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    New Keirin frame brand - what options do you want?

    Hi guys. I am just about to start taking orders for a new hand-built frame company in Kansai, Japan, and before I finalise the options for custom frames, I wanted some feedback from you guys......basically what options do you want to see?
    So far the options are roughly as follow....and please just add any options/suggestions to this thread. Thanks!

    -Frames - Keirin geometry/Keirin geometry w/toe clip clearance/Pursuit style with 650 fork.
    - Seat tube and top tube length.
    -Forks - 650c/700c, sloping crown w/aero tubes, flat crown w/round tubes. 35mm offset.

    -High or Low BB - custom

    -Fastback or Classic style seat stay joint.

    -Any colour you can think of, including options of 2 or 3 colour, either masked or faded.

    -Metal flake, in either rainbow, silver, gold, blue, red, green, and in both large or small sizes.

    -Different colour sticker kits to suit the paint job, including prism, chrome silver, chrome gold. No stickers is another option.

    -All chrome frames *no paint*....chrome/stickers/clear.

    -Only 27.2 seat tube size.

    -Hatta NJS Swan headset, no other options.

    -Option of Hatta R9400 NJS or Sugino 75 BB.....I will also offer a Dura Ace octalink NJS option.

    -Drilled front, drilled rear, no drillings, or both drilled for brakes.

    -Tange no.1, Kaisei 4130, Kaisei 8630R, Columbus Spirit Keirin options. (i believe some Reynolds is available too, but not 100% sure)
    My NJS FRAMES and PARTS for sale now.... NJSFRAMES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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    whats the price looking like on these?
    those options look sweet.
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    Kaisei 8630 feels super nice... 11.4 approved too.

    Then again, Columbus Spirit is supposed to be a treat too.

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    The options look good to me (I'm not too picky), but some questions:
    Who's making the frames?
    How much are they?
    Is this a group buy, as in lower-than-usual pricing, etc?
    How many frames are you making and what's the wait time to get one?
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    racer x flies across cobblestones with a grimace of determination, three feet of seatpost, bars level with ankles, carbon fiber frame with Kryptonite lugs and a millimeter clearance between the fork and the 700x21c tires. This gives everyone a *****

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    They will be pretty expensive. The new brand is OCEAN, which is the old VIVALO head frame builder, minus 3 of his old staff, and plus 2 new staff. Looking to get NJS cert in 3 years time. I am looking forward to finishing the website in the coming weeks, which will include an in depth factory tour photo journal.
    I expect $940 retail price, with 8630 $95 upcharge, Spirit Keirin Columbus $195 upcharge.
    For a Japanese Keirin frame builder, the price is actually very good, considering Bridgestone and Panasonic (2 of the cheapest builders in Japan) charge between 125000 and 14000YEN for a custom frame. I am not referring to the retail POS frames, which at base price are not true custom frames.
    I have just ordered my own frame, and 3 customer frames, so will have photos after the 2 week turnaround.....
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    For what it is worth, Samson is the most expensive frame in Japan, usually around 180000YEN, but often chrome under paint and columbus tubing is standard.
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    Possibility of a non custom "average guy" frame out of the operation?
    xoxo David
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    I guess a group buy could be organised, although I am not expecting a large amount of orders to come from outside of Japan, since I see that members on here are usually looking for pretty cheap options.
    I get a lot of guys emailing me through my blog looking for frames (too many requests for me to fill) so these frames will be a good option, and give people an opportunity to have a frame custom built, in the same style that Keirin Pro Riders have.

    KMART - I am not having these made as stock frames, but rather as custom order only. Turnaround should be about 2 weeks, plus shipping of 5 days with EMS courier from Osaka, Japan.
    I may keep 2 or 3 frames in stock in popular sizes like 56/57cm but generally it will be all about the custom order experience.
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    i'm not in the market for a frame at this time, but here is my feedback:

    - pursuit style sloping TT, but 700c wheels (like certain khs aero tracks)
    - sloping fork crown, aero tubes (eg. 3rensho super record aero)
    - colours/decals depend...
    - drilled fork, undrilled bridge
    - kaisei tubing with optional columbus spirit keirin

    i think an all chrome frame would be nice, or a solid colour with chrome fork tips and stays. if i were ordering a custom frame, i would want a say in the design and placement of the decals— which might mean that a decal sheet were supplied with the frame and i'd put them on myself.

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    Thanks CHASE....

    Clear coat will go over decals, and it is not an easy process, so will usually be left to Kusaka San. An option will be to have the stickers supplied separately on a sheet, if a customer really wants that.

    The options I listed on the first post of this thread are all definite custom options, I am just looking for additional suggested options.
    Of the feedback list you typed above, all options are available, including sloping tube, with 700C wheels.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerlewis View Post
    They will be pretty expensive. [...]
    I expect $940 retail price, with 8630 $95 upcharge, Spirit Keirin Columbus $195 upcharge.
    Do you know what the spec differences are between the Ocean frames in the other thread (72,000 yen~ / $675) and the stock options you mentioned for these frames (100,000 yen / $940)?

    The 'new' Vivalo frames were supposed bar-spinnable street trackers if I'm not mistaken. Besides the tubing options, do you think the other choices you mentioned for these will be included or extra?

    The 'stock' Ocean frames seem to only be listed up to 570cm....

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    no drilling

    reallly, no drilling, if they can coin out for that bike they can get mountable brakes for off the track

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    Holman, no drilling is an option if you want it. Read the first post.

    If I'm gonna shell out that kind of money, I should be able to get it drilled if I want.

    Not saying I'm going to shell out the money ... just hypothetical.

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    It wouldn't really fit the whole NJS thing, but a 1 1/8" threadless steerer sure would be nice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
    It wouldn't really fit the whole NJS thing, but a 1 1/8" threadless steerer sure would be nice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
    It wouldn't really fit the whole NJS thing, but a 1 1/8" threadless steerer sure would be nice...
    if the builder made the frames with a 1" headtube, then the buyer could have the option of a threaded or nonthreaded fork. that would satisfy several markets.

    me, if i were buying a steel track bike, i'd want it threadless.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
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    Somehow I think we're coming at this from two different directions...

    1 1/8" threadless is pretty much never going to happen with this kind of frame, but the threadless option at least would be nice.

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    Sorry. I guess i just dispise threadless so much. I love it for BMX but have never seen much use for it on my fixed gear road bike.
    Not to mention threadless dont look classy.
    As long as its an option and not what these all turn out to be, im fine.
    I dont know about most of the people in this thread but im one of the people who are actually planning to buy one of these frames...so i do care what they end up being.

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    Well, threadless is better if you plan on riding on the track...

    I think it just takes getting used to looking at. I used to think Pista Concepts, threadless stems and aero/disk wheels looked weird and unappealing. Now I appreciate them a little more.

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    Theyre def a stiffer set up
    I guess i just like the classic look of threaded stems.
    The frame will be for my wife and itll be ridden only on the street.

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    Yes DEATHHARE, these are Keirin style frames, so there is no chance of anything other than 1 inch threaded.
    My NJS FRAMES and PARTS for sale now.... NJSFRAMES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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    Nate. I am sure that 72000 is impossible for Keirin hand built custom frame....can you point my towards that thread please?
    They may have been run-out model Vivalo frames, when Kusaka had a bunch of frames left from Keirin pro who no longer needed them post NJS. He was going to close shop, since he had 31 years behind him in the Keirin game. Since talking with a new partner, a new staff member, and myself, the OCEAN brand was started.......I am not sure if that is what you are referring to....
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    hey--- i was talking about the 'track bikes in tokyo' thread. DH posted up this link (http://www.handcsports.com/acce_othe...ivalo_oder.htm) and another poster said he knew them.

    sticker-wise, it's vivalo, but they are calling them 'city pista' and have set sizes, so it seems like something that was future-oriented. are they (ocean) going to have stock frames like this as well, or only the custom stuff you mentioned above?

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    Ive been looking into getting a funny bike recently and this seems like a pretty nice option. I know I will have to save a bit more but Id be into going for one of these frames.
    Team Tarck Bike

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    Thanks for the link Nate. I just saw that last week, courtesy of DeathHare.
    I talked to Kusaka and Yoh and they said they were the excess Keirin frames from late 07.....right now there is no plan to do a stock frame. OCEAN want to offer something special, so custom seemed to be the way to go. For stock frames Panasonic seem to have it locked down for price.
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