Building A Custom Bike With Asterisk*Cycles

Pinarello Dogma Di2 My Way

One of the main reasons why you should choose Asterisk*Cycles as your place to build your own custom bike is that we offer personalized service to all of our customers. We source parts from Taiwan, the UK, and the USA to take advantage of currency conversions and markets in order to offer the best deals to our customers.

A lot of the components and frames are significantly lower with us, since we operate on slim margins and a shoestring budget (at least for now). We are currently looking at Spring for the unveiling of our new transactional website. This means that you’ll be able to purchase your wares, from bikes, framesets, components, clothes, shoes, and odds and ends, directly.

Unlike some stores and owners, I am available almost immediately once an email has been sent to me. Depending on which time zone I currently am, I can guarantee an answer to your queries within a few hours. Send us an email at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com to build your custom dream bike.

2011 Giant Line: Road & MTB

2011 TCR Advanced SL ISP

The 2011 Giant road and MTB line is ready for pre-order. A few batches of the new bikes have already been sold and the next batch will come up in a few weeks, so we’re ready to accept pre-orders on Giants. This year, there are some refinements on the MTB line, as mentioned before, and some updated specs on the road bikes. Shimano Pro components, handlebar and stem, are now used for the top end bikes, with deep dish carbon fiber wheels.

To order your dream Giant bike, send us an email at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com.

2011 Giant MTB Line

Giant Anthem 29er

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.

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2011 Giant Trance X Advanced SL 0

2011 Trance X ALUXX frame

For 2011, Giant made a few changes to their Trance X Advanced SL frameset. The top tube is straight, so the frame loses a bit of weight. It’s a bit stiffer and get a slacker heat tube angle.

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Taipei International Cycle Show Part 1


I arrived early on the first day of the Taipei International Cycle Show. It took a while to get my pass in order. My friend who had a ticket breezed through. As I entered 1F of the expo, I started walking around.

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Velocite Frames, Bikes & Prices

My Velocite Millennium

As mentioned before, I’ve become a Velocite dealer. They don’t just make great frames, they also make some great, lightweight components. Some of these are extremely light. I’ve posted weights for some of these.

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Velocite Updates Its Site & My Millennium Build List

Velocite's new site

Velocite has just updated and started its new website. It looks pretty darn good and I’m glad for Victor.

I hadn’t much thought about the warranty on the Millennium frame that I’m about to get tomorrow, but I was pretty happy to find out that its got a lifetime warranty + 3 years on crashes. Now that’s really good!

The Millennium I’m getting will be decked out in SRAM Red. Photos and more when I receive it sometime tomorrow. It’s supposed to have arrived now. I’ll go take a look!

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Velocite Flux Pro Build

Velocite Flux Pro XC

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.

Different view of the Flux

Updates On Scott MTB

2010 Scott Genius LTD

I’ve got some updates on Scott MTBs. For now, all of these bikes have got to be ordered. Except that we’ve got a 2009 Scott Genius 10 frame in stock in size ‘M’.

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2010 Giant Glory 0 Downhill MTB

'10 Glory 0 8" travel DH bike

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.

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