Posts by Emiliano Jordan
November 25th, 2013
Many of you probably have noticed that the 2014 Cyclepassion calendar has been delayed in its release. We’ve heard that the producer of the calendar had been involved in a scooter accident near her home and had to postpone all the photo shoots. Not to worry though, the 2014 calendar has been printed and is going to be available for sale on December 10th.
This year the calendar is a vertically hanging double sided affair, similar to the 2013 and 2012 years. The photo shoots are more traditional compared to 2013 and have the athletes posing with their race bikes, all of which have knobbies. The second photo is a race shot with a short bio on each girl. I would have to say this years looks really good, and has a lot of new faces.
2014 Cyclepassion Athletes
- Angie Hohenwarter (Austria)
- September, December
- Dana Elena Schweika (Germany)
- April, August
- Hannah Barnes (Scotland)
- March, June
- Helen Grobert (Germany)
- May, October
- Nadine Rieder (Germany)
- February, July
- Miki Iibata (Japan)
- January, November
2014 Model / Athlete Image Gallery
November 20th, 2013
These rims aren’t new but with their limited availability not many of them have been seen so I thought I’d share these. They’re the 8.9 rims laced up into our Tune Mig/Mag hubs using Sapim’s CX Ray spokes. I’ve always been a fan of deep wheels, being 180 and 6’2″ I had to give up being fast up mountains a bit ago, and wouldn’t mind a set for myself soon. Either with Tune hubs or maybe a DT-Swiss build. Final weight was 1665g.
November 13th, 2013
The new Parlee ESX frame is out and more specs, including aero data, will be available in the next couple days. For now I know that the weight will be mid 800 to mid 900 depending on sizing. Obviously it’s going to be a bit more than the Z5 but surprisingly as much as I would have thought. Sizing is going to be more modular now. Gone will be tall / short sizing and there will be different aero headset spacer kits for different effective head tube lengths. Pictured is the tall frame.
August 14th, 2013
I don’t entirely know what to say about this bike that the photos don’t already. The build just came together nicely, and with the parts list it’s impossible to imagine that it wouldn’t. The Parlee Z0 is the modern road frame with the right classic look to match a Record EPS groupo perfectly. The Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheelset completes one of the best hand built carbon frames and maintains the modern yet classic feel. The only thing I wish is that I’d been able to at least put one ride on this bike.
Build List (12.48 lbs)
- Frame / Fork: Parlee Z0
- Wheels: Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer
- Skewers: Lightweight
- Tyres: Tufo
- Crankset: Campagnolo Record EPS
- Bottom Bracket: Parlee PF30 Campagnolo Ultra Torque
- Levers: Record EPS
- Bars: ENVE Compact
- Handlebar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP Race Tape
- Stem: ENVE Composites
- Saddle: Tune Speedneedle
- Seatpost: ENVE Composites
- Seatpost Clamp: Parlee
- Front Mech: Campagnolo EPS
- Rear Mech: Campagnolo EPS
- Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
- Cassette: Campagnolo 12-27 Super Record
- Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
- Cable Set: Super Record
August 1st, 2013
We’ve received our first shipment of ENVE 25 clinchers. The rims weigh in slightly over 400 grams at an average of 406. The brake track and sidewall are thick and look up to the task of dissipating heat during long descents. The ERD is slightly smaller at 601mm and shows the ground up redesign ENVE went through.
We’ve built two wheelsets so far and the weights are respectful and show the effort ENVE went through to maintain reliability and performance. The first wheelset was built with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Tune Mig 70 / Mag 170 hubs which weighed in at 1278g. The second was very similar but with a Mig 45 hub and came in at 1248g.
July 22nd, 2013
I would have to say that these wheels turned out amazing. It’s hard to capture the effect of the spokes on camera but they’re a great effect once spun up. The depth of the rim is going to be a contrast for the small tubed English aero road bike that they’re going on.
July 5th, 2013
We have few new products from MCFK coming on our next order. Here’s a quick sneak peak.
The new padded saddle takes their Carbon Saddle and adds about 21 grams of leather and padding making it one of the lightest padded saddles on the market.
The MCFK Expander plug is an almost all aluminum affair and comes with a bolt for your top cap. Designed to work with inner steer tube diameters of 23.5 – 25.8 mm it’s going to be a bit more versatile and easier to work with than Tune’s popular Gum Gum.
The MCFK top cap is a straight forward carbon prepeg affair with an aluminum bolt. Claimed weight is 5g with the bolt, on par with most light weight carbon top caps like the Tune offering and a bit heavier than the Parts of Passion. Of course some of the alloy caps such as the Extralite are coming in a bit lighter.
July 3rd, 2013
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be the sole North American distributor for Absolute Black. After months of test riding AbsoluteBlack has released two new mountain bike chainrings. Both are intended for singlespeed use. The company says their new directional tooth profile will let you leave your chainguide at home, but more aggressive riding will still require a chainkeeper. These rings are cnc’d out of 7075 aluminum.
We’ll be stocking a Sram spiderless chainring with a manufacturer claimed 150g weight savings over the standard design. These Sram rings will come in even toothed sizes from 28-34t and in three anodized colors; black, racing red, and yale blue.
The Shimano rings feature an XX1 style, wide-narrow, tooth profile to aid chain retention. They come in 104BCD in even toothed sizes from 32-36t in two colors, black and racing red.
The Sram chainrings are designed to work flawlessly with SRAM XX1, X0, X9, X7, S2210, S1400 and Truvativ AKA cranks. GXP models. They will also work with the long spindle version of the BB30 standard. The long spindle BB30 has a 16mm spacer on the drive side, and the shorter version has a smaller 10mm spacer.
The Shimano rings will work with any 4 Bolt hole 104BCD crankset, Shimano, Race Face, FSA, Aerozine and others. These rings can only be used with a 10 or 11speed chain. If you want to run them on a 1×9, just use a 10-speed chain.
May 2nd, 2013
Alchemy’s ORC-UL rear hub has been out on the market for a few weeks now and we, like a few other custom wheel builders, are completing our first builds with them. Our initial impression was based on an early custom prototype made for a customer who’s extremely hard on wheels. We were impressed with how well it worked with the super-clydesdale specs of that wheelset. And then more recently we were delighted to receive our much-anticipated shipment of production hubs, and got going lacing them to some of our favorite rims. They are proving to be beautifully made, spinning very nice and smooth, with excellent non-drive side tension. We pulled one apart and took photos to give you an idea of what the new ORC-UL is about. But first we have new on the Campy release schedule, or lack thereof.
Alchemy’s ORC-UL Campagnolo Freehub Body
Alchemy has postponed the release of the Campagnolo 11 speed ORC-UL hub. At the very earliest the new release date is December 2013. According to Alchemy this is due to a couple of new developments. For one thing, the intense demand for this Shimano 10/11sp version of the ORC-UL has demanded significantly more time than expected. Also Alchemy has found a solution for Campagnolo drive trains that they say works perfectly.
Here’s the email we received from Alchemy on the matter. Read more
April 22nd, 2013
The look of our latest Parlee Z5 custom bike builds reminds me of the classic bike builds I grew up lusting over, after it underwent a modern high performance evolution. The clean traditional lines with classic box section rims accompanies components that I could only dream of as a kid. Behind the EE brakes and Clavicula cranks lies some of the most advanced manufacturing and engineering in the industry. With the bike heading off to live in the Colorado Rockies, the priorities are to be light on the climbs and steady on the downhills. We looked to make something capable of floating up every upward pitch, and could tame every switchback that climbs and descends the land of beautiful Colorado peaks. Read more