lechat wrote:Just a garden variety grifter. World's lousy with'em.
Grifter is a bit strong.
In the bike business it isn't uncommon for guys to have a "dream" to develop and sell a product, but they don't really have the funds to make it happen... and are piss poor with finances... and are not above using shady businesses practices to get what they want. Some of these end up being very successful if the product is good and they eventually get better funding... and hopefully business management. Many others go down in flames and burn through all the customer money they can get on the way down.
It isn't uncommon for these parts to have no engineering and no long-term testing at all. It's because we like shiny new stuff... and we engage in a fairly risky hobby anyway. We are a good target market.
Caimillo is obviously a successful company, though I have no idea what their current finances are like. The risk isn't as bad as it would be if they were new.
I'm not much of a beta tester myself... not if I have to pay for the privilege. The cranks look interesting, but the "glued and screwed" method of joining dissimilar materials, and using 3 hollow tubes seems inherently messy and inefficient (stiffness and strength vs weight) to me.