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Ken Chang Industrial cassettes

Old 06-26-05, 12:29 AM
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Ken Chang Industrial cassettes

Just noticed these @ http://www.velonews.com/tech/report/...es/7695.0.html

Yeah I'm a few months late

The article says they don't have US distribution yet, has this changed in the past few months?

http://www.kenbikes.com/Web/NewWeb/road.htm

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Old 06-26-05, 06:36 AM
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Mmmmmm...pretty. Definitely an OCP item.

Anybody?

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They now list this US distributor:

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That cassette is super light weight. Looks nice too.

The campy one doesn't look like it has ramps. I wonder how well it shifts.
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Old 06-26-05, 09:58 AM
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They're made in Taiwan. Taiwan is a democracy and is heavly industrialized. Most likely the workers will be making a lot more than 40 cents an hour.
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Yeah no doubt, I've seen some of the facilities over there and they're 10x more modern that a lot of the facilities over here in the states. Their chip makers are absolutely top of the line.
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Originally Posted by Crayon
They're made in Taiwan. Taiwan is a democracy and is heavly industrialized. Most likely the workers will be making a lot more than 40 cents an hour.
If thats what you gotta tell yourself so you can sleep at night. But you are probably right Taiwan isn't China, they probably make a solid 45¢ an hour.
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Actually, my wife is from there. I thought about living there myself. You can make a fairly decent wage in Taiwan. The one thing that stops me is it's just a matter of time before the People's Republic of China takes over.
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40 cents goes a long way when your rent is $35/month and your medical expenses are covered.
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it is always amusing for someone from Taiwan to see how bigots and idiots think of one's country

funny how I manage to have more money than those in my age group making only 45 cents a hour.


sayyy - how much do you pay for medical care? oooh? first world eh?
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Originally Posted by ShinyBaldy
sayyy - how much do you pay for medical care? oooh? first world eh?
i pay nothing.

and please don't call people bigots or idiots. it's uncalled for.
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in the article it mentioned that the president of taiwan will build more road for bicycle so they can ride freely.

as a matter of fact.. they have this 2mile stretch in the capitol city taipei that is in the middle of the road (more like on an island) and it's smooth payment.. almost like marble like material. i've seen some cyclist on there.. only 2 with full outfit.

i'm just waiting for them to create more, cuz riding on the road with all those taxis is just plain suicide. in taiwan, they are known for changing the regular 3 lane road into a 5 lane road. haha
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Originally Posted by velocipedio
i pay nothing.

and please don't call people bigots or idiots. it's uncalled for.

bigotry earns the title

when individuals make generalized comments about another country's labour conditions based on unfounded assumptions - what are they?

you have people like invincibleone who can't understand why another economy may succeed and do things better than american industries and thinks people make 45 cents a hour blah blah blah.
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oh.. i'm hella digging this one..
Ken's 9-speed

i'll be going there next friday.. gotta find out if i can go there to pick one up.. lol

then perhaps they'll let me into their OCP club.. lol
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Originally Posted by Crayon
That cassette is super light weight. Looks nice too.

The campy one doesn't look like it has ramps. I wonder how well it shifts.
I'm wondering what Ken Chang did with with the spider or titanium to shed that extra weight... Shimano website lists a CS-7800 11-23 cassette as 173 grams, the Ken Chang 12-25 is 132 grams.

For those in the thread who question the precision of chinese/taiwanese/asian CNC machining, keep in mind that computer hard drives are ALL made in asia. Have been for over ten years. I believe Seagate closed their last american factory in the 1990s. The tolerances in a hard drive are significantly tighter than a cassette or even a chris king hub.

From working in the computer industry, I can say that if you take a statistical sample of a hundred servers, all equipped with multiple 10,000 rpm Western Digital drives, operating 24/7/365 for a full year, perhaps 2-3% will fail during that time.
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If you look at the back, its crazy
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yeah it almost looks like a ninja star, lol..
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Check these out... OCP for sure

http://www.tokenproducts.com/2005/05...s.php?pc1id=36


100 gram CNC cassette!
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sweet.. lightweight is good.... :drool:
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Check these out... OCP for sure

http://www.tokenproducts.com/2005/05...s.php?pc1id=36


100 gram CNC cassette!
TK103C 11-23T Campy 10 speed 105g

I want one!
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Originally Posted by veneer
oh.. i'm hella digging this one..
Ken's 9-speed

i'll be going there next friday.. gotta find out if i can go there to pick one up.. lol

then perhaps they'll let me into their OCP club.. lol
You have to let us know how much it costs please. Check the price on the 10 speed stuff too.

Thanks.
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crayon.. i'll check with them. i've sent them an email already.. so if they don't reply back.. i'll give them a call when i'm in taiwan.
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What's this a pure Aluminum cassette?

Proabably costs $$$ and wears out quick.

Veneer let me what the price is though.
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yeah.. i'll check the price and see.. there is a bike shop near my wife's house.. so probably go visit there and see if they carry it.
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