Tagesarchiv: 29. November 2013

47.500. Dollar.

THE $47,500 CINELLI LASER NOSTRA FIXED GEAR

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Originally expected to go for $15,000 to 20,000 at a Sotheby’s auction, this prototype Cinelli Laser Nostra was sold for a whopping $47,500. There’s more to the story than just a hugely expensive bike however. First, the bike was ridden to victory in the 2011 Red Hook Crit by Neil Bezdek. As a borrowed bike from Antonio Columbo himself (the owner of Columbus tubing and Cinelli bikes), Neil hopped on the Laser and rode it to victory after finishing 2nd the past two races. Second, the bike was sold in a RED charity auction that was put on by U2 star Bono with proceeds going to the fight against AIDS.

Just what does a $47,500 bike look like? See it after the jump.

 

130305RD_cenalli_bike_048_dark key_revOriginally created as a prototype for the special Anniversary edition of the Laser, with 21 bicycles that were released in 2012. The beautiful Columbus Niobium steel frame was signed by Columbo himself and was paired with a carbon fork plastered with numerous Columbus tubing decals both new and old. The bike weighed in at 16.5 pounds (7.5kg) and can be seen racing to victory on Neil’s own bike mounted camera.

via Bike Rumor. Das verlinkte Milan Red Hook 2011 Video hat mich relativ lange gefesselt.

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Tokyo Cycle Design Vocational School.

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Japan, so typisch.

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Meister und Schüler

20130325092413Lernen macht Spaß.

Einige Infos dazu auf English. Liegt auf jden fall in eienr guten Gegend, Shibuya, gleich in der Nähe der Meiji Dori Richtung Harajuku. Kosten etwa 12.000€ pro Jahr bei einem zweijährigen Programm.

 

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Blog. Konno Shinichi.

Für Freunde der japanischen Sprache und des Rahmenbaus schreibt nun Konno Shinichi dies und das auf seinem Blog. 

Ach so, wer das ist? Das ist das Gehirn hinter Cherubim. Wie gesagt, ich hätte 2010 nach meiner Rückkher aus Japan mindestens einen Rahmen von Cherubim und einen von Kalavinka mit nach Deutschland nehmen sollen. Aber dann ging ja alles so schnell und von meiner „was ich immer noch n Japan machen wollte“-Liste konnte ich nur die Hälfte noch tun. Zum Glück hatte ich noch die Zeit von Tokyo nach Hamamatsu zu radeln. Und zm Glück hatte ich keine Zeit mehr, dass zu tun, was ich auch in 12 Jahren Japan nicht geschafft hatte: Auf den Fuji zu steigen.

Bereits ganze drei Einträge. Ich will mich nicht lustig machen, aber besser fände ich es ja wenn er mehr Rahmen bauen würde. Ich blogge wohl auch besser weiter.

Blog hier.

 

 

 

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Bishop Bikes. Rex’s Track Bike. Martini anyone?

via Bishop Bikes
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Der Winter wird in etwa so.

Räder zentrieren und rauchen. Radeln wohl eher weniger.

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Yokozuna Reaction Kabelsatz: „Absolutely awesome – a total no-brainer upgrade“

Yokozuna isn't a very well known brand but given the performance of its Reaction cable and housing set, it should be. Friction is extremely low and its compressionless brake and derailleur housing yields fantastic responsiveness

via Bike Radar

We’ve said before that cables and housing are the lifelines of your bike. A good set can almost telepathically translate inputs at the shifter and brake levers to their respective derailleurs and callipers while a bad set can muddy the signal like a bad game of Chinese Whispers. No other complete kit has impressed us with its signal clarity as much as the Yokozuna Reaction has.

Gore Ride-On announced last year that it would be discontinuing production of its much-loved derailleur cable and housing sets, so we’ve been scrambling to find a suitable replacement ever since. Though the Reaction setup isn’t fully sealed like Gore Ride-On, its fully lubricated casing somehow still matches the latter’s incredibly low-friction characteristics for noticeably improved shift performance with any component group we’ve used it on. Shifts – spring-driven upshifts, in particular – are markedly faster with a more direct lever feel coming as an added bonus, even when compared to Shimano’s venerable SP41 casing or stock Campagnolo stuff (SRAM is thankfully still able to source non-sealed Gore low-friction stuff). While the lack of proper end-to-end sealing is a disappointment for cyclocross, winter training or heavy-duty commuting applications, it’s worth noting nonetheless that we’ve been running one of our Reaction setups continuously for two years (albeit mostly in good conditions) and it still feels like new.

  • Pros: Incredibly low friction and awesome compressionless brake housing that improves the performance of any bike on which it’s installed
  • Cons: Stiffer brake housing can be tricky to route, expensive

As good as the derailleur cable and housing is, it’s the similarly slippery brake setup that is truly astounding. Unlike conventional brake housing (whose spiral-like construction is designed primarily for flexibility) or derailleur housing (whose lengthwise strands are designed primarily to fight compression), Yokozuna’s is a unique hybrid of both. Save for segmented solid aluminium housing such as Nokon’s, Reaction is the only truly compressionless option we’ve come across and it’s impossible to fathom how detrimental housing compression actually is until you’ve gotten rid of it.

The uniquely constructed yokozuna reaction brake housing (left) gets its compressionless feel by using longitudinal wires similar to standard derailleur housing (right). an additional spiral metal wrap keeps it from blowing out under extreme load, though:

 Yokozuna uses a hybrid construction for its Reaction brake housing (left), featuring the compression-resistant longitudinal strands of typical derailleur housing (right) but with an additional metal overwrap to prevent blow-outs

Lever feedback is boosted to truly incredible levels with the rear feeling better than the front once did, and the front now feeling as if it’s directly bolted to the calliper. Though power is improved, that direct feel has an even bigger impact on modulation and predictability. Those benefits only increase with the amount of housing used too, and we consider the Reaction housing practically a mandatory requirement for anyone using cable-actuated disc brakes.

Unfortunately, Yokozuna does charge a pretty penny for a complete Reaction brake and derailleur setup. That said, we can’t think of any other bits that provide as much of a real-world boost in function for such little money so in that sense, they’re absolutely worth it.

Though most brake housing features a plastic jacket on the outside, the one on yokozuna's reaction compressionless housing is actually bonded to the metal substrate. it's stiffer and a little more difficult to route but no other non-segmented casing can produce the same directly connected feel:

The outer jacketing isn’t just shrink-wrapped around the metal innards. It’s all bonded together for incredible responsiveness
Leider auch „absolutely expensive:

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