Wednesday, March 30, 2011

All Kinds Of Projects.

It's been a crazy few weeks here at the shop.  There have been fun bikes, nice wheels, and great rides happening. Spring is in full swing here in Minnesota with sunny days in the mid 30's.  People are starting to ride, and many are bringing their bikes in to be serviced. Projects of all kinds are in various stages of completion as well.

Paul's Salsa Titanium Selma SS with Mango Chris King single speed hubs is progressing along nicely.  I love this color combination.

Mark's Chris King wheels are in the process of being built for his Ti Salsa, a Vaya in this case.

It's a DT Swiss week for wheel builds as well.  The 240's will be laced up into Ben's Tour Divide wheelset.  The 370's will be a smartly speced race wheelset for Matt from the Twin Cities.  Both wheelsets will be laced to Stan's 355 rims with Sapim spokes.

We have added a stock White Industries road wheelset to the shelves as well.  This wheelset is built with White's H2 and H3 road hubs, (their standard road hubs,) and they are laced to Hed's premium Belgium rims.  The spokes are Sapim's lightest, the Lazer, on the front and non drive side rear. Standard butted Sapim Race spokes are used on the drive side rear.  These are 32 hole wheels, and use brass nipples for durability and serviceability down the road.  They weigh a respectable 1630 gms for the set, and should last quite a long time.

These are some of the nicer projects we have going.  We have been really busy with normal repairs as well.  Tune ups, flat tire repairs, hub and bearing overhauls, and all manner of standard repair business has picked up hugely with the return of nice weather.

Last night we had a great Fat Tuesday.  Jason did a great write up along with his gorgeous photos on his blog, and on the Salsa Cycles Blog.  Check it out, thanks for the great ride and pics sir!

That's all for now.  Back to work.  Happy Wednesday, hope it's a good one for all of you.


Steve Fuller said...

Kings are pretty, but I think the DT240S gets my vote for the best bang for the buck out there, especially with the (cheap) 32 tooth pawl upgrade

Ben said...

I really like 240's. I'm not sure if I'd call them the best bang for the buck, they are right up there with Kings. White Industries hubs get the nod for bang for the buck in my book. They are usually $200 less than either DT or King.

Captain Bob said...

So! What's up with not showing more pics of the Selma ti? You're killing me Ban!

Erik said...

Those wheels are the exact perfect recipe for rolling nirvana! Except for one thing.. Any chance of building some up with the MI5 rear hub? Also, what are you asking for these wheels?

Me likey.

Ben said...

CB, we're waiting on a fork and headset for the Selma Ti. We're just assembling the rolling chassis, so we'll have photos of the complete frameset and wheels when it's complete.

Erik, these will sell for $660. An MI5 rear hub is very easy to do, I just built a set for a guy last week similar with MI5's instead of the road hubs. The weight is very similar. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you'd like to get a set going. Turn around time is about 5 business days at this point.