I'm back from Taiwan with lots to report, enough that I'll split it into two posts. We had an extremely productive trip, dozens of meetings with manufacturers at the show and a plethora of new products. After the show we took the high speed train to central Taiwan and visited 11 factories.
Among the new products and projects:
- The final cold forge tooling for the Grand Cru 50.4bcd crank is now being made and we should have cranks in stock around July. We've made some small changes to the chain rings; they'll incorporate the latest "Shimano-style" tooth profiles, ramps, and pins, making shifting performance far superior to the TA and other classic cranks.
- We've also decided to develop a similar 110bcd Grand Cru crank. We hope to have them in production in a month or so.
- The less expensive VO cranks are now in production and should arrive in about 2-3 months.
- We'll soon have new high flange Maxi-Orange hubs in seven speed freewheel, fixie and cassette versions. The only thing left to do is find the very best Japanese stainless steel sealed bearings to use in them. Or are ceramic bearings worth the extra cost?
- We may also have new Grand Cru high-low hubs, still working on specs. Again, are ceramic bearing worth an extra $30-$50.
- A new VO rim is designed and we'll have prototypes soon. It'll be a very high quality medium width triple box section that looks like the old Super Champion but is much stronger.
- We'll soon have wing nuts for track and road hubs.
- The Grand Cru titanium rail saddle is ready for production. It's like the ultimate VO model 3 or Brooks B-17.
- More widths of VO alloy hammered fenders are coming. Should we do 37mm or 55mm first?
- Three new stems are on the way.
- Two inexpensive stainless steel touring racks should arrive in 2-3 months. They are our first Dajia Cycle Works products.