Cranks! And other ETAsJan Heine
Rene Herse cranks don’t need an introduction any longer. Net-shape forging makes them stronger than other small-production cranks. They are superlight. Chainrings choices are almost unlimited. We think they are beautiful, too. The cranks are made in small batches, and recent production runs sold out before we could even announce them. Now another batch of 171 mm arms has come back from polishing. Once quality control is complete, they’ll be ready to ship (in about 7-10 days). We are taking pre-orders now. Also on the way are the 12-speed-compatible 48/33 chainrings and our new 44-tooth chainrings with downshift technology.
Other ETAs: 700C x 42 Hurricane Ridge Endurance and Endurance Plus tires will be back in stock around the same time. We recommend our new 700C x 44 Manastash Ridge tires for most applications, but if your bike’s frame doesn’t have room or if you want a more open tread pattern for extreme mud, the Hurricane Ridge remains an excellent choice.
Ted King’s favorite mirrors are in production and should arrive in June.
The next batch of Nivex derailleurs is expected around the same time. We appreciate the patience of our customers while we work hard to get these products made—without compromising our quality standards.
And finally, we want to take this opportunity to congratulate Adrien Liechti for his hard-fought win in the inaugural Hellenic Mountain Race. He rode the grueling 940-kilometer route in just 4 days, 12 hours and 6 minutes. Traversing the steep slopes of Greece’s Pindus Mountains, enduring rain, snow and knee pain, the former bike messenger pushed on with minimal rest, taking first place less than two hours ahead of second-place finisher Manuel Truccolo. Adrien rode on Rene Herse 29″ x 2.2″ Fleecer Ridge Endurance tires. Famous for his superb mustache and the fact that he likes to ride to the start of these far-flung races, Adrien’s comment at the finish was: “It’s time to eat now!”
Enjoy the weekend!
Jan, Natsuko & the RH team
Photo credit: Nils Laengner (Photo 5)