From the Velo Orange R&D department (that's the left side of my workbench) we present an update on two works in progress.
The first is our version (on the right) of the old TA water bottle cage (The drawing on the left comes from the terrific Blackbird TA page. Thanks Joel.) Our version will fit the stainless steel water bottles perfectly, as well as plastic bottles. It is a one handed cage, the little loops are there to only open it up if you want to put a coffee cup or something big in. We hope to have it made in highly polished stainless steel at a price of about $20. We should have samples soon. Any thoughts or comments.
To fuel my obsession with Maxi-Car hubs we are researching the possibility of making modern cassette hubs with a Maxi-Car-like shape. We are thinking of the lovely type-4 hubs with the trumpet-shape. Right now we're trying for alloy cassette bodies with four pawls. They will contain six sealed bearings and we may look into using annular bearings. There may also be a track version. The quality would be equal to the best hubs on the market. I don't know if we can pull this off or if we can keep the price reasonable.
Should these be available in 32h or 36h? Should they have a red band around the center, or orange ;<) ? Large flange?
12 May, 2007
Posted by Velo Orange at 11:02:00 AM