Friday, July 29, 2011

Colnago in Tokyo, Japan

TGIF is often used when we reach the end of our work week. So to add to the cheerful moods of those getting ready to start their weekend (and those of you whom already left work early due to some "emergency"), here are some GREAT shots of Colnago frames displayed at the Tokyo Bike Exhibition this past week. We have here a great assortment of Colnagos available now for 2012!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Revisit: 2011 Le Tour de France for BMC Racing Team

With the 2011 Le Tour de France over, we are certain there are some cyclists out there who misses all the action and excitement from watching the tour. Here's a video clip from BMC-Racing showing what the tour was like for these guys.

We can see from this video that it was more than just Cadel's talents that played a contribution to his victory of 2011 Le Tour de France, but it was also the hard work of the entire BMC Racing Team that helped with Cadel's victory. More info on bikes used through the tour are available through our site's BMC page, or contact our BMC specialist Brad for any specific questions or help with placing your order.

Colnago EPQ

Here we have a Colnago EPQ frameset in white for one of our clients. The EPQ frame is an evolution from the previous popular EPS frame.

The EPQ is quite similar to the C59 Italia. Instead of the "master" style tubing, it is made with round tubing which allows the frame to keep the lateral stiffness needed to perform, but offering a more comfortable ride quality than the C59 Italia.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2012 Shimano Ultegra Di2 Intro

This is just one of the few insight to the new electronic shifting presented by Shimano for 2012. Ultegra Di2 looks to be quite promising, with little compromise in performance, and a lot of money saved! Here's a video clip showing off the new 2012 Shimano Ultegra Di2

Yes, this was in Mandarin Chinese, but it does show you how well the grouppo works. Stay tuned on more news on this new grouppo from Shimano!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Look 695 with Shimano Dura Ace Di2

Here we have an example of a one-off Look 695 as per request of one of our clients. 2011 Look 695 in red with full Shimano Dura Ace Di2 setup.

This build definitely catches the eyes of all cyclists. Full red Look 695, Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Zipp handle bars, and custom Zipp Zedtech 4 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers. The complete bike (without pedals) weighs in at 15lbs! Drool away....

2011 Intense M9 with Fox DHX RC4

Here's a closer look at a 2011 Intense M9 with Fox DHX RC4 we've received for one of our clients. This is the Chrome Black color, and it is definitely one of the nicest paint we've seen.

This is the end all World Cup racing downhill frame. It will eat up anything you throw at it and can be adjusted for any kind of course.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bike Fit 411

Bike fit is something that we provide as a service through our bike builder, it is often dismissed by shops simply to complete a bike sale thus making the bike ride uncomfortable or more exhausting than exhilarating. For those that are local pick-ups, we're able to go in further and take some time to adjust the forward/aft of saddle position as well as dial in the rest of your positioning to the millimeter.

One of our best clients, Neil Wong on his 2011 Pinarello Graal Di2
Often times we hear responses such as "Is this low enough to be fast?" or "Is the drop set properly to my saddle?". Well, just like anything else in this world, not all two things are made identical. Some people can withstand a more aerodynamic position to achieve the max body performance, where as some can achieve their max body performance being more up-right. Simply put, "to each their own".

Friday, July 22, 2011

Team Europcar wins Stage 19!

Although Thomas Voeckler was not able to retain the yellow jersey after today's brutal climbing stage, Team Europcar was still in the highlights. Pierre Rolland took home stage 19 today after some tough attacks delivered by Alberto Contador.

Pierre Rolland celebrates as he crosses the line ahead of GC favorites on his Colnago M10
The French celebrate today as Pierre Rolland is the first French rider since Bernard Hinault back in 1986 to win the L'Alpe d'Huez! The second Voeckler knew he was no longer keeping the yellow jersey, he gave Rolland the signal to go ahead, and Pierre did just that. On top of taking home a historic stage win, he gained the points to be in the White Jersey at the finish.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky takes another stage win at 2011 Le Tour de France!

After coming in second to Thor Hushovd in stage 16, Edvald Boasson Hagen decided that today he will eliminate all competition. The young 24-year-old Norwegian star went into the 14-man break and timed a perfect attack during the final climb of the day with 11km left.

Edvald Boasson Hagen taking on the climbs on his 2012 Pinarello Dogma 2 Di2
Boasson Hagen reached the summit of the Cote de Pramartino with roughly a 20 second lead and fearlessly finished the 8km descent to take the stage win.

Monday, July 18, 2011

2011 Le Tour de France - A week away from PARIS

It's the second rest day today of the 2011 Le Tour de France, and with one more week to go till the finale in Paris, it's a good time to take a quick look at what's happened so far with some of our favorites here:

Geraint Thomas wins the White Jersey after Stage 1 of TDF
Cadel Evans in BMC's new Time Machine TM01 during the team time trials.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thomas Voeckler and his custom Colnago C59 Italia

This is a great photo of Thomas Voeckler of Team Europcar on his custom Colnago C59 Italia.

Voeckler was awarded this custom C59 Italia after taking over the yellow jersey of Le Tour de France this past Sunday. Ernesto Colnago did the final inspection himself on this frame, it doesn't get anymore VIP than that.

Kid dancing between innings at a baseball game

Now normally we post things that relate to cycling, but every so often, we do have to post some of the amazing things that are just worth watching.Check this kid out during the break between innings

Gotta give this kid's parents some credit for letting him get out there and showing off his moves.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Colnago Le Tour de France Special - Team Europcar Thomas Voeckler C59 Italia

Colnago is super excited to see one of their sponsored teams (Team Europcar) to be on the podium, and in a Yellow Jersey no less. To celebrate this joyful occasion, they decided to make a special edition Colnago C59 Italia for the yellow jersey winning Thomas Voeckler. *Photos courtesy of*

Colnago's marketing manager Alessandro Colnago who is the grandson of Ernesto gave a small insight to how much effort it was to make this frame in time for tomorrow's stage of Le Tour de France.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Highland Bike Park and Contour GPS camera make for a great day of riding!

While on vacation last week in Boston, I took a day to head up to beautiful New Hamphshire to check out Highland Bike Park. If you are ever in New England be sure to head up to Northfield, New Hampshire and check this place out! For many of us there is the misconception that bike parks are for hardcore freeride or downhill riders. This simply is not true and Highland Bike Park does an excellent job of making the park open to every skill level. Are there ten plus foot drops? Yes. Are there ridiculously steep and rocky terrain? Yes. While all of that is fun, really fun, for advanced riders, there are smooth, fast and flowy singletrack runs that literally every mountain biker can have a blast on! Check out the video below I took with our new Contour GPS camera that were sent to us just days before I left on my trip. Thanks Contour! If you like the quality of video you see with the GPS mapping which shows your route on a map along with your elevation and speed, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to share my experience of using the camera with you.

You can also see the footage at Contour's site -

Finally! Chris King Goes CERAMIC!

TGIF everyone! Just as we're getting more excited to head into the weekend for lots of fun rides, we were informed with some news that makes us wish tomorrow was Monday. Majority of the people who are into cycling has at least heard of the company Chris King. They are known for their awesome headsets, front and rear hubs, and bottom brackets. Today, they released some news that would excite any Chris King fanatics. They have finally released a CERAMIC version of their bottom bracket for road and mountain applications. For those of you that are kicking yourself because you JUST purchased your brand new Chris King bottom bracket, no worries! They offer the bearings as an upgrade replacement!

For more info on how to get a new bottom bracket from Chris King or how to upgrade your current unit, give us a call at 510.841.4748 or email us at

Ellsworth SPECIAL!

Ellsworth frame blow-out sale!
Get a great deal on a these older model frames that are brand new

Inventory is sparse – call today.

Evolve SST (Available only in SM and XL only):  
Was $2,195 Now: $1,695
Epiphany SST (All sizes available): 
Was $2,395 Now $1,695
Moment SST ( All sizes available): 
Was $2,449 Now $1,695
Truth NON-SST (1 Medium Pink – get it while it’s hot): 
Was $2,195 Now $1,395
Epiphany NON-SST (Small and XL Available): 
Was $2,395 Now $1,395

If you have any questions about this frame or bike, please contact our Ellsworth specialist Brian Waugh at or 510.529.3043

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Knolly Chilcotin Mountain Bike Frames!

We are proud to announce the addition of Knolly to our pedigree of mountain bike manufactures. Knolly's new Chilcotin frame has been designed for the all-mountain rider looking to shred the descents and climb back up to do it again. With it's slack head angle, low bottom bracket, and short chainstays, this frame is going to be a real ripper! Contact our Knolly specialist Brian Waugh at or 510-529-3043 to preorder your Knolly Chilcotin before they're sold out!

Chilcotin: Named for BC’s remote back country wilderness area where grizzlies are at the top of the food chain, weather can change from Hades to hailstorm in an instant and the single track is truly epic. A region full of huge climbs and rough and tumble creekside descents, the Chilcotin is the 6.3” All Mountain bike that rips it all!