Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by david alber » Tue, 03 Dec 1996 04:00:00


I'm sure others will be curious as well, so I posted this in the newsgroup rather than cluttering your mailbox.
IS THAT AWESOMELY CONCIEVED ILLUMINAERO FORK AVAILABLE IN 700C SIZE.  Also, IS IT MADE OF CARBON FIBER OR
ALUMINIUM?  

Thanks.

Dave

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by trim.. » Tue, 03 Dec 1996 04:00:00

And are people with the new Private Reserves not supposed to carry frame
pumps?

Is there any way you can describe your design/test cycle (no pun
intended)?

Paul
"Try-athlete" (and engineer)

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by Terry Thi » Wed, 04 Dec 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> And are people with the new Private Reserves not supposed to carry frame
> pumps?

> Is there any way you can describe your design/test cycle (no pun
> intended)?

> Paul
> "Try-athlete" (and engineer)

I am also interested in if the fork is available in 700c.
-Terry

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by Dan Empfie » Wed, 04 Dec 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



> > And are people with the new Private Reserves not supposed to carry frame
> > pumps?

You can put your frame pump on the seat tube, which of course only means
one water bottle, except if you want to carry THAT behind the saddle or
between the handlebars.  The other option, of course, is to use our Spare
Air, which is another $20 you can spend in our direction.

Quote:
> > Is there any way you can describe your design/test cycle (no pun
> > intended)?

Yes, I could, but I won't, because it's flame bait (although I know you
didn't intend it that way).  If I describe a thorough test protocol it's
going to sound like an ad.  As one fellow RST'er put it, "if such testing
hasn't been published in a peer reviewed journal, it simply doesn't
exist."  I can understand that sentiment, and don't disagree with its
practical application.  At the same time, I don't believe it is mandatory
that all manufacturing companies offer all their testing up for use by
such publications.

Quote:
> I am also interested in if the fork is available in 700c.

not yet.

dan

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by bpsulli.. » Thu, 05 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Am I the only one who thinks the Illuminaero would look better without the
giant lettering?

Am I the only one who pouts when new technology makes a eight-month old
investment in a Kestrel fork seem like a bad idea?

Finally - Dan, what's with the new cranks? They look unusual.
Brian Sullivan

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by Dan Empfie » Thu, 05 Dec 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> Am I the only one who thinks the Illuminaero would look better without the
> giant lettering?

No, one of our dealers has also mentioned that he wishes the decals
weren't so big.  I designed them, so I should take this very personally.
But then, as a shameless salesman I'll make them any size you want.

Quote:

> Am I the only one who pouts when new technology makes a eight-month old
> investment in a Kestrel fork seem like a bad idea?

> Finally - Dan, what's with the new cranks? They look unusual.

They are made in Taiwan by a German company.  The cranks are called
MaxCycles, and the company is called Modern Sports.  I like the corporate
model of German ***retentive attention to detail married with Taiwanese
manufacturing pricing structures.  It also works well with Syntace.

QRman

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by dc jense » Thu, 05 Dec 1996 04:00:00

co2 &/or mini-pump works good, possibly better.  dc.

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by sbrm.. » Thu, 05 Dec 1996 04:00:00

That ad  for QR in this month's Triathlete can get you salivating.  The
bikes look great....I do agree with Brian about the graphics in the new
fork though....The fork seems to have great science behind it, but will it
look a little cheesy two years from now?  Same with the Te-Quilo decal?  
Dan got the color and everything else right though....basic black beats
any screaming yellow/green combo from the late 80's!
Wanting one badly,
Mark

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by Ryun G. Pavlic » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
david albert  writes:
> I'm sure others will be curious as well, so I posted this in the newsgroup rather than cluttering your mailbox.
> IS THAT AWESOMELY CONCIEVED ILLUMINAERO FORK AVAILABLE IN 700C SIZE.  Also, IS IT MADE OF CARBON FIBER OR
> ALUMINIUM?  

> Thanks.

> Dave

There is also another choice (not to in any way detract for
QR's fork) that is available for aero forks.  Franklin bicycles
makes a fork out of air foil steel.  This is the fork used by
Lance Armstrong on his blade and was eventually being used
by their whole team later in the season on all thier bikes. To
catch a glimpse of it check out pictures of Lance from the
Olympic ITT.  The fork is custom made and comes in any colr
you'd like. It weighs in at 1.25lbs even though it is steel.
The great thing is really the price...about 250 or so (sorry
only know shop cost so I cant give you an exact retail) Doesnt
use the narrower hub but will fit all aerowheels using under a
25mm tire.  No I dont work for them, just sharing some
knowledge.  They are available through Quality Distribution.
--
    Ryun Pavlicek                            
    Dept of Sociology
    University of ***ia                      
 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by Michael Ho » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Now, before I say anything further, I just want Dan to know that I think
he's a great guy.  I've never had any problems with the stuff I've
ordered from QR, and I probably lack any sense of style, so take what I
say with a grain of salt.  Probably one of those salt blocks they give to
horses or cows.

I don't think you'll ever catch me on an illuminero fork.  Does anybody
remember bell bottoms?  It may be fast, but man, there was nothing
sweeter than a black private reserve with a clearcoated ems fork.  

just my humble opinion,
ironboy

who by the way passed his PhD qualifier!

: That ad  for QR in this month's Triathlete can get you salivating.  The
: bikes look great....I do agree with Brian about the graphics in the new
: fork though....The fork seems to have great science behind it, but will it
: look a little cheesy two years from now?  Same with the Te-Quilo decal?  
: Dan got the color and everything else right though....basic black beats
: any screaming yellow/green combo from the late 80's!
: Wanting one badly,
: Mark

 
 
 

Dan Empfield: is the Illuminaero fork available in 700c?

Post by Andrew R. Cogga » Fri, 06 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> That ad  for QR in this month's Triathlete can get you salivating.  The
> bikes look great....I do agree with Brian about the graphics in the new
> fork though....The fork seems to have great science behind it, but will it
> look a little cheesy two years from now?

Unfortunately, I haven't seen the ad to which you refer. But, I say the
he** with the looks, if it works better than everything else, then I'd
love to have one. But, the question is, how do we know it works better
than, say, a very narrow-crowned fork? I have yet to see any "great
science" to this effect - maybe there's some info in the ad?