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Bay Area retailer launches mobile e-bike repair service

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Motostrano, an e-bike retailer with two stores in the greater Bay Area, has launched a pilot mobile e-bike repair and service program. The service allows e-bike owners to have their e-bike serviced at their home or office. Sending an email, phone call or text, customers can arrange repair and tune-up appointments.  The mobile repair service is also being offered to e-bike manufacturers who are selling direct to customers or don’t have a strong dealer network in the area

Bay Area retailer launches mobile e-bike repair service

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Motostrano, an e-bike retailer with two stores in the greater Bay Area, has launched a pilot mobile e-bike repair and service program. The service allows e-bike owners to have their e-bike serviced at their home or office.

Chris King now shipping complete wheelsets

Chris King is already very well known for its much-respected hubs but now it would like consumers to think of the brand as a wheel company too. Chris King now offers a healthy range of road, cyclocross and mountain bike wheels, all built in-house with a claimed 14-day turnaround time.

“As a hub manufacturer, our hubs need to be built into to complete wheels in order to be used,” Chris King communications manager Kyle von Hoetzendorff told BikeRadar. “With the proliferation of wheel systems and complete wheel offerings for some consumers, the extra step needed to figure out how to get a wheel built could be an issue when choosing to go with Chris King hubs. We wanted to address that issue and provide our customers with simple and effortless way to own a set of wheels built with our hubs.”

All of the wheels are available in Chris King’s usual array of anodized colors and are laced with Sapim spokes to Enve Composites, Stan’s NoTubes or HED rims. Carbon wheels will come standard with ceramic hub bearings while aluminum ones will feature Chris King’s proprietary stainless steel cartridges.

Chris king says its new complete wheelsets can be built to order and shipped to your local shop within 14 days: chris king says its new complete wheelsets can be built to order and shipped to your local shop within 14 days

Chris King is building its complete wheelsets on German-made truing stands from P&K Lie

For now, mountain bike rim options include the Enve XC Carbon (29in and 27.5in only) and AM Carbon (29in, 27.5in/650b, and 26in), and the Arch EX (29in, 27.5in/650b, and 26in) and Flow EX (29in and 27.5in/650b only) from Stan’s NoTubes.

Road buyers, on the other hand, have their choice between the Smart Enve 3.4 and 6.7 clinchers or the HED’s Belgium alloy tubulars or clinchers. Other variables such as spoke lacing patterns, spoke gauge, and drillings are factory pre-set and unavailable for customization.

Carbon wheels are built exclusively by hand from start to finish but alloy ones are first laced on a machine and hand-finished. Chris King insists that this shouldn’t dissuade buyers from trusting that its wheels are artisan-built.

“We worked hard?to refine existing wheel building machines and to build new machines and processes to ensure that each wheel that comes out of the Chris King facility lives up to the standards of precision and quality that are the hallmark of every Chris King component,” said von Hoetzendorff.

Disc brake-compatible options built with HED rims will be added by mid-December and Enve wheels won’t be in stock until February, but the other options are available now.

That's quite the handle on that phil wood spoke cutter, we must say. rim options for chris king's new complete wheelset range include stan's notubes, enve composites, and hed: that's quite the handle on that phil wood spoke cutter, we must say. rim options for chris king's new complete wheelset range include stan's notubes, enve composites, and hed

That’s quite the custom handle for Chris King’s Phil Wood spoke cutter, eh?


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Makes Me Want To Build Bikes

Yamaguchi from Jon Chew on Vimeo.

I have a penchant for playing around with tiny pieces of metal, perhaps one day I could figure out how to play around with much larger ones! Learn more about the Yamaguchi school here. I know at least a couple local bike builders went though this class, and I think all of them had good things to say about it.