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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-01-04, 06:01 PM   #1
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Singlespeed news from shimano

The Big "S" Announces Big Changes
Singlespeedoutlaw.com | Thursday - April 1, 2004 | Riderx

APRIL 1, 2004 - YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- Industry leader Shinamo announced today it's flagship MTB component group will take a radical departure from expectations and consist of a top-notch single speed grouppo. Spokesman Mike Rotch had this to say: "While most people thought the next logical step was for us to introduce a 10 speed cluster, we realized this would just lead to further degradation of shifting. We are committed to making the lightest component group and the smoothest running parts to give racers every advantage possible. Racers also need the most reliable drivetrain for all conditions. We realized the way to do this was to go with the one speed grouppo."

The component group will be known as "1". Expect to see the technology trickle down to the lower level components over the next couple of years. "Within a few years I suspect you will have a hard time getting multi-geared components unless you are purchasing X-mart level bikes or children's bikes.", Rotch said.

When asked how this change looks to consumers after years of seeing the number of available gears on bicycles increase, Rotch responded "Sometimes to improve you have to come full circle".

As part of the company's commitment to making high performance systems the components have been engineered to work together as a unit. Hubs, freewheels, chains and chainrings are a proprietary design that have been tweaked to shave weight while retaining strength and provide the most power output per pedal revolution with a minimum of energy loss.

Look for the "1" parts to be available to the public by April 1, 2005.
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Old 04-01-04, 06:07 PM   #2
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hahaha!!! "Mike Rotch!"
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Old 04-01-04, 06:11 PM   #3
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that is GREAT !

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Old 04-01-04, 07:12 PM   #4
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Can you spell April Fool?

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Why not eliminate the gears and chain entirely? Introducing the Shimano 'gravity gruppo'
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I can't.
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Old 04-01-04, 10:37 PM   #7
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"A" to the "p" to the "r" to the "i" to the "l" to the...eh, you get the idea...
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Old 04-03-04, 08:52 AM   #8
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Damn shame it's a joke really.
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That's to scary! Because of the "Shimano" dynasty I got into SS and FG. I got tired of not being able to fix broken parts. "Nope, we don't have that spring, we'll have to order one or you can upgrade to this years. Of course you'll have to replace everything for it to work". I'm proud to say I built my Steamroller with no Shimano parts. Well that's not true, I did use a Shimano BB. Now that's not to say they don't make great parts, I just don't like their business practices. That's my rant.
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i, for one, cannot wait until like, 10 years from now, when people are using the '04 dura ace cranks for single speed and fixed gear conversions.

or alternately,

i cannot wait until like, 5 years from now when the '04 dura ace cranks are wobbling off the spindles because those two parts are just "bonded" together.
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Amen Brother!
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i never thought those cranks looked very nice until today when i saw like, 50 of them in person and in context. holy crap...talk about bling...
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