Archive for January, 2010

Ian Bike Check

Ian just built a Pivot Mach 4 bike up today and I was so lucky to be around to take some shots of it. The black/red color theme is definitely one of the really cool looking bike. Even Melvin is also falling in love with his bike…

  • Frame: 2010 Piovt Mach 4, M, Anodized Black
  • Fork: 2010 Manitou R7 MRD Carbon Fork
  • Groupset: XTR Groupset with XT Crank/Shifter
  • Wheel: XTR Hubs + Wheelsmith Spoke + Sun Ringle EQ23
  • Stem: Race Kore
  • Bar: Answer Protaper Bar, Red
  • Grip: Answer Fall Line XC Grip
  • Seat: Kore Seat
  • Seatpost: Kore Carbon I-beam Seatpost
  • Pedal: Answer Rove FR Pedal, Red
  • Chain: KMC Chain, Gold
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Pivot Lunchboxes are here

The long-awaited Lunchbox upgrade kit is finally here. This is the perfect way to bling out your Pivot. The kit comes with a Chris King headset, laser-etched ODI grips, new carbon-capped DW-Link, pivot pins, link bolts, derailleur hangers and water bottle bolts. The entire kit is anodized to match.  We are accepting pre-order now…

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Factory Tour – Titus Carbon

For all of you who wondered how a carbon bicycle frame is made, we have some pictures from a recent visit to the factory of the vendor who makes our frames for us. Enjoy!

This mold is a guide to make sure that part is being shaped correctly around the bladder. This one is for a Titus chainstay.

These shelves a filled with tools that help to ensure perfect frame alignment for the frames that are built using the tube-tube construction method.

Once the raw carbon is formed around its bladder, it is then placed into one of these clam shell molds where under heat and pressure it will take it’s final shape. Here we are looking at the front half of an X carbon front triangle.

This is the mold for the back half of the X Carbon front triangle. The X carbon is constructed by using the tube-tube method.

An FTM carbon frame getting ready to go into the curing press.

Once the frame is carefully placed in the mold it is closed up and moved on to the ovens. These molds are extremely heavy and require a lift to place into the press.

This is the press that applies and incredible amount of pressure and heat to form the frame into its final shape.

After the frames come out of the molds they then go to the machine shop so the aluminum inserts like the bottom bracket can be reamed, tapped and faced.

The frames then go over to sanding where they get any extra resin from molding is removed and the frame is made to be as smooth as possible and any imperfections are filled.

Prior to shipping every frame goes through extensive stiffness testing. This not only ensures that the frames are meeting our stiffness standards, but also that all the frames in this batch are consistent in their carbon lay-up and quality. This machine is testing the stiffness at the head tube.

Frames also are placed on this testing machine which simulates real world riding conditions.

Before a frame ever makes it into production it must undergo exhaustive fatigue testing. This non-titus frame is currently experiencing a bottom bracket fatigue test.

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Photos from Pivot Cycles

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2010 Manitou Forks have arrived…

We have already received the first batch of 2010 Manitou Forks such as R7 MRD 100 carbon, MATCH 100 black, MIN MRD 100 black/white, and DRAKE 100 white. As the Authorized Distributor for Manitou Suspension, we offer a wide range of all types of after-sales services, repairs, and tuning options for the entire Manitou range. Besides that, we also provide suspension tuning and whole new servicing for Rock Shox Suspension range and Fox Suspension range with Stendec products…


Side view of 2010 Manitou R7 MRD 100 carbon


Top view of 2010 Manitou R7 MRD 100 carbon


2010 Manitou MIN MRD 100 black

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2010 Answer Bar && Pedal are available @ Tiong Hin

Above are the new Pro Taper 780 DH handlebars.  Coming in at 780mm wide and 335g, they use Answer’s patented ProTaper technology to create a strong, durable bar from 7050 series aluminum alloy.  It’s offered in two rises, 12.7mm and 25.4mm, and three colors: black, gold and red.

The Answer ProTaper 720 AM is designed for all-mountain trail riding use and is available in two taller rises, 25.4mm and 50.8mm.  

 

The Rove FR pedals felt great underfoot on the trails. With 10 pins and a wide, concave, low profile (16mm) platform, these pedals felt solid when the going got rough. Unlike some other pedals I’ve used, the pins on the Roves didn’t look like they would make mince meat of my legs if a foot slipped off. Still, the slightly lower profile aluminum pins offered good grip on my shoes.

Another cool thing about the hex pins is that you can change them with a socket wrench rather than an allen key. On most pedals the pins are nothing more than long allen screws that are inserted into the pedal which allows the screws to back out easily on the trail. The Rove FR pedal pins have a positive “lock” onto the pedal to avoid this situation.

The 6061 aluminum body can take more abuse compared to other magnesium bodies and won’t show damage as easily. The combination of a cartridge bearing and DU bushing promise to keep these pedas spinning smoothly for a long time.

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