Friday, February 26, 2010

NAHBS 2010!!!!! We're here. It's fun!!!!!

Update from the show. Day one in the books. Good turnout so tomorrow should be packed. Four bikes and one frame in the booth this year. We have the Driven group set up so people can get a feel for the shifters. Cool t-shirts too!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NAHBS 2010! Sturmey Archer S3X

This is my Sturmey Archer S3X, 3 speed fixed gear, all rounder road machine tested and proven over 77 miles of Oregon's finest offerings of road surface at the Manifest builders show. What a hoot! This is a Ritchey Breakaway frame and is my go to bicycle. I love having the fixed gear in three ratios. Endless fun!

NAHBS 2010! Driven NRZ

So it's all coming together here before the show.

The big surprise is the Driven NRZ road group that was sent over from our friends at Sunrace/Sturmey Archer. Boy is this some nice equipment. I have some pictures that Jim my build-kit assembler has taken. Let's get his take too. "I can see this being competitive with the Dura-Ace or for the cynics Ultegra for sure. Looks to be top shelf all the way. A nice alternative to the ever increasing price tags on the usual fare. A budget conscious racer would appear to be well served on this kit. We'll see for sure if I can sneak this on to my bike after the show!"
Until that happens this NRZ kit will be residing on one of the Cambridge Bicycles cyclo-cross team frames. This is going to look sharp. Exciting stuff!!!!!

Detail Shots.
Cranks and rear derailleur.

This is a very trick cassette. SRAM-esque with the unit machined as two pieces but out of 7075 aluminium with a ceramic coating for wear protection. Two top cogs together and the remaining eight cogs are impressively light and an amazing bit of machining.