A few long awaited products are finally getting close. As you know I am actually quite proud of our long development cycle and our relentless pursuit of excellence…and of our suppliers.
This delivers truly excellent products and a very solid product lineup with no “range filler” products just to satisfy a price point. The problem is though that this approach creates delays, serious delays.
Nevertheless, here are a few of the items that you will see and that will not be lost in a sea of indistinguishable products.
Velocite Tenax rims
Tenax 30mm welded alloy rims are made for us by GLM (Giant Light Metals), a thriving, if still somewhat obscure high end rim manufacturer, and a part of the Giant group of companies (yes the bicycle brand Giant). The fascinating thing about GLM is that they do not just make the rims, they make the actual aluminium alloy too. GLM is the only rim manufacturer that has an aluminium alloying and refining smelter on site, next to their aluminium extrusion factory. This gives GLM a unique ability to develop the optimal alloys for bicycle rims as well as make the rims themselves.
The alloy used with our rims is called G609 and is a proprietary GLM version of a 6 series alulminium alloy.
We have been testing these rims for over 7 months now and they performed brilliantly under light and heavy riders and in all weather braking. The initial samples were 480g, then they went down to 470g, and now the final Velocite Tenax rims are just 437g average weight! I think that this makes them the lightest 30mm profile alloy rims in the world right now.
Tenax 30mm alloy rim specifications:
Material: G609 aluminium alloy
Construction: welded, anodized, CNC braking surface with wear indicator
Drilling: 20h, 24h
The first wheelsets to be made using the Tenax rims will be our…Tenax high performance training wheels that I will introduce next week. The basic premise for the Tenax wheels is that training should not be torture.
New universal bottle cage, Velocite Alet
Steel wire reinforced, universal water bottle cage, on or off-road, 15.5g.
This is the new (for us) water bottle cage that we will release shortly. It is currently in testing and it is doing very well. Notable features:
- It can accommodate various diameter water bottles
- rubber gripper is removable so the amount of force/friction needed to remove, or insert the bottle can be tuned
- cage substructure is stainless steel wire allowing the use of high tensile strength carbon fiber for excellent elasticity, and yet very firm grip
- actual 15.5g weight with rubber stopper, 13g without