First on the Wert roadmap are Straight Shooter stems and Shime-Waza seat collars. These are followed shortly by either pedals or a seat post (whichever reaches production first). Somewhat parallel are our QR skewers, once a favorable cost price is secured. Hubs and/or complete wheels are also in the pipeline. Somewhere down the road we hope to release a steel and/or titanium crankset that beats all others, though no predictions can be made yet other than aluminum cranks being out of the question.
The aim for the Wert Cycling brand is to market those essential components where noticeable improvements can be made (weight, stiffness, aesthetics & functionality) but leaving contact areas (handlebars/tape, saddles, tires, shoes) as well as shifting and braking to rider preferences. Most of our designs are completed, with different components being at various stages of product development. Many Wert components will be interchangeable between road and mountainbikes.
The reason for choosing CNC manufacturing is control (the 2nd C in CNC). Wert parts are designed to be machined, and for the company to stay on top of production this takes place on Dutch soil. This allows to conveniently implement changes and improvements in a product without too much hassle concerning invested funds, time and effort, should the occasion arise.
Ps. I'm not a moderator, but I hereby kindly request people to inhibit their urges to denunciate and stay on topic. We are wrong to mock or condemn what another rider prefers.
@nigel379: Wert Cycling will not do brakes. I suggest eebrakes, hands down the best brakes I ever tried.
@53x12, MajorMantra & justkeepedaling:
Concerns about durability are valid and shall hopefully be eliminated through proper testing and certification. Sure, forging can enhance material properties by as much as 15%, though it also has drawbacks. Through clever engineering for its given application, we're able to get even better characteristics out of a part. Also, forging requires more work for getting it right, though these efforts can really pays off with bigger production series with substantial initial investments. The goal for Wert Cycling is to release a high-end CNC-machined stem for those pleased by riding one. Perhaps a cheaper forged version might see release somewhere down the road.
My personal preferences are similar to yours. That said, please don't take issue in this thread with another individual's stem length preferences. Offering a range of lengths is for riders to choose what they deem best, whether long or short, and reach optimal fit and steering behavior for their chosen frame. Do you have any thoughts about the stem itself? Perhaps you might like your bike to adorn a Wert stem?
A prototype Straight Shooter stem mounted on a bike: