The replaceable alu rear derailleur hanger is a concession in regards to usability and handling; besides the alu bottle cage bosses it is the only non-carbon ingredient on the Alpha. The shown frame is still lacking a hole in the carbon dropout to allow the RD hanger to be bolted on.
Final pricing as well as info on availability will be available shortly.
pk0r wrote:The Alpha is a FULL custom frame, i.e. besides geometry and paint jobs we also customize the layup of the tubes as well as well as the tube shapes themselves.
Our intention is to offer a perfect racing machine with an as high as possible degree of customization and room for individualism, not necessarily simply a light frame per se.
This is the future for carbon frames. Hard to do if you've based your manufacturing in Asia and charge an arm and a leg for cookie-cutter frames all made in the same factory.
pk0r wrote:One frame for instance has been following a Bavarian theme with Bavarian scenery, flag, beer mugs and Weißwurst. That very frame will be auctioned for the children anti-cancer foundation next month.
That is excellent. Absolutely a great gesture on the part of AX Lightness.
pk0r wrote:Final pricing as well as info on availability will be available shortly.
Whatever the price is, that is a lot of work to put into a frame. The custom options seem almost endless.
I am intrigued by the fact that Axel said they have a database of other brand carbon frames and can customize carbon tubes to whichever frame feel a customer would prefer. So let's say someone prefers their Giant but aren't crazy about the geometry-you can customize the geometry and Axel can dial in the precise tube configurations so the frame can ride just like one.
A lot of innovation with this latest offering from AX Lightness.
Out of curiosity-how many employees does AX have doing all this work? It can't possibly be a one-man operation...
For example, my Fuji SL/1 has a ton of trail, along with what Jan Heine calls "wheel flop": 71 deg head tube with 45 mm fork. This is in part to avoid toe-to-wheel overlap, which Cervelo for example is willing to tolerate to get a steeper head tube in the small frames.
So my question here would be: without being asked to explicitly copy an existing frame design, how does AX choose the geometry?
Not that asymmetry doesn't make sense, just I'd like to see some data supporting it.
pk0r wrote:Sadly not Lee. We were booked in to exhibit at EICMA in Milano, but just got informed last week that the show has been canceled. So neither Interbike nor EICMA for us then.
can't you place a small boot at Bikemotion Utrecht on 21/10
You can order the frame set starting in November and it will take around 1-2 months to produce the frames.
I have now (November 2, 2010) edited my original post as the reference to the Alpha frame on the AX website has totally changed. Some weeks ago two options were described but due to the fact that the frame can be build in endless options Ax has changed the reference and now only included a picture of the Alpha with a reference to their contact details. If you contact them it is very likely that you will have a conversation with Da Nils.
The weight can be a lot less but I wanted a comfortable and stiff frame for my daily rides (and of course also kept the weight in my mind). Unfortunately I received the standard color green/black frame set (see for good pictures the AX website) instead of a “ghost” frame I ordered but AX will manufacture a new one which will replace this frame once it is finished. Until that moment I can use this frame set so this is a very customer friendly way from AX of dealing with this issue. Once I have my own frame I will try to weight the individual parts.
I will post pictures once the Alpha looks like a real bike.
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