Brooklyn Machine Works: 130mm Rear Launchpad Sep 17, 2010


When I was in Brooklyn Machine Works the other day photographing the Gangsta Track 2.0 Joe told me to come back on Friday for another surprise. In the middle of Interbike preparations, I rolled over to the shop and was presented with this beauty. At first glance, it looks normal, but there’s one defining feature that sets this bike apart from all other fixed freestyle bikes.

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Mid-bottom bracket. Check. Nice chainstay bridge. Check.


Wide-rear and a laser-cut brake bridge. So what’s the big deal? This looks like a normal Launchpad. Except with a new transparent blue clearcoat.


Oh. There it is. The rear is spaced 130mm. Those extra 10mm makes your bike more efficient when pedaling. Think about it. Everyone’s chainlines are fucked up from running BMX cranks and big tires. Traditional track bikes (and tarck) is 120mm rear. If you look at most chainlines, they’re all off. This resolves that problem.


Not only does it make for a better chainline but that extra spacing really widens the rear triangle out. Leave it to a MTB company to really drive it home! Nice work guys. No word on production yet but BMW’s all about on-offs!


And it’s a nice looking bike! This one’s going to Jeremiah at Hold Fast. He’ll have it with him at Interbike, so come check it out! I took a few more photos and they’re up on my Flickr.

Exclusive Look: Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track 2.0

  • Jerrylikesbikes
  • fugly

    awesome news/about time. what hub is he gunna set this up with?

  • col

    one step closer to becoming mountain bikes with track ends?

    this also allows compatibility with many mountain bike and road hubs that use cartridge casettes. aA converter can be used to go fixed and likely save people a lot of money getting some wider rim/hub combinations that are fixed and you can find used for ~$30 on craigslist.

  • Andy

    Or you could just buy the correct width bb/use spacers for your crank/rear cog and not worry about chainline issues

  • prolly

    I dunno, I think they’re making it better. Riding a shitty chainline sucks. Especially when you’re going compact gearing. This is a step in the right direction. Remember, this is the company that started the FGFS bike…