Developing an excellent product takes time and care. The first run of our new René Herse cranks has been forged. Above, you see a raw forging being removed from the forging die.
Above are the raw forgings for the crankarms of the first production run (three containers in the foreground). Around the same time, the forge was making suspension linkages for 2013 model year mountain bikes (talk about a long lead-time!).
Now our chainring tabs, square tapers and pedal eyes have to be machined (above). The first batch of 50 cranksets is being machined right now, from which we will check all the tolerances to make sure the tapers are accurate and the chainrings have the absolute minimum runout possible. Once we have ensured that everything meets our high standards, the full production run will be machined.
Our engineer in Taiwan (above on the left) visits the forging and CNC shops every week to make sure everything is to spec.
The first 50 sets of cranks should arrive here in late December or early January, together with the 48-tooth and 32-tooth chainrings. Other chainring sizes, more cranks (including single-chainring and tandem models) will follow shortly thereafter.
We are now taking pre-orders for the René Herse cranks, which will be filled “first come, first served.” Obviously, if you order a 48-32 double, you’ll get yours from the very first shipment, whereas other sizes will take a little longer (but not much). Tandem cranks and triples for half-step gearing probably will come last. Click here for more information.
At this time, we also would like to announce that Compass Bicycles is the sole manufacturer of René Herse cranks. Herse Bicycles Inc. of Boulder, CO, has decided to focus on their core competencies of making superb custom-made bicycles under the René Herse brand. The René Herse cranks will be available directly from Compass Bicycles. The cranks also will be available from bicycle retailers, including René Herse Bicycles Inc.