Posts in the category Industry News

Trek Emonda Now on Project One – Build a Budget SLR

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With the introduction of the new Trek Emonda, you knew this was coming eventually – Emondas are now available through Project One. As with other bikes offered through Project One, the made-in-Wisconsin Emonda SLR, Emonda SLR WSD, and Emonda SLR Team Editions will now include the option of customized components at no charge to the consumer other than upgrade costs. No, you won’t be able to chose the exotic Tune components that gave the Emonda SLR 10 the title of lightest production bike in the world, but you will be able to choose components and paint. Finish options include the U5 Vapor coat which forgoes decals and is said to add less than 5g to the frame, and the Vapor Coat Color – a slightly cheaper vapor coat that provides an option for a solid color, no decals, and minimal logos.

Project One also sees paint and parts availability expanding across the board with new paint schemes for the Domane 6 Series, Sped Concept 7, and 9 series, and new products like the Bontrager XXX integrated bar/stem now available.

Of course, Project One allows you to downgrade a bike as well as upgrade. It’s always interesting to see just how cheap you can get the high end frames. See how low the Emonda SLR will go after the break…

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Factory Tour: From Raw Metal to Finished Pedal, VP does it All

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There are a number of things that come to mind when thinking about Taiwanese manufacturing in the bicycle industry. On the small island you’ll find every level of producer making complete bikes right down to the individual bolt. Much of the production is similar to what you would find in the US with companies getting a number of different parts from their suppliers and then assembling the final product on their own factory floor.

Then there are companies like VP Components. Where raw materials are swallowed up by the gargantuan facility only to be spit out as finished goods. VP may be a relatively new name to the US market on the consumer side, but if you’ve ridden bikes for any amount of time you have probably used their products without even knowing it. Situated as one of the largest suppliers of OEM headsets in the world, VP is also one of the last producers of high quality, inexpensive square taper bottom brackets. Oh, they played a big roll in the development of reliable methods to mass produce the ISIS BB standard in Taiwan as well.

All of the buildings on VP’s campus work together in harmony to fulfill VP’s specialty of one stop production. Their customers receive completely finished and packaged products that are ready for the store shelves, or to be assembled into bikes. Capable of producing up to a half million items in a single month, bottom brackets, headsets, and pedals all roll out of the facility on a regular basis. And yes, they have their own BMX track….

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Recall Roundup: Trek & Scott Recall Bikes for Fork Issues, & Tern Voluntarily Pulls Some Link Folding Bikes

Trek SR Suntour Fork RecallBoth Trek and Scott have issued safety recalls on a number of mid priced bicycles sold between 2011-2013 with SR Suntour Suspension Forks. According to the notice, the fork dropouts can break. All told, Scott is recalling 5,200 bikes, while Trek is recalling 120,000.

Customers are being asked to immediately stop using their bikes and to bring them to a dealer for inspection and repair. On some Trek bicycles, a replacement quick release can resolve the issue, but the manufacturer is replacing many models affected by the recall with RST Vita forks.

Thus far, Trek has received 28 reports of broken forks and five injuries. For more information, visit the CPSC webpage.

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Women Race Bikes Hoping to Give Women’s Professional Cycling a Better Voice

The site name says it all – Women Race Bikes. But they also don’t get a lot of coverage, sponsorship, prize money, etc. Women Race Bikes is hoping to change that. Founded by Sarai Snyder, WRB hopes to build on the success of Girl Bike Love and Cyclofemme, which Sarai has also used to help improve the state of women’s cycling. While GBL and CycloFemme focused more on the riding aspect, WRB will specifically cover the racing side of things. Whatever women are racing, WRB will cover it including road, TT, mountain, CX, track, even BMX racing. The team led by Sarai even plans to have a custom App built by the creators of Tour Tracker to make following women’s racing even easier.

Currently, WRB is in the fundraising stage with a Flexible Funding campaign through Indiegogo. Ending on July 29, WRB hopes to raise $80,000 to help get the site of the ground and create a one stop shop for everything women’s racing. Want to improve the state of women’s bike racing by way of supporting WRB? Head over to the Indiegogo page and make a contribution.

Signal Cycles gets fast with new production road bike The Pulse

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The crew at Signal Cycles exudes quality and style.  They pump out handcrafted bicycles that show both great form and function.  Take a peek at their Flickr page to see for your self.

Signal Cycles, while no stranger to a race bike, builds a lot of frames designed for wide tire clearance.  For example, their other production bike, The Saltzman, fits 32c tires for nice plush ride.  For a change of pace, and a fast pace at that, their third production model, the Pulse, is a fast road race bike ready to take on any climb, descend any mountain, and still be fit for a century gran fondo ride.

Details on the Pulse past the break.

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SRAM Hydraulic Recall Full Story Explained, Consumer Brakesets Available

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There is no denying the fact that the Hydraulic Road recall was a major set back for SRAM. Having to issue a massive recall for such a new and exciting product is never easy, but under the direction of president Stan Day, SRAM stepped up to the challenge and now has most consumers sorted and new brakes well in production. Since the recall was first issued, the recovery process has been the number one priority with Stan leading meetings constantly to drive progress. Essentially completely redesigning a product in record time, SRAM had to pull resources from future development to get it done.

The brakes are in, and the full details are after the break…

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Exclusive: Ciamillo Restructures Everything – Plus Micro GSL Road Calipers First Impressions!

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In economics, there are two theories that define the tradeoffs made in any business decision – Opportunity Cost and Sunk Cost. No one knows this better than Ted Ciamillo.

Over the past couple years since we visited him for a factory tour, Ciamillo has poured countless hours and dollars into his Gravitas crank project. With that project now on hold, those irreclaimable resources would be a sunk cost – they’re gone.

With so much focus on it, his bread and butter brake caliper business suffered. Delays. Rejected parts. Too long delays in responding to customers. You name it, and there’ve been online comments to support it. That was the opportunity cost – the business and good will he’s lost while chasing the dream of building the lightest, stiffest crankset known to man.

Since our visit, I’ve spoken with Ted many times and at length about his business. See, I’ve had several businesses before starting Bikerumor and been through my own share of lost opportunities and hard lessons. I can sympathize. I’ve been there. It’s not fun. And in many of our conversations, the stress came through in Ted’s voice. There are few things more painful than watching something you built from the ground up stumble and fall, yet we entrepreneurs are a tough bunch. Sometimes we don’t know when to quit. And sometimes, that perseverance can pay off…

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Ruckus Composites Raffling Repaired Frames to Support Women’s Bicycle Racing

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Ruckus Composites is known for repairing carbon fiber frames and parts. Occasionally, some of the frames sent in are abandoned, so Ruckus has repaired them and are raffling them off to raise funds for women’s bike racing. Check out our factory tour here, and if you like what you see, check the press release below for links and details on making a bid. It’ll give a new life to a frame as well as someone’s race career…

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Shimano Makes Running Change for Dura-Ace 9000 Cassettes to Eliminate Creaking (UPDATED)

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My cassette on the left, the new one on the right. Shoulda brought the scale!

Rear derailleurs aren’t the only shadowy things around Shimano. Sometimes, mid-year updates are kept in the dark, too.

Thanks to an eagle eyed reader who wished to remain anonymous, we’ve learned that the 9000-series Dura-Ace cassette received a running change that added a rivet point to the largest cogs on the carbon fiber carrier’d center cluster. The change went unannounced and mostly unknown among the ranks – even some of their outside sales reps were unaware. We called their customer/tech support line and did get confirmation (beyond the obvious visual above) and an explanation. Apparently, the single rivet design can work slightly loose, causing creaking noises during use. The additional rivet strengthens the larger cogs connection to the carrier and prevents it from getting loose ‘n’ loud.

Is it a warranty-able issue? “If it’s creaking, yes,” said the customer service rep we spoke with. “We weren’t really seeing it on every cassette, but if it happens, you can send it in for replacement.”

UPDATE: Shimano clarifies creaking noise concern and explains changes. Full response pasted at bottom of post.

Mine is from the early stock (weights here) and hasn’t had any problems yet, but comforting to know (now that we do know) they’ll take care of it should something go wrong. And if you’ve been wondering where any random noise is coming from, check your cassette. More pics below…

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