176 pro riders took the start of the 2019 Tour de France 2019 on July 6th.
As the racers embark on a 3 weeks race journey over a great variety of roads I will keep close eyes on their bike settings.
Not all bikes are the same even within the same team and no two bikes have the same set up. Read more →
Today I will introduce you to my favorite bike: The Spartacus
It is a 26 inches “All Roads” Full titanium bike I envisioned first while riding Japan Alpine roads around Takayama (高山市), Gifu Prefecture when living in that area more than 10 years ago.
I wanted to build a totally versatile bike that is equally at ease on roads and off roads, able to be climb up Alpine roads and enjoying the snaking, hair pin cornering exhilarating down hill roads in total comfort.
I started the concept of designing 26″ wheeled road bikes in 2009 by building a first Beta version. Back then Disc brakes where not yet in full bloom for drop bar bikes so the 1st version was equipped with V-Brakes.
Now a decade passed since my first 26″ All Road bike iteration and along with some frame geometry fine tuning and the emergence of various standard helping me to create the perfect all mighty 26″ road bike. Read more →