25 January, 2010

New VO Hammered Fenders



VO 45mm hammered fenders are here and they are really hard to photograph, too darn shiny. The pattern is interesting, large octagons surrounded by small pentagons. $50 with all hardware.

We also have three new models of stainless steel fenders which I'll write about in a couple of days.

31 comments:

Gunnar Berg said...

Nice variation on the pattern. Crocos! We need repro Croco fenders.

Anonymous said...

Will there be matching toe-clips, stems, headsets, and seatposts in the "hammered" finish ?

richard true said...

i would be really excited if you have some 650b steel fenders for my new polyvalent

Chris Kulczycki said...

Croco fenders would be cool, but super expensive due to tooling costs.

We just received 650b stainless steel fenders. They should be available later this week.

fmackay said...

Joking aside, matching lights would be great.

I'm sure there'd be a market for dynamo lights in the style of vintage Jos, Radios etc with modern innards - superbright LED, standlight etc.

Yann G.S. said...

bling bling bling,

any chance the VO le Paeon fenders will be re-tooled to be closer to the originals?

Le Cagot said...

VO has Zeppelin fenders. It's Honjo that has the Le Paon. Of course both styles were first made in France.

M said...

yes, shiny things with lots of edges don't photograph easily. low diffuse lighting and a long, stable exposure can help. flashes don't.

-MB

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

The new hammered V/O fenders look great!

On another topic ... has V/O given any more consideration to developing a 650b low-trail camping frame set?

Scott

John said...

Very nice.

Any chance these will be available for wider tyres?

Anonymous said...

Any chance making these for 26 inch tires?

Anonymous said...

Yes, please-make them for 26" tires! There are a lot of us on Surly LHTs with 26" wheels and would LOVE to have these!

Justin said...

Add this guy to the list of those who would buy a set for 26" wheels.

Anonymous said...

Another vote for 559, 26"! And as wide as you can get for traveling through rough places like Central Asia.

Chris Kulczycki said...

We could make these for 26" wheels, but it would require completely new tooling to make a wider version. 45mm is a little narrow for a 26" fender. We'll hold off any new versions until we see how well these, and other new fender models, sell. But we will a 60mm 26" stainless steel fender later this week.

The Camper frame is not yet in development, maybe for mid
2011. We're currently working on the Pass Hunter.

Sam said...

Chris:

26" x 60mm... I would like a set.

Anonymous said...

Hammered rims and crankarms !

Yum !

Chainguards, too !

Alloy waterbottles !

I need to get Hammered !

Anonymous said...

A 45mm 700c of the Zeppelin fenders to provide a lower cost version of Honjo's Le Paon would be heavenly.

Reynolds531 said...

What is the history of hammered fenders? Where, when, and why did they originate? Was hammered metal used in other products or art before it was applied to fenders?

le ede said...

Any chance for a matching rear reflector? What sources are there for vintage looking reflectors for currently available fenders?

Chris Kulczycki said...

Hammering is simply a way of shaping metal. You take a wooden form, hold a sheet of metal over it and whack away until it assumes the shape of the form. In ancient times hammering was used to make bowls and cookware, and in some areas, like North Africa, it still is. In the early 20th century it was popular for art-deco decorative items, vases and ice buckets for instance. We have some hammered cutlery and serving spoons at home.

Today rollers and dies replicate the look of hammered metal without actually hammering it. The problem is that such tooling is very expensive, so I wouldn't expect hammered lights, reflectors, and such until there is a much bigger market for them.

Joe said...

The new photos look great. Details are awesome. Can't wait to get my set in the mail!

Kam Tim said...

Hi Chris
My name is Billy and I am from Hong Kong.
I just acquired a Lightning Phantom Recumbent with 16" front and 26" back.
The hammered fender should look terrific on my bike. When is the twentysixer available online and would that be available for 16" as well?

john k novack said...

you dirty dog!
hammered vo's are gonna be a knockout on the mondia special...
they're on the way!

Anonymous said...

pre-drilled?

Allan

meade anderson said...

will there be a new hammered 650b fender?

they are nice, period...

Velouria said...

Very nice variation!

dtyh said...

Any idea how these fenders will look with a 700c x 25mm tire? I understand that 10-12mm clearance is preferable but I wonder if the extra clearance will look silly.

Chris Kulczycki said...

10-12mm of clearance is minimal, not ideal. 15-20 is probably ideal.

Tom said...

Did you ever make the 26" wheel 60mm hammered fenders? Would really like a set of these for a surly LHT.

ToddVZ said...

Any news on 26-in. hammered fenders? I really need a pair and I gather many others do as well.