Specials and Deals on Bikes, Frames, and Components


Things are going well over here and our e-commerce site will be operational within 2 to 3 weeks. Until then, here are the latest deals we have on components, framesets, and complete bikes. We’ve added a new BH and BMC supplier, which means that we’ve got the Impec. We’ve got good deals on Colnagos, Giants, and Scotts. We’ve got other brands as well, just ask us what interests you.

We are an official AX Lightness and Schmolke reseller.

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New Suppliers for BMC and BH

Happy New Year everyone. We’re starting the year off strong with some new pricing for BMC and BH. Currently, our Colnago and TIME prices are still extremely look. We still have a few 2010 frames left.

2011 BMC Impec First Ride

Beautiful tubes on the Impec

BikeRadar has posted some initial views on the ride quality of the BMC Impec, which is currently being used by the pro BMC Racing team. It’s an interesting take on lugged frames, even though BMC doesn’t call it that.

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2011 BMC Impec

Nice big lugs for the top-of-the-line BMC Impec

BMC have just released information about their new top-tier racing rig called the Impec. It’s a very interesting design, since the claimed weight for the fork, frame, headset, and post is 1,790 g, 200g heavier than the Pro Machine.

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OEM Carbon Fiber Bike Frame

I’m currently in talks with someone who works at the factory which makes Pinarellos and Storcks. As for purchasing one of those frames, it’s going to be hard to get a great deal since all of the frames are earmarked for export. Unless he breaks the rules, the frames can’t be sold in Taiwan from the factory. Pinarello and Storck customize them, assemble the full bikes, and sell them. So Pinarellos found here in Taiwan have been imported from Italy even though they have been made here. It’s a bit ridiculous. I’ll do some more snooping around in Taichung, as I have a contact there as well and most of the bikes in Taiwan are made in Taichung. I’m sure that a few frames slip off the production lines all the time.

However, the insider has revealed that Carbotec completely designed the Fascenario 0.7 for Storck, which is one of the lightest and stiffest carbon fiber frames out there at 740 gr. Carbotec make an OEM-like frame that is based on similar technology, which weighs 860 gr and is supposed to be 8% stiffer. It’s incredibly cheap, $1,400, and if it comes with no decals or logos, I’d be really interested because it would be lower priced than a second-hand KOM. It would be a tad more expensive than the second-hand Kuote Kredo ’08 that I had my eye one, but it would be a performing machine. All of the performance of a big name frame and a third or a quarter of the price.

Still, OEM frames are hard to judge since they don’t really have a brand. Sure, they do have a brand, but it’s an unknown quantity. It’s almost impossible to research those frames, so you can’t find out much about them.

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Update: I’ve spent a few hours researching the OEM brand and found some really good comments on them. I haven’t read about any real issues, except maybe that the fork isn’t as stiff and performing as it should be for such a good frame. Most of the people who purchased this bike frame use Edge forks instead.

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This whole thing is ludicrous. Why? Well, the “Made in Italy” stamp can be added to any frame or bike if at least 50% of the price comes from Italy. This means for example that if a carbon fiber frame was made in Taiwan, sent out to Italy, where the company adds components, paint and tires, then this frame would be labeled made in Italy. This is one of the secrets of the bicycle trade.

This is the reason why Wiliers and Pinarellos are so expensive, because their price is inflated artificially in Italy contrary to TIME frames which are completely manufactured in France. However, about 95% of bike companies function this way. Even Scott has their frames made in Taiwan. BMCs are made in China.