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4 things that could change your (bike-) life...

Andy Kessler - 21-Dec-2018
Sometimes little things take seems so easy but its not. It would obviously be easiest to supply with every frame a touch up paint bottle. Impossible our painter needs a special license for that which he can not get.

We have been working on touch up paint for a while and offer it in Europe since a couple of months. Try to get that over to the USA? Impossible! You need to have a special education to deal with logistics of explosives and guess what you can only ship that stuff ground-so that's a bit difficult. So we had to restart the very time consuming process in the USA and beginning of January 2019 we will finally have touch up paint available in the USA. You can order that through our webshop. Check back first week of January when it should be live.

Next development that looks so simple and took over a year. With Shimano DI2 and Sram ETAP getting more popular we had to find a nice solution for the holes in the bottom bracket (the current cable guide is held in place by the tension of the shift cable) as well as in the chain stay and then also one of our famous cable entry guide with just one hole for the brake cable. That's the beauty of our frames you can make them compatible with any future shifting systems. And after a year - that passed by so quickly- we will have a new kit available that contains those 3 little items that can be used both for Shimano DI2 (the Shimano entry guide comes with every frame) and Sram E-Tap. This kit should be available end of January 2019.

Two non OPEN items that I would like to feature.

We had a lot of request for a Chris King headset that will fit the NEW UP/ UPPER frame. Now finally Chris King has one available and its called the DropSet 2. Item Number in black is FB2002 and description is DS42IDS52 45. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you don't need the crown race supplied in that kit.

Last but not least I do assemble a lot of tubeless tires during a season. Even it got much easier to find tire-rim combinations that you can actually pump up with a normal pump it is sometimes still a hassle. Here comes the perfect solution for tubeless from Schwalbe the tire booster. Not something I would take in my hand luggage in a plane(same as touch up paint...) but it works very well.

That is my last BLOG for this year. I wish everybody a relaxing holiday and a great start into 2019

happy trails


Comments & Questions

Three cheers for touch up paint!!!
Gravel is rough on my pretty green paint...
Post #1 of 15. Posted by Daniel P on 21-Dec-2018 11:20:49 GMT in reply to blog [0<--17162]
Yay for di2 grommets. Gorilla tape was a poor substitute.
Post #2 of 15. Posted by Erik Schumm on 21-Dec-2018 11:30:06 GMT in reply to blog [0<--17163]
You don’t mention Canada ! I bought my orange Open UP from the Eleven. The touch up paint is something I’ve been looking for. Will it be available here ?
Post #3 of 15. Posted by Robert Kennedy on 21-Dec-2018 11:32:24 GMT in reply to blog [0<--17165]
Hi Robert, yes no problem for Canda we just have to ship ground so it might take a while. Its life in the store now
Post #8 of 15. Posted by Andy Kessler on 04-Jan-2019 02:19:56 GMT in reply to post #3 [17165<--18176]
I would love both the orange touch up paint, and the di2 kit. How do I get them?
Post #4 of 15. Posted by James Chesher on 21-Dec-2018 12:24:22 GMT in reply to blog [0<--17170]
Hi James, by end of January we also should have the Di2 kit in stock and then you can order it in our store on the website
Post #9 of 15. Posted by Andy Kessler on 04-Jan-2019 02:31:07 GMT in reply to post #4 [17170<--18177]
Christmas arrives early with the touch up paint news.
Any chance Matt Black will be an option as well as colors?
Post #5 of 15. Posted by Rys on 21-Dec-2018 13:36:20 GMT in reply to blog [0<--17172]
Hi Rys, sorry not matt black its hard to make this one so best would probably be to go to a local car shop
Post #10 of 15. Posted by Andy Kessler on 04-Jan-2019 02:32:35 GMT in reply to post #5 [17172<--18178]
Does the tire booster work better than CO2 canisters? I have never found one that pumps air fast. But the CO2 shoots liquid into the tire that gets expanded inside.
Post #6 of 15. Posted by Ivo on 28-Dec-2018 06:58:22 GMT in reply to blog [0<--18171]
Hi Ivo, I actually like the performance of the CO2 canisters. As you say they work well in the same time I hate them as I had once a tire slipping off and exploding in front of my face because there was kind of to much pressure for a short moment. I had Stans all over :-)
Post #11 of 15. Posted by Andy Kessler on 04-Jan-2019 02:34:42 GMT in reply to post #6 [18171<--18179]
lol I can imagine, been there -- I had a "plus" (semi-fat) tire refusing to seat properly, so I inflated it to 3 bar. It seems they are rated for up to 2.5 bars, so the bead exploded in my face
Post #13 of 15. Posted by Ivo Roylev on 04-Jan-2019 05:03:44 GMT in reply to post #11 [18179<--18184]
Glad to see the new DI2 frame parts and also King headset! (I have never "wanted" to wear out a headset in my life- But I would love to have a King).

Will you also be offering direct mount rear derailleur hangers for Shimano?
Post #7 of 15. Posted by John on 01-Jan-2019 13:24:29 GMT in reply to blog [0<--18172]
Hi John, nothing planned for direct mount those days. We had it in the pipeline for a while but as Shimano offers options we cancelled the project
Post #12 of 15. Posted by Andy Kessler on 04-Jan-2019 02:36:02 GMT in reply to post #7 [18172<--18180]
Hey guys - would love to get my hands on some blue touch up paint (I'm in Australia). I can't seem to find it on the store? Cheers
Post #14 of 15. Posted by Sam H on 05-Jan-2019 23:53:14 GMT in reply to blog [0<--18185]
This is awesome and have been waiting to get a green pen but its telling me $25 for shipping... is that correct?
Post #15 of 15. Posted by Paulo Dias on 07-Jan-2019 12:06:40 GMT in reply to blog [0<--18186]