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    Eimei

    Heres one for ya-

    its got the drop-outs and seat post/clamp of the Dolan Forza pictured above- but im pretty convinced its the mold from the old Dolan Arc/ Teschner Track Pro...

    it has the ARC's post slip tendencies..

    Apparently these are being raced in the Womens Keirin league... no pesky NJS standards for the Ladies..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn8it View Post

    Apparently these are being raced in the Womens Keirin league... no pesky NJS standards for the Ladies..
    Actually all of the new Girls Keirin stuff (frame, wheel set, stem, and saddles) is authorized and marked with the NJS logo, but only available to the women. I don't know about Eimei, but per the official site, the only currently sanctioned frames are Boma, Beidgestone, Ganwell, Kalavinka, and Bomber.

    http://www.girlskeirin.com/portal/about/use.html
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    Wouldn't stand a chance. Like bringing a knife to a laser cat fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxs View Post
    Actually all of the new Girls Keirin stuff (frame, wheel set, stem, and saddles) is authorized and marked with the NJS logo, but only available to the women. I don't know about Eimei, but per the official site, the only currently sanctioned frames are Boma, Beidgestone, Ganwell, Kalavinka, and Bomber.

    http://www.girlskeirin.com/portal/about/use.html
    boma looks like a planet x and the gan well the open mold china frame. i'll take a kalavinka please!
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    This clip has Karlee McCulloch from Aust racing her BT, so there must be a little bit of wiggle room there


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    Quote Originally Posted by brawlo View Post
    This clip has Karlee McCulloch from Aust racing her BT, so there must be a little bit of wiggle room there
    Having spoken to some of the girls, the Girls Keirin series is supposed to act as a feeder program to Olympic team and try and raise Japan's status. That's why their rules and equipment is more aligned to the UCI and hence why the ubiquitous kashimax saddle found in the men's series is not race legal, at least for now.

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    Wouldn't stand a chance. Like bringing a knife to a laser cat fight.

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    new carbon bike with standard seatpost, don't know if they are available yet




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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bits View Post
    new carbon bike with standard seatpost, don't know if they are available yet

    Awesome!

    I had a Planet X in 2009...and the proprietary post slipped on me

    It's awesome that they went to a standard round post. Please post pics when you have it built.

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    it's not mine, those pics are from the Planet X feed on Google Plus, these are pics of the new track frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Awesome!

    I had a Planet X in 2009...and the proprietary post slipped on me

    It's awesome that they went to a standard round post. Please post pics when you have it built.
    Its a good looking frame- and standard post is a big plus in my book..

    i wonder what the geometry will be like? PX tends to favor longer Top-Tube frames, but their original track frame was actually sort of short IIRC..
    the PX- Aluminum road frame is about the only stock frame out there that fits me.. Very Long TT!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bits View Post
    new carbon bike with standard seatpost, don't know if they are available yet
    Where are you getting standard seatpost from? In the full size pictures it looks like they're aero openings for the seatposts and the clamp system is the style that some aero frames have

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    yeah you may be right, it seemed like the old DF3 type of hole but zooming in it seems it's an aero seatpost :-/
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    Oh well...back to the drawing board.

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    thinking of switching to an aluminum seat post but the cf is so purrrtyy.
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    I'm unsticking this. If you think we need one for 2014, speak up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza_aL View Post
    boma looks like a planet x and the gan well the open mold china frame. i'll take a kalavinka please!

    YES! THIS! DREAM BIKE! http://www.kalavinka-bikes.com/index_j.htm
    also, not positive, but I think they have a standard seat post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amybikes View Post
    YES! THIS! DREAM BIKE! http://www.kalavinka-bikes.com/index_j.htm
    also, not positive, but I think they have a standard seat post.
    Yeah, those are hot. And yes, they use 27.2mm seatposts. Largest size is 55cm. They use an eccentric bottom bracket which can be used to change the angles of the bike. This is pretty sweet.





    Looks like this has Josiah Ng's name on it:


    Specs: http://www.kalavinka-bikes.com/image...on/trackcf.htm
    Translated: http://translate.google.com/translat...%2Ftrackcf.htm
    Here is a gallery: http://www.kalavinka-bikes.com/image...cf_gallery.htm

    They are listed at 300000JPY which is around $2,900USD.

    There were at least 2 floating round the US track scene a couple of years ago, ridden by Ian Moir and Hanan Alves-Hyde. Those were some sweet bikes.

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    Ian Moir has two of them actually, a mass start set up and a time trial set up! They are beautiful. I believe, however, he's a little two big for the biggest size, so his set up violates the UCI +5cm rules, and he's been riding a dolan around this year. He claims they ride and handle nicer for what they are (he says a great mass start sprint bike) than any of the other high end bikes that are much more expensive. (think TK1, Look, etc.)

    The canadian team pursuit women (at least one or two of them) used to ride them too. (The first frame pictured) That's how I found out about them, they were training at Velo Sports Center one of the first times I went up there.

    Ian says Kalavinka is just one older gentleman hand making these bikes! I really hope I can afford one soon.

    (on another note, I'm pretty sure Ian doesn't know me by name, but would just know me as the creepy ginger chick that follows him around drooling at his bike)
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    yes hanan has/had one. i think she's stopped riding after she left the bay area.

    yes ian has a beautiful bike.



    i thought josiah was riding a bt?

    there was a kalavinka on sale a while back but i think it had recently sold. i wanted the frame really bad but it has such a short HT and i don't like spacers they are such an ugly thing lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Yeah, those are hot. And yes, they use 27.2mm seatposts. Largest size is 55cm. They use an eccentric bottom bracket which can be used to change the angles of the bike. This is pretty sweet.
    The Geo sheet for the Eimei that i am demo'ing (pic at top of page) only listed up to 55cm(tt)… but of the 3 bikes sent to my friend one of them is clearly a 57tt(mine)… it is possible that the geo charts are only listing the typical frames for women's keirin? all I'm saying is it might be available bigger…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn8it View Post
    The Geo sheet for the Eimei that i am demo'ing (pic at top of page) only listed up to 55cm(tt)… but of the 3 bikes sent to my friend one of them is clearly a 57tt(mine)… it is possible that the geo charts are only listing the typical frames for women's keirin? all I'm saying is it might be available bigger…
    According to Ian, no. Or at least, last year, they didn't have one. He's sponsored by them, and so wanted to ride a bike of theirs instead of the Dolan to meet the UCI standard, but he said the only thing they could've done for him within the time frame necessary was make a custom steel one. Perhaps now they have a bigger frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn8it View Post
    The Geo sheet for the Eimei that i am demo'ing (pic at top of page) only listed up to 55cm(tt)… but of the 3 bikes sent to my friend one of them is clearly a 57tt(mine)… it is possible that the geo charts are only listing the typical frames for women's keirin? all I'm saying is it might be available bigger…
    The carbon Bridgestone/Anchor bikes were the same way with the largest size being a 55cm. This is understandable being that their target market (Japan) probably doesn't have very many riders over 6ft (183cm) tall.

    The LOOK 496 also only comes with a max size of 56cm, which I think is crazy being that they serve Europe and North America which has a large number of racers over 6ft tall. Gregory Bauge is maybe 6'2" (188cm) and Kevin Sireau is maybe 6'4" (193cm), but those guys probably got custom frames with longer top tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza_aL View Post
    i thought josiah was riding a bt?
    I believe that the Malaysian team is sponsored by BT. But, I've seen photos of Josiah on a number of really, really nice frames. I would imagine that he's a bike nerd like the rest of us...except he has the access (and the legs) to get these bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amybikes View Post
    Ian says Kalavinka is just one older gentleman hand making these bikes! I really hope I can afford one soon.

    Yes, basically it's just Tanabe-san, who must be getting up there in age by now, by himself working out of a shop that's smaller than my living room. His wife used to hand paint their steel head badges, but no longer does on account of her diminishing eyesight. I stopped by once to look around the workshop and he was extremely friendly and welcoming. He even apologized that he was not doing any brazing work that day as he would have been more than happy to teach me the basics.
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    Wouldn't stand a chance. Like bringing a knife to a laser cat fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amybikes View Post

    Ian says Kalavinka is just one older gentleman hand making these bikes! I really hope I can afford one soon.
    While I am sure that's true for the steel Frames... It's safe to say he is not making the carbon bikes... Probably coming from the same factory as every other moderately priced carbon track frame out there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Yeah, those are hot. And yes, they use 27.2mm seatposts. Largest size is 55cm. They use an eccentric bottom bracket which can be used to change the angles of the bike. This is pretty sweet.
    I wonder how an eccentric is done that doesn't slip under sprint torque. The guys I've known who have used them for chain tension all seem to have had issues at one time or another.
    Do you think we're gonna make it? / I don't know unless we try \ you could sit here scared to move / or we could take them by surprise

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