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    Jtek Stopping Production

    Due to the owner's health problems Jtek Engineering is ceasing production of their unique line of products. Here is a link to the announcement.

    http://jtekengineering.com/index.html

    Here is hoping the owner recovers and can restart the business. I have one of his Alfine IGH bar end shifters and it is excellent IMO.
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    That's a bummer. They make a lot of useful products.
    It's not rocket surgery.

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    Jtek will be missed. A real engineer's approach to bicycle component design.
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    Previously owned hubs: Shimano Nexus 8 speed, Sturmey AW 3 speed, Shimano 3 speed coaster, SRAM S7 Drum, Sturmey XRF8 8 speed
    Tested hubs: SRAM i-Motion 9 speed, Sturmey XRD5

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    That's a real shame, Jtek offered a really useful set of products. I hope the owner's health will improve for his sake and ours.

    I'm a very satisfied user of Jtek's DropStop chain retention device. Although that may no longer be available, there will soon be another manufacturer making a similar product, because K-Edge showed something very similar at this year's Eurobike show.

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    I've used their Shiftmate with extremely satisfactory results to match 10-speed Campy brifters with Shimano 9-speed cassettes and rear derailleurs. They serve a very useful need and I hope the company (and the owner) survive in good health.

    I'm a bit surprised it's a one-man shop and there is no one else to run the company during the owner's illness. Perhaps a new owner will step up.

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    Oh, no. I just converted a customer's Soho to the Jtek bar end shifter, am looking to get one for myself. Better hurry...
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    Well I just learned this news today when I went looking for a #2 Shiftmate. I can't find one anywhere right now. I've emailed all the local shops about it but haven't gotten any responses yet.

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    sounds like a good opportunity if someone can manufacture these parts a bit more inexpensively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illwafer View Post
    sounds like a good opportunity if someone can manufacture these parts a bit more inexpensively.
    Yes, they were pricey but they served a need nothing else did and were worth the premium. They were also very well made so you got good quality for your money.

    I wonder if Problem Solvers would be interested in taking on the product line as it seems to compliment their business model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Yes, they were pricey but they served a need nothing else did and were worth the premium. They were also very well made so you got good quality for your money.

    I wonder if Problem Solvers would be interested in taking on the product line as it seems to compliment their business model.
    For specialty items made in small quantities, I think his pricing was very reasonable. Low even.
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