If you see us lugging around camera gear, come say hello, and look forward to our coverage this weekend from the course.
Trek uploaded photos of the Team Radio Shack Madone to Facebook today.
That’s a custom-painted 2010 Madone with Bontrager wheels and gear. Featuring integrated DuoTrap sensors a Bontrager’s Node computer.
That paint scheme is reminiscent of the Stages collection and we wish Team Radio Shack’s kit looked that good.
More photos on Flickr. Also see:
For some reason the past month I’ve been dealing with wheels a lot. I’ve been building a lot of custom wheels and repairing a lot of wheel systems. It’s made what I like and dislike very clear in my mind.
Shimano isn’t the only wheelmaker to use this “innovation”: placing the nipples at the hub rather than the rim. Shimano is the most poplar one out there, though. The usual excuse for this is that removing the nipples from the rim reduces rotational inertia of the wheel. What it really does is make truing the wheel a bitch. It’s difficult to get the wrench (which is usually proprietary) into the nest of spokes, and then the arc of the wrenching motion is limited by the same cluster of spokes. And for non-radial lacing, the actual truing of the wheel seems unnatural because the problem area of the rim is offset from the nipple that would have an effect.
Nicely produced, very informative video about the recent Oregon Manifest design challenge and ride. 30+ hand made bikes, submitted for judging on design then ridden 77 miles on and off road. Some great bikes in the lot…