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slimjimihendrix dariodigiulio's article
Aug 10, 2023 at 18:49
Aug 10, 2023
First Ride: The New Vitus E-Mythique LT
@sonuvagun: I don't want to name names for 1-3, since I don't want to sully any relationships with people or companies for personal and professional reasons. All I'll say is that one of the big drivetrain manufacturers whose name starts with an S is a 2 and the other is a 3 (with a little 2-ness mixed in). The 2 has followed a traditional development path and been quite conservative while the 3/2 has invested heavily in marketing and design while cutting costs on their sourcing and production. I think that should be pretty clear, haha—I should say that I use both companies' new products and think both work pretty well and have enjoyed using them, and there are really great people working at both. But their production costs and quality have been reduced and prices have increased, and it's a shame. #4's are just about who'd you think of, and I'm happy to name lots! These companies are often small and run by folks who are seriously involved with their products. White Industries, Paul Components, Schmolke (and all those specialty carbon brands), a lot of established framebuilders (and some new ones!), and I'd even include ABUS locks (high-end standard w/o alarms, etc. more than the lower-end and more gimmicky ones) and some Campagnolo groups I think—although they're not rebuildable anymore and there have been some annoying new defects coming along with the 12spd groups, so... maybe they're in the #2 bucket after all. But it's Campy, they move at their own speed—and the wheels are still remarkably well made. Might include Fox too in a similar boat. Then it's your other smaller makers like Galfer, some Wolf Tooth stuff, Bike Yoke, Raketa, Chris King, Hope, Industry Nine, Cane Creek, WeAreOne... These companies are out there but there is still an abundance of good stuff being made. You just have to shell out more than you used to. (As a final example, I think I'd include Wera Tools in here. I have not met people as passionate about handtools as those fine folks! And the tools are great!)
slimjimihendrix dariodigiulio's article
Aug 9, 2023 at 20:26
Aug 9, 2023
First Ride: The New Vitus E-Mythique LT
@Monkeyass: I left the bike industry after 12 years this spring because I couldn't take the price-gouging anymore. So take this with the caveat that I'm disillusioned—but that there are many, many people like me in the industry and escaped from the industry. At this point there are basically only three types of manufacturers/companies in this industry: 1. Those using the same good materials they've always used and selling at prices outstripping their costs by a massive margin. 2. Those using worse materials than they used to and selling at prices that outstrip their old costs by a slight margin. 3. Those using worse materials than they used to and selling at prices that outstrip their old costs by a massive margin. I am aware of only a few outfits who aren't in these categories, and they are exactly the type of companies you'd expect. I guess you could fit them all into the definition of: 4. Those who've always used exceptional materials and exceptional manufacturing, who have always sold at correspondingly top-of-market prices. Maybe you sense the common thread here...
Jul 1, 2023 at 20:57
Jul 1, 2023

Condor Italia RC 52cm

$750 CAD
For sale is a Condor Italia RC in fantastic condition. The frame was designed by Condor in London and handmade from 7000 series aluminum in Italy. These bikes are very rare and very special in this part of the world, and it was the first aluminum frame to be raced in World Tour races in years when it came out. Features: - Condor Italia RC frame (size 52cm, with a 537mm top tube) - Carbon Condor fork - Soma HWY 1 handlebars (40mm) - SRAM Rival 1 groupset with 172.5mm cranks - Brand new Wolf Tooth narrow-wide chainring - Brand new chain and an 11-36t cassette - Brand new SRAM brakes - Brand new super-cushy Wolf Tooth bartape - Giant P-SL0 wheels (Giant's OE aluminum race wheel, made by DT Swiss, featuring a DT ratchet hub!) - Thomson Made in USA seatpost - Selle Italia Model X saddle (Check out the rave reviews! These are 100% recycled material, too!) This is a fantastic bike for anyone looking to upgrade their speed game with a high-performance rig that has served me extremely well for years, and that won't break the bank. Condor recommends this frame for people between 5'6" and 5'9". I think you could go shorter than 5'6" but wouldn't recommend going too far over 5'9" unless you're flexible. I'm 5'9" and like a racey fit, and this was good for me.

slimjimihendrix norcobicycles's article
Nov 23, 2022 at 15:14
Nov 23, 2022
Live to Play Sports Appoints Sean Sullivan as CEO
The other big Canadian distributor also just sold and has had some pretty big disruptions/changes happening in parallel. Nobody wants to say anything but big companies like SRAM and Lezyne are undergoing major restructuring at the same time. Big 6-12 months ahead for the industry. Expect continued corporate greed and yes, layoffs.
slimjimihendrix edspratt's article
Oct 13, 2022 at 15:58
Oct 13, 2022
Saris Acquired by C+A Global at Bankruptcy Auction
@jrocksdh: PPP loans maybe so. COVID shutdowns? Absolutely not.
slimjimihendrix GuerrillaGravity's article
Aug 30, 2022 at 17:51
Aug 30, 2022
Former General Manager of Giro Rob Wesson Joins Revved Industries as CEO
That's awesome! (This is the type of person ruining cycling.)
slimjimihendrix dan-roberts's article
Aug 19, 2022 at 7:06
Aug 19, 2022
First Look: ARC8 Essential - A Light & Aggressive Trail Bike
@nace: I don't want them on my road bike either! It's bad tech that was jammed down our throats. Maybe necessary for road bikes to transition to disc brakes but... I don't want disc brakes on my road bike!
Jun 29, 2022 at 21:11
Jun 29, 2022

Shimano Di2 Ultegra full groupset

$850 CAD
Priced to sell! 11spd Di2 groupset. Includes e-tubes, junction boxes, shifters, front & rear brakes, crankset, shifters... everything except chain and cassette. (I have some cassettes if you are interested, for extra.) Can include an SM-BB92-41 bottom bracket in like-new condition (guess the frame I took these parts off was super straight!) Good condition, everything works. Will include charger as well even though it's not in the picture! 50/34 chainrings, 172.5mm crank. Rim brake. Was on a 55mm frame. Will deliver if you place a deposit. Willing to entertain trades for: - Campagnolo 11-speed derailleurs + shifters (Chorus or higher, pref. 2015+) - Dura-Ace 9000 drivetrain - Other nice 11+ speed drivetrains

slimjimihendrix mattbeer's article
Jan 25, 2022 at 17:26
Jan 25, 2022
10 Small Canadian Manufacturers Making Rad Things
She just did an awesome Racing Point F1 team-inspired paint job on a rigid singlespeed. So cool.
slimjimihendrix mattbeer's article
Jan 25, 2022 at 17:26
Jan 25, 2022
10 Small Canadian Manufacturers Making Rad Things
@eh-steve: Correctemundo. Em's an em-f'ing bike rider good god.
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