The Café Roubaix Arenberg paired to FMB Paris-Roubaix

Cobbles, Carbon, Silk, and Dust

Cobbles, Carbon, Silk, and Dust

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I hadn’t planned to ride them every day. In fact, I had planned to only ride them once and let other people ride them. But, genius that I am, I forgot my ceramic brake pads and had to source some new ones which was a maddeningly difficult process given that Europe observes something in the neighborhood of 363 holidays per year.

I was more than a little apprehensive, to be honest, of riding a lightweight set of carbon wheels down the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix – let alone on three separate occasions and two days on the kasseien of Vlaanderen. At long last, I got my hands on some brake pads, but then my hopes of riding my Golden Tickets died with the harp hiss emitting from Stefano Museeuw’s back when when he took my FMB-clad Nemisis through a hole big enough to lose him in. One thing for sure, the young talent has the “Look Pro Stop at the Side of the Road in Disgust” nailed. I suppose it helps when you’ve got the Lion of Flanders as your dad and mentor.

But truth be told, the Cafe Roubaix Arenberg wheels were amazing to ride, especially on the tarmac. On the cobbles, they were noticeably less compliant than my box-rim tubs, but they more than made up for it in speed and featheriness on the tarmac bits. And that is the element we so often overlook about Roubaix: we identify so heavily with the 50km of Pavé, but we so easily forget there are 200km of tarmac to deal with as well – which is why Museeuw ultimately lost to Tchmil aboard his ill-fated Bianchi “Throne”. When judging a wheel, all these aspects must be weighed against one another.

One thing of note, however, is that on the roughest secteurs of pav̩ Рin particular the Trench̩e and Carrefour РI found it more difficult to discover my rhythm than I did last year. Could it be that the lightweight wheels bounced too much and spent too much time going up rather than forward? I find that notion easier to digest than the notion that there was something amiss with my riding.

I proclaim this knowing full well the wrath I’m sure to receive: even for the enthusiast, the carbon wheel is the future for every discipline of cycling. While my Ambrossios are much more lovable in terms of nostalgia and good-old-fashioned hardman looks, the strength and stiffness of the Roubaixs outmatched the classic box-rim of the Nemesis in every respect from weight all the way down to trueness. On the other hand, three-cross bladed spokes on a deep-dish rim are a real bitch in a Flemish crosswind.

 

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  1. @RedRanger

    the carbon wheel is the future for every discipline of cycling

    truer word have never been spoken. Have you seen the ENVE Twenty9 XC wheels? awesome. HED Stingers? awesome. Café Roubaix wheels? awesome.

    I have no doubt, whatsoever, these products are fine technology. I do indeed envy their capabilities.

    But…can anyone list the MSRP of each?

    I feel much the same about the current craze involving electric shifting. It sure is spiffy. But “worth” the cost? Dunno. I will give a nod to some of the new tech involving disc brakes.Bike wheels have been designed around using the mounting surface as a brake surface for a long long time. I am curious to see what changing that will do to wheel design and the resulting change to Bike Systems integration. I am mostly in @Frank’s camp on being skeptical of the need for brake improvements – my calipers provide me plenty of stopping power, are simple to maintain and inexpensive.

    Bike Systems integration, and the Rides selected are *all* about prioritization.

  2. For all you Apple devotees unable to look out the window

  3. @strathlubnaig

    @G’rilla

    Unrelated, I’m in downtown Dublin now through Monday noon. Are there any Velominati here who want to get together for lunch or a beer? Dr C? The Engine?

    Email me: boss@topfunky.com

    I am sure @The Engine would love to meet up, ‘cept he lives in another country from Dublin separated by a great big sea. Love geographically challenged septic tanks.

    heheee. Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, no bridges or tunnels for the quick pint meet and greet? Get to work over there.

  4. @ped  $2.99 to tell me what i should be wearing? you’ve got to be fucking kidding

  5. @G’rilla

    Go into the Merrion Inn in Sandymount, and ask for a pint and tell them to put it on Steampunk’s tab. I worked there in 1994. It should be fine.

  6. Is Frank agreeing with Velosnooze???  Or is there something I’m missing between the commentaries….

    It pains me to think they have have the same POV.  I have to be missing something… please….

  7. @RedRanger

    Carbon is plenty strong. Its used on transport air crafts. they even use it for brakes on air craft.

    http://www.compositesworld.com/news/boeing-completes-testing-of-carbon-fiber-brakes

    At the bespoke Bristol show today they had a steel frame all carbon component bike….that’s an entire carbon group set!  Weight? 4.5kgs!!!

  8. @Gianni

    @strathlubnaig

    @G’rilla

    Unrelated, I’m in downtown Dublin now through Monday noon. Are there any Velominati here who want to get together for lunch or a beer? Dr C? The Engine?

    Email me: boss@topfunky.com

    I am sure @The Engine would love to meet up, ‘cept he lives in another country from Dublin separated by a great big sea. Love geographically challenged septic tanks.

    heheee. Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, no bridges or tunnels for the quick pint meet and greet? Get to work over there.

    As I was out riding my bike I’ve only just noticed this – there’s no bridge but there is Ruinair. However due to issues with Mrs Engine and “that fucking bike” my chances of making Dublin tomorrow are the same as my chances in the Amstel Gold – that is none.

    However for future reference all fully paid up Velominati should be aware that I’m 40 minutes away from two ruddy great international airports and any disorientated ‘Mercuns are always welcome provided they bring their own shoes pedals and helmets.

  9. @xced

    @ped $2.99 to tell me what i should be wearing? you’ve got to be fucking kidding

    I’ll do it for $2.00

  10. @teleguy57

    Is Frank agreeing with Velosnooze??? Or is there something I’m missing between the commentaries….

    It pains me to think they have have the same POV. I have to be missing something… please….

    Well…we still love the golden tickets more.

    @Cyclops

    @Jamie

    That’s cause he’s riding a 49cm with 650c wheels.

    There was an article on VeloNews today about there only being four bikes in this year’s PR with Ambrosio rims.

    That can’t be right because even on the AG2R team alone there were half on Ambrosios, and our photos of the trench show a solid proportion – 10-15% I’d say – on box-sections.

  11. @roger

    That’s really funny because in Dutch/Flemish, the word “Throne” is used to mean a toilet.

  12. @ped

    For all you Apple devotees unable to look out the window

    Four fucking aces. The developer’s going to retire on that one, you betcha.  Ima teach myself java and make one for Android, and I’ll be richer than shit, too.  I will.

  13. Ahhhh….fresh fi'zi:k bar tape. Livin’ large.

  14. @eightzero

    Ahhhh….fresh fi’zi:k bar tape. Livin’ large.

    That’s a Facebook “Like.” Good feeling.

    Another good feeling is watching this video. It got me out of the house today in what weren’t really Rule #9 conditions until the hail arrived…

  15. @frank

    @Chris

    They looked amazing and I’m sure they were stunning to ride on the tarmac but between the Roubaixs and your disintegrating rear end you made a god awful racket on the pavé.

    I would have held your wheel if I hadn’t have been terrified of being caught up in a blast zone of splintered carbon.

    I hope you’ve got someone local who can repair your FMB for you.

    That awful sound turned out to be the shim in my seat post, nothing sinister.

    Shim? Seatpost? So you’ve got the wrong size seatpost in your bike? Fuck me with a pedal spanner I never thought I’d see the day. That’s the equivalent of finding out  our dear leader wears women’s underwear

  16. @frank

    @teleguy57

    Is Frank agreeing with Velosnooze??? Or is there something I’m missing between the commentaries….

    It pains me to think they have have the same POV. I have to be missing something… please….

    Well…we still love the golden tickets more.

    @Cyclops

    @Jamie

    That’s cause he’s riding a 49cm with 650c wheels.

    There was an article on VeloNews today about there only being four bikes in this year’s PR with Ambrosio rims.

    That can’t be right because even on the AG2R team alone there were half on Ambrosios, and our photos of the trench show a solid proportion – 10-15% I’d say – on box-sections.

    Cycling New’s photo gallery pictured the entire Suasar Seujean team (or whatever the hell their name is) with Ambrosios rebadged as Corimas. Badly. So while Caley Fretz was whipping it out every time he say Faboo on the TV on rebadged HEDs, and ignoring the fact that the  guy who came second had destroyed his front wheel, he mustn’t have been looking very hard.

  17. @PeakInTwoYears

    Goddamnit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbqZCrqV_wE

    Thanks for positing that. Fun to watch it well executed. Fast fast fast. Safe if you have trust in your companions.

    All have white bar tape. Mrs/Dr eightzero informs me that if I go to white tape, I’ll need white hoods. “Not pro” she says.

    But see @Frank’s pic at the top.

    Comment?

  18. @minion

    @frank

    @Chris

    They looked amazing and I’m sure they were stunning to ride on the tarmac but between the Roubaixs and your disintegrating rear end you made a god awful racket on the pavé.

    I would have held your wheel if I hadn’t have been terrified of being caught up in a blast zone of splintered carbon.

    I hope you’ve got someone local who can repair your FMB for you.

    That awful sound turned out to be the shim in my seat post, nothing sinister.

    Shim? Seatpost? So you’ve got the wrong size seatpost in your bike? Fuck me with a pedal spanner I never thought I’d see the day. That’s the equivalent of finding out our dear leader wears women’s underwear

    Under the lycra.

  19. You’re probably quite right, Frank, but it still fills my heart with sadness.  Raced on my golden tickets yesterday in the most piss-awful weather, never felt anything other than secure and happy (and on the verge of vomiting of course, but that should be taken as read.)  I wonder what the alloy rim could be if development on it hadn’t as good as stopped a decade or more ago while we got sold system wheels instead.  I know if I ever manage to destroy a rim or when the time comes to get a set of proper carbon hoops that I’ll be able to run the hubs for another zillion miles on training wheels – not entirely sure what kind of hub I’d be able to get with the level of carbon wheel I could currently afford – my budget would just about be maxed out at a set of planet x’s.  And I wonder about buying carbon second hand, for no other good reason other than my own preconceptions of hidden, irreparable damage somewhere.  But I suspect in the next wee while, I probably will be.  :-(  Still think though, that if you can steal a set off ebay or trademe for good money, a set of nemesis’s is probably about the best average joe race day wheel bang for the buck out there.  (I paid 500 NZD for mine, dura ace 7900 hubs, vittoria paves, wheelsmith spokes, about 500k on the lot.)

  20. @eightzero

    @PeakInTwoYears

    Goddamnit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbqZCrqV_wE

    Thanks for positing that. Fun to watch it well executed. Fast fast fast. Safe if you have trust in your companions.

    All have white bar tape. Mrs/Dr eightzero informs me that if I go to white tape, I’ll need white hoods. “Not pro” she says.

    But see @Frank’s pic at the top.

    Comment?

    I’m not worthy to comment on such matters, but I confess that I’m running white tape and black hoods at the moment.

    That vid got right to my gut. There was a brief period, a couple of years is all, in the late 80s when I rode with a university club and we had a regular group that managed a brisk and lubricious paceline. I miss that experience so much. To me it’s the essence of road riding. Now I’m riding again, and it appears that there’s no one living anywhere in this howling wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula who seems interested.

  21. @frank

    @Nate

    we identify so heavily with the 50km of Pavé, but we so easily forget there are 200km of tarmac to deal with as well

    Did you go to Flanders and Northern France to ride on tarmac, or cobblestones?

    Come do the trip with us next year and put this remark in context.

    In’sha Merckx that will happen some time.  Meanwhile I’ll happily continue talking out of my arse.  BTW: a shimmed seat post?  I thought you had standards.

  22. @PeakInTwoYears

    @eightzero

    @PeakInTwoYears

    Goddamnit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbqZCrqV_wE

    Thanks for positing that. Fun to watch it well executed. Fast fast fast. Safe if you have trust in your companions.

    All have white bar tape. Mrs/Dr eightzero informs me that if I go to white tape, I’ll need white hoods. “Not pro” she says.

    But see @Frank’s pic at the top.

    Comment?

    I’m not worthy to comment on such matters, but I confess that I’m running white tape and black hoods at the moment.

    That vid got right to my gut. There was a brief period, a couple of years is all, in the late 80s when I rode with a university club and we had a regular group that managed a brisk and lubricious paceline. I miss that experience so much. To me it’s the essence of road riding. Now I’m riding again, and it appears that there’s no one living anywhere in this howling wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula who seems interested.

    With ya. Love the feeling of going far and fast. Done right it is the easiest miles you’ll ever do. But I fear those ad-hoc pace lines I see in club rides. Examine the riders around you. Add up the Rule violations. If excessive, let them go. Odds are you see one again soon. In the ditch, blood, broken bits. Not good.

    Enjoy the ride. Save the pacelines for a Cogal.

  23. @eightzero

    @RedRanger

    the carbon wheel is the future for every discipline of cycling

    truer word have never been spoken. Have you seen the ENVE Twenty9 XC wheels? awesome. HED Stingers? awesome. Café Roubaix wheels? awesome.

    I have no doubt, whatsoever, these products are fine technology. I do indeed envy their capabilities.

    But…can anyone list the MSRP of each?

    I feel much the same about the current craze involving electric shifting. It sure is spiffy. But “worth” the cost? Dunno. I will give a nod to some of the new tech involving disc brakes.Bike wheels have been designed around using the mounting surface as a brake surface for a long long time. I am curious to see what changing that will do to wheel design and the resulting change to Bike Systems integration. I am mostly in @Frank’s camp on being skeptical of the need for brake improvements – my calipers provide me plenty of stopping power, are simple to maintain and inexpensive.

    Bike Systems integration, and the Rides selected are *all* about prioritization.

    This should actually be a Rule: never, ever, pay MSRP. Yes I race, and as an added bonus, I’m one of the DS’s of a very well funded and sponsored team. That said, I paid ~$700, with tyres, for the Reynolds. The trick is to get connected to your local race website (they all have one), and buy high $$ stuff used. Racers generally know that they can’t pawn off shitty gear to other racers for top dollar. So if you’re careful, and inspect before you buy, you can get great deals. I went from compact SRAM Rival to Dura-ace that way, and ended up making $100 on the deal.

  24. @eightzero Speaking of which, don’t ride with riders wearing skiing gloves when the temperature is in the teens. Was riding behind one genius on a Sunday morning bunch ride, who was brushing his rear wheel with his hand inside the rear triangle when the glove got snagged and got the hand jammed between the wheel and the seat-tube. He nearly rode out of it, till he grabbed a handful of brake with his other hand. and went over the bars. In the middle of the bunch.

    No ski gloves. Evar.

  25. @minion

    My tabby cat (a Downton Tabby), who is sitting in my lap, read your post and said, “Raahhr.” Which is Tabby for “Who the fuck would ride with such fucking idiots in the first place?”

    It’s my cat, I say.

  26. Hi Frank,

    Great post. I like your bike as well. I too have a Cervelo R3 (2009) but in white. Did you lift you saddle up just for the photo or do you always have that much seat post showing?

    Keep up the good work.

    TWS

  27. @PeakInTwoYears Gah the Sunday morning rides are usually a steady cruise on the way out and the hammer gets dropped on the way in. You usually just sit and chat on the way out, but it’s always the usual suspects lighting it up on the way home, by which time the fodder’s OTA. Unless they shove their fucking hand between the wheel and the frame, in which case they’re OTA a lot earlier than that.

    You have a very perceptive cat.

  28. Ok, here’s my 2c.

    If you have about $6-700. to spend, carbon wheelsets can be had from fleabay.  I have as a test purchased some 60mm carbon wheels from a seller in Thailand to replace some aluminium training wheels damaged in a car altercation.

    The main this I looked out for was to get Novatec hubs as my pricier carbon wheels have re-badged Novatecs and they roll amazingly well.

    I must say that I’m very impressed with the Thai wheels thus far, so much so that I’ll be racing the cross season on them and also I’ll be getting a set of 32mm carbon fixed for my track bike build.

  29. @minion

    You have a very perceptive cat.

    She was just being petulant because she knows I’d kill for a proper group to ride with. Love riding with the VMH and enjoy the weekly mtb group, but never a paceline in sight in these uncivilized parts.

  30. But who am I kidding? I’d never stay on…

  31. @Nate

    @frank. BTW: a shimmed seat post? I thought you had standards.

    Indeed i have standards, but also have a 2006 Cervelo R3 with a seat pin diameter that is no longer supported by any manufacturer.  Bastids.

  32. @eightzero

    But…can anyone list the MSRP of each?

    While this is a perfectly fair question, it has nothing to do with the subject of performance. The question of whether carbon wheels or alu wheels perform better on the cobbles has nothing to do with price or value, but of quality (both ride and materials).

    I always think the best way to view product selection is to start with what’s actually the best product, however that might be measured, and then work backwards from there until you got to a product that has an intersection with your budget and other requirements. A product does not become worse just because its out of our budget.

    This approach is particularly effective because the products that are most expensive are not given to be the best products available. You have to exclude price from the evaluation in order to vibe objective, and then add in the other considerations.

  33. @frank ah, so you have standards, and, characteristically, the mfgrs do not.  What size does the R3 take?

  34. @frank

    @eightzero

    But…can anyone list the MSRP of each?

    While this is a perfectly fair question, it has nothing to do with the subject of performance. The question of whether carbon wheels or alu wheels perform better on the cobbles has nothing to do with price or value, but of quality (both ride and materials).

    I always think the best way to view product selection is to start with what’s actually the best product, however that might be measured, and then work backwards from there until you got to a product that has an intersection with your budget and other requirements. A product does not become worse just because its out of our budget.

    This approach is particularly effective because the products that are most expensive are not given to be the best products available. You have to exclude price from the evaluation in order to vibe objective, and then add in the other considerations.

    Concur. However, the process is arguably more complicated. “Performance” also entails application and maintenance consideration. The Bike is a system, optimized for both ride and application.

    While a particular component might be the best performer, if it entails high maintenance to achieve that, it might not be the best choice. A good example is the recent debate over chain lube. Paraffin wax was found to be the “best” in saving watts, but there was no evaluation of wear (and thus cost) made. When evaluating performance, a prime consideration is the application. This necessitates a consideration of costs.

    Often lost is that an inexpensive part might be the best performer – as long as it is new.If an expensive part wears well, it may be worth the additional cost. If not, a lower priced component might suffice, but then the System should accept simply replacing the component sooner. “Performance” is thus optimized over the duration  of the application.

    Of course, if one is a ex- wall street banker with a buttload of quid in the bank, this is moot. Just sayin’.

  35. @eightzero

    While a particular component might be the best performer, if it entails high maintenance to achieve that, it might not be the best choice…Often lost is that an inexpensive part might be the best performer.

    All good points, and just as cost isn’t a valid measure of quality, neither is a low price a valid measure of poor quality. Although I think if you try to get to value directly (which you’re doing by saying maintenance needs to be part of performance) without starting with purely the performance of the parts, you’re still complicating it too much. Maintenance is not necessarily a requirement for performance, although any one of us who actually pays for a part would consider it to be. For Fabian, he doesn’t care if his Zipp 303’s (or whatever they actually were) can be ridden again or not – maintenance has no inherent relation to value if you’re not doing the maintaining or paying for it.

    I still prefer to start with what’s the best performing product in terms of ride, and then work backwards with respect to all other matters of cost, maintenance, etc. For example, my rain bike has a Veloce chain and cassette, because I’ll happily take the (small) weight penalty for the durability of the heavier parts. But they still are poorer performers when ridden side-by-side with the Record bits.

    The most important element is that by the time you buy a product, you have your eyes open in terms of performance, durability, maintenance, and cost. You don’t want to be surprised.

    This reminds me of a funny anecdote from Bird and Fortune; they’re talking about how the helicopters the RAF was using in the second Desert Storm were designed for Northern Europe and when introduced to the sand out there, they ran into some issues.

    We found that the flight time of these helicopters was reduced somewhat.

    By how much?

    From 4 hours to 20 minutes.

    And this came as a surprise?

    It did to the pilots.

  36. @Frank Wholeheartedly agree. Our analyses diverge, but I feel the guiding hand of Merckx upon both our paths.

    I simply stick with this truism: “A Helicopter is a piece of technology that is not yet fully invented.” Or put another way: ever see an old helicopter? How about an old helicopter pilot? Thought so.

  37. @eightzero

    @Frank Wholeheartedly agree. Our analyses diverge, but I feel the guiding hand of Merckx upon both our paths.

    I simply stick with this truism: “A Helicopter is a piece of technology that is not yet fully invented.” Or put another way: ever see an old helicopter? How about an old helicopter pilot? Thought so.

    FFS dont say such things, thats my commute to / from work some 20 plus times a year….!

  38. interesting read HERE on the death of the ally wheels at PR. Course it never stopped me on my shitey DT Swiss 23mm clinchers, must be just raw natural talent I guess.

  39. @eightzero@strathlubnaig

    On the other hand, I assume all this footage is 100% realistic.

  40. @frank aye, looks like a normal day in the north sea there, all good.

  41. Fhronk, when you say,

    “The most important element is that by the time you buy a product, you have your eyes open in terms of performance, durability, maintenance, and cost. You don’t want to be surprised”,

    that’s the best argument for the Nemesis wheels going. Just as Faboo doesn’t care if he can use his 303s again, Sep Vanmarke’s destroyed C50 front wheel, while probably excellent in terms of performance, fails the other criteria you’ve listed. I’m not anti – carbon tubs, I have a pair, but I also have a pair of Nemesis wheels and refuse to ride an ‘endurance’ geo bike. So the best way for me to get a decent ride out of the bike on shitty surfaces is not to put the outrageously stiff, aero wheels on and hammer my poor self, but to put the compliant wheels on that roll really well, that I’ll be able to swap out and use again next time. What the pros ride in races is the shop window for the Ferrari showroom. What most of us drive, and the decisions we make on what to drive, is miles away from that.

    Anyway, I’m sure all this is moot now that Sram’s hydro brakes have been released and we’re all going to need new bikes to brake properly or we’ll be delivering death and destruction via inferior braking to the other Mamils we ride with. It’s a fucking never ending parade of consumption this sport, that quite frequently shits me.

  42. I always figured this is what @frank looks like on the trainer getting ready for Halelakela:

  43. @minion Spot on.

  44. @minion

    Anyway, I’m sure all this is moot now that Sram’s hydro brakes have been released and we’re all going to need new bikes to brake properly or we’ll be delivering death and destruction via inferior braking to the other Mamils we ride with. It’s a fucking never ending parade of consumption this sport, that quite frequently shits me.

    That is very well put.

  45. @strathlubnaig

    @eightzero

    @Frank Wholeheartedly agree. Our analyses diverge, but I feel the guiding hand of Merckx upon both our paths.

    I simply stick with this truism: “A Helicopter is a piece of technology that is not yet fully invented.” Or put another way: ever see an old helicopter? How about an old helicopter pilot? Thought so.

    FFS dont say such things, thats my commute to / from work some 20 plus times a year….!

    Holy shit, you must have some cash handy, to finance your bikes and a helicopter ;-)

  46. Whow! A lot to talk about. My wheels and I am busy with like business and family and stuff… I will try to add my 2 cents and answer a few questions that have popped up…

    @roger

    @RedRanger enve and hed design and engineer their rims. the enve does look best out of the lot, including lightweights. the hed stingers i had last season looked like toy squirt guns.

    im not sure how involved Café Roubaix is with the rim other than sourcing it, slapping a decal on and building it up. Perhaps danr can shed some light on that for us.

    Frank, what pads are you using? When i spoke with dan he mentioned reynolds seemed to play nice with the brake track…

    To be clear, roger has ordered some rims and nipples from CR to build his own wheels. We all wish him luck with this project. To answer roger and the group, I have enough of a small design change in our rims to warrant the open mold that we have employed with our manufacturer, to call the rims our own. This also puts our manufacturing in a queue that boasts some other great companies. So while our rims are based on an open source mold, they are unique (kinda, I am told I am not the only company that asks for similar changes). CR carbon rims are painted by my manufacturer, as they have produced some of the best finishes I have been able to find. As for pricing, I wanted to put them within range of the avid rider, but while they are a labour of love, I need them to pay some bills too. I think we have a good balance so far. Another great thing about doing things my way, is that I can build them up any way I want. I have a “stock” lightweight Taiwanese hubset that makes these wheels nice and light, but I also bring in Miche, Shimano, Campagnolo, Chris King (yes! finally!), White Ind and Alchemy hubs. In the end, my own wheels are a small part of a larger project called Café Roubaix, as I am bringing in Enve, Ambrosio, and DT Swiss rims too. Oh, and bikes. We have a lot of bikes for a small studio….

    As for the large number of chinerello, cholnago, etc frames & parts on the market, once a major company is doe with its mold, they “sell it off” to the actual factory or another company. These CF molds can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, so when you are changing your main line up every year, it makes business sense. This is why you will find more of NA and Euro custom and semi-custom producers using a tube to tube construction, as it eliminates the need for a mold  and still produces a great frame.

    @eightzero As for my MSRP, I am not sure I can even call my own pricing “MSRP.”

    I would love to spend more time, but I have some demo rides to finish building, a Bianchi and mountain bike to service, a set of custom mnt bike wheels to quote, and a whack load of social media networks to comment on! And I have to clean out a garbage can – damn, I need a junior unpaid intern/apprentice.

  47. Oh, and that whole A-Team sequence is completely realistic. They just changed a few of the names and made three characters to fill my role…

  48. @Dan_R you could get the young’uns to do the lacing?  grab some color coded painters tape and make a game out of it!

  49. @roger

    @Dan_R you could get the young’uns to do the lacing? grab some color coded painters tape and make a game out of it!

    hehe, if the 6 year old wasn’t always asking for a more money…$2 a week? I own a bike shop not a bank!

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