Re: [CR] KOF Bike Tech at Paris-Roubaix?

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From: "Tom Harriman" <transition202@hotmail.com>
To: <kevinsayles@tiscali.co.uk>, <info@m-gineering.nl>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 17:28:54 +0000
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Cc: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: [CR] KOF Bike Tech at Paris-Roubaix?


Good Morning.

Anybody ells notice that the front wheel is using a 2x spoking pattern? It's probably fine for a one day race, and the mechanic can true it up after the race. Still wonder if under the circumstances, it might be a little close to the demands of the race. Any other opinions on the subject.

Tom Harriman (Finally a sunny weekend) San Francisco, Ca
> From: kevinsayles@tiscali.co.uk
> To: info@m-gineering.nl
> Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:18:54 +0100
> CC: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
> Subject: Re: [CR] KOF Bike Tech at Paris-Roubaix?
>
> An interesting idea.......certainly 'safer' than a carbon fork over the
> rough pav'e........but I would have chosen a fork with a curved blade to
> soften the vibration.
>
> cheers
> Kevin Sayles
> Bridgwater Somerset UK
>
>
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> From: "M-gineering" <info@m-gineering.nl>
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> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [CR] KOF Bike Tech at Paris-Roubaix?
>
>
> > Matthew 'Devotion' Bowne wrote:
> >> I am always thrilled to see certain old-school bike tech make it's way
> >> into the the contemporary European pro peloton...but this is one I didn't
> >> expect to see...
> >> Because of it's notoriously rough roads and brutal riding conditions, the
> >> "Queen of the Classics", Paris-Roubaix has often been a proving ground
> >> for new technologies. (Remember the Rock Shox in the early 90's? The
> >> full suspension Bianchis, etc.?) Well not only has Paris-Roubaix brought
> >> on the development of new bike tech, but recent years have also seen the
> >> return of some old ones. Over the past few years, riders have been known
> >> to outfit their bikes with steel forks, wide skin-walled classic tubies,
> >> vintage cantilever brakes and other part mods that seem odd in the
> >> current peloton but certainly "on topic" to groups like ours. Heck, even
> >> Lance has been known to run early Dura-Ace Ax calipers on a TT bike in
> >> recent history...
> >> Anyhow, below is one that I thought might be of interest to The List:
> >>
> >> http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/photos/roubaix-tech-cancellaras-race-winning-rig/115224
> >>
> >> That's right, a rider on Team Milram rode a lugged steel fork with a 1"
> >> steerer tube! KOF indeed! Have a look at the pic and note the "reducer"
> >> it needed to be coupled with to work with the over-sized headtube on the
> >> presumably carbon-fiber frame. I can't help but wonder how this came to
> >> be...A team mechanic's late-night "McGuyver" move? So why THIS fork? Are
> >> there not still master-builders who would jump at the chance to braze a
> >> (1 1/8") lugged steel fork for a pro riding in Paris-Roubaix? Anybody
> >> have any thoughts or insight as to how this came to be? Any other
> >> examples of KOF builds or tech used by modern pros?
> >
> > I thought it looked like a 1.125 steerer fork, and it certainly had the
> > weight being close to 1 kg. And it was not a last night brain wave, the
> > fork was finished early enough for a tv appearance. Don't know who built
> > it though
> >
> >
> > --
> > mvg
> >
> > Marten Gerritsen
> > Kiel Windeweer
> > Netherlands