A few months ago, I saw Richard Saunders posting on Taipei Hikers about an upcoming hiking trip to Yushan, Taiwan’s highest mountain at 3952m. Since I knew that it took time to get the permits and even then, it wasn’t a sure thing, I jumped on the chance to climb this peak. At the time, I was quite fit. As the months passed, and the climb came closer, I actually had no idea what to expect. I had some issues with my previous employer, and had started a new job in September, so I honestly didn’t have much time to get back into the gym and running. Before I knew it, the climbing trip was upon me. I took the time off work, and bought some supplies.
This year, Giant will release an Anthem X 29er. It’s been seen around for a bit of time, but it’s a good move for Giant MTBs. In order to make the 29er behave like a 26-inch they changed the head angle up to 71.5°. The bottom bracket is kept low and the chainstays are short. It will be compatible with 2×10 and 3×10 transmissions. The clearance of the tires is up to 2.3in.
It’s been a busy week. We received two frames for customers that are almost ready to be shipped out. This Giant TCR Advanced SL ISP frameset is going to the US.
It’s official, Asterisk*Cycles is now selling Velocite Bikes‘ full lineup of products, from complete bikes to components.
One of the best examples of what Velocite does is the Millennium, their top of the line titanium road bicycle. This frame is bombproof and weighs 1,250 gr.
Right now, I’m really getting excited because the Magnus frames are going to in stock again in March. Velocite sold out their first batch of frames back in December. What is the Magnus? It’s an aggressive BB30 carbon fiber monocoque road bicycle.
Victor from Velocite built up a Flux for himself. It’s a carbon fiber hardtail that the company is offering. It looks pretty interesting. The lines and geometry are standard for hardtails. I find the slope of the tubes interesting.
Starting a new venture is always a challenge. Things are happening quite fast. In about two weeks, I’ll have a hands-on photo session with a customer’s 2010 Pinarello Dogma with Campagnolo Super Record 11 and Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two wheels. We’ve got the full spectrum of Dogma colors available, including the limited Team Sky color which just became available.
I’ve received a few inquiries about the 2010 Giant Glory 0. This is a great downhill MTB with a full 8″ of travel. Last year’s Glory was heavy. The ‘10 model has been in development for two years. The result is a unbelievable 1.5kg (3.3lb, or 26.8 percent) weight loss.
If you’re looking for an XC racing thoroughbred, then look no further than the Scott Spark RC. This year, the RC and LTD models come with an ISP, something that sets these bikes apart from the rest. This is the 2nd year that the ISP frames are available. The Yeti ASR Carbon has also been sporting an ISP for a few years.
Some people have commented on this white tire look, but I actually like it. It sets it apart. It’s kind of like the gray or slightly blue tires that I’ve seen on some MTBs. The stock Spark RC has a full SRAM XX group, which is great.
[Update: I’ve also got some great prices on the stock 2010 Scott Spark RC. Stock MSRP is $8,250 USD. I’ve got it for significantly cheaper. The stock Spark RC is BB30.]