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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:09 pm 
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Just thought I'd share this. It was sent to me as a bit of a surprise by a really nice person, now I just have to figure out what to do with it.

It's a Schmolke TLO 26 bar bonded to an Enve stem. Total weight was 226 grams, making it the lightest bar/stem combo that I can think of.


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That is beautiful! I'll take one in a 42/100 please. ;~)


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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:59 pm 
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Holy crap, that's the most beautiful thing I've seen today. Nice people are the best :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
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Wow ,very nice . If your nice friend has the urge to make a 120mm 17 degree . 40 cm bars I would be very happy to take it off your hands sir :wink:
That really is a nice combo . Mount it up and let us know how it rides . :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:36 pm 
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Very cool! Interesting they bonded a 26 mm bar to a 31.8 mm stem clamp. Enve stems are bricks, but apparently eliminate the clamp and it's competitive.

Very sorry I missed your bike in my one day Interbike raid. I somehow missed the Enve booth, which is still painful to write. Ugh.

If I were to get impulsive, perhaps the first thing I'd do would be to get some of those bars. I've been running more than riding lately, however.

I'd bet you'd sell a decent number of those if you offered it via your shop (drool!) the tell-tale creak of my Extralite clamp giving up a few degrees when I inadvertantly ace the pothole descending the 18% grade on my street is tiresome.

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
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I am wondering if that said person is in Boulder?

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
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BmanX wrote:
I am wondering if that said person is in Boulder?


My exact thoughts...

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
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My hopes is that is yes for reasons to be seen at a later date.

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
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http://www.applemanbicycles.com/applestem-handlebar

Looks close to the fine work of Matt Appleman. He does a similar job for $100.


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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:30 am 
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i don't think it is Appleman

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:58 pm 
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I know it was not who I thought it was in Boulder? So who did this. I had a few comments sent my way how how they could have done it lighter with a better transition from stem to bar.

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:43 pm 
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I guess I wasn't clear, the nice person that sent this to me is not the one who did the work. This person is a member of this board and I know he's seen this thread, so I just wanted to make sure to say address him and say thanks publicly. (I don't know how he feels about being named so I don't want to mention who it was.)

As for the combo, the work was actually done by Calfee. They've made some changes from what they were previously doing with bonding and it's shows in the weight and the finish. As for the transition from 31.6 stem to 26 bar, I think they did a great job and this looks fantastic in real life.

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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:15 pm 
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I sent Calfee an Ax Lightness bar and stem:

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Ax Lightness now has a UD version of their stem, I have several of them, that would look even better.


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 Post subject: Re: Enve/Schmolke Combo
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I asked Schmolke about their "ergo" bar and they recommended instead the shallow drop. I'm not a shallow drop fan because they don't afford as wide a range of positions. If I can ride in my drops when I need to, having a moderate-drop versus shallow-drop bar gives me a more relaxed hood and top position.

Is this the shallow drop?

BTW, I also told them I didn't much like the idea of 5-deg flare-back. He seemed to support that view: it provides for a non-neutral wrist angle.

Schmolke bars are one of those things which I can't rationalize, but are very cool.

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