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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:33 am 
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This is awesome!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:28 pm 
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are you going to do something similar to what ax lightness used to offer regarding the integrated seatpost/saddle with rails?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:50 pm 
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Wow, doing some customization work for Team SKY! Simply amazing... And I was betting on Wiggins on winning this year's TDF.... Congratulations!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Thanks for all those nice comments! :beerchug:

@simonanks69
Not exactly, but something similar.


Here are some photos. I made the carbon "bridge" between the two saddle rails to create a flat area, where I glued the seatpost.

Firts I cut the seatpost "head", 40g less:
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But I didn't cut as much as I first wanted. Why - because the seatback. The seatpost is slightly curved and I cut it just on the right area. The "bridge" can be of course only between the saddle rails, and the saddle raily are just a bit to much on the back of the saddle..anyway, I found the solution, but there will be a bit less weight savings, but anyway, still around 100g in the worst case, and that with a serial saddle.

Here you can see the glued seatpost/saddle joint:
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As you can see the "carbon bridge" between the saddle rails isn't in the same line as the saddle rails - I made it like that to make the construction more stable (that the bonding surface is level).

Something that I'll most probably try to make also with a padded saddle :) why not...anyway, now I just have to do some more carbon work and it will be almost finished. Then just some more sanding, clear coat, polishing..and it will be ready for the first test ride

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:25 pm 
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So did they just drop off a bike for you to test ride it with? Since that post is specific to the Pinarello.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:53 pm 
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Ah I see they sent you some aero posts. Ties in with Wiggins using a bare Dogma, not Dogma2, for weight saving in the mountains. Its going to be one trick bike.

Can't wait to see it on the Tour Jure. Really glad to see your work getting some international acknowledgement

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:54 pm 
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That is unreal!!!

From the very start to now doing pro stuff is unreal


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:00 pm 
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If they really would.. :mrgreen: (unfortunately) I don't have their bike, just get a few seatposts and saddles with the exact saddle position. Will see how they'll like this one, I'll most probably have a meeting with those guys this week - as soon as I finish this one. Most probably I'll laminate the rest of the carbon work tomorrow

@LeePaton, euan
well, I hope they will like it and also use it :mrgreen: till now it's only a "secret project" that I share with you guys here on WW ;) thanks for those nice compliments!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:14 am 
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Awesome work! Hopefully they like it and we get to see it in action.

Fingers crossed Wiggins doesn't have a mechanical and flips out doing the bike change a la Mendrisio worlds. I'd cringe seeing something so beautiful hitting the tarmac.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:31 am 
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Congrats, Berk! This is huge. Couldn't happen to a better person. Can't wait to see the projects that will line up for you after this :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:12 am 
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Pretty amazing stuff, Birk. Seems sky is the limit now...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:45 am 
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elviento wrote:
Pretty amazing stuff, Birk. Seems sky is the limit now...


No pun intended, right? :mrgreen:



Honestly, fantastic news! Very excited for you, Jure!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:15 pm 
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@genesis692, nigel379, elviento, Imaking20

Thanks to all! :beerchug:

I almost finished it so I should have some new photos tomorrow..

Here is just one more photo from the seatpost "head" that I cut..well, that weight...
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..some of my saddle/seatpost combos are lighter :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:29 pm 
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So nice to see things happening Berk...

Havent got my combo yet and really cant wait for the next one im ordering hahaha

Top Cia in a few years for sure...


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:37 pm 
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Hi,
well I already shipped the combo to France :mrgreen: ..today the SKY mechanic called me if I can send it as soon as possible, just that they will be able to test it already on Thursday. I came home just one hour before the DHL post closed here and really rushed and totally forgot to photograph the combo after the reinforcements :doh:..well, it looked pretty much the same as on that photo:

Berk wrote:
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Only with some more reinforcements also on the seatpost...their mechanic said it's no problem if it's not really visial finished and if it doesn't look that nice, just that they test it, and if they'll be happy I'll make some more integrated saddles for Tour de France! Really amazing news for me, so fingers crossed they'll be happy with the performance and with the cca. 100g weight savings. If they'll be happy I'll make some more saddles, also with a better finish like this one. I really had to rush to catch the DHL Express post, so sorry that I didn't made some more photos, really sorry for that guys!!

Will keep you updated about this here on this forum and also on Facebook: Berk Composites

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