Racing, laughing, eating, racing, drinking, laughing, racing etc. etc.
2.5 hours to go and the guys who started supporting a bunch ride at 5.00am are ready to roll.
Mitch was last seen levitating above the studio floor whilst channeling Lars Boom and patting his bike which is finally in full racing trim.
Paul will switch to a Moots PsychloX for the Prologue and customer Chris Mason jumped at the chance to race the Parlee CX tonight. Simon “knees” Carey will probably throw stuff at him from the sidelines…
Hopefully the 2N’s will return to fight for the coveted “N1″ designation with the corresponding skinsuit.
Drop by and say hello as if we all huddle together it will be warmer!
Oh yes, here is IF Steel Planet X before he hits the sandpit…
With the assistance of SunGraphics, not much research has been done in the development of this new aid to Triathletes and TT riders with a view to improved performance by enhancing prolonged riding comfort.
Featuring a hard to find, modified polymer and specially developed technology, the textured strip is applied to the top tube and aids in managing the barrier layer along the tube.
The Speed Strip, shown below, is on display at Ausbike this weekend and will soon be forwarded to Slowtwitch.com for exhaustive evaluation.
Meanwhile, work continues to evaluate athlete declarations that the “patent pending” genital cooling effect of “The Speed Strip” can be enhanced by building up the top tube height with multiple applications.
Note: No athletes were harmed and no research or science was employed whatsoever in the development of this technology, only graphic skills.
And its not even April 1… but it is AUSBike.
PS It even covers paint chips on the Top Tube!
We had so much interest in this frame we thought we would show some shots of the detail work that is a feature of all Cielo frames.
Not another new frame brand I hear you say and you would be right!
Chris King started building Cielo frames in 1978 and somewhere along the way stopped. There is a little bit of folklore about the impetus to start over and at this year’s NAHBS I was very impressed by the simple aesthetic and the quality of the build of the bikes on show. A quick walk through with Jay Sycip (yes that one!) and the seed was sown.
The bikes are made in house and while not offering a custom build, 17 sizes in each model and with a couple of geometries in each family everyone will find a frame to enjoy. The detail on the frames is a joy to behold. You can view the Cielo range here.
The team at Cielo have bent over backwards to give us access to some of these gems quickly, even dipping into the NAHBS show bikes and we hope to have a couple on show at (and one participating in) the next Dirty Deeds Cross event in July.
This NAHBS Cross bike will be reconfigured to race with some tasty components obviously with Chris King to the fore! Undecided about the rack. I have a guest rider in mind….
We will offer the frames with a Chris King headset, bb and hub build kit and of course will offer our usual custom build service.
Just hanging around in the Parlee factory prior to shipment this frame will be available in a few days time.
The custom finished frameset is a standard Z5 ML. The finish is in white pearl with, Enzo red logos and green Kandy highlights. It features a 56cm top tube and 15.8cm headtube and is $5800 (including frame, fork, headset and front derailleur clamp.
Finishing options such as 3t’s Team, Deda “white” or the top end FSA components would all finish off the look!
Alternatively take the next step and have the whole finishing kit customised to your specification.
Any Campag groupset or perhaps SRAM Force, Topolino, Campag or Fulcrum wheels!?
First the road, then the 29er and now the ‘Cross version. See it described here on Bike Rumor
Halloween saw the release of the version 2 of IndyFab’s slick new Ti Factory Lighweight – quite a departure from the stripped down 001.
You can see the exquisite detail of both on their blog.
Every IF frame is a custom build and our fitting process will ensure you achieve the bike that meets your individual requirements and that looks just how you want it to.
The standard Z5 will feature a new finish as below from early December and is significantly reduced to an RRP of $4850 *
Parlee and Cycling Edge offer a virtually unlimited range of custom finish options.
*Prices subject to change without notice.
At Eurobike Parlee introduced an elegant external mounting protocol for Di2 comprising a chainstay battery mount and bonded on mounts to which the cable can be tied.
It was displayed on a “ghost” finished Z5 which almost hid the kit completely and was very well received.
When visiting the Cerminati family at Cerchi Ghisallo it was a pleasant surprise to find that Giovanni had been developing a balance bike to provide a quality offer to those starting cycling.
Currently finalising CE testing in Milan it is a beautifully finished product using the same beech laminating techniques as employed in the renowned wheels.
Now Giovanni has been joined by his eldest grandson in building wheel rims so the cycle continues.
Closer and closer to completion. The SSR levers are done, the bars and stem selected and prepared so the end is nigh!
A sneak peak into the 2010 range…
Handlebars are made of Slovenian beech wood and are available in four colours, available in circa 25 mm and circa 31 mm. Grips can be made of either beech or durmast depending on your preference – beech will be a lighter shade, others will have darker results.
A few more snaps of the prettiest bike instore…
Visiting EDGE Composites in Utah and driving to Steamboat Springs last Fall, the strength of colour was stunning. The first photo was taken on an MTB ride at Snow Basin near Ogden UT and the second shot shows the first snow of the year running up to a stand of aspens next to the highway not far from Park City.
These were the inspiration for the Autumn (Fall – poor cycling reference?) frame ensemble. This is another one off custom design following on from the Butterfly and Envy frames.
It is currently instore and for sale as is or as a completed build to order.
Have an inspiration or theme of your own? Give us a call on +61 3 9645 0775.
Sneak peak at the latest spectacular Indy Fab SSR to arrive in South Melbourne… more updates soon!
“They” say the devil is in the detail and the detail is coming along nicely as we head to the finished bike. The exquisite leather work is from Busyman as is the image. You have to see the real thing to appreciate the less obvious jewels in his work -well done Mick!
…of St. Ali’s new bike!
Stay tuned for more updates, and check out St. Ali’s website at http://www.stali.com.au/
We are very pleased to announce that we have added Topolino Technology‘s wheels to our existing EDGE Composites and Cerchi Ghisallo ranges. They are truly complimentary to these offerings.
Who are Topolino? Watch and learn.
Our initial shipment will be of the exciting, just released “True Black” CTR.20 wheelsets. These exceptional, true all rounder, wheels feature integrated carbon spokes and hubs that are adjustable and can therefore be trued via adjusters at the 20mm aluminium rim. They are UCI compliant and race ready!
In addition to complete serviceability, high notes are an amazing 1360gm/pair weight together with exceptional rigidity and ride, unique looks and all at an expected RRP of $1970 (including Ti skewers and wheel magnet).
As usual we will have test wheels available in the main freehub options.
The theory is interesting – the experience is compelling.
For more information on Topolino and their products visit their site.