For you triathlon and time-trial people, Chain Reaction Cycles currently has Vision Carbon Fiber aerobars for $67.64 (in limited sizes and numbers). They are usually $228 so this is a pretty good deal – pretty close to 80% off!
If you are looking for a good looking carbon fiber chainset to go with your new carbon fiber bike frame, then this might interest you. Chain Reaction Cycles currently has the FSA SLK Carbon Chainset MegaExo on sale for $134, which is better than I’ve seen on EBay, and cheaper than many alloy cranksets.
A reader sent me frame geometry for the FM-012 time trial frame. I’m not sure how TT frames are measured, but the seat tube is 49cm on this size.
Forum user mcrdave posted a great teaser pic of his new FM015. I messaged him for some details and he was kind enough to share some details:
Yeah I’m a graphic designer so I knew kind of what I wanted. Bespoke, subtle but meaningful graphics. First came the name Nostrum – a secret ingredient, a favourite remedy, a cure for all ills. Sums up why I ride!
Then I designed a bespoke logo, a brand name if you like.
Then put out an email on a forum for any good vinyl cutters. Got a quick response and used a firm here in the uk who were great. I got them cut in white and clear 7 series vinyl (high quality, very thin, will last longer than most).
A week later I applied them. Am building the bike up tomorrow, am pretty excited as I can’t wait to get out there and ride it!
Please do use the pics on your site. I think it’s a great resource and I used it for my initial layouts. If you hear of anyone who wants a bespoke graphic please feel free to send them my details and I’ll see what I can do.
I love the look of this – I’m hoping to see some complete bike pics!
A reader sent in the geometry for the FM-021 time trial bike frame. I don’t think I’ve seen one of these built up yet, but it looks like a great frame for time trials or triathlons
Kai kindly sent in his completed bike: a FM015 built with what looks to be SRAM Rival, and great paintwork.
A reader sent in the drawing for a 57cm FM006 frame (thanks!). If you have any other sizes, please send them in ([email protected])
Chain Reaction Cycles currently has a clearence on Vitus frames
with some pretty good discounts (over 80% in some cases).
Most of their frames are alloy, but both the Zenium VR and (I think) theÂ Zenium R‘sÂ have carbon seat stays (which is one of the more effective ways to get the vibration absorbion of carbon).
It’s the prices that make these worth looking at though. The Zenium R
is priced from $149 (+$23 shipping to the US), andÂ the Zenium VR is from $170. Those prices are pretty competitive with anything you’ll find on ebay, and in this case you getÂ a well known reseller backing it up.
I really like the look of the Zenium VR frameset, too.
Given that it’s pretty hard to walk into most bike shops and try out a HongFu bike frame (ignoring the many bike shops selling them as their own brand for the moment) it seemed useful to try and help out with sizing the frames as much as possible.
One recent innovation in sizing frames has been using Stack and Reach measurements because these can easily be compared across frames and sizes.
Most geometry charts still don’t come with Stack and Reach measurements yet, so I’ve created a calculator, preloaded with the FM015 & FM028 geometry.
Try it out now and let me know what you think: Frame Size Calculator
Discuss this at the new Bike Sizing Forum.
- The “SRAM GXP Bottom Bracket Cup Set English Thread” which comes as part of the SRAM Force Groupset is as soft as butter (for want of another word!) be super careful when applying torque to the cup ensuring your wrench does not slip off causing cosmetic damage in the least or mechanical in the worst case. I had this issue and even though it didn’t affect the performance I replaced it with a new Cup Set ~ AUD$29.13 from Wiggle
- Hongfu sell a Seatpost (1 xHF-SP003 $38.00) – it appears their is no adjustment for the pitch – mine was pitched at about 5-10deg to the horizontal – no good I simply could not use it – no great loss at US$38 but just be warned.
- The HF-SPC001 seat post clamp works well but is heavy and can be opened by hand – I initially replaced this with a Hope clamp as above however this is made of a very weak aluminium and I ended up splitting the bolt – Hope sent me a replacement no questions asked and I am currently using it but would like to replace it with the more robust Thomson Seat Collar.
- I used the Neco headset from Hongfu, so far so good – I didn’t have too many issues installing it but used a different technique (Not PVC) for installing the race onto the fork. I used a plank of wood – drilled a 2-3inch hole, supported the plank of wood between two chairs, placed the race onto the fork and banged the race down onto the fork through the hole as opposed to the PVC method where you may be putting excess pressure on the fork and will have to support he fork somehow. (comprendez vous?)
- My frame did not come with any cable barrel adjusters – I purchased these from my LBS.
- No issue with the FM015 Top tube internal cabling however I found the SRAM rubber gromits used between the end of the gear/brake cable and top cap made the brake/grear change spongy – I ended up not installing these – I will have to be vigilant of water ingress but so far so good
- Underneath the BB there is a plastic gear guide – this was screwed into place with a factory screw and didn’t look very durable – I replaced this with a decent Stainless Steel screw for good measure.
- The 3K black Matte finish is better than I expected – it’s actually a paint finish ontop of the raw carbon so water et al beads off without worry. I have protected the underside of the down tube with psuedo 3M Helicopter tape – stones flicking off the front tyre made quite a noise however produced no noticable marks – the 3M tape is just for insurance!