Back in Stock and New Fenders

Back in Stock and New Fenders

Some new products are much more popular than we anticipate. Even though we try to keep everything in stock at all times, production can take a while to catch up to the increased demand. Recently, that has affected a few products.

The first batch of our 11-speed Rene Herse chainrings sold out quickly. They’ve received rave reviews from customers. These riders enjoy shifting on par with the very best rings, but with more useful 46×30 chainrings. Add the elegance and light weight of our Rene Herse cranks, and you can see why they’ve been popular.
The new chainrings work just as well with 9- and 10-speed drivetrains. During our testing, we’ve found Shimano’s Ultegra chains to offer the best shifting, so we designed our tooth profiles for this chain. (If you run 9- or 10-speed, use the appropriate Ultegra chain.)
The 11-speed cranks are in stock for single bikes and tandems. Click here for more information.

The MKS Allways pedals take this popular platform style to the next level. They feature the super-smooth cartridge bearings found only in top-of-the-line MKS pedals. Just as importantly, the platform is slightly concave to provide a better grip for your foot. The Allways pedals are available both with standard spindles and with the EZY Superior system that allows removing your pedals without tools in seconds (above). Click here for more information.

The Ostrich frame covers are back in stock, too. They protect the frame when you travel with your bike. Unlike thick foam tubes, these covers are small enough to easily fit in your handlebar or seat bag. That makes them ideal for trips where you’ll put your bike on a bus, on a train, or in a car for part of the trip. New is the ‘oversize’ version for the large-diameter tubes of carbon, titanium and aluminum frames. Click here to find out more.

Our handlebars are back in stock in all sizes. Their shapes were developed when stages were long and roads were rough. Now we offer them for standard-diameter and oversized stems, so you can enjoy their all-day comfort on modern bikes.
Why are classic handlebar shapes more ergonomic? Human bodies haven’t changed, it’s only that modern races are shorter and speeds are higher, so modern racers can get away with less-than-optimal shapes. For the rest of us, the classic shapes make a remarkable difference in the comfort of our bikes. Click here for more information.

And finally, we are excited to announce a new fender. We now offer Honjo’s fluted fenders in a 47 mm width for 700C wheels. This is ideal for tires between 32 and 36 mm wide.

Like all our Honjo fenders, the new model is custom-made to our specifications. Front and rear fenders are longer than standard to provide better coverage. We supply all fenders with our elegant Rene Herse eyebolts (above).

We also sell extra fender stays separately for bikes without a front rack, where the second fender stay stabilizes the front fender ahead of the fork crown. Not only does this guarantee that the fender is quiet, it also improves safety and longevity, as it reduces flex and the risk that the fender breaks. Click here for more information about our fenders.

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Comments (6)

  • Robert Zeidler

    Still waiting on the 190 cranks!
    Sent from my iPhone

    June 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm
  • Karl Sanchez

    Other products I’d like to see sometime in the future:
    1. 650b x 62mm fenders in hammered finish (or really, anything that doesn’t show scratches as easily as smooth)
    2. A 26″ tire with tread similar to your Steilacoom / Pumpkin Ridge models and with volume similar to the Rat Trap Pass. This would be great on my enduro allroad bike.
    Keep up the good work!

    June 13, 2018 at 8:05 pm
  • Jacob Musha

    A couple more items I wish were available:
    – 1″ threadless stems. Choices are very slim these days.
    – Wider fenders for wide 26″ tires (Rat Trap Pass). I know you’ll say, “the fender will hit the chain in the lowest gears.” But the front fender is unaffected by this, and only a tiny section of the rear fender is affected. That part could be dimpled or cut out, or the customer could figure out what they want to do about it.

    June 14, 2018 at 6:39 am
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      For the 26″ Rat Trap Pass tires, the 650B x 62 mm fenders work well. The outer diameter of a 650B x 42 mm tire is exactly the same as that of the 26″ x 54 mm Rat Trap Pass.

      June 15, 2018 at 8:45 am
      • Jacob Musha

        The diameter is the same, but the width is different. And as you say, “Generally, fenders should be about 40% wider than your tires. This allows them to wrap around your tires without encroaching on the required clearances.”
        Calculating it out, that suggests a 75mm wide fender for a 54mm wide tire. Such a fender would look great and also provide more coverage than the currently available 26″/650B fenders.

        June 15, 2018 at 9:37 am

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