 years old and shows hardly any wear.
  • 4 0
 @JankComponent: what about Deviate bikes? eg Claymore?
  • 6 0
 @EnduroManiac: the deviate bikes use a significantly different design with two bearings housed in the frame instead of the idler, so this idler won’t work as far as I can tell. If there was demand I could probably make something work but it would be a separate product.
  • 2 0
 I wore out a stainless idler on my Druid in 18 months or so. The aluminum ones would only last half as long as a chainring. It was carnage.
  • 3 0
 @enki: I had similar lifespan with the NSB steel idler. My gripe was how noisy it got after it was worn. In my testing the forged steel on these lasts longer and isn’t as noisy.
  • 2 3
 @ericolsen: How is it then that derailuer pullyes, even the cheapest ones made of plastic, can work for thousands and thousand of KMs? While being even smaller than idler pulleys...
Probably because of chain pull that idler pulley must bear, which is not a case in derailure pulleys :-/
  • 9 0
 @fluider: Because a derailleur pulley/ jockey wheel is on the non-tension side of the chain where-as the Idler pulley is on the tension side.
  • 1 0
 I'd rather have a cheap plastic idler that wears out before my chain.
  • 1 0
 @darkstar66: funny story, I actually tested out a plastic idler prototype for shits and giggles and it lasted 1 ride before it was completely ruined.
  • 1 1
 @ericolsen: did you try out anything softer than steel, say aluminum?
  • 2 0
 @darkstar66: obviously, that’s what the stock idler is made of.
  • 1 3
 @JankComponent: Sarcasm bro
  • 13 0
 Those idlers look mint.
  • 6 0
 When I read about the free chain guide I thought they were janking our chains.
  • 11 0
 So, I'm guessing that is a Sram cog for a Bosch ebike motor? I must say, this is a genius solution... Nicely done.
  • 12 4
 are there people out there who actually want to latch beers to their bikes? bunch of mangy gimmicks !!
  • 9 1
 "hold my beer" - me please
  • 11 0
 If the trail warrants riding your MTB then it’ll get shaken up something fierce.
  • 1 0
 I was just about to ask this same question. I'd love to get some data on this matter as it seems like clipping the beer to your bike would not be a great idea unless you wanted a warm and shaken-up beer after your ride.
  • 26 4
 @jaytdubs: You've got it all wrong...this isn't for AFTER your ride. Its DURING your ride. Get to the top, enjoy the view, and drink a frothy one.

I do it all the time. Best invention ever
  • 4 6
 Yeah I don't understand. If I buy a Coca Cola and it tips over at the checkout, I go and swap it. Last thing I want is a flat and warm beer.
  • 3 0
 @jaytdubs: Guess you could put it on a city bike for when your too drunk to drive
  • 3 0
 @d-dog123: I'd put it on my commuter.. Sometimes there isn't room in the backpack for a beer..
  • 3 0
 @ChazzMichaelMichaels: anyone who’s anyone is drinking high performance floda
  • 4 0
 @etan: Electrolyte Lager for the Discerning Cyclist
  • 1 0
 Trail builder ebike attachment
  • 13 1
 @ChazzMichaelMichaels: that's idiotic.
In a sealed vessel it makes no difference as you can only lose carbonation by venting the container.
Way to be a dick at the register.
  • 15 0
 two-plank (7 hours ago)
are there people out there who actually want to latch beers to their bikes? bunch of mangy gimmicks !!

Only those that are in to fitness... Fit'n nis beer on my bike!
  • 1 3
 @BarryWalstead: Exactly, thirty seconds later when I want to drink it and it's going flat. As for time, it's not like I'm grocery shopping. I lose my place in line while I go swap it.
  • 2 1
 @jaytdubs: depends where you live. It’s about 7 degrees in the UK right now perfect beer temperature. I just leave my beer outside as it’s tad bit cold in the fridge and if you’re drinking decent beer it won’t have much carbonation and you’ll want to get most of it out during the pour for better flavour anyway.
  • 5 0
 @thenotoriousmic: “during the pour”…so you’re packing a tulip glass in your fanny pack as well?
  • 5 0
 @sfarnum: absolutely, I would never lower myself to drinking directly out of the can. Heavens forbid.
  • 1 0
 @BarryWalstead: I think he was concerned about opening the soda and getting sprayed with the fizz, assuming he was planning to drink the soda immediately.
  • 1 0
 @sfarnum: a guinness a day keeps the doctor away
  • 3 0
 I want the idler but can only afford the beer clip.

Interesting note from them regarding Shimano drivetrains (you must choose the x-sync, x-sync 2 won't work):

"I've personally run Shimano XT 12 speed and have had no issues with premature chain wear. That being said the forged manufacturing method means that the chainring will take some time to break in and become silent. If you want silence over all-else pick up a Connex or FSA chainring aftermarket"
  • 7 0
 I can afford the idler, but can’t afford the Druid, unfortunately.
  • 5 1
 WE NEED MORE PARTS LIKE THESE... Oval Chainrings, Complete Cassettes - ALL STEEL... No more Aluminum wearing on steel in drivetrain components which contact the chain... >.>
  • 3 0
 Like my Jank pump holder but the closure needs some revision. Mine broke pretty quickly and now have to keep using o-rings until they break.
  • 9 0
 Hey! I actually have a new silicone strap I’ve been sending out with pump holders the past few months. Send me an email or reply with your order number and I’ll mail you the new one.
  • 4 0
 @ericolsen: he says, after I buy a dozen o-rings. Jk, who cares. Your inline pump holder is tits. Cheers Eric
  • 2 0
 @initforthedonuts: hahaha just know the offer stands. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 @ericolsen: don’t come in here with your excellent products and then offer customer service as well. You’ll get crucified!!
  • 1 0
 @ericolsen: that sounds pretty sweet. My order was 2274
  • 1 0
 @theidlerguy @ericolsen: Can you fit an 18T idler on a Druid v1? It'll be ~0.3" larger radius. Not sure I even want to do that, but you've tried, right Smile ? Idle hands and idle idlers, as they say...
  • 2 0
 I haven't tried 18t on a druid v1. You could be the first haha
  • 1 0
 @ericolsen: Bummer. but now that it's in your head...you can try it on a buddy's bike
  • 1 0
 It will very likely interfere with that edge on the left of the idler "housing". I was aslo thinking about putting on a bigger chainring, and tested the idea with a paper made chainring and it didn't look like a good idea
  • 1 0
 I love this stuff. The mashups are such a great idea. I’d pickup a SWAT pump holder if it didn’t mean I had to give up my SWATer bottle
  • 2 0
 Any clues about the steel bike in second picture?
  • 1 0
 It's a Scar Cycles HFS
www.scarcycles.ch
  • 2 0
 @TheIdlerGuy: Thanks, gorgeous!
  • 1 0
 It’d be cool if you could try different idler sizes to optimize your rude … but clearance, Clarence.
  • 1 0
 Did anyone else have to use beer can shims to get their SWAT holder to not rattle against the swatbox door?
  • 4 0
 If you’re having rattling with a jank pump holder shoot me an email or a message on IG and I’ll get you sorted with a new one!
  • 2 2
 Just when I thought the NSB idler for my Range was overpriced at $100 CAD, this one comes out at $215 haha. Are they bespoke or something?
  • 3 1
 Seems janky
  • 3 0
 I say not janky enough! Where are all the burrs and sharp edges that will give me tetanus during installation or riding?
  • 1 0
 The products are so Janky. Someone had to say it.
  • 2 0
 I love my Jank Mashups!
  • 2 2
 I'm holding out for the CeramicSpeed idler pulley wheel.
  • 1 0
 "Beer not included"
  • 1 1
 Not sure what’s wrong with the stock idler
  • 4 0
 Durability
  • 1 2
 @hirvi: haven’t had any problems with mine
  • 2 0
 @mcfadden999: pedal harder?
  • 1 1
 @BarryWalstead: have ya had any problems with the stock idler?
  • 1 0
 @BarryWalstead: he doesn’t clearly
  • 2 2
 @bigmeatpete420: he implied that if you pedal harder you’d have problems with the stock idler
  • 1 1
 @mcfadden999: which you don’t seem to be doing. Maybe that’s why your link didn’t work hmmmm
  • 1 2
 @bigmeatpete420: I’ve found forbidden’s stock parts to be great, not sure why overpriced “upgrades” are needed
  • 2 0
 @mcfadden999: tell us about it.
  • 6 0
 Great to see that you didn't have any issues. I myself had plenty, which killed the chainguide, 2 chains and several rides from which I had to walk long distances to get back home... and that wasn't fun at all! I have been using one single X-Sync 2 chainring over 2 seasons. My stock idler was done in less than 2 months. Not completely worn down but enough to not hold the chain properly anymore. The NSB lasted 2 as long, but also caused chain issues even though it still looked pretty rideable. My initial motivation though was the lack of availability. So, when the first Idler showed signs of wear, I started to look out for replacement options which I couldn't find and therefore started to develope my own idler. While doing so, I figured, that it would be a good idea to make it last forever (except for the bearing)... or at least for as long as I ride the bike (2-4years). I also asked for experiences and demand from other costumers and got to the conclusion that it's a needed product.
  • 2 0
 @mcfadden999: not a bit, just being funny.
  • 1 2
 @TheIdlerGuy: did you ever ask forbidden for help, their customer service has been great
  • 3 0
 @mcfadden999: believe me, I tried. And customer service didn't help to improve a bad design. The stock Idler is crap and I needed 2-3 of them per season. For people in the EU, that's more than what you have to pay for one of my idler pulleys, which virtually lasts forever.
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