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  • Nitro

    Great article & photos

    And much kudos for the wording of [ever-evolving “standards”] in relation to axles.

    We like it when you guys call it like you see it !

    • Sean Doyle

      Don’t refer to them as standards. Just call them what they are. Options!

  • winkybiker

    Lots of nice stuff there…..

    Those Riivos shoes really look the business.

  • Isn’t the actual lock cylinder the least of your worries when bike thieves are showing up with industrial strength bolt cutters and freeze sprays?

    • James Huang

      In general, the goal is always to strengthen the weakest link in the system. Altor believes the structure of the lock is pretty impenetrable, so it makes sense that the lock cylinder should be beefed up against picking, too.

    • winkybiker

      And battery powered angle grinders.

  • Ashok Captain

    Does the Richard Sachs stainless steel seatpost binder bolt have a washer on the tightening side? Hard to tell from the pics, but it seems not. Without this the frame will eventually get damaged.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a0dd42e5c71a938a445014d336a7a3279d20b8d605f7d2f215d93c56bef4d28.jpg

    • James Huang

      Yes, it does. The outer diameter is slightly undersized relative to the bolt head, too, so it supposedly fits better with most seat lugs than what has historically been available from Sugino, Campagnolo, etc.

      • Ashok Captain

        Thanks for the quick reply. Sachs strikes again!

      • winkybiker

        It’s called a sex-bolt. Go on, say it. Sex-bolt.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    At $54 the RS binder bolt suggests Sachs is now the Ralph Lauren of cycling but a quick check of ebay shows the previous “gold-standard” from Campagnolo going for at least as much ….without the fancy box, hex key, grease or candy. I could think of worse things to find in my xmas stocking! Meanwhile, color anodizing would seem to indicate (just as it did in the 90’s) that there are a lot more small component shops than there are customers for the stuff their CNC machines crank out.

    • Sean Doyle

      “Sachs is now the Ralph Lauren of cycling” You only just noticed this?! ;-)

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        Sorry, I guess I should have added “more than ever” after now in my first sentence? Certainly not an original business model as how many create an iconic product that ends up being impossible to make in enough volume (for various reasons) and then probably make most of their profits selling rather ordinary items with their logo/brand on them to those who will never own the original, iconic product?
        Perhaps I should have written “Sachs is the Ferrari of cycling”?

        • Sean Doyle

          Apologies. I was being a little facetious. RS has built a crap load of frames. Is a master frame builder and is possibly the most widely known custom builder. He has a brand that as you have explained doesn’t need to sell many frames at all and make his money from merch. Nothing wrong with that at all. In my opinion, he has earned the right to do that from the 40 years of standing at the bench. He actually doesn’t make that many frames per year. He could make more but he is doung what he wants to do the way he wants. I don’t lust after his frames like a lot do but he does make a solid bike.

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            I know very well about Sachs and his legacy in the USA. If he wants to be the “Ferrari of the bike biz” I don’t care, I just smile and chuckle…while wearing a Ferrari-branded wristwatch :-)

  • winkybiker

    That White Industries crankset looks as flexy as a noodle. Seems the direct opposite of what Shimano are trying to achieve with their drop-forged, hollow, “3D” cranksets.

    • James Huang

      True, the solid machined construction harkens back to yesteryear, and I wouldn’t expect the White Industries crank to do very well on a stiffness measurement. That said, the customer that gravitates toward that kind of thing isn’t likely to care.

  • ni31mo

    Does anyone know what make / model the orange single speed CX bike is being held up by the DäHanger wall bike hanger? Thanks!

    • James Huang

      Funny, I actually asked about that very bike while I was at the show. It’s a custom Nicolai. DaHanger’s founder is former DH world champion Jurgen Beneke, and he knew some people at the company so they were willing to do a true one-off for him. Some of the parts are borrowed from Nicolai’s mountain bike frames, though, so it’s a bit of an odd machine. For example, the front rotor is a standard 160mm, but the rear is a 180mm one! Nevertheless, it’s a super cool machine.

      • ni31mo

        Thanks for the details James. Shame though as it looked like just what I am looking for!

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