We just recieved samples of our new chrome plated racks and decaleurs from Japan. These are based on our current racks, but are less expensive versions. They will also be made in larger production runs so we won't run out as often.
The long term plan is to have two lines of racks, the less expensive chrome plated line of racks and decaleurs made in Japan and a fancy line made from stainless steel here in the US. The next version of the US-made front racks will have built-in decaleurs; I don't think that's ever been done on a production rack.
A few details about the Japanese racks: First they won't be available until sometime this summer and I don't have final pricing yet. The new racks and decaleurs will be available wholesale to other shops. Please notice the shape of the platform on the new front rack, rounded back corners. And the chrome is polished, not matt finished as on current Nitto racks for example. Click on the photos for a larger image.
Speaking of Nitto racks, we now have the Nitto model M12 in stock. It's designed for bikes with cantilever brakes and at $50 it's a real bargain. Also-this newest version has light mounts on both sides.
Finally, we'll have the wider (semi-portuer?) version of the constructuer rack available in a month or two, but we're only doing a small first run of them to see how they sell.
In other news, we hope to have the VO aluminum fenders available in a few moths and we may have found a source for the stainless steel version.
19 March, 2007
Posted by Velo Orange at 11:00:00 AM