We received a huge shipment of components this morning. There were VO saddles, BBs, headsets, brakes and other cool stuff. I've photographed the brakes and shoes first. I'll do the BB and headsets later this afternoon and try to get to the saddles tonight or tomorrow.
Judging from the many e-mails we've received, there are a lot of folks waiting for the VO adjustable brake shoes. Here's what I wrote about them previously:
They are straight post replacement cartridge shoes that allow toe-in, and other, adjustments. This is accomplished with a sort of ball-joint in the shoe. It's locked down with the 8mm nut at the base of the post. Now you can give your old Mafac, Dia-Compe, Wienmann, or Universal centerpulls brakes the adjustment of modern brakes. And you can use any pad compound you like.The new Grand Cru Gold cantilever brakes are also in stock. The gold color is a nod to the special gold version of top-of-the-line Mafac brakes. Those gold Mafac brakes were often found on finest French rando and racing bikes. These Grand Cru brakes use the adjustable shoes mentioned above. Plus, they have straddle wire adjusters so there is no need for barrel adjusters on your cable stops.
We also received the very impressive new Grand Cru long reach (47-57-mm) caliper brakes. They are super stiff, perhaps the stiffest long reach brakes ever made. And flexibility is the downfall of long reach brakes. With a stiff brake you get accurate modulation and more power. The Grand Cru brakes use a very smooth dual pivot design. The finish is hand polished, but not anodized; that way they can be re-polished 25 years down the road and look great forever.
In other brake news, we are looking at a complete line of VO brake shoes using a new rubber compound that is absolutely guaranteed not to squeal, ever. It is also much less abrasive than most compounds, and it has, based on our preliminary testing, stopping power equal to any compound made including the one that's the color of a certain fish.
Let me know what you think of these new components.