I just got to Interbike and I've already found a few products that might be worth stocking.
Parsons saddles are made from water buffalo hide (I'm not kidding) in India. The quality seems OK and the price is right. They might make a nice budget saddle.
Brooks has some new panniers, messenger bags, toe clip straps, and a few other new products. I was underwhelmed. And the prices are totally nuts. More info here.
I think we may carry Strida folding bikes. I really love the design.
The Suntour Superbe crank is back. I'll wait for a sample before deciding, but they do look nice in the display case. If the price is right it might be a nice alternative to the Sugino cranks we stock.
Dia Compe had some interesting brakes and levers that are worth a second look. I also like their Gran Compe crank and seatpost.
I'm meeting with several Japanese and Taiwanese manufacturers tomorrow. We'll try to clear up the last few details of the VO production rando frame and order a sample city bike frame. We'll also have several smaller projects to discuss. Maybe we'll soon have have a replacement for the TA pedal, but made in Japan using NJS quality sealed bearings and spindles. And we'll chat about possible VO brand tires to compete with Gran Bois.
I forgot the my camera cable so these are press release photos; sorry.
26 September, 2007
Posted by Velo Orange at 8:23:00 PM