Can We Find a Full Bike’s Worth of Oil Slick Components? - Taipei Cycle Show 2019

Mar 28, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

With Sram's AXS leading the charge, 2019 looks set to be the year of the oil slick for mountain biking. The yellow-y, purple-y, green-y coating has been all the rage in BMX for a few years and the mountain bike industry seems to have decided that now is the time for mountain bikers to get on board too.

With manufacturers and consumer brands aplenty in Taipei, it's often a good indication of the trends that lie ahead. There were oil slick coated products along almost every aisle in Taipei from brands both big and small, recognisable and obscure. We decided to see how much of a bike we could find coated entirely in oil slick for what could truly be the most tasteless build of all time. We know that these parts don't really fit together but here's proof you can have too much of a good thing.

Frame

We're starting off strong with Hasa's titanium hardtail.


Pedals

Xpedo's Trident pedal was unveiled at the Taipei show today. This is Xpedo's narrowest ever pedal at 10mm, shaving 1 mm off the Spry. The platform measures 114x109 and the pedal weighs 342 grams. The pedal normally retails for $119 but the discerning customer can pay an extra $30 for this 'unicorn' colour.


Cranks

Shun Shing's ML-110NW-T8 takes care of crank duties


Chainring

We're gong to take that boring black chain ring straight off and replace it with a Fourier's CR-DX009-CM


Discs

Sticking with Fouriers, we have their BR-DSK001 handling stopping duties, proving that oil on your discs isn't a bad thing after all.


Cassette

We headed to Recon for our cassettes. The best looking one was an 11 speed, aluminum 11-28T road cassette.


But for mountain biking there was this 11 speed cassette, it's a bit blue for our build but will have to do.


Stem

Future Product Design's stem will head up the bike.


Forks

Now we get on to the harder stuff. For forks we were going to have to look outside the normal players and the best we could find were the High Cool: Cool RLC forks with pearlescent graphics. And yes, that is a Civet 32 it's hanging next to.


Rims

Again, we had to rely on stickers for the rims and the best we could find were from Xpace.


Finishing touches

Bolts galore from GA-E

Last but not least, a bell.

Update

Hubs from Rimnete

A saddle from Velo

And an 11 speed time trial chain from KMC.

So we're a fair way off a full bike in the end. We thought bars would one of the easiest things to find but we didn't see a trace, we'll update this article if we do find them in the next couple of days though.


149 Comments

  • + 194
 So this is the bike show for AliExpress products?
  • + 74
 How do you think YT started?
  • + 144
 Dear Sir, we are very sorry the handlebar bridge component break in half, we will now send a replacement to deliver you customer satisfaction. Would you like to ask us any questions more?

Yours faithfully Robert
  • + 18
 @WAKIdesigns: Too accurate.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: Robert's brother happens to be a cosmetic dentist, specializing implants/replacements...
  • + 5
 @ReformedRoadie: his name is not Rob, his real name is Long
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: How Long?
  • + 12
 @kanasasa: Long Ei Nuff?
  • + 17
 @drunknride: WAI TO LONG
  • - 4
flag HerrDoctorSloth (Mar 28, 2019 at 15:48) (Below Threshold)
 @kanasasa: How Long is a Chinaman
  • + 5
 @kanasasa: Long Duc Dong
  • + 10
 @kanasasa: Dis Pun Long
  • + 1
 @ismasan: Long Inda Ho
  • + 140
 Can we get a PB article where you actually build a bike from this AliX stuff and see how good/bad it is - just for giggles?

I mean, the whole bike would probably be sub $500 and free shipping
  • + 82
 Make it happen, PB! Please be sure to create an AliExpress Fantasy league, where we can draft components that we think will last the longest.
  • + 10
 And deliverd end of summer
  • + 6
 @kanasasa: That's ok. Just report it as lost in shipping. They'll send another one that will arrive in a week. Followed shortly by the original order.
  • + 6
 @nouseforaname yes, this has to be tested back to back with a bike built up with all the top end fail products, like Enve rims & stem, sram/raceface carbon cranks, nukeproof horizon hubs, crankbros pedals etc etc and see which bike keeps rolling the longest/which rider dies first.
  • + 1
 Ont he other hand, I would watch it in full colour shining Smile
  • + 89
 "High Cool" and "Civet 32" forks. F you China you lazy thieving bastards! Come up with your own designs. Wow...I am sure Rockshox and Fox are thrilled about this. Big Grin
  • + 65
 As a note, the Civet is a small animal that looks like a cross between a mongoose and a fox. #china
  • + 32
 Waiting for the reviews on both, head to head! Slap them on an Unno while you're at it!
  • + 22
 @bman33: Famous for the coffee beans plucked out of it's shit. As a result I would've thought they'd go for Marzocchi type expresso stantions
  • + 12
 I'd like to add that I mistook the xpace wheels for enve. Well the quality probably won't differ a lot.
  • + 34
 I had a Chinese colleague who said it's not only culturally acceptable to copy and steal but it's actually considered clever to do so. He left our company a few years ago and in the process stole IP content and repurposed it at the new company -- entirely proving his point.
  • + 16
 @colincolin: how dare you compare them to Enve wheels, I’m sure the premium product will last at least twice as long as those overpriced carbon Enve rims
  • + 6
 @bman33: That civet 32 will look good on my Raucous Montagne frame.
  • + 7
 I find the notion of idea ownership at the point of a gun to be overrated. If given the choice between our current IP laws and China's I prefer China's. The way we've structured patents and copyrights has lead to slower technological advancement and a more disparate distribution of wealth. Some protection could be useful for rewarding innovation and thus triggering more innovation, but our current laws aren't resulting in that. We need to meet China somewhere in the middle. They need to copy less and we need to allow more copying.
  • + 0
 @Spark24: They may be shockingly good....
  • + 5
 @colincolin:

or will it? China-direct carbon rims hold up way better than Enve.
  • + 8
 @dfiler: I completely agree. As a Design Engineer, I do my my designs because I want to create stuff that works. All patent law achieves is the hoarding of design rights. It slows technological progress, makes stuff more expensive and society poorer.
  • + 9
 @hitmansam @dfiler: You've got a good point. You'll get downvoted by the not so bright's, but patent law is what allows big Pharma to make a killing on drugs, and yet people think mostly about their toys. It would drive down prices so hard though, so it'd also kill a business model. But as we should always ask, which has a greater impact on the general economic outlook? I think everyone dying from no knock off insulin is worse, and probably more expensive as well.
  • + 5
 @kmg0: We go to work, we hopefully create an product or service of value to society and then, ultimately, someone we've likely never met and did none of the work, keeps the profit.
Patent law is just an extension of that.
  • + 3
 @dfiler: I agree with you when it comes to technology, not names and logos; those have nothing to do with engineering or function of the fork. Their only purpose is to resemble a more expensive product with a better reputation.
  • + 2
 @Extremmist: That's trademark, not patent law. Trademark stuff is pretty normal, and I don't know of any huge issues with it.
  • + 3
 @dfiler: have you ever spent thousands of hours in a garage innovating a product? I don’t like the way our system works but the problem with open theft is that it takes that hard work a small company does and allows a huge corporation to use that to make tons of money off someone else’s invention and undercut the price of the original possibly putting said innovator out of business and if not putting them off from doing the hard work again.
  • + 2
 I'm pretty sure those High Cool forks have a straight steerer tube??
  • + 1
 @kmg0: patent law actually drives drug prices up, since they aren't discovering new drugs at they can keep profits up with fast enough, they jack up the prices of drugs to try to maintain the same level of profits.
  • + 0
 @clink83: I can't read your post really, but they just raise prices for profits, end of story.
  • + 2
 @0gravity: Not every Chinese thinks it's clever to steal others ideas. Young generations hate that.
  • + 2
 you will never know how much a Chinese will be shame about these junks.But what can we do?There will always be some brand thieves in over 1.4 billon people.
  • + 2
 @milanboy1986: it's said that林子大了什么鸟都有.But think about the benefits.We still have s-parts bolts and rims cheaper and better than enve.
  • + 1
 @JuliusZhuang: Currently using LightBicycles rims, they work great. Really hope westerners can get deeper and more comprehensive understanding of China and people here.
  • + 1
 @milanboy1986: but the fact is if you search for 'air-sprung fork' in taobao you will find more junks than this and that's why the misunderstood begins
  • + 1
 @JuliusZhuang: Sigh. Still a long way to go.
  • + 37
 build it or fuck you
  • - 44
flag loopie (Mar 28, 2019 at 11:12) (Below Threshold)
 careful now...your homophobia is peeking thru. Razz
  • + 17
 @loopie: How did you make any connection to anything homophobic or anything that references LGBQ at all. The only thing worse than homophobes is people that assign homophobic beliefs in others with no evidence then try to attack them for their own preconceived ignorance.
  • - 38
flag loopie (Mar 28, 2019 at 11:41) (Below Threshold)
 I'ma a jokester...first thing you'll need to figure out. But sure, I'll explain myself. Rainbow colors as per this article...and you're aggressive "f*ck you"....two&two...a mild stretch, but whatever.
  • + 18
 @loopie: Bloody hell mate, if that was a mild stretch then what kind of joke do you consider a big stretch. Ya big 'jokester'.
  • - 29
flag loopie (Mar 28, 2019 at 12:37) (Below Threshold)
 God damn people who can't take jokes are boring as f*ck. Go back to your group hugs and cry in your Fruitloops...oh wait, Fruitloops are too exciting...go cry in your unfrosted Mini-Wheats.
"I'm your Huckleberry"...make me your next cause to get all butt hurt over.
  • - 25
flag loopie (Mar 28, 2019 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 "build it or f*ck you"...look Man..if you were joking, I was just trying to go with it. If you were serious...you're just an a*shole, but hey, plenty of those in the world...Own your lot.
  • + 9
 @loopie: The negative reaction is specifically towards you assigning bigoted and/or homophobic intentions to my comment. It was meant to be ironically aggressive but i never intended it to be outright offensive to anyone directly and i still don't think it is. Im not upset but when people start putting words in my mouth I feel the need to clarify my self. Everyone loves a joke but when it comes at the expense of accusing someone of being bigoted and/or homophobic you are going to find yourself fighting a uphill battle every time.
  • + 22
 I thought Canadians were nice.
  • + 4
 @theredbike: i'm pretty sure that homophobia is *a lot* worse than false accusations of homophobia. though i agree that it sucks to be falsely accused of anything and you weren't being homophobic at all.
  • - 10
flag loopie (Mar 28, 2019 at 18:25) (Below Threshold)
 Geeeezuz Keerighst. When ya'll are done with your Mini-wheats...I'm hosting a sit-in at the library on Saturday. They have offensive words in them there books....and they are soooo ready to be taken out of context and over inflated for justice. Can't we all just have some justice!!!!!!
  • + 0
 lol. when the herd is offended it always assumes it’s right. we all know what eventually happens to herds.
  • - 3
 @watchmen: Wink ...No, we're passive-aggressive. Figure it out. (both of those are inside-ish Canadian jokes) Ha.
  • - 1
 @fullbug: They end up as the dominant minority in power and bore the shit out of everyone else?
  • + 33
 The civet name is crazy. Not only are they blatantly cloning a product but they're making a damn pun with the name. (A civet is kind of an asian fox).
  • + 13
 The Chinese language is great for making puns and this is just an extension of that. A creative name for a copy product!
  • + 12
 maybe they are coming out of the same factory
  • + 4
 That Civet 32 would go well with an aqua coloured Abominable Snowman SB100
  • + 18
 I’m totally going to run a Civet sticker on my 34. Lol
  • + 21
 I'm in.
"Hey cool...nice fork. 'Civet'?? Never heard of'em"
"It's an asian fox"
"Huh?"
*snicker snicker
  • + 15
 @loopie: asian fox=lucy liu
  • + 3
 Actually, not a bad idea hahaha. Slikgraphics should pump out some and charge double as for Fox
  • + 14
 High Cool ... now I know where the big brands take their inspiration for product design.
  • + 14
 They missed the most important part... the bottle cage!
  • - 1
 And chain
  • + 14
 Fox's upcoming third tier coating option, Oil Slick Kashima......
  • + 9
 Civet will do it before.
  • + 13
 The High Cool brand really speaks to me.
  • + 1
 They designed into their name what everyone desires.
  • + 12
 I need High Cool in my life....

Wait wat!?
  • + 10
 Is this an expo full of tacky looking cheap junk?
  • + 5
 well its more just THE bike expo. All bikes represented here not just enthusiast mountain bikes, they got road bikes, walmart bikes, the cheapest bikes and the most expensive. Its all things two wheels and sometimes not even limited to two wheels. imo its fantastic
  • + 2
 This is where many cool companies pick their new products and market the shit out of them.
  • + 8
 I feel like those rotors wouldn't stay oil-slick-y for very long; maybe about as long as it takes to bed in new pads.
  • + 39
 Just add more oil. Problem solved.
  • + 4
 @Boardlife69: Any recommendations? I hear avocado oil has a high smoke point and is a nice neutral oil, I guess that means good modulation? Sesame oil might smell nice. though. It's so hard to know what the right move is these days, too many good options.
  • + 4
 @Boardlife69: I lost all respect for my boss when he admitted he oiled his rotors to stop the Avid squeal.
  • + 8
 Oilslick frame is kind of cool.
  • + 2
 Can't figure out if you're joking or not.
  • + 7
 I cant be the only one who looks at that wild rotor and immediately sees Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • + 8
 I smoke a High Cool after a good ride.
  • + 1
 mtb world slacking. you can already do a basically 95% oil slick bike in bmx. rims bars forks frame cranks hubs stems gyros brakes sprockets pedals. not sure about levers and obviously no oil slick grips. not sure if oil slick nipples exist but spokes rims and hubs do. no barrel adjusters.
  • + 4
 Bring back the eighties!!!!!! Expecting a leisure suit onesie in the next report.
  • + 5
 Oil slick is Sick
  • + 1
 Oil slick bike wrap ....green peace approved and also green new deal approved organic tires and brake pads and water filled fork/disc brake set! All lube is 100% certified goat milk!
  • + 1
 If you built a rigid DJ or bmx you'd have no problems at all finding everything oil slick rather than oil slick stickers on black forks and rims. Colony make everything in oil slick.
  • + 3
 With all due respect to AIX or AXSX or whatever Sram's thing is called, DMR's Lacondeguy pedals are the OG of MTB rainbow.
  • + 2
 i had rainbow actual titanium spokes on a wheelset build like 8 years ago. you have been able to buy them from Dan's Comp cut to length for a decade.
  • + 4
 The fork and wheels are Holographic not Oil-o-graphic!
  • + 39
 I suspect the fork will be authentic oil-colored within a ride or 2.
  • + 3
 Coming soon to the Sick Bicycles website.......delivery.......just get a T-shirt.
  • + 4
 Civet. Ha. Build this thing.
  • + 3
 I would love to have full oilslick bike. Psychedelic..
  • + 3
 That bell rings to me !!!!
  • + 1
 secconding, thirding, and fourthing all those in favour for a head to head article with the ol' Civet 32 vs Fox 32.
I know where my money is going.....
(the Civet of course)
  • + 3
 Kudos for leaving the belll till the end......... Badum tsssssssss
  • + 1
 Why would you do that to a titanium frame? Ti should always be raw in my opinion.
  • + 1
 As a note, the Civet is a small that looks like a cross between a mongoose and a fox. #china
  • + 1
 I always wanted a Civet 32. Can't wait for the next Civet 49 for my future DH bike!!
  • + 2
 Need to resurrect the Mavic 217 Sunset rims...
  • + 2
 Not my cup of oil tea... lol
  • + 1
 NS Bikes do a really nice oil slick stem and hubs. It looks cool in small doses.
  • + 2
 Had a full dartmoor oil slick Cody. Been doable for a while..
  • + 1
 Oil slick and miami vice is old news. I hope they keep making the Cody though.
  • + 2
 Aaand now I'm thinking about Dartmoor Cody, oh so beautiful frame Frown
  • + 1
 There is a glaring typo in the Chainring text... Pretty sure you meant to say bong.
  • + 1
 Can you find an Asian factory worker who’s kidneys are the same colour to stand next to all that total shit
  • + 2
 please please please actually build this bike
  • + 1
 Also various mtb hubs, dh bars etc in oil slick.
  • + 1
 getting these rotors asap, so bad its cool already
  • + 1
 This is why I come to pinkbike
  • + 1
 X peedo is better than current peedo
  • + 1
 I don't get this new fad...... and I'm happy about that.
  • + 1
 Oilslick is still a thing in 2019 ??
  • + 1
 I bet there's no high speed shims in this junky $29.99 fork.
  • + 1
 As seen at any local Walmart...
  • + 1
 Fox should do a special edition Slashima coating
  • + 2
 These are dope
  • + 1
 6.2 Nm (Fouriers brake disc) is very precise.
  • + 1
 Cheap look is the new black.
  • + 1
 That stem was made by a blacksmith
  • + 5
 Or by orcs
  • + 2
 @dj100procentenduro: you ll have to specify, the orcs of ogrimar make quite some neat stuff (thorium armor is cool) -the orcs of mordor or isengard not so much.
  • + 1
 I want that High Cool fork.
  • + 1
 God bless the Taipei Cycle Show
  • + 0
 hey, how can we charge more for this steel hardtail?
oilslick it, and tell peeps it's titanium.
  • + 2
 high? cool
  • + 0
 That cheap version of a Fox fork is killing me Big Grin
  • + 0
 Only 5 or so years behind the bmx world.
  • + 0
 More like a decade, or so...
  • + 0
 Too much of a good thing? NOT TRUE!!!!!!
  • + 0
 Man, the racism is thick on here.
  • + 0
 Yep and yep.
  • - 1
 I guess when you call rainbow oilslick, it becomes all the rage.
  • + 0
 No oil slick bar ends?
  • + 0
 Snafu makes some oil slick lock-on’s.
  • + 0
 Oilslick dartmoor cody
  • - 1
 NOPE!
  • - 1
 oilslick is life
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