Posts Tagged ‘shimano’

Manufacturer’s TdF Challenge.

July 20, 2011

The ‘Manufacturer’s Challenge’ is a stage-by-stage race within the race, celebrating the equipment and its respective technologies. Of course the riders make it exciting, but its the bikes that have truly evolved, and the bikes are what we all can have in common with the world’s best riders. The respective groupsets gather points based on daily race results of the top 20 riders throughout, 20 for 1st, 1 for 20th. Sprinting, climbing, time trials, all factor in over the complete three weeks of the world’s largest Grand Tour.

Standings up until and including yesterday’s stage, stage 16 of the 2011 TdF.

Campagnolo: 785
Shimano: 1406
SRAM: 1074

Ooof! Sram sponsor the most teams this year with 9, Shimano have 7 and Campagnolo have 6 so make up your own mind on which manufacturer you think is taking the biggest spanking.

Sram road diaries.

Flickr Grips.

June 7, 2011

This guy added me as a contact on Flickr this morning and as soon as I spotted those gloves I had to take a peek. Dude has three NOS DX aero posts… nuff said.

Mercier Hotness. 1980.

May 31, 2011

MERCIER FORMULE 1
France, 1980

Road bike with full aero styled Super Vitus 971 framework #M67666 finished in Mercier’s malve metallic. Shimano 600 EX group (6200), Belleri bar/stem, Ambrosio Montreal blue finished tubular rims, S.Marco Concor Supercorsa saddle and Wolber tubulars.

Beautiful bike. Great to see Shimano getting some love… And 600, too. A boss group.

Seen.

Noir.

September 20, 2010

I have said it before but I’ll say it again. You simply cannot beat the look of a murdered out race bike. That’s perfection in Carbon right there.

New whip alert.

July 26, 2010

Got it this morning and after a few tweaks and minor adjustments I promptly stretched my limbs, donned my bib shorts and jersey and commenced to give it a damn good thrashing.

A good handful of miles later and all I can say is… Boy, it feels great to be back on a modern road bike. All hail compact gearing!

Classic Aluminium.

July 8, 2010

Seen.

Mo Lust.

June 18, 2010

More banging bikes just added over at Speed Bicycles. The quality of the cycles on this website is astonishing, so much good stuff. Great work fellas, keep em coming!

Campagnolo Crush.

March 30, 2010



Seems that if you’d never heard of Apple Computer (let alone, seen the ‘1984’ commercial, had a PowerBook 100, first-edition iPod, spent thousands on iTunes, etc.) but happened to walk into one of their stores, put your hands on any of their products and started using it, you’d know that they were both different and, in my opinion anyway, better.

Seems like a lot of people feel exactly the same way about Campagnolo and stuff they’ve been making for 70-plus years. Surely Campy is no Apple. They generally deliver late, are rarely consistent in their marketing between their home country and foreign outposts, have made a lot of products that didn’t come anywhere near their mark (Syncro shifting? SGR clipless pedals?) and seem generally inefficient in their business practices. Yet their design, packaging, history of innovation, crispness of marketing, passion for their chosen subject matter, connection to riders and unrivaled race wins definitely inspires the same kind of dedication.

This is a short excerpt from a nice little written piece called ‘A Crush on Campagnolo explained’. Read the rest here.

Via.

Colnago Lust.

March 15, 2010

The latest made in Italy masterpiece from Colnago, the new EPS Di2 advances the state of the art in road racing bicycles.

We have improved our lugged carbon fiber frame to incorporate ports for the cabling of Shimano’s advanced Dura-Ace Di2 electronic gear shifting while maintaining the stellar EPS ride and handling.

The EPS Di2 shares the essential qualities of the EPS: light weight, toughness and durability. With Dura-Ace Di2 electronic gears, EPS Di2 offers shifting performance to match the EPS frame’s smooth, powerful ride.

With 22 sizes on offer, plus the option of custom construction for riders with specific requirements, you can be sure the EPS Di2 will fit perfectly.

God knows how much this is, actually I don’t think I want to know.

Colnago.

Titanium Hotness.

February 26, 2010

It’s another Speedbicycles banger!

There are so many amazing details on this bicycle, I cannot show all of them but if you would like to see more just peep the link.

Spotted.

Gears for Years.

November 2, 2009

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The rear derailleur is, in many ways, the definitive bicycle component, it defines the ‘groupset’ and that in turn, defines the bike. Cyclists often use the shorthand of talking about an ‘Ultegra’ road bike or an ‘XTR’ mountain bike. In addition to this the rear derailleur is the most complex and machine like bicycle component, unlike handlebars or hubs it is a real ‘mechanism’, with plenty of mechanical action going on. Finally there may be something to Arnfried Schmitz’s whimsical idea that “collecting derailleurs is fascinating because they are small, complex and have two wheels – like a bike!”

Disraeli Gears is a website completely and utterly dedicated to the rear mech or the rear derailleur as most call it.

On the site you will find an absolute plethora of images and lots and lots of history. You can search for a ‘mech’ using brand, country, theme and even colour… honestly if you are as geeky as me when it comes to metal and mechanisms you really need to go


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