I spent yesterday at the Taipei bike show. It was truly massively huge this year and I had almost no time for random meandering since I had almost back-to-back meetings.
I also took precisely zero photos. I should get some this week from my colleagues who were more snap happy.
My focus during the show is not to identify new suppliers, but just to see what our current suppliers are up to and to discuss product changes and improvements.
Some of the key developments are:
- Lewis Mathiske/Velocite time trial and triathlon frame design is nearing completion. It will be very, very good. It is one of the very few fully aerodynamic frames that were designed just with function in mind. If it ends up looking good it will be by accident. Importantly, unlike some of the other frames that were developed using the same uncompromising approach, our new frame will be completely UCI legal.
- Aero road frame design is likewise nearly finished – it is in a much later development stage than the time trial frame above.
- FCS stem successor design is confirmed. The next stage will be mold production and prototyping. The goal is for this stem to have zero flex when used on a bike. This means that the fork steerer, frame and fork should flex before the stem starts flexing. This may be considered extreme, but in plain engineering terms, the stem is your control interface with no other actual function and thus must not in any way affect the control feedback or impulse. There are some claims that stiff stems are “uncomfortable”, but that is physically not possible. We will also keep the weight reasonable.
- New super special 1.5” asymmetric fork design is also just about complete. We will commission a mold possibly next week and proceed to layup prototyping and testing.
- 29er Flux version development is back on. Ryan Carroll (the MTB, linkage and suspension engineer specialist) met with our carbon factory and he had a quick look at the 26” Flux frame sample. He was very positive about us being able to retain the awesome shape and make a truly world beating 29er Flux frame. The new 29” Flux frame will be an XC racing focused machine since UCI recently approved the use of 29” mountain bikes for use in UCI sanctioned races.
- I also had a look at the first sample of the Velocite Geos. It turned out very well. The frame looks completely normal at the first glance, but it has a lot of nice details that catch your eye. The rear triangle is very special while the smooth but aggressively profiled shapes of the front triangle are rare among modern carbon frames who now mostly have ribbing or square shapes. The next challenge will be to try and bring its cost down since I want the Geos to be an affordable ultra light frame (950g for size XL, 59cm top tube, PAINTED not raw), not a limited run ultra expensive exotica.
There are more news, but all the best bits are confidential so I regretfully cannot share them with the entire world 🙂 Nevertheless, you will see all of them by the end of this year (I think)