A few random things:
The Piolet frames are selling well. The XL size is already sold out. We're just now sending 18 of them to a shop in Asia. One thing that I've noticed is that a large percentage of Piolets go to folks in the bike industry for personal use. The percentage is far above that for any other frame we've sold. I'm not sure why this is, but it's really a great endorsement that so many bike professionals want to ride Piolets.
We recently had an order for over $800 worth of VO brake pads from a relatively small bike shop. It turns out that they now use only VO pads and shoes because they feel they are the best available. I frequently see emails from customers praising these pads and have noticed more shops ordering large quantities recently. I wish I could take credit for developing these pads. But what happened was that I was at the Taipei bike show with an employee who insisted that we stop by this tiny booth displaying brake pads from a little factory I'd never heard of. "You've got to check out this one brake pad rubber formula these guys have," he said. "They don't squeal and they stop really well." I was skeptical, but we got some samples--they were great. Now I don't claim that they will never squeal under any circumstances, but they do eliminate noise on the vast majority of bikes we've tried them on. And they stop as well as any pads I've used in both wet or dry conditions. Try a set and see for yourself.
|Sir Derek & Sir Brandon, defenders of the fenders. (photo by Clint)|
roller cable hangers. We have a small stock available. Constructeur style!
alloy front cable stop is now also available in black. They match our noir brakes and headsets.
We now have a good stock of black replacement fender hardware.
Milan and Tourist bars are back in stock. A lot of you have been waiting. Those are our most popular handlebars; thus we ran out.
That is all.