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Mavic Open Pro Exalith and AForce Al33 Ceramic update

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According to my phone call with Mavic yesterday, the new Open Pro Exalith (and its disc and machined brake track siblings) will be available in early July. That's great news, and not very surprising given Mavic's size and resources. There's no reason why they should muff a launch, and they haven't. I'd also guess that the product will hit the ground running at full steam, and we're very excited to start building with them. Pricing is stable with what's been announced prior, and though they're expensive rims the process which Mavic calls Exalith (which is at root PEO) is more...

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Trench warfare

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Zipp just announced a new price point carbon clincher, the 302. It's basically a set of detuned 303s, no dimples, simple hubs (which may be a better thing, given Zipp's hub history) and most importantly surface-applied decals rather than the Impress(tm) graphics found further up the product line. Not tubeless ready, relatively narrow 16.25mm inside width, $1500 MSRP, and 1650g weight for the set.  photo from Zipp's site This set arrives squarely at the center of a lot of stuff I've been turning over in my mind lately. For one, Zipp has never achieved lasting success with down-market options. The...

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The capture principle

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Not going to lie, I'm a bit dusty this morning. I helped a friend sort out some issues he'd been having with his bike (squeaks and bearing issues and such) and in return he took me out to an awesome dinner with a bottle or two too many of outstanding wine. Fixing creaks in bike causes Friday morning creaks in mechanic.  Wheel companies have the choice to either use open market parts or to make their own proprietary parts. There are pros and cons for each. Wheel companies also have the choice to use open market parts and label and...

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Last fling for colors of spring

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If this year's colors of spring promo is any indication, color is back. I can't remember a colors of spring/colors of fall event when black wasn't still the most popular color choice, but this year it wasn't, and it wasn't even close. And now we're sweeping the rug right out from under you. No, no, just kidding. There's no rug sweeping afoot here. But we will be reverting back to regular pricing on colored hub builds. When you look at it closely, a lot of wheel builders and/or brands are like Hanry Ford - any color you want, so long...

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Again with the racing

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The November C-suite did a combined grand total of one actual real race last year. Not a proud accomplishment but Mike has kids that are in prime "take up all of your time" years and then smoked his ACL, while I was just sort of burned out and mopey and in absolutely no mood to do the massive amount of 3 and 5 minute intervals required to keep me from embarrassing myself. Lots of riding, but only one race. Mike's injury will probably mean no racing for him again this year, but the time off has done wonders for me...

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