Commuting - JTek Shifter copy
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11-08-09, 10:57 PM
In case no one is aware the founder/owner of JTek, Jay Guthrie, has cancer and has closed down JTek. This means no more of his(namely those super nice bar-ends) will be available, maybe ever. I've got a shifter and even with it's very high quality, I'm worried about the day it finally wears out. As of tonight I've started preparations for my own version out of stainless steel. This means 1)way more durable shifter 2)a stiffer connection to the handlebar and 3)a start up cost that could easily exceed $1000. I will resort to making them manually if I have to, but the first option means at least a 4-axis milling center is required to make them. Do the math: $1000/20 shifters= $50 shifter each. Anyone with connection to such services would be greatly appreciated.
Most importantly we should all hope for Jay's recovery.
11-09-09, 04:56 AM
If it were me, I would avoid stainless for something like that. Not only is it heavy, but it's a PITA to machine (well compared to Al). Its not a part that should see a significant load, so I dont see a need for something that strong. I would choose an aluminum alloy...maybe even a 7000 series if you feel like splurging a bit...and having it hard (type 3) anodized. The hard anodizing is very durable and will provide great wear resistance.
Best of luck to Jay although I have not had the pleasure of owning any of your products, they all look awesome. I was hoping to someday pick up one of your sets of sero bars...very cool design. I have the utmost respect for engineers that strike out on their own to solve these types of problems. Best of luck to you.
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