Here is G-Sport’s latest advert, as seen on page 177 of Ride UK #128. It’s their annual photo issue and filled with eye candy from cover to cover. Also, if you haven’t done so already, you can stalk George through his Twitter.
Here’s a bike check featuring Mike Ardelean’s Verde. Some of the parts he’s running include the JCPC (now in full production), Taper Hex Nipples, Odyssey Race spokes and more. Click around the flipbook for more info.
Along with the bike check, we also have a quick blurb from Mike:
Well I’ve been pretty much living the good life in Venice. If people want to know what I’ve been up to, they can check out my calendar.
Here’s another pic of Ardelean’s bike, not in a bush.
Jim’s bikes are always one of a kind and his latest is no exception. Consult the photo flipbook above for the parts list and watch the video below for details about the paint job.
Aluminum nipples have been tried in the past as a way to save crucial “rotating weight” from bicycle wheels, but while the aluminum can be stronger than traditional brass nipples in pure-tension, they are also much softer, and it is all too easy to round them off with an ordinary spoke key. The Taper-Hex nipples use a tapering hexagonal shape to increase the thickness of the metal around the spoke, and the tapering shape also allows the key to slide down easily onto the nipple while also eliminating slop in the interface between parts. The result is a “perfect” connection that prevents deformation of the spoke nipple. The hexagonal head (rather than square) also helps to simplify wheel-building too. The key is designed to rotate in the tight spaces of a BMX wheel and it’s small enough to keep on your key-chain. 36 aluminum nipples weigh 0.6 ounces (16.5g) verses 1.3 ounces (36g) for normal short brass nipples.
» Proprietary taper nipple and key interface simplifies wheel building and maintenance.
» 7075-T6 aluminum.
» Black, Gold, Silver and Red various anodized.
UPDATE: Taper Hex Nipples are available Now!
Another product we showed at Interbike was our new spokes and taper hex nipples for 2008…