Category Archives: Road

If you’re going to build an ark, you’d better build it right

We’ve been meaning to get this done for a while now (we’ve been busy!), but we finally got the right bits together and found the time to build this Daccordi Noah with the parts it is worthy of.

The Noah is one of Daccordi’s top road frames. Everything Daccordi makes is essentially “race-ready”, but the Noah takes it to another level with more advanced materials, with a hand-wrapped frame of the highest performance but also one with an exceptionally refined ride quality.

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Though it’s a break from tradition, we decided to match this Italian beauty with a groupset that, arguably, has no peer at the moment. Shimano’s brand new Dura Ace 9100 is so refined in both performance and increasingly with Shimano’s product, aesthetics, that it was a no-brainer.

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We went back to Italy with a finishing kit from Deda, using their top-of-the-line Superzero bars, stem, and seatpost. Enve is the flavour of the month for most people these days, but we think the shape of the Superzero aero road bars are even more comfortable, super sexy, and lighter as well, and the same goes for the stem and seatpost, which has a comfy and light-weight Selle San Marco saddle attached to it.

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For the wheels, anything reasonably light and stiff would suit this bike, but in this example is a pair of Mavic 40C carbon wheels, as used by the pro’s at the World Tour level.

We’re pretty happy with how this has turned out. It’s a bike that is just as happy winning races as it is on social rides and looking good while doing both. With this Noah, you’ll be aboard an ark that will happily take you into a new world of cycling enjoyment.

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Give us a call or come by the shop to find out if this is the right bike for you.

What dreams are made of

Sugar plum fairies, flowing rivers of chocolate, and mountains of gold are some of the things dreams are made of.

Oh, and Daccordi‘s. Or if they aren’t yet, they will be after having a look at this one, our newest Daccordi we have built up for display.

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If you are unaware, we bring in some of the worlds best frames from Tuscany, Italy, handmade by the same hands that have been doing it for eons. From Daccordi:

“A Daccordi frame is created, designed and built in the heart of Tuscany, with respect to our tradition and with the newest and most innovative technolgies, using only components desgined and manufactured in Italy. All this makes our products exclusive and sincerely made in Italy.”

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See? With pedigree, killer looks, and a ride that approaches magic carpet status, we’ve taken the hard part out of deciding what to lust after.

Choose your frame, then build it up with anything you’d like or simply what you’ve already got. It almost doesn’t even matter what you put on it. Better parts will provide better results, but the frame is what matters most, and you can rest assured that with a Daccordi, you’re sitting on just shy of 80 years of the best of what Italiy, or anyone else for that matter, has to offer.

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Daccordi Frame Sale

We’ve got a few Daccordi frames hanging around the joint (literally), so we thought we’d do us both a favour and make your custom build that much cheaper.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Daccordi is one of the older Italian bicycle manufacturers, having a 20 year head start over the likes of Colnago, De Rosa, and Pinarello (Bianchi and Willier are older still). Unlike any of these brands, Daccordi are still keeping their bikes Italian in every way, sourcing materials from Italy, and building and painting them at their factory in Tuscany. It’s still family run and as they hand make everything, they can manage truly custom builds.

Below are some of what we have in stock that are going at very attractive prices, so give us a call if you would like to discuss a particular build, or come in to see more of the range.

Daccordi Start - 7005 Aluminium, carbon fibre fork. Size S (52TT). $1199.
Daccordi Start – 7005 Aluminium, carbon fibre fork. Size 45 (52TT). $1199.
Daccordi Start – 7005 Aluminium, carbon fibre fork. Size 50 (55.5TT) and 53 (57TT) available in this size. $1199.
Daccordi Alu4  - Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer.  Normally $2200, special price of $1899.
Daccordi Alu4 – Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer. Size 54 (57TT) Normally $2200, special price of $1899. Last frame in this size and colour.
Daccordi Alu4  - Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer.  Size 49 (53.5TT) Normally $2200, special price of $1899.
Daccordi Alu4 – Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer. Size 49 (53.5TT) and 51(55TT) available in this colour. Normally $2200, special price of $1899.
Daccordi Alu4  - Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer.  Size 54 (57TT) Normally $2200, special price of $1899.
Daccordi Alu4 – Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer. Size 49(53.5TT) Normally $2200, special price of $1899. Last frame in this colour.
Daccordi Alu4  - Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer.  Size 49 (53.5TT) Normally $2200, special price of $1899.
Daccordi Alu4 – Heat treated Aluminium mainframe, carbon rear triangle, carbon fork with full carbon steerer. Size 49 (53.5TT) Normally $2200, special price of $1899.
Daccordi Vero - Carbon fibre frame, with full carbon fibre fork.
Daccordi Vero – Carbon fibre frame, with full carbon fibre fork. Size 48.5 (54TT) Normally $3000, special price of $2399. Last one.
Daccordi Grinta - High-end, lugged, full carbon frame and fork.  Size 50.5 (55.5TT) Normally $3700, special price of $2499.
Daccordi Grinta – High-end, lugged, full carbon frame and fork. Size 50.5 (55.5TT) Normally $3700, special price of $2499. Last one in this colour.
Daccordi Grinta - High-end, lugged, full carbon frame and fork.  Size 48.5 (54TT) Normally $3700, special price of $2499. Two left in this size and colour.
Daccordi Grinta – High-end, lugged, full carbon frame and fork. Size 48.5 (54TT) Normally $3700, special price of $2499. Two left in this size and colour.
Daccordi Piuma Evo - Super light (870gr) monocoque 3K carbon. Last one in this colour. Size 49 (52TT). Normally $3700, special price of $2990.
Daccordi Piuma Evo – Super light (870gr) monocoque 3K carbon with full carbon fork. Last one in this colour. Size 49 (52TT). Normally $3700, special price of $2990.
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Blue paint has a really fine sparkle in it. Subtle, but a nice touch.
Daccordi Piuma Evo - Super light (870gr) monocoque 3K carbon. Two in this colour, 55 (56TT) and 51 (52TT). Normally $3700, special price of $2990.
Daccordi Piuma Evo – Super light (870gr) monocoque 3K carbon with full carbon fork. Two in this colour, 55 (56TT) and 51 (52TT). Normally $3700, special price of $2990.
Daccordi Sansone frameset. Until they more recently brought a few new models out, this was the top of the line. Hand wrapped, tube to tube construction, with a matching full carbon fork. One left in this colour. Size 50.5 (55.5TT). Normally $5900, special price of $3699. Bargain.
Daccordi Sansone frameset. Until they more recently brought a few new models out, this was the top of the line. Hand wrapped, tube to tube construction, with a matching full carbon fork. One left in this colour. Size 50.5 (55.5TT). Normally $5900, special price of $3699. Bargain.
Daccordi Sansone frameset. Until they more recently brought a few new models out, this was the top of the line. Hand wrapped, tube to tube construction, with a matching full carbon fork. One left in this colour. Size 50.5 (55.5TT). Normally $5900, special price of $3699. Bargain.
Daccordi Sansone frameset. Until they more recently brought a few new models out, this was the top of the line. Hand wrapped, tube to tube construction, with a matching full carbon fork. One left in this colour. Size 50.5 (55.5TT). Normally $5900, special price of $3699.
Paint detail.  Very nice. Matching forks.
Paint detail. Very nice. Matching forks.
Daccordi Mitico frame and fork.  This is a beast. If you put down prodigious amounts of power, this will transfer every last bit of it to the wheel. Still current, this frame is as good as anything out there. Only one left in this colour. Size 48.5 (54TT). Normally $5500, this one is on sale for $4990.
Daccordi Mitico frame and fork. This is a beast. If you put down prodigious amounts of power, this will transfer every last bit of it to the wheel. Still current, this frame is as good as anything out there. Only one left in this colour (though we can order more from Italy). Size 48.5 (54TT). Normally $5500, this one is on sale for $4990.
Daccordi Mitico frame and fork.  This is a beast. If you put down prodigious amounts of power, this will transfer every last bit of it to the wheel. Still current, this frame is as good as anything out there. Only one left in this colour (though we can order more from Italy). Size 50.5 (55.5TT). Normally $5500, this one is on sale for $4990.
Daccordi Mitico frame and fork. This is a beast. If you put down prodigious amounts of power, this will transfer every last bit of it to the wheel. Still current, this frame is as good as anything out there. Only one left in this colour (though we can order more from Italy). Size 50.5 (55.5TT). Normally $5500, this one is on sale for $4990.

Get ready to Explode

We think our latest Daccordi build is pretty, pretty, ridiculously good looking. The Explosive! frameset keeps a racing geometry, as with all Daccordi frames, but with a little added comfort and a more sloping top-tube. These are ready for either mechanical or electronic groupsets, and are available in extra small sizes too. Get ready to Explode Wheels are the next most important element of a bike, after the frame, so in this one are Mavic’s Ksyrium SLS wheels, which are light, strong, and smooth. Shimano’s 105 groupset is usually considered by many to be rather pedestrian, but their new 11 speed version works exceptionally well, looks pretty much the same as Ultergra, and is, to put it plainly, cheap, making it probably the best value groupset on the market today. Get ready to Explode All our Daccordi bikes are custom builds, so this is just an example of what you could have. Come in and see some of the frames on offer to start putting together your perfect weapon. Just do us a favour and wait until you’re out of the shop to Explode with excitement…

Grab a break on disc road bikes

Our Orbea sale continues through tothe end of the Tour Down Under, and amongst our selection of great Orbea bikes, we have a handful of Avant’s. Bike Radar named this the disc-bike of the year for 2014, praising it for its “truly stunning frameset, beautiful, comfortable ride”, and “excellent braking”.

Grab one of ours in time for the Bupa Challenge Tour, or if you want something a bit different, you can custom order one from Spain.

Orbea Christmas Clearout

Just in time for Christmas, we’re putting all of our existing stock of Orbea bikes on sale. We primarily have road bikes (from $765 to $5000!) with and without disc brakes and with mechanical or electronic groupsets, some urban commuters, a cyclocross bike, and a few mountain bikes to send to a good home.

We have a number of Orbea’s award winning Avant road bikes as well, with a more relaxed geometry, room for wider tyres, and disc brake options.

We also have a good selection of really nice Orbea kit (bibs & jerseys) going cheap.

Great bikes and great savings to be had. Come by and check it out!

Retro Files – Seat post city

UPDATE: These are now all sold!

More rare gems from the crypts under the shop. This time we have a collection of seat posts.

First up, a brand new, in box, Dura Ace seat pillar, SP-7400. Circumference is 25.0mm. This series of Dura Ace ran from 1985 to 1993. “Dur-Ace was developed to give the professional racing cyclist a fraction-of-a-second advantage that can spell the difference between victory and defeat. Advanced functions like 8 speed SIS, Super SLR brakes and Shimano Total Integration provide the most refined feeling of control available in a group today. Ultra high-precision mechanisms, quality materials and rugged construction assure that Dura-Ace takes all the punishment that pro-level road racing can dish out. (1991 Dealer Manual). Give us $95 and it’s yours.
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We also have a new Shimano 600 seat pillar (26.8mm) from the same era with the same look in the same condition for $75. No original box.

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Next up, two seat posts from Campagnolo. Super Record post from around the early 80’s. Original box and paperwork, never fitted, high polish, and 26.8mm. Beautiful. Similar Chorus posts go for around the $250 mark, get your hands on this for $225. We also have a second-hand 27.2mm post in very good condition.
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The other is a Record seat post from the mid-to-late 80’s. Same deal – original box, never fitted, absolutely beautiful high-polished finish, and 25.0mm. $185.
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Last but not least, a very rare Columbus Air seat post. Hens teeth. Made specifically for Columbus Air tubing, these go for up to $400, but as long as it goes to a nice home, you can have it for a mere $290!
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We can ship them, and can provide more pictures if needed. Get ’em while they’re hot. Once they go you’ll have a hard time finding others!

Retro Files – SunTour Superbe Pro

UPDATE: So far, the seatpost has been sold. Check with us to confirm what’s left before getting too excited.

SunTour. Here’s the basics. Japanese bicycle component manufacturer started in 1912. Introduced the slant-parallelogram derailleur in 1964 which bettered the shifting quality of Campagnolo, Shimano, Simplex and the like until their patent ran out in 1984 and everyone copied them. The Superbe Pro groupset was rolled out in 81′ and was the best on offer, but when Shimano brought out the SIS system in 1985, SunTour underestimated the impact and, long story short, they lost market share and never recovered.  In the end they just couldn’t compete, and shut the doors (bought by SR) in ’95.

We have brand new, in the box (a couple of items no longer have the box, but still brand new) SunTour Superbe Pro derailleurs, shift levers, bottom bracket (English), rear hub, seat post, brake callipers, and a chain. We even have a few mountain bike parts. If you want to pimp out your classic bike with the best from that era, come have a look or give us a call.

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