Posts by Emiliano Jordan
April 17th, 2013
Over the last weekend CyclingNews reported on one of our old projects, the worlds lightest bike. This now seems like a good time for us to revisit this project as well. It also seems like a good time to mention that this project is the inspiration for two of our upcoming Interbike projects. No, we’re not going to make a lighter bike, as there doesn’t seem a point since this is still the current record holder. We will however be offering two new projects both with an eye on total weight, yet keeping with a more generally accepted idea of all around use. Read more
April 13th, 2013
It’s April, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about ‘cross. In fact we’re getting CX bikes ready for both those that are well prepared and those that can’t stay off of dirt roads no matter what time of year it is. I believe this cross bike belongs to the later a machine that is perfect for the race coarse that will more than likely see many more miles exploring back country roads and the occasional piece of single track winding through the forest. Read more
March 11th, 2013
We’ve started publishing a weekly update with some of the better images and articles we’ve seen around the web. Here’s volume two for March 4th-8th. It was a big week as we found the last to be published indepth NAHBS articles and the warmer weather has been bringing us a lot of amazing images.
March 4th, 2013
We’re going to start a little segment where we take a look back at what went on during the previous week. This was a last minute decision and I’ll be making sure to bookmark more for you next week. In the meantime take a look at what’s been going on on our Facebook page, Jason’s (MadCow), our Pinterest page and of course our blog. Enjoy and let us know if we’ve missed anything important.
February 25th, 2013
With the 2012 Parlee Z5 SLi on sale and the 2013 Z5i now in stock we’ve been moving ahead building up a gaggle of new bikes. This got me thinking about all the completed bikes I haven’t posted yet. I decided to start with a not so recent SL Road build we worked on with Nick from Crumpton Cycles. Cutting-edge thoroughbred builds like this are my favorite, a bike I’d gladly race — ideally set up too light for the UCI 6.8kg rule like this one.
Nothing tops a handmade frame built by a master. Attempting to keep the magic happening, a few other standout features on here are the forged Praxis Rings on the THM M3 cranks. The Praxis rings may not topple the weight weenie contenders but they do shift better than any other aftermarket ring set I’ve ridden — on par with the best offerings from Campagnolo and Shimano. This combo with the M3 cranks is a perfect marriage and THM now specs these as their stock chainrings on their cranks. These exotic beauties in the matte finish look great with this frame.
October 9th, 2012
We hardly ever post bike builds that we don’t complete here at the shop but working with Sugarkane on this bike build has been one of our favorite projects. The build does a great job of focusing on weight but not emphasizing the ultra light over functionality and race worthy aerodynamics. The final build would hold up in any race and luckily he’s also been documenting the project on Weight Weenies showing why he chose a lot of the parts you see here now. Major changes have included switching ENVE 1.45s (now used as climbing wheels) to the more all around Smart 6.7s. Braking was also improved when the popular EE Brakes replaced the Zero Gravity stoppers. The stock Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed cranks have been changed for THM’s M3 modular crank complete with a ceramic bottom bracket and Praxis chain rings. Finally the New Ultimate seat post and striped down SLR saddle gave way to a Berk combo after an Extralite post was installed. The final seat / seatpost combo not only lets you get a custom feel on your rig it saves a lot of grams.
August 31st, 2012
Recently we were talking with Alchemy Bicycle Works about hubs and the results of our latest hub review. During this discussion we learned something interesting: their ORC hub is undergoing its first major re-design since its release 3.5 years ago. The new versions, expected in the next few months, will be designated the ORC-UL, and yes, it will be Shimano 11 speed compatible. At this point it’s probably a good time to point out that there is no planned retrofit to make the existing model Shimano 11 speed compatible. There will be new variation of the ELF front hub sold alongside the current ELF that will be lighter and with a more aerodynamic shape. Last but not least, a new disc brake mountain bike hubset using the same internals as the ORC-UL is being developed, but will be a bit further away. Read more
May 9th, 2012
For the last several months there has been lots of anticipation about more Smart Enve System (SES) rims coming from Enve. Last week we wrote about the new 6.7 and 3.4 clinchers and shortly after the new SES 8.9 tubulars showed up. We’ve now gotten them in stock and had a chance to play with them and form an opinion. In short the 8.9s are another well-targeted rim with a chance to replace discs in most Time Trial and Triathlon setups. Read more