Friday, May 27, 2016

Pias Scarab Homecoming to Taiwan

A short video from when the head honchos of Pias Cycles and PEONFX brought two Pias Scarab prototypes in a pilgrimage to the frame's birthplace at Taiwan. Both frames are still living happy life, Acit took his 54cm prototype on our epic Baluran adventure.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Finish Only A Mother Could Love

For years Cannondale have been making brilliant aluminium frames under the CAAD moniker, which means the decision making behind the purchase of Aldeo Plato's 2015 CAAD8 105 was a no brainer. But knowing the nature of this blog, you'll rarely found us babbling about a factory-stock bicycle...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wheelbuild: Old Meets New

Over the years of wheelbuilding business we've stumbled upon one particular rim that seems to be a favourite for many applications: H Plus Son's TB-14. We've built them into e-commuter, track, gravel-grinding, and even recently, cyclocross wheels. This time, we built them into a nice set of road wheels. A special one on that matter.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Here Comes The Boss

Frequent visitors might already knew that besides working as mechanic at Pancalen Cycles I also designed frames for Pias Cycles. So far I have three Pias frame designs under my belt. You've probably seen the road and cyclocross frames before, now let me talk you through the redesign I've done to the frame that put Pias Cycles on the map, the Agra.

Introduced in 2010, the then unnamed Pias track frame quickly took the Indonesian fixed gear scene by the storm. It become the first track-inspired urban bicycle frame that was fully developed in Indonesia. Featuring classic lined 4130 chromoly tubing and 1" threaded chromoly fork, the frame took the track bike inspired styling and combined it with urban environment friendly geometry.
In 2012 the need for a frame with more aggressive handling arise, so Pias Cycles redesigned the fork with shorter offset length to sharpen the handling.
2013 saw me working together with Pias Cycles to design the Scarab. We then took this cooperation even further after seeing the market shifted to frames with much more aggressive handling, closely resembling true track frame geometry. We retain the classic tubing and 1" threaded chromoly fork and came up with parallel steep angled, square geometry with short wheelbase that would look familiar to the classic track frame aficionados.
We also beefed up the dropout, adding thickness to the axle nut contact area. We then decided to give the frame—and all the track frames before it—the name Agra, which translates to "the beginning" in Sanskrit.

This particular Agra belong to the bossman himself, Andira Pramanta. Combining all-black components to blend in with the frame's black-with-rainbow-sparkle finish—which we called Intergalactic Black—the build is entirely discreet with only emphasis on gumwall Pasela tires and, white Selle Italia X1 saddle and Cinelli toe straps.

Wheels are debadged Velocity Deep-Vs laced to Phil Wood high flange track hubs.
Here you see how the dropout works with common track axle nut. A Dura Ace hub, for this matter.

Sugino 75 crank arms connects Andira's legs to the rear wheel.
Notice the chainring? It's another project where I am involved at, also as a designer. Follow @thesakraproject on Instagram to find out more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wheelbuild: High and Low

Say whatever about disc brakes on 700c-wheeled bicycles, but one of the advantages of such design is the separation of braking function from the rim. This means longer rim life since you don't have to replace them every other season after the sidewall become too thin to handle the tire pressure.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Not a Diamond, But Lasts Forever

Working on bicycle repair business for quite a while, we occasionally stumbled upon some iconic bicycles from different eras. This just goes to show that even though it was agreed that the conventional double-triangle or diamond design is regarded as the most efficient means to construct a bicycle frame, some people went through further means to think out of the box and created something that will be remembered forever; whether to achieve significant improvement or just to be able to stand out of the crowd.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Urban Pursuit

Track cycling aficionados are familiar with pursuit-styled track frames. Mainly designed for pursuit events, the most noticeable feature on these frames is the forward-sloping toptube. This feature is achieved by shortening the headtube length that further lowers the cockpit height, which leads to more aero riding position needed to complete the pursuit races.
With the popularity of urban fixed gear riding getting on the rise, some bicycle manufacturers brought the pursuit-styled frames back to the market; one of them is Affinity, with their Lo Pro model.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wheelbuild: Campagnolo Everything

It's been quite a while since we feature a track wheelbuild here. Not that we no longer deal with them, mind you—they still popped on every once in a while on our mechanic's Instagram—but more than often they are brought home before we have a chance to snap a picture or two. This time, we're working with a build that stayed just enough for a photo session and parts worthy for a feature to boot.