Solution to the Trek Madone challenge!

Solution to the Trek Madone challenge!

The Trek Madone is a very popular bike amongst our customers, or should I say would-be customers…

The trend for evermore integrated cockpits and demands for aero characteristics make it the most challenging bike to travel with.  Restricted fork rotation means that the Madone won’t fit in our standard Ventoux box whilst the very tight cable/hose runs rule it out for the smaller Tourmalet model.  Maybe a little unfair to single out Trek – many of the top manufacturers are taking a similar approach with their flagship models.  Needless to say, it’s be painful to turn away orders from Madone owners!

We now have a solution though.  This utilises the standard Ventoux shell fitted with specially designed mounting brackets for front and rear dropouts – these position the bike centrally in the box, avoiding the need to rotate the forks whilst providing just enough room for the handlebar to be detached and rotated.  A handy additional benefit is that there is now room for two pairs of wheels to be carried.

A few photos help illustrate how this works (yes, the lid does it on!)

We’ve just taken delivery of a batch of these brackets making this solution ready to order from today.  

Custom Ventouxs

Custom Ventouxs

In the past couple if weeks we have built three special versions of our Ventoux box, one for a customer who wanted to carry four wheels and two to carry a Trek Madone, the hardest bike to pack by some distance (more on that in a future post!).

We’ve always had the capability to deliver solutions for such requests but now we can do this much faster with the help of a new supplier in Cornwall who can turn around laser-cut and CNC-formed parts in a matter of days. Great people to work with and a fantastic for us to be able to deliver custom boxes nearly as quickly as standard Tourmalet and Ventoux units.

Picture above is from the customer who wanted to carry two sets of wheels to South America for an Andean expedition…

 

 

 

Custom powder-coating

Custom powder-coating

The ability to have our boxes powder-coated from a range of 165 colours is becoming a very popular option – 20% of customers are choosing this.

Why? To match club/team livery, a bike colour or simply making the box easy to spot at the airport.

The finish adds a few hundred grams but is tough, resistant to oils/chemicals and surprisingly resistant to scratching.

Simply select Enhanced Powder Coat when specifying your box and advise your RAL colour reference from the list in the comments section when finalising order.

Hers’s one in RAL3020 red. You can learn more about the RAL colour range here

Pretty in green

Pretty in green

 

This just back from paint – one lucky customer will soon be receiving a very green box!

These custom colour boxes now account for over 15% of our shipments – it’s a tough, durable powder-coat finish applied over a part-assembled shell, prior to assembly of mounting brackets, hardware etc. All we need is a RAL colour reference when you order.